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Emergency Surgical Operation

Dear Readers ~

A new CBC test (Complete Blood Count) as of last week determined that my hemoglobin had gone down to 8.0, almost a full point less than the last test two months ago, which was 8.9. The lowest it should be for men is 12.6. That meant to my doctors that I had already lost about 1/2 of the two-unit blood transfusion I had recently.

Because of that, my doctors, who had scheduled my dual invasive exploratory surgical procedure for the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve, had to move it up to this week; they are considering it an emergency.

Depending on what they find, there will probably be another surgical procedure performed later, but likely before New Year's Eve.

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Week of December 15, 2014 - January 5, 2015

~ Friday's Local/State News ~

Special Report From The
Bradenton Police Department:
Heroin Overdose Investigations

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department is investigating a notable increase of heroin related overdose calls for service; in 2014 the Bradenton Police Department has responded to an average of one heroin overdose per week.


Above, heroin prepared for use

On several occasions the victims have been revived by emergency medical personnel and transported to the hospital for further treatment.

Unfortunately, in six of these cases emergency medical personnel were not called in time and the victims died on scene.

Overdose Symptoms

Overdose symptoms can vary depending on the physical condition of the user and the overall chemical makeup of the drug that is used how often the drug is used and the amount. Some of the general symptoms users my exhibit are disorientation, delirium, blue lips and fingernails, cold and clammy skin, muscle spasms, discolored tongue and dry mouth, severe stomach cramps, and seizures. It is also important to note that subjects can overdose on heroin regardless of method they use to ingest it such as "snorting" or "injection." The increase in heroin use is likely due to legislation, public awareness, and law enforcement interdiction on "pill mill' pain clinics.


Common Signs To Look For That Someone Is Using Heroin

Some Common signs that might be present when someone is using heroin or other narcotics are shortness of breath, dry mouth, small pupils, and sudden changes in behavior or actions, and disorientation. They could also exhibit periods of hyper alertness followed by suddenly nodding off, as well as having a droopy appearance, as if person's extremities are heavy. Other signs of heroin or other narcotics abuse include possession of paraphernalia used to prepare, inject or consume heroin such as needles or syringes not used for other medical purposes, burned silver spoons, aluminum foil or gum wrappers with burn marks, straws with burn marks, small plastic bags with a powdery residue. The powdery residue may vary in color from white to tan to dark brown. In some instances it could also be a black tar like substance that contains heroin. If a citizen finds any of these items they should call 911 and have an Officer respond to properly secure these items. Some of definitive physical signs of heroin abuse are weight loss, runny nose (not explained by other illnesses), needle "track marks" visible on arms, infections or abscesses at injection sites, cuts, and bruises or scabs caused from skin picking.

Heroin Overdose Myths

There are also a number of myths about how to treat someone suffering from a heroin overdose. Some of the myths include giving the effected person something to eat or drink or put them in the shower. Other common myths are giving the person an "upper" such as cocaine or speed, inducing vomiting or injecting them with water or milk. None of these help, in fact, they can actually make the situation make the situation worse. Your first response, if you suspect someone suffering from an overdose is to call 911. It is also a myth that the "cut" or purity of the heroin used is the only cause. The body can react poorly to heroin regardless of the purity.

Finally, it should be noted that when someone buys heroin off the street they are buying heroin that could be mixed with whatever that dealer used to dilute their product. This can be a variety of substances from talcum powder to meat tenderizer.

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If you or anyone you know has a heroin addiction, it is encouraged that you seek professional assistance. Organizations in the area of Manatee County that can assist in drug rehabilitation are Manatee Glens (941) 782-4100, First Step of Sarasota Inc. (941) 366- 5333, and Operation Par Inc. (941) 753-0877.

Anyone having information with regard of the illicit sells of narcotics is asked to call any of the following: Bradenton Police Department's' Detective Sergeant Shannon Seymour at 941-932-9300 ext 348, or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, click here, or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Callers to the CrimeStoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer or by text message will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Lakewood Ranch Emergency
Room Nurse Busted for Credit
Card Fraud, Criminal Use of
Personal Information, Arrested
for Violation of Probation

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has once more arrested Leslie McHugh, 31, of 9250 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Apt. 209, Bradenton.


Leslie McHugh

As NewsManatee reported yesterday, a sheriff's report said Detectives Moss and Deluca were each assigned a fraudulent use of a credit card case where each of their respective victims had their credit card information stolen while they received treatment in the Lakewood Ranch Hospital Emergency Room.

The detectives were able to develop a suspect -- McHugh -- who was employed as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department at the hospital.

McHugh was using the credit card information to purchase packages online and have them shipped to her apartment.

Probable cause for a search warrant at McHugh's apartment was obtained and the warrant was served on Wednesday, Dec. 10th.

Inside the suspect’s apartment, detectives not only located one of the fraudulently obtained items that were initially stolen by McHugh but also a hand-written ledger containing personal information and credit card numbers of approximately 20 former patients from the hospital.

McHugh was arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Use of Personal Information as well as two counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.

McHugh was terminated from the hospital.

More charges are pending on that case as the investigation continues.

Meanwhile, it was discovered that McHugh was placed on probation for Petit Theft on October 28th of this year. One of the conditions of the probation was that no new violation of law should occur.

She has additionally been charged with Violation of Probation and remains in custody without bail at this time.


Woman Arrested by BPD
for Felony Shoplifting
Failed to Answer Summons


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has once again arrested Amanda Jo Pendleton, 23, of 334 Wilson Circle, in Dyersburg, Tennessee.


Amanda Pendleton

The arrest report said back on June 4, 2014, Pendleton stole $385.76 worth of merchandise from the Walmart store located at 5315 Cortez Road West, Bradenton.

She posted a $1,500 bail bond at that time and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

However, she failed to show up for her court date and a warrant was issued for her arrest for Contempt of Court/Failure to Answer Summons.

She was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 10th on the warrant.

She remains in custody in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $5,000.


Palmetto Police Arrest
"Painted Man" for
Retail Theft

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested a heavily tattooed man, Garrett Sweetman, 29, of 11818 71st Street East, in Parrish.


Garrett Sweetman

The arrest report said on Tuesday, Dec. 9th, at about 4:30 p.m., Sweetman walked into the Walmart store located at 508 10th Street East, Palmetto, and walked to the sporting goods section.

Once there, he was observed by loss prevention personnel selecting several bicycle lights and a bicycle lock. He opened the packages and concealed the items in his shorts pockets.

Sweetman then selected a bicycle and an air pump and walked to the self checkout.

Sweetman paid for the bicycle and the air pump, but failed to pay for the items concealed in his pockets.

He then passed all points of sale and exited the store, failing to pay for the items.

The total amount for the items taken was $39.88.

Sweetman was arrested and charged with Petit Theft.

He later posted a bail bond of $120 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Undercover Detective Arrests
Woman for Prostituting Herself
Online


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Crystal Lohan, 29, of the 3200 block of Henrietta Place, Sarasota.


Crystal Lohan

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was scanning a website known to be used by prostitutes to solicit "Johns" when he came across an ad for Crystal with a phone number.

He called the number and Crystal agreed to meet with the U/C detective at a local motel.

Through conversation, Crystal agreed to a "full service session" for $125 for a half hour and $175 for a full hour.

She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution.

A subsequent search of her purse produced several pieces of drug paraphernalia, including 3 hypodermic needles, a glass crack pipe, and a spoon. Inside a cigarette box, another crack pipe was found. However, she was not additionally charged with possession of those items of drug paraphernalia.

She later posted a $120 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Bradenton Beach Police
Arrest Woman, 25, for
Disorderly Conduct

BRADENTON BEACH, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Beach Police Department has arrested Sherry Ealum, 25, allegedly a homeless person.


Sherry Ealum

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Dec. 10th, at about 10:45 a.m., a BBPD officer responded to 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, regarding a disturbance involving a man and a woman on a boat.

Upon arrival, he met with Mauricio Gonzalez who said Ealum was upset because of not being able to find drugs and started yelling at him and throwing his personal things overboard because he didn't have any "spice" to give her.

Gonzalez then brought his boat to shore.

Ealum came ashore a short time later and was acting erratically, the report said.

She was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a $120 bail bond.


Two Arrested for Selling
Heroin and Cocaine

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, Dec. 11th, the Sarasota County Sheriff's office today arrested a man and woman who repeatedly sold drugs to undercover detectives out of their home over the past several weeks.


Above, L to R, Nicholas Jones and Lisa Haberle

Lisa Haberle, DOB 11/4/67, and Nicholas Jones, DOB 12/17/86, were taken into custody Thursday afternoon in the 8600 block of Agress Avenue in North Port. The crimes occurred at an apartment on Rosaro Avenue in Warm Mineral Springs but they have since vacated that address.

Haberle is charged with four counts of Sale of a Controlled Substance for Heroin, and Jones is charged with one count of Sale of a Controlled Substance for Heroin and one count of Sale of a Controlled Substance for Cocaine.


Doorstep Burglar Gets
Stinky Surprise


WASHINGTON, D.C. [NMT/WKMG] -- Doorstep package theft is a big problem around the holidays, and for one Washington, D.C. couple, it has become a concerning issue, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The couple had surveillance video of the same man stealing three different packages off their doorsteps, but police have been unable to make an arrest.

Expecting the man to strike for a fourth time, the couple decided to put dog poop inside a fake package, and left it on their doorstep.

The bandit did end up grabbing the fake package, and while the couple isn't sure their plan worked, they do hope it will keep their home from being targeted, WKMG said.

[Ed. Note: Since the couple left the "stinky" package, the burglar hasn't returned, CNN reported.]

 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Lakewood Ranch Emergency
Room Nurse Arrested, Accused
of Credit Card Fraud, Criminal
Use of Personal Information

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Leslie McHugh, 31, of 9250 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Apt. 209, Bradenton.


Leslie McHugh

A sheriff's report said Detectives Moss and Deluca were each assigned a fraudulent use of a credit card case where each of their respective victims had their credit card information stolen while they received treatment in the Lakewood Ranch Hospital Emergency Room.

The detectives were able to develop a suspect -- McHugh -- who was employed as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department at the hospital.

McHugh was using the credit card information to purchase packages online and have them shipped to her apartment.

Probable cause for a search warrant at McHugh's apartment was obtained and the warrant was served on Wednesday, Dec. 10th.

Inside the suspect’s apartment, detectives not only located one of the fraudulently obtained items that were initially stolen by McHugh but also a hand-written ledger containing personal information and credit card numbers of approximately 20 former patients from the hospital.

McHugh was arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Use of Personal Information as well as two counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.

McHugh was terminated from the hospital.

More charges are pending as the investigation continues.

At this time, McHugh remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $6,000, which is expected to increase as the investigation yields the additionally expected charges.


BPD Arrests Man for Grand
Theft Auto, Crack Cocaine


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Michael Moore, 33, of Bradenton.


Michael Moore

The arrest report said on Monday, Dec. 8th, at about 11 p.m., an officer observed a tan 4-door Buick driving in the 900 block of 19th Street Court East. He ran the tag and discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen.

The officer stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of Oakmeade Apartments, 1831 13th Avenue East, Bradenton.

The driver of the Buick, later identified as Moore, stepped out of the vehicle, as did his passenger. Despite several loud verbal commands to stay put, they both fled on foot. The officer chased the driver and eventually caught him.

A search of the vehicle produced four pieces of crack cocaine.

Moore said he did not know that the vehicle was stolen and had no knowledge of cocaine in the vehicle. He said he ran because his license had been suspended in 2013.

Moore was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Auto, Possession of Cocaine, Driving on a Suspended Driver License with Knowledge, and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

He later posted a bail bond of $3,620 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Woman with Priors Arrested
for Felony Shoplifting


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Corrin Marie hunt, 34, of 5131 15th Street East, Bradenton.


Corrin Hunt

The arrest report said on Thursday, Dec. 4th, at about 12:15 p.m., Hunt entered the Family Dollar store located at 1920 14th Street West, Bradenton.

She went to the beauty supply area and was observed on video surveillance with items from the racks in her hands.

She walked to the back of the store off camera, then was seen by the cameras exiting the store, passing all points of sale and not attempting to pay for any products.

But the anti-theft alarm went off and the manager went out and confronted Hunt.

While Hunt's bag was on the ground, the manager observed products from the store in the bag.

The manager took possession of the bag and its contents, valued at $18,10 and had Hunt come back into the store.

While the manager was calling law enforcement, Hunt fled the scene on foot.

A photo of Hunt was sent to all other BPD officers. One of them, Officer Gow, recognized Hunt, also known as Dawn Hunt, because he had arrested her on Dec. 5th on an arrest warrant.

Hunt has multiple convictions for theft, the most recent being Nov. 25th, 2013.

Hunt was therefore charge with Felony Shoplifting.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond at this time.


PPD Arrested Man for Borrowing,
Then Pawning $500 Bicycle


PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Matthew Dale Vickers, 33, of 1008 23rd Avenue West, Palmetto.


Matthew Vickers

The arrest report said on Nov. 25th, Vickers asked his neighbor, Jim Schneider, to use his bicycle, with the pretense of bring the bike back the next day.

The victim confronted Vickers several times in the next few days about the bicycle, but Vickers give Schneider a song-and-dance as to why the bike had not been returned or where it was.

Finally, on Dec. 1st, Schneider again confronted Vickers about the bike and Vickers admitted that he had pawned the bike as Cash American Pawn for $60.

Schneider provided PPD a purchase receipt for his bicycle, which was for $500, the report said.

Vickers was arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 9th, and charged with Grand Theft Bicycle.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond at this time.


Age-Related Death Probe
Under Way


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office investigated the death of a 41-year-old White female who was found dead on Tuesday, Dec. 9th, at about 8:15 p.m., at 6120 Barnard Road, in Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the 41-year-old White female was located deceased in her home after MCSO was summoned to the residence for a welfare check.

She had not been in contact with her family in Orlando all day and they grew concerned.

There was no evidence of foul play and cause of death is pending autopsy.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, click here, or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Callers to the CrimeStoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer or by text message will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Undercover Detective Arrests
Woman for Selling Her
"Services" Online

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Stephanie Amanda Petros, 25, of the 1300 block of 24th Street West, Sarasota.


Stephanie Petros

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was scanning a website known to be used by prostitutes to solicit "Johns" when he came across an ad for Stephanie with a phone number.

He called the number and Petros agreed to meet with the U/C detective at a local motel.

Through conversation, Kimberly agreed to a "full service session" for $80, plus the price of the motel room.

She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution.

She later posted a $120 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


December “Drive Sober”
Campaign Begins Today

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- December has been proclaimed as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month by President Barack Obama with the intent to reduce the number of impaired drivers on our nation’s highways.


According to the President’s proclamation, “too many lives are tragically cut short in traffic crashes involving drunk, drugged, or distracted driving. Impaired driving not only puts the driver at risk – it threatens the lives of passengers and all others who share the road…”

In keeping with that proclamation, the Sheriff’s Office is participating in the current “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that begins today and runs through to January 1. During that time, the Sheriff’s Office will be especially watchful for people who may be driving while impaired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season,” Sheriff Bill Prummell said, “so if you intend to drink, make sure you have a designated driver. Otherwise you may find that you are getting pulled over.”


Greg Steube: Bill Would Allow
Guns on College Campuses


TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A Florida lawmaker has proposed a bill to allow guns in classrooms on college campuses, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The bill was filed Tuesday by Sarasota Republican Greg Steube. The measure would allow people to carry concealed weapons at colleges and universities.

Steube says he planned to file the bill even before the recent shooting at Florida State University, but the attack, he says, helps make his point.

If passed, the law would only apply to people who are licensed to carry concealed weapons, WKMG said.

 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Man Arrested for Punching
Pregnant Girlfriend, Biting
Neighbor, Damaging Cop Car

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Xzaibia Wooten, 25, of the 1700 block of 38th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Xzaibia Wooten

According to the arrest report, deputies responded to the above location in reference to a domestic situation that was occurring outside.

During the investigation, deputies arrested Xzaibia Wooten for Aggravated Domestic Battery against his girlfriend, Sierra Manly, 21, and Battery against a neighbor, Joshua Stamm.

Wooten battered Manly by punching her in the face and body several times.

The domestic battery was witnessed by Stamm and he tried to intervene.

When doing so, a brief struggle took place and Stamm was able to get Wooten in a headlock as he yelled for someone to call 911.

While Wooten was in a headlock, he bit Stamm with enough force it left a full impression of Wooten's teeth on Stamm's left abdomen.

Both victims refused the services of EMS.

Wooten was taken into custody and escorted to a marked MSO patrol vehicle.

Deputies attempted to place Wooten in the rear of the patrol vehicle.

While doing so, Wooten stepped onto the door panel and braced himself against the door frame while saying, "I'm not going to jail!"

Deputies got Wooten off the door panel, turned him around and placed him in the car. Once in the rear of the patrol vehicle, Wooten kicked the door window several times and broke the window and window frame out, causing approximately $1000 in damage.

Aggravated Domestic Battery (Offender Should Have Known Victim was Pregnant), Battery, Resisting Arrest without Violence and Felony Criminal Mischief. In addition, his bail bond on three prior charges for Possession of Drugs was revoked.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bail at this time.


Man Arrested for Child Abuse
for Putting Son, 8, in Choke
Hold, Battery of Girlfriend


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jose Florenciani, 28, of 5120 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Jose Florenciani

The arrest report said Jose and his unnamed girlfriend live together at the above location. Their 8-year-old son also lives with them.

On Sunday, Dec. 7th, Jose and his girlfriend were involved in a verbal argument that turned physical.

According to two different witnesses and the child, Jose was seen pulling his girlfriend's hair and walking back toward their trailer.

While that was happening, the boy ran to get away since his mom was getting hurt.

Jose went after the child and put the child in a choke hold around his neck. He then forcefully threw his son to the ground.

Law enforcement was called and arrived.

There were no physical injuries noted on the girlfriend. The boy had a bum on the back of his head and a 2-inch scratch on the left side of his neck.

All parties refused medical attention at that time.

Jose was arrested and charged with Knowing and Willful Child Abuse without Great Harm and Domestic Battery.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $5,000.


Man Busted for Lewd & Lascivious
Molestation of Girl, 9 Years Old


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Fredrick Kimmons, 46, of Bradenton.


Fredrick Kimmons

The arrest report said on Sunday, Dec. 7th, Kimmons had been drinking all day and night and was extremely intoxicated.

He and a woman and a 9-year-old girl live together as a family at an undisclosed location in Manatee County.

Kimmons and the girl were inside the apartment at about 12:15 p.m. when he asked the girl to come lay on the couch next to him.

She later told a deputy that Kimmons then asked for a kiss and a hug, which she gave him.

She said he then touched her nipple and asked her if it felt tingly or if it felt good or uncomfortable.

She said she told him that it was uncomfortable and tried to lay back down and go to sleep so Kimmons were leave her alone.

She told the deputy that Kimmons had touched both of her nipples and leg and back when he tried to pick her up for a hug. She said that this has never happened before.

Kimmons was arrested and charged with Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Minor.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $7,500.


Man Stole Stereo, Plus
48" TV from Walmart


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Andrew David Wade, 28, of 3708 81st Street East, Palmetto.


Andrew Wade

The arrest report said on Nov. 23rd, Wade entered the Walmart store located at 5810 Ranch Lake Blvd. and put a stereo and a 48" flat screen TV in a shopping cart.

He proceeded to exit the store at the Garden Center without paying for the merchandise.

Loss prevention got the tag number off of a waiting van with its side door open before the van absconded from the parking lot.

However, the tag nearly matched the tag from another incident and on Thursday, Dec. 4th, Wade was arrested at the Manatee County Jail, where he confessed to the crime.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail at this time on a bail bond of $1,500.


Walmart Employee Arrested
for Embezzlement


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Ja-Kevis Jauwan Turner, 18, of 814 17th Street East, Bradenton.


Ja-Kevis Turner

The arrest report said Turner was a cashier employed by Walmart at 5315 Cortez Road West, Bradenton.

On Saturday, Dec. 6th, a deputy was called to the store regarding an employee, Turner, who was found to be taking cash from his register and pocketing the money.

Since November 6th, on four occasions, Turner pocketed $280 in cash from his register.

Turner was arrested and charged with Grand Theft by Embezzlement.

He later posted a bail bond of $1,500 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Manatee County Announces
Holiday Schedule of Closures

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Below is a listing of upcoming holiday closures across Manatee County Government.

County offices will be closed on Christmas Eve (Wed., Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Thurs., Dec. 25) and New Year's Day (Thurs., Jan 1, 2015).

On the days government offices are closed public parks, preserves and beaches remain open to the public. Manatee County and Buffalo Creek golf courses will remain open throughout the holidays.

Manatee County public libraries will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Libraries normally open until 8 p.m. will close at 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Libraries will remain closed on New Year's Day.

Garbage, yard waste and recycling collections are suspended on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Collection services are postponed one day for the remainder of the week and resume the following Monday.

On Christmas Eve, fixed route and para transit buses will stop running at 3 p.m. The Longboat Key Trolley and the Anna Maria Trolley will stop running at 7 p.m. On Christmas Day there will be no fixed route, para transit or Longboat Key Trolley service. The Anna Maria Trolley and beach express will run regular service on Christmas Day. On New Year's Eve all MCAT buses and trolleys will run regular service. Anna Maria Trolley will run extended hours until 1 a.m. On New Year's Day there will be no fixed route, para transit or Longboat Key Trolley service, but the Anna Maria Trolley and beach express will run regular service.

G.T. Bray Recreation Center will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Rec Center will close at 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve and it will be closed on New Year's Day.


Sarasota Man Arrested on
Drug and Weapons Charges;
Guns, Cash, Multiple Drugs Seized


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a 24-year-old Sarasota man on several warrants for drug and weapons charges.


Bryant Hayes

Detectives arrested Bryant Hayes on four warrants yesterday following an undercover investigation during which he sold a three-round burst AK-47 rifle, ammunition and significant quantities of cannabis. Hayes had also asked for assistance altering the serial number on a stolen Colt AR-15 assault rifle.

Detectives then executed a search warrant at his home at 4801 Post Pointe Drive, and recovered several weapons, cannabis, hashish, Butane Hash Oil, liquid Codeine and more than $12,000 in cash.

Hayes is charged with Grand Theft of a Firearm, Principal to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, two counts for the Sale of Cannabis, and one count each of Possession of Hashish with the Intent to Sell, Possession of Butane Hash Oil, Possession of Cannabis with the Intent to Sell and Possession of Hyrdocodone.


Witness: Man Shot by Deputy
Had His Hands Up

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A witness says a man shot and critically injured by an Orange County sheriff's deputy had his hands up at the time of the shooting, as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Officials said Orange County sheriff's Sgt. Robert McCarthy shot Cedric Bartee, 28, early Monday at the Timber Sound apartments, south of State Road 408 near South Kirkman Road.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, a car was reported stolen at the Race Trac at 300 N. Kirkman Road. Deputies found the vehicle at the apartment complex and confronted two men, later identified by the Sheriff's Office as Bartee and 28-year-old Henry Lee Chaney.

Officials said Chaney complied with the deputies' commands, but Bartee made "extensive furtive movements," causing McCarthy to fear for his safety and open fire, the Sheriff's Office said.

A witness questioned why shots were fired in the incident.

"You could see right in the car. Both of them had their hands up and they still shot at the car," said witness Ernest Miles Jr., who added that he had to take cover in his second-floor apartment. "I was scared for my kids because the way the car was facing any of those bullets could have went anywhere. I got away from the window. It kind of shocked me because I've never seen nothing like that before."

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings held a news conference on Monday afternoon calling for a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation into the shooting in light of other police shootings around the nation.

"I want to ensure that we have transparency as well as accountability for the actions of all of my staff that's involved," said Demings.

Demings also said that witness statements are conflicting as to whether Bartee had his hands up.

Religious leaders at the news conference urged the public to not make judgment on OCSO until the investigation is complete.

Bartee was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and underwent surgery. He was listed in critical but stable condition, officials said. Chaney was arrested.

The deputies were not injured. McCarthy has been with the Sheriff's Office since May 2007, officials said. He has been placed on administrative duty, which is standard procedure in shootings.

WKMG has learned that former Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee is lead investigator on the shooting for FDLE. Lee was fired in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation.

FDLE says it is a routine assignment for Lee's new role.

Deputies are asking you to contact investigators at 407-245-0801 if you have any details about the shooting, WMKG said.

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Manatee Deputies Arrest Man
Who Tried to Run Down
Girlfriend at Motel

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kevin M. Sullivan, 25, of 321 11th Street Drive West, Palmetto.


Kevin Sullivan

According to the arrest report, back on November 6th, at about 10:30 a.m., Sullivan and the victim in this case, Jateria Simmons were at Motel 6, 660 67th Street Circle East, Bradenton, when they got into a verbal argument. Sullivan wanted to use Jateria's vehicle for the day and she wouldn't allow it.

Sullivan got angry and grabbed the keys off the seat of the vehicle and jumped into the driver's seat.

Jateria was near the rear driver's door loading something into the vehicle when Sullivan began backing up.

Jateria was able to get out of the way and was not struck by the oncoming door.

Sullivan proceeded to put the car in drive and accelerated rapidly toward Jateria in an attempt to hit her.

Jateria was able to get out of the way as Sullivan crashed the vehicle into Motel 6 and an electrical box.

Jateria said that she was in fear of losing her life and that of her unborn child when she saw Sullivan accelerating toward her.

Sullivan then exited the vehicle and fled the area.

He was located in a dumpster behind the nearby Days Inn, hiding from law enforcement.

Sullivan was detained and it was discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Battery against Jateria, as well as a No Contact Order that was in place.

He was later additionally charged with two more warrants for Domestic Battery and another charge, (Defendant) Should Have Known Victim was Pregnant.

On Dec. 4th, warrants deputies picked up Sullivan and arrested him on those charges.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $45,000.


Woman Arrested for Prostitution
by Undercover Detective

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jayla Kristina Deitsch, 28, of 3715 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Jayla Deitsch

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as a "John" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

At about 5 p.m., he spotted Deitsch walking in the 4800 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton.

He made contact and, after a brief conversation, Deitsch agreed to provide the U/C detective with oral sex for $40.

She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution.

She later posted a $120 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


MSO Has Leased K-9 Training
Facility from Manatee County
School Board


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County School Board recently entered into an agreement to lease a parcel of land to the Sheriff's Office.


Above, MSO K-9 Ranger

The land will be used as a K-9 training facility.

This marks the first time MSO has had its own training facility.

The lease is $10 a year for five years.

MSO thanked the School Board for the use of the property.

The K-9 facility is off Caruso Rd. on the west side of Braden River High School, 6545 State Road 70, Bradenton.

K-9 units will be training at the facility on Tuesday, Dec. 9th, at 4 p.m.


BPD ALERT: Pizza Delivery
Driver Robberies Trending

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department is currently investigating a series of strong armed robberies in which the suspect(s) order deliveries of pizza by telephone. Once the delivery person arrives on scene of the stated address they are confronted by multiple suspects who physically assault and rob the victim.

These incidents have taken place in and around the 1500 Block of East 21st Street East. The suspects are described as young males ranging from late teens to early twenties.

Area pizza delivery companies are urged to use caution and verify address and telephone numbers prior to deliveries.

Anyone having information with regard to this case is asked to call any of the following: Bradenton Police Departments' Detective Greg Price at 941-932-9300 ext 355, or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, click here, or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Callers to the CrimeStoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer or by text message will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Man Claims He was Ambushed,
Robbed by Two Black Males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has reported a strong arm robbery that occurred on Friday, Dec. 5th, at about 5:15 p.m., in the 2800 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, Charles Southwick, 30, stated he was jumped by the two unknown suspects behind the listed location.

Southwick claims the suspects stole money and then fled the area.

The robbers were only described as two unknown Black males in their 30s to early 40s.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, click here, or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Callers to the CrimeStoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer or by text message will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


SPD: Student, 16, Arrested after
Making School Shooting Threats

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Joshua Alexander Wilson, 16, has been charged with a felony charge of “Threat to throw, project, place, or discharge any destructive device” after posting on social media Friday afternoon he was going to commit a shooting at Sarasota High School. Wilson is a student at Sarasota High School.


Joshua Wilson

On Friday, December 5th, the Sarasota Police Department was notified through dispatch that an unknown person posted on Twitter "Can’t wait to shoot up my school." These posts referenced a possible school shooting.

Through investigation, the account was identified as belonging to the suspect, Wilson. Wilson’s Twitter account is open to the public and able to be viewed by anyone.

Detectives and Officers with Sarasota Police Department responded to Sarasota High School and were able to identify Wilson however he was not at school at the time.

Detectives and Officers responded to Wilson’s home, contacted him and brought him to the Sarasota Police Department for further questioning.

As a result of the investigation, Sarasota Police Detectives charged Wilson for his involvement in this incident. Wilson was booked at the Sarasota County Jail.

"Our Officers and Detectives responded and handled this type of threat the way they’ve been trained to do," said Chief Bernadette DiPino, Sarasota Police Department.

"Our Officers and Detectives responded in a professional manner and worked with our community partners, including the Sarasota County School District and Sarasota High School, to make sure this threat was investigated and handled properly," said Chief DiPino.

"We take these types of threats seriously," Chief DiPino said.


Public Safety Advisory on
Dangerous Synthetic Drug


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens about 25i-NBOMe, a synthetic phenethylamine similar to LSD that gives the user a euphoric feeling at first, but can cause disorientation and violent behavior that may also lead to death.

A recent overdose on 25i by a Sarasota County teen who is now recovering sparked an investigation by detectives. In all, five individuals were arrested this weekend: 16-year-old Kyle Baker, 11517 Dancing River Lane, Venice; 18-year-old Cooper Barkow, 954 Ryan Court, Venice; 18-year-old John Johnston, 6226 21st Avenue North, Sarasota; 25-year-old Richard Reese, 1303 12th Street, Sarasota; and 18-year-old Kyler Blessitt, last known address in Asheville, North Carolina.

The NBOMe compounds are substantially more potent than other hallucinogenic drugs, and extremely small amounts can cause seizures, cardiac and respiratory arrest, and death. Synthetic drugs like these, which are sold on the Internet, have no consistent manufacturing processes and may contain drastically differing dosage amounts or a mix of several unknown adulterants. When the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classified 25i and two similar substances as Schedule I drugs, they stated the action was to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety.

"People are playing Russian roulette when they use synthetic drugs," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "Just like our very public push to warn citizens about the dangers of K2 years ago, I am issuing this warning because everyone needs to know these harmful drugs have made their way into our community and that they have potentially deadly effects."

In addition to seizing 26 hits of 25i, Detectives and Tactical Unit Deputies recovered nearly 60 grams of marijuana, 9.1 grams of MDMA or "molly," 5.3 grams of hash and a small quantity of butane hash oil.

"This investigation began with an overdose from which, thankfully, the teen is recovering'" continued Knight. "As stewards of public safety our ultimate fear of course is that we find out about these 'new' synthetics in a circumstance even worse than this one, when recovery isn't an option."


Five of Six Teens Accused
of Sex Assault Charges
Released by Judge


SANFORD, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Five of the six teens accused of raping a student near Winter Springs High School in November were ordered released Monday morning by a judge, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The teens, who have been detained since November 19, were released after the state asked for a continuance, which was granted. No charges have been filed against the teens.

Tywuan Johnson, 17, of Sanford; Josea Sims, 17, of Sanford; Deoante Stewart, 17, of Sanford; Marquis Pierre, 16, of Winter Springs; and Tobert Alexander, 16, of Sanford, were all arrested on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment.

A judge set bond Friday for the sixth teen, Torreano Batton, 18, at $35,000, but as of Monday morning, he remained in jail.

Winter Springs police said the assault occurred last month in a wooded area near Winter Springs High School, near State Road 434 and Tuscawilla Road.

According to the arrest report, the victim went to cut through the woods with Batton to get something to eat when Johnson and Pierre decided to join them.

In the woods, the victim said all three demanded she perform sexual acts on them, refusing to let her go. She said she complied and continued on to the nearby McDonald's.

When she returned alone, she said Johnson pulled her back into the woods where all six teens were waiting for her. She said they forced her to perform sexual acts on them while two of them had sexual intercourse with her.

Winter Springs police said she managed to record part of the ordeal on her iPod. The video shows several black males asking for sex in the woods. Police said investigators can clearly hear her say, "No," and, "I want to go back to school."

The victim left the scene and told her parents, sparking a weeklong investigation and resulting in their arrests, WKMG said.


FHP to Target Aggressive
Cars, Trucks in "TACT"
Campaign Dec. 5-18th

TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT/FHP] -- There's little doubt what can happen during a collision between a passenger car and a tractor-trailer that weighs up to 40 tons. Last Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol began another phase of Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT), a safety campaign aimed at educating motorists on the dangers of aggressive driving when interacting with large trucks on the road.

"FHP is committed to making our highways safer and one way to accomplish that is by reducing the number of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles" said Colonel David H. Brierton, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. "We can reduce the number of crashes if we all avoid aggressive driving behaviors and practice patience around large trucks."

The TACT campaign runs from December 5th - 18th. Troopers will be looking for car and truck drivers who display aggressive driving behaviors such as following too closely, unsafe lane changes and speeding.

Do you drive defensively around large trucks? Protect yourself and your passengers by learning how to share the road. FHP offers these tips for driving around large trucks:

~ Avoid the No Zone. Watch for the substantial blind spots (No Zones) around large trucks.

~ Pass trucks with caution. Pass on the left side for maximum visibility and maintain constant speeds.

~ Don't cut trucks off. Large trucks simply can't stop as quickly as cars.

~ Practice patience and try to be predictable. Avoid making erratic driving maneuvers if a truck isn't going as fast as you'd like.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow them on Twitter @FLHSMV or find them on Facebook.

 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Alleged Triple Murder Suspect
Has Been Captured and is in
Custody, Charged with the
Slaying of Three People

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Andres "Andy" Avalos, 33, who has been taken into custody just two days after the slaying of three people on Thursday, Dec. 4th by gunshots.


Above, Andres "Andy" Avalos

As NewsManatee earlier reported, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office was actively investigating what appeared to be a triple homicide that was discovered on Thursday, Dec. 4th.

A press release from Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said: "At approximately 1:20 Thursday afternoon, deputies responded to a shooting on the property of Bayshore Baptist Church, located at 6502 14th Street West, Bradenton."

When deputies arrived, they discovered one deceased victim. That victim was later identified as the lead pastor of the Bayshore Baptist Church, James "Tripp" Battle, 31 years old.

While at the scene, deputies learned of the possibility of other victim at a residence located at 1208 67th Street NW, Bradenton.

Deputies responded to that location and found two deceased persons.

They were Amber Avalos, 33 yoa, Andy Avalos' wife, and Denise Potter, 46, a family friend.


Above, Andres "Andy" Avalos'
Booking Photo from Saturday

One media report said Andy suspected his wife and Tripp Battle of having an extramarital affair, but that theory was quickly discounted by family members. The source of that rumor was not given in the media report. A motive for the killings has not yet been revealed by the sheriff's office. However, while it may be true that Avalos may have believed or suspected his wife of cheating on him with Tripp Battle; it just was not announced as the motive at that time.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Andy Avalos for Murder in connection with the church shooting.

He remained at large for two days. His vehicle -- a Chevrolet Suburban -- was discovered late Thursday night in a parking lot at the Walmart store located at 6225 State Road 64 East, Bradenton. Detective set up surveillance on the vehicle, waiting for Avalos to return to it. But that never happened.

Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube said Avalos should be considered armed and dangerous.

Then, on Friday, Dec. 5th, the Gold Star Club announced it was offering a $15,000 reward for information that would lead to the arrest of the person responsible for the triple murders at the Bayshore Baptist Church and the home in West Bradenton. Crime Stoppers also announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to Avalos' capture.

On Saturday, Dec. 6th, Avalos' family addressed the community at a hastily organized press conference with their message for Avalos: "Turn yourself in," Avalos' father said.

Media coverage of the triple murders was broad and all-encompassing, from Tampa to Sarasota.

Finally, on Saturday, Dec. 6th, -- just two days after the triple homicide -- Avalos was spotted in the back yard of a residence at the Pine Haven Mobile Home Park, 6320 14th Street West, Bradenton.

The residents knew right away it was Avalos, due to the media coverage they said, and engaged him in conversation for a bit, while calling law enforcement. Avalos told them he wanted to talk to his mother by phone, which he did while awaiting deputies.

Manatee County prosecutors have said since then that Avalos gave a full confession, and followed that statement by announcing, "It was a crime of passion," indicating there was some truth in the un-sourced rumor that Avalos suspected his wife of cheating on him with Tripp.

Avalos is being held at the Manatee County Jail without bond at this time, charged with 3 counts of Second Degree Murder (murder without premeditation).

There have now been thirteen homicides reported overall in Manatee County. Nine have now occurred in unincorporated Manatee County, two have occurred in the City of Bradenton and two have occurred in the City of Palmetto.


Manatee County Jail Escaped
Inmate Captured in Sanford


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an inmate who escaped from the Manatee County Jail has been captured.


Meren Thompson

As NewsManatee earlier reported, a sheriff's report said at approximately 2:20 Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23rd, deputies responded to search for an inmate who walked away from the inmate farm at the Manatee Correctional Complex, north of Palmetto.

The inmate escapee is Meren Thompson, 43 years old. He is described as 5'10", 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was serving time for Contempt of Court from a Domestic Battery charge.

Thompson was working at the inmate farm when he escaped.

Detectives believe that Thompson was involved in a carjacking approximately four miles north of the inmate farm in Hillsborough County.

Thompson was arrested Saturday morning, Dec. 6th, at approximately 11:20 a.m., in Sanford, Florida.

He is charged with Escape from Manatee County and also faces carjacking charges from Hillsborough County.

He will be booked into the Seminole County jail until he is transported to either Manatee County or Hillsborough County.


Man Arrested for Palmetto
Burglary, Theft of
Lawn Furniture

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Brandon Stover, 29, of 9216 29th Street East, in Parrish.


Brandon Stover

A sheriff's report said on Nov. 28th the victim, Vickie Troupe, heard someone knock on her front door at 207 27th Street East, Palmetto, but due to physical ailments she was slow to get to the door.

When she was finally able to get to the front door she saw a White male loading her lawn furniture into a bluish/gray Dodge Dakota truck.

She yelled to the suspect but he ignored her and left with her furniture.

The victim gave a full description of the suspect to Dep. Noronha and he in turn contacted Manatee Metals recycling center.

The clerk advised that Brandon Stover had just come into the scrap yard with lawn furniture matching that of the victim’s.

A follow-up investigation confirmed that the furniture that was brought in was indeed the victim’s and a photo pack was done, with Brandon’s picture included.

The victim positively identified Brandon as the person she saw taking her furniture the day of the incident.

Stover was arrested on Friday, Dec. 4th and charged with Occupied Burglary.

At the jail, Stover was additionally charged with three counts of Contempt of Court for Violation of Drug Court terms of release.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond at this time.


BPD Names Officer Lee Cosens
Officer of the Month for December

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has named Officer Lee Cosens as Officer of the Month for December 2014.


BPD Officer Lee Cosens

According to a press release from BPD, on November, 10, 2014, Officer Lee Cosens was on patrol in the area of the 800 block of 15th Street East.

He was approached by a concerned citizen and informed of male subject that was having a seizure behind a nearby residence.

Officer Cosens located the male sitting down and observed that he appeared to be conscious; however, he was not responsive.

Officer Cosens then checked him for a pulse and found that it was extremely faint and noted that he was not breathing.

Officer Cosens then placed the male on the ground and immediately called Bradenton Police Department's Dispatch Center and requested the assistance of E.M.S.

He then started administering the life-saving technique of C.P.R.

A short time later, the male began to breathe slowly and his pulse increased.

E.M.S. personnel arrived and continued to render medical assistance and eventually transported te male to Manatee Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

The quick actions Officer Cosens most certainly saved the life of the male. His actions also demonstrated his commitment and dedication to the citizens of the City of Bradenton, so it is with pleasure that Chief of Police Michael Radzilowski named Officer Cosens the Bradenton Police Department's Officer of the Month for December 2014.


Good Samaritan Victim of
Armed Robbery by Two
White Males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery that occurred on Thursday, Dec. 4th, at about 8:45 p.m., in the 300 block of 52nd Avenue Plaza East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, Steven Nease, 23, gave a friend a ride to the 100 block of 52nd Avenue Plaza East, Bradenton, and the victim agreed.

After dropping his friend off, the victim began to leave the area and stopped for the stop sign at the intersection of 4th Street East and 52nd Avenue Plaza East.

Upon doing so, suspect #2, a White male in his 40s, got into the back seat of his car.

He stated, “This is a robbery!” and produced a dark object that the victim presumed was a weapon.

Suspect #1, a White male in his 20s, got into the passenger seat and tried to remove the keys from the ignition.

He then began rummaging through the vehicle, taking loose change and cash totaling $18.

Both suspects exited the car and absconded on foot.

The victim sustained no injuries.

There was no further description of the culprits in the report.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, click here, or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Callers to the CrimeStoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer or by text message will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue
Responded to Structure Fire


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Cedar Hammock and Southern Manatee Fire Rescue units responded to a reported structure fire at 5917 14th St. W. Tradewinds Mobile Home Park, Lot 320.
The date/time of the incident was December 6th, at 10:23 p.m.

Three engines and a Battalion Chief from Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue and one engine from Southern Manatee Fire Rescue responded to the incident. Two Manatee County EMS ambulances their supervisor also responded.

Cedar Hammock units arrived within 4 minutes of receiving the call from the Manatee County 911 center with smoke showing from the home.

The Manatee County Sheriffs office was already on scene performing a rescue of one person still inside the home. The person that was rescued was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation and minor burns. The patient was conscious at the time of transport.

A citizen (Good Samaritan) assisted the deputy with the quick rescue. The citizen was treated and released from the scene with smoke inhalation type affects.

The fire was quickly extinguished and cooled by on scene units with the main area of fire being a couch.

There was only minor smoke and heat damage to the home itself.

There were no reported injuries to fire department of sheriff's office personnel.

Cedar Hammock Fire Prevention Bureau inspected the fire.

The cause of the fire was undetermined in nature at the time of the fire investigation because they were not able to question the person transported to the hospital.


Rosedale Resident's Home
Burglarized, Items Stolen


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has reported a burglary that occurred on Friday, Dec. 5th, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., at a residence in the Rosedale subdivision, in the 9700 block of 53rd Drive East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, Laura Recoon, 73, was away from her home between the listed time frame.

An unknown suspect(s) broke into the home and stole property from within.

No other information was available.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, click here, or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Callers to the CrimeStoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer or by text message will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


FHP: Bicyclist Struck, Killed
by Truck; Right of Way Violation


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a vehicle/bicycle collision that occurred on Saturday, Dec. 6th, at about 6:45 p.m., at University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge Road, in Bradenton.

The FHP report said a 2003 Dodge Ram, being driven by Jimmie McNeil, 55, of Sarasota, was stopped for traffic facing south exiting the driveway of "The Center at University Parkway", 8320 Lockwood Ridge Rd.

A bicyclist, Jackie Monroe, 60, of Sarasota, was traveling westbound on University Parkway in the westbound bike path.

The driver of the pickup truck stated that he saw the traffic light at Lockwood Ridge Road turn green and saw traffic approaching. The driver of V-1 stated that he quickly accelerated onto University Parkway.

The front of V-1 struck the right side of the bicycle.

Mr. Monroe was transported to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The pickup truck's driver, McNeil, was cited for Violation of Right of Way.



Man Charged with Child Abuse
for Injecting Teen with Drugs


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a 20-year-old man after deputies attempting to serve an arrest warrant witnessed him injecting a teenage girl with drugs.


Anthony Henry

Deputies went to the home in the 2600 block of Loma Linda Street just before 7:00 p.m., Thursday night, Dec. 4th, and could see a man later identified as Anthony Henry putting a needle into the girl's arm.

Deputies quickly announced themselves and Henry put the syringe in a nearby bottle and ran out of the room.

Deputies ordered him to come to the door and Henry admitted injecting the teen with Roxicodone.

Deputies contacted paramedics to determine if medical treatment was necessary before sending the teen home with her mother who had been called to the scene.

Henry is charged with felony Child Abuse, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Tampering with Evidence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

He is currently on probation so he was also charged with that violation as well.


Woman, 60, Falls to Death
Decorating for Christmas


DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a 60-year-old woman fell to her death while decorating the balcony of her 12th-floor condo in Daytona Beach Shores, police said.

Daytona Beach Shores police said Debra Smith was decorating Sunday evening at her home at 2555 S. Atlantic Avenue when she fell.

Police said a chair was found near the balcony.

Smith’s 80-year-old husband, who has medical issues, was home at the time, according to police.

WKMG said a death investigation is ongoing.


 

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