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An arrest means only that a law enforcement officer attests there is probable cause to reasonably believe that a crime has been committed. An arrestee is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Week of September 22, 2014 - September 28, 2014

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Woman Accused of Causing
Great Bodily Harm to Her

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jody L. Hutchinson, 47, of 3701 16th Street West, Bradenton.

Jody Hutchinson

The arrest report said the unnamed victim in this case and Hutchinson are boyfriend and girlfriend and they live together.

On Sunday, Sept. 14th, at about 4 a.m., they got into a verbal argument that turned physical when Hutchinson began throwing objects at the victim.

Hutchinson threw a glass bottle of vinegar pickled vegetables at the victim which broke on his right elbow, causing a deep laceration to his elbow.

Hutchinson then fled the residence on foot in an unknown direction.

A deputy observed that the victim was bleeding a large amount from his right elbow. There was a large amount of blood on the couch. There was broken glass and pickled vegetables on the floor and the strong odor of vinegar.

The victim was very intoxicated and refused to have any photos taken and also refused to give a description of Hutchinson, or direction of travel.

Hutchinson was arrested three days later, on Wednesday, Sept. 17th, at the above residence.

She was charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm.

She later posted a $1,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

BPD: Man Tried to Steal
Two Laptops from Walmart

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Conrad Dean, 45, of 2915 60th Street East, Palmetto.

Conrad Dean

The arrest report said on January 2nd of this year, at about 7 a.m., Dean entered the Walmart store located at 5315 Cortez Road West, Bradenton.

He went directly to the customer service desk and returned an item he entered the store with. He did not have a receipt for the item, so he had to provide his Florida Driver License to return the item.

Dean then went to the electronics department and pried open the locked laptop case. He selected two laptops from the laptop case, then went to the sporting goods department and hardware department and opened the laptop boxes.

He then left the laptops in a bag in the sporting good section and exited the store without the laptops.

About 25 minutes later, Dean re-entered the store and went directly to the location where he had placed the laptops. he selected the bag with the laptops and exited the store through the garden section, passing all points of sale without paying for the two laptops and the shoulder bag.

Dean was not apprehended when he left the store.

However, on Wednesday, September 17th, he was arrested when he once again entered the same store. An alert loss prevention officer recognized Dean as the man who stole the laptops in January.

He was charged with Grand Theft Shoplifting.

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

Man Arrested for Attempted
Robbery of Cell Phone
after Parking Dispute

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Edward J. McGee, 29, of Bradenton.

Edward McGee

A sheriff's report said on Thursday, Sept. 18th, at about 11 p.m., the victim, Tracey Disintio, 41, and McGee became involved in a verbal argument in the parking lot of the RaceTrac at 5410 14th Street West, Bradenton, over a parking issue.

During the argument, Tracey took a picture of McGee's license plate with her cell phone.

This enraged McGee, who grabbed the victim's cell phone and attempted to pry it out of her hand.

Tracey was able to retain her cell phone, at which time she called MCSO.

McGee then fled in his vehicle.

The victim was not injured during the incident.

The area was checked but the suspect could not be located at that time.

However, further investigation revealed McGee lived at 4515 26th Street West.

Deputies located and arrested him at about 3:15 a.m. on the 19th.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail at this time, charged with Attempted Robbery.

Woman Agrees to "Do" Two
Undercover Detectives

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Shelby L. Phillips, 24, of the 7600 block of South Leewind Drive, Sarasota.

Shelby Phillips

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Sept. 17th, two undercover detectives attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit were patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as "Johns" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

At about 10 p.m., they came across Phillips in the 8700 block of U.S. 41.

They made contact and, after a brief conversation, Phillips agreed to give both detectives oral sex for $25 each and allow one of the U/C detectives to perform sexual intercourse on her for $35.

She was arrested without incident and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $1,000.

I-75 Armed Robbery Victim
Falls for Ruse by Two
Feigning Illness

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery that occurred on Sunday, Sept. 21st, at about 6 a.m. on I-75 southbound near mile marker 224 (U.S. 301).

A sheriff's report said the victim, Adam Pulse, 20, of Palmetto, was traveling southbound on I-75 @ MM 224 when he saw an unknown female standing in the middle of the interstate trying to wave him down.

Adam stopped to assist with what appeared to be a medical issue.

During the encounter, Adam was robbed of property at gunpoint by an unknown male who was also on scene.

The suspect vehicle was described as a 90s black GMC Yukon with no unique characteristics last seen southbound from the scene on I-75.

The incident was delayed being reported to law enforcement.

The vehicle or suspects were not located.

There were no injuries related to the incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

The two ambushers were described as:

1. An unknown Black male, 6'0" tall, 200 pounds, with no facial hair, short hair, and was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and black shorts.

2. An unknown Black female, 5'4" tall, 120 pounds, last seen wearing a black T-shirt and blue jean shorts with straight shoulder length hair.

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.

Man Shoots His Wife in Head;
Incident Deemed Accidental

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a shooting that occurred on Sunday, Sept. 21st, at about 8:45 a.m., at a residence in the 3800 block of 100th Street West (Coconut Terrace), Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said deputies responded to Blake Medical Center's Emergency Room for a reported shooting with injuries.

Upon arrival, deputies interviewed John Turbeville, 59, and Patricia Turbeville, 58, separately.

Both Patricia and John said they were preparing to play golf.

John removed a small North American, 5 shot revolver (22 mag) from his pocket and dropped it.

When the revolver hit the floor, it discharged.

The round struck Patricia, grazing the side of her head.

John drove Patricia to Blake ER for treatment.

Patricia was alert and talking and was most likely going to be released from the ER after receiving treatment for the wound.

At this time, this incident appears to be accidental, Sgt. Keith Noordzy wrote in the report.

MSO: Girl, 11, Bitten
by Bull Terrier

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a dog bite incident that occurred on Saturday, Sept. 20th, at about 3:15 p.m., outside a residence in the 2700 block of 6th Street West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said a female, who is 11 years old, was playing with other children in the neighborhood in front of a 1-year-old Bull Terrier mix named Bentley.

Bentley was tied up and has had interaction with the child in the past with no issues.

While playing, the child ran up to Bentley and Bentley bit her on the legs.

Bentley’s owner came out during the incident and separated the dog from her and held him until animal control responded and took control of the dog.

Housekeeper Arrested for
Dealing in Stolen Property;
More Victims Sought by SSO

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Sarasota housekeeper for stealing jewelry from an elderly client's home and pawning the items for cash.

Virginia Clawson

On September 13th, the 73-year-old victim contacted the sheriff's office to report that cash and jewelry had gone missing from her home.

Detectives located a piece of the victim's jewelry at a local pawn shop and were able to identify fingerprints on a signed pawn slip matching those of the victim's housekeeper, Virginia Clawson, 48, of 4220 Center Gate Blvd, Sarasota.

Through investigation, detectives learned that Clawson provides housekeeping services for numerous elderly clients in the area and has pawned nearly 60 pieces of men and women's jewelry over the past several months.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives ask anyone who suspects they may be a victim of a related crime, to contact North County Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4900.

Clawson is currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail on $9,000 bond.

She faces charges of Dealing in Stolen Property and providing False Ownership Information on Pawn Forms.

Traffic Stop Leads to
Multiple Drug Charges

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a Sarasota man following a traffic stop that led to the discovery of over 70 grams of marijuana and nearly 200 prescription pills.

Phillip Buckles

On Wednesday night around 8:30 p.m., deputies stopped a white GMC pickup truck driving recklessly near the intersection of Glengary Street and Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. When the vehicle slowed down, the driver quickly exited and fled toward a nearby building causing deputies to deploy their Taser. Once the driver was taken into custody, deputies searched the vehicle to find a Ziploc bag of marijuana, multiple prescription pills and a notebook detailing the weight and description of the drugs.

Phillip Buckles, 52, 417 Beach Road #19, is charged with Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, three counts of Possession without a Prescription, Trafficking and Intent to Sell. Additional charges include Driving Under the Influence, Refusal to Submit to a DUI Test, Resisting Arrest and Driving While License Permanently Revoked.

This is Buckles' eighth DUI and records show that his license has already been revoked three times in the state of Florida. He is currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail without bond.

SPD Prostitution Operation
Nets Three "Johns"

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, in conjunction with the Narcotics Unit, conducted a prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes; “Johns.”

Above, L to R, Alvaro Diaz-Hernandez, Michael Capo, and John H. Stevens

The operation was conducted in the 4200 block of N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

Three individuals were arrested for Solicitation for Prostitution.

They are:

Alvaro Diaz-Hernandez, 25, Sarasota
Michael Capo, 46, Sarasota
John H. Stevens, 35, Parrish

CCSO Makes Two Arrests
in Homicide Case

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men on charges of Second Degree Murder in the death of Kello Bonhomme who was found along a Port Charlotte roadside last Tuesday.

Above, L to R, Dwayne Johnson and Freddie Campbell

On Thursday September 18th, detectives arrested Dwayne Jarrel Johnson, 31, of 21962 Hernando Avenue in Port Charlotte, and Freddie Earl Campbell, 27, of 1538 Purdy Lane in North Port, on charges of Second Degree Murder.

On Tuesday September 9th, the body of Kello Bonhomme, 40, of Port Charlotte, was found by passers-by laying on the road on Salisbury Street near Kenilworth Blvd. He has been shot.

Shortly after the victim was identified, detectives requested the public’s assistance in locating two vehicles, a Kia Sorento and a black Ford Explorer, that the victim was known to have previously driven. Actual photographs of both vehicles taken by the Sheriff’s Office’s VeriPlate system were published and both vehicles were located later that same day.

Johnson and Campbell were developed as persons of interest in this case. Detectives continued their investigation, conducting interviews and processing items for evidence. By Thursday, they had developed enough information to get an arrest warrant for Campbell. Johnson was already in the Charlotte County Jail on a previous charge of Armed Robbery and was also booked on the murder charge.

Sheriff Prummell said he was very confident in the work of his detectives in building a very strong case. Although he could not elaborate due to the continuing investigation, he said that both Johnson and Campbell, as well as the victim, were known to members of the Narcotics Unit as having been involved in the drug trade in the county.

Sheriff Bill Prummell held a press conference last Friday to announce the arrests. He praised the members of the Major Crimes Unit, who, together with members of the Narcotics Unit, Intelligence Unit and Forensics Unit and the State Attorney’s Office, worked virtually around the clock for the first 48 hours to follow leads and collect evidence in this case.

The investigation is continuing.

Small Florida Town Copes
with Mass Slaying

BELL, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- The small town of Bell, Florida, is trying to come to grips with a horrific mass slaying that left six children and two adults dead, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office believes 51-year-old Don Charles Spirit shot and killed his daughter and her six children before killing himself Thursday afternoon.

The shooting happened at a home in Bell, which is located in Gilchrist County in north-central Florida, about 140 miles from Orlando.

Inside the home, deputies said they found the bodies of Spirit, his 28-year-old daughter, Sarah Lorraine Spirit, and his six grandchildren. The grandchildren were identified as 2-month-old Alanna Stewart, 4-year-old Brandon Stewart, 5-year-old Destiny Stewart, 8-year-old Johnathon Kuhlmann, 9-year-old Kylie Kuhlmann and 11-year-old Kaleb Kuhlmann.

Four of the children attended Bell Elementary School.

A memorial was held on Friday night at the Bell High School football game, which included a moment of silence.

Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz held a news conference Friday, asking for prayers for the community, especially for the families of the victims and children who live in the town.

“Everyone knows everyone,” said Schultz, adding that 16,000 people live in the entire county. “We refuse to let this define us. Our focus is on the children.”

Schultz said he could not divulge information about the father or fathers of the children.

School Superintendent Robert Rankin also spoke at the news conference, saying grief counselors were at Bell Elementary School, which houses about 540 students, on Friday to help students cope with the tragedy.

“Everybody grieves different,” Rankin said. “We’re trying to meet their needs.”

Rankin described the slain children as "happy-go-lucky kids," and said there was no known evidence that any of them was dealing with potential issues at home.

“As you can imagine, this has been a tough day for the school district," Rankin said. “We pray that God will be with us in the days ahead."

Rankin said a teacher told him that she put the children on a school bus at 3 p.m. The shootings occurred about an hour later.

"He was walking up and down the road at least a couple of times, which was kind of strange," Neighbor Tate Bryant told WKMG.

Bryant says he saw Spirit pacing their dirt road at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, then Spirit walked with the four children from the bus stop past his house and shortly after, deputies were barreling down the road.

The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office said late Thursday that it received a 911 call around 4 p.m. from the Spirit, who said that he had harmed others and was going to harm himself.

Schultz said deputies have been called to the home before on multiple occasions and that Spirit had a criminal history.

"He was not a legal gun owner," Schultz said.

Gov. Rick Scott visited Bell on Friday.

"We all have families," Scott said. "We can't imagine this happening to our family and friends."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the mass shooting.

In 2001, Spirit accidentally shot and killed his 8-year-old son, Kyle, during a hunting trip to Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area near Kenansville in Osceola County, according to officials. During a walk through the woods, Spirit pointed out some rust on the muzzle of a gun and it fired, hitting Kyle in the head, officials said.

Spirit was sentenced to three years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm. He pleaded guilty in exchange for a minimum sentence just as his trial was about to begin.

After the incident, the family moved from Tampa to Bell, WKMG said.


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