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Man, 34, Arrested for Forced
Sexual Battery on Woman;
She is Physically Incapacitated

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jorge Ivan Reyes-Velazquez, 23, of the 1600 block of 34th Avenue West, Ellenton.


Jorge Reyes-Velazquez

According to the arrest report, on Saturday, July 26th, at about 2 a.m., Velazquez arrived home intoxicated.

The unnamed 21-year-old victim in this case, who is said to be physically incapacitated, told a responding deputy that she was asleep when Jorge came into the bedroom and demanded to have sex with him.

She told him that she did not want to have sex with him, that she was tired, and wanted to sleep.

Jorge got upset and said if she would have sex with someone else, she could have sex with him.

Jorge believed that the woman she is having an affair, but she is not, she said.

Jorge said, "You are my [known to him] and you will have sex with me."

Jorge then restrained her arms next to her shoulders, removed her clothing and penetrated her.

She said he restrained her arms over her head, crossing them at the wrist, and held both arms with one of his hands while using the other hand to finish removing her clothing and his pants, as well.

All the while the woman kept telling him "No" and to "Stop."

At this point, others in the house woke up to the sounds of the struggle.

Jorge was then able to escape and flee the residence.

A couple of hours later, he was captured and arrested.

He was charged with Sexual Battery on a Physically Incapacitated Person.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail at this time on a bail bond of $50,000.

The report did not specify the woman's physical incapacity.


Dance Studio Owner Arrested
for Secretly Recording Phone
Conversation with Employee


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Stacy A. Charette, 35, of 7044 West Country Club Drive North, in South Manatee County.


Stacy Charette

The arrest report said on March 17th, the unnamed victim in this case received a phone all from Stacy.

He and Stacy spoke about his idea of opening up his own dance studio.

Stacy informed him that she did not like the idea that he was deciding to leave (her employ) without first telling her about it.

Stacy fired him and told him that it was not a good idea to solicit her students.

During their conversation, Stacy was recording the man without his consent or knowledge.

The victim was unaware that he was being recorded and did not find out until Stacy's mother, Sandra Charette, sent him an e-mail with a copy of the recording.

Since then, it is alleged that Stacy now replays the recording for her dance students in an effort to persuade them not to join his dance studio.

Stacy was arrested and charged with Illegal Interception of Communication, a felony.

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

According to the PCA, the name of Stacy's dance studio is Dance Art.


Two Homeless People Take
Truck from Dealer, Use It
to Live In, Fail to Return It


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Rosemary G. Silva, 42, and Eloy Sosa-Delfin, 36, both allegedly of 300 24th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Eloy Sosa-Delfin and Rosemary Silva

The arrest report said on Sunday, July 6th, at about 9:15 a.m., Eloy and Rosemary entered Showcase Autos, 6115 14th Street West, Bradenton, and filled out paperwork as if to purchase a 1998 Ford F150 from the dealer.

When they needed to get their insurance, they were afforded the vehicle to go to the insurance company to show them the vehicle, and transfer and/or purchase their insurance. They were then to return the vehicle and finish the transaction, making the down payment and pay schedule.

They did not do that.

A different tag was placed on the vehicle, and the vehicle was never returned no were any arrangements to make any payments made.

The car dealer made attempts to contact them, to demand they return the vehicle.

They did not return the dealer's calls on at least two occasions. They apologized, however, saying that they had nowhere to live, and that they were sorry they couldn't pay or return the truck.

They were both arrested on July 24th, on unrelated Contempt of Court warrants and were already therefore in custody.

They were both charged with Grand Theft Auto.

They both remain in the Manatee County Jail at this time without bail.


BPD Asks Public's Help to ID
Credit Card Fraud Suspect


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has requested the public's assistance to identify a man suspected of credit card fraud. He is pictured in the surveillance photo below.


A press release from BPD said on May 15th and 19th, 2014, the unnamed victim's debit card was used without her consent at the "Lil' Country Store," located at 825 15th Street West, Bradenton. On May 23rd, 2014, the victim's debit card was used again without her consent at the Florida Central Credit Union, located at 701 9th Street West, Bradenton, Florida.

The total amount of money involved in the transactions was $789.50.

Anyone having information with regard to this case is asked to call any of the following: Bradenton Police Departments' Detective Leonel Marines at 941-932-9327, ( reference Case #2014-4395 ), 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 Wanted for Venice
Bank Robbery Arrested
in Atlanta, Georgia

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, has arrested the suspect wanted for robbing a Venice bank on November 2, 2013.


Matthew Maxwell

Around noon that day, a man wearing what was described as an Albert Einstein mask entered Wells Fargo Bank, 1301 U.S. 41 Bypass South, demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. A customer who pursued the suspect was sprayed with mace. The suspect initially fled on a bicycle and then left the area in a red sedan driven by an accomplice. Detectives obtained the mask as evidence and witnesses reported the suspect’s description.

This month, detectives investigating this case received a tip identifying Matthew Maxwell, 29, 8413 North Branch Street, Tampa, as the suspect in this case. Detectives showed the witnesses a photo lineup and both identified Maxwell as the bank robber.

Detectives obtained a warrant for Maxwell and he was arrested yesterday in Atlanta by the Atlanta Police Department on the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office warrant.

Maxwell is charged with one count of felony Bank Robbery and one count of Battery.

Elsewhere, Maxwell is a suspect in more than a dozen other crimes and additional charges are pending.


SPD Arrests Man Who Threatened
Woman with Box Cutter on Bus


SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- An arrest has been made after an aggravated assault occurred on a Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) Bus on Saturday, July 19, 2014.


Albert Singletary

Albert Junior Singletary, 31, of 2828 Suncrest Drive, Sarasota, has been charged with Felony Aggravated Assault. He was arrested on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force.

The victim told detectives she was riding a SCAT bus to work when Singletary came and sat near her on the bus. During the ride, Singletary attempted to engage the victim in conversation however she tried to ignore him.

Singletary asked for the victim’s name and she gave it. The victim said Singletary began to repeat her name incessantly. The victim told detectives Singletary asked for her phone number and she refused to give it.

The victim said Singletary got up from his seat and with his back to the front of the bus, removed his back flip phone, wallet and a light blue/silver box cutter knife from his pocket. The victim advised Singletary opened the knife to reveal the blade. The victim said Singletary brandished the knife and then closed and put it away. The victim then exited the bus.

Previous arrest photographs of Singletary were compared to the video surveillance. Additionally, phone records indicate the phone number placed to the victim’s phone is registered to Junior Albert.

Albert Junior Singletary has been charged with felony aggravated assault after he intentionally and unlawfully threatened by word or act, to do violence to the victim.


Traffic Stop Results in Arrest
on Multiple Drug Charges


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Punta Gorda man was arrested for possession of multiple types of drugs on Tuesday after being stopped by members of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit for failing to stop at a stop sign.


Andrew Phung

Andrew Botero Phung, 23, of Orchid Drive in Punta Gorda, was stopped when the vehicle he was driving went through the stop sign and stop bar area at the intersection of Starlite and Gibralter in Port Charlotte. When deputies were talking to him about the traffic infraction, he was acting nervous with his hands shaking. The deputies told him they were going to issue a traffic warning and asked if they could search his vehicle.

Phung declined to have his vehicle searched, but consented to allowing the deputies to search him. When they searched Phung, they found a green plastic bag that contained a syringe, a teaspoon and a plastic baggie containing 7.5 pills that were found to be oxycodone.

While deputies were searching Phung, a K-9 deputy arrived at the scene of the traffic stop and conducted a walk around the car. When the dog alerted on the vehicle, the deputies searched the car and located 23 Zanax pills, a crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, several glass vials of different types of anabolic steroids, along with several types of smoking pipes and syringes.

Phung was transported to the Charlotte County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Zanax, Possession of Oxycodone, three counts of Possession of an Anabolic Steroid and Possession of Paraphernalia. He was released on a total $32,500 bond.


Man Arrested in 16-Year-Old
Teen's Disappearance;
Destroyed Blood Evidence

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT] -- Orange County sheriff's officials on Wednesday said they have made an arrest in the case of a missing 16-year-old girl who vanished from her home.


Alexandria Chery
(Facebook photo)

Deputies announced on Wednesday the arrest of Sanel Saintsimon in connection to Alexandria Chery's disappearance. Saintsimon, a longtime boyfriend of Alexandria's mother, was arrested on charges of giving false information to law enforcement during investigation and attempted destruction of evidence.

Alexandria was last seen Monday morning at the Hawthorne Grove Apartments near Old Winter Garden Road and Good Homes Road, according to deputies.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said on Wednesday at a news conference that Alexandria's disappearance is considered "extremely suspicious."

"Obviously the worst case scenario is that this individual could have been seriously injured," Demings said. "We could be looking at a homicide -- that's not what we're saying at this time -- but that's the worst case scenario."

Alexandria's mother saw her around 7 a.m. Monday and told deputies her daughter was still in bed. She also said that a wet spot was also found on the floor of the bedroom and smelled the odor of bleach, according to deputies.

Deputies also said a pair of wet male underwear was found under Alexandria's bed, according to her mother. Detectives said they believe Saintsimon destroyed evidence in the apartment by cleaning up blood in Alexandria's room, in the hallway and the bathroom.

According to the report, Alexandria's mother also found blood on a stuffed animal still on the bed, as well as blood spatters around the apartment.

Alexandria was described as a Black girl, about 5 feet 2 inches tall, 105 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Deputies said they are aggressively searching for Alexandria and believe she may be somewhere in the area.

It is believed Alexandria was inside of a black Pontiac, which was found in Pine Hills, at some point, according to deputies. The vehicle is being processed for evidence.

"Every minute and every day is critical now," said Ray Jospeh, the teen's uncle.

Jospeh started a website, BringAlexHomeSafe.com, in an effort to raise awareness and funds as the family searches for Alexandria.

Deputies were in the complex on Tuesday speaking to neighbors.

"They just asked me had I seen anything or heard anything, but I work a lot so I didn't," said Shawnette Davis. "I didn't notice anything and my daughters didn't notice anything."

Deputies are hoping that Alexandria's friends call the Orange County Sheriff's Office if they know where she may be. Anyone with information on Alexandria or Saintsimon's whereabouts on Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 407-836-HELP.

 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

West Manatee Station 4
Rescues Two Ducklings;
Mama Duck Grateful

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- West Manatee Fire Rescue, Station 4, was called upon to rescue two ducklings trapped in a storm drain on Wednesday, July 30th.


Above, the crew, L to R, Lt. Jeff Lonzo, Captain Ryan Moore,
Firefighter Andrew Lauricella and Deputy Chief Brett Pollock
(Photo provided by Susan Miller)

A press release from WMFR said when Susan Miller of Mango Park arrived at the West Manatee Fire Rescue Administration building early Wednesday morning to ask for assistance with the rescue of ducklings trapped in a storm drain, firefighters jumped into action.


Above, one of the rescued ducklings
(Photo provided by Susan Miller)

The firefighters from Station 4 arrived in the 2000 block of 91st Street NW to a mother duck walking frantically around a storm drain. Firefighters could hear the ducklings chirping in the drain.

Manhole covers on both sides of the road were removed and Lt. Jeff Lonzo located the 2 ducklings in a pipe between the road and a retention pond.

It was determined that the discharge pipe at the pond was too severely clogged for the ducklings to escape on their own. Firefighters began removing debris from the discharge pipe, hoping to make a large enough opening for the ducklings to escape.

With all the work at the discharge pipe, the ducklings moved back to the area of the storm drain.

Firefighters flowed water on one side of the street with a garden hose, while Captain Ryan Moore used a crab net to try and catch the ducklings.

The first duckling was able to avoid the crab net and was quickly moved past a temporary barrier placed in front of the pipes.

Meanwhile, Lt. Lonzo was able to catch one of the ducklings by hand in the manhole. That duckling was released to the mother duck who was at the retention pond.

A few minutes later, the second duckling popped out of the discharge pipe and swam to its mother.

Miller described the crew as “kind, gentle and compassionate with the little ducks.”


Man Already in Custody
Charged with Stealing
$20,000+ in Jewelry


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Miles Rivers, 24, of 1416 24th Avenue East, in Bradenton.


Miles Rivers

A sheriff's report said between the dates of March 7th and March 9th, 2014, the victim, Carla Odell, of the 8400 block of 25th Street East, in Parrish, hired Miles Rivers to house sit for her while she was out of town.

It was not until July that the victim noticed several pieces of jewelry missing from her home and reported that to MSO.

The total value of the missing jewelry was in excess of $20,000.

A pawn search revealed that Miles did pawn several pieces of the jewelry at several different pawn shops in Manatee County.

The remaining pieces of jewelry in the pawn shops were shown to the victim; she was able to identify those items as hers.

Rivers was already incarcerated at the jail on Violation of Domestic Injunction charge and was interviewed by Dep. Isbell about the theft of the jewelry.

In a post-Miranda interview, Rivers admitted to taking the jewelry from the victim and pawning several pieces of it.

Rivers has been charged with 3 counts of Dealing in Stolen Property and 3 counts of Defrauding a Pawn Broker.

Including the earlier domestic charge, Rivers remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $77,000.


Palmetto Teenager Arrested for
Pointing Gun at Girl's Granddad

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Anthony Gonzales, 16, of the 1000 block of 12th Avenue West, Palmetto.


Anthony Gonzales

The arrest report from PPD said on June 30, 2014, at about 8 p.m., Charles Sleeth spoke to his granddaughter and was told that some older boys, along with Gonzales, were making fun of her.

Sleeth went down and spoke to Gonzales and the other boys, telling Gonzales, "If you want a piece of me, you can have it."

Sleeth said at one point there was almost a physical fight, but it did not occur.

Gonzales pulled what looked like a real gun on Sleeth and said, "I'll pop your ass," the report said.

Both parties then went their separate ways, but Sleeth told police that he thought his life was endangered and didn't know if the gun was real or not.

Four witnesses said they saw Gonzales point the gun at Sleeth.

The witnesses were told that the gun was actually a BB gun.

Gonzales was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

He was transported to the Juvenile Booking Facility at the Manatee County Jail.


BPD Asks Help to ID
Check Counterfeiter


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department is asking the public's assistance to identify a man who attempted to cash a counterfeit check.


A BPD press release said on Saturday, July 26th, a Hispanic male entered the Publix located at 5001 S.R. 64 E. at approximately 9:00 p.m.

The Hispanic male tried to cash a counterfeit check in the amount of $491.

The male presented a driver license that matched the name on the check; however, the suspect cashing the check was clearly not the same person on the driver's license.

When Publix refused to cash the check, the suspect left the store with the check and fled the area in a white Toyota Tundra.

Anyone having information with regard to this case is asked to call Detective Nasario Camacho at Bradenton Police Department, 1-941-932-9312, 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.


Bradenton Police Department
Looking for Crossing Guards


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department is looking for crossing guards to assist and supervise school children across the street at designated locations.


The crossing guard also would be required to record the names and license numbers of vehicles violating traffic regulations at the school cross walk and report violators to the police.

Skills and physical abilities required:

~ Frequent standing and walking.

~ Outside work, must be able to work in adverse weather conditions.

~ Some knowledge of municipal ordinances regulating the movement of traffic at a school crosswalk.

~ Ability to work with children and to instruct them in the need for crossing streets in a safe manner.

~ Ability to enforce laws and ordinances relating to the area of work, firmly and impartially.

~ Ability to understand and carry out simple oral and written instructions.

Education and experience required: High school diploma or GED equivalent.

If you are interested please contact the City of Bradenton Human Resources Department 932-9400.


Palmetto Walmart Employee
Arrested for Stealing Cash

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested April Lucretia Redmon, 19, of 905 29th Street East, in Palmetto.


April Redmon

The arrest report from PPD said on Friday, April 11th, at about 7:30 p.m., Redmon was working for the Walmart store located at 508 10th Street East, Palmetto, as a cashier.

Loss prevention personnel observed Redmon taking $80 from the register she was responsible for and placed the stolen cash in a trash can located under the register.

She later retrieved the cash the same day and kept it, the report said.

Redmon allegedly admitted to stealing the cash.

She was arrested and charged with Petit Theft Shoplifting. She was also charged on a warrant for Contempt of Court for Failure to Answer a Summons on a No Valid Driver License charge.

She was released from the Manatee County Jail on her own recognizance, supervised.


Sarasota County Sheriff Presented
Life Saving Awards to Eight Cops

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight today presented the Life Saving Award to eight agency members for their heroics during two different incidents this spring.


Life Saving Award 1, L to R, Deputies Schurr, Smith,
Levanti, Gurney, Eve, Sgt. Leonard and Sheriff Tom Knight.



Life Saving Award 2, L to R, Deputies Blomgren, Polynice and Sheriff Tom Knight

Sergeant Brigit Leonard and deputies Patrick Schurr, Jason Smith, Daniel Levanti, Jack Gurney and Stacey Eve were recognized for saving a Sarasota woman who was trapped under a vehicle in April. They lifted the car so she could be pulled to safety and treated for her injuries.

Deputy John Blomgren and Deputy Shandra Polynice were recognized for rescuing and reviving a woman who was found unconscious in a pool at her Sarasota home in May.

"These individuals performed well under pressure and saved lives in some intense situations," said Sheriff Knight. "The men and women of the sheriff's office do heroic things every day but I'm proud to recognize extraordinary effort."


CCSO Narcotics Unit Seizes
Synthetic Drugs; Arrests 2


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit served a search warrant Tuesday at an El Jobean convenience store, seizing several packages of synthetic drugs and arresting two store employees.


Above, L to R, Radhakrishna Sureddy and Simon Sanu

On July 29 at about 10:00 am, the Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at the Chevron station located at 4048 El Jobean Road in the El Jobean area of Port Charlotte to search for synthetic cannabinoids. During their search, they located nine (9) foil packets that contained a substance that tested positive for synthetic marijuana in a back room.

The clerk on duty at the time was identified as Radhakrishna Sureddy, 40, of 2036 Sadnet Lane in North Port. According to reports, on three separate occasions prior to the search warrant, undercover operatives had purchased packages of the synthetic drugs from Sureddy. One of those occasions was earlier Tuesday morning.

Another store employee, Simon Sanu, 41, of 4123 Hollis Avenue in Port Charlotte, was also arrested Tuesday on charges that, on July 23, he had sold a package of synthetic marijuana to an undercover operative.

Sureddy was charged with multiple counts of Sale of Synthetic Cannabinoids, Possession of Synthetic Cannibinoids and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held at the Charlotte County Jail on a total $24,000 bond.

Sanu was charged with a single count each of Sale of Synthetic Cannabinoids, Possession of Synthetic Cannibinoids and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held on a total $17,000 bond.


Deputies Seek Missing
16-Year-Old Girl


ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A family is pleading for help to find a missing 16-year-old girl, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Alexandria Chery was last seen Monday morning at the Hawthorne Grove Apartments near Old Winter Garden Road and Good Homes Road, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Her mother last saw her around 7 a.m. Monday. She told deputies her daughter was still in bed.

Alexandria is described as a Black girl who is 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 105 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.

Deputies were in the complex speaking to neighbors.

Deputies are hoping that Alexandria's friends will call the Orange County Sheriff's Office if they know where she may be, WKMG said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 407-836-HELP (4357).

 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Two of Three Burglars Arrested
Following High Speed Pursuit
When Car Was Spotted

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dexter McDonald, 24, and Roman Lang III, 30, both of Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Dexter McDonald and Roman Lang III

On Saturday, July 26th, the victim in this case came home to his residence in the 4600 block of Orlando Circle, Bradenton, to find these two in his house, ready to load up his items.

When they saw the victim, they dropped his stuff, ran out of the house and took off.

The victim was able to get a tag and a vehicle description.

On Monday, July 28th, at about 10:30 p.m., Deputy DeLuca observed the vehicle and that's where a high speed pursuit comes in to play.

A sheriff's report said Deputy Deluca was in his undercover car when he noticed the suspect vehicle at 5300 9th Street East, Bradenton, occupied by 3 Black males.

Deputy Deluca followed while Deputy Bocchino and Sgt. Geary responded in marked units to conduct a traffic stop.

They located the vehicle at 5900 5th Street East and attempted a stop.

The vehicle actually stopped momentarily on 1st Street and 60 Ave., then began to run and a high speed pursuit followed.

The pursuit lasted for several minutes with the assistance of patrol units who attempted to use stop sticks. Aviation was advised that they were en route immediately after the pursuit had started.

Around the 7000 block of 301, the suspect vehicle started to lose control and ended up driving into oncoming traffic.

At this point, the pursuit was terminated and all ground units backed off.

The Watch unit continued to observe the vehicle as it entered the Glenbrooke subdivision. The vehicle pulled into 4612 Glenbrooke Dr. and the suspects fled on foot.

Ground units were directed in and a perimeter set up.

Deputy Melita was right in the area as the suspects were fleeing the vehicle.

Dep. Melita made contact with one of the suspects, Roman Lang III, and took him into custody at gunpoint without incident.

The other suspect, Dexter McDonald, was located inside a fenced in yard at 8152 Glenbrooke Court.

Dexter was taken into custody without incident.

The area was checked for the third and final suspect with negative results.

The suspects were taken to CID for interviews and the vehicle was impounded for completion of a search warrant.

Back packs and other items were observed in the vehicle in plain view.

While trying to find the rental paperwork in the glove box, a pair of black gloves, an empty jewelry case (necklace) and a ladies wallet were located and left on the seat.

Dexter McDonald was arrested and charged with Burglary, Fleeing to Elude, Resisting Arrest without Violence and Driving While License Suspended. McDonald later posted a bail bond of $9,620 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Roman Lang was charged with Resisting Arrest without Violence. He posted a $500 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Arrested for Forced Fondling
of Girl, 7 to 10 Years of Age
Who Was Known to Him


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Gabriel Gallardo, 30, of the 3600 block of 6th Avenue West, in Palmetto.


Gabriel Gallardo

According to the arrest report, just prior to July 22nd, an unnamed 15-year-old girl disclosed that she was sexually abused by Gallardo, who is known to her/him.

A forensic interview was then conducted by the Child Protection Team.

During the interview, the teenager disclosed that the incidents started when she was between the ages of 7 and 8 years old. It continued until she started middle school, sometime around the age of 10 years old.

The sexual abuse would occur about 3 to 4 times a week, she told investigators. Gallardo would remove her clothing that was covering her vaginal area. He would rub her bare vagina, moving his hand back and forth.

These incidents occurred when she was living at two Manatee County addresses that they lived in during this time frame. They would also occur when she was sitting in the front passenger seat of the family vehicle.

On Tuesday, July 22nd, a controlled phone call was conducted between the girl and Gallardo. During the phone call she confronted him with the allegations. Gallardo stated she was not lying and he was sorry for doing these things to her. He was scared to admit what he had done to his wife and the girl's mother.

Gallardo was charged with Capital Sexual Battery on a Minor, with Forced Fondling.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $150,000 at this time.


BPD Arrested Two Men
Holding 3 Ounces of Pot


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Austin Tyler Hale, 20, of 3904 24th Street West, Bradenton, and Taylor Joseph Hynes, 19, of 3901 Southern Parkway West, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Austin Hale and Taylor Hynes

The arrest reports for both men from BPD said on Thursday, July 24th, at about 4 p.m., Detective Coleman observed Taylor Hynes enter the front passenger seat of a silver Mercedes Benz and knew that Hynes had an five active arrest warrants. Det. Coleman followed the vehicle until a marked unit could arrive.

The marked unit observed the vehicle traveling northbound in the 1800 block of 26th Avenue West. As the vehicle passed, the officer could see that the front window on the passenger side had illegal tinting. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle pulled over in the 2500 block of 13th Avenue West.

The officer exited his vehicle and Hynes, who was located in the front passenger seat, was detained. While in the process of detaining Hynes, the officer could smell a strong odor of fresh and burned marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. He observed two marijuana roaches in the ash tray.

The driver, Austin Hale, was asked if they were smoking marijuana in the vehicle. Hale replied, "No, and you're not searching my vehicle."

The officer told Hale he could smell the odor of marijuana and asked Hale to step out of the vehicle.

The vehicle was searched and a black "Rays" back pack was located on the rear passenger seat floorboard. Inside the back pack was a large amount of marijuana (3 ounces, or 87 grams), a black digital scale, and empty baggies.

Hynes was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, and the five warrants, which were for 3 counts of Sale of Marijuana, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, and 1 count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $8,500.

Hale was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He later posted a $2,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Woman Arrested for Felony
Grand Theft from Target for
Trying to Steal Necklaces,
Perfume


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Stacy Marie Schaffner, 46, of 6302 Pelican Court, Bradenton.


Stacy Schaffner

The arrest report said on Wednesday, July 23rd, at about 2:45 p.m., Schaffner entered the Target store located at 6150 14th Street West, Bradenton.

She was observed by Target asset protection personnel cutting the packaging from three necklaces and wrapping them around her hand.

Then she proceeded to the cosmetic department and cut the packaging from a bottle of fragrance.

She concealed the items in her purse, then proceeded to the exit, passing all points of sale.

Asset protection personnel stopped her and brought her back inside the store.

The total amount of items taken was $114.96.

However, a criminal records check revealed Schaffner had been convicted twice before for Petit Theft.

Therefore, she was charged with Felony Petit Theft.

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


Woman Arrested for
Grand Theft Auto


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Brenna Elizabeth Carmichael, 23, of 5724 11th Street East, Bradenton.


Brenna Carmichael

The arrest report said on Sunday, July 27th, at about 8 a.m., an unknown person entered the residence of Dennis Flaherty, in the 600 block of 63rd Avenue West. Dennis was in the rear bedroom at that time.

Dennis' car key were in plain view from the outside of the residence on a wall on a key hook. The unknown person took the car keys and took the victim's vehicle, which was parked on the front driveway. The unknown person then fled the area with the victim's vehicle.

A deputy responded to investigate the stolen vehicle and occupied burglary complaint.

At about 12:15 p.m., Dep. Franklin located the vehicle at 6024 11th Street East, in Bradenton.

Carmichael was in the front driver seat of the stolen vehicle.

Carmichael then fled on foot and behind houses to avoid Dep. Franklin.

She was located in the 5900 block of 11th Street East and detained.

A witness positively identified Carmichael as the person who drove the vehicle to his house.

Carmichael was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Auto.

She was later released on her own recognizance, supervised.


Crime Stoppers of Sarasota County
Honors Fugitive Apprehension Unit


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, July 29th, Crime Stoppers of Sarasota County honored the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit for their hard work and dedication to catch wanted criminals in our community.


Above, L to R, Sheriff Tom Knight, Sara Doster, Lucy Nicandri, Sgt. Bob Kiefer,
Dep. Tony Egoville, Dep. David Doyle, Richard Kagy, Howard Phipps,
Det. Dan Valentino and Tom Roadley

Over the past year, Crime Stoppers received more than 560 fugitive-related tips from the public, and the Fugitive Apprehension Unit fielded the majority of them. The Unit consists of eight people including a sergeant, deputies and civilian technicians who spend a significant amount of time verifying whether the person reported is actually wanted, confirming addresses and other pertinent information.

The resulting arrests amounted to more than $34,000 in rewards approved by the Crime Stoppers board.

Board members attending the ceremony included Det. Dan Valentino, Tom Roadley, Lucy Nicandri, Howard Phipps, Richard Kagy and Sara Doster.

Crime Stoppers of Sarasota is a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on fundraising and private donations to support the program. No tax dollars are used in support of this program.

Visit www.sarasotacrimestoppers.comfor more information.


Missing Juvenile Possibly
Headed Out of State

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of a 17-year-old girl who may be headed out of state to be with a 23-year-old man.


Above, Amanda Herrarte-Madrid

Amanda Herrarte-Madrid was last seen at her home in the 21000 block of Meehan Avenue in Port Charlotte on Friday, July 11th at about 3 p.m.

She is described as being 5 ft. 5 inches tall, weighing about 100 pounds with long brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a green top with blue stripes and blue jeans.

Amanda only speaks Spanish and is not familiar with Charlotte County. She is thought to be with or trying to get to Boris Fernando Morales Alvarado, 23, possibly of Houston, Texas. She may be trying to go to either Houston or Los Angeles, California, possibly by bus.

Amanda has been entered into a national computer system as a missing/runaway juvenile.

Anyone with information on the location of Amanda Herrarte-Madrid or Boris Fernando Morales Alvarado is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101, or, if outside of Charlotte County, the appropriate local law enforcement agency.


Police: Shoplifting Mom Flees,
Leaves Kids Behind at Walmart


DeLAND, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A local mother's attempt at shoplifting ended with her running from police, leaving her kids and facing child abuse charges, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

On Sunday evening, DeLand police said Rebecca Stoltz, 26, went shopping at Walmart with her 6-year-old daughter and 9-year-old stepdaughter.

When she allegedly tried stealing $44 of clothes, she got caught by security, but in the panic of getting caught shoplifting, Stoltz ran from the store and left her kids behind, according to a police report.

Police said store security found the girls and they were both "clearly distressed and very emotional and both were crying."

With police hunting Stoltz down, it's clear the mom knew what she did because she told a friend to go pick the kids up. That friend, who arrived to get the kids, gave police a number to call Stoltz, who arrived later and was arrested, WKMG said.


 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Girl, 17, Shot and Killed after
Altercation Outside Local
Movie Theater; Two Men
Wanted for Her Murder

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed outside the Royal Palm Movie Theater shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday, July 28th.


Teria'le Rawls
(Facebook photo)

At approximately 2:00 this morning, the sheriff's office was notified that the Florida Highway Patrol and the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office were with a shooting victim in north Sarasota and that the shooting may have occurred in Manatee County.

MSO responded and it was determined that the shooting took place in the parking lot of the Royal Palm Theater off U.S. 301 in Manatee County.

The victim of the shooting, Teria’le Rawls, 17, was pronounced deceased in Sarasota.

According to witnesses, a group of subjects had an altercation in the parking lot of the theater and the victim was shot.

The victim was being taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital when the vehicle was pulled over in Sarasota for erratic driving.


Above, L to R, Jasper Dudley and Frank Brice

Detectives obtained arrest warrants for Murder for two subjects in connection with the fatal shooting. Jasper Dudley, 19, of Bradenton and Frank Brice, 19, of Palmetto, are wanted for the shooting death of Teriale Rawls, 17 years old.

There have now been seven homicides reported overall in Manatee County. Four have now occurred in unincorporated Manatee County, two have occurred in the City of Bradenton and one has occurred in the City of Palmetto.

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.

UPDATE: MSO notified us late Monday night that Jasper Dudley has been arrested; Frank Brice is still at large. He is charged with Murder, not premeditated. He remains in custody in the Manatee County Jail with a bail bond set at $1,000,000.

UPDATE 2: MSO notified us Tuesday morning that Frank Brice turned himself in overnight. He is charged with Murder, not premeditated. He remains in custody in the Manatee County Jail with a bail bond set at $1,000,000.


Man Arrested for Fraudulently
Using Victim's Credit Card


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Corey Scott Thompson, 24, a homeless person.


Corey Thompson

The arrest report said on May 19th, Thompson made 5 withdrawals on the same day, one after another, and stole $280 from the victim's account.

Images from the ATM were obtained from Wells Fargo and they show Thompson making the withdrawals.

Post-Miranda, Thompson admitted to using the card, but advised that the victim, Frank Gorsky, gave him permission and that he has let him use the card in the past. Sometimes the victim would go with him and other times he would just go guy him groceries or take money out for him, he told police.

Thompson was arrested on Friday, July 25th, and charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Criminal Use of Person's ID, and Contempt of Court for Violating Drug Court conditions on three prior charges which were for Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property and Obtaining Money from a Pawn Shop by Fraud.

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


Woman Arrested for Theft of
Nearly $1,500 in Items from
South Manatee Walmart


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Shaina R. Zsirai, 23, of 4079 Hina Drive, in Sarasota.


Shaina Zsirai

The arrest report said on Saturday, July 26th, at about 12:30 p.m., Shaina and an unnamed male friend entered the Walmart store located at 8320 Lockwood Ridge Road, in South Manatee County.

For several hours, Shaina and her friend selected items throughout the store and kept these items within their possession in a cart until a point where the male friend left the store after purchasing a few of the items.

At about 12:45 p.m., Shaina was observed concealing merchandise into various bags and purses.

She continued to conceal items until a time when she headed to the exit.

With bags strapped to her person containing the merchandise she had stolen, she passed all points of sales without paying.

As she exited the store, she set off anti-theft alarms. As she entered the vestibule, loss prevention attempted to confront Shaina. A loss prevention officer attempted to restrain Shaina as she tried to push past him. He wrapped her up and took her to the ground. She actively resisted all efforts to detain her.

While resisting, Shaina bit the loss prevention officer on the left arm, causing an abrasion which was later treated.

The total loss from the 188 stolen items was $1,437.72, which was all recovered.

She was charged with Grand Theft Shoplifting, Battery, and Resisting Recovery of Property.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $2,500.


Man Arrested for Domestic
Battery by Strangulation


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Ronald J. Fallis, 45, of 3528 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Ronald Fallis

The arrest report said Fallis and Patricia Bare are in an intimate relationship and have been for 9 years. They live together at the above location.

On Saturday, July 19th, at about 10 p.m., they were involved in a verbal argument about bills.

Fallis became angry and put both hands around Patricia's neck which restricted Patricia from breathing.

Fallis let go before Patricia lost consciousness.

He then slapped her several times, causing her to fall. When she was on the ground, he got on top of her and put his hand over her mouth in order to stop her from yelling for help.

Fallis fled the scene before law enforcement could arrive.

Police caught up to him on Friday, July 25th and arrested him.

He was charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

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


U/C Detective Arrests Woman
for Prostitution


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Carly Marie Murphree, 34, of the 5900 block of 12th Street West, Bradenton.


Carly Murphree

The arrest report said on Wednesday, July 23rd, 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 10:10 p.m., he spotted Murphree standing at the corner of 12th Street West and 60th Avenue West, Bradenton.

He made contact and, after a brief conversation, Murphree agreed to perform oral sex on the U/C detective and allow him to have sexual intercourse with him for $40.

She was arrested without incident by the takedown team.

She was charged with misdemeanor Prostitution.

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


Army Sergeant Killed, Daughter
Critically Injured after Plane
Crashes on Venice Beach


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reported a plane that was having engine problems crashed on Casperson Beach on Sunday, July 27th, at about 2:45 p.m., killing one person walking on the beach, and critically injuring his daughter.


Above, U.S. Army Sergeant Ommy Irizarry
(Photo taken from Facebook, at the beach on Saturday)

Sheriff's officials say the pilot radioed the airport that he was having trouble with the plane and was planning to land on the beach because he could not make it to the airport.

"He landed on the edge of the water," said Wendy Rose, a sheriff's office spokeswoman.

Officials say the pilot was Karl Kokomoor, 57, and the passenger was David Theen, 60, both of nearby Englewood, were not injured.

Caspersen Beach is just south of the airport, at the southern tip of the island of Venice.

The 1972 Piper Cherokee lost a wheel, damaged a wing and smashed its propeller.

Wendy Rose reported she confirmed that Mr. Irizarry was a sergeant in the United States Army stationed at Ft. Stewart, GA. He died at the scene.

His daughter, 9-year-old Oceana Irizarry remains in critical condition at All Children's Hospital.

A woman who went into cardiac arrest upon learning of the crash was Sgt. Irizarry’s mother, and she was treated and released from Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating and dismantled the aircraft for transport.

UPDATE: The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has been notified by the Largo Medical Examiner’s Office that 9-year-old Oceana Irizzary has died. The child was critically injured in the plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon. The investigation into the crash as well as the deaths of Oceana and her father, 36-year old Sgt. 1st Class Ommy Irizarry is continuing.


SSO: Armed Home
Invasion Robbery


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reported an armed home invasion robbery that occurred on Saturday, July 26th, at about 11:10 p.m., at a residence in the 2400 block of Booker Avenue, in Sarasota.

A sheriff's report said on Saturday Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the above location to a report of a home invasion robbery.

The two victims were inside the residence when the suspects entered through the rear door.

The one suspect armed with a pistol ordered the male victim to the ground. The suspects then robbed the victims of their money.

The suspects fled from the residence in a older model charcoal grey Lexus SUV headed east bound on 25th Street towards Tuttle Ave.

There were no injuries to the victims.

The suspects were described as: A small built Black male wearing a clown mask and black gloves with yellow lining; a heavy set Black male, 5’10" tall, with a low fade hair cut style armed with a silver semi-automatic pistol; and a medium built Black female, 5’06" tall, wearing blue khakis, black sweater, tennis shoes and a white shirt over her head.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section along with Forensic Services responded and are currently investigating the incident.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.


Poll: Florida Voters Want
Marijuana Legalized


ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Florida voters overwhelmingly support the idea of legalized medical marijuana, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The poll released Monday morning showed that 88 percent of Florida voters support medical marijuana, compared to 10 percent who are opposed.

The poll also found that 55 percent of voters approved of recreational use of marijuana, compared to 44 percent who opposed.

The poll didn't specifically ask about the constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would legalize medical marijuana. Instead, it asked about the idea in general, WKMG said.

 

 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Holmes Beach Police Tie
2013 Burglary to 2014
Burglary, Arrest Two

HOLMES BEACH, Florida [NMT] -- The Holmes Beach Police Department has arrested Bradley Scott Phillips, 44, and Michelle Rae Baines, 48.


Above, L to R, Bradley Phillips and Michelle Baines

According to a press release from HBPD, on Saturday, July 5th, around 11:15 p.m., Holmes Beach Officers responded to a burglary in progress at the 100 block of 51st Street.

The occupants showed up to the residence for a family vacation and found Phillips and Baines inside of the house who were unknown to the victims.

As the victims entered the house, one of the female victims saw Baines with a bag that belonged to the homeowner. They got into a tugging match over the bag. As they were struggling over the bag, Baines started yelling “Bradley” and Bradley Phillips came running from the master bedroom area of the residence pushing and shoving past several of the occupants. He ran up to the female victim and grabbed her to make her let go of the bag.

The victim’s husband ran up to Bradley and pushed him off of his wife and asked who and why they were at the house. Bradley told the husband that they came in through the window and just wanted to leave without any further conflict.

One of the victims said that they were calling the police and Phillips and Baines ran from the house leaving all of the bags behind.

The Manatee Sheriff’s Office responded with the Aviation unit and a K-9 Deputy along with Bradenton Beach Police to assist Holmes Beach Officers in locating the suspects. The area was searched but the suspects were not located.

The next evening, around 5:45 p.m., the victims were driving by Publix and saw the two suspects that were in the house and called the police.

Holmes Beach Officers responded and arrested Bradley Phillips and Michelle Baines after they were positively identified by the victims.

The Defendants were transported to HBPD and interviewed. Officer Steve Ogline interviewed Phillips and Baines. They both admitted to being in the residence the previous evening. Phillips denied that he touched or hit anyone and Baines denied packing up the victims items in the bags.

Detective Sergeant Hall responded to the station to interview Phillips as he was a suspect in a previous case.

On December 29th, 2013, the owners of a residence located in the 200 block of 78th street reported that their residence had been broken into and someone had been staying inside sometime over the past few weeks. The suspect(s) had consumed food from the house. There were cigarette ashes, trash and a bag of clothes left inside of the residence that did not belong to the victims. Inside of the bag was a pawn slip with the name of Bradley Phillips as the seller.

Phillips had not been located until his arrest on July 6th.

Det. Hall interviewed Phillips and he admitted that he had stayed at the house and he had left his bag of clothes in the house. He had been arrested in Bradenton and was in jail so he was unable to return to the house to get his bag and clothes. He denied taking any items from the house. He said that he is homeless and was just down on his luck and needed a place to stay at the time.

Bradley Phillips was charged with one count of Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling with Battery, one count of Burglary to an Unoccupied Structure, and one count of Larceny.

Michelle Baines was charged with one count of Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling.

Baines paid a bail bond of $5,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Phillips remains in custody in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $25,120.


BPD Operation Deja Vu
Nets 28 of 30 Narcotics
Sales Suspects


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested 28 out of 30 suspects on arrest warrants for narcotics sales.


A press release from BPD said during the time frame of May 5th through July 4th the Bradenton Police Department's Narcotics Unit conducted an undercover operation labeled "Operation Déjà-vu."

The purpose of this operation was to locate and identify subjects involved in the selling of illegal narcotics and to remove this criminal element from the streets of Bradenton.

Bradenton Police Department's Narcotics Unit members obtained valid arrest warrants for a total of thirty suspects, with a total of fifty-four felony criminal charges.

Deputy Chief of Police Warren Merriman stated, "Operation Déjà-vu was titled as such due to the return of Detective Lieutenant James Racky to the Detective Division, and his steadfast effort to eliminate the sale of illegal narcotics within the City of Bradenton.

The members of the Narcotics Unit, led by Detective Sergeant William Knight did a remarkable job in a short-time frame, and this operation should serve as a strong indicator that the illegal distribution or purchase of narcotics within the City of Bradenton will result in an individual's arrest.

Detective Lieutenant Racky advised Deputy Chief Merriman that he has initiated investigations on several other subjects, based on the intelligence that came as a result of this operation.

The Bradenton Police Department conducted a warrant sweep on Thursday, July 24th, with the assistance of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Warrants Unit. A total of twenty-eight suspects were arrested and charged.

This operation also included several search warrants, which were conducted over the past several weeks.


PPD Arrests Intoxicated Man;
Picked Fight with Other Man,
Man's Ear Nearly Severed


PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Felix Lorenzo Morales, 22, of 514 13th Street West, Palmetto.


Felix Morales

The arrest report from PPD said on Tuesday, July 22nd, at about 11:30 p.m., Jesus Alonso-Pina was standing in the 500 block of 13th Street West, talking on the phone with his wife.

At that time, Morales, who was intoxicated, walked up to Jesus, attempting to start a fight.

Morales stated he didn't like the victim and that he was going to "f _ _ _ him up."

Morales then punched the victim in the right eye and mouth. The victim then fell to the ground, hitting his head on a cement block. When the victim hit his head, he landed on his left ear, almost completely severing the ear in the middle.

It took 20 stitches to reattach the ear.

Morales dropped his cell phone at the crime scene and it was picked up by the victim.

When Morales was arrested just before 4 a.m. the next day, police showed him the phone and he confirmed that it was his.

Morales was charged with Felony Aggravated Battery.

He later posted a bail bond of $10,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Woman Advertises "Services,"
Arrested for Prostitution


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Tammy Lynne Boyer, 43, of the 12400 block of Upper Manatee River Road, in Bradenton.


Tammy Boyer

The arrest report said on Tuesday, July 22nd, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was searching an Internet website known to be used by prostitutes to solicit "Johns."

He observed provocative photos of a White female later identified as Boyer. The ad further stated "For an epic unforgettable experience, please call [phone number]."

He made contact and they agreed to meet at a local motel.

When they met, Boyer agreed to perform oral sex on the U/C detective and to allow him to have sexual intercourse with her for $100.

She was arrested without incident.

She was charged with misdemeanor Prostitution.

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


Woman Charged with Grand
Theft; Stole Two Rings


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Shakeera N. Brody, 32, of 1526 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Shakeera Brody

The arrest report said on Saturday, July 19th, Brody was dropped off at Jack Hamilton's house, 602 44th Street Court East, Bradenton, by her boyfriend.

Brody stayed for the night.

When Hamilton woke up around 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 20th, he noticed that Brody was gone and two of his rings, valued at $1,200, were missing.

On Wednesday, July 23rd, Brody voluntarily went to the police station for an interview. Post-Miranda, she admitted that she took two rings that were on top of a table prior to leaving Hamilton's house the next morning.

She then went to Buccaneer Pawn at 3119 1st Street East, with her boyfriend. She had her boyfriend pawn the rings. She received $300 for the rings, which she used to pay her motel room bill.

Brody was arrested and charged with Grand Theft.

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


Nordstrom Employee Busted
for Embezzlement

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Leonardo Pacheco, 35, of 3907 Boston Common Glen, in Bradenton.


Leonardo Pacheco

The arrest report said on Thursday, July 24th, at about 9 p.m., Pacheco was working as a cashier at Nordstrom department store, 8551 Cooper Creep Blvd, in Bradenton.

The store had an open investigation due to missing monies from a cash drawer over a period of the last 3 weeks.

On July 24th, while conducting constant video observation of Pacheco, a loss prevention employee observed Pacheco conceal cash into the pocket of his dress pants.

The loss prevention employee confronted Pacheco with her findings and he admitted to taking a one hundred dollar bill.

Pacheco then produced the currency and turned it over to the loss prevention employee, who then notified law enforcement.

Pacheco was arrested and charged with Petit Theft.

He was later released from the Manatee County Jail on his own recognizance, supervised.


Streetwalker Arrested for
Felony Prostitution, Poss.
of Crack, Crack Stem


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Apricott Angel Conaway, 25, a transient living in Palmetto.


Apricott Conaway

The arrest report said on Thursday, July 24th, 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 5:10 p.m., he spotted Conaway in the 2400 block of 1st Avenue, in Palmetto.

He made contact and Conaway got in the undercover vehicle.

She wanted to buy some crack cocaine, so they drove to first one house, where she was unable to buy it, then to another house, where she was successful.

She got a crack stem out of her purse and was about to smoke the crack when the U/C detective asked her not to do so while he was driving; she didn't.

They drove away from the area and, after a brief conversation, she agreed to perform oral sex on the U/C detective for $20.

She was arrested by the takedown team without incident.

A criminal history check revealed Conaway had two prior convictions for prostitution related offenses.

She was charged with Felony Prostitution, Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $3,500.


SSO: Black Male, 19, Found Shot,
Killed on Driveway, 20-Year-Old
Bradenton Man Charged with
1st Degree Murder


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reported a homicide that occurred on Saturday, July 26th, just prior to 4 a.m.


Darian Davis
(2012 mug shot)

Detectives have charged Darian K. Davis, 20, of Bradenton, with 1st Degree Murder. Davis was located in Manatee County and has been booked into the Manatee County Jail. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is assisting with the case. Further investigation is being conducted.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the 4800 block of Baccus Avenue in Sarasota.

Upon arrival, deputies located a male victim lying in the driveway of a residence.

The male victim had a fatal gunshot wound to the chest area.

The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Justin J. Ates, of Sarasota. His next of kin has been notified.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section along with Forensic Services responded and investigated the incident.

Darian Davis remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Punta Gorda Police Investigate
Armed Bank Robbery


PUNTA GORDA, Florida [NMT] -- On Friday, July 25th, Punta Gorda Police Detectives were on scene of an armed bank robbery that occurred at the Bank of America located at 100 Madrid Blvd.


The call was received around 4:27 p.m. after a thin white male entered the bank and jumped over the counter. He displayed a handgun to the bank teller and departed the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

After the robbery, the male fled south on foot.

Punta Gorda Police Officers assisted by members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office established a perimeter and subsequent efforts to track the suspect with a canine were unsuccessful.

The male was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, a baseball style hat, and sunglasses.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call Punta Gorda Police Detective Marty Meddaugh (941) 575-5528 or at mmeddaugh@pgorda.us. Information also can be provided to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Crime Stoppers callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Tow Company Charged with
60 Counts of Illegally Towing
Vehicles During Gay Days;
Targeted Participants

ORANGE COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orange County deputies arrested on Friday the owner of a towing company who they say was illegally towing vehicles during the annual Gay Days celebration and appeared to target its attendees, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The owner of ASAP Towing, Jason Combs, 44, has been charged with grand theft, failure to release vehicle, failing to maintain records, failure to post towing contracts, failure to notify the sheriff's office within 30 minutes of a tow and violating an Orange County ordinance.

Deputies said Combs' arrest stems from numerous complaints against ASAP Towing for allegedly illegally towing vehicles from the Westwood Town Center June 5-9, which coincides with Gay Days. The celebration is hosted at the Doubletree Hilton across the street from the center at 10100 International Drive.

According to the report, patrons would emerge from the businesses at the center and find their vehicles towed. Deputies say Combs appeared to specifically target participants in the Gay Days celebration, WKMG said.

Combs has more than 60 counts filed against him, according to the report. He is being questioned on Friday afternoon, deputies said.


 

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