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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 August 25, 2014 - August 31, 2014

~ Friday's Local/State News ~

Deputy-Involved Shooting
of Man with Samurai Sword
Leaves Man Dead of Gunshots

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy has shot and killed Terry Sellars, Jr., 31, of 3255 58th Avenue East, Bradenton.

Terry Sellars, Jr., deceased
(Prior mug shot)

A sheriff's office press release said at approximately 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning, August 28th, deputies responded to a convenience store at State Road 70 and 33rd Street East, Bradenton.

A woman at that location said she was the victim in a domestic situation with her 31-year old son, later identified as Sellars.

When deputies arrived at the store, she said her son had held her against her will and battered her; that she managed to escape and drove to the convenience store.

Deputies responded to the residence at 3255 58th Avenue East, Bradenton, to arrest the suspect/son.

Sellars came out of the residence waving a large Samurai-type sword and charged towards one of the deputies in a threatening manner.

The deputy fired his service weapon, striking and killing the suspect. The press release did not say how many times Sellars was struck with bullets.

The deputy was not injured.

Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said MSO had arrested 17 times in the past and that Sellars was released from the Florida Department of Corrections in April of this year.

An investigation of the shooting is underway.

Manatee K-9 Credited with
Arrest of Grand Theft
Auto Suspect

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Meren Thompson, 42, of Bradenton.

Above, Meren Thompson and MSO K-9 Rocky

A sheriff's report said on Wednesday, August 27th, at about 8:15 p.m., Bradenton PD announced that they are pursuing a tan Dodge Caravan westbound at 59th Street and Cortez Road.

Moments later, MCSO units spot the Caravan run the red light at 75th Street and Cortez with no one in pursuit.

MSO units got behind the vehicle and initiated a stop which turned into a pursuit of the vehicle.

MSO units pursued the Caravan down Cortez Road and onto 123rd Street Court West where the driver bailed and the Caravan slowly rolled to a stop without striking anything.

A perimeter was set and a K-9 unit and the Watch Unit converged on the area.

Dep. Franklin and K-9 Rocky located the suspect, Thompson, hiding under the house at 12207 45th Avenue West and engaged the suspect on the leg.

Thompson began hitting K-9 Rocky in an attempt to injure the dog and have him disengage.

As units converge on the area and it became evident that Thompson was not going to get away.

Thompson stopped resisting and was taken into custody without further resistance.

He was charged with Grand Theft Auto, Striking a Law Enforcement K-9, Fleeing to Elude, Driving While License Suspended, Habitual, and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $5,500.

UPDATE: Attempted Murder
Suspect Arrested

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Eugene Marshall, 26, of Bradenton.

Eugene Marshall

A press release from BPD said K-9 Officer Jason Taulbee encountered Eugene Marshall, wanted for Attempted Murder, in the 500 block of 19th Avenue West on Thursday, August 28th.

Marshall was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Manatee County Jail.

Marshall denied any involvement in the shooting for which he was arrested.

On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at approximately 12:50 a.m., Bradenton Police Department officers responded to a residence located in the 2000 block of 13th Street West, to investigate a complaint of a shooting.

During the investigation, it was learned that the suspect, later identified as Eugene Lynn Marshall, got into an argument with the victim. Marshall pulled out an unknown caliber handgun and shot the victim one time in the abdomen.

Marshall fled the area on foot.

The victim ran to a residence and collapsed inside the door. The resident called 911 and medical service arrived to treat the victim.

The victim suffered a single gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment. The victim remains in the ICU in stable condition.

Marshall was arrested for: Attempted Murder (1st Degree Felony), and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm (2nd Degree Felony).

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

Manatee U/C Detective
Arrests Woman for

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Maria Lopez, 49, of the 3700 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton.

Maria Lopez

The arrest report said on Tuesday, August 26th, 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 10:45 p.m., he spotted Lopez walking in the 3800 block of 14th Street West.

He made contact and, after a brief conversation, Lopez agreed to perform oral sex on the U/C detective and allow him to have sexual intercourse, both for only $20.

She was arrested by the takedown team without incident.

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

BPD: New Pay Stations at
the City of Bradenton
Parking Garage

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has advised on August 27th, two new pay stations were installed at the Bradenton Downtown Parking Garage located in the 700 block of 12th St W. These new pay stations, called "Luke II," will allow the City of Bradenton to accept bills, change, and now credit cards.

The new pay stations will be replacing the older model pay stations to increase customer satisfaction and interaction while keeping the cost to a minimum.

Effective September 2nd, the new parking rate is a minimum of $1.00 for the first 2 hours; previously $0.25 per half hour with no minimum, $1.00 per hour for the next two hours to a maximum of $4.00 for the entire day.

Once these new pay stations are established, a renewal by phone feature will be added.

Red Cross Issues Safety
Tips for Labor Day

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Many people will be taking road trips, spending time at the beach and having cook outs this weekend. The American Red Cross offers safety tips to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable time.

“We encourage everyone to take a few simple, safety steps when spending time on the road, at the beach and at cook outs,” said Megarie van Sickel, Southwest Florida Chapter CEO. “Start by downloading our free First Aid and Swim apps.”

People should also follow these safety tips:

Tips for Safe Travel

~ Take emergency supplies such as food and water, a flashlight and a first aid kit.

~ Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive.

~ Buckle up and obey traffic signs.

~ Avoid texting and talking on the phone while driving.

~ Don’t drink and drive.

Tips for Safe Swimming

~ Check weather and beach conditions throughout the day.

~ Always swim in an area supervised by a lifeguard and obey all warnings.

~ Provide close and constant attention to children in or near the water.

~ Stay within arm’s reach of young children and inexperienced swimmers while they are in the water.

~ Young children, inexperienced swimmers and boaters should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

Tips for Safe Grilling

~ Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

~ Keep children and pets away from the grill.

~ Never add charcoal starter fluid after coals have been ignited.

~ Use long-handled utensils.

~ Don’t leave the grill unattended while in use.

The Red Cross has a series of mobile apps in case people run into severe weather or need expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency. People can go to for information.

Additional Charges for Man
Accused of Sex Crimes
Against Children

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has filed additional charges against a Sarasota man arrested earlier this month on three counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of a Child less than 12.

Juan Cruz-Rey

SSO detectives arrested Juan Antolin Cruz-Rey, 58, on August 13th, after a 10-year-old girl reported that she was molested by him on multiple occasions when she was playing with a friend. During that investigation, detectives learned that Cruz-Rey had taken photographs of the lewd acts with his cell phone. After obtaining a search warrant for the phone, detectives recovered images that showed a second victim, and determined this girl was sexually battered by him when she was 10 and 11 years old.

Cruz-Rey, who has been in the Sarasota County Jail on $750,000 bond since his initial arrest, is now facing four additional counts of Sexual Battery on a Victim less than 12.

He is currently being held without bond on the new charges.

SSO: Woman Arrested for
Ranchero Drive Homicide

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, August 28th, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested the woman who shot and killed her boyfriend in their Ranchero Drive home in Sarasota on August 4th.

Karli Wilbanks

Karli Wilbanks called 911 just before 1:00 p.m. that day claiming that someone was trying to kill her. When deputies responded, they found 41-year-old Michael Goodman dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Wilbanks was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for heart issues and spoke with detectives that night before being released while the investigation continued.

Wilbanks told detectives that Goodman said he was going to kill her and quickly moved toward her. She said she fired warning shots and then shot him.

During the investigation, interviews and forensic evidence raised questions that Wilbanks could not explain. Detectives spoke with friends and neighbors who said while Wilbanks told them about physical abuse they never saw any marks on her and never saw Goodman get angry with her.

Most friends said that Goodman wanted to take care of Wilbanks and could not fathom him hurting her. In addition, acquaintances who attended a party at the Ranchero Drive home in May reported that Wilbanks was jealous about a girl at the party and said she would kill Goodman.

Karli Wilbanks, 25, was arrested and booked into the Sarasota County Jail for Second Degree Murder.

She is currently being held without bond.

Police Search for Man in
Attempted Kidnapping
of 11-Year-Old Boy

OCOEE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Police have released a sketch of a man they believe may have tried to kidnap a young boy walking home from school, Orlando television station WKMG reorted.

Ocoee police posted the alert and a flier on Facebook and Twitter two days after they think the man tried to lure an 11-year-old boy into his car.

The flier said the incident happened Monday after school as the child walked from Citrus Elementary in Orange County.

The boy walked off campus through a sidewalk to the library nearby, and that's when the man tried to get him in his car.

"The male asked the child if he would like a ride and when the child stated, 'no,' the male told the child to get into the car because he had a present for him," said the flier.

The boy ran to an adult he knew. The flier does not describe the sketch of the man as a suspect, but said police want to "identify this man."

The school district said the boy's mother immediately wrote a note for the principal after the incident, but the principal only received it Wednesday. That's when she warned students about stranger danger over the school's public announcement system.

Late Wednesday night, Orange County Public Schools sent an OrangeCONNECT alert to parents warning them about what happened.

"Earlier this week an incident occurred where a student who left campus after school was approached by a man in a vehicle. This occurred near the library. The student did the right thing by not getting into the vehicle with the stranger," Principal Delaine Bender said via the phone message.

The boy helped police make a sketch and gave them a lot of details about the man and his car. The child said the car he was driving was a "beat up, rustic" black four-door car with a rusted grill, unmatched rims, and a broken left headlight cover. The vehicle was round in the front and back.

The man was described as white, in his 50s, tall and balding, and he wore a black shirt with dark jeans, WKMG said.



~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Truck Driver Arrested at
Port Manatee for Threat
to Other Driver with a
Box Cutter

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Billy Edward Foster, 50, of Olford, Florida.

Billy Foster

The arrest report said both Billy and his victim, Daniel White, are semi truck drivers.

On Monday, August 25th, at about 9:15 a.m., both were at Port Manatee picking up a load of equipment to transport.

Billy became angry at Daniel and started yelling at Daniel.

During the argument, Billy reached into his shorts pocket and retrieved a box cutter with a blade.

Billy then yelled at Daniel while holding the box cutter in his hand, saying "I will cut you."

Daniel was standing 6-8 feet away from Billy when the box cutter was displayed, the report said.

Daniel retreated back to his truck and retrieved a metal rod.

Daniel held the metal rod in his hand while standing in a defense stance.

Daniel also yelled for someone to call 911.

Upon the arrival of law enforcement, Billy made spontaneous statements saying that Daniel retrieved the metal rod and threatened Billy with it.

Billy said he retrieved the box cutter from his pocket in defense.

Post-Miranda, Billy refused to speak about the incident.

However, the fork lift driver in the warehouse, Ricky Quiroz, at the time of the incident witnessed what occurred and told deputies what happened.

Billy was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

He later posted a bail bond of $5,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Woman Attacked, Strangled
by Man, Other Woman

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jose Manuel Rodriguez, 40, of 5415 8th Street Court West, Bradenton.

Jose Rodriguez

The arrest report said on Sunday, August 24th, at about 8 p.m., Jose and the victim, Brooke Ann Smith, started arguing about her being evicted and Jose threatening to throw her belongings outside.

Jose then physically attacked her, held her down and punched her numerous times, with closed fists, on various parts of her body.

Jose then called an unknown White female from another room and told her to start hitting Brooke.

While she was being held down, Brooke started to scream for help.

Jose then flipped her over and started to choke Brooke while telling her, "Shut the f _ _ _ up because the cops will get called."

Brooke told deputies that Jose and the unknown female would come back off and on throughout the night hitting her and threatening her until she left for work at 6:30 a.m.

Jose was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $10,000.

The relationship between Jose and Brooke was not made clear in the report.

Delivery Person Robbed
of Money, Chinese Food

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a strong arm robbery that occurred on Tuesday, August 26th, at about 6:45 p.m., at 804 59th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.

Chopstix restaurant, located at 6045 26th Street West, Bradenton, received a call for an order of Chinese food to be delivered to the above location.

The delivery person, Roger Howe, 59, arrived at the specified location and met with three Black males.

One of the males asked if Roger could give him change for a $100 bill. He said that he could and removed $85 from his pocket to make change.

One of the males grabbed the money and food from out of the driver's hand then fled in an unknown direction.

The driver returned to the restaurant where he met with Deputies.

The area was searched but the suspects could not be located.

The victim did not sustain any injuries during the incident.

The robbers were described as: a tall unknown Black male wearing a Camouflage hat, dark pants, black tank top; a tall unknown Black male wearing dark clothing; and a shorter unknown Black male, no further description given.

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 Arrested for Very Serious
Animal Cruelty to a Puppy,
Possibly Killing It

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 24-year-old man for physically abusing a miniature 12-pound Dachshund.

Stacy Glover

On August 8th, Stacy Glover was asked by his in-laws to watch their dog at a family home in the 15000 block of Cutting Horse Trail in east Sarasota County.

Upon their return, Glover told them that the small dog, Athena, ran away. The dog's owners reviewed their home surveillance video which captured Glover physically abusing Athena, and throwing her out the back door several feet from the home.

After the dog attempted to hide under patio furniture, Glover chased, captured and began beating her with his fist.

Glover then picked her up by the throat and carried the dog back into the home.

Later, Glover is seen carrying the lifeless dog out the back door and into a nearby wooded area.

He returned a short time later without the dog.

The dog's remains were not found but a veterinarian reviewed the video and determined that the excessive force would very likely cause serious, if not fatal injuries.

Stacy Glover, 24, last known address 1721 Bayshore Road, was arrested Wednesday morning, August 27th, on four felony counts of Aggravated Cruelty to an Animal and one felony count of Tampering with Evidence.

He is currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Gasoline Tanker Truck Crash
Reported on I-75 at Mile
Marker 209, in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a gasoline tanker truck crashed on I-75 at mile marker 209, in Sarasota, on Wednesday, August 27th, at about 5:30 a.m.

An FHP report said the tractor trailer was traveling southbound in the center lane on I-75 (SR 93).

Due to unknown reasons, the tractor trailer, being driven by Thomas Leland Grattan, 71, of Brooksville, veered to the left onto the center grass median, crossing over to the northbound lanes of I-75.

The tractor trailer continued to the left off the northbound travel lanes onto the east grass shoulder.

The tractor trailer then collided with the ditch coming to final rest facing east.

Due to the impact, the tanker being hauled was punctured leaking gasoline into the ditched the tractor trailer came to final rest in. RISK and HAZMAT were activated for cleanup of the site, the spill site has been rated as contained.

Northbound travel lanes of I-75 from the 207 to the 210, were shutdown until the scene clean up was complete at approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

All northbound traffic were required to exit from the 207 (Bee Ridge Road) exit.

Two lanes were opened as of about 6 p.m., though traffic through the area was slow.

Grattan was transported to Blake Medical Center in critical condition.

FHP indicated no charges were filed as of the time of the report on Wednesday.

SSO Wanted Fugitive
Captured in Winter Haven

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit, working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force captured a man who has been on the run to avoid arrest on multiple felony warrants.

Azo Jackson

Today, deputies located Azo Jackson, 29, behind a vacant house in Winter Haven. Last night the Winter Haven Police Department issued a warrant for Jackson's arrest for Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle bringing his total number of outstanding felony warrants to seven.

Jackson was wanted in Sarasota County on charges of Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Woman, Witness Tampering, False Imprisonment and Failure to Register as a Convicted Felon. The Polk County Sheriff's Office has additional arrest warrants for Jackson on charges of Armed Burglary and Violation of Probation.

Jackson was featured on the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page on August 15 for "Fugitive Friday", a weekly social media campaign to highlight wanted criminals.

FDLE: Father and Son Busted
on Child Pornography Charges

ORANGE CITY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A father and son were arrested in Central Florida on allegations of possessing child pornography, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Above, L to R, Morgan and Daryl Hunter

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Monday arrested Daryl Hunter, 52, and his son, Morgan Hunter, 21, both of Orange City. Daryl Hunter was arrested on two counts of possession of child pornography and Morgan Hunter was arrested on 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

According to the FDLE, agents began investigating the father and son in July 2014 after discovering that computers at their home were sharing images of child pornography. Agents served a search warrant and discovered numerous images of child pornography on two computers used by the men, the FDLE said.

Officials said Daryl Hunter was previously arrested on child pornography charges by the DeLand Police Department in July 2013 and is currently awaiting sentencing on those charges.

Daryl and Morgan Hunter were booked into the Volusia County Jail and were being held on no bond, WKMG said.

Gov. Scott: Motor Vehicle Fee
Reduction Effective Next Week

TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT] -- On Wednesday, August 27th, Governor Rick Scott highlighted that the reductions in Florida’s motor vehicle registration fees are set to take effect on September 1st.

Floridians will save approximately $17 to $25 when renewing their registrations, depending on the size of vehicle. The fee reductions were proposed by Governor Scott earlier this year as part of the It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget, and were approved by the Florida Legislature during the 2014 legislative session. While the reductions will save Floridians millions of dollars each year, it will not affect the level of service provided by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Governor Scott said, “This year, we set out to cut many taxes and fees on Florida families, and starting next week we are rolling back many of the 2009 tax increases on annual motor vehicle registrations. This fee cut will result in an annual savings of about $25 per typical motor vehicle. Families deserve to keep more of their hard earned money, and we will now be able to save Floridians $400 million, because it’s their money!”

“The reduction in vehicle registration fees will benefit both individuals, as well as the Florida business community,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “There are more than 14 million registered vehicles here in Florida that are covered by these fee reductions and that is a lot of savings for the people of Florida.”

The following are examples of the savings on vehicle registration fees as a result of the reductions:

Type of Vehicle/Reduction:

Motorcycles $17.05
Autos/Trucks under 2,500 lbs $18.55
Autos/Trucks between 2,500-3,500 lbs $21.55
Autos/Truck more than 3,500 lbs $25.05

The reductions will apply to vehicle registrations renewed on or after September 1, 2014.



~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Man Charged with Domestic
Aggravated Battery on
Pregnant Girlfriend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Luis F. Gomez, 18, of 1020 61st Avenue East, Bradenton.

Luis Gomez

According to the arrest report, Gomez and his female girlfriend, Erika Adilene, have been in a relationship for two years and know that she is 1 1/2 months pregnant due to a pregnancy test that Erika took.

On Sunday, August 24th, shortly before 1 a.m., Erika arrived home at 1020 61st Avenue East, Bradenton, to find an unknown female with Gomez. She became very upset and wanted to fight the unknown female. She said the unknown female then hit Erika in the face and fled the scene.

An altercation then proceeded with Erika and Gomez, and law enforcement was called by someone.

Upon arrival, Dep. Schwartz saw Erika in the driver's seat of her vehicle and Gomez was in the passenger seat holding onto Erika by her right shoulder and yelling at her.

Erika attempted to drive away once they saw law enforcement arrive on scene.

Dep. Schwartz told her to stop and get out of the vehicle. She told Dep. Schwartz that she can't.

Gomez finally let go of Erika and she got out of the vehicle. Her 4-year-old son, who was in the vehicle, was removed by Erika and taken into the house.

Gomez had multiple scratch marks on the back of his neck and a scratch mark on the left side of his face. Erika had a deep laceration on her right eyebrow and blood on her neck and face. Both parties declined EMS.

When Gomez was interviewed, he said they were in an argument over a misunderstanding and refused to say any more.

Erika refused to cooperate further with the investigation.

When Dep. Schwartz interviewed the boy, he said "My mommy and daddy were yelling and my daddy hit my mommy." The juvenile started crying and Dep. Schwartz immediately stopped asking questions.

Gomez was arrested and charged with Domestic Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Person, a felony.

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

Woman Arrested for Leaving
Child Unattended in Vehicle

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Jasmine Jamika Lee, 20, of 2316 7th Avenue East, Bradenton.

Jasmine Lee

The arrest report from BPD said on Sunday, August 24th, at about 8:20 p.m., an officer observed two small children of the ages of 5 and 6 years old in a vehicle unattended with no adult supervision at 5315 Cortez Road West, the location of the Walmart Supercenter.

The officer observed the vehicle not running and the windows were cracked open.

He approached the vehicle and asked the children where their parents were. The children said they did not know and they were scared.

Nearby surveillance footage showed the vehicle unattended with the children inside for eighteen minutes alone.

Jasmine told the officer that she only ran into the store to grab an item and she didn't know she did anything wrong.

The report noted that BPD received multiple calls from concerned citizens saying that there were two children left unattended in a vehicle. The weather was shown to be 87 degrees at the time.

Jasmine was arrested and charged with Child Left Unattended in a Motor Vehicle, a misdemeanor.

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

Woman Flees Police
after Accident

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Shannon Marie Gunder, 37, of 3715 14th Street West, Bradenton.

Shannon Gunder

The arrest report said on Thursday, August 14th, at about 6:15 p.m., Gunder violated several laws by causing a vehicle accident, then attempting to leave the scene, followed by attempting to flee and elude law enforcement and finally resisting arrest when located.

Sgt. Schwartz wrote in his report that while he was on patrol, he was talking to two panhandlers at the intersection of 14th Street West and 39th Avenue West. He heard a vehicle across the street honking its horn and observed several people yelling at a white Jeep to stop. One of the bystanders yelled that the white Jeep was just involved in an accident with a gold Toyota, later determined to belong to the victim, David Sturgis.

Sgt. Schwartz observed the Toyota attempting to block 39th Avenue West to stop the Jeep from leaving.

The Jeep began accelerating around the rear end of the Toyota attempting to get back onto 14th Street West northbound. The deputy immediately jumped into his marked patrol cruiser and activated his emergency lights and siren.

The Jeep began speeding down 14th Street West until it reached Sunset Village Mobile Home Park. As the Jeep entered the neighborhood, it accelerated away from the deputy. It continued through the park, making sharp turns as it sped away from the deputy.

The deputy located the vehicle at Lot 316. A White female, later identified as Gunder, was just closing the door on the Jeep. She was ordered away from the Jeep. She ignored his commands and continued to reach into the Jeep. She refused commands twice to move away from the Jeep, so he grabbed her arms and pulled her away from the Jeep.

They tussled for a few seconds and he ordered her to stop resisting. She continued to resist, so he escorted her to the ground.

She explained to the deputy that she fled the scene of the accident because her Florida Driver License was revoked.

Gunder was arrested and charged with Fleeing to Elude Law Enforcement with Lights and Siren Active, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

She later paid a bail bond of $2,240 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Two Manatee Deputies Named
Deputies of the Month for
August 2014

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube has named Deputy Dan Durrance and Deputy Christopher Folds Deputies of the Month for August 2014 for saving the life of a woman involved in a vehicle fire that eventually consumed the vehicle.

On July 25th, 2014, while driving on University Parkway, Deputy Dan Durrance noticed a traffic crash ahead where a car had rear-ended a truck and there was a plume of smoke rising.

When he arrived on scene, he found a woman unconscious in the front seat, pinned underneath the dashboard with the engine compartment on fire. A man had already been dragged from the vehicle.

Deputy Durrance relayed the information over the radio and returned to assist the woman.

Deputy Christopher Folds arrived on scene and he and Deputy Durrance began to throw tiles from a pallet that had fallen from the truck and were blocking the passenger door of the car where the woman was trapped.

As the fire moved into the passenger area, they worked feverishly to free the woman, while trying to suppress the flames with a fire extinguisher.

Deputy Folds then ripped the car door away from the frame just as the passenger compartment filled with flames.

Deputy Durance and Deputy Folds were finally able to pull the woman from the car to safety and also warn observers to move back.

For their quick response and heroic actions that saved a life, Deputy Dan Durrance and Deputy Christopher folds are awarded Deputy of the Month for August 2014.

Sheriff Steube congratulated both deputies.

BPD Accepts Donation of K-9
Protective Ballistic Vest

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, August 26th, at 2:00 p.m., Mr. Ray Hubbert, President of the Retired Law Enforcement Association of Southwest Florida presented Chief of Police Michael Radzilowski of the Bradenton Police Department Two K-9 Protective Ballistic Vest, which will be worn by K-9 Mac and K-9 Riggs.

Officer Jason Taulbee is the assigned handler for K-9 Mac and Officer Matthew Palmer is the assigned handler for K-9 Riggs.

The Retired Law Enforcement Association of Southwest Florida raises funds through fundraisers, and by contributions from compassionate and caring citizens and businesses. The association has already donated over (39) vests (bullet and stab resistant) to over (14) law enforcement agencies.

The association believes that K-9s provide safety to law enforcement officers by consistently performing their assignment with no fear, and therefore should be provided protection through the use of a properly fitted protective ballistic vest.

The purchase of this vest was made possible by the generous donation of Ms. Leslie Hall and Mr. Henry Schneiderman who attended at the presentation.

Residential Burglary Reported
in East Manatee County

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a residential burglary that was discovered on Monday, August 25th, at about 3:30 p.m., at a home in the 4400 block of Usseppa Drive, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said between Thursday, August 21st, and Monday, August 25th, unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s residence by forcing their way in through the back door.

The suspect(s) took some jewelry and appears to have fled out the rear sliding glass door.

There was no further information 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.

Tampa Man Arrested
for Credit Card Fraud

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Tampa man who was caught committing credit card fraud by staff at a local Publix grocery store.

Neil Heaven

On August 25th, deputies responded to Publix at the Landings on South Tamiami Trail for reports of fraudulent credit card use. When the credit card the suspect was using was denied, he exited the store. Employees witnessed the suspect driving away in a silver sedan and deputies were able to stop him before he left the parking lot.

Detectives found three credit cards in the suspect's possession that showed signs of tampering on the magnetic strips. In addition, a laptop and credit card encoder were found along with numerous bags and receipts showing credit card transactions at other Sarasota Publix locations. Detectives also located more than 25 American Express and Visa Gift Cards totaling over $3,000.

Neil Heaven, 28, was charged with three felony counts of Possession of a Forged Credit Card and one count of Using a Reencoder to Defraud. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Heaven has been arrested on numerous other felonies including prior Fraud, Grand Theft and Perjury charges.

Man Arrested for DUI, More,
after Driving Lawn Tractor
Down U.S. 41

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Did you know that it is illegal to operate any type of motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

Kenneth Smith

On Tuesday, August 26th, Kenneth Smith, 58, learned that drivers cannot operate a lawn tractor on the road-ways or in neighbors’ yards while under the influence.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Richmond St. and U.S. 41 for a complaint of a lawn tractor driving down the road.

When deputies arrived on scene, they made contact with Smith and through their investigation and because an open container of beer was found in the cup holder, arrested him for Driving Under the Influence.

Smith was also charged with Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Violation of Driver License Restriction and Corruption by threat against Public Servant.

Kenneth Smith was booked into the Charlotte County Jail with no bond pending First Appearance.

406 Swimmers
Stung by Jellyfish

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported more than 400 beachgoers were stung by jellyfish in the Atlantic Ocean off New Smyrna Beach over the weekend, according to beach officials.

Volusia County's Beach Safety Ocean Rescue reported 406 jellyfish stings on Saturday and Sunday. Capt. Tammy Marris said purple flags warned beachgoers about the marine life danger.

On Monday, Ocean Rescue flew the red and purple flag for jellyfish and rip current conditions, but no major incidents involving jellyfish were reported.

"We treat the stings with just plain white vinegar," said Marris.

Marris said lifeguards are equipped with the white vinegar at every lifeguard tower, station and truck. However, it's still unknown what type of jellyfish is stinging folks but Marris said all the stings have been minor.

Marris also said rip currents and soft sand created problems, too.

Officials said they had to rescue 14 people from rip currents over the weekend, but no one had to be taken to a hospital.

Officials said soft sand -- due to lack of rain -- forced them to close portions of the beach on Sunday, WKMG said.

[ED. NOTE: CNN reported on Tuesday that the jellyfish may have been moved close to shore because of Hurricane Cristobal passing the area.]


~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Man Claiming to be Jesus Christ
Threatens to Kill Grandmother,
Burn Down the House

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT]-- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kristopher Ryan Johnson, 27, of 4108 Magnolia Drive, in Ellenton.

Kristopher Johnson

The arrest report said Johnson lives in the home of his grandmother, Donna Arlene Harford, 70 years of age.

On Friday, August 22nd, at about 7:15 p.m., Donna knocked on his bedroom door and asked or him to come out and speak to her.

Johnson exited his bedroom yelling that she was evil and accused her of sexually abusing him when he was a child.

She told him he was crazy and that nothing like that had ever happened.

Johnson then asked Donna what her name was and she told him she was his grandmother and her name was Donna Harford.

He then asked her what his name was and she said it was Kristopher Ryan Johnson.

She then said that he was not Kristopher, he was Jesus Christ, the report said.

He then walked toward Donna and put his hands on her face and said that she was pure evil and he was going to kill her, then burn the house down around them.

Donna said that she was in fear for her life and believed that Kristopher was going to kill her. She backed away from him and was able to run out of the house to call 911.

Kristopher had said if she called the cops he would kill everyone, including the police if they came to the home.

Kristopher was arrested and charged with Domestic Assault on a Person Over 65.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $10,000.

Woman Arrested for Stabbing
Mother with Butcher Knife

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Lisa J. Sheffield, 47, of 7719 24th Avenue West, Bradenton.

Lisa Sheffield

A sheriff's report said Sheffield lives with her mother, Jane Hasenflu-Mann, 66, along with some roommates.

On Monday, August 25th, at a few minutes past midnight, Sheffield went into the kitchen and armed herself with a 12-inch butcher knife and began walking around the home.

Mann was coming out of a room as Sheffield was walkig by and found herself face-to-face with Sheffield.

Sheffield then stabbed Mann twice in the torso. Mann began yelling and one of the roommates, Joe Smith, 45, came to her aid.

Smith pulled Sheffield away from Mann and grabbed the knife from Sheffield. In doing so, he received a laceration to his hand.

The sheriff's office was called and was dispatched to the residence.

Upon their arrival Sheffield was already disarmed.

She was arrested and charged with Domestic Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Aggravated Assault.

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

The report did not say whether Mann and/or Smith needed EMS treatment, or were hospitalized.

Man Arrested for Choking,
Stabbing Girlfriend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Curtis Hart, 39, of 411 60th Avenue Drive West, in Bradenton.

Curtis Hart

The arrest report said Hart and the unidentified female victim in this case are boyfriend and girlfriend and have lived together as a family unit for seven years.

On Saturday, August 23rd, at about 1:20 a.m., the female was involved in a verbal altercation with Hart when it turned physical.

She told deputies she returned from the store and Hart cornered her in the kitchen. He grabbed her by the throat and began to choke her, cutting off her air.

Hart then grabbed a knife and stabbed the woman in the left arm.

The woman told deputies she does not know how, but she was able to get the knife from Hart, at which time she tried to stab Hart, in order to get away from him.

The woman's 8-year-old son heard the commotion and came out to see what was going on.

The woman, still holding the knife, grabbed her son, exited the residence, threw the knife and went to a neighbor's home to call law enforcement.

Meanwhile, Hart called police, stating his girlfriend tried to stab him. He claimed he was stabbed in the backside by his girlfriend, which was found to be untrue, following an investigation.

Hart was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $15,000.

Circle K Patron Victim
of Armed Carjacking

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed carjacking that occurred on Monday, August 25th, at about 2:15 a.m., at the Circle K convenience store located at 3304 53rd Avenue East, in Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, Chad Marlett, 38, was at the store buying cigarettes.

He was approached by an unknown Hispanic man who displayed a weapon and demanded Marlett's wallet and keys to his vehicle.

The suspect struck Marlett and fled in Marlett's vehicle.

The vehicle was later located at a separate location, the report said.

The carjacker was described as an unknown Hispanic male, 6'0'' tall, 190-200 pounds, medium build, tattoos on hand and neck, armed with firearm, last seen wearing a dark long sleeve shirt, dark basketball pants and brown hat.

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.

Manatee County Sheriff Brad
Steube Challenged to Ice
Water Bucket for ALS

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- If you want to see Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube have a bucket of ice water dumped on him, now's your chance.

Above, Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube

Challenge Accepted! Sheriff Steube accepted the #ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell.

Doing the honor in “icing” Sheriff Steube was Major B.G. Dixon.

Sheriff Steube issued his challenge to his son FL Representative Greg Steube, Anna Maria Oyster Bar owner John Horne, and Bradenton Herald Publisher Bob Turner.

To see the "icing," click here to view the YouTube video.

Woman Gave Several False
Names to Deputy

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Katherine Bouchard, 25, of 3620 34th Street East, Bradenton.

Katherine Bouchard

The arrest report said on Saturday, August 23rd, at about 10:30 p.m. Bouchard was observed walking along 14th Street West in the 6500 block having a verbal dispute with a man operating a vehicle.

Bouchard was stopped to see if she needed assistance. She was asked numerous times her name and date of birth.

Bouchard provided deputies several names but all could not be located or verified using law enforcement identification systems. She then attempted to walk away from deputies and was detained for identification verification.

She then provided a driver license with her real name and date of birth. Checking databases , it was learned that she had an outstanding warrant from Sarasota County. Bouchard was then arrested on the warrant.

Upon searching Bouchard's purse, she had seven hypodermic needles, two crack pipes, two silver spoons with a dried white substance, one spoon with a purple tip with a dried white substance and seven small plastic baggies.

Then, when Bouchard was searched at the jail, three Hydromorphone pills were found in her wallet.

Bouchard was charged with 3 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and False Name Given to Law Enforcement. She was also charged with the warrant out of Sarasota.

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

Man Arrested for Battery
on a Pregnant Person;
Woman Arrested for
Domestic Battery

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Daniel Camacho, 31, of 4807 Park Acres Drive, Bradenton, and Alysia Loucareas, 25, of 507 10th Avenue West, Palmetto.

Above, Daniel Camacho and Alysia Loucareas

The arrest report from PPD said Alysia is allegedly pregnant with Camacho's child.

On Wednesday, August 20th, at about 7 p.m., the couple were having a verbal argument at the 10th Avenue West location.

Alysia started throwing and breaking items around the house.

Camacho went to the bedroom and started packing Alysia's belongings into a garbage bag.

Alysia followed Camacho and was pushing and hitting him.

Camacho then pushed Alysia onto the bed.

Alysia then claims Camacho proceeded to punch her in the face/head ten times and dragged her out of the apartment by her leg.

The police report said there were no visible injuries on Alysia. An officer also felt Alysia's head where she said she as punched and the officer did not feel any lumps or anything showing she was battered. Also, the evidence in the home "refutes the victim's statement" that she was dragged out of the home.

Upon searching Camacho, three 2 mg Xanax pills were found in his right front change pocket wrapped in a plastic bag.

Camacho was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Person and three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. He later posted a bail bond of $5,500 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Alysia was also arrested, charged with Domestic Battery and given a Notice to Appear. She was not taken to jail.

WARNING: 'FBI Money Pack'
Virus Shutting Down PCs,
Smartphones and Tablets

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported Cathy Lillie was surfing the web in search of creative designs for peyote beads when her tablet was suddenly in lockdown, courtesy of the "FBI."

“I had a panic attack,” Lillie says.

The longtime Publix employee says the FBI criminal alert seemed all too real but the accusations didn’t add up.

“Never have I seen these sites before,” she says.

The alert claimed to have a photograph of Lillie visiting adult and child porn sites as well as a terrorist site where she supposedly issued terrorist threats.

The list of the risqué sites were followed by three sexually explicit photographs and then a $300 fine to be paid via Money Pak Green Dot card.

Robbie Klein of REK computers says the “FBI Money Pak” virus has infiltrated PCs, Apple products, smartphones and tablets.

“I see a lot of people getting this virus when they are going to random websites or unknown websites,” Klein says.

Klein averages three to four “Money Pak” cases every week. The Orlando computer technician says anyone that pays the $300 fine in hopes of getting access to their device usually ends up paying over and over again.

Klein was able to repair Lillie’s 10.1 inch Samsung tablet in about 10 minutes.

“The system itself is fine,” Klein says. "You have to have someone that knows what they’re doing to remove it.”

Microsoft’s cybercrimes division chief Don Morrison, says the hackers usually are operating out of Russia or China but it can be anywhere in the world.

“They keep the amounts small ($300) because the FBI won’t get involved if they’re small amounts," Morrison says. “When they cross the threshold of $1,000, the FBI starts becoming interested.”

The FBI’s Tampa office says it is aware of the scam. Agent Dave Couvertier tells WKMG the agency would never issue threats or freeze a consumer’s device.

According to Couvertier, the best way to avoid the malware is to stay on sites you know and trust and have the latest anti-virus programs in place, WKMG said.


~ Monday's Local/State News ~

SUV Driver Dies in Vehicle Fire
after I-75 Semi-Trailer Driver
Strikes Six Vehicles

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal vehicle accident that occurred on Friday, August 22nd, at about 4:15 p.m., on northbound I-75 just before mile marker 224, over the Manatee River, in Ellenton.

The FHP report said vehicle 1, a 2014 semi-trailer being driven by Wadel Jones, of New Orleans, was traveling northbound on Interstate 75.

Wadel failed to observe traffic stopped in front of him causing the front of the semi to strike the rear of a 2005 Ford van.

The impact then caused the Ford van to begin to rotate counter-clockwise before causing the front of the van to strike the concrete barrier wall on the west shoulder.

The semi then continued traveling north causing the front of the semi to strike the rear of a third vehicle, a 1998 Lincoln Navigator being driven by a person whose identity has not yet been released and sideswipe the left side of a 2014 Ford Fusion that were both stopped on the east shoulder.

The semi then continued traveling north causing the front left of the semi to strike the right rear of a fifth vehicle, a 2003 Ford Windstar, then continued traveling north causing the front left side of the semi to strike the right rear side of yet a sixth vehicle, a 2008 Toyota Highlander. This caused the Highlander to rotate clockwise causing the front right side of the Highlander to strike the front left side of the semi in a secondary impact.

The driver of the semi, Wadel Jones, sustained serious injuries and he was hospitalized at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

A passenger in the Ford van, Christopher Michael Atwood, 30, of Sarasota, was also hospitalized at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

The unknown driver of the Lincoln Navigator was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The Navigator was fully engulfed in a vehicle fire after the crash.

Man Arrested for Armed
Robbery with Machete

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Marcos Mena, 24, allegedly a homeless person living in Manatee County.

Marcos Mena

The arrest report from PPD said on Thursday, August 21st, at about 6:45 p.m., Marcos entered the Los Primos Meat Market at 1100 8th Avenue West, Palmetto, armed with a Kukri style machete.

Marcos approached the counter and began to yell demands for money as he beat on the counter with the knife. Chunks of wood were breaking off the counter and the store's cashier became very afraid for her life.

Marcos then walked behind the counter and attempted to take money from the register while still verbally demanding money.

The cashier was able to run past Marcos and ran outside of the business to call 911.

Marcos followed the cashier outside and noticed when police arrived. When he saw police cars, he began to flee on foot.

Officers were able to stop Marcos and ordered him to drop the machete. After several commands, Marcos complied and dropped the knife. He was arrested at that time and placed in the rear seat of a patrol vehicle, where his comments and actions were recorded. Inside the patrol vehicle, Marcos repeatedly said that he was sorry and simply wanted to go home.

Marcos was transported to the Palmetto Police Department where his interview was recorded.

Post-Miranda, Marcos admitted to the armed robbery and claimed to be under the influence of cocaine and does not know why and how he did what he did. When asked why he chose to rob the meat market, Marcos said he was cheated out of $.20 the previous day by one of the employees of the market.

Marcos claimed to be a full member of MS-13, a notorious Salvadoran gang.

No money was taken during the armed robbery incident.

Marcos was charged with Armed Robbery with a Machete.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $100,000.

Man, Woman Arrested Following
Theft of Nearly $350 in Items
from Palmetto Walmart

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Mike Macias, 35, allegedly a homeless person in Palmetto, and Jessica Dittman, 24, of 4300 17th Street West, in Bradenton.

Above, Mike Macias and Jessica Dittman

The arrest report said on Thursday, August 21st, at about 7:30 p.m., Macias and Dittman entred the Palmetto Walmart located at 508 10th Street West.

The store's loss prevention personnel began watching the pair because they are suspected of retail theft on August 20th.

Macias was observed removing several items such as gallon jugs of motor oil, bags of seafood, crab legs, dish soap and cat litter from shelves and placing them in a shopping cart that Dittman was pushing.

The couple then exited the store through the general merchandise exit, passing all points of sale without paying for the merchandise.

Loss prevention personnel stopped them just outside of the store and brought them back inside, before calling law enforcement.

The total amount of the recovered merchandise was $347.98.

Macias and Dittman were both charged with Grand Theft Shoplifting. They later posted a $1,500 bail bond each and were released from the Manatee County Jail.

Man Accused of Grand Theft
of Golf Cart

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dennis W. Cline, 33, of 5120 14th Street West, Bradenton.

Dennis Cline

The arrest report said on Monday, August 18th, Emil LaBrecque reported to the Bradenton Police Department that a golf cart belonging to Joel King, worth about $500, had been stolen.

At about 9 a.m., LaBrecque located the stolen golf cart at 5120 14th Street West, Bradenton.

The sheriff's office was notified.

When a deputy arrived at the location where the stolen cart was spotted, he observed Cline tampering with a wire cap that was located on the bottom of the golf cart.

The golf cart was recovered.

Cline denied knowing that the cart was stolen and said a friend had left it on his property and that he was just putting the cap back on the cart.

Cline was arrested and charged with Motor Vehicle Theft.

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

Man Charged with Robbery
of Rat Traps at Bus Stop

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Mark Keitel, 57, of 507 Kumquat Court, in Sarasota.

Mark Keitel

A sheriff's report said the victim, Martha Martinez, 46, and Keitel were waiting for SCAT bus #12, Route 99, about to be picked up at the bus stop in front of the Walmart store located at 8320 Lockwood Ridge Road, in South Manatee County. They did not know each other, they were both just riders.

Keitel grabbed Martha's purse and tried to flee with it. Martha grabbed her purse and the pair struggled over it.

Keitel released the purse, then grabbed the victim’s Home Depot bag containing $11.73 worth of Real-Kill Large Glue rat traps. The pair again struggled over the bag with Keitel taking the bag and walking off towards Walmart.

Deputies Boos and Kruse arrived on scene and observed a male matching the description sitting on a bench in front of Walmart.

A show up was conducted and the victim identified Keitel as the perpetrator. Keitel was placed into custody.

Martha's rat traps were recovered and returned to her.

There were no reported injuries.

Keitel was charged with Robbery by Sudden Snatching.

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

Pursuit of Allegedly Stolen Vehicle
Ends with Recovery of Abandoned
Vehicle, No Arrests

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a pursuit that occurred on Saturday, August 23rd, that began shortly after 4 a.m.

A sheriff's report said deputies were behind a vehicle believed to be stolen traveling north on 8th Ave., crossing the Green Bridge.

Initial information provided to involved units had confirmed the tag/vehicle, a silver Honda to be stolen.

A pursuit was authorized based on this information.

The pursuit continued north to 17th St then east towards US 41. The vehicle then turned north on US 41. At this time the tag had been run twice by MCSO Dispatch and did not come back as stolen.

The pursuit was terminated as the vehicle continued north on US 41. Speeds during the pursuit reached approximately 80 MPH. There was no traffic and weather was clear.

Shortly after the pursuit was terminated the vehicle was located abandoned in the 6200 block of US 41 North.

The driver, an unknown Black male, had fled in an unknown direction and could not be identified.

Attempts to contact the registered owner were not successful and the vehicle was towed by a rotation wrecker.

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.

Bradenton Fire Department
Finds Unconscious Victim
at Structure Fire

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire and possibly saved someone's life on Friday.

A BFD report said at 4:41 p.m. on Friday, August 22nd, City of Bradenton Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire at 3406 18th Avenue Drive West.

Upon arrival at 4:46 p.m., the first arriving units found smoke showing from a single-story residential structure.

Following entry and a primary search, one unconscious occupant was located, removed, turned over to Manatee County EMS and transported via Bayflight to Tampa General Hospital. A secondary search revealed no further victims, and the situation was soon brought under control.

The home sustained smoke and fire damage that displaced the two remaining residents who were not home at the time. The American Red Cross responded to assist the residents.

The State Fire Marshal's Office assisted in investigating the cause of the fire which was determined to be an accidental kitchen fire.

Responders included: 6 fire suppression units with 12 personnel; 3 investigative personnel; Fire Chief Chuck Edwards; 1 Manatee County EMS unit; and 4 Bradenton Police Department units.

Two Juveniles Arrested
for Vehicle Burglary

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested two juveniles for a vehicle burglary.

A very brief sheriff's report said on Thursday, August 21st, two 12-year-olds were arrested for burglary of a vehicle that occurred on Wednesday, August 20th, at about 8 p.m., at 3115 Cortez Road West, Bradenton.

They were charged with Vehicle Burglary and transported to the Juvenile Booking Facility at the Manatee County Jail.

Proactive Patrols Lead to Two
Concealed Weapons Busts

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Proactive patrols by Sarasota County Sheriff's deputies in north Sarasota lead to the discovery of concealed weapons in two separate cases.

Above, L to R, Timothy Neininger and Kyle Seving

Deputies patrolling Leonard Reid Avenue just before 5:00 p.m., Thursday, approached a man who showed them a $10 bill and said he was going to buy crack for another deputy as a confidential informant. After the deputy confirmed that the subject was in fact not working with the sheriff's office the man handed over his wallet and a cigarette pack containing a folded lottery ticket with three pieces of crack coaine inside. In his backpack deputies found a black .25 caliber handgun, a silver magazine and a black rifle magazine containing seven, .22 caliber rounds. Timothy Neininger, 40, 507 Kumquat Court, was arrested for Possession of Cocaine, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Carrying a Concealed Weapon while Engaged in a Criminal Offense.

A few hours later, deputies responded to an alarm call at a business on North Lime Avenue and found a man standing in the doorway. The man claimed he was just trying to get out of the rain. Deputies asked if he had anything illegal on him and the man emptied his pockets and showed them one side pouch of his backpack. After saying the other side was empty, the man opened it and deputies saw a small black handgun holster, a container with small pieces of crack cocaine, a bag that had contained marijuana and a box of ammunition. Another deputy secured the man in handcuffs and found a firearm tucked in the waistband of his underwear. Deputies arrested Kyle Seving, 18, who claims lives in the area of Sophie Springer Way, and charged him with Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Seving has an extensive arrest history including charges of Armed Carjacking, Burglary and Robbery.

Man Guilty in "Sexsomnia"
Lewd & Lascivious Case

FLAGLER COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A Flagler man was found guilty Wednesday of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Evidence in the trial for Caleb Ruh, 29, showed that he touched the victim inappropriately on more than one occasion.

Ruh's defense was that he suffered from "sexsomnia," and that he committed the acts while he was sleeping.

It only took the jury one and a half hours to agree on a verdict.

Ruh faces up to life in prison. His sentencing hearing has been set for Sept. 29th.

According to WebMD, sexsomnia is defined as a sleeping disorder where sex acts are committed while a person is sleeping, WKMG said.


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