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~ LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

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 proved guilty in a court of law.

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Week of October 27, 2014 - November 2, 2014

~ Friday's Local/State News ~

Manatee Detectives Say They
Have Captured a Man Who
Robbed Bank of America

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested the man they say is responsible for a recent bank robbery on 14th Street West, in Bradenton.


Above, a surveillance photo of the suspect

in the bank, and Jeremy Walton's mug shot

Jeremy Walton, 40, was arrested Thursday morning, Oct. 30th, without incident, in the 3500 block of 1st St W., Bradenton. Walton is charged with Armed Robbery.

According to NewsManatee archives, as NewsManatee originally reported, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a bank robbery that occurred on Friday, Oct. 17th, at about 3:45 p.m., at the Bank of America branch located at 4545 14th Street West, Bradenton.

A media release from the sheriff's office said at about 3:45 p.m. the suspect, later identified as Walton, entered the listed Bank of America.

Walton quietly got in line and waited his turn to get to a teller.

When Walton got to the teller he said nothing but handed a note to the teller.

The teller handed Walton money; he took the money left.

Walton got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

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


Woman Arrested for Punching
Other Woman, Slamming Her
Head into Concrete Step

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Danielle N. Barron, 33, of 1005 50th Avenue Terrace West, Bradenton.


Danielle Barron

The arrest report said on Saturday, Oct. 18th, at about 2:15 p.m., Barron and an unidentified White female attacked the unnamed victim, punching her and tackling her onto a bed.

The fight then rolled onto the floor, at which point, Barron slammed the victim's head into a concrete step, the report said.

Witnesses pulled the two girls off of the victim and the attacker both fled the scee.

The victim was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of a head laceration and possible head injuries.

Barron was later found at 5912 15th Street East on Tuesday, Oct. 21st at about midnight and taken into custody.

She was charged with Aggravated Battery.

She was also charged with Violation of Supervised Release on charges of Criminal Mischief and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

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


Man Flees Traffic Stop,
Causes Vehicle Crashes,
Subsequently Captured


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Aramis Harrison, 28, of Bradenton.


Aramis Harrison

A sheriff's report said on Wednesday, Oct. 29th, at about 11 a.m., a traffic stop was initiated on Harrison, who was the driver of a 2004 Mercury.

Harrison pulled into the CVS parking lot at Bayshore Gardens Parkway and 14th Street West.

At that time, Harrison decided to flee the traffic stop and exited the parking lot onto Bayshore Gardens Parkway and proceeded east.

MSO did not pursue Harrison.

Harrison ran the red light at Bayshore Gardens Parkway and 14th subsequently striking a 2001 Lexus occupied by two individuals. This caused the Lexus to strike a 2000 Chevrolet truck occupied by one individual.

Harrison and his passenger, Lawrence Holley (39 yrs old) fled the scene on foot.

Holley was captured a short distance away, while Harrison eluded capture for some time but was eventually caught.

Harrison was arrested and charged with No Valid Driver License and Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injuries. Holley was not charged.

The occupants of the Lexus sustained minor injuries and were transported to Blake. The driver of the Chevrolet truck was treated on scene by EMS.

Harrison later posted a bail bond of $1,620 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Three Teenagers Busted
for Attempted Occupied
Burglary

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Alexander Anderson, Timothy Houston and Xavier Jones, all 16 years of age.


Above, L to R, Alexander Anderson, Timothy Houston and Xavier Jones

A sheriff's report said on Wednesday, Oct. 29th, at about noon, the three teenagers worked as a team, staging at the front door of an occupied residence in the 1900 block of 3rd Avenue West, in Palmetto, and attempting to kick it in.

They failed to make entry and fled on food when confronted.

Patrol located, chased and caught them.

The witness positively identified them.

They were all charged with Attempted Occupied Burglary.

They were transported to the Juvenile Booking Facility at the Manatee County Jail.


Manatee Sheriff Plans Car Show
to Benefit Terminally Ill Children
This Weekend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube has announced its annual Car & Motorcycle Show, which is the main fundraiser for the Flight to the North Pole, held every year just before Christmas for terminally ill children.


Above, 1957 Chevies, a Souped Up Dragster
and some of the 2013 Car Show Entries

The event will take place on Saturday, November 1st, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Operations Center, 600 301 Blvd. West, Bradenton.

The Flight to the North Police is a non-profit organization that partners with the sheriff's office to benefit terminally ill children in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

It is an annual December event where the terminally ill children and their families are invited for a day filled with crafts, clowns, animal displays, pony rides, a children's chorus, lunch and a special visit with Santa Claus, to include gifts.

According to the sheriff's office, 40 vehicles have already pre-registered to show this year!!

NewsManatee endorses both the Car & Motorcycle Show and the Flight to the North Pole and invites the public to do the same.


Change Smoke Alarm Batteries
When You Turn Your Clocks
Back This Weekend


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- An estimated 70 percent of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms can save lives - but only when they are working properly. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm will provide an early warning signal to your household, providing the chance to escape.

As you turn your clocks back for Daylight Saving Time this weekend, take a moment to also consider checking your smoke alarms. According to Sarasota County Fire Marshal John Reed, these safety tips could save lives:

~Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. For extra safety, install smoke alarms both inside and outside any sleeping areas, especially if you sleep with your bedroom door closed.

~ Make a habit of replacing the batteries in your smoke alarm when you change your clocks as Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 2.

~ Keep smoke alarms clean. Dust can interfere with how your smoke alarm works. Regularly vacuum over your smoke alarm.

~ The "chirping" noise you may hear could mean your battery is low. Replace the battery right away.

~ Replace your smoke alarms about every 10 years. They do wear out, so write the purchase date with a marker on the back of your smoke alarm. That way you know when it should be replaced.

~ Weather radios are also as important as smoke alarms in saving lives, and their batteries should also be checked as you turn your clocks back.

"One only needs to look at the daily news to know it is important to be prepared to react when severe weather threatens," said Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane.

Tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, etc., can strike in a moment's notice, and quick action must be taken to protect families and homes from harm. NOAA Weather Alert Radios provide warnings of severe weather 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are the best protection against hazardous weather events.

Local weather reports and warnings are broadcast directly to these radio receivers around the clock by the National Weather Service (NWS). Weather radios advise people of severe weather watches and warnings, buying extra time for people to react before dangerous storms hit their areas. When in the path of something like a tornado, minutes and seconds can mean the difference between life and death.

Look for weather radios that have the SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding), McCrane advises. This feature allows the programming of only the counties one would want alerts from. Other than a weekly test, the radio will only alert when the programmed counties are concerned.


Cold Blast Coming to
All of Central Florida

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A new front will bring the coldest air of the season to Central Florida, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

After reaching a high of 85 degrees on Thursday in Orlando, much cooler air will move into the region, dropping lows into the 40s over the weekend.

"The front will also bring slight rain chances at 20 percent for Thursday afternoon and evening," WKMG meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "A few showers will linger into Friday but trick-or-treating should be dry."

Friday's high will reach the upper 70s. Sunset will be at 6:41 p.m., with temperatures dipping into the mid- and low 60s.

"Colder air moves in by Saturday afternoon," said Bridges, who added that the high will be in the upper 60s.

Overnight lows will drop into the mid-40s in the Orlando area early Sunday morning.

"Orlando's record low on Sunday is 46 degrees, which was set in 1993. I'm forecasting us to tie that record, but we could beat it," Bridges said.

And don't forget that Daylight Saving Time takes place this weekend, so set your clocks back an hour before heading to bed Saturday night.


FDLE Arrests Fort Myers Man for
Possession of Child Pornography


FORT MYERS, Florida [NMT/FDLE] -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Fort Myers Regional Operations Center Cyber High-Tech Crime Task Force arrested Bryan Ludlam, 42, of Fort Myers, Fla. on 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

FDLE Agents executed a search warrant on Thursday, Oct. 30th, at Ludlam’s residence, 14596 Calusa Palms Drive, Fort Myers, and located numerous digital images of child pornography, including videos depicting the sexual battery of children.

The task force consists of law enforcement officers from FDLE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations and the Fort Myers Police Department.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the FDLE Fort Myers Regional Operations Center at (239) 278-7170.

Please visit the Secure Florida website to review tips for keeping your children safe online at: http://secureflorida.org/2011/family/best_practices_for_parents/.

 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Manatee Detectives Arrest Man
for Armed Robbery of Woman;
Bail Bond is $250,000

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Phillip Theodore Richardson, 20, of 1245 Myrtle Street, in Sarasota.


Phillip Richardson

According to the arrest report, on Friday, Oct. 10th, at about 2:30 p.m., the juvenile victim had gotten off of a bus and was on her way to work, walking southbound through the shopping plaza at 4900 14th Street West, Bradenton.

A White male, later identified as Richardson, was operating a yellow 2-door car. He drove up behind the victim from the south through the parking lot and drove past her, stopping his car in front of her.

Richardson exited his vehicle and walked toward the girl, producing a small black handgun. He approached with arms reach of the girl, pointed the firearm toward her head and demanded her property, telling her, "Give me all your stuff."

The victim, who was in fear for her life, complied and gave Richardson $40 and a non-working iPhone 4.

Richardson returned to his vehicle and fled south through the parking lot.

The victim went into the business located at 4908 14th Street West and reported the incident.

Investigators learned that the victim had seen a hospital bracelet with the name Phillip Richardson on it, aged 20.

Further investigation including a photo lineup revealed Richardson to have been the perpetrator.

He was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 23rd, and charged with Armed Robbery.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $250,000.


Two Men Caught 'Camping'
Illegally at Holmes Beach
Residence


HOLMES BEACH, Florida [NMT] -- The Holmes Beach Police Department has arrested Scott Francis Petrelli, 47, and Guy Vincent Massiello, 58, both homeless men.


Above, L to R, Scott Petrelli and Guy Massiello

A police report from HBPD said on Monday, October 27th, at around 1230 p.m., Holmes Beach Officers responded to 4002 5th Avenue for a possible burglary in progress.

The reporting party arrived at the rental unit to clean the unit and found the two defendants sleeping in the back porch area of the residence.

There was not supposed to be anyone in the unit.

Officer Shaffer woke the two defendants and learned during his investigation that the
defendants had used the electricity, cable T.V., propane grill, pool, and the shower for a period of seven to nine days.

The unit rents for around $350 dollars a day, which neither defendant had paid.

Both of the defendants were arrested without incident.

Scott F. Petrelli was charged with one count of Burglary. He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $3,000.

Guy V. Massiello was charged with one count of Burglary. He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $1,500.


Woman Arrested for Prostitution
Over Internet, Paraphernalia

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kimberly Wojculewski, 30, of the 3900 block of Royal Palm Drive, in Bradenton.


Kimberly Wojculewski

The arrest report said on Friday, Oct. 24th, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division was searching a website known to be used by prostitutes to solicit "Johns."

He came across one ad and called the number listed in the ad.

He spoke to a woman, later identified as Wojculewski, who agreed to meet the U/C detective at a local motel. He was to give her $200 for one hour with her. She agreed to perform oral sex on him and allow him sexual intercourse with her.

They met and she was arrested.

Subsequent to her arrest, deputies located a used crack pipe in her possession.

She was charged with misdemeanor Prostitution, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and she was also charged on a warrant for Non-Support.

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


Man Struck with Taser, Busted
for Domestic Battery


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Xavier Montalvo-Castellano, 27, of Bradenton.


Xavier Montalo-Castellano

A sheriff's report said on Tuesday, Oct. 28th, at about 5:15 p.m., deputies responded to 6012 12th Stret East, Bradenton, in an attempt to locate Xavier Montalvo on domestic battery charges.

Montalvo fled out of the rear door in an effort to abscond.

Deputy Denmark gave verbal commands for Montalvo to stop, but he refused.

Denmark deployed his E.C.D., striking Montalvo in the upper portion of his right arm. The deployment had no apparent effect and Montalvo continued his flight.

Units converged on the area in short order and Montalvo was located on the roof of a residence at 6023 11th Street East.

He was taken into custody without further incident.

Montalvo was charged accordingly with domestic battery and resisting arrest without violence.

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


FHP to Conduct Wolfpack
Detail This Weekend


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI Wolfpack Detail in Highlands, Manatee and Sarasota Counties on Friday, October 31st, from 10:00 p.m. until Saturday, November 1st, at 5:00 a.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol organizes such details to proactively remove impaired drivers from the roadways and ultimately enhance the safety of the motoring public.

Troopers conducting the detail will be mobile while monitoring traffic in an effort to maximize their visibility and effectiveness in removing impaired drivers from the roadways in Highlands, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.


Fourth Person Arrested in
Credit Card Scheme


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Wednesday, Oct. 29th, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Christina Martindale, wanted in connection with a credit card scheme announced at the beginning of this month.


Christina Martindale

Martindale was located at a home in the 2500 block of 23rd Street in Sarasota.

She got a new face tattoo Tuesday night (see photo above) and dyed her hair in an attempt to conceal her identity.

Martindale is charged with two counts of Criminal Use of Personal Information and one count of Scheme to Defraud.


SPD: Updated Information and
Video from Weekend Coin Theft

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Surveillance video obtained from Friday afternoon shows three of the four suspects walking into the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium around 3:30 p.m., checking out locations, vendors, sitting in the lobby area taking notes and then leaving. Updated video with Friday and Saturday video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/uXJtHEdSWd4

Detectives believe the three suspects were making plans on Friday to return on Saturday afternoon to commit the coin theft with a fourth suspect. The crime was not reported until Sunday when the victim returned to the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, noticed things were out of place and called the Sarasota Police Department.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Kenton Montegna at 941-954-7092 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.


Mom Left Boy, 5, Locked in
Car to Go to Work

LAKE MARY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A Seminole County woman has been charged with child neglect after deputies say she left her 5-year-old child in a hot car while she was at work, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Nakisha Burke was arrested on Monday afternoon at Convergys Corporation at Lake Mary, according to deputies.

Deputies said her 5-year-old son was found visibly sweating and in distress in the locked vehicle with one of the rear windows slightly ajar.

"Sweating profusely," the caller told dispatchers. "We can't get him to open the door."

The boy had been in the vehicle for 35 minutes before deputies arrived and the temperature in the car was 85 degrees, according to the report.

"They were able to communicate with the child to have him unlock the door and get himself out of danger," Kristen Bentsen of Seminole County Sheriff's Office said.

Burke told deputies she left the boy in her vehicle while she went to work her scheduled shift from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

According to the report, deputies also charged Burke with aggravated child abuse charges after finding the boy had injuries to his left cheek and eye from being "whooped" in the dark with a "switch."

Burke was taken to the Seminole County jail. The boy is staying with family members, WKMG said.

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Deputy: Woman Arrested for
Theft of Nearly $2,000 from
Walmart as a Cashier

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Emily M. Rennhack, 35, of 3204 54th Drive East, Bradenton.


Emily Rennhack

According to the arrest report, Emily was employed as a cashier for the Walmart store located at 2911 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton.

Over the course of several months, Emily gave the same unknown female customer large discounts on items purchased.

The transactions totaled $1,784.86.

Emily was arrested on Friday, Oct. 24th, at about 2:30 p.m. at the store.

She was charged with Grand Theft by Embezzlement.

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


Man Charged with Carrying
Concealed Weapon

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Chandler Harte Schuler, 18, of 1212 56th Avenue Terrace East, Bradenton.


Chandler Schuler

The arrest report said on Saturday, Oct. 25th, at about 7 p.m., security officers for the DeSoto Square Mall were contacted after Schuler was observed carrying a large knife in the arcade o the mall.

Security officers responded and located Schuler in the arcade and confronted him about the knife, at twhich time Schuler retrieved the knife from his front left pocket and displayed it.

The security officers seized the knife and contacted the sheriff's office.

The knife was found to be a fixed arched blade combat knife. The total lenth of the knife wa eleven and 1/4 inches. The blade was six and 1/2 inches long.

Schuler was arrested and charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

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


BPD Detectives Ask Help
to ID Wallet Thief


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department is actively seeking the identity of a man who stole a wallet from a server at the Outback restaurant.


A police report said on August 26th, at about 9:25 p.m., a White male suspect entered the "Curbside" area of the Outback Restaurant, located at 4402 Cortez Road West in Bradenton, and took a seat near the victim's (the employee's) cash register.

When the victim left the room to deliver an order, the suspect leaned across the counter to a shelf underneath the register and pulled the victim's wallet from her purse. The suspect then concealed the wallet in the waistband of his pants and walked out of the building.

The victim remarked that the suspect arrived as a passenger in a black Chevy Cruz, driven by an unknown female.

Anyone having information with regard to this case is asked to call Bradenton Police Officer Lixa Moyett at 941-932-9309, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers 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.


Dep. Darren George Named
Deputy of the Month for October


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube has named Deputy Darren George Deputy of the Month for October 2014.

In March, 2014, Deputy Darren George stopped to assist a woman whose car had run out of gas and was on the side of the road.

Deputy George took the woman's gas can and brought back fuel for the vehicle.

When she offered to give him money, he declined.

The woman wrote to express that Deputy George is a real gentleman and, even though he expressed "it's no big deal," his act of kindness meant a lot to her.

For his demonstration of a spirit of public service that reflects a positive image of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Darren George is awarded Deputy of the Month for October 2014.

Sheriff Steube congratulated Dep. George.


Detectives Ask Help to ID
Four People Involved in
Major Coin Theft


SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for help from the public identifying four people believed to be involved in a major coin theft over the weekend.


On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Sarasota Police officers were dispatched to the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota in reference a grand theft of coins. Officers were told by the victim the theft occurred sometime between Saturday, October 25th at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Surveillance video from inside the Auditorium, which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/PfzFfgvt1H8 shows four subjects entering the coin show. One subject walks through the show and after a few vendors have left, the subject approaches a table, places a bag on the table and removes multiple gold coins. Then all four subjects leave.

Several minutes later, two of the four subjects returned, returned to the same table as before, removed more items and leave again. These two subjects are described as: Subject 1: Hispanic male, 5’9” and believed to be between 30 and 39 years old. Subject 2: Hispanic male, 5’3” – 5’4” and heavy set. All of the subjects appear to be working together. The coins are valued at between $50,000 and $100,000.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Kenton Montegna at 941-954-7092 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com


Palm Print Ties Prolific
Offender to Burglary

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man for burglary after his palm print was found at the crime scene.


Justin Blake

Deputies responded to the 3600 block of Lockwood Ridge Road Monday morning after a man reported that he confronted a suspect who entered his home. When the man went to retrieve his firearm the suspect fled and wasn't immediately located. However, deputies were able to recover fingerprints from the window the suspect opened to enter the home.

The sheriff's office latent print examiner quickly determined the palm print recovered from the scene belonged to Justin Blake, 32, last known address 2127 S. Jefferson Ave., Sarasota. The victim was also able to identify Blake in a photo lineup.

Blake was located Tuesday morning with assistance from the Sarasota Police Department, whose detectives are investigating him for other crimes. Blake is charged with Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling.

He is considered a Prolific Offender in Sarasota County after more than a dozen arrests for crimes including Armed Robbery, Grand Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property.


Sarasota County Sheriff:
Halloween Safety Tips

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office wants all children to enjoy Halloween festivities this week, so please read through these reminders to help keep trick-or-treaters safe.

~ Try to trick-or-treat in groups.

~ Never allow small children to visit a door without a trusted adult.

~ Parents should always accompany trick-or-treaters, no matter how old the children are.

~ Only approach well-lit homes where porch or exterior lights are ON.

~ Look both ways before crossing streets and use sidewalks whenever possible.

~ Avoid shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.

~ Eat only factory-wrapped treats and never eat anything homemade from strangers.

~ Examine all candy for choking hazards and tampering.

~ Be cautious around pets and other animals.

~ Keep costumes short to prevent tripping/falling.

~ Make sure masks or head coverings do not hinder eyesight.

~ Wear light-colored costumes or add reflective tape to dark clothing.

~ Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen.

~ Report any and all suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.

~ Citizens should keep doors locked, even if you are just "out front" handing out candy, to prevent burglars from taking advantage of the holiday.

All motorists should use extreme caution and drive slowly to avoid accidents with children who might be distracted by the festivities.

Another way to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters is to attend public, organized events. Instead of visiting unfamiliar neighborhoods consider Halloween festivities at malls, churches or events sponsored by local businesses.


Teen Boy Attacked While
Trying to Protect Girl


ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando police are looking for a group of teens they say attacked two other teens, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The attack happened Friday at the Englewood Community Center near Englewood Elementary School.

Police say a group of about 15 teens surrounded another teenage boy and girl and a boy in a bright green shirt pulled out a knife and told the pair to empty their pockets. Police say the boy also threatened to shoot them if they did not cooperate.

Another teen then grabbed the girl's blue iPhone 5c, and when the boy tried to get the phone back, the other teens jumped him, according to police.

He suffered bruises, swelling and had his front tooth knocked out, WKMG said.


FHP: Don't Take a Grave Risk
This Halloween


TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT/FHP] -- Halloween is frightening enough without the added terror of drunk drivers on the road. This weekend, the Florida Highway Patrol will join thousands of law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation in enforcing Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. This safety campaign, which runs through November 2, is designed to discourage impaired driving through the use of targeted enforcement and increased visibility of law enforcement on the roadways.

During the 2013 Halloween weekend, Troopers arrested 653 impaired drivers. Statewide there were 181 crashes involving an impaired driver and 9 of those crashes resulted in fatalities.

"Halloween falls on a Friday this year which means there are going to be even more parties where alcohol will be served," said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. "If you drink, designate a sober driver or plan on taking a taxi. Otherwise, the Florida Highway Patrol will gladly give you a ride…to jail."

To keep safe this Halloween, FHP recommends these tips:

~ Before drinking, designate a sober driver and stick to the plan.

~ If you are a designated driver, do not drink. One drink is one too many.

~ If you are impaired-and did not designate a sober driver-take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation to get home safely.

~ Walking impaired can also be dangerous. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

~ Remember, friends don't let friends drive drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive impaired, take their keys and assist them with getting a safe ride home.

If you see an impaired driver, please contact the Florida Highway Patrol by dialing *FHP (*347) from your cellphone. You could save a life.

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

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Manatee Crime Stoppers to Host
Safest Halloween Party in Town
at the Manatee County Fairgrounds

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Crime Stoppers of Manatee County is pleased to announce that they will host the 12th Annual Halloween Safe Kids Night on Friday October 31st, from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.. at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, located across from Palmetto High School on 17th Street West in Palmetto.


“We’re excited to be at the Fairgrounds again this year,” said Frank Brunner, Executive Director of Manatee CrimeStoppers. “Last year, after 10 years at the Bradenton Auditorium, we had to change venues due to a scheduling conflict. We moved to the fairgrounds, which provided plenty of room inside for booths & games, plus space for public safety vehicles and equipment to display out front. We had such a positive experience that we decided to continue the event at the Fairgrounds this year”

This event is held each year to provide children and families with a safe venue for Trick or Treating, instead of potentially unsafe neighborhoods. Many neighborhoods do not have adequate lighting or sidewalks for pedestrian traffic. Admission and parking is FREE, however some activities and food will be on sale with affordable prices.

Above, L & R, outside and inside the 2013 Manatee Crime Stoppers Safe Kids Night

Manatee CrimeStoppers coordinates with approximately 30 community groups, government agencies, civic organizations and social service providers to create a carnival atmosphere at the Manatee County Fairgrounds. Each participating agency hosts a decorated booth with plenty of fun, games and FREE candy for attending children to enjoy.

What makes this event unique? Frank Brunner, the Executive Director of Manatee CrimeStoppers points out that each participating agency also uses the venue to inform the community about the services they provide and how they can be a resource to families. “We encourage our partner agencies to promote their mission and services along with an emphasis on safety education. This event is an opportunity for families to have fun yet learn about how to make our community a safer place to live.”

The event will also feature vehicles from police, fire, EMS and other public safety equipment on display in front of the Exhibit Hall, as well as fun, games and plenty of candy inside.

The event is open to the entire family and everyone attending is encouraged to come in costume. Attendees may enter thru the Fairgrounds Main Entrance on 17th Street West or thru the Gate on 14th Ave West across from Church on the Rock. Parking is available inside the fairgrounds for people who enter thru the gate on 14th Ave West. For people entering thru the Main Gate, limited parking is available along 13th Ave West. For more information about the event or to inquire about how your business / agency can participate by hosting a booth, send an email to:

info@manateecrimestoppers.com

Manatee Detectives Now Say
Bank Robber Used Bicycle
To Help Him Pull Off Heist


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office released more information on Monday regarding a recent bank robbery on 14th Street West, in Bradenton.


Above, a surveillance photo of the suspect
in the bank and one of him pushing a bike

They now believe the bank robber used a bicycle to arrive at the bank and as a getaway vehicle.

According to NewsManatee archives, as NewsManatee originally reported, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a bank robbery that occurred on Friday, Oct. 17th, at about 3:45 p.m., at the Bank of America branch located at 4545 14th Street West, Bradenton.

A media release from the sheriff's office said at about 3:45 p.m. the suspect entered the listed Bank of America.

The suspect quietly got in line and waited his turn to get to a teller.

When the suspect got to the teller he said nothing but handed a note to the teller.

The teller handed the suspect money. The suspect took the money left.

The culprit got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

He was described as being a White male, 5’5” to 5’7” tall, bald, no facial hair, sunglasses, wearing a tan polo type short and blue jean pants.

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.


Two Arrested Following
Attempted Car Burglaries


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Bradford Domingues, 25, and Lindsay Damery, 22, both of Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Bradford Domingues and Lindsay Damery

A sheriff's report said in the predawn of Sunday, Oct. 26th, about 6:45 a.m., Bradford and Lindsay were seen trying the vehicle doors in front of the 7600 block of Harrington Lane, in the River Club subdivision in Bradenton.

The witness called 911 and both Bradford and Lindsay were located and stopped at separate locations in the area.

Both were arrested and taken to jail.

They were each charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Conveyance.

They both remain in the Manatee County Jail on bail bonds each of $7,500.


Two Teens Steal Mom's Car,
Captured by Georgia Police

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported the capture of two runaway teenagers in Camden County, Georgia over the weekend.

A sheriff's report said the two unnamed juveniles, 17 and 14, ran away from home, taking their mother's vehicle without permission, and were headed to New York with a 25-year-old male.

They ran out of gas in Camden County, Georgia and on Sunday, Oct. 26th, at about 8 p.m., were located by Camden County Sheriff's Deputies, along with another missing juvenile from Bradenton.

At this time it is unknown if Camden County has charges against any of the individuals.


BPD Officer Elizabeth VanFossen
Named Officer of the Week


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has named Officer Elizabeth VanFossen as Officer of the Week.


Above, BPD Officer Elizabeth VanFossen

Officer Elizabeth VanFossen is a native of Florida who graduated from Manatee County Schools.

She attended Manatee Community College and received her Associate of Arts degree in 2007.

In January 2008 she attended the Manatee Technical Institute Law Enforcement Academy where she received her Law Enforcement certification.

In 2009 Officer VanFossen was hired by the Bradenton Police Department as a Police Officer.

She has participated in the Florida Police and Fire Games in mounted police, equestrian dressage, and team competitions. She has earned numerous gold, silver, and bronze medals as wells as plaques.

The Bradenton Police Department is a professional law enforcement agency which uses modern technology, state-of-the-art equipment and training techniques. Currently 120 sworn officers and 31 civilian employees represent the Bradenton P.D. The Bradenton Police Department services a population of 50,672 within a 14.44 sq mile jurisdiction located on the Central West Coast of Florida.


Disney Workers Appeal Firing
Over Sweaty Costumes

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Three performers were fired from the "Festival of the Lion King" show at Disney's Animal Kingdom after they would not put on sweaty costumes, Orlando television station WKMG reported, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The workers say other workers sweaty garments touched their clothes.

One of the performers told the Sentinel, "We don't know what to do. Obviously, wearing these costume pieces isn't an option because they're soiled. They're not wearable."

WKMG talked to a Disney representative who said, "We disagree with the assertion and will share the case with an arbitrator in December."

WKMG has also learned performers wear unitards under their costumes, but re-use headpieces and pieces of outerwear for their costumes that still get sweaty in the high-intensity show.

WKMG asked Disney if it could discuss the costume cleaning process, but the company was not able to comment further, because of pending litigation.


FDLE Arrests Man for
Child Pornography


FORT MYERS, Florida [NMT/FDLE] -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Fort Myers Regional Operations Center Cyber High-Tech Crime Task Force arrested James “Jamie” Gardner, 48, of Lehigh Acres, Fla. on possession of child pornography, a second degree felony.

On Sept. 11, 2014, FDLE Agents served a search warrant at Gardner’s former home, 533 Paloma Ave., Lehigh Acres, and seized several digital devices. After examination, numerous child pornography videos were found including videos depicting sexual battery involving children.

On Oct. 27, 2014, agents arrested Gardner at his new residence, 2106 McArthur Ave. in Alva, Fla. He was booked into the Lee County Jail.

The task force consists of law enforcement officers from FDLE, Homeland Security Investigations and the Fort Myers Police Department.

Please visit the Secure Florida website to review tips for keeping your children safe online at: http://secureflorida.org/2011/family/best_practices_for_parents/


FHP: Trick-Or-Treat and
Share the Street

TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT/FDLE] -- Everyone loves a good Halloween scare, but not when it comes to safety. Friday, trick-or-treaters will be out haunting the neighborhoods, and the Florida Highway Patrol is reminding motorists and pedestrians to use extreme caution and to safely share the road.

Parents and drivers should take extra care in safeguarding children. Low visibility and heavy pedestrian traffic can make Halloween roadways a bit “tricky;” These safety tips can help keep this holiday a “treat.”


Motorists

~ Pay attention and eliminate distractions; turn off the radio and put down the phone.

~ Be patient and slow down. Costumes may impair a child’s ability to see and hear approaching cars, preventing them from getting out of the roadway quickly.

~ Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks.

~ Enter and exit driveways slowly and always check behind your vehicle before backing.

~ Keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters who may suddenly dart into traffic from between parked cars.

~ Remember that children will be excited and may forget to "stop, look and listen" before they cross the street.


Parents

~ Be seen! Carry a flashlight, wear bright clothing, and put reflective tape on costumes and goody bags.

~ Use sidewalks whenever possible. If sidewalks are not available, walk facing traffic as close to the curb as possible.

~ Remind children to never run out into the street or cross between parked cars.

~ Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

~ Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t wear headphones or text while walking.

~ Children under the age of 12 should not trick-or-treat unsupervised. Walk with your trick-or-treaters and hold the hands of young children. Review pedestrian safety with teens if they trick-or-treat without supervision.

For more Halloween safety tips, visit http://www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/misc/Halloween/.

 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

10th Homicide of 2014
Reported in Manatee,
West Samoset Area

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a fatal shooting incident that occurred on Friday, Oct. 24th. A murder investigation is underway.


A press release from Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said at approximately 11:10 Friday night, deputies responded to a shooting in the 400 block of 33rd Ave. E., Bradenton.

When deputies arrived, they discovered David Moreno-Rojas, 23, dead from an apparent gunshot.


David Moreno-Rojas, deceased

The victim's body was found outside in the back of two duplexes.

The victim did not live in the area where the shooting occurred.

Detectives are following several leads in the case but no arrests have been made at this time.

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.

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


Woman Arrested for Assaulting
Male Victim with Knife,
Slashing Man's Tires

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Christine Kelly Bruun, 48, of 5110 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Christine Bruun

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, at about 8:15 a.m., deputies were called to the above listed trailer park regarding a knife assault.

Upon arrival, they learned that Bruun approached unnamed victim #1 with a small knife and held it to his throat. She told him she was going to kill him.

The victim is familiar with Bruun, as she lives in the same trailer park and often intimidates him and other residents with unusual aggressive behavior.

According to the victim, she then took the knife and slashed all 4 tires on unnamed victim #2's vehicle, causing about $1,000 in damage.

Bruun was located inside her trailer and began yelling that people were watching and video taping her and that she had been off her medications and was seeing things.

The area was searched for the knife, but it wasn't found.

The report noted that both victims said they are in fear of Bruun as she continues to harass and threaten them and everyone else in the park on a daily basis.

Bruun was arrested and charged with Person Uses a Deadly Weapon and Criminal Mischief.

She later posted a $2,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Accused of Armed
Robbery of a Friend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested James Bryant III, 31, of Bradenton.


James Bryant

A sheriff's report said the victim, Lisa Holcomb, 47, and the suspect, James Bryant III, 31, know each other.

On Friday, Oct. 24th, at about 2 a.m., while Bryant was at Holcomb's residence in the 5200 block of 15th Street Court East, Bradenton, he robbed her of an undetermined amount of money and fled.

Bryant was located a short time later and arrested.

He was charged with Armed Robbery and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $30,000.

Holcomb was not injured during the incident.


Bradenton Police Actively
Searching for Missing,
Endangered Man, 82


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department is actively searching for Robert Leroy Winings, 82, of Bradenton.


Above, Robert Leroy Winings

The Bradenton Police Department is currently working a Missing/Endangered Adult complaint.

The missing and endangered adult was last physically seen at 3510 32nd Avenue West, Bradenton, on Saturday, Oct. 25th, around 11:00 a.m.

Robert Leroy Winings is described as a White male, 82 Years of Age, 5'8" in height, 200 pounds, White Hair, Blue Eyes, last seen wearing a plaid shirt and dark pants, and he should be operating a 2014 Toyota Sienna, gray minivan, bearing Illinois License Plate S630717.

Mr. Winings suffers from a medical condition, and is in need of medical care.

Initial investigation revealed that Mr. Winings could be traveling to Illinois.

If you have seen or know the whereabouts of Mr. Winings, please contact the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300.


Man Arrested for Assaulting
Three Deputies, Interfering


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Joshua Douglas, 22, of Bradenton.


Joshua Douglas

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, Oct. 25th, at about 11 p.m., while investigating a 911 call at 1116 60th Avenue Drive East, Douglas approached deputies from inside the house threatening physical harm.

Douglas was asked to stop interfering with the investigation and returned inside.

Deputies then went back to their patrol cars which were parked in the roadway.

Douglas walked out to the deputies in the roadway continuing threats of physical harm.

Douglas was told to stop numerous times as he approached the deputies, but he refused to comply.

Douglas continued his approach with closed fist and threats of physical harm when he was subdued by deployment of an Electronic Control Device (Taser).

Douglas was arrested without further incident.

He was charged with 3 counts of Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and one count of Interfering with an Investigation.

He posted a $2,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


U/C Detective Arrests Woman
for Misdemeanor Prostitution

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Megan Nicole Post, 30, of 2406 21st Avenue West, Bradenton.


Megan Post

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, 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 p.m., he spotted Post walking in the 1000 block of 23rd Avenue West, Bradenton.

He made contact and, after a brief conversation, Post agreed to give the U/C detective oral sex for $30.

She was arrested without incident.

She was charged with misdemeanor Prostitution.

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


False Report Turns Out
to be 'Swatting' Incident


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a 'swatting' incident that occurred on Thursday night in Lakewood Ranch.

A press release said at approximately 7:40 Thursday night, the Bradenton Police Department received a call from an unknown person stating he had just killed his family and was going to kill himself. The caller gave his location as a residence in the Lakewood Ranch area.

The Sheriff's Office was notified and units were dispatched to the residence.

While investigating the situation, it appeared the incident may be because of an online game known as "swatting."

On the way to the scene, deputies were able to make contact with the family at the residence and confirmed they were okay. Deputies arrived at the residence and determined the call was bogus.

Subsequent investigation confirmed a teenager at the residence was playing the online game Call of Duty.

It's believed that someone playing the game called in the false information to the Bradenton Police Department.

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.


Arrest in Armed Burglary
Where Other Burglar
Was Shot, Killed


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested Leon Rogers, 20, in connection with the Tuesday morning burglary at the home on Ernie Shank Ct. in Sarasota during which Calvin Yoder was shot and killed.


Above, L to R, Leon Rogers, Christopher Bane and Calvin Yoder, deceased

Rogers, who fled the scene when shots were fired, is charged with Armed Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling.

As NewsManatee earlier reported, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a fatal shooting at 2130 Ernie Shank Ct., Sarasota, which occurred around 5:40 Tuesday morning, Oct. 21st.

Information released at the scene includes the following:

According to the resident, Christopher Bane, 36, he heard someone breaking in and armed himself for protection from the intruder. His 11-year-old child was also home at the time.

Bane confronted the suspect in the hallway and the suspect fired at Bane, who returned fire, killing the home intruder.

The deceased has been identified as Calvin Yoder, 22, 2407 Booker Ave., Sarasota.

The mug shot above of the deceased suspect is from May of 2014, when he was arrested in Sarasota County for Domestic Battery.

He also has a criminal history in Manatee County.

Bane gave an initial statement, and said after the incident he put the gun on his bed, which was later recovered.

Bane had a felony conviction out of Manatee County in 2001 for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell.

Based on the aforementioned facts, Bane has been charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He has not been charged with the shooting and killing of Yoder.

As the investigation continued, Leon Rogers, who had been linked to other crimes with Yoder, was arrested as an accomplice and charged with Armed Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling.

He is being held in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Florida Man Shoots, Kills
Huge Bear Inside His Home

LADY LAKE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A man shot and killed an estimated 500-pound bear that broke into his Lake County home, telling wildlife officials that it was the biggest bear he's ever seen, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Above, the bear outside the man's home

In 911 calls, the man said he had no choice but to shoot the bear, which he said continued to enter his home through a window, even after he yelled at the animal. The man said he thinks the bear was after his pet dog's food.

"The bear came back tonight," the man said in a second call to authorities. "I cranked open the window in the living room and yelled at it and it just kept coming at me, showing teeth, so I shot it. It's dead on my porch."

The man first called 911 hours earlier, reporting that a bear had damaged his home.

"It came in the same way it did last night. It ripped out a whole set of metal windows," the man said. "He's got to be 450 to 500 pounds. He's huge."

The man said he didn't touch the bear, wanting Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials to remove it.

"(The bear) is laying in the middle of my Florida room, bleeding all over. I shot him in the head," the man said. "I've seen a lot of black bear -- I hunt -- and I've never seen one this big."

The man said he moved the dog food inside in an effort to deter the bear from returning, but that didn't stop the animal, WKMG said.

"He walked right through the shrubs, almost over them he was so big, and just climbed right in. He was two-thirds of the way in when I saw first saw him and I yelled and he just looked up at me and kept right on coming like he didn't care I was there. And I don't have any way to stop him (other than shooting him)."


Gov. Scott Issues Executive Order
Requiring Mandatory Monitoring of
Returnees from Ebola-Affected Areas


LAKELAND, Florida [NMT] -- On Friday, Oct. 24th, Governor Rick Scott signed an Executive Order mandating twice-daily 21-day health monitoring for people returning from CDC designated Ebola-affected areas.

Governor Scott said, “This executive order will give the Florida Department of Health the authority they need to conduct 21-day health monitoring and risk assessments for all those who have returned or will return to Florida from the CDC designated Ebola-affected areas of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. We have asked the CDC to identify the risk levels of all returning individuals from these areas, but they have not provided that information. Therefore, we are moving quickly to require the four individuals who have returned to Florida already – and anyone in the future who will return to Florida from an Ebola area – to take part in twice daily 21-day health evaluations with DOH personnel.

“I want to be clear that we are taking this aggressive action at the state level out of an abundance of caution in the absence of much-needed Ebola risk classification information from the CDC. We are using what information is available to our Department of Health through the CDC’s Epi-X web-based system, which monitors individuals who travel to areas with infectious diseases, including Ebola. Using this system, we know that four individuals have already returned to Florida after traveling to Ebola-affected areas. Following the news of Dr. Craig Spencer testing positive for Ebola in New York, DOH began working to identify anyone who has already returned to Florida after traveling to an Ebola area and is aggressively investigating how much risk these individuals pose for contracting the disease. We will take further action to protect the health of these individuals, and our communities, if we determine any of them are at a ‘high risk’ of contracting the disease. Further action by the Florida Department of Health will include mandatory quarantine of anyone we suspect is at high-risk of testing positive for Ebola due to the type of contact they had with the disease.

"Mandatory twice-daily health monitoring will help us obtain important information that will assist us in caring for the Floridians who are returning to our state and preventing any spread of this deadly disease if one of these individuals ever develops possible Ebola symptoms within 21 days of their return. Again, we are glad we do not have a case of Ebola in Florida, but we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure we never do.”

Governor Scott’s mandate to the Florida Department of Health today mirrors the Department of Defense’s post-deployment requirements for military men and women deployed in Ebola-affected areas.

 

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