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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 March 23, 2014 - March 29, 2015

~ Friday's Local/State News ~

Manatee Detectives Arrest
Man, 45, for Prior Sex with
Female Victim, 8 Years Old

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of a 45-year-old man for having sex with a minor.


Kevin Piearcy

A press release from Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said detectives have arrested Kevin Piearcy, of Bradenton, and charged him with four counts of Capital Sexual Battery, one count of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation and one count of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct.

The acts occurred in 2010 when the female victim was 8 years old.

The victim no longer lives in the area but recently disclosed the sexual abuse which led to the investigation.

No other details of the encounters were made known in the press release.

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


BPD Arrested Man for Domestic
Battery by Strangulation


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Daniel Arty, 30, of 2701 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton.


Daniel Arty

According to the arrest report, Arty and his victim currently live together and have bee dating for the last six years.

On Tuesday, March 24th, at about 5:30 p.m., they were involved in an argument.

Arty allegedly choked the victim twice to the point of where she could not breathe.

An officer observed scratch marks on the victim's forehead and scratches on her legs.

She declined medical attention.

Art was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

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


Man with Priors Accused of
Theft of Items from Target


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Keith Andrew Owens, 51, of 6631 Lincoln Road, in Bradenton.


Keith Owens

The arrest report said on Tuesday, March 24th, at about 12:15 p.m., Owens entered the Target store located at 6030 14th Street West, Bradenton, and began selecting items valued at $259.89, including a portable speaker and a container of lotion.

He then proceeded to exit the store without paying, but was stopped by Loss Prevention personnel, who had to be assisted by an unknown customer to detain him.

Law enforcement was called and discovered that Owens had three priors for shoplifting.

He was therefore charged with Felony Shoplifting, and Resisting Recovery of Property.

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


CHFR Holds Emergency
Services Open House

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On March 7, 2015, Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue held their annual "Emergency Services Open House."


The event showcased apparatus from many of the local fire, emergency management and law enforcement districts including ladder trucks, fire engines, command trailers, police cars, special airport fire apparatus and a tractor/plow for combating forest fires.

Cedar Hammock also included a multitude of fire safety demonstrations to include a live fire sprinkler simulation, to show the importance of residential sprinkler systems, and a fire safety bounce house for the younger crowd to teach kids a multitude of fire safety tips.

Kids also had the opportunity to dress up as a real firefighter and complete an obstacle course similar to a training course completed by real firefighters.

The event provided free hot dogs and drinks to all and attendance was estimated around 1000 people.

The event concluded with the arrival of Bayflite, a trauma transport helicopter.

Cedar Hammock plans on continuing the event on an annual basis.


Pet Oxygen Masks Donated to
Bradenton Fire Department

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Fire Department will now be among the best equipped fire departments in the nation to save a pet's life, thanks to pet oxygen masks donated today by Invisible Fence of the Gulf Coast.


This donation is part of Invisible Fence(r) Brand's Project Breathetm program, created to help better equip fire departments across the United States and Canada to save pets from smoke inhalation. To date, Invisible Fence(r) Brand has donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire departments throughout the country and a reported 120+ pets have been saved by those very masks.

"When a family suffers the tragedy of a fire, lives are turned upside down," said Edward Hoyt, Director of Invisible Fence(r) Brand. "Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes."

"We realize that humans are the first-priority, but in many cases, pets can be saved if firefighters have the right equipment," said Hoyt. "Project Breathetm program is simply a way of giving firefighters the tools necessary to save pets' lives."

Over the past several years, the Bradenton Fire Department has used its few pet oxygen masks to assist several rescued pets, including a January 2015 save with Manatee County EMS.

Although the U.S. Fire Administration does not have an official statistic of the number of pets that die in fires; it is estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires annually. Most of these deaths are from smoke inhalation. Numerous fire departments across the country do not have the equipment to care for smoke inhalation in pets. The goal of Invisible Fence(r) Brand's Project Breathetm program is to better equip every fire department in the U.S and Canada with pet oxygen masks to help save pets that are rescued from fires.


SSO Makes Child Pornography
Arrest of Man, 42, on 40 Counts


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 42-year-old man for possession of child pornography.


Albert Anderson

Detectives determined that a particular Internet Protocol (IP) address was used to download more than 150 images and video files previously identified as containing child pornography.

Detectives confirmed the IP address was leased to the resident of 3986 Hina Drive, Sarasota and conducted surveillance which determined Albert Anderson lived there.

Detectives executed a search warrant at that address on Thursday, March 26th, and seized computers, cell phones and other electronic devices which were found to hold child pornography including images of sexual battery and bondage.

Anderson is charged with 40 counts of Possession: Sexual Performance by a Child. He is currently being held without bond. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.


Planned Compliance Operation
for Second Hand Dealers


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has concluded an operation to ensure pawn shops, gold buyers and secondary metal recycling centers are in compliance with the Second Hand Dealer Ordinance that Sarasota County adopted in 2012.

The four-day operation was designed to combat the cycle of criminal activity that involves the theft and sale of metals and metallic items that are frequently stolen in burglaries. The goal was to maintain the ground gained by adoption and enforcement of the ordinance, which required better documentation and reporting of items that are purchased by scrap yards, gold buyers and pawn shops.

Of the 10 commercial businesses observed, eight received warning notices, primarily for not meeting reporting requirements; one received two Notice to Appear citations; and six businesses received administrative fines or warnings from the Florida Department of Agriculture, which licenses them and therefore provides regulatory oversight.

Deputies arrested eight customers, four of whom had warrants and two who are prolific offenders in Sarasota County. All totaled these eight people have 110 prior felony charges and 92 prior misdemeanor charges.

"We remain committed to deterring criminals who are burglarizing this community and scrapping or pawning stolen goods," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "In addition, ensuring that second hand dealers are adhering to the reporting requirements helps law enforcement solve crimes and locate stolen property for the rightful owner."

The dollar value of metal theft in Sarasota County went from a high of $1.2M in 2011 before the Second Hand Dealer Ordinance was passed to $189,000 in 2013.


School Puts Time Limit
on Bathroom Visits


ZEPHYRHILLS. Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A controversial bathroom policy at a Florida high school is sparking backlash from students, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The policy requires students at Zephyrhills High School in Pasco County to be escorted to the bathroom and limits the amount of time they can be there.

School leaders said the policy had to be enacted due to students abusing hall passes.

Parents however, said it presents a big problem since there are only five escorts for the school's 1,500 students.

The controversial policy put the school at odds with the Pasco County superintendent, who urged the principal to come up with an alternative solution.

The principal did make some changes, saying "Privilege Passes" will be given out to students who have not had disciplinary or academic issues.


 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Woman Claims She Was
"Rear-Ended" During
Sexual Assault, But
Her Story Changed

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a sexual battery that allegedly occurred on Tuesday, March 24th, at about 4 p.m.


A sheriff's report said that the 34-year-old victim stated that she and her husband were sitting on a bench at Noreen's deli, in the 600 block of 30th Avenue West, when a Hispanic male approached them asking if they needed help.

Her 41-year-old husband walked down the road to get a pen and paper to write down the guy's number.

As he got down the road, the Hispanic male put a knife to victim’s throat and forced her to have anal sex.

The Hispanic male then threw change/coins at the victim’s head and told her to go into the store.

She got confused and started to walk around.

Her husband found her walking on 5th Street, and called 911 when he found out what had happened.

Upon Law Enforcement's arrival, their stories kept changing and the victim then stated that this occurred at 3603 5th Street East in a blue house. Both scenes were secured.

EMS was summoned for the victim.

Detectives were contacted and an investigation is in progress.

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, 19, Arrested for
Sexual Battery of Girl, 15


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested James W. Gresham, 19, of Anna Maria.


James Gresham

Gresham faces six charges of sexual battery against a 15-year-old girl.

He was arrested at 4:30 p.m. on March 17th after he allegedly confessed to having sexual intercourse with the victim.

Gresham responded to the MCSO at the office of Crimes Against Children, 5651 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, where he was interviewed and arrested.

The sexual activity allegedly occurred in Bradenton at the victim’s father’s home, at Gresham’s Anna Maria residence and at a park in Oneco, according to an MCSO probable cause report.

Gresham is being held in the Manatee County jail on $15,000 bond.

His arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Friday, April 17, at the Manatee Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

[Ed. Note: The report above was written by the Anna Maria Islander, a news partner of NewsManatee.


Woman Arrested for Battery
on a Law Enforcement Officer

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Sylvia Bohn, 37, of 2114 10th Street West, Bradenton.


Sylvia Bohn

The arrest report said on Sunday, March 22nd, at about 5:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the above address regarding a person with a knife inside the residence.

Officers did not know if it was a hostage situation or not.

Sylvia walked up and stopped in front of the door and was trying to go inside.

She was told ot to, but continued to argue and refused to move.

An officer walked up to her to move her away and she pushed the officer with both hands on his chest, which moved him back.

She was arrested and charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.


Deputy Arrests Man for
Failure to Pay for Taxi

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Ryan Barret Lualainen, 30, of Bradenton.


Ryan Lualainen

The arrest report said on Sunday, March 22nd, at about 7:45 p.m., a deputy responded to 5800 14th Street West, Bradenton, regarding Ryan not paying his taxi fare.

The taxi driver said he picked up Ryan at the Bridge Tender in Bradenton Beach and drove him to the above location.

Upon arrival, Ryan tried to pay the fare with three different credit cards, all of which were declined.

Then he paid the driver $9 and said he would have to call someone to pay for the balance.

He called his grandmother and his roommate, both of whom refused to pay the fare.

By this time, the unpaid fare was $55.

Ryan was arrested and charged with Petit Theft.


Bradenton Police Department
Promoted Five Officers


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has promoted five officers who were sworn in on Wednesday, March 25th.

A press release said on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, at 5:00 p.m., the City of Bradenton Police Department conducted a swearing-in ceremony for the promotion of one (1) Lieutenant to Captain, two (2) Acting Lieutenants to Lieutenant, and two (2) officers to Sergeant. This ceremony was held within the City of Bradenton's City Council Chambers, which is located at 101 12th Street West (Old Main Street), Bradenton, Fl. The ceremony was open to the public to attend.

Promoted were:

~ Lieutenant Josh Cramer promoted to the rank of Captain.

~ Acting Lieutenant William Weldon promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

~ Acting Lieutenant Sean Monahan promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

~ Officer Michael Kriebel promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

~ Officer Danny Bench promoted to the rank of Sergeant.


FHP: "Staying Alive on I-75"
Enforcement This Weekend


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol, Troop F, is committed to promoting safety for motorists using the public highways of the State of Florida and to provide a deterrent for those motorists who violate traffic laws.

In an effort to decrease Interstate 75 (I-75) traffic deaths and increase awareness, Troop F will concentrate on enforcement efforts on I-75 throughout Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties as well as in high fatal and high crash locations in Hardee, Desoto, Highlands, Glades and Hendry Counties.

Troopers will be conducting various enforcement details from Friday March 27, 2015 through March 29, 2015, focusing on violations to include impaired driving, aggressive driving, speeding, seatbelts, move over law and distracted driving.

FHP reminds motorists that they can report an aggressive or impaired driver, or request roadside assistance at any time, by dialing *FHP (*347) from their cell phone.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: providing A Safer Florida by securely maintaining the records of more than 19 million registered vehicles and over 15 million licensed drivers, as well as providing safe travel along Florida's highways. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook.


UPDATE: Details of Finding
Missing Girl Yesterday


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A 15-year-old girl who was initially reported over the weekend to have run away from her Punta Gorda area home was initially thought top have been the victim of an abduction. That turned out not to be true.


Sydney Silvernail

She was also possibly alleged to be in the company of two young men. That, too, turned out not to be true.

The girl was located in St. Petersburg.

Silvernail was located by essentially pinging her cell phone.

After Major Crimes detectives ascertained a location in St. Petersburg, detectives contacted St. Petersburg Police Department to assist in trying to locate Silvernail.

She was indeed located and is now safe. There was nobody else with her at the time.

Major Crimes detectives will be continuing their investigation into the alleged abduction.

No further information on that is available at this time.


Judge Lashes Out at Prosecutor
at End of DUI Trial


SEMINOLE COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Seminole County Judge Fred Schott went toe to toe with a prosecutor at the end of a trial disagreeing with the jury verdict of a woman accused of a DUI, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Licette Gonzalez, 46, was arrested last fall by Sanford Police Officer Michael Wagner. He spotted her driving with a beer in her hand on St. John's Parkway.

He checked on her DUI citation that her blood alcohol level was above 0.08, the legal limit. But he later admitted in court on March 11, that no one qualified had performed the test and he accidentally checked the wrong box.

The mistake left Gonzalez with a suspended license. Because of that two months later she was pulled over by an Altamonte Springs police officer.

The entire ordeal outraged Schott and he went back and forth for several minutes with Assistant State Attorney Diana Miers.

“Are you trying to nolle pros (drop) that case or am I going to get mad at you today?” Schott asked.

“Perhaps you can get mad at me, your honor,” Miers replied.

Later on during the exchange Schott banged on his desk demanding the officer be punished.

“I want you to take him up for perjury. Will you take him up for perjury?” Schott asked.

“He admitted it was a mistake your honor,” Miers replied.

“He lied, he lied on a sworn citation,” Schott said.

The judge then said he would dismiss the charge.

The Sanford Police Department said the mark was a mistake and called it a “non- issue.”

It's not clear where Gonzalez's case stands now, but Schott has been transferred from the criminal division to the civil division. He is expected to make the shift mid-April, WKMG said.


 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

One Man Killed, Another Injured
in Early Morning Shooting;
3rd Homicide of 2015

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has reported the 3rd homicide of 2015.


A press release said at approximately 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, March 24th, deputies responded to a shooting at 3506 14th Street West, #254, Bradenton.

Upon deputies arrival, the victim, Fritho Exantus, 35, was deceased.

A relative of the victim was treated for minor injuries and released from a local hospital.

Deputies were told that three suspects entered the residence and shot the victim.

The investigation continues.

This is the 3rd homicide of 2015; all three murders occurred in unincorporated Manatee County.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011, ext. 2547, 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.


Recently Released from Jail,
Man Busted for Domestic
Battery by Strangulation


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jessie Moreno, 38, of 3308 12th Street Court East, Bradenton.


Jessie Moreno

According to the arrest report, the victim in this case, Janie Moreno, and Jessie Moreno, are married but have no children and have been staying at the above address since they showed up late Thursday night, March 19th.

On Monday, March 23rd, at about 2:30 p.m., deputies were called to the address after 911 received a call from a woman who only gave the address and hung up.

Upon arrival, deputies encountered Janie, who had obvious injuries, who said her husband had just beaten her and took off running after he jumped the fence in the back yard.

Janie said Jessie had just been released from jail on Thursday after spending 10 months in jail for Domestic Battery against her. He somehow found her and beat her and choked her around her neck.

She said she was outside putting clothes on the fence to dry when Jessie grabbed her from behind by her hair and continually struck her. She fought back, but Jessie then grabbed her around her neck and choked her.

A witness told deputies she saw Jessie drag Jamie through her house by the hair and when the victim got away and locked herself in the back bathroom, Jessie kicked the door in completely off
the frame to get at her and then was beating on her with parts of the door frame.

When stopped by a deputy about two hours later, Jessie gave the name of Janie's ex-husband. Later, post-Miranda, Jessie said he gave that name so the victim's ex-husband would get in trouble and it would be funny when it was written in the report and in the newspapers.

Jessie was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery, Domestic Battery by Strangulation, and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

He remains in custody at the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $135,000.


Holmes Beach Man Arrested for
for Heroin, Blames Girlfriend

HOLMES BEACH, Florida [NNT/The Islander] -- A Holmes Beach man was arrested for possessing heroin. He apparently alerted police to paraphernalia after being stopped for driving a vehicle with an expired tag.


William Brown

Longboat Key Police Department arrested William Ariss Brown, 29, March 15 in the 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key after determining he was driving a vehicle with an altered tag sticker on a revoked driver’s license.

“You will find paraphernalia in the car,” he told police, according to the affidavit of arresting Longboat Key Sgt. Randall Thompson.

Police allegedly found three small bags with an off-white residue that field-tested positive for alkaloids, less than 1 gram of marijuana, multiple syringes and several spoons.

Brown blamed his girlfriend, who was in jail at the time, for the drugs and paraphernalia, according to the affidavit.

He alternatively told police that the paraphernalia was all hers and both of theirs.

Brown was transported to the Manatee County jail, posted $3,500 in bond and was released.

His arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Friday, April 17, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

[Ed. Note: The report above was written by The Anna Maria Islander, a news partner of NewsManatee.com.]


Mom Lunges at Son
with Steak Knife


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Christina Sherman, 38, of 910 38th Terrace East, in Bradenton.


Christina Sherman

The arrest report said on Monday, March 23rd, at about 5 p.m., Sherman's son (age unknown) became angry with his mother because she borrowed his debit card and lost it. She also used his car and returned it without fuel.

Christina escalated the situation by throwing a drinking glass and purposely striking him on the left side of his head.

She then barricaded herself in her room and grabbed a steak knife from her dresser.

The two began yelling through the bedroom door until Christina swung the door open and lunged at him with the knife.

He grabbed the knife and bent it in the process of disarming Christina.

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

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


Manatee County Purchases Two Sites
for Sheriff’s Office, Tax Collector;
Both Near MSO Headquarters

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Commissioners on Tuesday, March 24th, unanimously approved purchasing two properties that will be used by Manatee Sheriff’s Office (MSO) and Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office.

The Board voted 7-0 $2.9 million to purchase and renovate the former Bright House building at 3500 Ninth Street W., Bradenton.

The Sheriff’s Office plans to use the facility for Child Protective Services. MSO has proposed using a state grant to provide a lease payment to cover the annual debt service payment for the purchase price.

Recognizing a request from Tax Collector Ken Burton Jr., the Board also unanimously approved the $375,000 purchase of the former ABC Liquor building at 904 West 301 Blvd.

The 7,582-square-foot building is located less than half a mile west of Sheriff’s Office headquarters, 600 U.S. 301.

Plans call to demolish the building and construct an 8,500-square-foot facility for the Tax Collector to better serve the community.

The Tax Collector will reimburse the County from excess fees returned to the County each year.


Bradenton Fire Department to
Receive Pet Oxygen Mask
Kits Donation

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Fire Department will now be among the best equipped fire departments in the nation to save a pet's life. Invisible Fence of the Gulf Coast is donating pet oxygen mask kits to the Bradenton Fire Department in a brief ceremony, with demonstration, at 2pm on March 26, 2015 at Central Station 1; 1010 9th Avenue West.

This donation is part of Invisible Fence(r) Brand's Project Breathetm program, a program created to help better equip fire departments across the United States and Canada to save pets from smoke inhalation. To date, Invisible Fence(r) Brand has donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire departments throughout the country and a reported 120+ pets have been saved with those very masks.
"When a family suffers the tragedy of a fire, lives are turned upside down," said Edward Hoyt, Director of Invisible Fence(r) Brand. "Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes."

"We realize that humans are the first-priority, but in many cases, pets can be saved if firefighters have the right equipment," said Hoyt. "Project Breathetm program is simply a way of giving firefighters the tools necessary to save pets' lives."

Although the U.S. Fire Administration does not have an official statistic of the number of pets that die in fires; it is estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires annually. Most of these deaths are from smoke inhalation. Numerous fire departments across the country do not have the equipment to care for smoke inhalation in pets. The goal of Invisible Fence(r) Brand's Project Breathetm program is to better equip every fire department in the U.S and Canada with pet oxygen masks to help save pets that are rescued from fires.


Girl, 15, Possibly Abducted;
May be in Miami Area


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A 15-year-old girl who was initially reported over the weekend to have run away from her Punta Gorda area home may have been the victim of an abduction.


Above, L to R, Sydney Silvernail, Ryan Yates and Angelo Cruz

Sydney Alexis Marlene Silvernail was reported to have run away from her Sunkist Drive home before midnight Saturday night. But information gained on Monday indicates she may have been taken from her home against her will. She may also currently be in the Miami area.

Major Crimes detectives are looking for Sydney Silvernail, as well as two persons of interest in this case. Detectives are looking for Ryan “Roach” Yates, 19, of Homestead, and Angelo Jacinto Cruz, 19, of the South Punta Gorda Heights area of Punta Gorda. Both persons of interest are alleged to be acquaintances of Silvernail.

Sydney Silvernail is described as being about 5 ft. 5 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. It is unknown what clothing she might be wearing.

Yates is about 5 ft. 9 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Cruz is about 5 ft. 6 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

UPDATE: The missing 15-year-old girl who may have been abducted from her Punta Gorda home over the weekend has been located in St. Petersburg.

Cops Search for Gunman after
Barricaded Home Found Vacant

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Deputies are searching for a gunman who they said was barricaded in a home Monday evening.

Deputies surrounded the home on Harrington Drive after the Orange County Sheriff's Office received reports that a man, identified as Michael Prudhomme, pulled a gun on his father there around 5 p.m.

The SWAT team cleared the house Monday night and reported that Prudhomme was not there.

Officials are now trying to track him down.

They said there is now a warrant out for his arrest.

If found, deputies said he will be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

No other details were immediately released.


 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Defective Headlight Gets Man
Arrested by PPD for Holding
Over 2 Ounces of Marijuana

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Deonte Travon Huggins, 23, of 1816 5th Street West, Palmetto.


Deonte Huggins

According to the arrest report, on Saturday, March 14th, at about 1:45 a.m., a Palmetto Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on Huggins for a defective left headlight.

When the officer made contact, he smelled the distinctive odor of fresh marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Huggins told the officer he had just smoked some marijuana, but the officer said what he smelled was fresh marijuana.

He placed Huggins in handcuffs while awaiting a backup officer and began to search Huggins, who then told the officer he was holding some marijuana.

The search produced 3 bags of marijuana with a total weight of 60 grams (2.1 ounces).

Even though he said the marijuana was for personal use, Huggins was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell.

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

He also received a citation for improper unsafe equipment for the non-working left headlight.


Woman Arrested Driving Stolen
Vehicle Fights with, Bites
Manatee Deputy


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Tasha H. Peters, 34, of 2815 52nd Avenue Terrace West, Bradenton.


Tasha Peters

The arrest report said on Tuesday, March 17th, at about 1 a.m., a deputy observed a Toyota Camry traveling north on 9th Street East. The car was listed as stolen, according to the deputy.

The driver, Peters, pulled into a driveway and she and the deputy exited their vehicles.

The deputy informed Peters that the car was listed as stolen and attempted to detain her.

But Peters struggled with him for quite a while, refusing to be taken into custody.

During the struggle, she bit the deputy on the leg, and punched his right ear and the right side of his face.

He was finally able to subdue Peters and arrest her.

She was charged with Grand Theft Auto, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving While License Suspended.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $103,620.


BPD Cops Arrest Man for
Domestic Battery by
Strangulation


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Marinely Lopez-Marroquin, 44, of 2017-A 5th Street West, Bradenton.


Marinely Lopez-Marroquin

The arrest report said Lopez and his victim in this case, Melissa Apple, have lived together in a single family dwelling and have been in a domestic relationship for the past four years; they do not have any children together.

On Sunday, March 22nd, at about 5:45 p.m., Lopez came home intoxicated after being away from the residence all day.

Melissa asked Lopez something about receiving a text message or a phone call and he got very angry with her.

He then proceeded to grab Melissa by the neck and throat and apply limited pressure.

Melissa then was able to break free and started yelling and screaming for help.

Law enforcement was called.

Lopez was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

He remains in custody in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $2,000.


Male Victim Over 65 Says
Son-in-Law Shoved Him


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Ryan M. Davison, 29, of 4118 62nd Street West, Bradenton.


Ryan Davison

The arrest report says on Sunday, March 22nd, at about 1:45 p.m., deputies were called to the above address regarding an altercation.

According to the victim and witnesses, Davison shoved the unnamed victim, his father-in-law, against the wall after an argument over money.

Davis uttered that he shoved the victim, but only to keep the victim from hitting him with a chair.

Davis told deputies he was aware that the victim was over the age of 65.

He was arrested and charged with Battery on a Person Over 65 Years.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $750.


Man Tried to Steal
Tablet, Charger
from Walmart


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Urias Eddie Silva, 20, a homeless person.

The arrest report said on Saturday, March 21st, at about 1:45 p.m., Silva entered the Walmart store located at 2911 53rd Avenue West, in Bradenton.

He went to the electronics department and selected a tablet from the display area and attempted to remove it with his hands.

Failing that, he went to the crafts department and obtained a small pair of needle nose pliers.

He opened the tablet package and used the pliers to cut the security cable.

He then selected the appropriate charger and keyboard for the tablet, removing the items from their packages.

He went to the men's department where he concealed the items, then was apprehended when he exited the store without paying.

He was arrested and charged with Petit Theft.

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


Man Found with Bicycle
Stolen in California


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Raymond Laughlin, 57, of 5811 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Raymond Laughlin

The arrest report said on Saturday, March 21st, at about 7:30 a.m., Laughlin was seen riding a 21-speed bicycle and pulling another bicycle.

He was stopped due to the high volume of bicycle thefts in the area.

The bicycle he was pulling was not listed as stolen, but the bike he was riding was stolen out of California State University, valued at $500, according to CSU police.

Some drug paraphernalia was also found on Laughlin.

He was charged with felony Grand Theft and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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


Decapitated Chickens Found
Outside Cemetery


MICANOPY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Marion County deputies are investigating a possible Santeria act after three decapitated chickens were found at the entrance of a cemetery, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Deputies said three chickens, two red and one black, were found outside of the Evinston Center Pointe Cemetery on Saturday morning.

Also in front of the cemetery were three pennies, a handful of corn, two plastic bags and a brown bag containing chicken organs, a powdery substance, leaves and the hair from the chickens, according to the report.

Deputies said the suspicious incident is occurring at cemeteries across the United States and it is believed to be a sacrifice to those who follow Santeria.

Residents said they hadn't seen anything suspicious in the area, WKMG said.


Mother Arrested for Killing
Her Three Children


PALM BAY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A 5-month-old boy died Sunday night at an Orlando hospital, the third child to die in an attack Friday evening in Palm Bay that led to the arrest of the children's mother.

Palm Bay police say Christopher Swist had been kept alive on life support all weekend after he was found by his father Friday afternoon with a cord wrapped around his neck.

According to an arrest report, Palm Bay police say the child's mother, Jessica Lacey McCarty, 33, called 911 on Friday to report she had killed all three of her children and cut her own wrist and neck and needed help at their home on Kenmore Street.

Investigators say McCarty had texted pictures of the bloody scene inside her home to the infant's father, who also called 911 to report something was wrong.

Once police arrived, according to the report, they found McCarty at the front door with a knife in her hand. They say she was apprehended quickly.

Inside the home, Christopher Swist, the infant's father, found his child in a bedroom with a cord wrapped around his neck, police said.

Palm Bay police officers entered the home and found McCarty's oldest son, 6-year-old Phillip, unresponsive in the corner of the living room, with a cord wrapped around his neck, as well.

Officers found 7-year-old Laci, in the same bedroom as the infant, soaking wet. In the bathroom, according to the report, the tub was found full of water and the shower enclosure was shattered on the floor.

Butcher knives were found in several areas of the home, along with blood in the living room and kitchen, officials said.

Philip and Laci were taken to nearby hospitals and were pronounced dead Friday night.

Jessica McCarty was treated for her injuries at Holmes Medical Center and later booked into the Brevard County Jail, where she waived her first appearance on Sunday morning.

Inside the home, police report finding notes McCarty had left, including one addressed to her family apologizing for "what she had to do."

She had also left a note for the infant's father, according to police, which urged him to "keep Christopher's name alive."


 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Burglar Flees Cops, Tries to
Take Out MSO K-9 Barley;
K-9 Won, Burglar Busted

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Raul Cortez-Lorenzo, 23, of Bradenton.


Above, MSO K-9 Barley

Dispatch received multiple calls of a reckless driver that was propositioning prostitutes in the area.

Units located the vehicle and stopped it in the 1000 block of 58th Avenue Drive East. After questioning the driver, Cortez, it was determined that Cortez was intoxicated and had no license.

When units attempted to get Cortez out of the vehicle Cortez started the vehicle and fled.

By the time the deputies got back into their vehicles, Cortez had crashed into a parked vehicle and had fled the area about two blocks away.


Raul Cortez-Lorenzo

A perimeter was established and canine responded and began a track.

Canine Barley and handler Dep. Buird obtained a good reference scent and began sweeping the area and quickly began actively tracking.

Barley tracked to 5732 13th Street East where Cortez had broken into the home to hide from pursuing law enforcement but the elder males of the home had been told of the intruder and Cortez was quickly forced to flee the home.

Cortez had run deep into the woods and was bedded down in heavy brush.

Canine Barley tracked straight to Cortez, engaging him in the right leg. Cortez began striking Barley in the head attempting to have the dog release him so Cortez could abscond, but Barley held Cortez until units could bring Cortez under control and into custody.

Cortez was charged with Hit and Run, DUI, Obstruction, Burglary and Battery of a Police Canine.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $16,500.


Man Robbed Girlfriend, Struck
Her Son with His Vehicle


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Carl Troiano, 62, of Bradenton.


Carl Troiano

A sheriff's report said Jennifer Lopez, 42, and her boyfriend Carl, are in a relationship and do not live together.

On Thursday, March 19th, at about 9:30 p.m., they were involved in a verbal argument which turned physical when Carl grabbed Jennifer and pried her cell phone from her hand.

During the incident, she was pushed to the ground and she dropped her purse.

Carl took her cell phone, removed items from her purse, then began to leave the area in his vehicle with her property.

When Jennifer's son Gregory attempted to confront Carl about the incident, he drove at Gregory, striking him with the driver's side of his vehicle.

MSO was notified.

Gregory was treated by EMS and released at the scene for minor injuries.

Carl was located, returned Jennifer's property, and he was arrested without incident.

He was charged with Robbery by Sudden Snatching, Battery and Aggravated Domestic Battery.

He later posted a bail bond of $5,500 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Neighbors Call Cops after
Two Female Lovers Get
Into a Brawl

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Sonja Lynes McGee, 43, of 3715 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Sonja McGee

The arrest report said Sonja and Dorene Guyauz have been in an intimate relationship for the past two years and live together at the above address.

Earlier on Saturday, March 21st, They were involved in a domestic disturbance. McGee left the residence and began drinking at a friend's house.

McGee returned to their residence around 9:30 p.m., irate with Dorene for contacting the sheriff's office earlier in the day.

McGee began to break miscellaneous items throughout the home and then grabbed Dorene's wrists and pinned her to the bed, preventing her from leaving the residence.

Dorene broke free, however but McGee grabbed her by her neck, leaving a faint red thumb mark on her neck.

Dorene began shouting for help, which was overheard by the neighbors, who called police.

Dorene left the residence and also called police.

McGee was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery.

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


Female Employee Busted for
Embezzlement from Toys R' Us


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Cindy T. Son, 19, of 306 65th Avenue Drive West, in Bradenton.


Cindy Son

According to the arrest report, Cindy was employed by Toys R' Us, 512 Cortez Road.

Since January 30th, she has been creating fake merchandise returns and pocketing the money.

In that time, she managed to steal $1,417.36 in cash, the company's managers said.

Cindy admitted to the thefts and said she did it to pay for a relative's funeral in Viet Nam and to pay for her grandparents plane ticket to the country.

She was arrested and charged with Grand Theft by Embezzlement.

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


Man Arrested for Stealing
Clothing from Walmart


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Bryce Robert Templer, 24, of 211 63rd Street West, Bradenton.


Bryce Templer

The arrest report said on Saturday, March 21st, at about 7 p.m., Templer entered the Walmart store located at 5315 Cortez Road West, in Bradenton.

He proceeded to select multiple items of clothing off the shelf an remove the tags.

He then concealed the items in his backpack and proceeded to the front of the store.

Templer then passed all points of sale without attempting to purchase the items, where he was apprehended by loss prevention personnel.

The total value of the clothing was $208.02.

He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Shoplifting.

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


Man Flees after Trying to
Steal Sheriff's Bicycle


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an attempted burglary that occurred on Friday, March 20th, at about 12:15 p.m. in the 3600 block of Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton.

The complainant, Ryan Moore, of Ringling Bicycles, 3606 Manatee Avenue West, was test riding a customer’s bicycle behind the business when he observed a white bicycle being thrown over the back fence from inside of the rear fenced storage area for the business.

The complainant then observed the suspect climb over the fence in the same area and confronted the White male.

The suspect originally said the bicycle was his, but then admitted that he was hungry and just needed the bicycle to get money.

The complainant grabbed the bicycle and the suspect fled westbound on his own purple beach cruiser bicycle.

The stolen and recovered bicycle is a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office bicycle, owned by the city of Anna Maria and assigned to the Sheriff's Office Anna Maria Island Unit.

The bicycle was in the shop receiving routine maintenance.

The would-be thief was described as being a White male, in his 40s, 5'10" tall, 180 pounds, riding a purple beach cruiser bicycle.


Man Convicted in Online
Predator Sting


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Sarasota man arrested in April 2014 during Operation Intercept III, has been convicted of multiple sex crimes.


Harry Walters

Operation Intercept III was an initiative to protect Sarasota County children from online predators.

Suspects ranging in age from 20-50 responded to Internet-based ads, online apps or social media sites and engaged in sexually explicit written and verbal conversations. Of the 12 men arrested, all traveled with the intent to have sex with a male or female child.

45-year-old Harry Walters was arrested after he agreed to impregnate a 14-year-old girl he met over the internet.

Walters was charged with Use of a Computer to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Acts, Travel to Solicit a Child to Commit Sex Acts and Attempted Lewd & Lascivious Battery.

On Friday, March 20th, Walters was found guilty on all three.

He is currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail awaiting his sentencing.


SSO: Armed Home Invasion
Robbery Reported in Sarasota

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday, March 21st, at about 1:45 p.m., Sarasota Sheriff's deputies responded to the 5900 block of Lords Avenue to investigate a reported Home Invasion Robbery, Saturday afternoon.

The unidentified suspects, described as one Black male, 25 yoa, cropped hair, tattoo on neck armed with a silver colored handgun, and two White males, no further description, fled the area in a white, late model Dodge van with a disabled veteran's license plate attached, driven by a white female.

Sarasota Sheriff's investigators will continue the investigation.

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


Seatbelt Violation Leads to
Meth Trafficking Arrest


PUNTA GORDA, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Punta Gorda Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the CVS, 2400 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda for a passenger not wearing their seatbelt.


Douglas Quick

During the traffic stop, the department's K-9 Officer and K-9 Spirit responded and subsequently conducted a free-air sniff around the vehicle. K-9 Spirit alerted to the presence of narcotics within the vehicle.

Upon further investigation, a black bag containing approximately 20 grams of Methamphetamine, syringes containing Methamphetamines, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) pills, a digital scale and $465.00 was located. The front-seat passenger, Douglas Troy Quick of 425 Charlotte Street, Punta Gorda was found to be in possession of the aforementioned bag.

In addition, the rear passenger, Robert Andrew Nichols of 3021 Roma Court, Punta Gorda was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine and approximately $224.00. In addition to the drugs and paraphernalia, their money was seized.

Quick was placed under arrest and charged with the Felony offense of Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Hydromorphone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Nichols was placed under arrest and charged with the Felony offense of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


Worker Electrocuted, Struck
by Motorcycles, Cops Say


MELBOURNE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A utility worker was killed in Brevard County after being electrocuted while working on storm drains, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Melbourne police say the worker was clearing storm drains on South Harbor City Boulevard when the top of the truck he was working on struck overhead power lines.

The live line then fell onto the road and the worker went to pick up the line without any safety gear, according to police.

Police said he was electrocuted and the shock threw him into oncoming traffic, where two motorcycles hit him.

The worker died at the scene and the two motorcyclist were injured but will be OK, WKMG said.


 

 

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