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

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


Teria'le Rawls
(Facebook photo)

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

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

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

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

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


Above, L to R, Jasper Dudley and Frank Brice

No arrests have been made as yet, but detectives have obtained arrest warrants for Murder for two subjects in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred earlier today. Jasper Dudley, 19, of Bradenton and Frank Brice, 19, of Palmetto, are wanted for the shooting death of Teriale Rawls, DOB 2-12-1997.

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

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, click here, or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Callers to the CrimeStoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer or by text message will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

UPDATE: MSO notified us late Monday night that Jasper Dudley has been arrested; Frank Brice is still at large.


Man Arrested for Fraudulently
Using Victim's Credit Card


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


Corey Thompson

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Shaina Zsirai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Man Arrested for Domestic
Battery by Strangulation


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


Ronald Fallis

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

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

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

Fallis let go before Patricia lost consciousness.

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

Fallis fled the scene before law enforcement could arrive.

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

He was charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

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


U/C Detective Arrests Woman
for Prostitution


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


Carly Murphree

The arrest report said on Wednesday, July 23rd, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as a "John" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

At about 10:10 p.m., he spotted Murphree standing at the corner of 12th Street West and 60th Avenue West, Bradenton.

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

She was arrested without incident by the takedown team.

She was charged with misdemeanor Prostitution.

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The FAA and NTSB are investigating and will dismantle the aircraft for transport this afternoon, a process that will take several hours once the equipment arrives on scene.


SSO: Armed Home
Invasion Robbery


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

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

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

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

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

There were no injuries to the victims.

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

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

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


Poll: Florida Voters Want
Marijuana Legalized


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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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


Above, L to R, Bradley Phillips and Michelle Baines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BPD Operation Deja Vu
Nets 28 of 30 Narcotics
Sales Suspects


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Felix Morales

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

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

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

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

It took 20 stitches to reattach the ear.

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

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

Morales was charged with Felony Aggravated Battery.

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


Woman Advertises "Services,"
Arrested for Prostitution


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


Tammy Boyer

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

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

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

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

She was arrested without incident.

She was charged with misdemeanor Prostitution.

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


Woman Charged with Grand
Theft; Stole Two Rings


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


Shakeera Brody

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

Brody stayed for the night.

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

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

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

Brody was arrested and charged with Grand Theft.

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


Nordstrom Employee Busted
for Embezzlement

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


Leonardo Pacheco

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

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

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

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

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

Pacheco was arrested and charged with Petit Theft.

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


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


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


Apricott Conaway

The arrest report said on Thursday, July 24th, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as a "John" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

At about 5:10 p.m., he spotted Conaway in the 2400 block of 1st Avenue, in Palmetto.

He made contact and Conaway got in the undercover vehicle.

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

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

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

She was arrested by the takedown team without incident.

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

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

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


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


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


Darian Davis
(2012 mug shot)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Darian Davis remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Punta Gorda Police Investigate
Armed Bank Robbery


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


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

After the robbery, the male fled south on foot.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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