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Vol. 14 No. 43 - August 20, 2014

BEACH BEAT

Anna Maria

8/16, 6:20 p.m., theft, 100 S. Bay Blvd., city pier. The suspect took a Nintendo DSS game from two juveniles when one of them set it down. The father of the victims followed her to Two Scoops Ice Cream where she went to the restroom. Police arrived and asked to see the contents of her bag, which did not contain the game. The deputy checked out the restroom where he found it. She had been the only person in that room, and the deputies arrested her.

8/17, 3:23 a.m., domestic violence, 100 block of Palmetto Avenue. A man and woman got into an argument about whether she was flirting with one of his friends, and he tried picking her up after she sat in the roadway to prevent him from taking her back into the house. He was arrested.

Cortez

8/15, 4:22 p.m., civil matter, 4200 block of 126th Street West. The complainant said while she was away, tenants in a rental property trashed the place.

Holmes Beach

7/26, 11:52 a.m., lewdness, 100 block of 68th Street, at the beach. The complainant said she was putting suntan lotion on when she saw a man next to the sea grapes who was masturbating. She yelled at him and took a step toward him, and he fled on foot. She chased him for two blocks before he got into a small, red pickup and drove away. She flagged down a driver and asked her to follow the truck and get a license plate numbers. She did, but had to abandon the chase because he was driving in a reckless manner, but she got the plate number. Police followed up on the plate number, and the registration showed his mother’s address. She said he had not lived with her in a long time, and they got several addresses to check. They also asked the victim and witness to try to identify him from a lineup of photos they had. The victim identified the photo of the man they suspect, but the witness, who did not see him up close, identified another photo.

7/26, 6:46 p.m., larceny, 3900 East Bay Drive, Publix. The suspect took wine, chicken and a power drink from the store, and the manager showed the security video of the suspect to police. An officer found him by the beach and arrested him.

7/27, 2:44 p.m., driving with a suspended license with knowledge, second offense, 3800 block of East Bay Drive. The officer spotted the defendant driving with a passenger not wearing a seat belt. He stopped the driver who said he was only driving because his back seat passenger was nursing her baby. The driver’s father in the front seat asked the officer not to taker his son to jail. A computer check showed the driver’s license has been suspended several times, and he was taken to jail.

7/30, 8:50 a.m., driving with an expired tag and a suspended licensed, 600 bock of Manatee Avenue. The officer stopped the defendant because the tag on his license had expired. A computer check showed the driver’s license was suspended and had an order to seize the tag. He ticketed the driver, seized the tag and had the vehicle towed.

7/30, 8:52 p.m., drunk, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive. The officer answered a call about a woman at the picnic tables intoxicated. He found her and she said she missed the last bus back to the mainland and had no one to call to pick her up. The officer took her home.

7/31, 12:18 a.m., lewd and lascivious behavior, the beach at the 7200 block. The complainant said he was at the beach with his wife, and a man was standing 20-25 feet away with his sexual organ in his hand. The male victim followed the suspect to his apartment where police met with the two men and they signed affidavits,

7/31, 9:59 a.m., driving with a suspended license, third offense, 3400 block of Gulf Drive. The officer was following a car and noticed the driver was driving in the bike path. She also was speeding. He stopped her and she said she knew she shouldn’t drive, but her boyfriend let her use his car to drop him off at work and drive to her job. A computer check showed she had two license suspensions. She was ticketed and arrested.

8/1, 8:32 p.m., DUI, 4100 block of Sixth Avenue. The officer observed the defendant driving 70 mph in a 45 mph zone on Manatee Avenue. He attempted to stop the vehicle at East Bay Drive, but the driver continued, making a wide turn at the 4100 block of Sixth Avenue. He then stopped halfway down the block. The officer smelled alcohol as he approached the vehicle and asked the driver if he was on any medication, and the driver said no. He asked the driver to step out of his pickup, and the driver needed to use the truck to keep his balance. The officer began to give the driver a field sobriety test, which he failed, but he refused to continue, so he was arrested. After two hours in jail, he dropped his refusal and said he wanted to take the test then because he didn’t feel drunk anymore.


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