Island police blotter – 06-27-2012

Anna Maria

        June 4, 700 block of North Shore Drive, DUI with property damage. Michael Frieler, 21, was involved in a minor traffic accident when he backed his vehicle into a parked car. It was determined during the investigation that he was impaired and Frieler was arrested on misdemeanor DUI charges. He was booked into the Manatee County jail on $2,000 bond. According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office website, Frieler posted bond June 4.

        • June 15, 200 block of Lakeview Drive, suspicious incident. While on routine patrol near the Anna Maria City Pier, a MSCO deputy observed a vehicle approach at a high rate of speed. The deputy then observed the driver throw a green bottle into a trash can and upon investigating, determined it was a beer bottle. The deputy made contact with the 19-year-old man and asked why he had a beer bottle in his vehicle. The man said it was not his. The deputy then escorted the man to his parents’ house but, upon arriving, observed what appeared to be underage young adults running out of the back of the house. The parents were not home. Since the parents lived in Holmes Beach, HBPD was contacted to assist. Two officers explained that underage adults should not be drinking at the house. The man was cited for open container, but no further action was taken.

• June 14, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, battery. A boyfriend asked his girlfriend to leave because she was flirting with his friends. According to the report, the couple had recently broken up after a year of dating. The woman went outside and began to bang on the man’s truck with her hands, at which time he yelled for her to stop. According to the report, the woman came back inside and jumped on the man, biting him on his upper arm. The man was able to break free and told the woman to leave or he would call the police. She jumped on him a second time and bit him in the upper back area. Police were called and she was arrested for misdemeanor battery charges.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• June 18, 1100 block of Gulf Drive, bicycle theft. Fun & More Rentals of Anna Maria had delivered a beach cruiser valued at $100 to the residence under a porch, and it was stolen. The renters reported the incident, and told police that numerous people used their yard as an entrance to the beach that day.

• June 11, 1300 block of Gulf Drive North. Police requested an arrest warrant on felony child abuse charges be issued for a 36-year-old Gibsonton man after the mother of two children signed a complaint.

The charges stem from separate incidents May 25-26 at the Silver Surf Resort, 1301 Gulf Drive N. The mother and two sons were taking a weekend trip with her former boyfriend. The first incident occurred upon their arrival, when, according to the police report, the man struck one son’s leg after the child turned off a fan that he had just turned on. The report indicates the second incident occurred as they were leaving, and the man struck the other son’s left collar area while telling the child he was not moving quickly enough. Police also reported the incident to the child abuse hotline.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• June 18, 4200 block of 128th Street West, vehicle burglary. An unknown suspect is reported to have entered two unlocked vehicles, stealing a total of $85 in coins. According to the report, nothing else was taken. Fingerprints were secured at the scene.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        Reports not received.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

2 thoughts on “Island police blotter – 06-27-2012

  1. Samuel Major

    This comment is for the underage drinking massacre that occurred on Anna Maria Island on June 15th. I would like to say that not only is this story extremely frustrating to read but it is also very untrue. The 19 year old who was taken back to his house was 1) not driving the car, 2) the man with the bottle was well out of the car and almost on the pier when he threw the bottle in the trash and 3) the man who had the bottle and the man the drove were two completely different people. After the police couldn’t prove in any way that the bottle was actually in the mans possession he decided to compromise and told him he would give him a ride home and that would be the end of it. He held his end of the deal up and took the young man home but as he was going back into his house through his side yard the police man unlawfully followed him through his yard, proceeded to throw open a cooler and found an empty beer bottle with no warrant or a reason to search and proclaimed, “HERES MY PROOF!!!” Upon his discovery of the grizzly beer bottle scene he then proceeded to call in not one, but two units for backup to help control the double beer bottle homicide. Once the young man told the other policemen what the original officer had done they had no choice but to let him off the hook because of an improper search. Not only was no crime committed but there was also no citation given, instead it was a “warning” which carries no fine and does not require anyone to appear in court, the only crime committed was by the acting officer for the search. The moral of the story is, GET A LIFE. Just last week my car was broken into outside of my house on Anna Maria and my $2000 MacBook Pro was taken, which somehow failed to make it into this newspaper, but something as petty as this does? I wish the police would have been as proactive with the search of my computer as they had been with these young people trying to have a good time, because if they had been I’m sure that they would’ve found it, which they never did. Not only was this a complete overreaction by sending out 3 police cruisers but also an illegal violation of privacy. I mean do you guys really have that little to do? Go solve some real crimes and let kids be kids. And as for this newspaper I am ashamed to say that I have a subscription to you that will soon be ending because of the bushwhack that you print instead of real stories. If you’re going to print it at least make it a little bit true.

    1. bonnerj

      The parties are not named in the report …. and why would anyone condone underage drinking? Maybe that’s the root of the problem. The Islander reports the information provided by the MCSO — and can not report what is not provided. The newspaper is NOT selective in its reporter, as the writer indicates. However, MCSO and other law enforcement agencies are selective in reporting incidents based on a variety of circumstances, including crimes that remain under investigation.


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