Island police blotter – 05-01-2013

Anna Maria

        • April 19, 200 block of Magnolia Avenue, possession of marijuana. While on patrol, a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy observed two juveniles riding their bikes at 2:30 a.m. The deputy was suspicious due to the time and stopped the two juveniles, who appeared visibly nervous, according to the report. The deputy asked if they had anything illegal on their persons, and they said they did not. After agreeing to a search, the deputy found 13.2 grams of marijuana in one of the juvenile’s pocket. The drugs were confiscated and the juveniles were turned over to an adult.

• April 20, 500 block of South Bay Drive, trespass warning. A man called the sheriff’s office to report a woman known to him was ringing his doorbell. A deputy made contact with the woman inside her vehicle, which was parked at the residence. At that time, the woman was issued a trespass warning and left the area.

• April 18, 300 block of North Bay Boulevard, trespass. A woman came home to find a man sleeping on her couch. A deputy made contact with the man, who said he drank too much the night before and was looking for a place to sleep. Nothing appeared missing or broken, but the suspect was arrested for illegally occupying a structure and trespassing.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

        • April 24, 2300 block of Avenue B, domestic disturbance. A man, who admitted he was drinking, could not find his house keys and hit the front door causing a window to break. His male roommate was upset and said he would ask the man to leave, but the landlord advised he would begin the process of evicting the two males.

        Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


• April 20, 4528 119th St. W., Cortez Kitchen, criminal mischief. A man reported someone had damaged his bicycle while he was inside the restaurant. A witness told a deputy that she saw a man stab the victim’s bicycle tire and that the suspect often causes problems at the restaurant. The damage to the bike was estimated at $90.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

        April 17, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, driving while license suspended. A 24-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested for driving while license suspended. A police officer initiated a traffic stop on the man and discovered his license had been revoked, and that this was the man’s second incident over a three-month period.

• April 17, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, domestic battery. A woman and her girlfriend were arguing when one of the women grabbed the other and threw her to the ground. A witness broke up the fight and called police. The 24-year-old aggressor was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge after police observed red marks on the victim’s neck and arms.

• April 6, 8200 block of Gulf Drive, DUI. A 43-year-old Longboat Key man was arrested for driving under the influence. Police observed Todd Lasota tailgating another vehicle and then attemptING to pass the vehicle using the bike lane. Police initiated a traffic stop, but Lasota continued for several blocks before stopping. Police observed an odor of alcohol, several empty beer cans and one open beer can in Lasota’s center console. A field-sobriety test was conducted, which Lasota failed. He was arrested for misdemeanor DUI.

• April 6, 8300 block of Marina Drive, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle stealing a camera, lenses and other items valued at $2,065.

• April 8, 500 block of Bayview Drive, suspicious circumstance. A complainant reported someone keeps throwing plastic push pins onto his driveway near his vehicle. The victim told police he has collected about 40 of the pins over the last three months and he now has a slow leak in one of his tires. He suspects one of his neighbors.

• April 8, 300 block of 56th Street, disturbance. A woman called police in regards to her ex-boyfriend making harassing calls. She told police his phone calls are always mean and nasty in nature. She said she just wanted to document the incident and would consider filing a restraining order against him.

• April 9, 3800 block of East Bay Drive, theft. A complainant reported two bicycles valued at $500 were stolen from a condominium bike rack. He told police the bikes were locked at the time of the theft.

• April 10, 5904 Marina Drive, Havana Cabana, theft. Someone stole the restaurant’s menu sign valued at $250.

• April 10, 3800 block of Sixth Avenue, disturbance. Police responded to a domestic disturbance and made contact with a female complainant. The woman said she was arguing with her husband over the way he was making the dog’s bed. The couple was advised to separate for the night.

• April 11, 5100 block of Gulf Drive, Marchman Act. Police observed a man staggering on the roadway and struggling to keep himself steady. The man said he had been at a local bar and admitted he was drinking heavily. The man said he was staying at an island resort, but could not remember where it was. He was transported to Manatee Glens Hospital.

• April 12, 5424 Marina Drive, Jessie’s Island Store BP, disturbance. The night clerk called police in regards to a man outside the store causing a disturbance. Police stopped the man’s vehicle and informed him that the store clerk requested he never returns.

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.


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