Archive for 2014

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Forfeiture delayed, recall underway

A former Bradenton Beach city commissioner has formed a political committee with the goal to get petition signatures needed to recall embattled Mayor Bill Shearon from office. The documents arrived Dec. 12 to the city clerk’s office, naming Pete Barreda, who served as commissioner from November 2003 to May 2004, as ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Prosecutor: Avalos’ homicide charges under review

The prosecutor assigned to the Dec. 4 Bradenton triple homicide is expected to decide the week of Dec. 15 on charges the state will bring against confessed murderer Andres “Andy” Avalos. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Assistant State Attorney Art Brown said Dec. 9 that he has until Dec. 27 to file ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Charge against former city clerk reduced

The charge against a former city clerk in Bradenton Beach is changing. Initially arrested for battery to a police officer, Gia Lancaster is now facing a charge of opposing an officer in connection with her Oct. 21 arrest. Assistant State Attorney Keith Humphrey Dec. 8 reduced the third-degree felony charge to a ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Holiday prize-winner

  Pat Mitchell, center, brought her gang of girls, some her family and some from Anna Maria Elementary School, where she volunteers, to claim her prize from The Islander in the Holmes Beach Holiday Open House. Mitchell entered the free drawing at the Dec. 5 event and her prize box included ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Holmes Beach human resource position flies under radar

The passage of the Holmes Beach charter amendment creating a human resource analyst as a charter position may have unwittingly been filled without fair opportunity. Mary Buonagura holds the title, but the path that landed her there may have been a shortcut, subject to criteria used for other full-time hires. Buonagura was ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Holmes Beach permit-parking plan steered to commission

Holmes Beach Commission Chair Judy Titsworth says there’s just one word to sum up the parking situation in residential neighborhoods: Sad. “Never did I think in my 50 years living here we’d need permit parking, but it’s changed. I understand what you’re all going through. People are different now and it’s ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Follow the fish: Cortez mullet run is on

Boat ramps in Cortez and on Anna Maria Island are packed as fishers from around the state are coming to fish in the annual mullet run. In the fall, as temperatures drop, mullet group together and begin a migration pattern tied to their reproduction cycle. As the mullet move in large ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Motorist arrested for DUI

A motorist driving erratically in Bradenton Beach was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and ticketed for failing to maintain a single lane. Anthony Dionise, 54, of Grand Haven, Michigan, was stopped Nov. 26 at 700 Gulf Drive North by the Bradenton Beach Police Department. An officer had ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Warrant arrest nets alleged mugger

A 21-year-old accused in the June beating of an Anna Maria man was arrested on a Dec. 1 bench warrant. Cameron Bowen Ellsworth, 21, was arrested Dec. 3 at a Lakeview Place apartment in Anna Maria on a third-degree felony charge in connection with the attack of a man who’d been ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

DUI charged to speeding motorist

A 36-year-old Bradenton man who allegedly sped east using all three lanes on Cortez Road West was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped Adam Gomez Nov. 30 at 10100 Cortez Road W. He determined Gomez smelled strongly of alcohol, had slurred speech, glassy ...


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