Police phones upgraded
The Holmes Beach Police Department phone system was upgraded Sept. 13 without a hitch in service.
Although the community was forewarned that the phone system might go down intermittently during the upgrade, Holmes Beach Detective Terri Davis said they experienced "no problems with the phone switch-over."
"No calls were lost that we are aware of," she said. Dispatch continued to receive calls through its radio system or calls that were forwarded from county dispatch. Interruptions were minor at most, she said.
Anna Maria shooting accident
Bradenton resident William Isherwood, 34, accidentally shot himself in the hand Sept. 14 in Anna Maria while showing his brother a loaded 9 mm handgun.
According to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies from Anna Maria who responded to the 3 p.m. incident on North Shore Drive, Isherwood was at his brother’s house with friends helping with some renovations when the incident occurred.
At around 3 p.m., Isherwood went to his vehicle and returned with a 9mm handgun to show to his friends. He apparently dropped a live round of ammunition on the outdoor deck. While holding the gun in his right hand, he looked down and accidentally pulled the trigger, discharging a round into his left hand.
He was taken to Blake Medical Center and underwent surgery to repair his left hand.
No charges have been filed in the incident and the MCSO is still investigating the shooting circumstances.
Sept. 14, 101 S. Bay Blvd., U.S. Post Office, alarm. The building alarm sounded. Everything was secure, all doors locked, and the postmaster will have the alarm checked.
Sept. 5, 1600 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Park, theft. A man reported his wallet stolen from a picnic table.
Sept. 6, 100 Ninth Street North, burglary. A man reported the theft of his golf clubs, bag and other equipment from his vehicle.
Sept. 6, 1101 Gulf Drive N., Queens Gate Motel, burglary. A man reported tools stolen from his vehicle.
Sept. 6, 1101 Gulf Drive N., Queens Gate Motel, burglary. A man reported his digital camera, wallet and prescription drugs stolen from his vehicle.
Sept. 6, 1100 block of Bay Drive North, trespassing. A woman reported that she believed someone had snooped through her unlocked vehicle.
Sept. 9 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, trespass warning. Officers responded to a report of a homeless man sleeping and drinking under the store. The man was reportedly taunting other people. Police issued a trespass warning and transported him off the Island.
Sept. 8, 3200 E. Bay Drive, Shells restaurant, warrant arrests. Officers responded to assist Emergency Medical Services with a woman found unconscious in the bathroom. According to the report, an employee found another female employee on the floor with a heroin drug kit spread out on the floor next to her. According to the report, a clear liquid substance was found on the spoon and in the syringe found at the scene, which have been sent to a police lab for testing. The woman's boyfriend, also present at the restaurant, was arrested on a warrant for violating conditions of his release on burglary charges. The woman was fired from her position and was issued a trespass warning from the property. Further charges are pending based on the results from the lab test.
Sept. 8, 2800 block of Avenue E, harassment. A woman filed a report about an argument she had with a neighbor regarding the woman's dogs running on the beach. The woman told police that she believes it's none of her neighbor's business whether she can have her dogs on the beach or not and told police she finds her neighbor's continuing actions to be harassment. The woman said she will continue to fight the city regarding her property line and her rights on the beach and where she is permitted to let her dogs run free.
Sept. 9, 75th Street and Marina Drive, registration. A woman was cited for driving a scooter with a minor passenger, who was not wearing a helmet. The woman also did not have a valid driver's license with her at the time and she had no vehicle registration.
Sept. 10, 500 block of 75th Street, stolen vehicle/information. A man reportedly rented a vehicle in the city of Venice for his employee to use for transportation to and from work. When the employee did not show up for work, the man learned that the vehicle might have been stolen while the employee was stopped at a gas station in Fort Myers.
Sept. 11, 6900 block of Holmes Boulevard, suspicious incident. A man reportedly saw someone park a vehicle a block from his residence, then "stealthily" approach his vehicle on foot and peer into the back of it. The owner then came out of his residence and the suspicious person ran back to his own vehicle and sped away.
Sept. 11, 100 block of 75th Street, criminal mischief. A glass door was smashed. According to the report, the door was unlocked and it appeared as if someone had been staying in the residence. The reporting person told police that there was an ongoing problem with teens breaking into the property and the previous day someone stole his car, which was retrieved in Palmetto.
Sept. 13, 3305 E. Bay Drive, Island Bazaar, theft. A manager reported that the store's surveillance tape showed an employee stealing. A capias request was filed for the employee's arrest.
Sept. 13, 7600 block of Marina Drive, theft. A man told police that for the past week he has discovered gasoline missing from his vehicle's tank. He stated that the tank was full when he parked near his home and the next time he intended to use his car, the gas warning light was on. The man told police he always resets his tripometer and it showed more than 70 miles logged.
Sept. 13, 6700 block of Gulf Drive, trespass. A man reported that a family member had been staying in a rental unit he owns without permission.