Author Archives: Bonner Joy

Holmes Beach drunken driver sentenced to work program

A Holmes Beach man caught drunken driving has been ordered to spend 25 days in a work program. Jason Benn, 40, pleaded no contest Nov. 21 to driving under the influence with a prior conviction. A 12th Circuit judge found Benn guilty and sentenced him to 12 months of probation. Judge Charles Sniffin suspended Benn’s […]

State declines to file DUI charge in traffic fatality

The 12th Circuit State Attorney’s office dropped the case against a Bradenton man arrested for driving under the influence after a crash with a bicyclist. The bicyclist, Daniel Lord, 67, of Cortez, died from injuries sustained in the crash. Assistant State Attorney William Moran filed a memorandum Sept. 12 that stated, “According to a witness […]

Bradenton man gets 6 months for 4th DUI

A Bradenton man arrested for drunken driving in Holmes Beach was sentenced to six months in jail. Douglas Pupek, 52, pleaded no contest Nov. 16 to a charge of driving under the influence with four or more prior convictions. He also pleaded no contest to possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana, obtaining food with […]

Bradenton man arrested for DUI, marijuana

Holmes Beach police arrested a Bradenton man for impaired driving after the Lincoln he drove southbound on Gulf Drive early Nov. 13 allegedly swerved over the double centerline and into the bike lane. Nicholas Jorge, 30, was arrested for driving under the influence and possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana. After Officer Alan Bores […]

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Brandon woman arrested for marijuana

A police search of a motorist stopped for speeding early Nov. 28 netted 3.3 grams of marijuana. Holmes Beach police arrested Deja Mora, 18, in the 3600 block of Gulf Drive at 2:56 a.m. for possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana. After clocking a Honda traveling southbound at 41 mph in a 25-mph zone, […]

Red tide patches reported

A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, remains in Southwest Florida, according to surveys reported Dec. 1.         Karenia brevis was observed in very low to high concentrations in samples collected from Manatee County. brevis also was observed in Pinellas, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier counties. The next red tide update was expected Dec. […]

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following alert for the area: State Road 789, from Broadway Street to North Shore Road on Longboat Key: Crews are constructing new sidewalks and a pedestrian crossing, improving drainage, installing lighting and adding signs and pavement markings. Motorists should expect possible daytime single-lane closures and flagging operations. For […]