Author Archives: Bonner Joy

Island police blotter – 06-21-2017

Anna Maria No reports. Anna Maria is policed by MCSO. Bradenton Beach June 9, Coquina Beach, 2200 Gulf Drive S., battery. A man and a woman argued while in a moving vehicle. The argument escalated with the woman and man striking one another. The man stopped the vehicle and told the woman to get out, […]

Obituaries – 06-21-2017

Craig Allan Nicks Craig Allan Nicks, 55, of Bradenton, having lived most of his life on Anna Maria Island, died June 18. He he was a commercial fisherman and a veteran of the U.S. Army. A visitation will be held at 5 p.m. with service to follow at 6 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Brown […]

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Island altruist, legend Hagen, 89, dies

Just days from his 90th birthday and a celebration planned by friends to toast Rex Hagen’s many years of friendship and generosity, Hagen died June 17. Hagen and his late wife Helen were major contributors on Anna Maria Island, having funded tennis courts at the then-Anna Maria Island Community Center in the 1970s, and again […]

Blue Marlin burglary case transferred to drug court

The case of the man accused of breaking into the Blue Marlin Seafood Restaurant in Bradenton Beach is now in drug court. Judge Andrew D. Owens Jr. ordered William Garringer, 52, of the Bradenton Beach anchorage, released on his own recognizance June 8 and transferred the case from the criminal division to the drug court […]

No reports of red tide in Manatee

The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was not detected June 15 in samples from Manatee County. The organism was detected in background concentrations in Pinellas and Sarasota counties. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to

Parrish man sentenced to probation for DUI

A Parrish man arrested in Holmes Beach in March pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced to 12 months probation. Joseph Perusek II, 25, was clocked by police at 64 mph in a 35-mph zone in the 12000 block of Manatee Avenue. Twelfth Circuit Judge Doug Henderson found Perusek […]

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation did not post any advisories for Anna Maria Island for the week of June 19. For the latest road watch information, go online to or dial 511.

Bradenton man sentenced to jail for fighting cops

Two altercations with island police ended in court with a 270-day jail sentence for a Bradenton man. Luke Norris, now 32, was arrested in March by Holmes Beach police for resisting arrest and disorderly intoxication after he fought with officers in a condominium stairwell. In October 2016, he was arrested on battery charges after striking […]