Author Archives: Bonner Joy

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Turtle Talk, lighting workshop Saturday on the beach

As sea turtle hatchling season peaks, is becomes important for visitors and residents to understand turtle-friendly practices. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring will host an informational talk and turtle-friendly lighting workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, starting at the picnic tables near the south end of the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 […]

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Double homicide suspect apprehended

According to a news release from Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming, the Longboat Key Police Department in partnership with the Manatee County sheriff’s homicide investigative unit arrested Darryl Hanna Jr. Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. for the Aug. 4 robbery and double homicide at the Zota Beach Resort on Longboat Key. Cumming stated Hanna […]

‘Mariah Carey’ burglar ordered to pay $15K restitution

A Bradenton man caught inside a beachfront home that he told police he owned with singer-songwriter Mariah Carey was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay ATEM Partnership more than $15,000 in restitution. Jason Lowell James, now 38, pleaded no contest July 17 to felony charges of burglary and criminal mischief. Judge Brian Iten sentenced […]

Island police blotter – 08-09-2017

Anna Maria July 18, 100 block of Pelican Drive, open door. Manatee County sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate an open door on a balcony. After West Manatee Fire Rescue assisted with a ladder to the second floor, the deputies determined there had been no forced entry and no apparent burglary. The deputies secured the […]

Tropical Storm Franklin forms in Caribbean

Tropical Storm Franklin formed Aug. 6 in the Caribbean Sea about 100 miles off the coast of Honduras. An advisory was issued the night of Aug. 6 for Mexico’s east coast and, as The Islander went to press Aug. 7, the storm was expected to strengthen before reaching the Yucatan’s eastern coast. Forecasters expected the […]

Galati burglars ordered to pay $13K

The power of video. A hefty restitution order and probation close the cases of two Bradenton men accused of the 2016 burglaries caught on tape at Galati Yacht Sales in Anna Maria. Tyler Hollingshead, 24, and Jacob Bennett, 19, pleaded no contest in July to charges stemming from the burglaries a little more than a […]

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Week 4 winner, Eye in the sky

Andrew Fortenberry of Holmes Beach wins the fourth week of The Islander’s Top Notch photo contest with this image, shot using a drone between Passage Key and Egmont Key. For the winning photograph, Fortenberry receives an Islander “More than a mullet wrapper” T-shirt. He’s also a finalist in the contest, which offers a grand prize of $100 from The Islander and an assortment of gift certificates from participating advertisers.

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Bradenton man arrested for DUI

Jose Centeno-Casique, 43, of Bradenton, was arrested July 17 after police were alerted to a reckless driver in a red pickup entering Holmes Beach. Officer Tom Fraser followed the pickup north on Marina Drive, observed it swerving into the bike lane and crossing the center lines. The officer stopped the vehicle in the 6900 block […]

Obituaries – 08-09-2017

Barbara Lazzara Barbara Lazzara, 83, of Anna Maria, died July 2. She was born Nov. 13, 1933, in New York to the late Carl and Ivabelle (Kirkpatrick) Jolly. She moved to Anna Maria more than 20 years ago, coming from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. While living in Oklahoma, she operated her own antique shop. After moving […]