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Bradenton Beach pier eviction costing city time, money

Bradenton Beach commissioners hoped for a quick resolution to the city’s March eviction of Cast-n-Cage Restaurant. That now appears unlikely. The city is highly motivated to install a new concessionaire in the restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. But …

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New attorney takes over stabbing suspect’s case

A Sarasota attorney has taken up the case of a man accused of stabbing his female roommate in Holmes Beach. Harland L. Milhorn II filed his court appearance April 16 in the case of 24-year-old Andrew James Helderman, who, until …

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Forgery case ends in drug court probation

A former employee of a Holmes Beach restaurant was sentenced to three years of drug court probation for seven counts of forgery. As part of a no-contest plea deal March 26, Chelsea Rose Maksimowicz, 27, of Bradenton, was found guilty …

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Cortez man arrested for burglary

A Cortez man who once set a fire at a Bradenton post office was arrested April 3 in connection with a burglary at a storage facility. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Rafiaele Mazzucco, 55, on a warrant for a …

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State declines sexual battery case

The 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Office declined to file a charge in connection with an alleged sexual attack on a boat that was anchored near Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. The Bradenton Beach Police Department arrested Rick Jeffery Rowland …

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Stay tuned — ‘sex on the beach’ continues in court

Jose Ben Caballero — who grabbed headlines after an alleged “sex on the beach” encounter — sits next to his attorney, Ronald J. Kupiers II of Tampa, at an April 17 motion hearing in 12th Judicial Circuit Court, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

“What are they doing?” At an April 17 hearing to sift through trial preparations, Assistant State Attorney Anthony DaFonseca told 12th Circuit Judge Diana L. Moreland he wants a jury to hear testimony about a 4-year-old saying those words last …

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Traffic offender with cocaine sent to drug court

A 24-year-old Bradenton man was ordered to drug court by 12th Circuit Court Chief Judge Andrew D. Owens Jr. Holmes Beach Police Department stopped Brandon M. Starner in February for failing to wear a seatbelt and found cocaine, marijuana and …

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Stolen vehicle found

A pickup truck stolen from a parking area at a Bradenton Beach condominium during the night of April 15-16 has been returned to its owner. According to Bradenton Beach Police Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz, the stolen Chevy Silverado showed up …

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Lost child returned to parents

After an early morning dog walk April 8, a man returned to his Bradenton Beach home to find a 7-year-old boy standing in his living room. The man called 911 at 4:50 a.m. and Bradenton Beach Police Department dispatched Officer …

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Sandbar reopens after brief closure

Patrons return to the deck at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, shortly after it reopened April 15. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

Shakespeare might say, “All’s well that ends well.” The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, reopened its doors April 15 after a short closure by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The restaurant was visited April 14 …

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