Author Archives: Bonner Joy

Island police blotter – 02-28-2018

Anna Maria Feb. 7, 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, theft. A man reported a temporary tag stolen from a recycle bin after receiving unpaid toll transactions from the tag. Anna Maria is policed by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Bradenton Beach Feb. 16, 1000 block of Gulf Drive North, criminal mischief. An unknown person keyed […]

Obituaries – 02-28-2018

Theodore ‘Ted’ Cunningham Theodore “Ted” Cunningham, 83, of Anna Maria Island, died Feb. 17. He was born May 1, 1934, in Liverpool, England, to Irene and James. He married Mary Lillian McGarrigle April 2, 1956, in Liverpool. Their 62 years crossed three countries — England, Canada and the United States. He was known for his […]

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Good deeds

Steven and son Simeon Brubacher stand alongside Holmes Beach fishing guide Taylor Rahn, left, as Rahn is recognized by Longboat Key police for pulling them and three others from Sarasota Bay after their canoe capsized on a windy and cold January morning. Islander Courtesy Photos

Woman who fled BBPD gets probation

A woman who almost crashed head-on into a police squad at Coquina Beach was ordered Jan. 4 to apologize and serve a 24-month probation. Amanda Young, 43, of Bradenton, was arrested in the parking lot in July 2017 after her husband reported to authorities she wanted to end her life. The state charged Young on […]

12-month DUI probation for Cortezian

A 28-year-old Cortez man was sentenced to 12 months probation for driving impaired in Bradenton Beach. Tanner Pelkey, 28, pleaded no contest Feb. 13 in 12th Circuit Court to one count of driving under the influence. The charge stems from a June 2017 arrest in the 200 block of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach. […]

Court drops charges against Hillsborough couple

Two people found sleeping in a vehicle at the Manatee Public Beach last spring are off the hook. In April 2017, Jonathan Scrocco, 27, of Brandon, was arrested on nine counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and Selena Terwilliger, 20, of Valrico, was arrested on one paraphernalia charge. Judge K. Douglas Henderson withheld adjudication Jan. 16 […]

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation posted the following notice for the week of Feb. 26: State Road 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Manatee County crews are replacing force mains. For more information about the project, go online to For the latest road watch information, go online to or dial 511.

9 months in jail for man who fled police

Daniel Lee Griffiths, 38, of Bradenton, was sentenced to nine months in Manatee County jail for theft and obstructing a police officer in a chase that led authorities under the Longboat Pass Bridge. Griffiths pleaded guilty Nov. 7, 2017, on the two counts before 12th Circuit Judge Hunter W. Carroll handed down the sentence. Longboat […]