Category Archives: 01-04-2012

Cortez search ends in arrest, arraignment

A three-hour search Dec. 19 involving law enforcement units and a helicopter from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and support from Bradenton and Palmetto police departments began in the area of a mobile home park on 115th Street Court West and ended on Cortez Road.         The search resulted in the arrest of Charles Leonard, […]

Healthy, ‘happy’ loggerhead returns to open water

It was a little early for her to go home, but the movement of a red tide to the north combined with a cooler weather pattern left little option. According to Suzi Fox, executive director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, the timing for the release of the 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle, referred to as […]

Flashback 2011: The year in review Part 2

The last half of 2011 featured tragedy and triumph for local residents and wildlife. From new public servants to the passing of community heroes, it was a year to remember. JULY         Parasail death: The June 27 death of David Sieradzki, 31, remained a mystery to investigators. The visiting Sieradzki, from Fountain Inn, S.C., was […]

Privateers take HB mayor for ransom.

Anna Maria Island Privateers capture Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger at city hall Dec. 30, despite the mayor’s best efforts to hide in a closet near the staff break room. Bohnenberger was chained to the mast of the Skullywag and lashed by the Privateers, who then demanded a ransom to release him, including a key […]

Sports – 01-04-2012

2011 sports roundup   Another year of Island sports got the buzzer, which means  another top-10 sports stories for Islander readers. There’s no scientific formula used to decide which sports stories make the list, but a lot of thought does go into selecting who or what makes the list. There have been a lot of […]

Islander Calendar – 01-04-2012

Wednesday, Jan. 4         10 a.m. — First-of-the-season homemade settler’s bread goes on sale at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.         11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking lunch at Fins Bar at Martini Bistro, 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. […]

Island police blotter – 01-04-2012

Anna Maria
 • Dec. 21, 100 block of Pelican Avenue, information. A resident reported hearing yelling behind his home from across the canal. • Dec. 22, 200 block of Willow Avenue, theft. A fishing pole left by a dock was reported stolen. • Dec. 22, 100 block of Crescent Drive, information. A man reported loud, […]

Fishing – 01-04-2012

Cold fronts affect fish, fishers change tactics   Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island remains good, although, due to recent cold fronts, the fish are beginning wintertime patterns. Remember, when fishing in colder weather, the fish may seem lethargic or sluggish, and may appear reluctant to take a bait. A little added patience is good […]

Obituaries – 01-04-2012

Alvin H. “Bud” Edgren Alvin H. “Bud” Edgren, 80, died Christmas Day at home in Holmes Beach. He was born in Oak Park, Ill., March 24, 1931, and lived in the Chicago area most of his life until moving to Florida in 1992. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and served […]