A 27-year-old Bradenton man picked the wrong place to perpetrate a crime Aug. 31 when he snatched a wallet from a Moose Lodge member.
Bryan Fossa of 4424 56th Ave., Bradenton, faces a felony robbery by sudden snatching charge.
The victim was at the beach in front of the Moose Lodge No. 2188, 100 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. He returned from the water with his belongings in his hands and sat down at a patio table.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Fossa sat down next to the victim and initiated a conversation. When the victim went to leave, Fossa allegedly grabbed his wallet and fled.
Other Moose members gave chase and caught up to Fossa across the street behind the Circle K store at 110 Gulf Drive N.
Bradenton Beach police officers arrived to find Fossa pinned to the ground by several men, and took Fossa into custody.
He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held without bond. According to court records, Fossa has several pending charges against him, including failure to appear on resisting arrest charges. He also has a history of burglary, possession and assault arrests dating back to 2007.
Fossa is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1501 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Two men and a woman, all from Bradenton, were arrested Sept. 5 on misdemeanor battery charges after fighting in the parking lot of D.Coy Ducks Tavern, 5410 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Troy Lantz, 41, of 4707 Coral Blvd., Bradenton, also faces a charge of felony possession of cocaine.
Lantz, a 45-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman engaged two other men and a woman in a verbal argument while at the bar, according to the probable cause affidavit.
A bystander alleged he punched one victim in an attempt to break up the argument. The female victim took out her cell phone to call 911, at which time the bystander’s wife is alleged to have hit her, knocking the phone to the ground and bruising the victim’s temple.
Lantz then apparently grabbed the phone and put it in his pocket. Holmes Beach Police Department officers arrived and ordered Lantz to return the woman’s phone.
As he pulled the phone out of his pocket, a bag of white powder, stuck to the back of the phone, fell out. Police measured the powder at 2.4 grams and the substance field-tested positive for cocaine.
The man and woman bystanders involved in the fight were arrested on misdemeanor battery charges.
Lantz faces charges of misdemeanor battery and felony possession of a controlled substance. He was held on a total of $1,750 bond.
All three suspects were scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Oct. 5.
David Loyde, 43, of 615 22nd Lane E., Bradenton, faces a felony driving while license suspended charge after being stopped Sept. 3 by a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy in Anna Maria.
According to the MCSO report, the deputy on patrol did a routine license plate check on Loyde’s vehicle and learned the license plate was reported stolen.
The deputy stopped Loyde in the 7100 block of Palm Drive. Loyde allegedly told the deputy he did not know the tag was stolen. He said he received the license plate from a friend as part of an unpaid loan payment.
Loyde also allegedly admitted he knew his driver’s license was suspended. Upon investigating further, the deputy learned that Loyde’s license had been suspended on multiple occasions.
Loyde was arrested for felony driving while license suspended and multiple misdemeanor charges, including petit theft, attaching an unassigned tag and failing to have a motor vehicle registration.
He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $1,860 bond. According to the MCSO website, Loyde remained in custody when his bond was revoked for failure to appear on several other unrelated charges.
Loyde is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1501 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
A business that rented five personal watercrafts to vacationers staying at a rental home in the 700 block of North Shore Drive was given a warning by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for allowing the watercrafts to be stored on the beach.
No tickets or citations were given to the renters — members of the Orlando Magic basketball team — and their names were not included on the MCSO report.
According to the MCSO report of the incident, a neighbor reported the presence of the water skis to the MCSO-Anna Maria substation and a deputy was dispatched to investigate.
The deputy discovered the watercraft, then contacted the rental company and spoke with an employee, who said he was unaware the watercraft could not be beached in Anna Maria.
The company was issued a warning notice and the personal watercrafts were removed from the beach.
An overthrown football led to a felony aggravated battery charge against a 40-year-old Bradenton man, Sept. 2, at 2318 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Derek Ware of 3014 Southern Parkway, Bradenton, was at the beach with his girlfriend. The couple was enjoying the day while sitting on a bench. Nearby, a group of friends were playing football on the beach when an overthrown pass caused the victim to fall into Ware’s girlfriend.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Ware became upset and broke a beer bottle over the victim’s head, causing a laceration.
Ware was booked into the Manatee County jail on $1,000 bond. He posted bond the next day and was released.
He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Sept 28 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1501 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Erosion-control groins can create rip currents without warning, and lifeguards at the beach advise swimmers to try to stay a minimum of 100 feet away from structures. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
The Florida Division of Emergency Management has issued a rip current advisory for all Florida coastal waters.
The advisory said the effects of all the recent hurricanes and storms around Florida caused most of the rip tides, and former Hurricane Isaac is expected to swing back across the state this week and create more rip currents on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Even the effects of hurricanes Leslie and Michael in the Atlantic Ocean will create rip currents along the Gulf Coast, as will a stationary tropical depression in the western Caribbean this week.
FDEM meteorologist Michelle Palmer said a rip current is a narrow space of water, usually 3-6 feet wide, moving at a faster speed than surrounding waters. This speed makes them easy to spot in calm waters, but creates difficulty in high seas.
Palmer said a rip current usually runs perpendicular to the beach and can be anywhere from 200 feet to 2,500 feet in length.
Anyone caught in a rip current should remain calm and try to swim parallel to the shore to move out of the current, then alert someone you need help. Fighting the current makes the condition worse, Palmer said.
Beachgoers should check with the nearest lifeguard station for the latest conditions of the water and determine if rip currents or other marine hazards exist.
A green flag at the station means no hazardous conditions exist. A red flag signifies the presence of rip currents, while two red flags indicate the beach is closed.
Two red flags with black squares in the middle of each flag warn of hurricane conditions.
Coquina Beach and Cortez Beach are prone to rip currents because of erosion-control groins along the shoreline.
Jack Cedar, 97, of Bradenton, died Aug. 18. He moved to the area 40 years ago from Detroit.
Mr. Cedar was owner of Orion Automotive Corporation in Michigan and owned Cedar Cove Motel in Holmes Beach. He was a founder of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota FL 34238. Covell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Cedar is survived by daughters Carol Cobb of Bradenton and Cheryl Altobello of Houghton, Mich.; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; nephews William Cedar and George Cedar; and niece Marlene Galuszka.
Pierce Combs, known to many on Anna Maria Island as “The Fun Map Man,” died Sept. 4 in Bradenton. He was born Feb. 18, 1946, in Lakeland, Fla., and was raised in West Orange, N.J.
Mr. Combs attended Montreat Anderson College where he was influenced by a chance friendship with Billy Graham. After graduating from Old Dominion in 1969 on a tennis scholarship, he played professional tennis for several years before embarking on a successful career in sales and marketing for more than 40 years.
He married his wife Libby in Annapolis, Md., in 1991 and they honeymooned by cruising on their boat, the Pretty Birtie, to Anna Maria Island, falling in love with the old Florida-Gulf coast lifestyle and settling here.
Mr. Combs created the Anna Maria Island Fun Map in 2002, something he enjoyed because, to quote Pierce, “of all the wonderful friends he was able to meet.”
A memorial service is being planned. Memorial donations may be made to Camp Kittatinny, where Mr. Combs spent his childhood summers from 1956 to 1966 as camper and counselor. His influence at Camp Kittatinny was important and his memory lives on in the people he touched at camp. Donations may be made to Camp Kittatinny, 1035 Fairview Lake Road, Newton NJ 07860.
Mr. Combs is survived by wife Libby, and daughters Kelly of St. Petersburg and Bonnie of Fredericksburg, Va., and many friends.
Alice S. Deam, 86, of Bradenton, died Sept. 2. She was born Dec. 12, 1925. She came to Anna Maria Island in 1960 with her husband, Dr. John H. Deam, who started his practice that year in October and retired in the late 1980s. The Deam family lived on Anna Maria Island for many years.
She graduated from West Chester University in Philadelphia in 1946 and taught elementary school in both Pennsylvania and Florida. She was married in 1951 in Philadelphia and relocated in 1960 to Anna Maria Island. She was a member of Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria Island Historical Society, Key Royale Club and Manatee County Medical Alliance. She loved to travel, enjoyed playing bridge and socializing with friends.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Roser Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.
Mrs. Deam is survived by her husband of 61 years, John; children David, M.D. and wife Gail, of Brooksville, Fla., Donna and husband James Hitchings, of London, England, Douglas, D.M.D., and wife Ann, of Miami; and Debra and wife Bill Sanders of Bradenton; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother Alfred B and wife Nina Strickler Jr., of Columbus, Ohio
Mary Virginia (Armstrong) Ridgdill, 91, of Bradenton and Anna Maria, died Sept. 3. She was born in Bradenton to the late George David and Margaret (Notestein) Armstrong.
Mrs. Ridgdill attended Bradenton High School and Tennessee Wesleyan College. She was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church where she was active in the Homebuilders Class and Women’s Circles. She was one of the organizers of the Original Thirteen, now Reinaunce, a high school service club for young women.
She was married almost 70 years to the late Paul Ridgdill.
After raising her family, she helped manage the family business, Ridgdill Plumbing, which had been founded by her father. She assumed the management of the business for many years after her husband’s retirement and retired herself in the early 1990s.
Mrs. Ridgdill’s contributions to her community and family were remarkable.
Visitation was held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. A private service is being held later. Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 410 15th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Mrs. Ridgdill is survived by four daughters and their husbands, Sandra and David Livingston, Patty and Dave Hall, Rosemary and Ron Carlson, and Barbara and David Bjorklund; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and caregiver Bernadette Lauck.
Joyce Ilene Shannon
Joyce Ilene Shannon, 90, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 5. She was born April 5, 1922, in Bonner Springs, Kan.
Ms. Shannon was a graduate of Teachers College in Kansas and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. She taught first- through eighth-grade for two years in a one-room schoolhouse in Kansas. She then joined the U.S. Navy WAVES during World War II.
Ms. Shannon was a part-time islander since coming from Kansas in 1944, and a permanent resident since 1964, coming from New York. She worked as advertising manager for the Madison Drug & Liquor Co. in Tampa for 10 years, advertising manager of Rexall-Liggett’s southeast chain of stores, art director of National Bellas Hess of New York City, and as a real estate broker and associate on Anna Maria Island since 1965.
She was a member of the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 of Bradenton.
A funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, with final honors by the U.S. Navy. Interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Southeastern Guide Dogs Association, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto FL 34221.
Ms. Shannon is survived by her cousins.
Thursday, Sept. 13
• 10 a.m.-noon, Coffee with Commissioner Jean Peelen, Paradise Cafe, 3210 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-896-5827.
• Noon, St. Bernard Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women luncheon, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
• 6-8 p.m., Bridge Street Merchant’s Thirsty Thursdays-Fish Hole Miniature Golf 50/50 Blackjack Tournament, The Fish Hole, 115 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3388.
Wednesday, Sept. 19
Noon, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, Dennis Maley guest speaker, Beachhouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-0564.
Monday, Sept. 17
• 1 p.m., Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club, Bradenton Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Information: 941-794-3878.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
• 8:15 p.m., World War II Veterans Honor Flight Welcome Home, St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport baggage claim, 14700 Terminal Blvd., Clearwater. Information: 813-842-5843.
• Tuesdays through Oct. 2, Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines, free vocal lessons, Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd Street W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-6222.
• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m., weather permitting, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 248-982-5600.
• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
• Thursdays through Dec. 20, except Thanksgiving, 10:30 a.m., Make a Child Smile story and craft hour, Tingley Memorial Library, 111 2nd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
• Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., Thirsty Thursdays, hosted by Bridge Street Merchants, The Fish Hole, Bradenton Beach, Information: 941-778-3388.
• Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.
• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party to benefit Roser Food Pantry at Anna Maria Pine Avenue stores and boutiques. Information: 941-896-3132.
• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.
• Sept. 21, Artists reception, Ringling College of Art and Design alumni Mark Humphrey and Dustin Juengel, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345.
• Sept. 24, 13th Annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Lucky 13 Golf Outing for Scholarships, Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-224-1337 or 941-284-2523.
• Oct. 7, History of Bowed String Instruments, free concert and lecture, Allegro Music Academy, 241 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-8511.
• Oct. 25, Fourth Annual Chowdown for Charity, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Manatee Chapter, Riverhouse Banquets and Weddings, 955 Riverside Drive, Palmetto. Information: 941-545-3620.
Save the Date
• Nov. 3, Nautical and Landlubber Treasure Show, Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. NW, Bradenton. Information: 941-761-1860.
• Nov. 11, Popular Light Classics, CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Classics. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-8585.
• Nov. 17, Enjoy the Bay, Sarasota Bay Water Festival, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 941-955-8085.
Send calendar announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.
Tuesday, Sept. 11
• 8:45 a.m., Parent Teacher Organization board meeting, conference room.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
• 5-8 p.m., PTO Family Fun Night, playground.
Friday, Sept. 21
• 9 a.m., Peace Day celebration, school grounds.
Monday, Oct. 8
• 3:15 p.m., Student Advisory Council meeting, library.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
• 8:45 a.m., PTO board meeting, conference room.
Tuesday, Oct. 16
• 5-7 p.m., Third-grade dinner, cafeteria.
• 7 p.m., Third-grade play, auditorium.
Saturday, Oct. 27
• 9-11 a.m., Costume parade, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive N. to AME.
• 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fall Festival, school grounds.
Monday, Oct. 29
• Fall fundraiser Otis Spunkmayer sales begin.
Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-708-5525, www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/elementary/annamaria.
The house at 211 Willow, Anna Maria, is listed as a vacation rental, but the advertisement for the property lists downstairs activities and living, a violation of Anna Maria code. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Center’s fall youth, adult sports seasons gear up
The start of the fall sports season at the Anna Maria Island Community Center is right around the corner, where coaches for the youth soccer league have been practicing hard in anticipation of their first live action on Sept. 22 with the rousing warmup for fans and players — Spirit Day.
The day-long jamboree of games at the center is highlighted by the fans and families who put on their best game faces, wigs, makeup, colors and wild attire to show they have the best winning spirit. The spirit, of course, continues through the schedule of games, and the winners are announced at the season-ending awards banquet.
Air & Energy, Beach Bistro, Firkins and Bowes Imaging Center are team sponsors in the instructional league for players 4-5 years of age. No scores or standings are kept in this division, as learning game fundamentals and having fun are emphasized over winning. The 4-5 division jamboree gets started at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and the regular season of games will kick off Sept. 24.
The 6-7 division boasts four teams, Surfer Bus, Beach Bums, Tyler’s Ice Cream and Bowes Imaging Center. Their jamboree games are at 11 a.m. and noon with the regular season play starting Sept. 25.
The 8-10 division is the largest group of players with six teams, including American Marine, Best Buy, Tyler’s Ice Cream, Lobstah’s, Lapensee Plumbing and Miller Electric. They all get a practice run Spirit Day with games at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The 8-10 division schedule kicks off Sept. 24.
Steam Design, Jen Crady Massage, Wash Family Construction and Larry Pearson Air Conditioning, aka LPAC, make up the 11-13 division. Their Spirit Day games are set for noon and 1 p.m. Sept. 22 with the regular season kicking off Sept. 26.
The 14-17 division has but two teams to face off during the fall season. Sponsors are West Coast Refrigeration and Edgewater Real Estate. They also get a practice run on Spirit Day at 2 p.m. and regular games begin at 8 p.m. Sept. 24.
The season for all youth divisions runs into November with playoffs, cup games and all-star games.
Meanwhile, the big kids get started with a season of adult basketball in the center gym kicking off Sept. 11 and adult soccer Sept. 18.
All games for all leagues are played at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908.
Dom Liveeduto and John Johnson were the only team to earn a 3-0 record in pool play and were the day’s outright winners during Sept. 8 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Two teams advanced to the knockout round during Sept. 5 horseshoe action. Sam Samuel culminated a 24-6 victory over winners Tim Sofran and George McKay, who tossed in a double ringer.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach braved the September heat to play a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match Sept. 4.
Former Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford carded a 1-under-par 31 to take first place by one shot over Terry Westby and Helen Pollock, who both finished at even-par 32. Sue Wheeler was another shot back in third place.
AMICC Youth Soccer League schedule
Sept. 22 10 a.m. Beach Bistro vs. A&E
Sept. 22 10:30 a.m. Firkins vs. Bowes
Sept. 24 6 p.m. Bowes vs. Bistro
Sept. 24 6:30 p.m. A&E vs. Firkins
Sept. 22 11 a.m. Bowes vs. Surfer Bus
Sept. 22 noon Beach Bums vs. Tyler’s
Sept. 25 6 p.m. Bowes vs. Beach Bums
Sept. 25 7 p.m. Surfer Bus vs. Tyler’s
Sept. 22 9 a.m. American Marine vs. Best Buy
Sept. 22 10 a.m. Tyler’s vs. Miller Electric
Sept. 22 11 a.m. Lobstah’s vs. Lapensee
Sept. 24 6 p.m. Best Buy vs. Lapensee
Sept. 24 7 p.m. Miller vs. Lobstah’s
Sept. 25 6 p.m. Tyler’s vs. Lobstah’s
Sept. 25 7 p.m. Miller vs. American Marine
Sept. 22 noon Steam Design vs. LPAC
Sept. 22 1 p.m. Wash Family Construction
vs. Crady Massage
Sept. 26 8 p.m. Steam Design vs. Wash FC
Sept. 22 2 p.m. WC Refrigeration vs. Edgewater
Sept. 24 8 p.m. WC Refrigeration vs. Edgewater
AMICC Adult Soccer League schedule
Sept. 13 6 p.m. Sato Real Estate vs. Wash FC
Sept. 13 7 p.m. Moss & Barnard vs.
Florida Discount Signs
Sept. 13 8 p.m. Pink & Navy vs. Island Pest
Sept. 13 9 p.m. Slim’s Place vs. Jessie’s Store
AMICC Adult Basketball League schedule
Sept. 18 6:30 p.m. IRE vs. Gator Man
Sept. 18 7:30 p.m. Agnelli Pool vs. Eat Here
Sept. 18 8:30 p.m. Best Buy vs. The Feast