Lomita chef David Viens convicted of second-degree murder for killing wife, cooking her remains

A Lomita chef who said he loved his missing wife and hoped she returned home safely was found guilty Thursday of murdering her and cooking her body in boiling water to destroy any trace of the crime. The panel in …

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Anna Maria passes tax hike, $2.3 million budget

Anna Maria property owner Larry Kerr, who lives in South Carolina, spoke at the Sept. 19 final hearing on the 2012-13 budget, praising commissioners and city treasurer Diane Percycoe for a wise use of funds. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Thanks to rising home values that increased property taxes collected in Anna Maria this fiscal year, city commissioners were able to unanimously approve a $2.3 million budget at their Sept. 19 budget hearing for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The commission …

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Bradenton Beach raises taxes in $2.2M budget

What took 15 minutes two weeks ago, took about eight minutes Sept. 19, when Bradenton Beach commissioners passed resolutions and an ordinance adopting a 2012-13 budget that includes the first tax hike in years. Two segments of public comment were …

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Bradenton Beach eyes new direction for pier project

Visitors to the Bradenton Beach Bridge Street Historic Pier enjoy a sunny day. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The last thing Bradenton Beach city commissioners wanted to hear was there could be another delay that would push the Historic Bridge Street Pier reconstruction project closer to tourist season. But that was the message received Sept. 20 during the …

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Holmes Beach fires building inspector

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Holmes Beach building inspector Bob Shaffer, under fire from commissioners and citizens looking closely at the city’s past building department practices, was terminated last week while on vacation.         During a Sept. 18 interview with The Islander, public works superintendent …

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High-speed transit needed for SRQ, but not likely soon

William Steele, the new director of the Manatee County Area Transit, and Roxann Lake, the new Florida Department of Transportation District 1 community liaison to commissions and committees, meet at the Island Transportation and Planning Organization’s Sept. 17 meeting at Anna Maria City Hall. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization director Mike Howe presented few short-term MPO plans for Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key officials to consider at the Island Transportation and Planning Organization Sept. 17 meeting. He added that one idea that’s been kicked …

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FDLE concludes Morris-BBPD death review

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A 15-member panel of Florida Department of Law Enforcement members and medical examiners met in Avon Park Sept. 19 to review the 2009 death investigation of Sheena Morris. Morris, 25, was found dead New Year’s Day at the BridgeWalk Resort …

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Bradenton Beach man netted in child predator sting

Dozens of men ranging in ages 18-68 stand accused in Manatee County of seeking to have sex with a 14-year-old girl over the weekend of Sept. 16-17. Among those arrested was Brandt Clark, 18, 104 11th St. S., Bradenton Beach. …

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Police allege hate crime against BB man

A Bradenton Police Department officer allegedly became the victim Sept. 18 of a 19-year-old Bradenton Beach man. According to the probable cause affidavit, police responded to a fight in the 400 block of 12th Street West in Bradenton. Upon arrival, …

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HB construction worker nabbed for alleged fraud

A Holmes Beach construction worker was arrested Sept. 19 on felony worker compensation fraud. Detectives from the Florida departments of financial services and insurance fraud booked Bradenton resident Miguel Damian-Jimenez, 31, into the Manatee County jail on $1,500 bond. Damian-Jimenez …

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