Category Archives: 09-28-2011

Fisherman challenges fed’s case

John L. Yates has been fishing since he was a toddler, though he wasn’t hauling in grouper as a 3-year-old. About 15 years ago, when the furniture maker that he worked for closed its Plant City operation, Yates looked at his options. He could relocate or he could get into a dramatically different line of […]

Perico Island road construction to start up

The Florida Department of Transportation last week announced plans for a road improvement project on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue starting in October from east of the Perico Harbor development to just east of Bristol Bay Drive. The DOT said the $397,000 project would begin Oct. 6 and is expected to finish in December. Improvements include […]

Man arrested for domestic battery

A boater in Bradenton Beach’s anchorage field was arrested Sept. 19 for alleged domestic battery against a woman. The incident happened just before midnight, with the Bradenton Beach Police Department arresting Obie Combs, 63. Combs, who has no known address, faces a charge of felony domestic battery by strangulation. He also faces a charge of […]

Authorities make arrest in 1982 killing

Florida authorities believe they have solved the murder of a woman whose body was found in 1982 floating about 25 miles off the coast of Anna Maria Island. The victim was identified earlier this summer by the Manatee County medical examiner as Amy Hurst of New Port Ritchey. The man taken into custody just last […]

Man critical after bar fight

A 21-year-old man was in critical condition after a fight in Holmes Beach Sept. 25, according to Manatee County Emergency Medical Services EMS Chief Ronald J. Koper Jr. said paramedics were called to the D.Coy Ducks in the 5400 block of Marina Drive at about 3 a.m. Sept. 25. There, the EMS treated a 21-year-old […]

Shooting victim recovering

A Holmes Beach woman who suffered a gunshot wound to the head Sept. 18 continued to recover last week. Maya V. Schon, 66, was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg at about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18, after being shot in what the Holmes Beach Police Department described as an attempted murder-suicide. Her husband, […]

Islander Calendar – 09-28-2011

Saturday, Oct. 1 9 a.m. to noon — Keep Manatee Beautiful coastal cleanup at various Island locations: Kingfish Boat Ramp, Anna Maria City Hall, Coquina Beach and FISH Preserve. Information: 941-795-8272.   Monday, Oct. 3         6:30 p.m. — Children’s book illustrator Alexandra Lillis will speak to Artists’ Guild members at the Episcopal Church of […]

Island police blotter – 09-28-2011

Anna Maria
 • Sept. 18, 200 block of Chilson Avenue, grand theft. The MCSO investigated a complaint from a Plant City man who said fishing poles were stolen from a boat parked in a driveway. The total value of the poles was $1,000. • Sept. 19, beach near Elm Avenue, theft. The MCSO reported the […]

14-inch shark bite sends LBK man to trauma center

The group of friends who helped C.J. Wickersham survive a shark bite visit him in his Bayfront Medical Center hospital room. Pictured are, left to right, Katie Mattas, Kiera Dunn, Oceanna Beard, Connor Bystrom, Lee White and Max Gazzo. Islander Photo: Jeannie Bystrom