Category Archives: 12-14-2011

Ahoy, ho ho ho!

Santa talks with Gavin Strickland, 6, of Bradenton, and his sister Annah, 4, about their holiday wishes during the Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas party at Coquina Beach. The Anna Maria Island Privateers steer the Skullywag toward Coquina Beach during thei group’s annual Christmas parade. A turtle takes a ride on the Anna Maria Island […]

Rental boom causes Island concerns

Residents in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach recently have expressed concerns related to the growth of vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods. Some fear the Island, particularly Holmes Beach, is losing its identity and character to the construction and renovation of multi-unit and short-term rentals. Island real estate agents acknowledge certain problems, but attribute the growth […]

State: No charges in child abuse complaint

Prosecutors do not plan to proceed with charges against a Bradenton Beach woman arrested in mid-October for alleged child abuse. The Bradenton Beach Police Department arrested Laura Campanello, 44, Oct. 16 in the 1800 block of Gulf Drive North, on two complaints of felony child abuse. A police report stated that a relative visiting Bradenton […]

BB man bound for trial

A Bradenton Beach man accused of stabbing another man and escaping from police custody is set to go to trial the week of Jan. 17. The man, Jacob Gennell of Bradenton Beach, recently lost his petition to have the charges dismissed in the case. Bradenton Beach police arrested Gennell for allegedly stabbing a man Dec. […]

Panty case closed

Prosecutors, nearly a year into the case, have decided not to pursue a complaint against a Holmes Beach man accused of raiding a neighbor’s dresser for panties. The decision was announced in a notice of nolle prosequi filed Dec. 2 at the Manatee County Judicial Center by assistant state attorney Julie Binkley. Ernest Kendler was […]

Fisher sentenced to 30 days, plans appeal

A Holmes Beach man who fishes commercially out of Cortez was sentenced in a federal courtroom Dec. 8 to 30 days in jail. Fisher John Yates, 59, plans to appeal his conviction and sentence and alleges multiple mistakes and misstatements in the federal case against him. Yates was convicted in August on one charge of […]

Solution to HB, BB dispute offered at meet

City attorneys from Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach left a rare conflict resolution meeting Dec. 7 with a possible remedy to a dispute at the municipal border. But a resolution over Bradenton Beach’s quitclaim of 27th Street to the Sandpiper Resort near Holmes Beach’s border — a solution could involve returning a portion of the […]

Woman struck, killed by SUV in crosswalk

A 65-year-old Sarasota woman died Dec. 8 after being struck by an SUV while crossing Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. Antoinette Pruss was hit while in a crosswalk in the 900 block of Gulf Drive North near the Gulf Drive Cafe at about 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8, said Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby. Pruss […]

Cortez man arrested for sexual battery

A 46-year-old Cortez man was arrested Dec. 3 for alleged sexual battery by a custodial authority. Todd Andrew Noble also faces a felony charge of unlawful sex acts with a minor, felony promotion of child pornography, felony possession of child pornography and carnal intercourse. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report identified Noble as a retired […]

Abused, abandoned, pitiful puppy finds happy days

An Anna Maria resident stepped up to adopt the rescue of an 8-week-old pit bull mix found Nov. 30 nearly frozen, dehydrated, emaciated and hairless at the side of the road in Palmetto. Hal Badger of Anna Maria has adopted the abandoned puppy, according to Julie Royal of Royal Pet Rescue, a nonprofit rescue organization […]