Holmes Beach mayor makes plea to save PO boxes

The Holmes Beach Post Office operates in the S&S Plaza at 5343 Gulf Drive. A renewal of a contract between the business owner and the U.S. Postal Services could put an end to some post office services there. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

Holmes Beach postal customers may have to find somewhere else to pick up their mail. Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson sent a letter to state and federal lawmakers March 19 urging them to help save P.O. box services at the …

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HB man arrested for heroin, blames girlfriend

A Holmes Beach man was arrested for possessing heroin. He apparently alerted police to paraphernalia after being stopped for driving a vehicle with an expired tag. Longboat Key Police Department arrested William Ariss Brown, 29, March 15 in the 5300 …

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Man ticketed in gallery crash arrested in burglary

The Guild Gallery window is boarded up after a motorist crashed into the storefront in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

The man ticketed for crashing an SUV through the Guild Gallery window in Holmes Beach was arrested March 10 on a warrant for a Bradenton burglary. Louis Knowles, 28, of Bradenton, was arrested after Manatee County Sheriff’s Office investigators traced …

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Holmes Beach man arrested for pawning tools

A Holmes Beach man — sentenced previously in two similar cases in the past two years — was arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for pawning tools belonging to LaPensee Plumbing & Pools. Matthew J. Burnett, 34, was arrested …

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Anna Maria man confesses to sexual batteries

A 19-year-old Anna Maria man faces six charges of sexual battery against a 15-year-old girl. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested James W. Gresham at 4:30 p.m. March 17 after he allegedly confessed to having sexual intercourse with the victim. Gresham …

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Bradenton man spins Mariah Carey yarn at arrest, gains notoriety

Beer in hand, TV on, loud music playing. A Bradenton man apparently broke in and made himself comfortably “at home,” but soon was arrested for burglary. He told police he owned the Holmes Beach home with singer-songwriter Mariah Carey. And …

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Cortez man arrested for DUI

Driving too slowly and erratically led to a Cortez man’s arrest for driving under the influence. William J. Jeter, 46, was driving 20 mph in a 45-mph zone just before his arrest at 10 p.m. March 8, according to the …

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Pennsylvania man arrested for speeding, DUI

A man allegedly speeding through Cortez was arrested for driving under the influence. Christopher Raymond, 48, of Webster, Pennsylvania, was arrested for driving under the influence and ticketed for speeding at about 1 a.m. March 10, according to the probable …

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Sexual battery arrest in Holmes Beach

A Holmes Beach man was arrested for a sexual battery. Lawrence Joseph Schwartz, 45, was arrested March 6 by the Holmes Beach Police Department after HBPD Detective Sgt. Brian Hall interviewed the suspect and the other party at their residence …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation encourages motorists to slow down and use caution when approaching work crews on or along roadsides, where exceeding the speed limit can double the fine. The DOT has issued the following alert: • SR 684/Cortez Road …

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