Island police blotter – 01-22-2014

Anna Maria

• Jan. 6, 700 block of Jacaranda Road, information. A man confronted a driver of a bus parked in a residential area and an argument ensued. No physical contact was reported during the encounter.

• Jan. 14, 200 block of Oak Avenue, battery. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy made contact with a man, who said he had argued with his girlfriend. He said the woman drank a bottle of wine and wanted to leave. He stepped in her way to keep her from driving while intoxicated and she allegedly punched him in the face. The man attempted to put the 44-year-old woman in a bear hug to prevent her from hitting him, at which time she kicked him in the groin area. She broke several dishes and kicked his car on her way out. The deputy observed the damage and the redness to the victim’s face. He found the woman walking on Oak Avenue and arrested her.

Anna Maria is policed by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Bradenton Beach

      • Jan. 9, 500 block of Gulf Drive South, DUI. A Bradenton Beach Police Department officer observed a vehicle moving in excess of 65 mph in a 25-mph zone. According to the probable cause affidavit, the woman was driving erratically and pedestrians were nearby. The woman arrived to her residence and, according to the police report, attempted to avoid contact with the officer. The officer made contact with the suspect’s boyfriend and then the woman, Samantha Santaw, 23.

The male made several attempts to step in between the officer and his girlfriend. After several warnings to return inside his residence, he was arrested for misdemeanor resisting arrest.

An MCSO deputy was contacted to perform a DUI evaluation on Santaw. According to the report, Santaw admitted to drinking five beers. The deputy reported that Santaw’s speech was slurred. She allegedly became belligerent and combative during the evaluation. At some point, Santaw was pepper-sprayed and subdued. Due to her actions, a field sobriety test  not conducted, but she allegedly failed two Breathalyzer exams while being booked into the Manatee County jail on reckless driving and DUI charges.

• Jan. 12, 200 block of Bay Drive South, battery. A 41-year-old woman living on a boat in Sarasota Bay near the Historic Bridge Street Pier faces a misdemeanor battery charge. According to the report, a BBPD officer could hear the woman screaming for more than 10 minutes while he was involved with a boat fire on the bay. The woman arrived to the dock and began arguing with a man, at which time she pushed him into the bay. The woman was arrested for battery and booked into the Manatee County jail.

• Jan. 12, 100 block of Gulf Drive, trespass after warning. Police observed and arrested a man loitering in an area where he had been previously trespassed.

      Bradenton Beach is policed by the Bradenton Beach Police Department.


• Jan. 12, 10300 block of Cortez Road West, domestic disturbance. Police were called to a disturbance where they made contact with parents who were arguing with their daughter about her alcohol use. No physical contact was reported.

      Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• Jan. 10, 3000 Harbourside Drive, Longboat Key Club golf club, grand theft. The manager of the business reported a stolen golf cart, but a global positioning service device tracked the cart to a Holmes Beach address. A Longboat Key Police Department officer made contact with Brandon Kern, 21, who works at the golf club as a caddy. Kern agreed to talk to the police. When the officer arrived to Kern’s Holmes Beach residence, Kern denied having the cart, but allegedly admitted to taking the GPS device. The cart was later located at the golf course, but the manager wanted to press charges on the theft of the GPS unit, valued at $500, a felony grand theft charge. Kern was booked into the Manatee County jail on $1,500 bond.

• Jan. 14, 5600 block of Flotilla Drive, drug paraphernalia. A 33-year-old Holmes Beach woman was stopped by a HBPD officer for rolling through a stop sign. After receiving consent to search the vehicle, the officer found a pipe near the center console. The pipe residue field-tested positive for marijuana and she was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

      Holmes Beach is policed by the Holmes Beach Police Department.

            Streetlife is based on incident reports from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

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