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Island police ‘honored,’ called to serve at Biden-Harris inauguration

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Bradenton Beach officers — Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz and Officer John Tsakiri — are sworn Jan. 19, 2017, as federal marshals to serve in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural parade. The officers were stationed Jan. 20, 2017, on the parade route at Pennsylvania Avenue near the Presidential Reviewing Stand.
With thousands of officers from around the country, Holmes Beach police Officers Tom Fraser and Mike Walker, Sgt. Vern McGowin and Officer Joel Pierce are deputized Jan. 19, 2017, by the U.S. Marshall’s Service, before serving at the Jan. 20, 2017, inaugural parade for Donald Trump. Islander File Photos

After the insurrection at the Capitol Building Jan. 6, tensions surrounding Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration are high.

So is the need for tight and skilled security on Inauguration Day, which is Jan. 20.

Law enforcement in Washington, D.C., will have a handful of Anna Maria Island’s finest to help.

Six island officers were headed to the nation’s capital this week to help the U.S. Secret Service, the federal coordinator for security at the inauguration.

Officers Roy Joslin and Devon Straight are the Bradenton Beach Police Department’s choices to attend, according to BBPD Chief Sam Speciale.

Sgt. Mike Walker and Officers Christine LaBranche, Lee Diehl and Adam DeSantis from the Holmes Beach Police Department also are to attend the inauguration, according to HBPD Chief Bill Tokajer.

Tokajer told The Islander Jan. 13 that he is excited for his officers to participate.

“It is an honor,” Tokajer said. “It’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the officers. …Just being able to participate in something like an inauguration is an honor.”

“The fact that we can help out from our small little part of the world is something we’re very happy with,” he added.

“It’s definitely an honor,” Joslin said about being selected as one of BBPD’s attending officers. “I was very surprised and excited when I was asked. And it’s definitely a privilege.”

However, Joslin expressed “mixed feelings” about serving as security amid the political turmoil that led to the insurrection Jan. 6 and the loss of life, including the deaths of two U.S. Capitol Police.

“Obviously, I’m happy to be there but, then again, I don’t want something major to go down,” Joslin said. “If something happens to me and Officer Straight … with only 10 full-time officers in Bradenton Beach, if two of us go down, that’s not going to look too good — but I don’t think that’ll ever happen. Hopefully.”

Joslin said he and Straight would leave for the capital Jan. 18 and, later that day, be sworn into service for the inauguration.

He said they would learn Jan. 19 more about their roles and where they would be stationed for the inauguration.

“It’s going to be more detailed when we get there,” Joslin said. “But I believe we’re going to have to be out there by around 3 a.m. …And I think it gets over with somewhere close to midnight.”

“It’ll be very busy, with no sleep,” he continued. “But I’m just happy to go up there and be used as whatever I need to be used as to make sure everything’s secure.”

Tokajer said plans for the officers to attend were in the works for 6-8 months and the violence Jan. 6 didn’t change any minds about going.

“This is a time when they need more officers who are well-trained and know the right thing to do,” Tokajer said. “It would be wrong of us — when we know that they need more people than they presently have — to say ‘no.’”

“The event that happened this last week, although horrific, does not sway us from us going and assisting another law enforcement agency and making sure everything is safe,” he continued.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office substation in Anna Maria did not respond to calls Jan. 14 and Jan. 15 from The Islander.

Eyes on the road 01-20-2021

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following:

  • Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: Work to realign the intersection of 119th Street West at Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Phase 2, which will continue into February, involves a new traffic pattern and shifting construction near the village.

For the latest road watch information, go online to fl511.com and swflroads.com or dial 511.

And, a reminder, a fare-free trolley operates daily on Anna Maria Island.

— Lisa Neff

Red tide bloom in Southwest Florida

A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida.

  1. brevis was observed at background to high concentrations in and offshore of Lee County and medium to high concentrations in Collier County.

Fish kills suspected to be related to red tide were reported in Lee and Collier counties.

Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in Lee and and Collier counties.

For more information, go online to myfwc.com/research/redtide.

Streetlife - 01-20-2021

Anna Maria

Jan. 7, 11100 block of Gulf Drive, noise. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint about loud noise. However, the deputy who responded reported heavy showers and no noise but rainfall could be heard.

Jan. 7, 700 block of Jacaranda Road, suspicious activity. The MCSO dispatched a deputy about a possible burglary in progress but found instead that a landscaping crew was working in the area.

      The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office polices Anna Maria.

Bradenton Beach

Jan. 6, 100 block of Bridge Street, recovered property. A manager called the Bradenton Beach Police Department to report finding a silver ring. A BBPD officer collected the jewelry.

BBPD polices Bradenton Beach.

Cortez

Nothing to report.

MCSO polices Cortez.

Holmes Beach

Jan. 5, 8000 block of Marina Isles Lane, theft. A Holmes Beach police officer was dispatched to the theft of exercise equipment. Surveillance video is under review.

Jan. 5, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, domestic disturbance. A person reported a domestic disturbance. No charges were filed.

Jan. 7, 6800 block of Holmes Boulevard, burglary. A person reported tools missing from a garage.

Jan. 10, 5800 block of Gulf Drive, information. A person reported cash was stolen from a purse at a vacation rental.

Jan. 12, 3400 block of East Bay Drive, warrant. An officer on patrol was alerted to a person sleeping in a car. Upon waking the individual, the officer determined the person had a warrant for arrest in Manatee County. When searching the vehicle, the officer found a bag with drug residue and syringes. The person was arrested and transported to the county jail.

Jan. 12, Walgreens, 3200 E. Bay Drive, trespass. The store manager called to report a possible theft. The suspect had removed items from the shelves and placed them into a bag, but had replaced the items when an officer checked the bag. The person was issued a trespass warning.

HBPD polices Holmes Beach.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

Eyes on the road 01-13-2021

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following:

  • Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: Work to realign the intersection of 119th Street West at Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Phase 2, which will continue into February, involves a new traffic pattern and shifting construction sites near the village.

For the latest road watch information, go online to fl511.com and swflroads.com or dial 511.

And, a reminder, a fare-free trolley operates daily on Anna Maria Island.

— Lisa Neff

Streetlife - 01-13-2021

Anna Maria

Jan. 3, 200 block of Elm Avenue, noise. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about loud music. The deputy who investigated did not hear loud music but noted hearing casual conversation that did not merit a citation.

Jan. 3, 400 block of Pine Avenue, animal issue. The MCSO responded to a report that a dog was locked in a parked vehicle. A locksmith was called to open the vehicle door.

Jan. 5, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, animal issue. The MCSO responded to a complaint of a woman walking a dog on the beach. She was notified of the ordinance against animals on the beach.

The MCSO polices Anna Maria.

Bradenton Beach

Dec. 31, 600 block of Gulf Drive North, stolen vehicle. A person called the Bradenton Beach Police Department to report a truck stolen, along with a wallet and keys in the center console. A BBPD officer found broken glass at the scene and spoke to a witness who saw a man leaving with the truck. The officer entered the vehicle number into databases as stolen.

BBPD polices Bradenton Beach.

Cortez

Dec. 30, 12000 block of Cortez Road West, larceny. A person went to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to report three bicycles were stolen from outside their RV. They were visiting from out of state.

MCSO polices Cortez.

Holmes Beach

Dec. 30, 2020, The Doctor’s Office, 5312B Holmes Blvd., trespass. A patron became verbally aggressive with staff and a manager called the Holmes Beach Police Department to have the individual trespassed.

Dec. 31, 2020, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, information. A person observed a broken window at a neighboring apartment and notified the HBPD to check the property.

Dec. 31, 2020, 6000 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A person reported an unlocked bicycle stolen from a condominium parking garage.

Dec. 31, 2020, 100 block of 30th Street, intoxicated person. An officer responded to a call about an intoxicated person. Upon arrival, the officer determined the person was incapable of using the phone and called a friend to provide a ride home.

Dec. 31, 2020, 5800 block of Gulf Drive, theft. While on patrol, an officer was contacted by a person who said items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle, including a wallet, passports and $1,000 in gift cards. The HBPD was investigating.

Dec. 31, 2020, D.Coy Ducks Bar and Grille, 5410 Marina Drive, fight. An officer was dispatched to a call about a fight. The officer determined half of those involved had left on a party bus. Officers located the party bus and interviewed witnesses who said several people crashed through a window at a business near the bar, but all refused medical treatment. The owner of the building stated the cost to repair the window would be about $12,000 and an investigation was ongoing.

Jan. 2, 100 block of 46th Street, camping. While patrolling a beach access, an officer observed two people sleeping on the beach with a half-empty bottle of alcohol. Both were trespassed from the area and cited for camping.

Jan. 3, 3700 block of Gulf Drive, larceny. Someone complained that a person was camping in a lawn chair in the backyard. Then the chair went missing and was reported stolen.

Jan. 4, 7300 Gulf Drive, vehicle on beach. A person was cited for driving a golf cart on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico.

Jan. 4, 500 block of 69th Street, information. A person reported what appeared to be pry marks on a sliding-glass door. No further action was taken.

Jan. 5, Kingfish Boat Ramp, 752 Manatee Ave., warrant. A patrol officer observed two people sleeping in a vehicle. One of the occupants of the vehicle had a warrant out of Jacksonville and was arrested and transported to the Manatee County jail.

      HBPD polices Holmes Beach.

            Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

Eyes on the road 01-06-2021

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following:

  • Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: Work to realign the intersection of 119th Street West at Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Phase 2, which will continue into February 2021, involves a new traffic pattern and shifting construction.

For the latest road watch information, go online to fl511.com and swflroads.com or dial 511.

Reminder, a fare-free trolley runs daily on AMI.

— Lisa Neff

Streetlife - 01-06-2021

Anna Maria

Dec. 25, 700 block of Jacaranda Road, noise. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about loud noise but the deputy did not report hearing any noise upon arrival.

Dec. 27, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, found. The MCSO took a report about found property.

Dec. 28, 600 block of South Bay Boulevard, noise. MCSO dispatched a deputy to a noise complaint.

Dec. 28, 400 block of Poinsettia Road, noise. A complaint regarding “loud kids in the pool” was filed with the MCSO. A deputy issued a citation for an ordinance violation.

Dec. 29, 700 block of Holly Road, noise. A noise complaint was filed with the MCSO.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office polices Anna Maria.

Bradenton Beach

Dec. 29, 2300 block of Gulf Drive N., larceny. A caller to the Bradenton Beach Police Department reported that a bicycle was stolen overnight from a vehicle-mounted bicycle rack.

Dec. 29, Bridgeport condominiums, 501 Gulf Drive N., larceny. A person called the BBPD to report that two bicycles were stolen overnight from a public rack. The cable securing the bikes was severed.

BBPD polices Bradenton Beach.

Cortez

No new reports.

MCSO polices Cortez.

Holmes Beach

Dec. 22, 5800 block of Gulf Drive, theft. Two bicycles were reported stolen from a condominium parking garage.

Dec. 22, 100 block of 38th Street, warrant. A person contacted the Holmes Beach Police Department because they saw someone who allegedly had an outstanding warrant in Bradenton Beach. The warrant was confirmed and an individual was arrested and transported to the Manatee County jail.

Dec. 26, Publix, 3909 E. Bay Drive, trespass. Store management contacted the HBPD about a disturbance. Upon arriving at the store, the officer found a person hiding in the bushes and trespassed the individual, who returned to be arrested and take to the county jail.

HBPD polices Holmes Beach.

      Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

 

Eyes on the road 12-30-2020

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following:

  • Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: Work to realign the intersection of 119th Street West at Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Phase 2, which will continue into February 2021, involves a new traffic pattern and shifting construction near the village.

For the latest road watch information, go online to fl511.com and swflroads.com or dial 511.

And, a reminder, a fare-free trolley operates daily on Anna Maria Island.

— Lisa Neff