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BOLO: Surfer hunts board stolen in Bradenton Beach

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Contact Bradenton Beach police at 941-778-6311 if you spot the stolen surfboard pictured here. Islander Photo: Courtesy West Coast Surf Shop

A local man took to social media to seek the return of a surfboard he left on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.

The surfboard went missing Dec. 5.

Luke Norris posted a photo of the surfboard on his Facebook page with the following message: “I set this down for 5 minutes up Bridge Street, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, and it got stolen. It’s a Roberts surfboard, 5 foot 9 inches, with my name on it. Anyone sees it around let me know.”

West Coast Surf Shop owner Jim Brady shared Norris’ post on the store’s Facebook page.

“We haven’t heard that it’s been recovered yet,” Brady said Dec. 9. “We’ve never sold Roberts Surfboards, but I would say this one was worth in the $600-$650 range.  That’s what our other high-performance boards go for.”

Bradenton Beach police are on the case of the missing surfboard.

“We’re working on this right now BBPD Sgt. Lenard Diaz told The Islander.

— Leslie Lake

 

HBPD, EMS respond to near-drowning in Holmes Beach

An 80-year-old woman was rushed to Blake Medical Center Nov. 29 after a near-drowning in Holmes Beach.

The woman, described by Holmes Beach police as a “European visitor,” was not identified.

At around 3:15 p.m., the Holmes Beach Police Department and West Manatee Fire Rescue were dispatched to the beach in the area of White Avenue in response to a call.

The caller described a woman in a blue swim top and sweatpants, who was out of the water and not completely alert.

“A call came in about a near-drowning. Rescue 138 was the first on scene followed by Alpha 4,” said WMFR Administrative Battalion Chief Jay Johnson. “The patient was not breathing initially …” Johnson said, and he indicated she began struggling to breathe.

Johnson said Firefighter Cameron Frasier determined the woman had fluid in her airways and she went into cardiac arrest as her airway was cleared.

“She was transported by ambulance to Blake” in Bradenton, Johnson said, where she was admitted to the intensive care unit. She regained circulation during transport.

As of Dec. 5, there was no information available on the woman or her condition.

Bradenton man charged with attempted murder

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David Nichols, 56, of Bradenton

One local man was fighting for his life and another was charged with attempted murder following a verbal altercation that turned violent the night of Nov. 18.

David Nichols, 56, of Bradenton, was taken into custody shortly after police said he hit and dragged a 61-year-old man underneath his vehicle for nearly a block.

The injured man, Fred Gilliland, known in Cortez as “Fat Freddy,” told police he arrived around 8 p.m. at a friend’s residence in the 4500 block of 101st Street West near Cortez to pick up some furniture.

A verbal dispute ensued outside the residence between Gilliland and Nichols. As Gilliland left on foot, walking southbound on 101st Street West, police said Nichols struck him with his vehicle.

According to police, Nichols then drove westbound on 46th Avenue West, dragging Gilliland under his vehicle before fleeing the scene.

A nearby resident heard the man’s calls for help and called 911.

Police reported that Gilliland sustained severe life-threatening injuries, including several open fractures and significant head trauma. He was transported to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, where his condition remained critical as of Nov. 25.

Manatee County sheriff’s deputies located Nichols and his vehicle at a nearby mobile home park and he was taken into custody.

James “Wyre” Lee, owner of Cortez Bait and Seafood in Cortez, a 40-year friend and employer of Gilliland, described him as a “unique character” — a “well-known fixture” in the Cortez community — and a good employee.

“He’s a good guy, he would give you the shirt off his back if he had one,” Lee said. “A lot of people are going up to the hospital to see him, sometimes 20 people at a time.”

Lee speculated that the dispute may have involved a “woman and plenty of alcohol.”

He described the severity of Gilliland’s injuries as traumatic.

”He had road rash like you wouldn’t believe. He lost an arm and is about to go into surgery to try to save the other one,” Lee said Nov. 21. “Let’s just hope he lives.”

Gilliland remained in ICU at Blake Nov. 25.

Nichols was being held Nov. 25 at the Manatee County jail on $500,000 bond.

His arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Eyes on the road – 11-13-2019

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following for the week of Nov. 11:

• Bay Drive South in Bradenton Beach: Manatee County’s AMI Pipeline Replacement project involves work on Bay Drive South continuing north to Bridge Street, shifting to Church Avenue and continuing on Church to Cortez Road. Construction is expected to conclude in December.

• Longboat Pass Bridge: Repairs on the Longboat Pass Bridge on Gulf Drive between Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key continue. Overnight work requires decreasing lane sizes, flagging operations and occasional lane closures.

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

To view traffic conditions, go online to smarttrafficinfo.org.

Bradenton man in drug court for pot possession

Drug court lies between a postponed sentence and freedom from prosecution for a Bradenton man.

The sentencing of Justin Gargett, 24, for possessing marijuana in Holmes Beach was deferred July 18 by 12th Circuit Judge Janette Dunnigan after Gargett pleaded no contest and agreed to enter an intervention contract. Dunnigan, who retired in 2017, was substituting in Judge Gilbert Smith Jr.’s courtroom.

The drug court contract required Gargett’s plea and that he abstain from alcohol or drugs — including medical marijuana — undergo treatment, attend court dates, pay court fees and costs and report monthly to a probation officer.

Gargett was arrested in May after a Holmes Beach police officer found 35 grams of marijuana in his vehicle. HBPD pulled over Gargett’s vehicle for nearly hitting an officer on Manatee Avenue.

Gargett also was ticketed for violating the move-over law but that case closed when the citation was consolidated into the drug case.

According to the contract, the state will dismiss Gargett’s case if he completes the drug court program. If he fails to complete the program, a judge may sentence him.

Possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

As of Oct. 29, Gargett attended August, September and October court dates and paid $1,080 of $1,768 in court-ordered fines and assessments.

Eyes on the road – 11-06-2019

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following for the week of Nov. 4:

• Bay Drive South in Bradenton Beach: Manatee County’s AMI Pipeline Replacement project involves work on Bay Drive South continuing north to Bridge Street, shifting to Church Avenue and continuing on Church to Cortez Road. Construction is expected to conclude in December.

• Longboat Pass Bridge: Repairs on the Longboat Pass Bridge on Gulf Drive between Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key continue. Overnight work requires decreasing lane sizes, flagging operations and occasional lane closures.

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

To view traffic conditions, go online to smarttrafficinfo.org.

Man gets probation for battery, fleeing MCSO

A man who fled from a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy in Holmes Beach after striking his girlfriend was sentenced to a year of probation.

Michael A. Lawless pleaded no contest Oct. 10 to domestic battery, fleeing and eluding law enforcement, reckless driving and driving without a valid license in March on Marina Drive.

The charges stem from witness reports to MCSO about a driver hitting a female passenger in a green Honda Civic. A deputy attempted to stop Lawless in the 6000 block of Marina Drive, but he sped away. Seven blocks south, he was apprehended and arrested.

Judge Peter Dubensky found Lawless guilty on all counts and sentenced him to 12 months probation, as well as a drug evaluation and treatment, as needed, and credit for time served. The judge also suspended Lawless’ license for a year and assessed $1,278 in court costs and fines.

State drops DUI case

The 12th Circuit State Attorney Office dropped a charge of driving under the influence against a Bradenton man after determining Holmes Beach police lacked probable cause for the arrest.

Thomas J. Clark, 25, was arrested in January after an officer followed him driving from place to place in Holmes Beach after midnight. The officer stopped the motorist for making what the HBPD report described as “an illegal U-turn.”

In declining to prosecute, the state concluded in a July memo that the officer’s observations would not be admissible at trial to prove the charge.

Darlene Ragoonanan, chief of the state attorney’s misdemeanor division, said Oct. 21 that the investigation determined Clark’s U-turn was not illegal.

Streetlife – 10-30-2019

Anna Maria

No reports.

Anna Maria is policed by MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

Sept. 1-Oct. 17, 200 Bridge St. anchorage, derelict vessel. Bradenton Beach police cited a Sarasota man for abandoning a 24-foot sailboat with a damaged mast, inoperable outboard motor and missing rudder.

Sept. 30-Oct. 17, 200 Bridge St. anchorage, derelict vessel. BBPD tagged an abandoned 33-foot sailboat with no mast, sails or engine.

Sept. 17-Oct. 17, 200 Bridge St. anchorage, derelict vessel. A 33-foot 1982 sailboat without a steering mechanism was ticketed as an unseaworthy vessel.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the Bradenton Beach Police Department.

Cortez

No reports.

Cortez is policed by MCSO.

Holmes Beach

Oct. 12, 5600 block of Guava Street, domestic. A 25-year-old man was arrested after grabbing his girlfriend by the throat, making it difficult for her to breathe, and attempting to prevent her from leaving. She broke away and ran to the police station. The boyfriend followed her. The couple had argued about the man going back out to drink at the bars. The man was arrested and transported to the Manatee County jail.

Oct. 13, 5800 block of Gulf Drive, suspicious circumstances. Condo owners moved furniture to a corner of a room and vacated the premises for construction work. Their contractor arrived and reported the furniture had been repositioned. When the owners returned, they found coffee stains on a dresser, a hanger out of place and the password to an online account had been changed.

Oct. 13, 4900 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A man reported gold and silver coins and a gold wedding band valued at $290 stolen from his apartment. The officer checked a pawn database, found the items and referred the report to HBPD’s detective.

Oct. 15, 800 block of Manatee Avenue, marijuana. Conducting a traffic stop for an expired tag, Holmes Beach police officers observed vape pens and cannabis packaging in the front seat. The officers conducted a vehicle search and also found 11 grams of marijuana, TCH oil and a pipe. The driver told police he had smoked marijuana earlier. He was arrested for possessing the drugs and paraphernalia and transported to jail.

Oct. 18, 100 block of 35th Street, marijuana. A Holmes Beach police officer approached a vehicle parked in the dark near the beach access and noticed the odor of cannabis. A 28-year-old man and 20-year-old woman were issued violations for possessing less than 20 grams of the drug.

Oct. 20, 100 block of 52nd Street, construction violation. HBPD responded to a report of unfiltered water being pumped from the ground during pool construction. An officer observed water running out of the construction site without proper filtration and took photographs. The matter was referred to code enforcement.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and the MCSO.

Angler reels in county’s top ag award

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Capt. Scott Moore aboard his fishing boat. Islander Courtesy Photo

Capt. Scott Moore has been fishing and running the waters around Anna Maria Island for more than half a century.

He farms the Gulf of Mexico.

On Oct. 17, the Manatee County Agriculture Hall of Fame announced Moore is the 2019 hall of fame inductee.

“My ranching friends are telling me I have to come out and pick tomatoes or brand a bull,” Moore told The Islander Oct. 18 in response to the award.

“But seriously, it’s quite a big deal. I’m so glad that they recognized the fishing community and how important it is to our area, tourism and our lives,” Moore said.

A news release from the hall of fame said of the excellent nominations from the community: “The most impressive was someone who doesn’t own a big green tractor or cows or a thousand acres of land to cultivate. Scott Moore owns a charter boat!”

Moore is being honored for his lifetime of dedication and commitment as a skilled captain, an ocean steward, conservationist and educator, the release said.

Moore serves on several fishery committees, both locally and nationally, and has demonstrated how partnerships between scientists and fishers can protect and restore marine ecosystems, the release stated.

Moore moved in 1952 to Bradenton from Cape Cod with his family.

They owned charter and whale-watching boats at the cape, and continued with charters in their new Florida home.

In 1979, Moore moved to Holmes Beach, where he lives today. Following in his father’s fishing lifestyle, son Justin also became a captain. Both run charters for hire. One might say they’re sons of the sons of sailors.

“My wife and my kids put a lot of information together for the nomination,” Moore said. “And a lot of people who have fished with me over the years also wrote letters. It’s phenomenal.”

Moore will be inducted into the hall of fame during a Nov. 21 luncheon at the Palmetto Women’s Club, 910 Sixth St. W., Palmetto.

The Manatee County Agricultural Museum and the Palmetto Historical Commission will host the luncheon.

There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required. Call Jordan Chancey at 941-545-8816 or email palmettofcw@yahoo.com to make a reservation.