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MCSO arrests woman for Anna Maria gold theft

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Amanda Miller, 39

A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy arrested a former Anna Maria woman for dealing in gold and silver coins allegedly stolen from her landlord.

Amanda Miller, 39, was arrested July 12 on a warrant for two counts of dealing in stolen property.

The felony counts are punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $10,000.

Laurie Higgins reported a theft June 7 of gold coins valued at more than $100,000 from her home on Magnolia Avenue. She said she noticed the coins were missing April 22 but was gathering documents before filing a report.

According to Higgins’ post, Miller, who also is known as Amanda Culpepper, rented an apartment at her home and failed to pay rent, telling Higgins she was broke and widowed.

Higgins told her Facebook followers that she waited for months while investigators built a case against Miller, a former tenant. Higgins said Miller filed restraining orders against her, attempting to keep her from her home.

Higgins also reported a theft and intruders at her home in January, saying she saw six males run out her back door and down the stairs as she was returning home with Miller.

Higgins reported $50 stolen, adding Jan. 10 that she was still taking inventory.

Roadwatch – 07-17-2019

Defendants, left, and plaintiffs, right, are seated July 15 for a civil trial in a lawsuit filed in August 2017 by Bradenton Beach ex-Mayor Jack Clarke and the city, alleging Sunshine Law violations by former board members John Metz, Reed Mapes, Patty Shay, Bill Vincent, Tjet Martin and Rose Vincent. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

A flagger manages early morning traffic July 9 on Gulf Drive/State Road 789 in Bradenton Beach as Florida Department of Transportation repair work continues on the Longboat Pass Bridge. Overnight repairs conclude into August. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following for the week of July 15:

Longboat Pass Bridge: Major repairs on the Longboat Pass Bridge on Gulf Drive between Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key take place through the summer.

Overnight work requires decreasing lane sizes, flagging operations and occasional lane closures. Work is to end in August.

State Road 684/Cortez Road: Crews are installing new lighting at various locations along State Road 684/Cortez Road from Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach to Ninth Street West in Bradenton. Expect nighttime/overnight lane closures. PowerCore Inc. is the contractor.

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 pleads no contest to DUI after test challenge

A Bradenton man pleaded no contest to driving under the influence in Holmes Beach after he petitioned the court to exclude evidence from a roadside sobriety test.

Fortunato Salvietti, 54, pleaded April 26 to an elevated DUI charge and Judge Mark Singer sentenced him to 12 months on probation. With his no-contest plea, Salvietti abandoned a motion to exclude evidence gathered by Holmes Beach police during a roadside sobriety test.

HBPD stopped Salvietti for a traffic violation in March in the 4100 block of Gulf Drive, where an officer observed signs of impairment. Salvietti provided breath samples measuring 0.178 and 0.175 blood-alcohol.

The blood-alcohol limit for drivers is 0.08. Cases involving repeat offenders and levels exceeding 0.15 BAC call for stiffer penalties.

With Salvietti’s probation, the judge ordered a 120-day house arrest, a 30-day treatment program, an advanced DUI school, a victim-impact panel, 100 hours of public service and an alcohol-detection ignition device in his vehicle for two years.

The judge also suspended his driver’s license for one year, with an exception for a business trip to New York in May.

The judge assessed Salvietti $2,631 in fines and costs. As of July 9, he paid $805.

Bradenton Beach man arrested for Flamingo Cay burglary

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Kyle Dale, 32

A man sent to state prison in 2012 for multiple burglaries was arrested July 8 in Flamingo Cay — a community located between Perico Island and the mainland — for similar crimes.

Kyle Dale, 32, of Bradenton Beach, was arrested by Manatee County sheriff’s deputies for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and conveyances, motor vehicle theft and possessing identification belonging to another person without consent.

Dale allegedly confessed to MCSO investigators, saying he knew the homeowner, who also owned the boat on the canal behind the house.

MCSO deputies were called to the scene at about 1 p.m. after one of the victims and a witness detained Dale at the victim’s home in the 10400 block of Spoonbill Road West.

Dale told deputies he entered a private dwelling, vessel and vehicle midday July 6 and stole multiple items, including personal paperwork, passports, nautical charts, infrared guns, flares, boat manuals, books and men’s clothing. He took some of the stolen items to his home in Bradenton Beach, according to the MCSO report.

The report also states Dale stayed at the residence and drove the homeowner’s vehicles for two days without permission.

Dale was transported to the Manatee County jail, where he was released after posting $13,500 bond.

In four combined 2011 cases, Dale was sentenced to 59.175 months in prison after convictions for possessing drugs, dealing in stolen property and burglaries from vehicles in the 200 block of 17th Street North of Bradenton Beach and the 5400 block of Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.

Dale was released from prison in November 2015, according to online records.

His arraignment for the July arrest is set for 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, in the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Streetlife – 07-17-2019

Anna Maria

June 20, 200 Fir Ave. and the beach, abandoned property. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy found a makeshift swimming hole, umbrella and other items left overnight on the beach and filled the hole with sand. The items, including the umbrella and a bag of garbage, were taken into MCSO storage.

The MCSO polices Anna Maria.

Bradenton Beach

July 3, 941 Deli, 119 Bridge St., criminal mischief. A deli manager reported a man, who was delivering coupons for a company, hit his head on a concrete staircase and left. He returned with a can of orange spray paint and painted the staircase where he hit his head. The manager estimated $500 in damages to the building, called the coupon company and reported the incident.

July 3, Sports Lounge, 118 Bridge St., bar fight. Witnesses reported a fight erupted among a number of people. Pool sticks were involved. At least one person was transported to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for a hand injury. Police unsuccessfully searched the vicinity for an alleged female assailant and two males.

July 4, Circle K, 103 Gulf Drive S., Marchman Act. Bradenton Beach police took a 42-year-old Kentucky man to a medical facility after officers determined he was inebriated and unable to care for himself.

July 4, Coquina Park, 2000 Gulf Drive S., vehicle burglary. A pocket knife and prescription sunglasses valued at $430 were stolen after the owner left them in an unlocked vehicle.

July 5, Sports Lounge, 118 Bridge St., disorderly intoxication. An intoxicated 59-year-old man was observed picking fights with passersby on the sidewalk outside the bar. He was arrested and transported to the station and the Manatee County jail.

The BBPD polices Bradenton Beach.


June 12, 3600 block of 115th Street Court West, information. A man in a golf cart threatened a woman who was walking a dog, saying he would shoot the dog if she walked it down the street again. He then aimed and drove his golf cart at the dog and dog walker, veering before colliding with them.

The MCSO polices Cortez.

Holmes Beach

June 27, 300 block of 61st Street, suspicious incident. An owner signed up for the Holmes Beach police department’s house check program after finding a broken window, items ransacked and other evidence of unauthorized people staying in the unit.

June 27, Manatee Public Beach, resisting arrest/disorderly conduct. A Manatee County lifeguard attempted to diffuse an argument involving a 35-year-old Brandon man who knocked a cup out of the hands of another beachgoer. The man swore at the lifeguard, who requested police assistance to trespass the man. A struggle ensued with police and the man pulled away while being handcuffed, causing officers to fall to the ground. An officer used a taser on the man, who was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton for a medical check due to the taser deployment and then to the jail.

June 28, 2800 block of Gulf Drive, information. A property manager called police about an unauthorized person living in a rental unit and a suspicious man seen leaving a bicycle in the dunes outside the house. A door was found open. No forced entry was found.

June 29, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, theft. Two beachgoers went into the Gulf and left a bag containing their belongings in the sand near upland vegetation. About an hour later, they returned to find the bag had been dumped and two iPhones and a wallet containing a driver’s license and Social Security card were missing.

July 1, 400 block of 62nd Street, theft. A 10-foot metal chain cordoning off an owner’s driveway was stolen between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The chain was valued at $30.

July 1, 4400 block of Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary. An unknown person entered an unlocked vehicle and stole $85 and the key to a pickup truck.

July 3, Island Bazaar, 3304 E. Bay Drive, counterfeit money. A man returned a fake $10 bill, advising a clerk he had received the bill in change. Police seized the bill and placed it in evidence.

July 4, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, marijuana ordinance. Police pulled over an SUV driver for speeding and noted the odor of marijuana. The driver told an officer the drug belonged to a passenger. The passenger was ticketed for possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana after admitting got scared and threw his drugs under the SUV.

The HBPD polices Holmes Beach.

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

Bradenton Beach man pleads no contest to DUI

A Bradenton Beach man arrested for driving impaired pleaded no contest April 1 and was sentenced to 12 months of probation.

Twelfth Circuit Judge Mark Singer found Robert A. Simpson, 51, guilty and ordered the probation, including a counterattack program, victim impact panel and medical evaluation and, if necessary, treatment.

The judge also ordered Simpson’s vehicle impounded for 10 days and driver’s license suspended for six months with a business purposes exception.

A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy arrested Simpson for driving under the influence following a road sobriety test after police determined he caused a two-vehicle crash Jan. 2 in the 2200 block of Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.

Simpson exhibited signs of impairment but breath tests measured no blood-alcohol content. Florida law prohibits driving under the influence of drugs, not detected in the breath test, as well as drivers with blood-alcohol content exceeding 0.08 percent.

Simpson was assessed court costs and fines of $1,971, of which he paid $696 as of July 2.

Illegal fireworks fly, 
cops curb a few

“We interrupted their show, so to speak.”

Sgt. Mike Jones, who heads the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Anna Maria substation, said the July 4 holiday, including the parade, festival and fireworks “went exceptionally well,” but for one incident on the beach.

Revelers without a permit “brought attention” to themselves at Coconut and Gulf Drive on the beach, Jones said, where MCSO deputies caught them shooting illegal fireworks in the dunes and ordered them to stop. They did and there was no seizure, he added.

Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer also reported enforcement of illegal fireworks.

He said police were alerted by a complaint and observed a group of celebrants launching fireworks too close to children. He said officers confiscated 12-13 boxes of fireworks.

“We had a large crowd and everybody behaved,” Tokajer said, adding medical calls for heat exposure became a primary concern on the holiday as the heat index was predicted to reach 112 degrees.

Illegal fireworks were launched up and down the beach in Bradenton Beach, but no one complained.

BBPD enforces the fireworks laws, according to Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz, only if calls about the pyrotechnic displays are dispatched to the officers.

Diaz also said two kayakers were brought to safety by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescue boat. Their kayak capsized near the Longboat Pass Bridge and the men floated near the bridge pylons until FWC arrived, he added.

BBPD, HBPD and MCSO reported thousands of visitors and no arrests July 4.

West Manatee Fire Rescue inspector Rodney Kwiatkowski said there were “a few hiccups,” which delayed the start of the permitted fireworks display on the beach at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.

He said a number of boats encroached on the setback required for the display — “coming too close to shore for our comfort.”

A security line keeps people a distance of 420-feet from the fireworks, Kwiatkowski said, adding the “sheriff got on its bullhorn” and instructed the boats to motor farther from shore.

They did. And the show went on.

“It was safe,” Kwiatkowski said, adding, “Was it long enough? You be the judge.”

The Sandbar pyrotechnic display on the Fourth was abbreviated — a mistake by the fireworks company — but the company and Sandbar management arranged a bigger show for July 5 and WMFR, MCSO and the city permitted the followup show.

HBPD arrests speeder for DUI

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Erika Chetlain, 31

Authorities say a driver in a black Volkswagen spun out of a Holmes Beach bar, sped south on Gulf Drive and nearly struck another vehicle head-on in Bradenton Beach.

The driver, Erika Chetlain, 31, of Bradenton, was arrested at 11:52 p.m. June 19 for driving under the influence of alcohol and refusing to submit to a blood-alcohol test.

According to an HBPD report, Officer Alan DeSantis observed the Volkswagen fishtail from the parking lot of the Anchor Inn, 3007 Gulf Drive, and followed the vehicle. He clocked the vehicle at 46 mph in a 35-mph zone.

Near the S-curve at 22nd Street in Bradenton Beach, DeSantis reported the Volkswagen crossed the center lines into oncoming traffic and caused the driver of a northbound vehicle to swerve to avoid a crash.

The officer activated his emergency lights and stopped the motorist at 17th Street North in Bradenton Beach.

DeSantis then called HBPD Officer Alexander Hurt to perform a DUI investigation while Bradenton Beach Police Officer John Tsakiri assisted with traffic control.

As he interviewed Chetlain, Hurt noted signs of impairment and asked if she would take a field sobriety test.

Chetlain agreed to the test but told Hurt she had a bad knee and other medical problems. So the officer requested she perform a modified test, which she did, according to the report.

Hurt then called on emergency medical services, who cleared Chetlain for testing at the scene.

Meanwhile, DeSantis inventoried items in the vehicle, which included numerous empty cans and bottles of alcohol.

After the roadside test, Hurt took Chetlain to the HBPD station, where she refused to submit to a blood-alcohol breath test, and then to Manatee Memorial Hospital in

Bradenton due to her “high state of intoxication.” She refused treatment at the hospital, according to the report.

From there, Chetlain was transported to the Manatee County jail. She posted $620 bond and was released.

Chetlain entered a not-guilty plea July 2 in 12th Circuit Court through attorney Brett McIntosh.

Her next court date is at 8:25 a.m. Monday, July 22, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton.

LPR camera catches marijuana smokers

The license plate recognition camera in Holmes Beach strikes again.

Stopped for an expired vehicle tag, three of five occupants in a 2000 Toyota were cited for possessing marijuana in violation of a Holmes Beach ordinance.

An officer pulled over the motorist and told the occupants he smelled marijuana. They admitted they smoked the drug in the vehicle.

In a vehicle search, Holmes Beach police reported finding more than 20 grams of marijuana.

Officers also found 3.4 grams of cocaine, which one of the occupants admitted to possessing, according to an HBPD police report.

HBPD Sgt. Joel Pierce requested the state attorney review the case for a possible cocaine charge against one man.

HBPD ticketed the female driver for the expired tag.

Streetlife – 07-10-2019

Anna Maria

June 22, Island Charms, 501 Pine Ave., shoplifting. A merchant reported a theft, providing a store video showing a woman stealing an item valued between $100 and $300 to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

June 23, Anna Maria Beach Cottages, 112 Oak Ave., theft. The rental company reported power tools and bicycles valued between $300 and $5,000 stolen from a storage shed.

June 27, 100 block of Palm Drive, battery. Police arrested a woman after her husband reported she bit him as he slept.

June 28, Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., trespass. An MCSO deputy observed people sitting on a comforter while on a foot patrol of the park. They were issued trespassing warnings and told not to return.

The MCSO polices Anna Maria.

Bradenton Beach

June 28, Bradenton Beach police station, 403 Highland Ave., Baker Act. A 32-year-old man went to the station naked and told police that he wanted to harm himself. An officer transported the man to a medical facility.

June 28, 300 block of Gulf Drive South, Marchman Act. Bradenton Beach police responded to a call about a 32-year-old woman passed out on the beach. The woman showed signs of substance abuse so an officer took her into custody under the act and transported her to a medical facility.

The BBPD polices Bradenton Beach.


June 29, 4400 block of 124th Street Court West, domestic. An argument broke out when a woman threatened to leave a live-in boyfriend. The man told the woman he didn’t want her to take his truck. No injuries were reported.

The MCSO polices Cortez.

Holmes Beach

No reports.

The HBPD polices Holmes Beach.

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