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Man arrested for alleged home beer burglary

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Shakinas

A man with no address of his own entered a home in Bradenton Beach, stole a beer and landed in jail.

An officer from the Bradenton Beach Police Department “observed” a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy conduct a warrant check May 12 for a suspicious person and responded to the scene, according to a BBPD report.

Upon arrival, the BBPD officer identified Randy Shakinas, a homeless man suspected of entering a Bradenton Beach home and stealing a can of beer without permission. The incident was captured by a nearby surveillance camera.

Shakinas allegedly admitted to entering the home and taking the beer and expressed remorse, “stating he would like to replace the beer and apologize to the homeowner,” according to the BBPD report.

Shakinas was taken to the BBPD, where he signed a statement admitting to the felony burglary charge. He was arrested and taken to the Manatee County jail.

Shakinas remained in custody as of May 21.

— Ryan Paice

 

Eyes on the road 05-27-2020

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

  • State Road 684/Cortez Road at the Cortez Bridge: Crews will be working on the bridge. Motorists can expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures 9 p.m.-4 a.m. through Thursday, May 28.
  • State Road 64/Manatee Avenue over Perico Bayou and Palma Sola Bay: Crews are working on the bridges. Motorists can expect lane closures 7 p.m.-6 a.m. Completion will be in the fall.
  • Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A county pipeline replacement project continues. Impacted areas include Bay Drive South, Bridge Street, Church Avenue and Cortez Road. Expect construction in rights of way and increased truck traffic.
  • Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: Work to realign the intersection of 119th Street West on Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Drivers can expect lane closures on Cortez Road from 123rd Street West to 86th Street West 10 p.m.-6 a.m. and on the south side of 119th Street West during the same period. Pedestrians can expect sidewalk closures.

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

— Lisa Neff

Longboat Key man allegedly spits at BBPD officer

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Thurman

Bradenton Beach police detained a Longboat Key man May 4 under the Marchman Act after he was involved in a fight.

The Marchman Act allows law enforcement officers to detain people and hold them five days for substance abuse — drugs or alcohol — if they pose a threat to themselves or others.

Patrick Thurman, 59, of Longboat Key, was handcuffed and detained at the Bradenton Beach police station when he screamed that he was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and would kill the officers, according to a police report.

The report said the man undressed, threatened to urinate on the floor and then spit on the floor.

When officers advised Thurman to stop, he spat at an officer, according to the report.

The officer pepper-sprayed Thurman and arrested him for battery with bodily fluid against an officer.

Manatee County sheriff’s deputies transported Thurman to the Manatee County jail, where he remained as of May 8. His bail was set at $10,000.

A court date had not been set.

— Ryan Paice

Eyes on the road 05-13-2020

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

  • State Road 684/Cortez Road at the Cortez Bridge: Crews will be working on the bridge. Motorists can expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, May 26-28.
  • State Road 64/Manatee Avenue over Perico Bayou and Palma Sola Bay: Crews are working on the bridges. Motorists can expect lane closures 7 p.m.-6 a.m. Completion will be in the fall.
  • Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A county pipeline replacement project continues. Impacted areas include Bay Drive South, Bridge Street, Church Avenue and Cortez Road. Expect construction in rights of way and increased truck traffic.
  • Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: Work to realign the intersection of 119th Street West on Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Drivers can expect lane closures on Cortez Road from 123rd Street West to 86th Street West 10 p.m.-6 a.m. and on the south side of 119th Street West during the same period. Pedestrians can expect sidewalk closures.

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

— Lisa Neff

Bradenton man critical after hit-and-run on AMI Bridge

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A bicycle remains April 27 on the sidewalk on the north side of Manatee Avenue West at the Anna Maria Island Bridge in Holmes Beach at the scene of a hit-and-run collision between the bicyclist and a truck towing a forklift on a trailer. The bicyclist was in critical condition as of May 1, according to the FHP. Islander Photo: Courtesy HBPD

A 61-year-old Bradenton man remained in critical condition May 1 after he was struck April 27 by a vehicle headed west across the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue West in Holmes Beach.

The bicyclist was struck at the west end of the bridge, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report shared with The Islander by Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer.

HBPD responded to the crash and worked the traffic detail, but FHP investigated.

Tokajer said May 1 that the man was in critical condition and the FHP had located a suspect vehicle and was continuing its investigation.

The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. and the bridge was closed until about 5:40 p.m., according to the dispatch log from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Traffic on and off the island was directed to the Cortez Bridge, which was closed later that afternoon due to a crash on that bridge.

Traffic from all directions on Manatee Avenue, Cortez Road and on the island as far south as Longboat Key was in gridlock.

In the Holmes Beach crash, a truck was traveling west on Manatee Avenue West towing a trailer loaded with a red forklift, according to FHP. The bicyclist was riding uphill — eastbound onto the bridge from the sidewalk along north side of Manatee Avenue/State Road 64 — when he fell off the bike and into the road.

The cyclist was struck by the right rear portion of the westbound truck, which did not stop, according to the FHP report.

Tokajer said the city’s license plate reader did not help the FHP locate the suspect vehicle because several trucks towing trailers with red forklifts drove over the bridge at about the same time and the forklift blocked the license plate from the camera.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 239-938-1800 or Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477.

Eyes on the road 05-06-2020

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

State Road 684/Cortez Road at the Cortez Bridge: Crews will be working on the bridge. Motorists can expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures 9 p.m.-4 a.m. through Thursday, May 7, and also Monday-Thursday, May 11-14.

State Road 64/Manatee Avenue over Perico Bayou and Palma Sola Bay: Crews are working on the bridges. Motorists can expect lane closures 7 p.m.-6 a.m. Sidewalk closures are not expected. Expected completion is in the fall.

  • Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A county pipeline replacement project continues in Bradenton Beach. Impacted areas include Bay Drive South, Bridge Street, Church Avenue and Cortez Road. Construction in rights of way is expected, as well as increased truck traffic and heavy equipment operations.
  • Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: Work to realign the intersection of 119th Street West on Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Drivers can expect lane closures on Cortez Road from 123rd Street West to 86th Street West 10 p.m.-6 a.m. and on the south side of 119th Street West during the same period. Pedestrians can expect sidewalk closures.

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

— Lisa Neff

BBPD investigates bike theft

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Video surveillance April 13 shows someone taking a bicycle and loading it on a blue pickup truck. Islander Courtesy Photo

Has anyone seen this person?

A tenant in Bradenton Beach reported to police April 14 that her bicycle was stolen April 13 from a property in the 100 block of 10th Street South.

A nearby security camera captured video of a person loading the bike into the bed of a blue pickup truck and driving away. The camera did not capture the license tag and the motorist has yet to be identified.

The Ariel sports bike has saddlebags, a light, and a custom seat. The complainant listed the value of the bike at $1,000, according to the Bradenton Beach police report.

BBPD officers searched the area for a suspect but found no one.

Witnesses with information on the bicycle or regarding the incident can contact the BBPD at 941-778-6311.

— Ryan Paice

 

Man arrested for allegedly attacking BBPD officers

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Strader

It is not a good idea to fight with the police.

It’s an even worse idea to try to take on two officers.

Bradenton Beach police arrested James Strader, 26, of Bradenton Beach,  April 22 for felony aggravated battery against two officers.

According to the police report, Strader’s wife approached two officers at the Circle K, 103 Gulf Drive S., about a domestic dispute. She said her husband was destroying their belongings and she asked the police to intervene.

The officers responded to a residence in the 2300 block of Avenue C and found Strader outside.

He refused to speak with the officers and, according to the report, took a “fighter-type stance” and attempted to push past them. He allegedly hit the officers several times.

The officers used tasers three times to subdue Strader, who was arrested and taken to the Manatee County jail.

He posted bond and was released from jail April 23.

A court date was set for 9 a.m. Friday, May 15, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

— Ryan Paice

 

Man charged with sex assault of a minor

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A Bradenton man was arrested Feb. 27 on two counts each of capital sexual battery and molestation following allegations that he assaulted a child.

William Erik Bobo, 35, was arrested Feb. 27 in Holmes Beach on four warrants, two for sexual battery on a child less than 12 years of age and two for lewd or lascivious molestation of a child under 12 years of age following an investigation by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office that began in June 2019.

According to the arrest warrant, the alleged victim, an elementary school-aged child, said that on June 26 she and Bobo were sitting on a couch watching a movie when he touched and penetrated her genital area. The child told investigators that the following day Bobo “did the same thing.”

Bobo was released March 3 on $350,000 cash bond, which was posted March 2 by his father, Allen Bobo, a resident of Key Royale in Holmes Beach.

The bond agreement issued Feb. 28 by 12th Judicial Circuit Judge Gilbert A. Smith Jr. states Bobo resides in Bradenton, but he is to be curfewed 24/7 at his parent’s Key Royale home. He also must wear an electronic monitoring device and have no contact with minors, victims or witnesses.

He is allowed to leave the Key Royale residence only for school, work or medical emergency.

Sarasota attorney Peter Aiken of Aiken, O’Halloran & Associates of Sarasota entered a plea for Bobo of not guilty to the four charges at the first appearance hearing, where Smith set the bond amounts.

Aiken requested arraignment be waived and a jury trial.

Aiken also moved to modify the terms of Bobo’s release but, at press time for The Islander March 9, there was no response to his motions.

He argued that Bobo has a 12-year-old son with whom he shares custody with the child’s mother and, on alternating weeks, the child stays with Bobo at his parents’ residence in Holmes Beach.

Aiken requested Bobo be allowed unsupervised contact with his son at his parents’ home.

Aiken also said that there are other relatives, including children, who frequent the family home and asked that Bobo be allowed to have supervised contact with other family members.

Bobo’s next court date is March 20.

MCSO investigates after body found

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office detectives found nothing to indicate foul play in the death of a woman whose body was found in the Intracoastal Waterway.

The body was recovered Feb. 27 off Key Royale in Holmes Beach, according to an MCSO incident report.

The woman was identified as Alice Pamela Mehan, 49, of New Port Richey.

The MCSO deployed its marine and aviation units to the 600 block of Key Royale Drive and the body was taken to the Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach.

The scene and the facts are consistent with suicide, according to MCSO spokesman Randy Warren.

— Lisa Neff