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Streetlife – 08-21-2019

Anna Maria

      Aug. 4, Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., found firearm. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy responded to a call about a firearm found with a man’s shirt on an outdoor bench. While the deputy was on the scene, a man arrived and said he had forgotten the gun and shirt. After verifying the man’s concealed carry permit, the deputy returned the gun to him.

Aug. 8, 300 block of Tarpon Street, burglary. An unknown person or persons entered a beach rental house through an unlocked window, damaged an interior door lock and fled. The property manager reported $110 in damage.

Aug. 9, address redacted by MCSO, battery. A 37-year-old Texas man was arrested for forcibly removing a necklace and ring from a woman who was wearing the jewelry. He was transported to the Manatee County jail, posted a $1,500 bond and was released.

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

Bradenton Beach

Aug. 8, Bradenton Beach police station, 403 Highland Ave., warrant arrest. A 33-year-old man asked a police officer to check on a possible warrant for his arrest. The officer determined the man, who told police he was homeless, was wanted for a probation violation. He was arrested and transported to the Manatee County jail.

Aug. 11, Ocean Park Terrace, 2700 Gulf Drive N., domestic disturbance. Bradenton Beach police found a woman covered with blood and her sister waiting for emergency help at a trolley stop. The officers determined the woman’s injuries came after an argument at their condo unit. The vacationing sisters had been drinking all day and argued over the length of their stay. The next day, an officer returned to the unit, where the sisters told the officer they would be continuing their vacation but were moving to a condo in Holmes Beach due to complaints to the management about the prior incident.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.


Aug. 9, 4400 block of 124th Street, trespass warning. Two people accused of harassing a family member were warned for trespassing. The people told police they believed the family member had sold drugs to a deceased friend.

Cortez is policed by MCSO.

Holmes Beach

No reports.

Holmes Beach is policed by Holmes Beach Police Department.

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

Officer moves up

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Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer and Officer Mike Walker — newly named a sergeant — show the sergeant stripes Walker will wear effective Aug. 24. Walker will be recognized for his promotion at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the Patricia A. Geyer Commission Chambers, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy HBPD

Holmes Beach Police Officer Mike Walker ranks.

Walker will be promoted Aug. 24 to sergeant.

Walker was named HBPD’s Officer of the Year in 2009, 2013, 2016 and 2019, and twice received a congressional award for dedication and professionalism.

In 2009, he received a security management professional association service award.

With the HBPD, Walker served as a field training officer as well as a member of the honor guard and as the HBPD representative to the city police pension board.

He and his wife Maria are proud parents of a 10-month-old daughter, Kinsley.

DUI arrestee opts for DETER program

A Bradenton man arrested for driving while intoxicated in Holmes Beach was offered an opportunity to go into the new Driver Enhanced Treatment Education Rehabilitation Program.

Joel D. Christian, 43, a former Manatee County environmental manager, was arrested in 2017 and agreed July 16 to enter a pre-plea requiring work days, education and 60 days of alcohol monitoring.

According to the 12th Circuit Court website, Christian agreed to remain crime-free, compliant with his bond conditions, enroll in a DUI program and complete a Mothers Against Drunk Driving online victim-impact panel, four jail workdays and alcohol monitoring.

In addition to driving impaired, Christian was cited for possessing 2.4 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia, speeding, failing to drive in a single lane, no proof of insurance, failure to change the address on his driver’s license and a seatbelt violation.

Christian was released on $1,500 bond in 2017.

His next court date is set for 1:25 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

The traffic citations were consolidated into a separate case, which also has a Sept. 10 court date.

Streetlife – 08-14-2019

Anna Maria

Aug. 2, 500 block of Kumquat Drive, trespass. A complainant reported her son brought a woman to her home who failed to leave after numerous requests. The complainant asked the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to assist with a trespass warning. A deputy assisted and the woman left in the son’s vehicle.

Aug. 3, 200 block of Palm Avenue, found gun. Checking into a rental accommodation, a person found a handgun and contacted the MCSO, which determined the gun wasn’t stolen and that a prior renter reported leaving it behind. The owner picked up the gun at the Anna Maria MCSO substation.

Anna Maria is policed by MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

Aug. 2, 100 block of First Street North, warrant arrest. Bradenton Beach police stopped several people drinking alcohol on the public sidewalk and determined one man was wanted by the MCSO for burglary. BBPD officers arrested and transported the 37-year-old man to the Manatee County jail.

Aug. 3, Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., trespass warning. Police warned a 55-year-old man for trespassing after waking him up behind a Manatee County Area Transit bench.

Aug. 6, Gulf Drive North and Cortez Road West, property damage. A Bradenton Beach police officer arriving for his shift noticed a downed electric crosswalk signal apparently hit by a vehicle that turned south off the Cortez Bridge onto Gulf Drive North.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.


No reports.

Cortez is policed by MCSO.

Holmes Beach

Aug. 5, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, theft. The president of the art gallery coop reported a surveillance video showed a woman stealing a $4 greeting card.

Holmes Beach is policed by Holmes Beach Police Department.

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

Holmes Beach man arrested for crime spree

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A Manatee County K-9 sheriff deputy literally took a bite out of crime.

Mason Bannister, 26, of Holmes Beach, was arrested by deputies for carjacking, aggravated battery and burglary of unoccupied conveyances.

Law enforcement was dispatched to the Shell gas station, 8471 Lockwood Ridge, Sarasota, at 9:58 a.m. July 20 after a store clerk was “viciously and suddenly headbutted” by a man who met the description of Mason Bannister, according to an MCSO report.

MCSO arrived at the Shell and found a victim with a swollen and bloody lip, holding one of his front teeth in a paper towel.

Witnesses told police a man tried to pay with a card that wouldn’t process, attacked the store clerk and knocked him to the floor.

The attacker was seen on a store video, grabbing his food and ducking under a camera as he exited the store.

MCSO dispatchers broadcast a be-on-the-lookout report for Bannister, who was later reported as the perpetrator in a nearby attempted carjacking in which the victim refused to leave the car and also an attempted car burglary.

At Lockwood Ridge and Vintage Drive, MCSO  searched and apprehended the suspect with help from a K-9 deputy. The K-9 bit the suspect.

Bannister was transported to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center for treatment.

At Bannister’s first appearance in 12th Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was postponed for 48 hours due to his hospitalization.

He was next transported to the Manatee County jail, where he was held without bond as of Aug. 2.

His arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, in the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Streetlife – 08-07-2019

Anna Maria

July 17, Gagne Construction, 214 Pine Ave., fraud. A complainant reported an attempt to cash a fraudulent check. The bank notified the business before cashing the check and there was no loss of funds.

July 20, 300 block of Hardin Avenue, domestic disturbance. An argument between vacationers was called into the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responded, interviewed the parties and determined the couple was arguing but no physical contact occurred.

Anna Maria is policed by MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

July 23, Drift In, 120 Bridge St., trespass. Flagged down by a bartender, a Bradenton Beach police officer assisted in trespassing a 33-year-old woman who evidently had too much to drink. Officers waited until an Uber driver picked up the woman.

      July 25-26, Circle K, 2519 Gulf Drive N. and Florida Credit Union, 5700 26th St. W., Bradenton, stolen and recovered vehicle. A Bradenton man left his 2005 Buick running when he went into the convenience store and returned to find it gone. A day later, the vehicle was found in the credit union parking lot. The victim’s personal belongings, including a wallet, $200 and an Android phone, were still in the vehicle.

      July 29, Via Roma Beach Resort, 2408 Gulf Drive N., battery. A woman pressed charges against a man who struck a cellphone out of her hand while she was recording him on the beach. She told Bradenton Beach police officers she was prompted by an incident with the man the night before. The man told police he did not intend any harm, but he didn’t want to be recorded. Later in the day, members of the man’s family allegedly taunted the woman and gave her the finger while in the swimming pool. She again called police. Bradenton Beach officers responded and advised her it was not against the law to call names and gesture.

July 29, Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., trespass warning. A 32-year-old woman and 33-year-old man were trespassed after they were found sleeping beneath the elevated building.

July 29, LaCosta condominiums, 1800 Gulf Drive N., loitering, trespass and burglary. Witnesses reported a man walking in the condo parking garage and entering a maintenance closet. The man, 32, was arrested after a surveillance video showed him pulling at vehicle door handles in the garage.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.


July 23, 4600 block of 119th Street W., theft. A complainant reported that a man he paid $9,000 to work on his boat had not started work.

Cortez is policed by MCSO.

Holmes Beach

      July 30, 2900 block of Avenue B, disturbance. Holmes Beach police officers were called to a disturbance of a man and woman after the woman came back from the airport and found the man in the residence with another woman. The returning woman claimed she was on the lease and the man was not. The woman was later found walking on Avenue C and told police she was going to her mom’s but would start the eviction process in the morning. The man advised he would move out later in the day.

July 30, 200 block of Harbor Drive, thefts. Two boat owners reported fishing gear stolen from their vessels.

Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD.

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

Erratic driving leads HBPD to arrest Parrish man for DUI

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An erratic driver on Manatee Avenue was arrested by Holmes Beach police for driving under the influence.

Michael Sargent, 32, of Parrish, was arrested after Officer Alex Hurt observed his Ford pickup truck fail to stop at the flashing red light at Gulf Drive and Manatee Avenue, travel east on Manatee in the westbound lane, drift across the lanes and, at one point, drive onto the grass.

Sargent refused to submit to roadside tests, telling police he watches cop shows and believed it would not be in his best interest.

Taking inventory of the truck before the tow, police found half-empty bottles of Crown Royal and Fireball whiskey.

At the HBPD station, Sargent refused to provide a breath sample and told police he should have stayed on Anna Maria Island, where his family offered him a place to sleep.

He was transported to the Manatee County jail, posted a $120 bond and was released.

His arraignment is at 8:25 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton. — Kathy Prucnell

Holmes Beach man arrested for DUI, fraud after traffic stop

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A golf cart driver pulled over for traffic violations in Holmes Beach was arrested for fraud and driving under the influence.

Richard J. Burnes Jr., 59, of Holmes Beach, was arrested July 9 for DUI, giving a false identification to a Holmes Beach police officer, knowingly driving on a suspended license and unlawfully possessing another person’s identification.

HBPD Officer Alan Desantis stopped Burnes in the 200 block of 68th Street and called for backup, suspecting the driver was under the influence. Officer Alex Hurt responded, approached the driver, noticed a cold beer next to the driver and the odor of an alcoholic beverage, according to a police report.

The report also states the driver falsely identified himself as his brother.

Burnes attempted the roadside test, almost falling several times during the exercises, and an officer lunged to catch the man, according to the report.

Police took Burnes to the HBPD station, where he refused to submit to a blood-alcohol breath test and later fell asleep and onto the floor. He suffered abrasions to his face from the fall, the police report states.

Also at the station, police found Burnes possessed identification for himself and his brother and, after Miranda warnings, Burnes acknowledged his true identity. He told police he’d been drinking at D.Coy Ducks Bar & Grill to celebrate his brother’s birthday.

He was transported to the Manatee County jail, posted a $1,740 bond and was released.

His arraignment is at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton.

— Kathy Prucnell


Streetlife – 07-31-2019

Anna Maria

July 16, 300 block of Magnolia Avenue, battery. A 23-year-old man on vacation argued with his wife. He forcibly removed the car keys from the woman and took her cellphone. Family members witnessed the couple fighting and attempted to separate the man and the woman. All parties declined medical attention. The man was arrested for battery by a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy and transported to the county jail.

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

Bradenton Beach

      July 19, Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., trespass. Bradenton Beach police found a 33-year-old man sleeping next to the building and warned him for trespassing. He left the area.

      July 21, Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., battery. A fight broke out between four men at the bar. According to one man, he was jumped by three men. Another man said he and another man argued about a song and that man struck him in the back of the head. Several witnesses told different stories about the fight. Emergency services treated the injuries. One man signed a waiver of prosecution. No one wanted to press charges. The men left.

July 21, 100 block of Bridge Street and the beach, disorderly intoxication. Beachgoers reported a man drinking and littering on the beach. Police found pizza boxes, cans, bottles, clothes and chairs near a man who was asleep with a beer in his hand. After officers woke him up, police arrested him due to his unsteady demeanor.

July 21, 100 block of Fourth Street South, drugs. A police officer stopped a vehicle for a seize-tag order. The female driver said she had no insurance and showed the officer 17.5 grams of marijuana, saying her boyfriend left it in the vehicle. The officer issued the woman a notice to appear in court and confiscated the tag and drugs.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.


No reports.

Cortez is policed by MCSO.

Holmes Beach

      July 17, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, trespass. Holmes Beach police assisted a manager with a trespass warning after he called 911 about a man taking a cafe chair onto the beach. The manager said he repeatedly told the man not to take the chair. The man left the property.

July 18, 100 block of 52nd Street, water. A resident reported flooding at a city park and several properties due to a pool being drained. HBPD responded and code enforcement suggested the police officers unplug the pumps. The plugs were burnt and melted. Frank Agnelli of Agnelli Pools arrived on the scene and told officers the pumps had to function to remove the water or the pool walls would cave in and possibly damage the house. Agnelli agreed a melted plug should not be used. He told police another outlet would be used for the pump for 12 hours, after which his workers would finish the walls.

July 18, 500 block of 67th Street, noise. A noise citation was issued to an owner after a neighbor called HBPD three times 9:56-10:10 p.m. about loud music. When police arrived, they took noise meter readings of 44-65 decibels. Daytime noise is restricted to 65 decibels. After 10 p.m., there is a 50-decibel limit. The owner told police she was celebrating her husband’s birthday with friends, new to the neighborhood and unaware of the noise ordinance.

July 19, 5100 block of Gulf Drive, alcohol. While on patrol, a police officer pulled over an SUV for speeding and issued the 20-year-old driver an alcohol violation. Eleven cartridges of THC wax and a drug pipe were seized. The vehicle was towed.

July 19, 7100 block of Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary. Fishing equipment valued at $7,340 was stolen from a Jeep Cherokee overnight. There was no evidence of forced entry and the back hatch was found open.

July 20, 100 block of 67th Street and the beach, grill. Holmes Beach police ticketed a woman from New York who was sitting under a canopy with a lit outdoor grill. The woman advised she was unaware of the ordinance. The officer directed her husband to a sign at the beach access.

July 22, 100 block of 50th Street, noise. Officers responded to a noise complaint at 10:17 p.m. and found children laughing, yelling and singing. Officers took meter readings between 50-65 decibels. Police cited the renter for the noise violation. The renter apologized.

Holmes Beach is policed by Holmes Beach Police Department.

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

Sex offender registers Bradenton Beach address

The new administrative building site is shown to the left of Bealls department store as the “subject property” in an aerial photograph. Islander Photo: Courtesy WMFR

A 54-year-old male sex offender registered a temporary Bradenton Beach address.

The man reported residing in the 1800 block of Gulf Drive North July 15, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement report.

He was convicted in April 2011 of possessing child-related sexually abusive material in Macomb County, Michigan.

The FDLE registry shows other sex offenders in the area as of July 17:

  • A 57-year-old male offender in the 4200 block of the 129th Street West in Cortez.
  • A 54-year-old male offender in the 100 block of Crescent Drive in Anna Maria.
  • A 61-year-old male offender in the 100 block of Ninth Street North in Bradenton Beach.

For the record

Sex offenders must register permanent and temporary addresses with the sheriff in the county where he or she resides, as well as transient locations, unless otherwise ordered by a court.