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Holmes Beach man arrested for DUI

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Lucas Andrews, 36

Pulled over for speeding, a man who told police he was on his way to a liquor store was arrested Feb. 24 for driving under the influence.

Lucas Andrews, 36, of Holmes Beach, was stopped at 1:43 a.m. in the 9900 block of Gulf Drive in Anna Maria by Holmes Beach Police Officer Alan Desantis.

The officer clocked Andrews’ vehicle at 44 mph in a 25-mph zone while it traveled north in the 8000 block of Palm Drive in Holmes Beach, according to the HBPD report.

After he was pulled over, Andrews told police he was going home and believed he was on Cortez Road in Bradenton on his way to a liquor store.

Asked about consuming alcohol, Andrews said he had “a couple drinks of whiskey” and should not have been driving, the HBPD report stated.

Desantis reported Andrews was cooperative, took a road sobriety test, performed poorly and was taken into custody.

At the HBPD station, he provided breath samples measuring 0.218 and 0.223 blood-alcohol content. Drunk driving laws prohibit a BAC of 0.08 or higher.

Andrews was transported and booked at the Manatee County jail.

A $120 bond was posted and Andrews was released, pending an 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 1, arraignment at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Bradenton man arrested for drugs at BB roundabout

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Jose Eduardo Barajas,18

Stopped for speeding in Bradenton Beach, a Bradenton man was arrested by police for possessing 24 grams of marijuana with an intent to sell the drug.

Jose Eduardo Barajas,18, also was arrested for possessing paraphernalia and driving without a license in the 700 block of Gulf Drive South after he sped around the Bridge Street roundabout at Gulf Drive South in a Mazda SUV.

BBPD Officer Steve Masi pulled Barajas over at 11:34 p.m. Feb. 28, according to the police report.

Barajas told Masi he had “about an ounce” of marijuana, no driver’s license and no firearm.

In a vehicle search, however, police found a loaded handgun in the glove box.

Barajas told Masi a friend put the gun in the vehicle, but must have forgotten the weapon.

In addition to the gun and marijuana, police found and seized plastic bags and a digital scale.

Masi interviewed a passenger, who told police Barajas was known to sell marijuana.

BBPD took the handgun for safekeeping. The SUV was towed.

In addition to the drug charges, Barajas was arrested for driving without a valid license and ticketed for speeding.

He was transported and booked at the Manatee County jail, where he posted a $2,500 bond and was released.

His arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Friday, April 5 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Streetlife – 03-13-2019

Anna Maria

Feb. 27, Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., battery. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a fight between two employees in the restaurant kitchen. The victim declined to press charges. No injuries were reported.

March 4, 100 block of Hammock Road, domestic disturbance. Family members argued. An MCSO deputy responded, and no physical violence was reported or observed.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

March 2, 200 block of Bay Drive, domestic battery. While arguing about who drank the last beer, a 48-year-old man grabbed his girlfriend’s arm, bruising it between the elbow and shoulder. The man was arrested, taken to BBPD station and booked at the Manatee County jail.

March 3, 2200 block of Avenue B, suspicious circumstances. A woman reported several boxes that were packed for a move were opened by an unknown person and a stereo valued at $500 went missing. BBPD advised the woman to recheck her belongings and provide serial numbers for any missing items.

March 4, 100 block of First Street North, battery. Dispatched to a disturbance, a Bradenton Beach police officer found a man lying in the road and another man standing next to him. The man standing was arrested for battery after telling police he punched the man following an argument over a ride home. The victim was unable to fill out a statement due to his impairment. He was transported to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.

Cortez

Feb. 27, 10000 block of Cortez Road, break-in. A 38-year-old man reported an unknown person attempted to enter his apartment.

March 3, Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar, trespass warning. A man was warned for trespassing after he was observed sleeping in a car in the parking lot.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

March 1, 200 block of 84th Street, theft. Dispatched for a theft, Holmes Beach police spoke to a man who noticed 15 $20 bills and a $100 bill were missing after he placed his wallet on a dresser.

March 1, 600 block of North Point Drive, theft. A commercial fisher reported 60, 35 and 25 gallons of fuel siphoned from his gas tanks on his center-console fishing boat Feb. 22-28. HBPD took photographs of evidence on the boat.

March 2, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Marchman Act. A Holmes Beach police officer responded to a report of a man passed out near the restrooms. HBPD contacted emergency medical services and he was transported for treatment to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

March 4, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, theft. A $400 black bicycle was reported stolen from a bike stand. The owner told police he locked the bike but could have left the key in the lock before walking to the beach.

March 4, Alvin’s Island, 3602 E. Bay Drive, theft/marijuana. After watching a customer remove price tags and place merchandise into his pockets for three hours, a store manager called police to report a theft. When police arrived, an officer reported the man was biting off a price tag from an item. The store reported $235.19 in attempted stolen items. Nine grams of marijuana was found in the man’s shirt pocket and in a vial that he dropped on the floor.

Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra- tives from the BBpd, HBpd and mcSo.

Reporter Sandy ambrogi contributed to this report.

Bradenton Beach-Cortez area offenders register addresses

A Feb. 27 email from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows a 45-year-old former Bradenton Beach man — convicted in Manatee County of promoting sexual performance of a child, child sex porn, lewd and lascivious exhibition and battery against a child under age 16 in October 2014 — registered an address east of Cortez in the 4200 block of La Costa Cove in Bradenton.

Another male sex offender registered a temporary address in the 100 block of Sixth Street South in Bradenton Beach.

Convicted of sexual offenses in Machias, Maine, in 2005, the 56-year-old reported his visit to the FDLE, according to a Feb. 12 email from the agency.

The FDLE registry shows other sex offenders in the area as of Feb. 28:
• A 49-year-old male offender in the 2900 block of Avenue C in Holmes Beach.
• 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 Avenue in Anna Maria.
• A 60-year-old male offender in the 100 block of Ninth Street North in Bradenton Beach.

Sex offenders must register permanent and temporary addresses unless otherwise ordered by the court.

Eyes on the road – 03-06-2019

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of March 4:

Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Crews are milling and paving Gulf Drive from 39th Street North to 28th Street North. The work is during daytime hours.

Avenue C: Right-of-way restoration continues along Avenue C. Activities include installation of a stormwater infiltration system and driveway restoration.

For more information about the pipeline replacement projects on the island, go online to amipipereplacement.com.

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

Streetlife – 03-06-2019

Anna Maria

Feb. 10, 875 N. Shore Drive, Rod & Reel Pier, fWc violation. a manatee county Sheriff’s deputy observed a group of people fishing on the pier and noticed the smell of marijuana. When approached, all said they did not have any drugs in their possession and a backpack search produced none. When asked for fishing licenses, one person could not produce one and was charged with a noncriminal offense.

Feb. 24, 9701 gulf drive, Slim’s place Bar and grill, domestic disturbance. a deputy responded to a domestic disturbance call. a man and women told the deputy it was a misunderstanding. domestic packets were given and the subjects were transported home.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

Feb. 27, 1800 block of gulf drive, runaway Bay condominiums, property damage. a man vacationing from michigan heard a noise. He went outside and found the rear window broken on his pickup truck cab broken.

Bradenton Beach is policed by BBPD.

Holmes Beach

Feb. 20, 5400 B marina drive, Seaside Laundro- mat, battery. a man reported that a woman became verbally abusive toward him while he was doing laun- dry. She jumped on his back and tried to tackle him. the woman’s roommate arrived and tried to remove her from the laundromat. the victim returned 40 minutes later to find his clothes on the floor with beer poured on them. He contacted police, who took photographs of his injuries and looked at the sur- veillance video from the laundromat. When police went to woman’s home, she became verbally abusive and was arrested and transported to manatee county jail.

Feb. 21, 5600 gulf drive, warrant assist. a patrol officer went to a residence to arrest a man on a felony warrant. He was located nearby in a parked van gasping for air. manatee county emergency medical Services was called and administered naloxone and the man was transported to Blake medical center in Bradenton, where a manatee county Sheriff’s deputy placed the man under arrest.

Feb. 21, 4000 gulf drive, manatee public Beach, theft. a bag was stolen from a picnic table. it con- tained an apple ipad, cash, a credit card and a florida driver’s license. the bag was found and missing only the cash.

Holmes Beach is policed by HBPD.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra- tives from the BBpd, HBpd and mcSo.

Reporter Sandy ambrogi contributed to this report.

Witnesses sought in Anna Maria hit-and-run

People who witnessed an SUV hit a bicyclist in the crosswalk at Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive in Anna Maria are asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Charles Cowin of Birmingham, Alabama, the father of the 13-year-old bicyclist, reported a Mercedes-Benz SUV ran a stop sign on Gulf Drive as it turned east on Pine Avenue and struck his son at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 18. He said the vehicle was “possibly blue.”

“My son and his cousin had been granted the privilege of riding to Dips, their favorite ice cream shop,” Cowin wrote to The Islander in a Feb. 20 email.

Now recovering in Alabama, the boy suffered impact to the right side of his body, shoulder to knee and probably a light concussion, according to Cowin.

After the SUV hit the boy, it accelerated eastbound on Pine Avenue, he said.

There were witnesses who helped his son, Cowin added, but no one called police and he does not have their names.

His son and cousin hurried to their Palm Avenue house, where his parents were getting ready to catch a flight home.

“Fortunately, the vehicle went over my son cleanly and he wasn’t hit by the wheels or dragged beneath the car,” Cowin said, adding the incident was reported to the MCSO from Alabama.

Cowin and his family were visiting Anna Maria as they’ve done for 30 years, he said.

Cowin asked witnesses to come forward with information by calling the MCSO at 941-747-3011 and referring to case 2019004679.

Anonymous tips can be called into CrimeStoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

Eyes on the road – 02-27-2019

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of Feb. 25:

Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Crews were to begin final milling and paving of Gulf Drive from 39th Street North to 28th Street North Tuesday, Feb. 26, after The Islander went to press. This work was to be performed during daytime hours.

Avenue C: Right-of-way restoration continues along Avenue C. Activities include installation of a stormwater infiltration system and driveway restoration.

For more information about the pipeline replacement projects on the island, go online to amipipereplacement.com.

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

Bradenton woman accused of scheming to defraud Galati

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Heather Jo O’Leary, 40

A Bradenton woman was arrested Feb. 20 in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud at Galati Marine.

A report from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office filed in circuit court states that more than $67,000 in cash had gone unaccounted for during the four years Heather Jo O’Leary, 40, was employed by Galati, 900 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.

O’Leary was released on a $25,000 bond from Manatee County jail the same day of her arrest on a felony charge of scheme to defraud over $50,000.

An MCSO probable cause affidavit states that O’Leary worked for Galati from April 2014 to July 2018 “in the capacity of accounts payable/receivable” and her responsibilities included “gathering the payouts from on-site registers, applying checks for paid invoices and completing the end of day deposit.”

The report states O’Leary resigned as “she was being questioned on checks not being applied to accounts.”

An audit by Galati found that during the four years of O’Leary’s employment “$67,927.37 cash had gone unaccounted. This was found through altered deposits with checks held to cover cash shortages.”

O’Leary’s bond is with Bad Boy Bail Bonds of Bradenton.

A first appearance is scheduled for March 22 before Judge Gilbert A. Smith Jr. at the Manatee County Judicial Center in Bradenton.

Local newspaper owner arrested for DUI

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Margaret “Maggie” McGinley, 59

Stopped in Holmes Beach while driving a low-speed vehicle, the co-owner of the Sun weekly newspaper was arrested Feb. 21 for driving under the influence.

Margaret “Maggie” McGinley, 59, of Anna Maria, was pulled over at 8:45 p.m. in the 7700 block of Palm Drive by Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy Peter Papas.

Papas stopped her for swerving and failing to have the lights on after dark on her 2012 EZ-Go low-speed vehicle, according to the HBPD reports.

HBPD Officer Alexander Hurt and Sgt. Thomas Fraser were dispatched to assist Papas with the traffic stop.

Papas told Hurt he believed the vehicle’s driver was impaired after observing the LSV’s lights off, the turn blinker left on and the vehicle traveling unusually slow, an HBPD police report states.

The report also states Papas observed the LSV, which was traveling south from Anna Maria, swerve into the northbound lane on five occasions.

McGinley, who appeared to law enforcement to be disoriented, told the police she has diabetes, and Manatee County Emergency Medical Services was called to the scene. She told EMS workers she doesn’t take medication and they determined she was not having a medical issue, according to the report.

She also told EMS she was on Magnolia Avenue, about 2 miles from their actual location.

Hurt reported McGinley asked if she knew who she was and informed him she owned a local newspaper. She then told Hurt his life on the island is dead.

The police narrative details McGinley being antagonistic and swearing at law enforcement, and alternately cooperative. She had difficulty standing and walking and refused Hurt’s request to take a road sobriety test.

She was taken into custody and transported to the HBPD station, where she refused to provide breath samples to measure her blood alcohol content.

In addition to the DUI citation, McGinley was ticketed for refusing to submit to a balance test, driving with an expired driver’s license, driving a vehicle without lights at night and driving on the wrong side of the road.

She was transported and booked at the Manatee County jail. She posted a $740 bond and was released Feb. 22.

According to court records, MCSO arrested McGinley in 2009 for driving impaired in Anna Maria and, in 2010, she was convicted of DUI with property damage and a blood alcohol of 0.15 or higher.

McGinley’s arraignment for the Feb. 21 arrest is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 25, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.