Tag Archives: Police

Eyes on the road – 09-23-2020

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

  • Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A county pipeline replacement project continues. Impacted areas include Gulf Drive, Bay Drive South, 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 at Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Phase 2 involves a new traffic pattern and shifting construction to the north side of Cortez Road. Thru traffic will then use the south side of Cortez Road. Also, the two outbound lanes of Harbor Landing Drive will be closed and traffic into Harbor Landings will be detoured to the west on 127th Street.

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

And, a reminder, a fare-free trolley operates daily on Anna Maria Island.

— Lisa Neff

Eyes on the road – 09-16-2020

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

  • Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A county pipeline replacement project continues. Impacted areas include Gulf Drive, Bay Drive South, 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 at Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Phase 2 involves a new traffic pattern and shifting construction to the north side of Cortez Road. Thru traffic will then use the south side of Cortez Road. Also, the two outbound lanes of Harbor Landing Drive will be closed and traffic into Harbor Landings will be detoured to 127th Street West.

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

And, a reminder, a fare-free trolley operates daily on Anna Maria Island.

— Lisa Neff

Cortez man arrested for DUI in Holmes Beach

A Cortez man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Holmes Beach.

Holmes Beach police arrested George Sherow, 35, at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in the 2800 block of Gulf Drive.

According to the police report, a patrol officer stopped Sherow upon being alerted by the license plate reader system to the vehicle he was driving with expired registration. Another officer also arrived to the traffic stop.

The police report stated the vehicle smelled of alcohol and Shedrow had bloodshot eyes and an open container, as well as about 20 empty alcohol containers in his vehicle.

Sherow could not produce a driver’s license or insurance and failed a field sobriety test.

Upon searching the vehicle before towing, officers also found a bag with 0.6 grams of marijuana.

Sherow was cited for not wearing a seat belt, expired registration, no proof of insurance or driver’s license and open alcohol in a vehicle and was arrested for DUI with a blood-alcohol content over 0.15.

He was transported to the Manatee County jail and released that day on a $120 bond.

His arraignment was set for Oct. 1.

— ChrisAnn Allen

Bradenton Beach vacationer arrested for assault

Bradenton Beach police officers arrested resident Zachary Winton Aug. 31 on four felony charges: aggravated assault of his partner with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, battery, false imprisonment and witness tampering.

The Bradenton Beach Police Department was dispatched to a call about an unstable man with a knife held to a woman’s throat.

When BBPD officers arrived, Winton, 34, was screaming at a woman, according to the police report.

The officers drew their tasers and issued verbal commands to Winton to stand down. He complied, was detained and a search found him in possession of two knives.

The woman said she tried to leave as they began fighting, but was prevented by Winton, who threatened her, putting a knife to her throat.

Winton denied the allegations.

He was brought to the BBPD for processing, where he allegedly made several threatening statements about what he would do to the woman upon his release.

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy transported Winton to the Manatee County jail Aug. 29.

Winton was released Sept. 1 after posting a $16,000 bail.

A court date has yet to be set.

— Ryan Paice

BBPD arrests woman for vehicle theft

A Bradenton Beach police officer arrested St. Petersburg resident Teri Cooper Aug. 29 on a charge of vehicle theft.

The BBPD received notice from the Holmes Beach Police Department, based on alert from the city’s license plate reader, that a vehicle identified as stolen was crossing into Bradenton Beach.

A BBPD officer found a vehicle matching HBPD’s description at Coquina Beach, but couldn’t immediately view the license plate. He did, however, observe two people sitting nearby with a dog and let them  know that pets are not allowed on the beaches on Anna Maria Island. The officer asked them to leave.

When they complied and pulled away in the vehicle, the officer ran the license plate and confirmed it was the stolen vehicle.

The officer conducted a traffic stop.

The driver, Cooper, 31, said she didn’t know the vehicle was stolen and that a friend allowed her to borrow the red Hyundai Elantra.

BBPD arrested Cooper for felony motor vehicle theft and a misdemeanor, driving with a suspended license.

She was transported to the Manatee County jail, where she remained in custody with a $1,620 bail as of Sept. 4.

The passenger was released at the scene and the vehicle was towed.

— Ryan Paice

Eyes on the road – 09-09-2020

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

  • Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A county pipeline replacement project continues. Impacted areas include Gulf Drive, Bay Drive South, 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 at Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Drivers can expect lane closures 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Pedestrians can expect sidewalk closures.

Starting as early as Sept. 14, phase 2 of the project will begin, creating a new traffic pattern and shifting construction to the north side of Cortez Road. Thru traffic will then use the south side of Cortez Road. Also, the two outbound lanes of Harbor Landing Drive will be closed and traffic into Harbor Landings will be detoured to 127th Street West.

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

And, a reminder, a fare-free trolley operates daily on Anna Maria Island.

— Lisa Neff

New Jersey man arrested for attempted sexual battery

Ajit Ketkar, 48, of New Jersey, was arrested Sept. 1 by Holmes Beach police for attempted sexual battery, a first-degree felony, and attempting, soliciting or conspiring to commit a crime, a second-degree felony.

HBPD Sgt. Tom Walker and officer Alex Hurt were dispatched to a 911 call at 2:18 p.m. from a vacation rental home in the 6300 block of Gulf Drive. The dispatcher told police no one spoke to him on the call, but arguing was heard in the background.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a woman who said Ketkar tried to force her to have sexual intercourse after she denied consent. Her dress was ripped and she appeared upset, according to the police report. She said the man got angry, pinned her down and exposed himself to her.

Another person broke up the fight, but Ketkar would not let the victim leave the room.

Ketkar told officers he never touched the victim and did not expose himself, but admitted he was upset by the woman’s refusal.

Because there were two children in the residence at the time of the incident, the abuse hotline was called and a report was made.

Ketkar was arrested and taken to the Manatee County jail, where he posted $15,000 bail Sept. 2. He was allowed to return to New Jersey, with an order stipulating “no nonconsensual contact with the victim.”

His attorneys filed not guilty pleas for both charges Sept. 2.

Ketkar’s arraignment was set for Sept. 25.

— ChrisAnn Allen

 

Eyes on the road – 09-02-2020

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

  • Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A county pipeline replacement project continues. Impacted areas include Gulf Drive, Bay Drive South, 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 at Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Drivers can expect lane closures 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Pedestrians can expect sidewalk closures.

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

And, a reminder, a fare-free trolley operates daily on Anna Maria Island.

— Lisa Neff

Eyes on the road – 08-26-2020

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

  • Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A county pipeline replacement project continues. Impacted areas include Gulf Drive, Bay Drive South, 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 at Cortez Road/State Road 684 continues. Drivers can expect lane closures 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Pedestrians can expect sidewalk closures.

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

And, a reminder, a fare-free trolley operates daily on Anna Maria Island.

— Lisa Neff

BB man arrested for alleged domestic battery

Bradenton Beach police officers arrested resident Dave Mack Aug. 15 for alleged felony domestic battery.

An officer from the Bradenton Beach Police Department met with a woman who alleged Mack pushed her while they were arguing.

She signed an affidavit to file charges against Mack, who allegedly fled when police were called.

Mack was found in a nearby tree, arrested and transported to Manatee County jail.

He was released Aug. 16.

— Ryan Paice