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Date of Issue: March 02, 2006

Streetlife

Anna Maria

No reports available.

Bradenton Beach

Feb. 13, 100 block of Third Street South, traffic arrest. A man was arrested for driving with a suspended license. According to the report, the officer encountered the individual earlier in the day when he was in the company of another man stopped for driving without a license. According to the report, when the suspect was asked if he could drive the vehicle for his friend, he replied that he could not as he was an "habitual traffic offender." So when the officer saw him driving a different vehicle a few hours later, he was stopped and the officer confirmed the man's license had been suspended for traffic violations.

Holmes Beach

Feb. 12, 8000 block of Marina Isles, criminal mischief. A man reported the side of his truck had been scratched.

Feb. 12, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, drug arrest. Rachel Haber, 21, of Bradenton, was arrested after a routine traffic stop. According to the report, Haber was in violation of parole and was wanted on two Hillsborough County warrants, one for possession of heroin and one for possession of drug paraphernalia. During a search of the vehicle, the officer found a wooden box in the driver's side door containing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Feb. 13, 200 block of 78th Street, harassment. A woman reported receiving harassing phone calls and requested a police report in order to pursue the matter further with her cell phone service provider.

Feb. 13, 400 block of 62nd Street, information. A man called police claiming that his neighbors were drunk and shouting at him through their adjoining apartment walls. Upon further investigation, it was determined no such incident happened and, although the man was apparantly taking medication, his case was referred to appropriate authorities for further mental health intervention.

Feb. 14, 6500 block of Gulf Drive, driver's license. Two juveniles were taken into custody after an officer stopped their vehicle, which was being driven erratically. One of the 14-year-olds was reportedly behind the wheel. Both Sarasota juveniles had been reported as runaways and they were released into the custody of their parents.

Feb. 15, 3000 block of Avenue C, lost property. A man reported the loss or theft of a tag from a vehicle he was transporting from an auction to his car lot.

Feb. 16, 3101 Gulf Drive, Mike Norman Realty, suspicious person. An employee reported receiving an application from a man that was filled out with answers that appeared to be in a joking manner. However, when the man called the office to follow up, he was told his application would not be considered as provided, such as listing Saint Peter as his previous landlord. The man allegedly became agitated and the employee reported feeling threatened.

Feb. 16, 100 block of 72nd Street, burglary. A man reported his Garmin navigator stolen from the dashboard of his car, as well as a Cobra radar detector.

 

Unconstructive crash turns lucky

No one was injured Friday afternoon in Anna Maria when the motorist driving this vehicle crashed into the School for Constructive Play pre-school on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria around 4:30 p.m. According to Katya Koshedub, who captured this photo on her cell phone, the driver of the vehicle said he swerved to avoid a car that had run a stop sign. School was still in session when the accident occurred and students used the rear entrance to exit the building.

 

MCSO investigates reported Anna Maria child abuse

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is reportedly investigating an alleged incident of child abuse in Anna Maria, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

Detectives from the MCSO Crimes Against Children unit have already executed a search warrant in Anna Maria, the source said, and an arrest is likely.

The case reportedly involves a Feb. 7 incident in Anna Maria in which a mother allegedly threatened to tie up her juvenile son. According to the source, a neighbor of the family heard the child screaming while the incident was taking place and called the MCSO.

Upon investigation, detectives from the MCSO's child protection unit reportedly heard "allegations about abuse" and found "possible injuries" on the child's back, potentially related to prior abuse.

Sgt. John Kenney of the MCSO's Anna Maria substation referred all inquiries to Dave Bristow of the MCSO's public affairs department.

A detective at the MCSO's Child Protective Division, which also includes the Crimes Against Children unit, said she could not comment on any specific case. Questions were again directed to Bristow.

Bristow confirmed the MCSO is involved in an investigation and he anticipates that the results of that investigation will be sent to the state attorney's office, which then determines if the case will be prosecuted.

He further said it appeared to him that the complaint had originated at Stewart Elementary School.

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