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Date of Issue: April 28, 2010

Island police blotter

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HBPD arrests man for burglary

The Holmes Beach Police Department arrested Aaron Lowman, 24, in Bradenton Beach for allegedly stealing fishing gear from a residence in the 500 block of Bayview Drive in Holmes Beach.

According to an April 16 HBPD police report, five fishing rods and reels valued at $2,100 were stolen. Lowman sold two rods and took three to a friend’s house, according to the report.

Officer Brian Hall contacted Lowman at his residence and made the arrest. Lowman allegedly told Hall he took the gear because the victim owed him money.

The victim had confronted Lowman about the theft, and Lowman allegedly said he would return the fishing gear, but only returned three of the rods.

Lowman faces charges of grand theft and burglary. He was transported to the Manatee County jail where he was released on $8,500 bond.

Man jailed alleged probation violation in 1994 killing

An Orlando man was brought to the Manatee County jail April 22 for allegedly violating probation on his 1994 conviction for killing a Holmes Beach man.

Joseph Wharren, 41, is on probation for the killing of 51-year-old Thomas Fortuner. Wharren was sentenced to 22 years in prison for manslaughter. He was fighting with a co-worker on the Palma Sola Causeway when he threw a ladder at the man. The ladder missed his target and hit Fortuner, who was on a motorcycle.

Mike Quinn, publisher of www.newsmanatee.com, contributed to this report.

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