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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Streetlife

Anna Maria

March 17, stolen vehicle. A man was arrested for stealing his mother's car.

Bradenton Beach

March 12, drug arrest. A Holmes Beach man was arrested at a convenience store when an officer smelled the odor of burning marijuana on his clothes. The officer stopped the man and upon asking if he had any weapons or contraband, and Zackary David Stockmaster, 20, of Holmes Beach, answered in the affirmative.

March 13, drug arrest. An Indiana man was arrested on the beach and charged with possession of marijuana after an officer approached at 10 p.m. and told him the beach was closed. The officer smelled the odor of burnt marijuana on Ryan Kelso's clothes and searched him. Kelso had a container of marijuana in his jacket pocket and said he brought it from Indiana on a bus.

March 13, driving while license suspended. A man was stopped for driving erratically on Gulf Drive and admitted his driver's license was suspended when police asked him to produce it. The man's truck was towed.

March 13, burglary to a vehicle. A driver left open the windows to his vehicle and someone stole an MP3 player, some compact discs and 30 pain pills.

March 13, burglary to a residence. The victim said someone broke into her home and stole a laptop computer.

March 15, reckless driving, attached tag not assigned, knowingly operating a vehicle while driver's license suspended, unregistered motor vehicle. A Bradenton man, who police say was driving 70 mph on Gulf Drive and running other vehicles off the road, was arrested after a short chase south on Gulf Drive and then onto Bridge Street. The driver then attempted to shake the officer chasing him by pulling into the parking lot of Sports Lounge. When the officer pulled into the parking lot, the suspect attempted to flee, forcing the officer to draw his weapon. Several times the officer shouted, “Stop. Police,” but it wasn't until he saw the officer's pistol pointed at him that he stopped.

Holmes Beach

March 11, missing person. A man reported his sister, also his roommate, has been missing for a month, leaving behind her clothes and dog. He said she also failed to pick up her last paycheck from Shells restaurant. Her car was later found to have been impounded by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department after the driver was arrested. A call to the Sarasota County Jail indicated the woman had been in lockup, but had been released.

March 11, check fraud. A man reported a case of check fraud after receiving a $6,000 worthless check from a man who was trying to pay rent on a vacation apartment. The man grew suspicious when the check was accompanied with a letter telling the man to cash the check and send approximately $3,000 back to the man who wrote the check. A local bank told the recipient that the cashier's check was no good.

March 12, battery, disorderly intoxication. A Bradenton woman was arrested after verbally abusing a bartender and customers at D. Coy Ducks. She also kicked a Holmes Beach Police Officer in the groin and later verbally abused patients at Manatee Memorial Hospital where she was taken for observation.

March 13, drugs. A Bradenton man was arrested at Kingfish Boat Ramp for possession. Scott Pugh, of Bradenton, was arrested in possession of 3.3 grams of marijuana, a marijuana pipe and a small amount of methadone, after police found him unconscious at the ramp.

March 14, DWI. An Anna Maria woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after witnesses following her on the bridge on Manatee Avenue said she crossed the centerline several times, nearly hitting oncoming traffic. Elizabeth D. Hayes, of Anna Maria, failed field sobriety tests. Her blood alcohol was measured twice, once at .218 and the other at .210. After pleading with the arresting officer to let her go, Hayes, 19, apparently asked the officer out on a date.

March 14, driver's license. An Indiana man was issued a summons to appear after police stopped him for passing cars on the right and discovered his driver's license expired six years ago.

March 14, suspicious call. A school employee reported a strange phone call and police discovered several other school employees also received the same call from a Texas telephone number.

March 15, violation of probation (drugs). Christopher Jeffries, 31, of Holmes Beach, was arrested on violation of probation for a previous charge of possession of methamphetamine.

March 17, assist Florida Highway Patrol. A Bradenton woman was involved in a St. Patrick's Day accident on the Anna Maria Island Bridge that tore out a section of the concrete rails on the west end of the bridge. Jacqueline Cate, 30, of Bradenton, was found still in her smashed car when police arrived at 11:38 p.m. Cate's car was in the westbound lane, the left front bumper shredded and spread across both lanes of traffic. Police stated in the report that they smelled alcohol on Cate and a witness told them he had been with her at an Island bar and that she had had too much to drink.

March 19, vehicle burglary. Two men were missing cash and credit cards after someone drilled a hole in the lock and took the goods from the wallets they had left on the center console of the car.

March 19, beverage law. A 19-year-old Bradenton man was charged with illegal possession of alcohol by someone under 21. Police stopped the man after witnesses said he almost hit someone on a bicycle.

March 20, theft. A woman filed a complaint that someone had made off with metal turtles that were on her back porch.

March 20, theft. A woman reported someone stole four checks and cashed them for a total of $2,145

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