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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Streetlife

Anna Maria

March 29, Gulf Drive and Spring Avenue, traffic accident. A vehicle reportedly veered off the road and knocked down a pedestrian-crosswalk sign.

March 30, 200 block of Spruce Avenue, information. According to the report, several people carrying a sailboat off the beach were seen crossing through 20 yards of sea oats. Deputies informed them of the consequences if they damage sea oats.

March 31, 9500 block of Gulf Drive, domestic disturbance. A woman was given a victim's rights booklet and domestic violence packet after she informed deputies that her husband became angry with her and smashed her cell phone.

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March 22, 2513 Gulf Drive, Circle K, theft. A woman drove away without paying for the gas she pumped.

March 26, 1300 block of Gulf Drive, alcohol violation. A juvenile was arrested for possession of alcohol and released into the custody of his father.

March 27, 100 block of Bay Drive South, aggravated assault. A man was arrested after brandishing a knife during a fight with another man. According to the report, witnesses saw the suspect approach and yell at three men attempting to get in their boat. The suspect was seen grabbing one of the men and throwing him off the dock and then pulling out and waving a knife at the victim. According to the report, the suspect told police he acted in selfdefense and approached the men because he didn't like the way two of the men were treating the third elderly man on the boat.

March 28, 400 block of Highland Avenue, traffic arrest. A man was arrested for driving without a license after officers received a report he was driving erratically.

March 30, 700 block of Gulf Drive South, warrant arrest/drug arrest. James Gaines, 34, of Bradenton, was stopped for speeding and arrested on a Manatee County warrant for grand theft. After he was placed in custody, officers reportedly found a crack pipe in the defendant's pocket. According to the report, officers found several packs of frozen fish and other frozen commercial food packages stolen from an area company. The vehicle Gaines was driving was also found to be stolen. Gaines was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest with violence. Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted with investigating the stolen merchandise.

March 28, 900 Gulf Drive S., Cortez Beach, grand theft. Officers received a report regarding stolen surfboards. While on route, officers observed a vehicle speeding along the beach parking area, while traffic was backed up approximately two miles on the road. According to the report, officers saw several surfboards hanging out the vehicle's trunk and attempted to stop the driver, who fled from police. Officers followed the defendants and saw them throw the surfboards out of the car and then abandon the vehicle in a parking lot. The surfboards, although severely damaged, were recovered and the vehicle was towed. According to the report, both suspects were arrested when they attempted to retrieve the vehicle from the tow company.

Holmes Beach

March 26, 3100 block of Avenue F, burglary. A woman reported money missing from a purse she kept in a drawer in her bedroom.

March 27, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, criminal mischief. A man reported his parked car was scratched by a sharp object along both sides of the vehicle.

March 28, 200 block of 67th Street, contempt of court. A man was arrested on a Charlotte County contempt of court warrant.

March 29, 6600 Gulf Drive, Resort 66, theft. Management reported the theft of four televisions and two video-cassette recorders. According to the report, management recently completed an inventory after the completion of six months of renovation.

March 29, 8200 block of Gulf Drive, driver's license. A driver was stopped after officers witnessed his car veer into the bike path several times. The driver was cited for driving with a suspended license.

March 30, 6306 Gulf Drive, Blue Water Beach Club, burglary. A vacationing couple reported their wallets stolen from their room.

April 1, 300 block of 67th Street, suspicious incident. A man was taken into custody and transported to a treatment facility at his request.

April 1, 7100 Gulf Drive, Natulius condominiums, burglary. A woman reported that her wallet was returned to her by Bradenton Beach Police although she hadn't been aware it was stolen.

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