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Date of Issue: May 12, 2005

Streetlife

Officer Brian Copeman, 26, is the newest addition to the Holmes Beach Police Department. Formerly with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Copeman joined Holmes Beach's finest a month ago and said he thinks it's far better working on the Island than in town. Islander Photo: David Futch

Anna Maria City

May 2, grand theft, 100 block North Shore Drive. A man reported someone stole an expensive watch from his home.

May 3, found property, 100 block Spring Avenue. A man found a license plate in the parking lot of the Sandbar restaurant.

Bradenton Beach

No reports.

Holmes Beach

May 2, missing cat, 5300 block Gulf Drive. A Holmes Beach woman's cat returned after a four-year absence. However, the woman's neighbor approached the cat owner and told her the cat was hers and tried to get the cat owner to hand over the cat. Recently reunited, the cat owner refused and put the cat on a screened porch. Soon after, the cat owner noticed the screen was torn and the cat gone, only to be found at the neighbor's house with the neighbor saying she found the cat two years ago, had been caring for it and that she was the rightful owner.

May 2, missing ornament, 100 block 68th Street. A woman reported an ornament was missing from the front entrance to her home.

May 4, driving while license suspended, 2700 block Gulf Drive. A woman lost her license plate and police found she was driving while her license was suspended.

May 4, burglary to residence, 100 block 47th Street. A Michigan woman arrived to take care of her mother, cleaned the house and removed a number of items to rid the house of too much stuff. The woman had some help from two men and when she arrived the next morning, she discovered someone had broken into the house and stolen an old map of Anna Maria Island, a Chinese vase, a wood carving of oriental figures, a framed painting of a townhouse in New York, a glass bowl and a pellet gun.

May 4, theft, 200 block 85th Street. A fisherman reported someone stole the license plate from his boat trailer.

May 4, driving under the influence, 7100 block Palm Drive. A Bradenton Beach man was arrested for driving under the influence after failing field sobriety tests. Christopher P. Kallaras, 35, was swerving and driving over the center line on Marina Drive and going 25 mph in a 35-mph zone. Kallaras' blood-alcohol content was measured twice, once at .297 and the other at .292.

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