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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending May 31, 2019

The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy.

May 25

Expired tag

8:18 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to 2100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to an expired tag. The vehicle was a white Volvo. Officer Schoepfer located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver who advised he has several vehicles and thought he took care of the registration but would go online and fix the expired tag. The driver was issued a verbal warning for the violation.

Boating violation

3:29 p.m.

Officer Connors, while on marine patrol in the area of Jewfish Key, observed a boat operating on plane with an excessive wake in a “slow speed, minimum wake” zone. Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop and advised the operator the reason for the stop. Officer Connors issued the operator a verbal warning for the wake zone violation and was educated on the “slow speed, minimum wake” zone.

Boat rescue

9:36 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Grand Bay Blvd. for a boat rescue call approximately a half mile east of Grand Bay Boulevard. Longboat Key Fire Department Fireboat 09 made contact with the vessel which was stuck on a sandbar. There were five adults and six children on board and no injuries were reported. Longboat Key Firefighters were able to move the boat from the sandbar and escorted them to the 10th Street boat ramp. Officer Nazareno was unable to obtain the vessel and occupants information due to them being moved outside of jurisdiction. Case closed.

May 26

Suspicious vehicle

1:53 a.m.

Officer Smith while on patrol in the area of 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, observed a vehicle parked in the parking lot of Bayfront Park. While making a check of the vehicle, Officer Smith observed a subject crawling out from under a stack of clothes in the backseat. Officer Smith made contact with the woman, and informed her that the park was closed and she would have to leave. Officer Smith made a check of the subject and the return indicated negative for warrants. The woman left the area without incident, case closed.

Brush fire

5:10 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to Emerald Harbor Drive in reference to a brush fire. Upon arrival, Longboat Key Fire Department was putting out a tree and brush fire. It was determined the tree had made contact with power lines that started the fire. The fire was put out by the Fire Department, there was no damage to the residences in the area. The homeowner was on site and notified. No power lines were down. Case closed.

May 27

License suspended

1:34 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 2600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a driver’s license suspension. Officer Bergeron located the vehicle headed southbound in the 2600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Officer Bergeron activated his emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop. Officer Bergeron made contact with the driver who was not the owner. The driver advised that the owner has let him borrow the van for a job. Officer Bergeron advised the driver to tell the owner that he has a suspended license and that he should address the issue as soon as possible to avoid further penalties.

Four alarm toast fire

8:41 a.m.

Officer Bidwell responded to Bayport for activated fire alarm. A resident had burned a piece of toast which set off the fire alarm. Case status, closed.

Property damage

1:32 p.m.

Officer Bidwell was dispatched to Fair Oaks Lane in reference to an incident to a parked car that happened in the evening of May 26 at the Moorings located at Harbourside Drive. Officer Bidwell met with the complainant on arrival. The complainant advised he drove his Lexus to the Moorings to visit friends at or near 4:45 p.m. The complainant advised he left the area at 10:30 p.m. He said he parked about five or six spots south from the pool pavilion and noted at the time there was a black Jeep with no top that had parked in the area nearby. The complainant left the Moorings without incident and then today noted that his right rear lower market light and bumper had been damaged. The complainant wished a report made to file with his insurance company to repair the damage. The complainant was unsure of who may have caused the damage and there was no paint transfer visible. Officer Bidwell gave him a case number and said he should contact police for further assistance if needed.

Suspicious person

1:46 p.m.

Officer Bidwell along with Officer Vogt was dispatched to the beach access on 2800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a large group of people near a tent cooking on a grill. Officer Bidwell located eight people underneath a pop up sunshade tent next to a very small barbeque grill which was not lighted. Per Town ordinance the grill was not allowed on the beach as well as the tent. The group was very cooperative and was enjoying the day at the beach, and no signs of foul play were observed.

Boating violation

4:20 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol, observed a personal water craft operating on plan with an excessive wake in a “slow speed, minimum wake” zone in the area of Longboat Pass. Officer Connors also observed the rear passenger not wearing a personal floatation device. Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop and advised the operator the reason for the stop. The operator was unable to produce a floatation device for the passenger. Officer Connors issued the operator a citation for required safety equipment and a verbal warning for the wake zone violation. Case closed.

May 29

Destination: Circle K

5:10 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to the Longboat Pass Bridge for a report of two white men who may be intoxicated. Officer Nagell located the subjects who were attempting to walk to the Circle K on Bradenton Beach. One subject was assisting his friend who had too much to drink. Officer Nagell provided them a ride to the Circle K so they could meet their ride home.

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