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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending November 1, 2019

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

Oct. 27

Found property

2:20 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to Broadway in reference to found property. Upon arrival, Officer Tillman spoke with the complainant who stated he found a canoe on Sisters Key that appeared to have been abandoned. The complainant towed the canoe from Sisters Key to Broadway. Officer Nagell and Officer Tillman took the canoe and placed it into property. Officer Nagell attempted to contact the last known registered owner to no avail. .

 

Rescue/injury

7:52 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 5100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a person falling (per Apple watch activation). Upon his arrival, Fire/Rescue located the injured party and assessed his injury on the back of his head. The injured person was on the back lanai and fell back and struck his head on the wall. He was conscious and alert. Fire/Rescue advised that LEO assistance was not needed.

 

Noise disturbance

11:05 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 5800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a noise complaint. The caller advised that subjects at the location were talking very loudly and disturbing them. The caller advised that this has been going on for the past two nights, but didn’t call believing they would keep the loud talking down. Upon Officer Bergeron’s arrival, he heard very loud talking from approximately 10 subjects at the rear of the location. The subjects were on a lanai (which appeared to be a family affair). Officer Bergeron advised them that their talking was very loud and if they could keep it down. They apologized and went inside the residence. Officer Bergeron contacted the caller and advised her of the outcome. She thanked him for his service. Nothing further.

 

Oct. 28

Unsecured boat

10:29 a.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol was dispatched to the area of Linley Street boat ramp for a report of an abandoned vessel. Officer Connors was familiar with the vessel as it was anchored due to being disabled. The boat had no violations other than being anchored within 150 feet of a boat ramp. Officer Connors contacted the owner an advised him of the violation. The owner advised that he would move the vessel.

 

Boating violation

1:24 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol was dispatched to the area of Longboat Pass Bridge for a report of personal watercraft operating recklessly in the area of the bridge. Upon arrival, Officer Connors located no violations but numerous personal watercrafts in the area. Officer Connors advised them of the complaint and educated them on the slow speed areas.

 

Oct. 29

Traffic violation

9:04 a.m.

Officer Puccio while on patrol observed a car driving northbound at a speed of 45 mph in a 35 mph zone. Upon observing the violation, Officer Puccio initiated a traffic stop in the 7000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and made contact with the driver. Officer Puccio explained the reason for the stop and obtained all the required information from him. After a check of the driver’s information which was all valid, a written warning for speeding was issued. The driver was released without incident. Nothing further to report.

 

Parking violation

4:24 p.m.

Officer Puccio while on patrol in the 700 block of Broadway, Officer Puccio observed a car illegally parked in front of Mar Vista Restaurant. The vehicle was parked outside the marked designated spots and was in violation of the Town of Longboat Key parking ordinance. Upon the discovery, Officer Puccio initiated an illegal parking case and issued the registered owner a parking violation, the citation was place in a town envelope and left on the front windshield under the wiper blade.

 

Oct. 30

Traffic accident with pedestrian

10:47 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer while on patrol observed a 2018 Toyota pickup truck violate an activated pedestrian crosswalk with a pedestrian waiting to cross the street. Officer Schoepfer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver who stated he didn’t see the pedestrian crosswalk lights activated until he was just about to pass it. Officer Schoepfer issued the driver a written warning for the violation. The driver said he would pay closer attention to the signage. Case closed.

 

Oct. 31

Table in the water

9:04 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Overlook Park in reference to a large wooden table in the water. Officer Hodo arrived and observed a large wooden picnic table in the water. Officer Hodo with the assistance from a boater was able to tie a rope onto the table and pull it to the east shoreline area. Officer Hodo then tied the table onto a boardwalk rail and notified Public Works. No further investigation.

 

Who let the dogs out?

4:21 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to the police department for a walk in complaint. Officer Hodo spoke with the complainant who stated that his neighbors on Marbury Lane are letting their dogs run loose. The complainant stated that other neighbors have all been telling the owners to use a dog leash. The complainant said that he wanted to make a police report. As Officer Hodo was arriving at Marbury Lane, Officer Hodo observed a woman walking two dogs on a leash later identified as one of the owners. She stated she was approached by some neighbors to walk her dogs on a leash. The owner stated that she will walk her dogs from now on a leash. The woman made no further comment. Officer Hodo issued a verbal warning to the woman concerning the leash law. Nothing further.

 

Tenant/landlord dispute

4:26 p.m.

Officer Tillman responded to the police department in reference to an ongoing landlord/tenant dispute between two men. One of the men needed a copy of the Police reports for his files. Case closed.

 

Fire alarm

9:29 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 1100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for an audible alarm that reportedly had been activated since 4 p.m. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the security officer who advised that the alarm for the overflow from the sprinkler system at Building four is malfunctioning. Officer Nazareno was also advised that maintenance has been working on the issue and the Security Officer also contacted the Property Manager to notify him of the complaint to make sure the alarm system is turned off. Case closed.

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