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On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending June 19, 2020

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

June 12

Noise complaint

12:24 a.m.

Officer Smith was dispatched to 3700 Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a noise complaint. Officer Smith arrived and made contact with the caller and she stated her neighbor was slamming her door earlier in the night. Officer Smith attempted to make contact with the resident but met with negative results.

 

Marine rescue

6:41 a.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol, was dispatched to 3600 Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a marine rescue in regard to a sailboat sinking. Upon arrival, it was determined that the vessel was aground and awaiting Sea Tow. No further police services were needed.

 

Illness

7:30 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Hughes Street in reference to a 70-year-old female patient needing medical assistance. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by Longboat Key Fire and Rescue who were attending to the female patient and stated they did not need any further assistance from the Longboat Key Police Department and would be transporting the patient to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Nothing further to report. Case cleared.

 

Citizen assistance

9:58 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to the 5000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to an anonymous caller concerned regarding construction equipment in the area blocking traffic. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio made a check of the area from the 4300-5100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and found nothing regarding the caller’s concern. The only work being done was in the 4700 Block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, by a utilities company which had utilized proper “road work” signage, traffic cones and all vehicles present were parked off the roadway not causing traffic to be blocked at all. Nothing further to report. Case closed.

 

Citizen dispute

10:10 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to 3300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a verbal disturbance between the maintenance manager and a resident. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the maintenance manager. The maintenance manager stated that he was approached by a resident about cutting a tree down in his yard. The maintenance manager told the resident that the board had the tree cut down not him. The maintenance manager stated that they had a few choice words back and forth before walking away. The maintenance manager stated that he called the police to make a report. The resident stated the same as the above statement, except he thought that the maintenance had cut the tree down own his own accord. The resident stated that he will not engage in any further conversation with the maintenance manager anymore. Officer Hodo noted that no crime had been committed verbal argument only. At this time the officer conducted no further investigation.

 

Trespassing

12:55 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to 1700 block of Gulf Of Mexico Drive in reference to trespassers parking in the parking lot and walking to the beach area. Officer Hodo noted in the comments that the complainant did not want to meet. Officer Hodo arrived and walked onto the beach in an attempt to locate. Officer Hodo located a group of kids by the water. The officer asked if they had parked in the parking lot they replied “yes they did” and that they were getting ready to leave. At this time Officer Hodo conducted no further investigation.

 

Boat warning

3:21 p.m.

While on marine patrol in the area of Jewfish Key, Officer Connors observed a boat operating on plane, with an excessive wake, in a posted “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake” zone. Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop and advised the operator of the violation. Officer Connors issued the operator a verbal warning and was educated on the violation.

 

Boat onshore

3:30 p.m.

While on marine patrol, Officer Connors was dispatched to the area of Sands Pt. Rd. for a report of a boat on the beach. Upon arrival, Officer Connors observed no violations and later informed the complainant that no violations were observed and that boats are allowed to pull on to the beach.

 

Suspicious incident

9:08 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to a home at Spanish Main  in reference to a suspicious incident.  The complainant states that the suspect called her from the listed phone number three times. The suspect accused the complainant of drinking pool water through a bendy straw at Spanish Main Club. Officer Ascencio attempted to contact the suspect, but it came back to an answering machine at the Spanish Main Yacht Club. Case Closed.

 

June 13

Medical assistance

8:24 a.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to 1200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a 84 year-old male patient needing medical lift assistance. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio was met by Longboat Key Fire and Rescue who were attending to the male patient and stated they did not need any further assistance from the Longboat Key Police Department. Nothing further to report. Case cleared.

 

Boat warning

1:22 p.m.

While on marine patrol in the area of New Pass, Officer Connors observed a boat operating on plane, with an excessive wake, in a posted “Idle Speed, No 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 and was educated on the violation. Case clear.

 

June 14

Noise complaint

12:41 a.m.

Officer Ascencio, Sgt. Smith and Officer Martinson responded to Halyard Lane on a noise complaint. In the comments of the call, the complainant stated that the noise was coming from the back of the house. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio could hear loud music and singing. Officer Ascencio spoke with the owner of the home/ violator. She stated they would turn down the music. The complainant did not want to meet and dispatch only gave a phone number in the comments of the call. Case cleared with a verbal warning.

 

Suspicious vehicle

9:38 a.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to Putter Lane, in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the complainant. The complainant stated that she observed a gray pick-up truck with a dog in the back seat driving through the area very slow. The complainant stated that she became suspicious and called the police to make a report. While en route the vehicle in question was stopped at Gulf Of Mexico Dr and Bay Isles Pkwy by the Marine unit. Marine unit made contact the driver of the vehicle who told the officer that he was driving his dog around the key. The driver is also a resident of Longboat Key. Officer Hodo noted that no crime had been committed and the mentioned information documented in this report. The officer also passed the above information onto the complainant. At this time Officer Hodo conducted no further information. Case Status: Case Cleared.

 

Suspicious person

1:54 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to 6600 block of Gulfside Road in reference to several subjects using the beach behind that location. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio made contact with the complainant who related the subjects had departed and that they were using the beach located in the rear of her neighbor’s residence which were away on vacation. Officer Puccio informed the complainant that the beach that was being used by the subjects in question was public and not private which she stated that she did not know. She also inquired about boats mooring just off the beach and coming ashore which the officer also informed her was allowed. The complainant appreciated the info and Officer Puccio informed her to feel free to call if there appears to be any nefarious activity. Nothing further to report.

 

Sunday construction

4:22 p.m.

Officer Puccio was dispatched to Laguna Drive in reference to construction work being done on Sunday. Upon arrival, Officer Puccio met with someone of a roofing company and explained to her that construction work is not allowed on Sunday in the Town of Longboat Key. The roofing worker apologized and stated she wasn’t aware of that and ceased all construction work without incident. Nothing further to report.

 

June 15

Trespassing

10:01 a.m.

Officer Tillman responded to a vessel tied to the boat dock at Broadway. Upon arrival Officer Tillman spoke with the complainant who stated that he noticed the boat had been tied off overnight and requested that Officer Tillman check on them. Officer Tillman proceeded to the boat and spoke with the owner. She stated that her family ate at the restaurant late last night and could not find a mooring line in the bay before deciding to stay tied to the dock overnight. She advised that they were leaving shortly and on their way to Ft Desoto and apologized for the inconvenience.

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