Does the shoe fit?
4:18 p.m. — 100 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman reported that an older white man wearing dark sunglasses and dark shorts was filming a young female, who appeared to be between the ages of 10 and 12. The woman said that the girl was wearing a bikini, makeup and high heals and was bending over while the man took pictures. Police were unable to find the couple but found a heel and shoe prints on the sand that were possibly big enough to fit an adult female.
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Burning the midnight candle
9:30 a.m. — 3100 block of Whitfield Avenue. Suspicious incidents. The complainant reported he found a candle burning when he arrived at work today. When the owner and another employee left the night before, the candle was on the front desk and not lit. There were no signs of forced entry. The business has had to release disgruntled employees in the past. The incident was documented.
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3:37 a.m. — 1900 block of Ringling Boulevard. Suspicious Circumstance. A man told police his friend might be missing. He explained that she left a pizza parlor to pay her bar tab she had forgotten about, and they hadn’t seen her since. She called and texted the man later to report she was OK and was spending the night at a hotel.
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‘Drugs, officer, not booze.’
9:38 p.m. — 2100 block of Higel Avenue. Driving Under the Influence. A deputy stopped a 52-year-old male driver because he appeared to be driving erratically. The deputy also reported the man slurred his words. When the deputy asked the man to perform sobriety exercises, the man said he would do them, but the man could not keep his balance. The deputy then transported the man to the jail. There, the man refused to take the breathalyzer test. He told the deputy, “It was the drugs,” not alcohol. The deputy additionally reported the man kept repeating himself and asking another law enforcement officer to take him home.
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13 Holidays around the Ranch
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13 Holidays Around the Ranch-Lakewood Ranch
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14 FREE Pictures with Santa Cow!
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14 Gingerbread Houses
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15 A 1913 Florida Cracker Christmas
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15 Gingerbread Houses
16 Cooking Class: Asian Grilling Techniques
Members and guests of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club ventured Dec. 4 to Orlando, to view holiday decorations at the Grand Floridian and to have lunch at Downtown Disney.
The Play Readers of the Asolo Repertory Theatre Guild were in fine form as they entertained at the Art Association of Palm-Aire’s opening winter luncheon with “Fractured Fairy Tales.”
Catapulting into first place
Seven Manatee County elementary schools competed in the countywide Technology Student Association catapult competition Nov. 16, at Southeast High School. Students built the catapults on-site.