Running on empty
9:03 a.m. — 5600 block of GMD. Larceny from Business. A business owner told police that someone broke the gas cap off of her truck and stole 20 to 25 gallons of gas. She also reported that two five-gallon gas cans were empty.
Cracking the (area) code
12:06 p.m. — 3400 block of Dock on the Bay. Accidental Call. A woman told police that she must have accidentally dialed 911 while attempting to dial her primary residence’s 919 area code.
Change of direction
4:13 p.m. — 5100 block of GMD. Missing Person. A woman told police that her boyfriend went fishing in a small sailboat and had been missing for three hours. As police obtained information, the woman’s boyfriend called to say that he was at a nearby beach and had experienced difficulty getting back to land because of the wind direction.
White of way
7:34 a.m. — 700 block of Marbury Lane. Vandalism. A woman reported that an unknown person spattered white paint on her driveway and on plants in front of her house.
Wild nights on Longboat Key
11:12 p.m. — 500 block of Broadway. Noise Disturbance. Police responded to a reported “wild party” and found six to eight people having a cookout. There was no music, and police found that the partiers were no louder than would be expected during normal conversation. Nonetheless, police asked the partiers to keep make sure that no one got loud.
12:36 a.m. — 700 block of Broadway. Security Check. A restaurant key holder said he would respond after police found the business unlocked. Police left the scene after receiving another call but later returned and found that the restaurant was still unlocked.
12:37 a.m. — 5600 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. Police received a report of two unknown people walking around a convenience store but were unable to locate the individuals.
1:54 a.m. — 700 block of Spanish Drive North. Suspicious Vehicle. A man reported a suspicious blue van driving around his neighborhood. Police were unable to locate the van.
10:35 a.m. — Broadway and Bayside Drive. Parking Violation. Police observed a Buick parked illegally and found that the driver’s license of the vehicle’s owner was suspended. The woman admitted to driving to the location and said her license was suspended because of an insurance-company error. Police couldn’t charge the woman because they didn’t see her drive the vehicle but confiscated her license.
On the hook
4:55 a.m. — Off the Key. Civil Disturbance. A bridge tender asked police to inform a fisherman of regulations for fishing from a bridge.
Not mulch to see
9:48 a.m. — 700 block of Marbury Lane. Fire. Police and firefighters responded to a brush fire in a flowerbed that possibly started when a cigarette butt was thrown into the mulch. The fire was extinguished quickly with no damage.
Brush with bad luck
4:21 p.m. — 5400 block of GMD. Property Damage. A woman was unable to avoid paint that spilled in the street, and she drove through the spill, getting paint on her vehicle’s tires and underneath the vehicle. The manager of the construction company responsible for the spill asked the woman to obtain two property-damage estimates and bring them to her office.
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8 Sarasota Music Half Marathon
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12 Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon
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17 Hospitabull Evening 'A Taste of Israel'
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On Jan. 29, Jack and Joan Gaul will celebrate their 60th anniversary.
Dora Walters goes by the book for readers
You saw her byline countless times during her 26 years at the Longboat Observer, but now, retired Senior Editor Dora Walters’ byline appears on her new book, “Rewind…Playback: A Collection of Life’s ‘Little’ Memories.”
Encore opening celebration
Members of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce gathered for a ribbon-cutting event Jan. 20, at Amore by Andrea.