5:49 p.m. — 1200 block of GMD. Property Damage. A man reported damages to his rental vehicle, including a dent on the left door, scratches and a missing part of a mirror. The man said he didn’t know when or where the damage occurred.
8:13 a.m. — 6900 block of Poinsetta Ave. Animal Nuisance. Three residents flagged down police to complain about a dog that is frequently left outside for long periods and barks constantly. Police found that the residence has had three dog nuisance complaints in the past five months and plan to make contact with the owner and issue a notice to appear for an ordinance violation.
10:54 a.m. — 600 block of Buttonwood Drive. Code Enforcement. Police verbally warned a woman who was watering her lawn on the wrong day. The woman said she was new to town and didn’t know about the restrictions.
Not made in the shade
2:11 p.m. — 4300 block of Falmouth Drive. Emergency Message/Welfare Check. After an estate executor reported that a condominium unit had been sold and the son of the deceased owner needed to leave, the son told police that he would be leaving the condominium in four days. The estate executor said that the son threatened him at work and again by phone earlier that day. The son told police that the executor knew he would be out by the following Monday and must be up to something “shady.”
Jaguar on the loose
5:37 p.m. — 600 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Suspicious Vehicle. A security guard told police that he allowed several vehicles to pass through a gate, including a white Jaguar. A nearby resident told him that the Jaguar driver was driving erratically and said he didn’t believe the driver was allowed in the area. Police couldn’t find the Jaguar or its driver.
Trip of the trade
4:48 a.m. — 500 block of Forest Way. Fire. Police notified FPL about a tripped wire and transformer after receiving a report of a tree on fire and downed wires.
7:31 p.m. — 6700 block of GMD. Noise Disturbance. A woman reported that an air-conditioning unit was operating loudly. Police didn’t think the sound was any louder than usual but advised the woman on the town’s noise ordinance.
6:30 p.m. — 6800 block of GMD. Public Service. Police responded to a report of a broken water pipe. Upon arrival someone had shut off the water.
9:47 p.m. — Avenue of the Flowers. Suspicious Circumstance. Police found a vehicle running with its lights on and the driver-side window open but couldn’t find anyone in the area. Dispatch contacted the vehicle’s owner, who said that he forgot to lock it and asked police to turn the vehicle off so that he could respond in the morning.
The root of the problem
11:37 a.m. — 600 block of Buttonwood Drive. Suspicious Person. A caregiver reported that a suspicious 6-foot-tall man wearing a multi-color knit cap was knocking at the door and excessively ringing the doorbell. Police found a tree-trimming service business card at the door, located a company vehicle in the area and warned the company’s owner about the town’s ordinance prohibiting solicitation.
Not missing the boat
10:04 a.m. — Off the Key. Unsecured Boat. Police found an empty boat aground on a sandbar while on water patrol. Dispatch contacted the boat’s owner, who said that he was getting supplies and would wait for high tide and remove the boat on his own.
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Lacrosse players engineer spring break
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) lacrosse team members hit the beach on Longboat Key during their recent spring break.
Observer wins 20 Local Media Association awards
Local Media Association, made up of 2,000 newspapers in U.S. and Canada, announced the winners of its 2013 Editorial Contest Monday. The Observer Group won a total of 20 awards among eight of its newspapers, making it the third top company winner.