July 14, 2010
July 3 "Sound Swimming" 12:54 a.m. — Noise Disturbance. Police responded to a home after receiving a complaint of loud kids playing in the pool. The swimmers were asked to take the party inside, and they agreed to do so.
July 7, 2010
June 21 "Snake Charmer" 5:24 p.m. — Animal Rescue. Police noticed an unsteady bicyclist swerving into Gulf of Mexico Drive. Police discovered he was holding a snake in his hand while riding. Police stopped the bicyclist, took the 3-foot dead rat snake from him and promised to give it a proper burial.
July 1, 2010
A man called to report he was the victim of a drive-by fruiting. While driving south on Gulf of Mexico Drive, he reported he heard something hit his passenger window and then saw a mango lying in the road while two juveniles ran away from the scene. Their parents promised it would not happen again.
June 23, 2010
Money hungry 12:08 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Lost Property. A man reported that his wife left her purse in a grocery store shopping cart. The purse was not found.
June 15, 2010
June 6 "Swamp thing" 7:15 p.m. — 500 block of Gunwale Lane. Code Enforcement. Police noticed a pool that had turned into a swamp from lack of maintenance and discovered the house was in foreclosure.
June 9, 2010
May 29 A little off the top 8:49 a.m. — 500 block of Ranger Lane. Property Damage. A man told police he wished to make a formal complaint after realizing that his neighbor's gardener trimmed a bush 6 inches past the property line. Police reprimanded the gardener, who told police he was not licensed to perform trimming skills. The neighbor was exasperated by the situation, telling police it wasn't "a big deal."
June 2, 2010
May 24 Extended stay 9:51 a.m. — 700 block of Tarawitt Drive. Parking Violation. Police observed a 40-foot Bluebird Presidential motor home parked in a front yard. A business card was left on the windshield that advised the owner that an ordinance exists that prohibits motor-home parking for an extended period of time.
May 26, 2010
May 17 Real Christmas-tree car scent 1:56 a.m. — 600 block of GMD. Traffic Violation. Police pulled over a woman leaving the Chart House parking lot late at night. It was discovered the woman was a receptionist for a real-estate agency and was working late. Police, however, found it odd that the woman had a dead Christmas tree lying in the back of her car. She said it was too heavy for her to carry.
May 19, 2010
May 7 Weapon watch 5:43 p.m. — Off the Key. Assist Other Agency. Sarasota police advised Longboat officers to be on the lookout for a 50-year-old man with brown hair and a mustache walking northbound with a gun in his hand. The man could not be located.
May 12, 2010
May 3 Bright spot 8:47 a.m. — 1000 block of GMD. Found Property. A town employee found a black eyeglasses case containing a partial set of sunglasses and a cleaning cloth in Country Club Shores.
Resident keeps eye on the pie
Inspired by her mother’s homemade banana cream pie, Bird Key resident Kim Manning had a sweet idea: key lime with a twist.
Show us your spirit this season
This week, our reporters will make our final decisions on our favorite displays of holiday cheer for our “Spirit of the Season” contest. This year’s competition isn’t limited to lights.
Paint the town red and green
This year, we won’t just be on the lookout for the most festive holiday lights on the Key. We’ll be on the prowl for anything that embodies the happiness of the holidays with our new “Spirit of the Season” contest.