July 28, 2010
July 15 Mysterious message 7:24 a.m. — 4800 block of GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A man told police that he believed someone entered his condominium, while he was sleeping in his recliner with the television on, and left a scrolling message on his laptop that read, 'Ah, love the beach, you should turn off your TV. It wastes so much electricity.' An open screen door and smudges on a sliding-glass door were also noted.
July 21, 2010
July 6 "Wallet whereabouts" 1:57 p.m. — Lost Property. A man reported losing his wallet on the beach. The wallet contained $50, a driver’s license and several credit cards.
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.
17 Night of Fish, Fun & Fright
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Durante dog, owner well after raccoon run-in
Last week, we reported on a scuffle between a black dog and a group of raccoons that occurred at dusk near Joan Durante Park.
Golfer scores her first hole in one
Liz Lang scored her first hole in one July 8, on the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside White Course, while celebrating her friend, Jane Hunter’s birthday.
Tiny trio tours safety facilities
Commissioner Lynn Larson’s three grandchildren, Zander, 9, Zora, 8, and Zoe Ramsey, 5, got a close-up look at what Longboat Key police and firefighters do to keep residents safe earlier this month, during a tour of the police and north fire stations.