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Longboat Key Thursday, Jul. 11, 2019 1 month ago

Longboat Key Cops Corner: Wake up!

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Police reports from around Longboat Key.
by: Eric Garwood Managing Editor

July 6

Wake up, dude

12:11 a.m., 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Medical rescue: Police responded with fire-rescue to a report of an unconscious person on the beach. When the officer arrived, personnel from Longboat Key Fire-Rescue were talking with a person who reported drinking and passing out. After a medical check, first-responders departed the scene and allowed the person to return to his room.

Rude awakening

4:19 a.m., 600 block of Longboat Club Road

Fire alarm: Police and fire-rescue personnel responded to a building after its fire alarm sounded, prompting an evacuation of residents. After determining there was no smoke or fire in the building, residents were cleared to return to their homes and police departed the scene.

Assist needed

7:28 a.m., 700 block of St. Judes Drive South

Rescue: Police responded along with fire-rescue to a report of an ill person. Once the officer arrived, he reported the patient was being taken to a Manatee County hospital for treatment.

No parking means no parking

11:35 a.m., 200 block of North Shore Road

Traffic: A car parked illegally near the northernmost beach access was ticketed.

Not-so-well-done

9:27 p.m., 600 block of Triton Bend

Fire: Police responded with fire-rescue to a report of a fire in a grill. The homeowner reported a fire had ignited in the grill’s cabinet while he was cleaning it, but the fire was out as first-responders arrived. The homeowner said the contractor initially failed to install a bottom in the storage area, but had done so a day later. It appeared the storage area was where the fire started.

10 for fishing

10:14 p.m., Longboat Pass bridge

Suspicious circumstance: A report of 10 people walking north in the traveling lanes of the Longboat Pass bridge brought an officer to the scene. The officer learned the people were fishing on the northbound side of the bridge, beyond the area fishing is allowed. They were asked to move to the proper area for fishing, and to stop walking in the travel lanes.

July 7

Science!

1:13 a.m., 200 block of Broadway Street

Traffic: A vehicle was found parked in a zone in which parking is forbidden between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The vehicle was identified as an official vehicle from Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, and no citation was issued.

Back up

6:13 a.m., 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Rescue: Police were called with fire-rescue to a report of a lift assist. Once on the scene, the officer was released from the call.

Follow me

8:19 a.m., 4700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Traffic: A caller notified police they were following a recklessly driven vehicle. But before police could respond in the area, the caller said the vehicle turned to a side street. The caller was no longer following, and police did not find a vehicle that matched the caller’s description.

Creative differences

6:33 p.m., 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Disturbance: An argument between three people over how to cook barbecue resulted in a call to police. One of the people involved was asked to leave and did so, returning to an out-of-town home. There was no physical contact during the culinary argument.

A little help

11:26 p.m. 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Public service: An out of town visitor called police seeking help in finding a means to get to the airport. An officer assisted the visitor by calling for a cab, and stayed with him until the cab arrived.

July 8

See ya later, alligator

9:13 a.m., 4900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Animal call: The maintenance team of a condominium community called police to report what they thought was the sound of alligators in a storm drain. Police who responded to the call reported the sound was more likely frogs. Manatee County animal control was notified.

No one there

4:10 p.m., 200 block of Sands Point Road

Abandoned 911 call: A dropped 911 call was received, and an officer sent to investigate. Upon the officer’s arrival, it was determined the call was caused by construction in the area.

Here, doggie

5:10 p.m., 700 Jackson Way

Dog call: Police were sent to a neighborhood on a call about a loose dog. Once in the area, the officer searched for the dog but couldn’t find it.

July 9

No fire

5:33 p.m., 5000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Alarm: A fire alarm was activated in a home, which resulted in a response from the police and fire departments. The home was checked, and no smoke or fire was seen.

All is secure

8:01 a.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Road

Security check: An officer making a security check on a church discovered a door that was unsecured, though there was no sign of forced entry or a break-in. A key holder from the church was called to come to the property and secured the building.

No trouble here

12:54 p.m., 600 block of Kingfisher Lane

Alarm: An officer was sent to check out an activated intruder alarm at a home. The officer checked the perimeter of the home and found it secure and nothing indicating a break-in had taken place.

Open

9:50 p.m., 1200 block of Bogey Lane

Suspicious circumstance: An officer was called to a home on a report of an open front door. An officer found no signs of forced entry and nothing inside appeared out of the ordinary. Two cars were in the garage, but the officer reported the home appeared to not be currently occupied. The front door was secured before the officer left.

July 10

Helping out

1:47 p.m., 1100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Rescue: A police sergeant responded to a slip and fall call that ordinarily would have been handled by fire-rescue. All fire-rescue units were tied up with a gas-main break elsewhere on the island.

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