- April 28, 2020
No more flying
12:25 p.m., Police headquarters
Found property: A passer-by near the police department building flagged down an officer to hand off an airline-miles credit card which had been found. The officer took the card into possession of the police department.
1 p.m., 600 block of Bayport Way
Rescue call: A police officer was sent with fire-rescue to assist a resident who had fallen. The resident was taken to the hospital for treatment.
1:45 p.m., 5900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Alarm: Police were sent to home in connection with an activated intruder alarm. On the way to the address, the officer was notified the alarm had been set off accidentally by the homeowner. The alarm-monitoring company relayed word that the proper code had been given, and no further police response was needed.
Real, lost money
3:08 p.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway
Found property: An employee at a grocery store called police after finding currency on the floor. Before taking custody of the bills, police confirmed their authenticity. The currency's serial numbers were recorded and the cash was locked away at police headquarters for safe keeping.
4:50 p.m., 400 block of Longboat Club Road
Rescue call: A police supervisor responded with fire-rescue personnel to assist with a case of a person who had fallen on the beach and was injured. The call did not require a trip to the hospital.
7:51 p.m., 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Suspicious circumstance: A gathering on the beach with torches drew the attention of a caller to police. An officer arrived to find a party of about eight people in the middle of a wedding ceremony.
10:25 p.m., 6300 block of Laguna Avenue
Noise complaint: Noise from a swimming pool was reported to police by a caller who did not want to leave a name. When an officer arrived to investigate, the pool area was empty, and there was no noise.
10:53 p.m., 700 block of Jungle Queen Way
Fire: An officer responded with fire-rescue on a report of sparks coming from overhead power lines following contact with a falling tree. Florida Power & Light was contacted, and fire-rescue personnel determined the sparks were not causing a hazard.
Dog shopping day
11:30 a.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway
Animal: Police helped reconnect a dog and owner after the golden retriever was reported walking around a shopping center parking lot. The owner, who had been shopping inside, said the car window must have been opened far enough for the dog to jump out.
Alarm, but no fire
7:30 p.m., 600 block of Longboat Club Road
Alarm: On two occasions within 20 minutes, fire alarms indicated trouble. On the first, cooking smoke was connected to the alarm. On the second, the alarm was found to be false.
Crash with injuries
10:05 a.m., 500 block of Russell Street
Rescue call: A bicycle rider who crashed received minor injuries and did not require a trip to the hospital. Police and fire-rescue units responded.
Doing it right
10:40 a.m., 5000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Traffic control: An officer assisted with traffic control while a car-transport truck backed into a community to deliver.
2:58 p.m., 6200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Parking: Police were alerted to a vehicle reported to be parked improperly along northbound Gulf of Mexico Drive. An officer arrived to find a truck and trailer on the side of the road, blocking the view to the north from a side street. The driver said he had parked similarly before without complaint and would appreciate a warning. A citation was written for illegal parking.
3:18 p.m., 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Rescue call: A bicycle rider sustained an arm injury in a crash and was taken to the hospital for further treatment.
Two trucks, two tickets
8:14 a.m., 2600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Parking: A pair of car-hauling tractor-trailers were spotted by police in the turn lane of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Both drivers were issued citations for parking on the roadway.
No fishing today
10:17 a.m., 100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Public service: Five people fishing were asked to leave a closed-to-the-public town park.
Do better next time
11:44 a.m., 4900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Parking: The driver of a landscaping-service truck was told it was illegal to block the bicycle lane. Parking entirely in the grass is permitted, as is parking within the community in which the crew is working, the driver was told. The driver apologized and left the area.
3:53 p.m., 700 block of Broadway Street
Public service: A food-delivery driver called police with concerns about an order that seemingly originated from a vacant home. Worried about safety, the driver sought a police presence while completing the delivery. While the officer was on the way, the driver learned the food order came from a boat anchored near the Linley Street boat ramp, not an empty home. The delivery driver apologized the miscommunication.
Socially distancing at work
11:09 a.m, 700 block of Old Compass Road
Traffic: Police asked the owner of a car parked alongside the road to move it to better allow traffic to pass. While on the scene, an officer took note of a construction crew that had also been the subject of a complaint. The officer noted the seven-member crew was properly distancing themselves while on the job.
It didn’t park itself
2:16 p.m., 100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Parking: An officer left a parking citation on a vehicle found in front of the barricades at a town park. A check of the area did not result in locating a person connected with the car.
9:06 p.m., 2200 block of Harbour Court Drive
Public service: Police were called to a report of water leaking from a backflow regulator. The caller had turned off the flow and reported the incident to the out-of-town homeowner.