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A case of dock, dock, loose

Police recover a hazard to navigation, and other police reports from around Longboat Key.


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Friday, Dec. 9

Forgive them

8:54 a.m., 4200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Alarm: Several members of a church congregation met an officer as he arrived to investigate why a burglar alarm went off in the parish hall. The officer found everything on church grounds as it should be, with no sign of a break-in.


Suspiciously sparkly

9:10 p.m., 5200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Suspicious incident: A gulf-front resident alerted police to a brightly decorated vessel heading north along the coast, about a mile offshore. An officer explained to the caller that there were several boat parades in the area over the weekend.


Saturday, Dec. 10

Dock, dock, loose

11:55 a.m., 4100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Boating call: A dock that likely broke away from a neighborhood during late-season tropical storms was causing a navigational hazard, police were told. The town’s marine patrol officer and another officer moved the adrift dock to a safe area to await removal by the Public Works Department.


Sunday, Dec. 11

Parking with pups

1:56 a.m., 3600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Suspicious vehicle: While on routine patrol, an officer stopped to investigate a car parked illegally on the west side of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The officer first issued a parking citation, then encountered the vehicle’s owner returning from the beach carrying two dogs. The officer issued a dog-on-the-beach warning, as well.


Our hooman made us do it

1:59 p.m., Greer Island

Dog on the beach: A pair of brown dogs, who apparently arrived by boat, were reported to police on the beach, in violation of town ordinances. An officer arrived and found the two brown canines alongside a boat. Following an explanation by the officer of town rules, and a verbal warning, the dogs and their owner departed the way they arrived


Helping hand

8:02 a.m., 400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Citizen assist: An officer rendered aid to a visually impaired caller who reported losing her bearings outdoors. The officer assisted the caller in finding her way.


Monday, Dec. 12

Treasure on the beach

12:31 p.m., police headquarters

Found property: A beachgoer came to the police station with a distinctively designed gold ring found in the sand while searching for seashells. A police staffer locked the ring away for safe keeping until the owner can claim it.


Tuesday, Dec. 13

No need for speed

6:30 p.m., 500 block of Tarawitt Drive

Citizen dispute: An officer sent to investigate a report of a truck-trailer combination consistently driving faster than the neighborhood’s 20 mph limit spoke to the initial caller and learned more about who owns the vehicles. The caller said he confronted the driver of the vehicles about the speed and reported feeling threatened by his response. The officer reported he would speak to the owner of the vehicle, who lives nearby and advise him of the threatening nature of the original complaint.


Wednesday, Dec. 14

All shook up

10:06 a.m., 800 block of Binnacle Point Drive

Noise complaint: A resident called police to complain that a construction project nearby was causing vibrations in his home. The officer explained that that project was lawful and complying with town rules. In speaking with the construction supervisor, the officer learned two more days of work were planned, then the project would be completed.


Free!

10:24 a.m., 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Fire assist: Police and fire-rescue personnel arrived at the scene of a stuck elevator to render assistance. The building’s maintenance staff was able to free the people in the elevator.


Blown away

10:59 a.m., 300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Traffic hazard: A vehicle with out-of-state license plates was spotted parked in the bike lane. As an officer pulled in behind to investigate, he was met with the vehicle’s owner who said an important document flew out of a window while he was driving and he pulled over to retrieve it. The driver was not ticketed.


Thursday, Dec. 15

No longer welcome

1 p.m., 3200 block of Harbourside Drive

Citizen dispute: Police were called to the scene of a dispute between a supervisor and a recently fired employee. The dispute, which arose while the employee was collecting his belongings, concerned money. The fired employee was no longer on the premises when the officer arrived, but was told by telephone that he was not welcome to return to the property.


Friday, Dec. 16

Oh, he works for me

10:40 a.m, 500 block of Yardarm Lane

Suspicious person: An out of town homeowner watching his property via a remote video system called the police when a man arrived in a white pickup and walked to the backyard and deck area. An officer found the interloper, though quickly learned he was a representative of a construction company assigned to survey the property’s dock. A check with the property owner confirmed the company was authorized to do such work.


 

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Eric Garwood

Eric Garwood is the managing editor of the Longboat Observer and the Sarasota Observer. Since graduating from University of South Florida in 1984, he's been a reporter and editor at newspapers in Florida and North Carolina.

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