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Police investigate report of loud screaming

A late-night complaint about a woman screaming prompted a police response. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Friday, Aug. 18

Water troubles 

6:02 p.m., 800 block of Spanish Drive South

Citizen Assist: Longboat Key Police Department officers were dispatched to respond to a water main break. On scene, an officer made contact with a foreman with Florida Power and Light. He had the situation under control. No further law enforcement assistance was needed. 

Missing personal watercraft 

8:58 p.m., Beer Can Island 

Boat-Miscellaneous: A Longboat Key Police Department marine patrol officer was asked to assist Longboat Key Fire Rescue after a report of a personal watercraft operator who hadn’t returned after dark. The two agencies met the caller at a boat ramp in Bradenton Beach. The watercraft operator was being towed to the dock. He had run out of fuel. 

Rowdy evening 

11:15 p.m., 3000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Noise Complaint: An officer responded to a late-night noise complaint. Upon arrival, the officer located the source of the noise and told the offender to shut things down for the night. 

Saturday, Aug. 19 

False alarm 

6:04 a.m., 500 block of Putting Green Lane 

Suspicious Incident: Multiple officers responded to a reported burglary in progress. On scene, the complainant stated there were beeps coming from an alarm upstairs. Officers searched the residence in question but saw no signs of people nor forced entry. 

Sunday, Aug. 20 

Suspicious pool party 

10:50 p.m., 6000 block of Longboat Drive South 

Noise Complaint: Longboat police officers investigated a report of a female screaming. On the scene, the officers heard some screaming and went on foot to find the source. The officers located a group in a private pool making the loud noises. A parent was advised of the noise ordinance and was issued a warning. 

Monday, Aug. 21

Road block 

11:57 a.m., 600 block of Norton Street 

Citizen Assist: A report of illegal parking that blocked traffic prompted police response. The responding officer saw a company pickup truck and trailer parked mid-block, but there was enough room for the patrol vehicle to pass. A resident flagged down the officer and said there had been three work trucks blocking the road, making it impossible for a trash collection service provider to pick up a neighbor's garbage. The officer advised the resident to call trash collection service to let it know the road was clear. The workers were also told that in the future the trucks would need to be parked farther off the road. 

Wednesday, Aug. 23 

Early road trip

3:02 a.m., 6000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen Assist: A disabled motorcyclist’s insurance company called Longboat Key PD to assist. Officers were able to locate the motorcyclist and help jumpstart the battery. He was sent on his way, heading northbound. 

Early start 

7:45 a.m., 500 block of Norton Street 

Noise Complaint: An officer was dispatched to a noise complaint of construction occurring before 8 a.m., but the complainant was not on scene when the officer arrived. The officer met with the crew, which was unaware of the ordinance. The owner of the construction company was notified over the phone about the allowable hours of operation. 



Carter Weinhofer

Carter Weinhofer is the Longboat Key news reporter for the Observer. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, he moved to St. Petersburg to attend Eckerd College until graduating in 2023. During his entire undergraduate career, he worked at the student newspaper, The Current, holding positions from science reporter to editor-in-chief.

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