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Just getting started for the day

A worker well-versed in the town's rules on noise and more in this week's edition of Longboat Key Cops Corner.


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Friday, Dec. 23

Just getting started

7:53 a.m., 5900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Noise complaint: Police spoke to the driver of a dump truck at a work site about a report of work noise taking place before allowed hours. The driver said he was well-versed in the town’s requirements and never begins work before 8 a.m. He added he think someone might have erroneously reported work noise as he backed his truck on to the property, which triggered the familiar beep-beep-beep sound associated with heavy equipment.


Going up?

11:08 a.m., 3300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Animal call: A caller who reported taking in a stray cat told an officer she had found it near the elevator of a condominium complex. Sarasota County Animal Control was called to pick up the cat, which appeared to have been outdoors for some time.


Visiting Longboat

1:12 p.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway

Animal call: A Sarasota woman called Longboat Police while shopping on the island to report finding a lost dog on the mainland. She had brought the dog with her and was returning home. Town police arranged for Sarasota County Animal Control to meet her at her Sarasota residence.


Monday, Dec. 26

Prepared to fly

9:29 a.m., 5000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Animal call: Police were requested to investigate a report of a sick or injured pelican on a resident’s porch. The officer arrived to find a pelican with no outward signs of distress preparing to take off. A message was left with Save our Seabirds.


Help coming

6:31 p.m.,, 2100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Citizen assist: An officer checking out a disabled vehicle on the side of the road learned its driver was safely at home waiting for a roadside-assistance service to pick him up and bring him back to the vehicle, which had a flat tire.


Tuesday, Dec. 27

Fore!

11:30 a.m., 3400 block of Winding Oak

Property damage: A golf course adjacent resident called police over a broken window caused by an errant golf shot. The resident initially contacted the golf course office to report the incident and was told the name of a golfer who had likely been in the area at the time. The resident contacted the golfer, who denied hitting a ball in that direction. Police explained the incident was civil, and not criminal.


Wednesday, Dec. 28

No way around

11:26 a.m., 700 block of St. Judes Drive

Citizen assist: A moving truck delivering furniture caused a problem for a trash truck in a neighborhood served by a narrow street. The trash-collection company called authorities complaining their vehicle could not get past to service the rest of the road. An officer found the moving truck was parked legally. The homeowner said the truck’s crew had finished and would be leaving soon.


Steering clear

12:43 p.m., Gulf of Mexico Drive and North Shore Road

Traffic hazard: A golf cart outing became more troublesome that planned when its front axle broke, disabling the steering mechanism. Pedestrians tried to help push the broken vehicle off the road to a sidewalk, but got it wedged between curbs. A family member was able to push it clear and a tow truck was summoned.


Thursday, Dec. 29

You…dirty…rat

1:47 p.m., 700 block of St. Judes Drive

Animal complaint: A caller reported to police finding a large rat in his residential bathroom. Officers suggested calling an exterminator and also consoled the caller with potential remedies.


Enmeshed in suspicion

9:14 a.m., 500 block of Hornblower Lane

Suspicious vehicle: A man sitting in his unmarked van for more than 10 minutes in a neighborhood raised suspicions. Police arrived to find the van plus a truck/trailer combination bearing the logo of a screen-repair company. The van man said he had arrived before his co-workers and was waiting for them to arrive.


Fish are free

11:39 a.m., 3100 block of Bayou Sound

Suspicious person: Residents called police to report an angler in neighborhood canals. Police explained the waterways are public and people are free to come, go and fish.

 

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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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