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Moment worthy of extra celebration

A couple asked a police officer to help them celebrate their engagement. This and more Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Friday, March 10

Stop barking

2:27 p.m., 600 block of Lands End Drive 

Animal complaint: An officer was dispatched after an individual called to complain about a dog barking nearby. The officer was unable to get in contact with the property owner after knocking and announcing his presence. The dog in question was seen barking on the deck of the home. A neighbor called the homeowner who said they would have someone come by and take the dog inside. 

Lost on vacation 

4:48 p.m., Longboat Key Police Department 

Found property: A resident came to the department to turn in a wallet she had found on the south end. Upon inspection, a phone number was unable to be found for the wallet’s owner. Department staff was able to locate the phone number and address of the wallet owner’s mother, who gave permission to give the wallet to her grandson, who was also vacationing on the island.

Just nature

8:48 p.m., 500 block of Companion Way 

Animal complaint: Police were called when a resident heard what seemed to be a raccoon attacking another raccoon. The officer told the resident such activities are natural.

Saturday, March 11

Worthy of celebration

1:07 p.m., Broadway Street Pier 

Citizen assist: While on marine patrol, the officer was flagged down by a man and a woman. The man told the officer he had just proposed and she said yes. The officer helped the couple celebrate by announcing their engagement over his PA system.

Sunday, March 12

No working on the weekend

12:06 p.m., 6700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Noise complaints from land: A resident called the police to complain about construction noise going on in the unit above hers. The officer spoke with the remodeling company and told them about the town’s noise ordinance rules. The worker apologized, ceased work and promised to pass the information along to his colleagues.

Monday, March 13

Muddy situation 

9:34 a.m., 3500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Traffic hazard: While on patrol, the officer noticed a landscaping vehicle stuck partially in the roadway. The driver said the rear of his vehicle was stuck in the mud. Shortly after, an excavator was used to push the vehicle out of the mud and back onto the road.

No issue

10:46 p.m., 600 block of Halyard Lane 

Suspicious incident: An officer responded to a call about a boat with no navigational lights on. Upon arrival, the officer noticed a cabin cruiser boat anchored offshore with a smaller boat tied to it. The larger boat had navigational lights on. After attempting to get the attention of people who may have been on the boat, the officer left as no violations were observed.

Tuesday, March 14

Protector of trees 

12:19 p.m., 700 block of Longboat Court

Citizen dispute: A resident was upset by the choice of trees being cut down on the above property. However, she stated she was not the owner of the property and did not want the owner cutting down the trees without speaking with her first. The officer spoke with the property owner who said she had hired the workers and the trees being cut down were on her property and were allowed to be removed. 

Private parking 

1:19 p.m., 3500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Citizen assist: An individual called police about an issue he was having with parking at his condominium unit. The resident said he usually parks in a private spot assigned to his unit, but the owner of the unit he lives in had parked their vehicle in that spot. Because of the issue, he has a violation against him by the homeowners association and his vehicle could be towed. The officer told the resident that he would need to speak to the association as the complex is private property.

Wednesday, March 15

Too late

5:40 p.m., 600 block of Preserve Court 

Noise complaints from land: A resident called police due to construction noise nearby. The officer arrived at the address and noticed a semi truck with a crane unloading construction supplies. The officer informed the worker of the town’s noise ordinance. The worker said he was unaware of the ordinance and ceased work. 

An exception to the rule 

7:19 p.m., 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Dog on the beach: A call was made to police about the presence of a dog on the beach, which is not allowed in the town. The officer spoke with the dog’s owner, who said it was a trained service animal. The original caller was called back and told that because it was a service animal, the dog was allowed to stay on the beach. 

Thursday, March 16

Can you hear me now?

2:16 p.m., 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen assist: Police were sent to the address after a call about some yelling in a vehicle in the Centre Shops parking lot. Officers spoke with the person said to have been yelling and were told the individual has hearing issues and was using his phone. 

Friday, March 17

Another reminder 

7:55 a.m., 6800 block of Longboat Drive 

Noise complaints from land: Several complaints about construction noise at the address warranted police officers to check out the area. Upon arrival, officers could hear a generator and mixing machine being used. Workers on site were informed of the noise ordinance and told to cease work until 8 a.m. A citation was issued to the company responsible for the work as it was the second offense. 

Sad scene

8:06 a.m., 3400 block of Bayou Sound 

Animal complaint: The officer was notified by dispatch of what seemed to be a dead cat lying on the road. The animal turned out to be a rabbit and the town’s Public Works Department was called for assistance in removing the animal from the road. 


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