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Woman seeks police assistance for ‘life-threatening’ dog situation

A woman feared for her life when she saw two dogs off leash in a park. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Friday, November 17 

Suspicious talker

4:09 p.m., 400 block of North Shore Road 

Suspicious Person: Longboat police were dispatched to investigate a report of a man talking to himself by a parking lot dumpster. When units arrived on scene, they were unable to locate the man. The caller was unable to describe the man’s clothing or direction of travel, so the case was closed. 

Saturday, November 18 

Bottom-up boat 

8:38 p.m., 2600 block of Harbourside Drive 

Fire Assist: Officers were sent to assist the fire rescue department with an upside down boat tied to another larger boat. Upon arrival, it was determined that the boat was unoccupied and the fire rescue department said they would clean up any possible leaking fluids. The departments were able to track down the boat’s owner using the registration, and the owner said she would call a tow. 

Sunday, November 19

Sidewalk substances 

12:55 p.m., 6000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Found Property: Dispatch sent Longboat officers to respond to a report of found property: 84 pills in a clear plastic bag on the sidewalk. The pills were tentatively identified as painkillers and not a controlled substance. The found property was submitted to evidence for destruction. 

Family feud 

2:22 p.m., 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen Assist: A citizen called in a parking complaint, prompting police response. The responding officer made contact with the caller, who said his daughter parked her pickup truck too close to his vehicle in the parking lot. The officer investigated the parking problem, and saw that the truck was parked legally, and the daughter was not home. In the end, the caller said he would have his neighbor move from the spot behind him so that he could get out. 

Tuesday, November 21

'Life-threatening' situation 

9:46 a.m., 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Animal Complaint: An animal complaint call sent officers to investigate. When police arrived on scene, the responding officer was flagged down by a woman. She said there were two dogs unleashed in the park and that she was in fear for her life, and unable to use the park. The officer asked for the woman’s driver’s license and information to be listed in a code violation complaint, but she refused and wanted to remain anonymous. A search of the park yielded no found dogs. 

Wednesday, November 22

Outdoor fire assist

1:40 p.m., 4600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Fire: The Longboat Key Police Department was sent to meet the fire rescue department at a structure fire call. Prior to arrival, there was reportedly smoke coming out of an outdoor electrical outlet that was then extinguished. A fire rescue official said the fire may have been caused by rain water getting into the outlet, and no injuries were reported on scene. 

Thursday, November 23

Early morning festivities

2:37 a.m., 6000 block of Lois Avenue

Noise Complaints: An officer was dispatched to a noise complaint call in which the complainant did not wish to meet. At the scene, the officer could hear people talking loudly in the backyard and saw a large group of people in the house. The officer knocked on the door and spoke with one of the group members, who apologized and said they would quiet down. 



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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