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Man arrested for gagging, burning woman as a "Lie Detector Test"

Man arrested for gagging, burning woman as a "Lie Detector Test"

Bradenton, FL - Detectives from the Bradenton Police Department arrested 30-year-old Sean S. Thomas of Bradenton, Florida today, on charges of one count of False Imprisonment and one count of Aggravated Battery Causing Bodily Harm or Disability.  

The investigation began when an adult female acquaintance of his reported to police that she and Thomas were involved in an argument on Dec. 1. While at Thomas' residence, she was struck on the head with his fist. She was tied up while he administered a "Lie Detector Test" so he could determine if she had been sleeping with any other men. 

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Groups need more toy donations

Bradenton, Florida - Volunteer elves at the Manatee Salvation Army may soon need to visit "Hermey" the elf dentist from the Rudolph Christmas special. It seems teeth are handier than scissors when it comes to cutting packing tape there.

The volunteers have been busy gathering gifts and filling bag after bag for needy children. The good feeling keeps Nancy Haendel coming back year after year. "Your heart pitter-patters a little bit," she says while picking out gifts for a 6-year-old girl.

If a community's generosity could be measured in bags, the basketball court at the Salvation Army would be it. The floor is covered in large bags for individual families, holding some 10,000 gifts. But the Salvation Army needs just a little bit more.

100 Forgotten Angels children still need gifts!

100 Forgotten Angels children still need gifts!

Bradenton, FL – The Salvation Army in Manatee County needs everyone's help to give the Forgotten Angels children a merry Christmas.

Despite the eager community response, ONE HUNDRED names were still not chosen from our community Angel Trees as of Wednesday, December 15. This means that specific gift donations were not made for the children that fall into this Forgotten Angels category.

Not willing to allow even one child to go without on Christmas morning, The Salvation Army has been asking some community groups and donors to provide items that could be used for a wide range of children. Needed gift items include books, toys or games for a variety of ages, clothing, and learning items.

Baby critical after crashing through ceiling

Baby critical after crashing through ceiling

Bradenton, Florida - Emergency crews have flown a Bradenton baby to the hospital after the infant fell through an attic floor.

Manatee County Sheriff's deputies are on the scene at 906 66th Avenue West.

Investigators say the 14-year-old babysitter took7-month-old girl and a 4-year-old child into the attic and stepped onto an unsupported section of the floor, which gave way. The teenage girl and the baby crashed to the first floor.

The teen was not seriously injured, but the infant has a severe head injury.

Manatee County Fire Rescue responded and the infant was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

Sheriff's deputies say the teen was hiding in the attic after a neighbor accused her of stealing a laptop computer and said the police had been called. 

Authorities are investigating the babysitter as a possible runaway.

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Man arrested for groping woman in courthouse elevator

Man arrested for groping woman in courthouse elevator

Bradenton, Florida -- Deputies inside the Manatee Judicial Complex arrested a Bradenton man Tuesday, accused of assaulting a woman in the court elevator then, minutes later, masturbating in front of another woman. 

Tony Gustin, 41, is charged with battery and disorderly conduct after a 19-year-old woman complained to deputies Gustin grabbed her left breast while in the elevator. 

A second woman was waiting for her boyfriend when she says Gustin called her over while he had his hands down his pants. 

One of the women told investigators Gustin said "Thank you" and "Have a nice day" after inappropriately touching her.

Coyotes prowling Cortez for domestic pets

Coyotes prowling Cortez for domestic pets

Cortez, FL (AP) -- Residents of Cortez are keeping a closer eye on their pets. The reason? Coyotes are believed to have killed about 60 pets over the past few months in this Manatee county fishing village.

Authorities in Manatee County offer this advice: Keep the pets inside and lock up the trash and any outdoor pet food. Most of all, don't feed the coyotes.

Bradenton boy returns home

Bradenton boy returns home

Bradenton, Florida - Eliyas Rene Negron, 11,  returned home this morning.  He had been missing since Friday, when he did not arrive at his Bradenton home after school.

Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies said his mother, Nathasha Velez, stated that she could not answer Nergron's calls after school, possibly to ask if he could spend the night at a friend's house, as he did in the past when he did not come home. She was not sure if he did go to a friend's house and did not know who his friends were or where they lived.

Investigators say the child show up at his home today, details were not immediately available, but the boy is fine and there was no crime involved.