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Undercover cop tricks prostitute with fake genitals

Bradenton, Florida -- When an alleged prostitute put an undercover officer on the spot, he was prepared with a rubber... rubber set of genitals to be exact.

Manatee County deputies were conducting a prostitution sting on the night of September 14, when 31-year-old Christina Vavra reportedly got into an undercover deputy's unmarked vehicle.

According to Vavra's arrest report, the undercover deputy asked how much it would cost for oral sex, to which she replied, "You get however much you think you need."

After stopping to get cash, the undercover deputy put several 20-dollar bills in a cupholder, asking that she not take it all so he could have some left over for groceries.

As they exited a parking lot, Vavra reportedly asked the officer to expose his penis.  The deputy pulled out a flaccid rubber replica of a penis and put a condom on it.

Man arms himself with cooler lid, dustpan against deputy

Bradenton, Florida -- Investigators say a man took up some unusual weapons when approached by a Manatee County Sheriff's deputy.

Deputies were called to a Bradenton residence early Wednesday morning, in response to a call of a domestic disturbance. When they arrived, 29-year-old Chris Conard fled the scene.

After the police left, Conard reportedly returned and deputies were again called out to the scene.  As Deputy Matt Betrand was interviewing the person who called for police help, he noticed Conard hiding near a car in the front yard.

Betrand called out for Conard to come out and speak with him, when Conard reportedly became aggressive, picked up a cooler lid, and began swinging it as he walked toward the deputy.

Betrand tried unsuccessfully to take Conard into custody, and Conard then armed himself with a metal dust pan. Fearing he'd be hit by the pan, the deputy moved away from Conard and then deployed his taser.

Man dies while parasailing off Longboat Key

Bradenton, Florida (AP) - A 31-year-old South Carolina man has died after a parasailing boat malfunctioned off Florida in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the Coast Guard, they received a report from the 28-foot parasailing vessel Monday afternoon that CPR was being performed on David Sierazki, who was unresponsive. Sierazki had been parasailing about 1.5 miles off Longboat Key.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Mariana O'Leary tells the St. Petersburg Times that Sierazki came down quickly into the water and was unconscious when he was pulled into the boat. She's it's unclear what malfunctioned.

Coast Guard crew continued to perform CPR as they transported Sierazki and his wife to a boat ramp on Anna Maria Island. Manatee County emergency responders pronounced Sierazki dead at the boat ramp.

The Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are investigating.

Machete attack lands one in hospital

Machete attack lands one in hospital

BRADENTON, FLORIDA-- A Sunday afternoon argument at a Bradenton hotel turned violent and led to one man being sent to the hospital.

Manatee County deputies say Manuel Gomez and Jorge Velasquez got into a fight when Velasquez took out a machete and used it on Gomez's arm several times.

It happened around 6:30 at Baxter's Motel, located at 3225 14th Street West.

Gomez was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while Velasquez was taken into custody.

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Woman pleads no contest in scheme to sell grandson

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (AP) -- A central Florida woman has pleaded no contest to charges related a scheme to sell her infant grandson in Volusia County.

Patty Bigbee pleaded no contest Thursday to selling a child and communications fraud. She faces up to 10 years in prison at her Aug. 11 sentencing.

Authorities say the 46-year-old woman and her boyfriend, 42-year-old Lawrence Works, accepted a $30,000 cashier's check in November for then-2-month-old Aidan Fleming at a Daytona Beach parking lot.

Works and the child's mother, 22-year-old Stephanie Bigbee-Davis of Bradenton, both pleaded no contest for their parts in the scheme in March. Works was sentenced to the 133 days he'd already spent in jail. Bigbee-Davis received a two-year sentence, which is running concurrently with another sentence for an unrelated fraud conviction.

Aidan remains in foster care.

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Man with towel over head robs woman at Bradenton 7-11

Man with towel over head robs woman at Bradenton 7-11

BRADENTON, FLORIDA-- A man with a towel covering his head stormed into a Bradenton 7-11 Friday morning and snatched a woman's purse, according to Manatee County deputies.

Detectives say 32 year old Kristi Anderson also suffered bruises on her arm from the incident.

It happened around 3 a.m. at the store located at 5640 14th St. West.

Bradenton man tries to set fire at post office

Bradenton man tries to set fire at post office

Bradenton, FL -- A Bradenton man has been charged with trying to set mail on fire at his local post office.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, witnesses saw a man later identified as Rafiaele Mazzucco, 51, light a piece of paper on fire Wednesday afternoon, throw it into a mail receptacle and drive off. Postal employees put out the fire before any mail was damaged.

One witness wrote down Mazzucco's license plate number, and deputies used it to track him down.

Deputies say Mazzucco admitted to setting the fire because he thought postal workers had opened his mail. He also questioned whether he had committed an actual crime, since no damage was done.

Mazzucco was charged with arson and two misdemeanors. He was being held on $50,870 bond.