Longboat Key Cops Corner: Namaste, According to the Book | Rowboat key
Wednesday February 9
Namaste, by the book
9:25 a.m., 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Suspicious incident: Police went to a park to investigate a report of an unauthorized yoga class on city property. The group of yoga practitioners said it was not an organized group but rather an informal gathering of like-minded friends.
2:16 p.m., 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Property found: A driver’s license from another state was turned over to the police department. A civil service employee was able to find the phone number of its owner. Arranging for the permit to be returned to the police department, the owner said he knew the location of the police station as he had collected his permit there last year when he had lost it previously.
Thursday February 10
Just a second
3:42 p.m., 600 block of Yardarm Lane
Citizen Assistance: A resident called police to report a construction vehicle blocking a driveway. The officer spoke to the owner of the construction vehicle who said the obstruction was short-lived, as a crane pulled out of the construction site. The officer reported his findings to the resident who called.
Friday February 11
Doesn’t seem right
5:35 a.m., 4300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Suspicious vehicle: An officer was sent to a neighborhood following a complaint from a caller, who did not want to meet. The caller said he was wary of a sedan delivering newspapers in his neighborhood. Dispatchers were unable to discern what was suspicious about a sedan delivering newspapers. The officer was unable to locate any vehicles matching the callers’ description in the neighborhood.
Tennis, after dark
7:09 p.m., 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen support: A budding tennis player in a city park called the police. Once at the scene, the responding officer learned from the caller that she was unable to locate the field light timer. The agent helped her find the light switch.
Stronger than he thought
11:14 p.m., 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Noise complaint: Responding to a complaint of loud music, an officer arrived and said he heard noises coming from the back of a house. The officer located the owner and explained the nature of the complaint. The owner said he would turn the music off right away and added that he hadn’t realized the volume was at an awkward level.
Saturday February 12
12:43 p.m., 4200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Property damage, no vandalism: A parking accident resulted in the overturning of a lamppost and a damaged vehicle. Police report that a driver inadvertently backed into a lamppost in a grassy area separating two parking lanes, knocking him over and into a car on the other side. Damage to the car was estimated at around $1,000. The police officer in charge of the investigation recorded all the information and gave a copy to a guardian of the property. No one was hurt. The two vehicles were able to leave on their own.
Sunday February 13
8:45 p.m., 7000 block of Bayside Drive
Suspicious incident: A resident who had left town the previous weekend said he came home with a pile of palm fronds outside his door. The resident said he didn’t know who might have put it there, but acknowledged a recent visit from a code enforcement officer to where he leaves this yard waste for Waste Management pick-up. A police check of neighbors who might have seen something turned up no clues.
8:45 p.m., 2300 block of Harbor Oaks Drive
Citizen support: A resident locked out of her home called the police for help. The resident said she was unable to reach a carer with an extra set of keys, but neighbors were helping her in the meantime. An officer was able to enter the house through an unlocked window and opened the door for the resident.
Tuesday, February 16th
12:29 p.m., 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen support: A caller who did not want to meet with police said he saw scuba divers spearfishing in the area. An officer determined their boat was anchored more than 100 feet from a dock and displayed an appropriate red flag with a white diagonal stripe. The officer reported that the divers complied with local rules governing their underwater activity.
A refined palette
5:10 p.m., 600 block of Cedar St.
Noise complaint: Police spoke to the driver of a flatbed truck that used a small forklift to unload pallets while parked in front of a house. An officer told the driver that the hours for such work-related noise had passed. The driver said he worked for an express trucking company and had not been told about noise rules at work. He completed the unloading and left without incident.
10:03 p.m., 500 block of Hornblower Lane
Noise complaint: A man in a swimming pool has been asked to turn down his music following a police complaint. Officers responding to a complaint first tried the front door but received no response. As they walked back, they heard the music and informed the man of the reason for their visit. The man said he didn’t realize the music was loud enough to disturb.
Wednesday February 17
4:50 p.m., 700 block of Broadway St.
Citizen support: While patrolling the village of Longbeach, an officer was flagged down by a resident, who said his daughter was trying to drive north on Gulf of Mexico Drive but was hampered by slow traffic. The resident said her daughter asked her to start walking towards her. The officer drove the resident to a nearby commercial plaza, where the resident said she would wait on a bench and eat her food until her daughter reached her.
10:43 p.m., 2200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen support: A resident called the police for assistance in entering her apartment building. An officer was able to help her by correctly entering the digital code into a door lock system. The officer initially confirmed that the resident lived there.
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