Man drives into Manatee River at Fort Hamer ramp

August 16, 2013 

Man drives into river at Fort Hamer

MANATEE -- A man drove into the Manatee River early Thursday after failing to notice the road ended, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The 45-year-old was driving on Fort Hamer Road in Parrish at 4:10 a.m. when he went down the boat ramp at 1602 Fort Hamer Road and into the river, according to a news release.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office Dive Team helped with the recovery and removal of the vehicle.

No injuries were reported.

Masked gunmen rob Bradenton gas station

BRADENTON -- Two masked gunmen robbed a Bradenton gas station early Thursday, according to Bradenton police.

Suspects wearing black hoodie sweaters walked into the BP gas station at 2790 Manatee Ave. E. at about 3:30 a.m. and held two employees at gunpoint, according to a report.

The suspects took cash from the register and personal items belonging to an employee. The suspects fled on foot, according to police.

A Manatee sheriff's police dog tracked south along 27th Street East but lost the track where it appeared a car had been parked, police said.

The employees were not injured.

Man beaten, robbed by 3 women at Bradenton motel

MANATEE -- A man early Thursday was beaten and robbed by three women he had invited to his room at a Bradenton motel, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The victim reportedly met the suspects at the bar of Siesta Inn, 2303 First St., and invited them back to his room.

"The suspects arrived at his room and knocked onthe door. Upon openingthe door the suspects pushed him on the bed and took his pants off that contained personal effects," the report states.

The suspects fled, and when the victim tried to chase them he was struck in the head with a weapon that caused a minor cut, according to the sheriff's office. The suspects were not located.

Manatee sheriff's office vehicle rear-ended

MANATEE -- A Manatee County Sheriff's Office vehicle was westbound at 2:38 p.m. Thursday on State Road 70 east of Caruso Road when traffic stopped for a red light began moving again.

A driver behind the MSO vehicle failed to stopped and rear-ended it at roughly 15 mph, according to the report. The driver of the at-fault vehicle was not named. He claimed his brakes failed.

There were no injuries and both vehicles were driven from the scene.

Sarasota Most Wanted man apprehended in California

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit, working Thursday with the U.S. Marshal's Service, arrested Oliver Locke in California.

Locke. 29. has been on the run from his Gillespie Avenue home since February. After serving a two-year prison sentence for a 2010 case involving nine counts of credit card fraud, Locke was placed on community supervision but he violated probation, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

"Locke knew he waswanted and threatened to harm law enforcement if they tried to take him into custody. Sarasota deputies tracked him across thecountry and recently forwarded a lead to thePacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, who arrested him today in Huntington Beach," the release states.

The State Attorney's Office confirmed Locke will be extradited to Sarasota County.

There is one fugitive remaining on the Sarasota County 10 Most Wanted list released in March.

Anyone with informa-tion on the whereabouts of Darryl Lamar can contact CrimeStoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or sarasotacrimestoppers.com.

-- Herald staff reports

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