SCF plans remembrance of Sept. 11
BRADENTON -- In commemoration of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota plans ceremonies starting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at SCF Bradenton, SCF Venice and SCF Lakewood Ranch.
SCF Bradenton will hold ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. at the Campus Ministry building and 10:15 a.m. at the flagpole at the 26th Street entrance. The early service will begin with prayer and a moment of silence followed by a color guard processional to the campus pavilion near the Student Union.
The second service at SCF Bradenton will begin at the flagpole at the 26th Street entrance with the ringing of a bell 11 times. State Rep. Greg Steube will speak, and a Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue crew will recognize fallen 9/11 rescue workers.
The ceremony at SCF Lakewood will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a moment of silence and meditation at the flagpole in front of the Center for Innovation and Technology.
The ceremony at SCF Venice will begin at 8:55 a.m. at the main flagpole at the entrance of the campus.
The events are free and open to the public.
BPD names Smolinskytop officer for September
BRADENTON -- Patrol Officer Phillip Smolinsky has been named Officer of the Month for September by the Bradenton Police Department.
Warren Merriman, BPD deputy chief of police, and BPD Chief Michael Radzilowski said in a release Smolinsky was nominated by Lt. Tim Christensen.
A 1:15 a.m. Aug. 7, Smolinsky conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1400 block of 10th Avenue East. Following the traffic stop, the driver and two passengers fled.
The driver reportedly dropped a semi-automatic handgun in the backyard of a residence and continued to flee.
The suspects entered a residence near the traffic stop and surrendered following a brief stand-off.
Gerrell Houston, 27, and Brenton Coleman Jr., 21, both Bradenton, were also found to have two fully loaded high-powered assault rifles in the back seat of the vehicle, which had been stolen in Manatee County.
Houston was charged with two counts possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, trespassing of a conveyance and a warrant for driving on suspended license.
Coleman was charged with trespassing of a conveyance.
"Officer Smolinsky's pro-active patrolling tactics ledto a traffic stop where he was sucessful in removing two high-powered assault rifles and a semi-automatic handgun from the streets, along with recovering a stolen vehicle.
"His actions prevented further violence in our community from occurring, and he is truly deserving of the title of Officer of the Month."
-- Herald staff reports