Torch Run to aid Special Olympics
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Manatee Technical Institute, 5540 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. in Bradenton.
Registration from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. the day of the race costs $25 for torch run and $5 for kid's run.
Post-race cookout is $10 for nonrunners and $5 for 12-under.
The 5K Torch Run and Kid's Fun Run will benefit the Special Olympics also set for Friday.
Information: Dave Bristow, 941-747-3011, ext. 2278.
Alert officer Garcia honored by BPD as best in March
BRADENTON -- Officer Eleazar Garcia has been named Officer of the Month for April by the Bradenton Police Department.
Lt. James Wilkinson said Garcia was patrolling the 2200 block of Sixth Avenue East at 9:30 a.m. March 20. The area has experienced many daytime residential burglaries and multiple robberies.
Garcia reportedly saw two male juveniles acting suspiciously and they tried to avoid him as he approached. One appeared to have a handgun in his front pocket and was detained as the other fled. A search produced a loaded .40-caliber handgun and some marijuana.
The juvenile was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor and possession of marijuana.
The juvenile who fled was found and charged with loitering.
"Officer Garcia's pro-active patrolling tactics led to the arrest of two subjects and may have prevented a violent crime from occurring," Wilkinson said.
-- Herald staff reports