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Man charged with soliciting minor online

BRADENTON — Authorities have arrested a Punta Gorda man on a computer solicitation charge after a 14-year-old Bradenton girl reported the man entered into an online chat that was sexual in nature.

The Florida Attorney General’s Office said the girl told a parent about the chat and the parent called the Bradenton Police Department. Detectives then began posing as the girl during online chats and set up a meeting with the man.

Investigators say Adam Nelson Norsell, 24, arrived in Bradenton to meet the girl. He had with him a copy of a poem titled “Forbidden,” according to the attorney general’s report.

Bradenton police, the attorney general’s cyber crime task force, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Florida Highway Patrol all took part in the investigation.

Norsell was arrested Monday on charges of solicitation of a minor via computer and traveling to meet a minor, according to the attorney general’s office.

Pregnant woman charged with neglect of toddler

PALMETTO — Palmetto police arrested a pregnant woman who officers said was drunk and sitting on a curb as her 19-month-old son wandered a parking lot, according to a Palmetto Police Department report.

A witness called police at 5:40 p.m. Sunday when he found the boy wandering around a Dumpster at the Publix shopping center in the 800 block of 10th Street West.

At first, Guadlia Bravo, 29, denied the child was hers.

But when police arrived, Bravo said she was the boy’s mother and also was seven months pregnant. Emergency workers were called to the scene and took Bravo to the hospital for observation. A check of a diaper bag on Bravo’s stroller revealed several cans of beer, the report said.

After doctors cleared Bravo at the hospital, she was taken to the Palmetto Police Department, where she urinated on herself during processing. A blood test done on Bravo showed her blood alcohol level at 0.342, more than four times the legal limit of 0.08. Officers arrested her on a charge of child neglect and she was being held at the Manatee County jail on $20,000 bond.

Man, 80, charged with battery of elderly woman

MANATEE — Deputies arrested a Manatee man Saturday after his girlfriend said he attacked her and smashed her belongings, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

William R. Goodwin, 80, faces several charges after the victim said he threw her on a couch, ripped off her underwear and began smashing her belongings, including her cell phone, the sheriff’s report said.

The victim said when she tried to leave the house, Goodwin pulled her back inside by her hair. When deputies arrived, they found the victim with scratches and bruises on her arms and back.

Deputies arrested Goodwin on charges of domestic battery on a person 65 years or older, criminal mischief and false imprisonment. Goodwin has since been released from the Manatee County jail on $10,120 bond.

Bradenton man charged with punching stepson

BRADENTON — Police arrested a Bradenton man on two counts of domestic battery after officers say he shoved his wife out of their house and punched his stepson, who has cerebral palsy, according to a Bradenton Police Department report.

Officers arrested Martin B. Christ, 26, on Friday, after his wife reported Christ forcefully threw her out of their house during an argument.

The victim’s son told police when he tried to intervene to help his mother, Christ punched him and also threw him out of the house. Police reports say Christ also smashed his stepson’s cell phone and pulled the house phone cord off the wall so mother and son could not call authorities.

In addition to the domestic battery counts, officers also arrested Christ on a charge of tampering with a witness. Christ has since been released on his own recognizance.

Two local gang members sentenced to prison

MANATEE — As part of a statewide effort, two Manatee County members of the Third Shift street gang were sentenced to prison Monday, according to a press release from the office of Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum.

Emmanuel Meranvil, 23, will serve a 15-year prison sentence, followed with four years of probation.

Theophille Telfort, 22, will serve a 12-year sentence in prison, with three years of probation.

Both men were on trial for weapons and drug law violations after being arrested in May 2008.

The Third Shift gang is a violent criminal organization the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agency have targeted for its drug activities.

— Robert Napper and Carl Mario Nudi

Police briefs are compiled from reports from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, the police departments from Bradenton, Palmetto and the island communities and fire departments in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Those with information can call Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).