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2/18 POLICE BRIEFS: Car enters wrong lane, causes crash

MANATEE — A female driver told police she closed her eyes to brace for impact when she saw another vehicle enter her lane, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

After the 20-year-old closed her eyes, her Mitsubishi car, which was traveling north in the 1300 block of 14th Street West, sideswiped a Buick driven by a 71-year-old man in the southbound lane just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, said Capt. Russell Tibbitts.

The woman kept driving north and struck a southbound Ford minivan driven by a 43-year-old woman who had her 13-year-old daughter riding with her, he said.

The 20-year-old woman’s car continued north before veering east on to the sidewalk.

Another driver involved in the crash was able to confirm the woman’s claim of another vehicle causing the crash and then driving away. She faces no citation, Tibbitts said.

The mother and daughter in the minivan were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Tibbitts.

The crash remains under investigation.

Boyfriend remains in jail after fracturing baby’s arm

MANATEE — A 24-year-old man remained in jail Wednesday on a $15,000 bond after he allegedly picked up a 19-month-old girl by her left elbow when he became frustrated with her last week, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert Anthony Carvalho is charged with aggravated child abuse after the girl suffered a fracture elbow; the bone was broken into several pieces, according to doctors at Manatee Memorial Hospital, the deputy’s report said.

The doctor said the injury is common when someone grabs or twists a person’s arm.

When investigators questioned Carvalho, he said “he was frustrated with the child and was ‘rough’ with her when he picked her up by her left elbow out of her crib,” according to the report.

The man contacted the child’s mother — his live-in girlfriend — after he noticed the girl’s left arm was swollen. A friend of the mother took the girl to the hospital, according to reports.

Woman beaten and robbed; man, woman arrested

MANATEE — A man and woman were arrested on armed robbery charges Wednesday after a woman was beaten and robbed of her cell phone, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Megan L. Sessions, 24, and Michael J. Daily, 27, were arrested after a woman told deputies she answered the door at 4:35 a.m. and was pulled off her porch by Daily in the 2400 block of First Street East in Bradenton.

“Sessions, who has differences with (the woman), began to beat (the woman) with her hands and feet, knocking her to the ground,” according to a report.

The woman’s cell phone was snatched from her hand and Daily allegedly kicked her in the chest. He then reportedly put something cold to her head, possibly a gun, and told her to stop screaming or he would kill her, the report said.

Daily and Sessions then fled in a white, four-door vehicle, according to the report. The woman was able to give directions to the suspects’ residence. Both were arrested without incident.

Sessions admitted her role in the altercation, but Daily denied involvement.

Women nabbed after residential burglary

MANATEE — Two women were arrested after they broke into a residence and began stuffing electronics inside a green Waste Management trash can.

The women, 23-year-old Whitney Edenfield and 25-year-old Betty Luper, were caught by the residents as they arrived home at 2:44 p.m. Tuesday.

Edenfield walked outside to the driveway as four men arrived back at their residence. She then ran back inside the home in the 900 block of 57th Avenue Place East.

The men tried to hold the women down until authorities arrived, but Edenfield hit one of the men with a cup several times and both women managed to escape.

They were caught at 3:13 p.m. after being located near the 5800 block of Ninth Street Court East. The men positively identified the women and they were arrested.

As of Wednesday night, both women remained in jail on a $5,000 bond.

Man caught after fleeing traffic stop

MANATEE — A man was hit with a Taser outside his residence after he eluded a trooper in a chase reaching speeds more than 100 mph, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

Delmar L. McClendon, 40, was stopped in the 7400 block of U.S. 41 just before 2 a.m. Monday because his right tail light was out, according to the report.

When McClendon was approached by law enforcement, he said his license was suspended and that he was under house arrest for a prior felony grand theft charge, the report said.

When a deputy was checking the information, McClendon allegedly took off and turned east on to Tallevast Road, reaching speeds of at least 100 mph and later running three red lights.

He came to a stop in the 7800 block of Ontario Street Circle and proceeded south. He exited his car and began to go inside a residence when he was asked to stop. The trooper deployed the Taser and McClendon was taken into custody.

McClendon faces charges of aggravated fleeing to elude, reckless driving, driving while his license is suspended as a third conviction and resisting without violence.

He posted a $7,500 bond.

Man arrested for allegedly scrapping stolen metal

MANATEE — A man was caught driving away from a scrap metal yard with stolen goods in a red Jeep when the victim pointed him out to deputies, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Jason Lounds, 21, of Palmetto, was taking metal to Best Metal, 2008 28th Ave. E., saying he found the items at the old Four Star Tomato Plant when questioned by deputies just before 11 a.m. Thursday.

Lounds told deputies, the “stuff was old and he figured no one wanted (it),” according to the report.

The scrap yard was able to release some of the items back to Four Star, but some of the items were already sent off. According to management, Lounds was regularly taking items there, according to the report.

Lounds remains in jail on a $21,000 bond for charges including dealing in stolen property and burglary.

— Beth Burger

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 and fire departments in Manatee and Sarasota. Those with information about crimes can call Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).

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