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2/21 Police Briefs: Longboat Key woman dies in crash

SARASOTA — A 54-year-old Longboat Key woman was killed in a crash Saturday morning after she was ejected from a pickup, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Rebecca M. Parsons was a passenger in a pickup traveling east on Weber Street at the intersection of Lockwood Ridge Road when a 34-year-old woman driving an Acura and heading north on Lockwood Ridege at 8:40 a.m., failed to stop at a sign, according to reports.

The Acura struck the pickup’s right side. Both cars spun. The pickup overturned, ejecting Parsons and the 50-year-old driver.

The driver of the Acura is in serious condition at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The driver of the pickup is in serious condition at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

Charges are pending.

Man nearly robbed of prescription pills

MANATEE — A 28-year-old man was nearly robbed by a person giving him a ride to pick up prescription pills Friday night, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

The suspect, who was not identified in the report, was driving an older model black Ford Bronco and began to strike the man in the face several times and attempted to take the pills just before 6 p.m.

The man was able to get out of the SUV and run away in the 2300 block of 53rd Avenue West, the report said.

Anyone with any information about the incident can contact the sheriff’s office at 747-3011 or remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIP (8477).

3 deputies honored for bravery during fire

MANATEE — Three Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies were honored this week for going into a burning residence and rescuing two elderly occupants and their pets.

An Exceptional Duty Commendation was presented to Michael Gerholdt, John Lawson and Bryce Meade by Southern Manatee Fire Rescue Fire Commissioners and Fire Chief Foster Gover in a ceremony Thursday night at the fire commissioners’ monthly meeting.

On Jan. 10, Gerholdt, Lawson and Meade pushed through heavy smoke to disconnect the woman from medical equipment, lift her off a bed and carry her to safety. Her husband and two cats were pulled to safety by the deputies shortly afterward.

Lawson and Meade required medical treatment for smoke inhalation before returning to work that night.

— Herald staff reports

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