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Man charged with setting school bus fire

BRADENTON — Bradenton police arrested a man who admitted to setting a school bus on fire and smashing out windows of a business in a fit of rage, according to a Bradenton Police Department report.

Officers arrested Eric Charles Jodoin, 24, Wednesday on charges of arson and criminal mischief in the June burning of a Saint Stephen’s school bus and the smashing of windows of Smoothie King, in the 3800 block of Manatee Avenue West.

After police identified him on Smoothie King surveillance video throwing rocks through the business’s windows, Jodoin admitted not only to the vandalism but also to setting a fire on an unoccupied school bus parked at Saint Stephen’s. He said he did it because he was angry after a fight he had with a girlfriend, the police report said.

The damage to the bus and Smoothie King amounted to $5,500, the police report said. Jodoin was being held in the Manatee County jail without bond.

Man arrested in Sarasota on murder charges

SARASOTA — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Turrell Lamar Allen, 27, of Lakewood Ranch on a charge of murder in the death of Clyde Newell, 23. The shooting took place Monday outside a home on 24th St., Sarasota.

Allen surrendered to Sheriff’s Office detectives at approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Based on his last known address, deputies staked out a Lakewood Ranch address after the homicide, but the house was unoccupied.

Sheriff’s traffic sting yields 36 citations

MANATEE — Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit handed out 36 tickets to drivers at the intersection of 53rd Avenue and 26th Street West on Thursday afternoon, according to Traffic Sgt. Paul Fieber.

Most of the citations included running red lights and not wearing seat belts. Two people were cited for not having a valid drivers license. Two others were cited for loud music and one person was cited for not having a muffler on a vehicle, Fieber said. One person was picked up on a warrant.

The traffic sting lasted for two hours beginning at about 7 p.m.

The county is expected to install red light cameras at some of the county’s intersections. Currently, the sheriff’s office traffic unit sets up stings at the most dangerous intersections, Fieber said. The cameras would allow deputies to focus on intersections in residential areas that have high crash rates.

— Robert Napper and Beth Burger

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