Crime

Police briefs: Woman crashes car, leaves child unattended

MANATEE — A woman faces child neglect charges after she possibly drove her car over a median before going home and passing out in the bathroom leaving her 3-year-old child sitting on a bed, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Gail Ann Casa, 28, of Bradenton, remained in jail Wednesday night on a $10,000 bond.

Deputies found Casa at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday inside her home with the car’s rear passenger door wide open and her front door ajar. A trail of oil leaking from the car to her home in the 5900 block of 48th Street West from the crash site could be seen, according to the report.

When deputies entered the residence, the home was in disarray and the child was sitting on Casa’s bed between two pillows.

Casa was passed out on the bathroom floor with her head between her legs. When deputies woke her, she smiled and told them she was preparing the baby’s food, according to the report. A relative of Casa’s told deputies that Casa had been taking Oxycontin. It’s possible the child was in the car during the crash, according to the report.

Child Protective Services took the child into custody, according to the report.

Father remains in critical condition after crash

BRADENTON — A 58-year-old man remained in critical condition Wednesday night at Tampa General Hospital after crashing his Ford F-150 into a tree, sign and jewelry shop, according to authorities.

Bradenton Police are still investigating what caused Raymond Wiles, of Bradenton, to lose control of the pickup Friday night.

“It’s just going to take time,” said Traffic Master Patrol Officer Sean O’Leary said.

Wiles’ son, Adam, 26, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg but died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Karen Wiles, Raymond Wiles’ wife, was taken to Blake Medical Center after the crash with serious injuries. Her condition was unavailable Wednesday night.

O’Leary said he is re-interviewing witnesses to reconstruct the crash.

A blood draw to determine a possible alcohol level was taken from Wiles; it is standard protocol in traffic homicide investigations. Police are also checking the truck to make sure there wasn’t a malfunction.

“There is nothing at this point that can be ruled out for the cause of the crash,” O’Leary said.

Two men arrested after burglary

MANATEE — Two men were arrested for burglarizing a residence after a resident called 911 and relayed the information to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Fortino Reynoso, 19, and Chancey B. Blue, 23, both of Bradenton, face burglary charges after they were lookouts for the break-in, according to an arrest report. Two other men were also involved. One fled the scene and the other was detained by authorities.

A resident in the 5700 block of Ninth Street Court East said she saw the four men approach the home. One broke a window and crawled through, and was later seen carrying electronics in a white laundry basket.

Reynoso entered the residence briefly and Blue knocked on the door before the burglary to check to see if anyone was home, according to the report.

Blue remains in jail without bond after he violated his probation for narcotics charges, according to the jail Web site. Reynoso remained in jail on a $10,000 bond.

Man goes to bar after causing crash

MANATEE — Florida Highway Patrol troopers found a 28-year-old man inside a bar after he allegedly crashed his 2001 Chevy Suburban into at least one other vehicle before leaving the scene of a crash at 26th Street West and 51st Avenue West, according to an arrest report.

Troopers found the vehicle with heavy front end damage parked at the Drift In Bar in the 2500 block of Cortez Road.When Victor Manuel Gonzalez, of Bradenton, was approached by the trooper, he said traffic had stopped short and he was unable to stop in time.

He said he left the scene because he was scared he didn’t have a valid driver’s license.

Gonzalez has had numerous driving without a driver’s license citations, according to the report. He was arrested for leaving the scene of a crash and having no valid driver’s license.

According to the jail Web site, Gonzalez posted a $1,000 cash bond Wednesday.

Two guns stolen in East Manatee burglary

EAST MANATEE — Two handguns and other items were taken during the burglary of an East Manatee residence this week, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The break-in, which happened sometime between 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 7800 block of 119th Avenue East, was discovered when the homeowner returned home and found a back door opened, and the master bedroom ransacked, according to a sheriff’s report.

Other items reported stolen included two laptop computers, a digital camera and a gold bracelet.

Car break-ins reported in Kingsfield Lakes

MANATEE — Four vehicles were broken into at Kingsfield Lakes subdivision sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicles had items taken including a laptop, GPS system, wallet, iPod and stereo system. The wallet was found several homes down from the residence where it was taken.

The break-ins took place in the 4300 block of Preston Parkway, 11300 block of Walden Loop and 4100 block and 4200 block of Noble Place.

Thieves entered the locked vehicles by breaking windows to enter the cars, according to the report. One vehicle had nothing missing.

Investigators were able to lift prints from the vehicles.

Authorities encourage residents to remove valuables from vehicles and to keep doors locked.

Anyone with information can contact the sheriff’s office at 747-3011 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).

— Beth Burger and Marc R. Masferrer

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