Bradenton woman charged with having sex with dog

BRADENTON -- A Bradenton woman has been charged with photographing herself having sex with a dog, according to Bradenton police.

During a sexual battery investigation begun May 31, detectives learned Ashley L. Miller, 18, "had explicit photographs of her and a canine stored on her phone," according to the report.

Miller confessed she had the canine perform oral sex on her up to 40 times, police reported.

Miller was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual activities involving animals. She was released after posting bonds totaling $1,000. Police said the dog showed no signs of injury and was taken to a veterinarian for an exam.

Police are asking anyone with information about similar incident involving Miller to call detective Kevin Bunch at 941-932-9380.

Police looking for man who stole jewelry, WWII rifle

BRADENTON -- Police are looking for a man caught on video leaving an apartment 1:20 p.m. and 1:50 p.m. May 12 with stolen items, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

The burglar took multiple pieces of jewelry along with a World War II M-1 .30 caliber carbine rifle from an apartment in the 200 block of Third Street West, police reported. The suspect, videotaped in the garage carrying the rifle and a bag of stolen items, is described as between 30 and 35 years old and around 5-foot-8. He left the property wearing a red shirt and came back in a white shirt.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call detective Dennis French at 941-932-9326 or contact CrimeStoppers anonymously at 866-634-8477 or go to

Bradenton woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

MANATEE -- A Bradenton woman was charged with stabbing her boyfriend during an argument early Tuesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Kalesha Baily, 34, was arguing with her 28-year-old boyfriend at 2 a.m. Tuesday in Baily's home when she took his cell phone and walked to a residence in the 3700 block of 14th Street West in Bradenton, according to a release.

She walked back outside and her boyfriend confronted her there, deputies said, reaching for his cell phone that he believed was tucked into her shorts.

Baily slashed at him with an unknown object and left the area on foot, leaving minor injuries on his forearm, according to a release.

The boyfriend's injuries were treated by Emergency Medical Services on scene, and Baily was later found and arrested without incident, deputies said. She is charged with use of a deadly weapon and is being held at the Manatee County jail without bond.

Woman charged with threatening boyfriend

MANATEE -- A Bradenton woman was arrested early Tuesday and charged with shooting a gun into the ceiling to threaten her boyfriend, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.Linda Sramek, 60, and her 54-year-old boyfriend were arguing in a residence in the 5400 block of 26th Street West in Bradenton at 2:18 a.m., according to a release.

Sramek retrieved a revolver during the argument and pointed it at her boyfriend, deputies said. The two continued to argue, and Sramek pointed the gun at the ceiling and fired.

Sramek then retreated into a bedroom of the home and deputies were called, according to a release. Deputies arrested Sramek without incident.

She was charged with aggravated domestic battery and is being held in the Manatee County jail without bond.

2-year-old boy drowns in North Port

NORTH PORT -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating the drowning of a 2-year-old boy.

At approximately 10:10 a.m., a resident of 200 A Orduna Drive in North Port went outside and found the child, later identified as Zackery Castro, in the swimming pool, according to a sheriff's office news release.

The resident called 911 and began CPR with their instruction. According to the sheriff's office, deputies and paramedics arrived and the child was pronounced deceased. The child was not a resident of the home and the person who found him did not know him.

After deputies went door to door, they found the child's mother across the street several homes away from where the drowning happened. Deputies said the father of the child was notified at work.

Neither parent had seen the child since late Monday night, according to the sheriff's office.

This is an active investigation and the Department of Children and Families is on its way to investigate, the sheriff's office said.

Sarasota police charge man in double homicide

SARASOTA -- A Sarasota man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Sarasota Police Department.

The shootings were in the 1700 block of 33rd Street in Sarasota.

Carlos Suarez Jr., 83 and Johnny Campbell, 65, were shot, one died at the scene, and the other was taken to a hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The victims and Ronald Howard, 64, were neighbors known to each other for a while, police reported. The three argued earlier and Howard later shot in the victims in the front yard, according to the release.

Police said Howard was found in the carport area after he was pointed out by witnesses.

A Smith&Wesson .38-caliber revolver was lying in the yard between Howard and a victim, and there reportedly was blood on Howard's hands.

Howard was held without bond at the Sarasota County jail.

-- Herald staff reports