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YOU AND MR. BEAM WILL HAVE TO LEAVE 3 p.m., Greer Island Beverage violation: A beachgoer on Greer Island was spotted by an officer on foot patrol carrying an open bottle of whiskey. Police escorted the man to the beach access point and issued a notice to appear in court in connection with the town’s prohibition of open containers of alcohol on the beach.

MARCH 31

NOT EXACTLY A PARTY 12:52 a.m., 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Noise disturbance: Police were sent to a resort to investigate reports of a loud party. The officer who arrived less than five minutes later reported finding no loud noise but encountered a group of youngsters talking around a hot tub. They were told the pool area was closed, and a noise complaint was registered with the police. The officer watched as the youngsters returned to their rooms. LUNCH TIME, EAGLE STYLE 11:23 a.m., 3000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Animal call: A caller alerted police to an eagle on a rooftop, possibly stuck in a chimney. The officer sent to investigate reported the eagle seemed to be in no distress and appeared to be eating. A call by the officer to Save Our Seabirds on City Island revealed that eagles can often take hours to finish a meal. The caller was told to contact police again if the eagle was still there in four hours. KEEPING AN EYE OUT 3:16 p.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Road Suspicious vehicle: A caller to police was concerned about a car seen parked on the property of a house of worship that drove off when approached. The caller said it was possible the car was stopped so the driver could speak on a cell phone, but couldn’t be sure. Police looked for a car of a

SOMETHING IN THE AIR, PART I 11:23 p.m., 6300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Suspicious vehicle: Police answering a call about a suspicious vehicle near Wake Island Road encountered contractors conducting a cell-service survey for the town.

APRIL 4

HOME FROM THE (DOG) HOSPITAL 10:42 p.m., 2400 block of Harbourside Drive Public service: Police received a call for assistance from residents who had just brought their dog home from surgery to find their building’s elevator was out of order. The responding police officer, Sgt. Richard Schoepfer, carried the dog up five floors to the residents’ home.

TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY 10:40 p.m., 5300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Noise: A call about a noise disturbance brought police to a resort, where an officer found a group of guests around the pool. The officer told the group pool hours closed at 10 p.m. The guests said they didn’t know and went back to their rooms. SOMETHING IN THE AIR, PART II 7:35 a.m., 4200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Suspicious person: A man with a chair, a generator and a pole sitting on a sidewalk attracted the attention of a caller to police. Once speaking to the man, police learned he was taking part in a cell-service survey being con-

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ducted for the town.

APRIL 1

CALL ME, MAYBE? (A LITTLE SOONER) 1 p.m., 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive Suspicious circumstance: A visitor from out of the country called police to report a traffic incident he experienced in Hillsborough County. The man said a car tailgated him on Interstate 4, then pulled in front and suddenly applied the brakes. The man said he didn’t want any trouble with U.S. immigration officials, for he visits the U.S. several times a year. Police told him it would be best to call 911 at the time of the incident and report it to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Eric Garwood

WATCH THOSE LIGHTS On at least two occasions in the last week, police pulled over drivers who rolled through crosswalks on Gulf of Mexico Drive while the yellow warning lights were activated. One of them got a ticket, the other a warning. Both got a lesson in how the island’s signalized crosswalks work. A man was cited on April 3 when an officer in a marked patrol car watched his van fail to yield for a pedestrian in the crosswalk with the lights flashing in the 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The driver told the officer he was looking for street signs to help find his next job site and didn’t see the pedestrian or the flashing lights. On March 31, a driver from out of state was spotted driving through a crosswalk near Bayfront Park after the flashing yellow lights had been activated. The visitor was told she’d have been cited had a pedestrian been crossing at the time. The driver was issued a verbal warning, and she said she’d be more careful.

APRIL 2

SOUNDS IN THE NIGHT 4:20 a.m., 700 block of Broadway Street Suspicious circumstance: Police went to the home of a couple who reported hearing sounds similar to digging or dragging something in the shell/gravel outside their window. Officers found nothing suspicious. The couple’s car was locked nearby and the home’s motion-detection lights did not activate. Police told the couple to call again anytime.

APRIL 4

A HELPING HAND 1:31 a.m., police headquarters Illness: An officer on duty at the police station helped a man next door to the Longboat Key Fire Department after he arrived complaining of stomach pain. The main, who has a history of heart issues, was checked by fire-rescue personnel. He was not transported to the hospital.

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