August 22 drug arrest

PHOTO PROVIDED BY DCSO

Members of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit arrested two suspects and secured physical evidence, including methamphetamine, syringes, glass pipes and pills.

On Aug. 19, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit attempted to stop a white Ford Fusion for a traffic violation. DCSO said the driver was well known to law enforcement and he was identified prior to the stop.

The driver got out of the car and ran from the officers, leaving behind some receipts from an earlier shopping spree when he abandoned the car. Thankfully, the neighboring retail stores have security cameras and the suspect’s identity could be confirmed.

A warrant was obtained for Juan “JD” Martinez for fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer and driving on a suspended license for the third or subsequent instance.

On Aug. 22, the Narcotics Unit apprehended Martinez without incident outside of his hotel room. A search warrant was obtained for his room at the Knights Inn, which lead to the additional arrest of Sunnie Blanton. During the search, detectives located methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia (used syringes, used glass smoking pipes, hoses used to smoke narcotics, scales, baggies), miscellaneous prescription pills in an unlabeled bottle, a stack of 193 blank business checks, 16 credit cards belonging to 16 different subjects and some marijuana.

Martinez is being held on $8,000 bond. He was additionally charged with grand theft auto. Blanton is being held on $2,120 bond.

Sheriff Potter reminds residents that if you have information regarding illegal narcotics in DeSoto County, please call the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office at 863-993-4700 and ask for the Narcotics Unit, or share your tip anonymously through www.tipsubmit.com.

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

Romil Theo Blandin, 34, 300 block of S. Manatee Ave., Arcadia. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession or use of drug equipment and violation of probation. Bond: none.

Cecil Brian Brown Jr., 27, 700 block of N. Mills Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none.

Terence Devon Calhoun, 33, first block of S. McKinley Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none.

Darren Carson, 52, 1500 block of S.E. Ohio Ave., Arcadia. Charges: obtaining property under $20,000 by fraud or swindle, grand theft between $10,000-$20-,000, impersonating or using the ID of another person without consent and illegal use of credit cards more than twice within 6 months to obtain $100 or more. Bond: $6,000.

David Bryon Groover, 53, 1000 block of E. Gibson St., Arcadia. Charges: two counts of battery on a person 65 or older, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession or use of drug equipment. Released on recognizance.

Jessica Mae Hurst, 39, 2100 block of N. Bishop St., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none.

Tavaras Leshaun McBride, 38, Lake Placid, FL. Charges: obtaining property under $20,000 by fraud or swindle, unarmed burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, illegal use of credit cards more than twice within 6 months to obtain $100 or more, and grand theft between $300-$5,000. Bond: $15,500.

Ryan Scott Perez, 30, no address, Arcadia. Charges: unarmed burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and resisting an officer without violence. Bond: $3,500.

Errosa Shamara Stewart, 36, 1800 block of S.W. Harlem Circle, Arcadia. Charges: felony battery by strangulation, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $6,000.

Tine David Wallender, 60, Odessa, Texas. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none.

Daniel Lee Cottrell, 51, 300 block of E. Gibson St., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $500.

Steven Matthew Damron, 24, 8300 block of S.W. Horse Creek Road, Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $500.

Jaime Diaz Enriquez, 23, no address, Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120.

Donald Hardy Hodges, 43, Pontotoc, Miss. Charges: failure to appear. Bond: $10,000.

Lorri Beth Lafferty, 30, Ocala, Fla. Charge: destroying or damaging electronic monitoring equipment. Bond: $1,500.

Jennifer Lynn Little, 46, 1100 block of S.W. Mildred St., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: $10,000.

Marisol Chino Morales, 37, 1400 block of 3rd Ave., Arcadia. Charge: driving without a valid license. Bond: $120.

James Matthew Nipper, 46, 100 block of N. Oak St., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Bond: $500.

Jessica Angel Picallo, 41, 4600 block of S.W. Bragdon Ave., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: none.

Emily Nicole Sawyer, 23, 5600 block of S.W. Charolais Ave., Arcadia. Charge: battery. Released on recognizance.

Bobby Ray Thigpen Jr., 28, 1900 block of S.E. Leacamp Road, Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Turned over to other jurisdiction.

William Randolph Fugate IV, 51, 300 block of N. Mills Ave., Arcadia. Charge: grand theft between $300-$5,000., Bond: $1,500.

Steven James Herman, 52, 6500 block of S.W. Miami Ave., Arcadia. Charge: violation of probation. Bond: none.

Natalya Prody, 33, 4600 block of N.W. Royal Palm Drive, Arcadia. Charge: DUI with property damage. Bond: $500,

Jimmy Shannon Tyler, 41, Englewood, FL. Charges: trafficking more than 14 grams of methamphetamine, three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $25,000.

Savannah Valdez, 26, 1600 block of Pleasant Circle, Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: none.

Andrew Richard Flores, 51, 100 block of Oak St., Arcadia. Charge: out-of-county warrant. Bond: none.

Michael Bert Robertson, 43, 3100 block of N.W. Girl Scout St., Arcadia. Charge: driving on a suspended license for second time. Bond: $500.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

Samuel Kane Kaholokula, 30, 6300 block of S.W. Senate St., Arcadia. Charge: three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $8,500.

Bobby Ray Thigpen Jr., 28, 1900 block of S.W. Lee Camp Road, Arcadia. Charges: two counts of violation of probation or community control. Bond: none.

Tiffany Grace Beasley, 32, 8900 block of S.W. Rabbit Trail, Arcadia. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession or use of flores drug paraphernalia. Bond: $9,000.

Alex Justin Hurst, 32, 1900 block of S.E. West Ave., Arcadia. Charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $10,000.

Megan Danielle Brelsford, 35, 11800 block of S.W. County Road 769, Arcadia. Charges: violation of probation or community control and possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond: none.

Sentenced

Robert Allen Coasey, 57, of Arcadia, sentenced to state prison for breaking into an unoccupied trailer and taking a tent and extension cord. He previously was sentenced in 2007 to eight years and six months for multiple charges of possession and sale of cocaine.His prison record goes back to 1985 and includes charges of burglary, trafficking in stolen property, escape, petty and grand theft, and sale and possession of cocaine.

Joseph Wayne Denney, 28, of Port Charlotte, sentenced for a year and 10 months for fleeing to elude officers and possession of a controlled substance. He fled at a high rate of speed when an officer tried to stop his car for having a plate not assigned to the vehicle, but then crashed at E. Magnolia St. and S. Brevard Ave. He had a vape pen with THC (the active ingredient in marijuana).

Timothy Wayne Harris, 23, of Arcadia, sentenced to five years in prison on a charge of grand theft auto, for theft of a Honda CRV which had been left in the victim’s drive with keys in it. Harris was reportedly involved in a car theft ring of teens and young adults. Harris had been given two years of probation in 2018, but violated the terms by failing to report to or communicate with his probation officer and possessing methamphetamine.

Brian Oneal Luther, 36, of Arcadia, sentenced to three years in prison on a criminal mischief charge, for kicking in and breaking the front window of a local restaurant, after the owner would not give him his money back for food he ordered.

Ray Rodriguez, 58, of Arcadia, sentenced for two years and nine months for possession of cocaine. The Arcadia Police Department stopped his car for him not wearing a seat belt properly, and when his car was searched, police found .3 grams of cocaine. Previously, he had served several terms, each more than two years, for burglary, trafficking in stolen property, escape and possession of cocaine.

Corey Austin Todd, 24, of Avon Park, Fla., sentenced to prison for two years and five months for failure by a sex offender to register as required. Convicted as a sex offender in Polk County (for lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under 12 by an offender under 18), he was not allowed to leave Polk without prior approval. But he was found to have stayed with his girlfriend in Arcadia for at least a week. He failed to register as a sex offender in DeSoto and failed to have his driver’s license reflect a change of address.

Compiled by Susan E. Hoffman

NOTE: Events can be listed for your organization by emailing arcadian.editor@gmail.com. Events must be submitted no later than the Monday before the Thursday publication date of the issue in which you want your event listed.

SPECIAL

  • The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is seeking volunteers to lead workshops to help seniors in Charlotte, Sarasota, and DeSoto Counties manage their chronic conditions. Free training is provided to volunteers who wish to be trained to lead the Stanford-designed Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP).contact Sherry Young, through the Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337 or email sherry.young@aaaswfl.org. Volunteer applications can also be found at www.aaaswfl.org.

TODAY

  • Art for Friends is an art exhibit featuring artists from Arcadia’s Senior Friendship Centers. The exhibit runs now through Sept. 30,with a Gala Reception on Sept. 5 from noon to 2 p.m. The exhibit is at the DeSoto Arts Center in the Martin Art Gallery, United Country/Gulfland Real Estate office, 207 E. Magnolia. Free and open to the public.

  • The Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Breakfast is held the first Thursday of every month. Locations are announced by the Chamber.

  • DeSoto County Historical Society Research Library is open in the Ingraham Seed House, 120 W. Whidden Street: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays (except for the second Thursday of the month), and second and fourth Saturdays, and by appointment.

  • The John Morgan Ingraham House museum, 120 W. Whidden St., is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays (except the second Thursday), and second and fourth Saturdays.

  • The Friendship Centers, 219 W. Oak St., offer daily coffee and conversation 9 a.m.-1 p.m., crafts 9:30 a.m., second and fourth Thursdays free blood pressure screenings by Desoto Memorial Home Health. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Donations appreciated but no one is turned away. Not interested in scheduled activities? We have a large assortment of games, puzzles, cards, crafts, books, movies, discussion groups and guest speakers.

  • Faith Mission provides free meals for anyone in need, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted.

  • The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Needy, 161 S. Orange St., and 9 a.m. to noon every Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St.

  • The DeSoto Public Library hosts adult coloring meets every Thursday at 1 p.m.; and a Story and Craft program for children.

  • Kiwanis meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at Beef O’Brady’s.

  • Narcotics Anonymous meets Tuesday and Thursday from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at St. Edmund’s Church in Arcadia. For information, call Curtis at 244-2884.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 7 p.m. at St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St.

FRIDAY

  • The Senior Friendship Centers, 219 W. Oak St., offer daily coffee and conversation 9 a.m.-1 p.m., low-impact exercises start at 10:00 a.m., Bingo 10 a.m., 50 cents to play two cards — additional cards 25 cents. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Donations appreciated but no one is turned away. Not interested in scheduled activities? We have a large assortment of games, puzzles, cards, crafts, books, movies, discussion groups and guest speakers.

  • The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Needy, 161 S. Orange St.

  • The DeSoto Public Library shows a free movie for seniors every Friday at 1 p.m.

  • iPads and eBooks - Instruction and assistance with questions about using your digital devices at 3 p.m. every Friday at the DeSoto Public Library.

  • Walk & Talk: gentle exercise and conversation at 8 a.m. every Friday at the DeSoto Public Library.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Hispanic meets at 7 p.m. at 426 N. Brevard Ave., next to El Charro Rest.; Second Tradition meets at 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 900 W. Oak St.; Arcadia/Nocatee Group meets at 7 p.m. at Nocatee Methodist Church, 4502 S.W. Welles Ave.

SATURDAY

  • DeSoto County Library children’s movies are offered at 10:30 a.m. at 125 N. Hillsborough Ave. every Saturday. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 993-4851 for more information.

SUNDAY

  • Bicycling Adult Group Ride. Meet Sunday mornings at the Winn-Dixie parking lot at 7:45 a.m. Ride departs at 8 a.m. All riders must wear an approved bicycling helmet and obey all FL traffic safety laws. For more information, contact: gypsygirlrides513@gmail.com.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity Group meets at Grace Lutheran Church, 900 W. Oak St. (State Road 70) at 8 p.m. Sunday; Hispanic Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Sunday at 426 Brevard Ave. next to El Charro Restaurant.

MONDAY

  • Boy Scouts Troop 39 starts meeting on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at 703 W. Oak and meets weekly. For information call Scout Master Ken Shatney at 244-9631.

  • Modern Woodmen Chapter 16497 will meet on the second Monday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at Beef O'Brady's. To RSVP, call 494-1679 by the prior Thursday. Items are requested for RCMA, including clothing of all sizes and school supplies.

  • DeSoto County Veterans Honor Guard practices at 6 p.m. second Monday monthly at the American Legion Post.

  • The American Legion Post K-11 meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday, 2124 N.W. American Legion Drive.

  • The Amvets Ladies Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday each month.

  • The American Merchant Marines Veterans, Robert J. MacAlvanah Chapter (Suncoast Chapter), meets at noon every second Monday at The Family Table Restaurant, 14132 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port. All Merchant Mariners and their spouses are welcome. For information, call 941-625-3234.

  • The GFWC Arcadia Woman's Club meets on the second Monday of every month Sept. through May at the clubhouse in Veterans Memorial Park, 2288 N.W. American Legion Way, with a pot luck lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by a meeting. For more information call 494-2966.

  • The Senior Friendship Centers, 219 W. Oak St., offer daily coffee and conversation 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Low-impact exercises start at 10 a.m. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Donations appreciated but no one is turned away. Not interested in scheduled activities? We have a large assortment of games, puzzles, cards, crafts, books, movies, discussion groups and guest speakers.

  • The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Needy, 161 S. Orange St.; and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St. Call 494-2543 for details.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Brown Baggers Group meets at noon Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St.

  • Prescription Assistance is available at the DeSoto County Health Department Clinic, 1031 E. Oak St., Arcadia. To make an appointment or for more information, call 491-7580 ext. 256.

TUESDAY

  • DeSoto County Commission Board meets at 9 a.m. at the County Administration building, Room 103, 201 E. Oak St., Arcadia.

  • DeSoto County School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the School Board meeting room of the DeSoto County School District, 530 La Solona Ave., Arcadia.

  • Tuesday Night Quilters meet twice monthly—second and fourth Tuesdays—at the Turner Civic/Ag Center from 5:30-7 p.m. For more info call 494-4652.

  • DeSoto Public Library has a 10:30 a.m. Toddler Story time, and a 1 p.m. children’s Story and Craft every Tuesday.

  • DeSoto Memorial Hospital offers free blood pressure screenings from 3 to 4 p.m. in the DeSoto Memorial Hospital McSwain Room. Call 494-8432 for details.

WEDNESDAY

  • “American Tribute Show” with Tiki Tom Trio, live at the Arcadia Moose on Wed., Sept. 11. . 6-9 p.m. 1121 W. Oak St. Call 494-4882 for details.

  • DeSoto Toastmasters meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at noon to 1 p.m. at First State Bank of Arcadia, 400 N. Brevard Ave. For information, call Victoria Provau, 494-2220 or email vprovau@fsbarca.

  • The DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council Board of directors meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Call 993-5913 for location.

  • The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food every second Wednesday from 3-5:30 p.m. at St. Edmund Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St.

  • The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Needy, 161 S. Orange St.; free meals every Wednesday 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St.; and free food every second Wednesday from 3-5:30 p.m. at St. Edmund Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Brown Bagger meetings are offered every Wednesday at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St.; and Serenity meets at 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 900 W. Oak St. (State Road 70).

  • Art for Kids is at 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the DeSoto County Library's children's wing. This free program, sponsored by the DeSoto County Arts and Humanities Council, is for elementary school-aged children.

THURSDAY

  • TEAM Arcadia meets second Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., at the Oak Park Inn, 2 West Oak St., second floor.

  • Kiwanis meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at Beef O’Brady’s.

  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and other Relations Raising Relations meets monthly on the second Thursday from 9-11 a.m. at the Friendship Center, 219 W. Oak St.

  • The DeSoto County Veterans Council meets the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. For details, call Ron Jones at 941-806-7108.

  • DeSoto County Historical Society meets at noon every second Thursday monthly at the Family Service Center annex, 310 W. Whidden St., Arcadia. Lunch is available for $6 at 11:30 a.m.

  • Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday monthly at the Habitat ReStore, 114 N. Polk Ave. Call 494-4118 or email desotohabitat@embarqmail.com for more information.

  • The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Needy, 161 S. Orange St., and 9 a.m. to noon every Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St.

  • The DeSoto Public Library hosts adult coloring every Thursday at 1 p.m.; and Story and Craft program for children every Thursday.

  • Narcotics Anonymous meets Tuesday and Thursday from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at St. Edmund’s Church in Arcadia. For information, call Curtis at 244-2884.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 7 p.m. at St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St.

  • Faith Mission provides free meals for anyone in need, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 1109 S.E. 9th St., Arcadia. Donations gratefully accepted.

  • The All Faiths Food Bank distributes free food 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Needy, 161 S. Orange St., and 9 a.m. to noon every Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St.

  • The DeSoto Public Library hosts adult coloring meets every Thursday at 1 p.m.; and a Story and Craft program for children.

  • Narcotics Anonymous meets Tuesday and Thursday from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at St. Edmund’s Church in Arcadia. For information, call Curtis at 244-2884.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Second Tradition meets at 7 p.m. at St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church, 327 W. Hickory St.
  • Seniors with concerns about Medicare and other health insurance options can receive free insurance counseling in Arcadia. SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselors are now providing free, unbiased Medicare counseling at Goodwill, 1701 E. Oak St., and the All Faiths Food and Resource Center, 1021 E. Oak St. Counseling is available at both sites on Sept. 12 and Sept. 26. Goodwill will host morning counseling sessions from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and All Faiths will host afternoon counseling from 3- 6 p.m. Appointments are recommended but not required. To make an appointment, call the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida’s Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337.

COMING EVENTS

  • Seniors with concerns about Medicare and other health insurance options can receive free insurance counseling in Arcadia at Goodwill, 1701 E. Oak St., and the All Faiths Food and Resource Center, 1021 E. Oak St. Counseling is available at both sites on Sept. 26. Morning counseling sessions from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., and afternoon counseling from 3- 6 p.m. To make an appointment, call the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida’s Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337.

  • Charlotte Nymark, Medicare Minute Facilitator for Medicare Rights Center, will give a presentation and answer questions about Medicare Fall Open Enrollment on Sept. 18 from 10-11 a.m. at the Arcadia Housing Authority, 7 Booker T. Washington Road. Light refreshments. Free and open to anyone having wanting to know more about this topic. For details, call Charlotte at 473-2460.

  • Tractor Supply will host its annual Farmers Market on Sept. 28. Local vendors and creators are invited to participate at no cost. For more information and to register, visit https://www.tractorsupply.com/FarmersMarket or visit the local store by Sept. 25.

  • The 6th Annual Arcadia Fall Rodeo is set for Oct. 19-20, featuring the “Bullfighters Only” competition. This is a full PRCA rodeo with Mutton Bustin and Calf Scramble for the kids. Tickets are on sale at ArcadiaRodeo.com or call 800-749-7633.

  • Charlotte Nymark, Medicare Minute Facilitator for Medicare Rights Center, will give a presentation and answer questions about Medicare Covered Services on Oct. 16 from 10-11 a.m. at the Arcadia Housing Authority, 7 Booker T. Washington Road. Light refreshments. Free and open to anyone having wanting to know more about this topic. For details, call Charlotte at 473-2460.

  • The Arcadia Fall Bikefest is planned for Sat., Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on historic West Oak Street. Sponsored by Bert’s Black Widow Harley Davidson. More details to come.

  • Charlotte Nymark, Medicare Minute Facilitator for Medicare Rights Center, will give a presentation and answer questions about Accessing Supplemental Services on Nov. 20 from 10-11 a.m. at the Arcadia Housing Authority, 7 Booker T. Washington Road. Light refreshments. Free and open to anyone having wanting to know more about this topic. For details, call Charlotte at 473-2460.

  • The Annual Christmas Parade hosted by the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce will be on Sat., Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.

  • Charlotte Nymark, Medicare Minute Facilitator for Medicare Rights Center, will give a presentation and answer questions about Complaints, Grievances and Beneficiary Resources on Dec. 18 from 10-11 a.m. at the Arcadia Housing Authority, 7 Booker T. Washington Road. Light refreshments. Free and open to anyone having wanting to know more about this topic. For details, call Charlotte at 473-2460.

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