Thursday, May 23, 2013
The man said he was beaten and robbed at a Bradenton gas station March 15 but didn't come forward because he didn't have much information about the suspects.
A man told authorities he was beaten and robbed eight days ago at a Bradenton gas station but didn't come forward sooner because he didn't have a good description of the suspects, deputies said Thursday. The 49-year-old victim said he was robbed of money and other personal items by "three unknown black males," sometime on March 15 at the BP gas station, 3101 15th St. E., according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report. "He did not report the crime after it occurred due to his lack of suspect information," the report states. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injury. No further information was immediately available. Sign up for the Bradenton Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Employees receiving layoff notices for next school year include all first-year teachers.
Up to 182 teaching positions and 80 administrative posts are being eliminated under a financial recovery plan that Manatee Schools Superintendent Rick Mills detailed at a school board workshop Monday. (See attached pdf document outlining the district's presentation at the school board workshop.) The tough measures will yield a projected $20 million in savings that the school district needs to balance its budget and meet requirements for reserves through the 2013-14 school year. "The school district must restore financial stability, so that it can move forward in serving children and compensating employees," according to the district's statement in the workshop document. The Bradenton Herald is reporting that teachers targeted by the cuts …
The family of U.S. Army Specialist Mason Van Kuiken fears for his safety after he left the Colorado Army base he was stationed at, was arrested in Texas, then disappeared, WTSP 10 News reports.
A Bradenton soldier has been missing since March after he left the Colorado Army base he was stationed at and was arrested and released a few days later in Texas. U.S. Army Specialist Mason Van Kuiken, 22, left the base at Fort Carson without permission March 14 when he had three days off, WTSP 10 News reports. He then reportedly drove to Fort Hood, TX, to visit a friend. On his way back, he was pulled over, arrested and had his car impounded after deputies said he had weapons without permits in the vehicle. Van Kuiken then bonded out of jail March 17 and was last seen at a bus station in San Angelo, TX, buying a bus ticket for the trip back to Colorado Springs, the news station reports. Van Kuiken's family told WTSP he may be suffering …
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The info you need to know for Monday's holiday.
Here's a look at what's open and closed Monday, May 27, in Bradenton and around Manatee County in honor of Memorial Day. Know of a business or other location that's open or closed for the holiday? Post a comment below and let everyone know! All Manatee County and City of Bradenton offices will be closed Monday. For city residents: If your garbage is usually collected Monday, it will instead get collected on Saturday, May 25. If your yard waste is usually collected on Monday, it will get collected on Thursday, May 30. There will be no interruption in the collection of recycling. For residents in unincorporated Manatee: Trash, recycling and yard waste collections for the week will be postponed one day from Tuesday through Saturday. Related…
Who’s NOT planning a BBQ this weekend? If the weather holds and you’ve got propane or charcoal, chances are, you’re grilling something with your friends and family. Here, new ideas for keeping your costs down. Sponsored by Home Depot.
Here at Bradenton Patch, we like to be thrifty, so we talked to two barbeque experts and uncovered some really good ideas to help you save money on your next outdoor party. 1. Start with a marinade. This means planning ahead -- say, Friday. But it’s worth it, says Rick Browne, host of Barbeque America on PBS, because you can pass up that well-marbled ribeye steak and buy a less tender and less expensive choice to grill like a flank steak or chuck steak. Just marinate it or brine for one or two days and then cook long and slow on the barbeque grill to break down tissues but maintain moisture. “You need to include an acid in the marinade, perhaps juice, vinegar or soy sauce, but avoid cola which is so acidic it can turn meat into a soggy …
You can use this gas price search engine to find the lowest price of the moment. Pro tip: Gas up early this week to save money.
Heading out on a road trip this long holiday weekend? Gas up early. Prices at the pump are expected to rise, as the weekend draws near. (Click here for a full-screen view of the gas price map.) Look for local gas prices on Patch's handy search engine. If you do not see your neighborhood gas stations listed here – or if you want to check another location – take these easy steps: Here are some cheap options we found for Bradenton: 1.) The Circle K at 904 30th Ave. East is selling gas for $3.36, as reported Wednesday. (Prices change daily!) 2.) The Circle K at 3006 1st Ave. West was selling gas at $3.37, as reported on Tuesday. (Prices change daily!) "If you can gas up today to prepare for your Memorial Day driving, do so," said Chuck Bonner…
A group of manatees recently stopped by at one of the piers at Bradenton's Riverewalk to say hi.
Patch recently spotted this group of manatees hanging out at one of the piers along Bradenton's Riverwalk. Ever seen these guys before? Add your manatee photos to our gallery by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button in green. Or, you can upload them (or any other photos taken around Bradenton) to our Pics & Clips gallery. Sign up for the Bradenton Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your inbox so you won't miss a thing!
The Bradenton City Council will hear at its 6 p.m. Wednesday meeting a draft of a resolution that would put into writing its longtime practice of having an invocation at the start each meeting.
Some of the best places to spend the summer are the beach, the mountains—or even your own backyard.
For some, the thrill of going to theme parks with family or boating at the beach is the best way to spend the summer. Others find solace in having a summer staycation and relaxing in their own backyard. We want to know where Bradenton residents are choosing to spend their summer. Do you go to the same vacation destination every year? Do you use the summer to do home improvement projects? TELL US: Share in the comments below where you plan on hanging out this summer. Maybe you'll help spark some ideas for your neighbors who are still trying to decide what plans to make.