Sarasota Police to hold free Blue + You Movie Night to Kick-Off a Safe and Sustainable Summer

SARASOTA, FL  – May 18, 2018   – 1 p.m.

On June 9, 2018, the Sarasota Police Department, in conjunction with numerous community organizations, will be hosting a family free community event and ‘Blue + You’ movie night to officially kick-off a safe and sustainable summer.  It’s all happening at Sarasota Police Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

The free family event starts at 7:30 p.m. with educational booths from Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Audubon Florida, Save Our Seabirds and Florida Fish and Wildlife.  There will be hands-on activities, crafts and displays from the Sarasota Police Marine Patrol, Crime Prevention, Cub Scouts, Coast Guard Auxiliary, City of Sarasota Sustainability Program, Whole Foods, Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program and more.  The ‘Blue + You’ movie “Deep” will begin at 8:30 p.m. on the west lawn of police headquarters.

As the July 4th holiday and Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival approaches, it’s important to share the message of environmental awareness, protection of marine and bird species and boating safety with our community.  Everyone is invited to the free ‘Blue + You’ family community event and movie night.  Moviegoers are invited to bring blankets, chairs and invite neighbors, family and friends.  Complimentary free healthy snacks and drinks will be provided.

‘Blue + You’ is an initiative that honors the community and connects them with the Sarasota Police Department.  The Sarasota Police Department ‘Blue + You’ Movie Series began in April 2014.

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2018 Memorial Day Parade Road Closures & Holiday Safety Reminders

SARASOTA, FL  – May 18, 2018   – 8 a.m.

The Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 28, 2018 starting at 10 a.m. at Main Street and Osprey Avenue in Sarasota.  There will be several tow away zones and street closure notices that will be in place for the following times on Monday, May 28, 2018:

·         6 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Gulfstream Avenue closed from Cocoanut Avenue to McAnsh Sq.

·         8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Main Street closed from U.S. 301 to Gulfstream Avenue

·         8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Links Avenue closed from 1st Street to Ringling Boulevard

·         8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Osprey Avenue closed from 1st Street to Ringling Boulevard

Vehicles not removed by the posted time will be towed at the owner’s expense.  For information on towed vehicles, please contact Upman’s Towing at 941-365-7084.

The Memorial Day holiday begins on Friday, May 25, 2018.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (48%) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.  The Sarasota Police Department is reminding all drivers to slow down, buckle up and drive safely.  In Florida, all motorists are required to wear a seat belt when riding in the front seat and passengers under the age of 18 must use proper seat restraints.  When traveling, Officers ask the public to remember these safety tips:

·         Reduce your speed.  More speeding-related fatalities happen during the summer months than any other time of the year.

·         Refrain from using cell phones or devices when driving.

·         Designate a sober driver or take alternate transportation if you consume alcohol.

·         Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during bad weather.

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Boating Safety Inspection Day Saturday, May 19, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. -- May 17, 2018 -- 11 a.m.

On Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Sarasota Police Department and the Civilian Volunteer Marine Program will partner with the United States Coast Guard Flotilla 84 and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Longboat Key Police Department for an Interagency Boating Safety Inspection Day at Centennial Park, 1059 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (also known as the 10th Street Boat Ramp). 

“According to the United States Coast Guard, each year, hundreds of lives are lost, thousands are injured and millions of dollars in property damage happens because of preventable recreational boating accidents on our waterways. The Sarasota Police Department wants to make sure everyone has a safe boating season,” said Sergeant Bruce King, Sarasota Police Department. 

Families enjoying the Memorial Day weekend may head out for a day on a boat that has seen very little use during the winter. In the excitement of the holiday weekend, safety equipment checks are often overlooked. Families may later find themselves without the necessary equipment in an emergency or be upset when they are cited for violations for local law enforcement.

A boating safety public service announcement from the Sarasota Police Department Marine Patrol Unit can be seen at https://youtu.be/sQimT7mlib4

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Suspect arrested in connection to two of the four shootings in north Sarasota

SARASOTA, FL  – May 16, 2018   – 3 p.m.

Joshua J. Bane, 32 (date of birth 5/12/1986), of Sarasota, has been arrested and will be charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection to two of four shootings that occurred in north Sarasota between May 8, 2018 and May 13, 2018.  Bane is still being interviewed by Sarasota Police Detectives and will be charged later this afternoon.  (attached is a photo taken this afternoon).

On May 8, 2018, the City of Sarasota had what would be the first of four shootings over a five day period.  The shootings occurred on the follow dates and locations:

·         May 8, 2018 – Officers responded to the 1800 block of 23rd Street, at approximately 10:15 p.m. reference a subject who was shot while sitting in a vehicle.  The injuries to the victim were non-life threatening and the victim was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
 

·         May 11, 2018 – Officers responded to the area of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Pershing Avenue at approximately 1:40 a.m. reference a subject who was shot while standing in the area.  The injuries to the victim were non-life threatening.  The victim was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
 

·         May 11, 2018 – Officers responded to the 1500 block of 20th Street, at approximately 8 a.m., reference a subject who was shot while standing in the area.  The injuries to the victim were non-life threatening.  The victim was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
 

·         May 13, 2018 – Officers responded to the area of Palmadelia Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way reference a subject who was shot.  The injuries to the victim were life threatening.  The victim was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

The ages of the four shooting victims range from 30 years old to 60 years old.  All of the victims are expected to survive.

 

On Monday, May 14, 2018, Sarasota Police Detectives uncovered information which led them to identify a possible suspect in two of the four shootings.  Working in shifts for more than 36 hours straight, Detectives were able to piece together leads and information to determine a probable location of the suspect.

Today, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at approximately 9 a.m., Detectives arrested Bane in the 300 block of Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota (three scene photos attached).  The arrest took place without incident.  A firearm and ammunition were recovered from the arrest location which will be sent for testing to determine if it was used in the shooting.

Bane is a six time convicted felon with 50 prior felony and misdemeanor criminal charges.  Bane’s previous criminal charges since 2005 include:

·         Aggravated assault with a deadly battery

·         Carrying a concealed firearm

·         Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

·         High speed fleeing to elude

·         Possession of a controlled substance

“Our investigations are far from over.  Our Detectives will continue their inquiries into the other shootings,” said Acting Captain Scott Mayforth, Criminal Investigation Division.  “Leaving no stone unturned, we are going to see if Bane is connected to them in any way or if other suspects are involved.”

“We want the criminals responsible to know that we are relentlessly pursuing every possible lead and piece of information to the fullest extent possible,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “If you commit these crimes in the City of Sarasota, we will find you.”

Anyone with information on these cases are asked to call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-316-1199 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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Click It or Ticket Safety Campaign Begins

SARASOTA, FL  – May 14, 2018   – 8:30 a.m.

As the unofficial start of summer, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is a busy time for Americans.  Each year, the highways fill with families in vehicles, on their way to start their summer vacations.

To help keep drivers and passengers stay safe, the Sarasota Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket.  Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 14 through June 3, concurrent with the busy travel season.

“Buckling up is a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car,” said Officer Tim Bales, Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit.  “But it’s more than that.  Buckling up is the law.  Our law enforcement personnel see the consequences of not buckling up.  We see the loss of life.  Often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.  This should be automatic.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (48%) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.  At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed.  That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement.  Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. 

“If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits,” said Officer Bales.  “Help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction.  Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up—every trip, every time.”

In an effort to remind drivers and passengers to buckle up year round, the Sarasota Police Department created a Public Service Announcement which can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/7dNTa12X0so           

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Sarasota Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs Saturday, April 28, 2018

SARASOTA, FL  – April 27, 2018   – 7:30 a.m.

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Sarasota Police Department will once again partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration  (DEA) for a National Drug Take-Back Initiative.

This is an opportunity to give the public a chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Residents and citizens are asked to bring pills for disposal to the front lobby of the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps; only pills or patches). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The Sarasota Police Department also has a permanent drop-box in the lobby at Sarasota Police Headquarters at 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota, that can be accessed from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

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