Sarasota Police taking social media followers on a ‘Tweet from the Beat’

SARASOTA, FL. – July 19, 2017   – 8 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is taking social media followers on another “virtual ride-along.”  Thursday, July 20, 2017, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Twitter users can “ride along” for another ‘Tweet from the Beat’ with Patrol Officers during night shift.

Patrol Officer Laura Bobitz will share what she says and does through texts, videos, GIFs and various photos.  Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator Genevieve Judge will tweet on behalf of Officer Bobitz.  Followers on Twitter @SarasotaPD will be able to ask questions and interact with the Sarasota Police Department while they are on patrol.

To join the Sarasota Police Department "Tweet from the Beat” virtual ride along:  Twitter users can follow the Sarasota Police Department under the handle @SarasotaPD.  To create a Twitter account, users can visit to www.twitter.com and sign up.  It’s easy, quick and free.  Once an account is created, users can follow @SarasotaPD

The Sarasota Police Department began ‘Tweet from the Beat’ in November 2013.

Search warrant leads to seizure of cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills & ammunition

SARASOTA, FL. – July 13, 2017   – 1:30 p.m.

On Friday, July 7, 2017, the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit, SWAT Team, Patrol Division and Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at 1738 23rd Street, Sarasota.  The search warrant was conducted after reports of drug sales were reported by residents in the neighborhood.

Officers seized:

·       165 grams of marijuana
·       33.7 grams of cocaine
·       51 oxycodone pills
·       7 morphine pills
·       Gun magazine with ammunition
·       Storage/cargo trailer

Donnie Brinson, 26, of Bradenton, was on the property at the time of the search warrant.  Officers located approximately 60 grams of marijuana in the vehicle, $437.25 in U.S. currency on Brinson and a small digital scale.

1738 23rd Street is located 400 feet from an Early Learning Center.  Brinson was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to sell within 1000 feet of a school (felony) and Possession of Paraphernalia (misdemeanor).

This investigation continues pending results of latent evidence collected from the various items seized.  Additional charges for other individuals are possible.

Warrant Roundup Results in 15 Arrests – 1 Suspect Still Wanted

SARASOTA, Fla. -- July 12, 2017 -- 1:30 p.m.

In June 2017, the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit and Street Crimes Unit conducted a Warrant Round-Up resulting in 15 arrests of multiple convicted felons.  At this time, one suspect is still wanted: Khalid Polk, 25, (date of birth 9/21/1991), wanted for Sale of Fentanyl.

The Warrant Round-Up focused on suspects living throughout the City of Sarasota with a focus on illegal sale of controlled substances including Fentanyl and Carfentanil.  The 15 people arrested face 18 charges including Sale of Cocaine, Possession of LSD, Sale of Spice and Sale of Marijuana.  The 15 suspects have a combined 269 prior felony charges and 317 prior misdemeanor charges.

“We’re working hard to keep the City of Sarasota a safe place to live, work and play,” said Captain Corinne Stannish, Sarasota Police Criminal Investigations Division.  “We will continue our efforts to end drug dealing in the City of Sarasota.  We’re not going to give up,” said Captain Stannish.

Warrant Round-Up Arrests include:
- Mario Powers, 29, of Sarasota
Sale of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a School (felony)
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Park (felony)

- Earl Taylor, 61, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of Public Housing (2 counts) (felony)

- Jackie Martel, 49, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of Public Housing (2 counts) (felony)

- George Whitfield, 54, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of Public Housing (felony)

- Tereza Jones, 19, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Church (felony)

- Jason Pierre, 22, of Sarasota
Sale of Spice within 1000 feet of a School (felony)

- James Brooks, 35, of Sarasota
Sale of Spice within 1000 feet of a School (felony)

- Cassandra True, 40, of Sarasota
Sale of Spice within 1000 feet of a School (felony)

- David Mason, 27, of Sarasota
Possession of LSD (felony)

- James Baker, 62, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School (felony)

- Ricky Cokley, 53, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Park (felony)

- Johnnie Weeks, 29, Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Church (felony)
Sale of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a Church (felony)

- Wilbert Polk, 24, of Arcadia
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Church (felony)

- Elvis Shine, 36, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine (felony)
Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony)

- Michel Woodall, 36, of Sarasota
Driving with a License Suspended (misdemeanor)

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Khalid Polk is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit at 941-954-7009. 

Traffic stop leads to Marijuana, Prescription Pills, Cocaine & THC oil

SARASOTA, Fla. -- July 10, 2017 -- 10:30 a.m.

On Saturday at approximately 10:15 p.m., Officers were in the area of 29th Street and Goodrich Avenue, Sarasota, investigating a 911 call of shots fired.  While in the area, Officers observed Summer Lemieux, 26, of Sarasota, driving in reverse, northbound on Goodrich Avenue.

After stopping the vehicle for improper backing, Officers asked Lemieux why she was driving the vehicle in reverse and she responded saying, “what, what?”  Officers ordered Lemieux to pull the vehicle over.  When Officers approached the vehicle, they observed a quantity of marijuana in plain view on the dashboard.

Officers conducted a vehicle inventory and located:

·       126.9 grams of marijuana
·       3 grams of cocaine
·       Suspected hash/hardened THC oil
·       Prescription pills (hydromorphone & alprazolam)
·       Smoking pipe with marijuana in it
·       Weight scales
·       Drug paraphernalia

Lemieux received a traffic citation for improper backing and was charged with:

·       Possession of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a church (felony)
·       Possession of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a church (felony)
·       2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony)

Summer Lemieux, 26

Summer Lemieux, 26

Bradenton woman charged in April 2017 single fatal crash

SARASOTA, Fla. -- July 5, 2017 -- 2 p.m.

Irana Negrete, 39, of Bradenton, has been charged in a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred in April 2017 on Higel Avenue in Sarasota that resulted in the death of Christopher Tirado, 29, of Bradenton.  Negrete was the driver of the single vehicle. 

On April 3, 2017 at approximately 3:10 a.m., a Dodge Journey, driven by Negrete, was traveling northbound on Higel Avenue in Sarasota, approaching Siesta Drive, when Negrete failed to negotiate a turn in the road.  The vehicle went off the road and struck a tree.

There were three (3) occupants inside the vehicle.  A driver, who is a female, and two backseat passengers, a male and female.  One of the backseat passengers, Tirado, 29, died at the scene.  The two females, driver and backseat passenger, were both transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

Negrete was arrested after toxicology and DNA results from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) were completed.  Negrete's blood alcohol levels were 0.116 and 0.117.  Negrete has been charged with:

•    DUI Manslaughter (felony)
•    DUI with serious bodily injury (felony)
•    No driver’s license in a fatal crash (felony)
•    No driver’s license in a serious injury crash (felony)
•    3 counts of DUI property damage (misdemeanor)

Negrete bond was set at $115,000 and she has bonded out of the Sarasota County Jail.  The original news release from April 2017, regarding the crash, is below.

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Sent: Monday, April 03, 2017 10:04 AM
Subject: Sarasota Police Investigating Single Vehicle Fatal Crash

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are currently investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred at approximately 2:15am this morning, Monday, April 3, 2017.

A Dodge Journey, a sport utility vehicle, was traveling northbound on Higel Avenue in Sarasota, approaching Siesta Drive, when the driver failed to negotiate a turn in the road.  The vehicle went off the road and struck a tree.

There were three (3) occupants inside the vehicle.  A driver, who is a female, and two backseat passengers, a male and female.

One of the backseat passengers, Christopher Tirado, 29 (date of birth 2-7-1988), died at the scene.  His next of kin has been notified.  The two females, driver and backseat passenger, were both transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

Only the driver was wearing a seatbelt.  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.  The crash remains under investigation.

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Irana Negrete, 39, of Bradenton

Irana Negrete, 39, of Bradenton

Sarasota Police reminds boaters: Don’t let boating under the influence sink a good time

SARASOTA, FL. – June 29, 2017   – 3 p.m.

As the July 4th holiday approaches, the Sarasota Police Department will be focusing on keeping boaters safe by cracking down on boating under the influence.  Marine Patrol Officers will be conducting heightened awareness and enforcement of boating under the influence laws as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign.

In partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), the Sarasota Police Department is working to increase boater awareness of the hazards associated with boating under the influence and decrease the number of accidents and deaths attributed to impaired boating and other unsafe boating practices.

From June 30 - July 2, law enforcement nationwide will be looking for impaired boaters as part of Operation Dry Water weekend.  Boaters will notice an increase in the numbers of officers on the water.  This effort will result in the removal of impaired operators, providing a safe and enjoyable experience for boaters this boating season.

“As a part of the community ourselves, we want to ensure that recreational boaters, paddlers, and anyone enjoying our waters have a safe place to spend their time on the water,” says Sergeant Bruce King.  “Alcohol impairs judgment and reaction time on the water just as is does when driving a car, even more so because of the added stressors of sun, heat, wind and noise on a boat.  Choosing to consume alcohol while boating puts everyone at risk, including passengers and people in the water.  Our goal is to remove anyone choosing to operate a vessel impaired and to keep everyone else safe,” said Sergeant King.

Tips to staying safe on the water this summer:

  • Boat sober.  Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths according to the 2016 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics.  Alcohol and drugs use impairs a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.

 

  • Wear your life jacket.  83% of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.

 

  • Take a boating safety education course. 77% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction, where instruction was known.

Operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal on all bodies of water and can lead to serious injuries and consequences.  In Florida, it is illegal to operate a vessel with a BAC level of .08 or higher – the same as it is to operate a vehicle.  If you are found to be impaired and operating a boat you will be arrested.

The Sarasota Police Department will also join area law enforcement agencies including Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, USCG Sector St. Petersburg, USCG Station Cortez, USCG Station Fort Myers, USCG Station Sand Key, USCG Station St. Petersburg and the Venice Police Marine Patrol as well as various agencies from around the state of Florida for Operation Dry Water.  Additional information regarding Operation Dry Water can be found at www.operationdrywater.org