Shop with a Cop set for Saturday, December 10, 2016

SARASOTA, FL. – December 9, 2016 – 8 a.m.

The Sarasota Housing Authority, Sarasota Police Department and Target are partnering for the fifth year to provide 100 underprivileged children with a unique holiday experience in Sarasota.

‘Shop with a Cop’ pairs 100 local underprivileged children with local law enforcement to shop for holiday gifts at a local Target store prior to opening for the day. The event will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. at the Target located at 5350 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. **Media is welcome to attend**

IBERIABANK provided a significant grant and SHA received other donations from local organizations and individuals during the 2016 Giving Challenge. The money raised provides for a Target gift card the officers will use at checkout for each of the 100 children. A Public Service Announcement about the event can be viewed at

“This is what the holiday spirit is all about,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino, Sarasota Police Department. “We want to help children in our community build relationships with our Officers. Shop with a Cop is a chance to help form relationships and educate our local families about the role that our Officers play in our community,” said Chief DiPino. “Having a safe and strong community begins with having mutual trust and respect between community members and the men and women sworn to protect them,” said Sarasota Housing Authority CEO William Russell. “Shop with a Cop’ builds positive relationships through this uplifting holiday event,” said Russell.

Those wishing to donate can do so through the Sarasota Housing Authority’s 501(c)3 affiliate, Sarasota Housing Funding Corporation (SHFC). Checks can be made payable to Sarasota Housing Funding Corporation with ‘Shop with a Cop’ in the memo line. Credit card donations can be made online at Checks or cash donations can be dropped off at the Sarasota Housing Authority, 269 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota; Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to Noon. For more information, contact the Sarasota Housing Authority at 941-361-6210. 100% of donations will be spent on Target gift cards for the children.


Sarasota Police Swearing-In & Promotional Ceremony Friday, December 9, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla -- December 8, 2016 -- 2:30 p.m.

On Friday, December 9, 2016, Chief Bernadette DiPino will hold a swearing-in ceremony and promotional ceremony.  The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the 3rd Floor Training Room at the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.  Three Officers will be sworn-in and three Officers will be promoted.  Family, friends, community members and media are welcome to attend.

The following Officers will join the Sarasota Police Department as 2nd Class Probation:

·       Officer Kevin Cavallaro

o   Officer Cavallaro was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1993 and his Masters in Justice Studies from the University Southern New Hampshire in 2011.  Officer Cavallaro was a Lieutenant for the Londonderry Police Department before joining Sarasota P.D.  He was also Homeland Security Directory of Londonderry P.D., Department of Homeland Security Bureau and Coordinator of Londonderry P.D. Dignitary Protection Unit at Manchester/Boston Regional Airport.  Officer Cavallro received his LEO Training from St. Petersburg College in 2016.

·       Officer Corey Hart

o   Officer Hart was born into a Military family in St. Louis, Missouri, moving frequently, both within the United States and abroad.  In high school, Officer Hart was a member of the Police Explorer Program with the Chesterfield, Missouri Police Department.  He attended the United States Military Academy as well as the University of South Florida where he earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Criminology.  He also received his Associate of Science in Intelligence Operations from Cochise College in Arizona.  Officer Hart received his LEO Training Certificate from Hillsborough Community College LEO Academy.  He’s also currently serving as a Sergeant in the Florida Army National Guard.


·       Officer Ramon Iglesias

o   Officer Iglesias was born in Newark, New Jersey is bilingual.  He’s a graduate from Coral Gables Senior High School in Coral Gables, Florida.  Officer Iglesias received an A.A. Degree from Miami-Dade College and received his Correction Officer certification in 2014.  He also received his LEO Training certificate in 2016 from South West Florida Public Safety Academy.  Officer Iglesias has served as a Jail Deputy for the Glades County Sheriff’s Office and a Corrections Officer for the Florida Department of Corrections.

The following Officers will be promoted to Sergeant:

·       Officer Michael Gee

·       Officer Tyler Rossnagle

·       Officer Dwayne Shellhammer



Sarasota Police to host Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, December 8, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. -- December 2, 2016 -- 8 a.m.

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m., Officers from the Sarasota Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.  The Coffee with a Cop event will be held at the 12th Street Café, 1100 North Tuttle Avenue, Unit 1, Sarasota.  Members of the public and media are invited to attend.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the Sarasota Police Department’s work in the City of Sarasota’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations.  Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that Officers are unapproachable on the street.  Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our Officers,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.  The Sarasota Police Department began holding Coffee with a Cop events in February 2014.

Sarasota Couple Arrested for Child Neglect; Each Charged with 5 Counts of Child Neglect

SARASOTA, FL. – December 1, 2016   – 8 a.m.

Amanda L. Dean, 34, and Joseph P. Dromeshauser, III, 34, of 1315 18th Street, Sarasota, have been charged with five (5) counts each of child neglect without great bodily harm.  Dromeshauser has also been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Monday, November 28, 2016, Sarasota Police Officers responded to 1315 18th Street in reference to a welfare check.  When Officers arrived on scene, they located five children: 17 year old male, 12 year old male, 10 year old male, 2 year old male and 11 month old female.  During a walkthrough of the home, Officers determined the home was not suitable to live in. 

Officers observed broken glass scattered throughout the home, animal and human feces on the floor and multiple prescription pill containers left open within reach of children.  Officers also found trash, clothes, rotting food and a strong order of urine throughout the home. While speaking with Dromeshauser, Officers noticed countertops and sinks were filled with dishes, old rotting food, trash and bottles filled with urine.  Inside one of the bedrooms, Officers found a burnt brillo and a pipe used to smoke crack cocaine in plain view near additional empty pill bottles.

In addition to observations of the home, Officers learned from Dromeshauser that the home had no running water or means of disposal for human waste.  Dromeshauser told Officers the family commuted to a family member’s home once a week to shower the children and wash clothes. 

“The conditions in this home were the worst I’ve ever seen,” said Detective Megan Buck, Criminal Investigations Division.  “No child or adult should have to live in conditions like this.  Someone knew something wasn’t right with this family and called law enforcement.  I’m thankful they did,” said Detective Buck.

Sarasota Police Officers contacted Department of Children and Families to conduct an investigation.  The children were removed from the home.  After approximately one hour on scene, Officers located Dean hiding in a closet.  She told Officers she was afraid to go to jail.   

Dromeshauser and Dean are being held at the Sarasota County Jail.         

Road closures for Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 3, 2016

SARASOTA, FL. – November 29, 2016   – 12:30 p.m.

The 21st Annual Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7 p.m.  The parade will begin at Main Street and U.S. 301 in downtown Sarasota.  The parade will end at J.D. Hamel Park at Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.

There will be several vehicle tow away zones and street closure notices in effect for the following times:

·       9 a.m.: Main Street closed from U.S. 301 to U.S. 41

·       12 p.m.:  Fletcher Ave., Wallace Ave., & School Ave. all closed between Main St. and Fruitville Rd.

·       12 p.m. : East Ave. closed from Fruitville Rd. and Ringling Blvd.

·       2:30 p.m.: Lemon Ave. closed from Main St. to 1st St.

·       5 p.m.: Gulfstream Ave. closed from U.S. 41 to McAnsh Square

·       5:30 p.m.:  U.S. 301 closed from Fruitville Rd to Ringling Blvd.

·       7 p.m.: Parade begins

Roads will re-open once the end of the parade reaches a two-block distance from each road closure.  Towing will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Vehicles not removed by the posted time will be towed at the owner’s expense.  For information on towed vehicles, contact Upman’s Towing at 941-365-7084.                                                          

Sarasota man charged with sexual battery; Detectives believe there could be additional victims

SARASOTA, Fla. -- November 18, 2016 -- 10 a.m.

Fernando A. Palomino, 45, of 3360 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, has been charged with three (3) counts of sexual battery on a child 12 years of age or older but less than 18, after he inappropriately touched a 16 year old girl.

The sexual battery occurred in the afternoon of October 15, 2016 in the backroom of the Inkanto Peruvian restaurant, 4141 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 16, Sarasota.  Palomino was the victim’s employer.  She advised Palomino became flirtatious with her and told her he was a massage therapist before sexually battering her.

Detectives believe there could be additional victims.  Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Sarasota Police Detective Dustin Luciano at 941-363-5827.

Fernando A. Palomino, 45

Fernando A. Palomino, 45