Sarasota Police Swearing-In Ceremony Tuesday, July 17, 2018

SARASOTA, FL  – July 10, 2018   – 1:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 2 p.m., Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino will hold a swearing-in ceremony for five (5) new Officers.  The ceremony will be held in the 2nd Floor Community Room at the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota. 

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

·         Officer Kyle Carter

·         Officer Jeremy Christie

·         Officer Zachary Giczewski

·         Officer Ashley Griffin

·         Officer Erode Jean

Family, friends, community members and media are welcome to attend and asked to arrive by 1:45 p.m. so the ceremony can begin on time.

The ceremony will be live-streamed on the Sarasota Police Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SarasotaPoliceDepartment and Twitter at www.twitter.com/SarasotaPD

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Five men arrested during undercover operation targeting prostitution

SARASOTA, FL  – July 2, 2018   – 1:30 p.m.

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Narcotics Unit and Patrol Division, conducted a prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes.  The operation was conducted along North Tamiami Trail corridor in the City of Sarasota.

Five (5) men were arrested and charged with Solicitation of Prostitution.  Three vehicles were seized under City Code 33-271.

 Daniel J. Pintos-Loaces, 45 1712 Japan Street, North Port, FL  Charges:  Solicitation of Prostitution

Daniel J. Pintos-Loaces, 45
1712 Japan Street, North Port, FL

Charges:  Solicitation of Prostitution

 Julius S. Christensen, 66 8766 49th Terrace East, Bradenton, FL  Charges:  Solicitation of Prostitution Vehicle seized under City Code 33-271

Julius S. Christensen, 66
8766 49th Terrace East, Bradenton, FL

Charges:  Solicitation of Prostitution
Vehicle seized under City Code 33-271

 Matthew E. Murry, 54 309 52nd Ave Plaza East, Bradenton, FL  Charges:  Solicitation of Prostitution Vehicle seized under City Code 33-271

Matthew E. Murry, 54
309 52nd Ave Plaza East, Bradenton, FL

Charges:  Solicitation of Prostitution
Vehicle seized under City Code 33-271

 William D. Glover, 54 1400 10th Street, Sarasota, FL  Charges:  Solicitation of Prostitution                  Possession of Cocaine                  Posession of Drug Paraphernalia

William D. Glover, 54
1400 10th Street, Sarasota, FL

Charges:  Solicitation of Prostitution
                 Possession of Cocaine
                 Posession of Drug Paraphernalia

 Jorge F. Berrizbeitia-Baptista, 41 11737 North 15th Avenue, Tampa, FL  Charges:  Solicitation of Prostitution Vehicle seized under City Code 33-271

Jorge F. Berrizbeitia-Baptista, 41
11737 North 15th Avenue, Tampa, FL

Charges:  Solicitation of Prostitution
Vehicle seized under City Code 33-271

Don’t let boating under the influence sink a good time

SARASOTA, Fla. -- June 27, 2018 - 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 29 - July 1, 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 Sarasota Police Marine Patrol Officer Ron Dixon.  “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,” says Officer Dixon.

Tips to staying safe on the water this summer:

·         Boat sober.  Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; where the primary cause was known, it was listed as the leading factor in 15% of deaths according to U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics 2016.

  • Wear your life jacket.  83% of people who drowned in a recreational boating accident were not wearing a life jacket.  Always wear 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 boat with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher is against federal law and most state laws.  Impairment can be even more dangerous for boaters than for drivers, since most boaters have less experience and confidence operating a boat than they do driving a car.

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.

Additional information regarding Operation Dry Water can be found at www.operationdrywater.org

 

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Sarasota man arrested & charged with grand theft of $100,000 or more

SARASOTA, FL  – June 22, 2018   – 8:30 a.m.

Jordan Wallach, 63, of Sarasota, has been charged with one count of Grand Theft of $100,000 or more after Sarasota Police Detectives discovered he misappropriated at least $215,353.39 of client funds during his time practicing as a divorce and family attorney between December 2014 and August 2017.

In September 2017, one of Wallach’s victims attempted to cash a life insurance check that was from Wallach’s firm and it bounced due to insufficient funds.   In October 2017, an emergency petition was issued for Wallach to replace the funds.  When the funds were not replaced, Wallach’s accounts were frozen.

In November 2017, Detectives spoke with several victims who said they hired Wallach to handle family fiscal matters.  In each case, victims told Detectives that they had attempted to gather their funds that were entrusted to Wallach, but he did not return their money.  It was later determined that Wallach had been writing checks not listed on the accounting ledgers and was transferring money to various other accounts belonging to himself. 

In February 2018, Sarasota Police Detectives attempted to speak with Wallach about the allegations but Wallach refused.  The evidence was forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office and on June 21, 2018, Wallach was arrested at his house without incident.  He’s currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

Wallach has been voluntarily disbarred by the Florida Bar following a January 2018 Florida Supreme Court order where Wallach appeared to be causing great public harm based on his misappropriation of at least $215,000 of client funds. 

Sarasota Police Detectives are concerned there may be additional victims.  If you feel like you may be a victim of Wallach, you’re encouraged to contact Sarasota Police Detective Ross Revill at 941-954-7092 with information on this case or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

 Jordan Wallach, 63, of Sarasota, has been charged with one count of Grand Theft of $100,000 or more after Sarasota Police Detectives discovered he misappropriated at least $215,353.39 of client funds during his time practicing as a divorce and family attorney between December 2014 and August 2017.   

Jordan Wallach, 63, of Sarasota, has been charged with one count of Grand Theft of $100,000 or more after Sarasota Police Detectives discovered he misappropriated at least $215,353.39 of client funds during his time practicing as a divorce and family attorney between December 2014 and August 2017.

 

Credit card processing “deals” may be scams

From the Federal Trade Commission:  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/06/credit-card-processing-deals-may-be-scams 

June 21, 2018
by Emma Fletcher
Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

If you’re in a small business,you probably need a way for people to pay you – and ways to lower your costs. Scammers have been working both of those angles, promising businesses that they can save on leases of credit card processing equipment. They’ve also been promising that businesses can cancel any time. But is that what happens?

In a word, no. Businesses can end up paying thousands to lease equipment that would have cost only a few hundred dollars to buy. When the business can’t cancel the lease (despite the promises), it can have trouble if it stops paying. Those lease agreements can hold the business owner (or the person who signed the lease) responsible for the debts. And the agreements can require that legal disputes are heard in another state. Some scammers have even pretended to be the business’s current card processor – people have been tricked into signing new contracts when they thought they were just updating paperwork.

To avoid this and other scams against small businesses:

  • Don’t be rushed. Scammers want a quick decision. But you need to read the contract and check out the company.
  • Do your research. Search the company’s name online with words like “scam” or “complaint.”
  • Get it in writing. You’ll want to see all the terms in writing before you sign. If you don’t get them, walk away. If you do sign, be sure to get a copy of the entire document, especially if you sign electronically.

The FTC and several state attorneys general recently announced a law enforcement sweep cracking down on scammers that targeted small businesses. Check out our new Scams and Your Small Business brochure to learn more about what to watch out for, and share the information with your team.

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Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival Safety Reminders & Road Closures

SARASOTA, FL  – June 21, 2018   – 8 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department wants you to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday safely and always, if you SEE something, SAY something. Report any suspicious activity or behavior to law enforcement immediately. The annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival June 23 – July 4, 2018 will attract thousands of people to the City of Sarasota and is a large part of the Fourth of July festivities. The Sarasota Police Department is committed to keeping our residents and visitors safe.

Boating Safety Reminders
The Sarasota Police Department Marine Patrol created a public service announcement leading up to the Fourth of July holiday highlighting important safety tips for boating. The video includes the proper safety equipment and gear boaters should have on their vessel along with the importance of not drinking and boating. The video can be seen at https://youtu.be/sQimT7mlib4

Lido Beach Holiday Hours
The Sarasota County Sea Turtle Protection Ordinance requires that all beach furniture and equipment be removed from the beach nightly, until sunrise the following morning. Also, pursuant to amended Sarasota City Code Sec. 22-4, Lido Key public beaches will be closed to beachgoers from 11 p.m. until sunrise. This means that Lido Key beach will be closed to all beachgoers, race spectators and beach equipment until sunrise, which is approximately 6:30 a.m., during Grand Prix Festival events. The Sarasota Police Department will be strictly enforcing these closure times to protect the safety of all beachgoers, including the sea turtle kind.  Due to beach erosion, spectators are being asked to stay off the sand dunes along Lido Beach.

Unattended Personal Property & Sea Turtle Protection
In addition to expanded marine, foot and vehicle patrols, the Sarasota Police Department will be protecting public safety during the Sarasota Grand Prix Festival by posting signs prohibiting beachgoers from storing and leaving unattended personal property on Lido Beach, pursuant to Sarasota City Code Sec. 21-44. This is for the protection of all beachgoers and their belongings, to help ensure a safe and orderly race and beach-going experience. Also, beach furniture and other beach equipment, toys or trash left on the beach overnight during sea turtle nesting season can pose a serious entanglement hazard and obstacle for sea turtles and their hatchlings.  Beachgoers should stay away from sea turtle nests marked with yellow stakes and tape and seabird nesting zones that are bounded by ropes.

The Sarasota County Sea Turtle Protection Ordinance requires any “temporary structures, including but not limited to beach chairs, umbrellas and cabanas which have the potential for entrapment of marine turtles and which may interfere with the use of the natural beach environment for nesting habitat, be removed from the beach nightly, from sunset to sunrise.” Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, the Sarasota Police Department, Sarasota County Parks Department and the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix are partnering to protect endangered sea turtles and ask for your help in making this a safe event for all.

Race Day Information
Any race stoppage will be announced on VHF Channel 16.  Boaters can also tune into the live stream at AquaX Races at www.facebook.com/P1AquaX  or PowerBoat Races at  www.facebook.com/P1SuperStock  The races will also be broadcasted on radio station 105.9 (The BUZZ).

Plan Ahead: Have a Designated Driver
AAA Tow To Go:  AAA Tow to Go Program will be offered again to make sure those who are celebrating the holiday get home safely. The free, confidential, local ride is within a 10-mile radius to a safe location. This is offered Tuesday, July 3rd until 6 a.m. on July 5th in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Call 1-855-TOW-2-GO (1-855-286-9246) or visit https://autoclubsouth.aaa.com/safety/tow_to_go.aspx

Road Closures / Parking
Vehicles not removed by the posted time will be towed at the owner’s expense. For information on towed vehicles, please call Upman’s Towing at 941-364-7084

·         Van Wezel Parking Lots / Van Wezel Way from East End to 10th Street – Closed from 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2018 until 6 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2018  

·         South Lido Overflow Parking Lot 10 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018 until 5 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2018

Due to limited parking spaces, it’s highly recommended to carpool to weekend events.  Illegally parked vehicles are subject to ticketing.  Vehicles blocking private driveways are subject to towing.  Anticipate long delays from the beach area at the conclusion of the races.  Expect an exit time in excess of one hour when leaving the beach viewing area.

Centennial Park / Boat Ramp Closures
11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2018 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

This area will be utilized as the staging area for the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival.  There will be no boat ramp access during this time.  A suggested alternative boat ramp is located in Ken Thompson Park next to Mote Marine Laboratory on City Island.

New Pass Closure
New Pass will be closed over the weekend: Saturday, June 30, 2018 and Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The pass will be closed west of the New Pass Bridge.  Boaters will be able to access the cove. 
 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – Fireworks & Road Closures/Limited Parking

·         Bayfront Drive (US 41), from Gulfstream Avenue to Orange Avenue will close at 7:00 p.m. and will remain closed until approximately 11:00 p.m.
 

·         Parking Lot at Bayfront Park/ Island Park will be closed when the parking lot has reached maximum capacity.  No parking will be permitted on the grass area south end of Bayfront.
 

·         Palm Avenue Garage & State Street Garage – Additional parking will be available at both of these parking garages.  Expect delays when exiting due to heavy traffic.
 

·         Free Shuttles iRide is offering free shuttle rides to and from the State Street parking garage and Palm Avenue parking garage to the VanWezel parking lot during the Boats by the Bay and Fan Festival (June 29-July 1)


NOTE: Vehicle Traffic leaving the Bayfront/ Downtown area following the July 4th Fireworks on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 will be subject to certain restricted traffic control measures as part of a comprehensive exit plan. Expect long traffic delays of up to one hour upon exit from the event area.

Pets
The Sarasota Police Department is encouraging race spectators to leave their pets at home for the Fourth of July and the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix festivities. During past events, several animals were lost because they were spooked during the events.

For additional information about the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix, visit www.sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org

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