POSTPONED: International Association of Chiefs of Police to Host Community Forum in Sarasota

SARASOTA, FL - September 11, 2017 -- 5 p.m.

Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, the International Association of Chiefs of Police have postponed the Community Forum that was scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

The Community Forum will now be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

SARASOTA, FL. – August 31, 2017   – 2 p.m.

The City of Sarasota and the Sarasota Police Department are working with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to conduct a staffing study of the Sarasota Police Department during September 2017.  The staffing study will be a comprehensive operational assessment of the Sarasota Police Department.

As part of the IACP staffing study, there will be a Community Forum held Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Payne Park Auditorium, 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  The IACP is seeking external input from the public.

 “We value the input of our community,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “We are inviting and encouraging members of our community who are interested in the future of the Sarasota Police Department to attend this community forum.  As part of our partnership policing philosophy, this is an important step in determining the needs of our community and the resources needed to meet those needs,” said Chief DiPino.  

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UPDATE: Suspicious Death Now a Homicide Investigation

SARASOTA, Fla. -- August 31, 2017 -- 1:20 p.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department have determined the suspicious death that occurred on August 28, 2017 near the intersection of 22nd Street and Palmadelia Avenue, Sarasota, is now a homicide.

The victim who was deceased on scene has been identified as Travis Combs, age 31.  His next of kin has been notified.  Again, there is no information that would indicate there is a threat to the public reference this incident.


The investigation remains active and ongoing at this time.  Detectives are not ready to release additional information but are asking if anyone in the public has any information regarding this case to call Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327 or Crimestoppers at 941-366-TIPS.

Additional information will be released when it’s available.

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From: Kevin Stiff
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 8:57 AM
Subject: Suspicious Death Investigation

On August 28, 2017 at approximately 2120 hours, the Sarasota Police Department responded to the area of 22nd Street and Palmadelia Avenue reference a deceased male. 

Detectives are treating the cause of death as suspicious and are working to confirm the identity of the subject. 

At this time, we have no information that would indicate there is a threat to public safety reference this incident. 

This is an active and ongoing investigation.  Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Detective Kim Laster at 941-364-7327.

We will release additional information as it becomes available. 

Captain J. Kevin Stiff
Commander Patrol Division

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Sarasota Police Promotional & Semi-Annual Awards Ceremony – Thursday, August 31, 2017

SARASOTA, FL. – August 25, 2017   – 8 a.m.

On Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 3 p.m., Chief Bernadette DiPino will hold a Promotional and Semi-Annual awards ceremony.  The ceremony will be held in the 3rd Floor Training Room of the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

Lieutenant Lori Jaress has been promoted to the rank of Captain and Acting Lieutenant Rex Troche has been promoted to Lieutenant.  This was effective August 16, 2017.  Awards presented during the ceremony will include:  Citizen Certificate of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Life Saving Medal, Unit Commendations, Unit Citations and Chief’s Award.

The ceremony is open to friends, family, residents, community leaders and the media.  Those planning to attend are asked to arrive at 2:45 p.m. so the ceremony can begin on time.  The ceremony will also be streamed live on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SarasotaPoliceDepartment) and Twitter (@SarasotaPD).

 

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Search warrant leads to arrests and seizure of 193.9 grams of cocaine & other illegal narcotics

SARASOTA, FL. – August 23, 2017   – 10 a.m.

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at approximately 7:35 p.m., the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit, Street Crimes and SWAT Team conducted a search warrant at 2950 Palmadelia Avenue, Sarasota.

Sarasota Police Officers started their investigation into illegal activity happening at 2950 Palmadelia Avenue in February 2017 after multiple anonymous Crimestoppers tips.  Officers conducted several undercover purchases of illegal narcotics from the house.

Lee Claridy, 49, and Tyrone Davis, 48, both of 2950 Palmadelia Avenue, were arrested and charged with various felonies.   While conducting the search warrant, Officers located:

·       193.9 grams of cocaine

·       31.9 grams of marijuana

·       Digital scale

·       $512 in U.S. currency

·       Small baggies consistently used for packaging narcotics

Claridy has 26 felony arrests with 9 felony convictions.  Prior arrests include cocaine possession, aggravated assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, armed robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  On Tuesday, Claridy was charged with:

·       Trafficking in Cocaine (28 grams – 200 grams) (felony)

·       Possession of Marijuana (felony)

·       Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (misdemeanor)

·       Obstruction of service or execution of a search warrant (misdemeanor)

Davis has 28 felony arrests with 21 felony convictions.  Prior arrests include narcotics violations, sale of cocaine and fleeing to elude.  On Tuesday, Davis was charged with:

·       Possession of cocaine (felony)

Both men were arrested and transported to the Sarasota County Jail without incident.

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Mother and Daughter Arrested Following Crimestoppers Tip for Illegal Activity

SARASOTA, Fla. -- August 18, 2017 -- 9:30 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit and Narcotics Unit have arrested Anne Dodge, 55, and Jennifer Dodge, 30, both of Bay Street, Sarasota, after a Crimestoppers tip in June 2017 was shared with Detectives about possible prostitution happening inside a home.

Between June 2017 and August 2017, Sarasota Police officers, working with the Department of Health and Selah Freedom, conducted several undercover operations inside the Dodge’s residence in the 2900 block of Bay Street, Sarasota.  During undercover operations, Jennifer Dodge offered to perform a sexual favors in exchange for U.S. currency to an undercover officer.  Anne Dodge performed a massage in exchange for U.S. currency to a police officer who was working in an undercover capacity.  Officers contacted the Department of Health who confirmed Anne is not a licensed massage therapist.

Both women were posting ads to the website BackPage.com.  One ad for Anne said, “I am a beautiful, talented, licensed massage therapist whom God uses to bring his healing energy to you and bring you to a whole new level of ecstasy.”

On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Street Crimes and Narcotics Officers executed a search warrant at the Dodge’s residence.  Anne was arrested on Wednesday, August 16th at the residence and Jennifer was arrested on Thursday, August 17th.

Anne Dodge was charged with:

·       2 counts of unlicensed practice of a health care profession (felony)

·       2 counts of massage establishments; requisites; licensure; inspection (misdemeanor)

Jennifer Dodge was charged with:

·       Prostitution (felony)

o   Jennifer also has 3 prior convictions of prostitution

Both women were arrested without incident and transported to the Sarasota County Jail.  The Department of Health encourages individuals to always verify if an individual is licensed to practice their healthcare profession at www.flhealthsource.gov and report any healthcare unlicensed activity to the Department of Health at 1-877-HALT ULA (1-877-425-8852)

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Sarasota Police Remind Drivers to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over In Effort to End Drunk Driving

SARASOTA, Fla. -- August 17, 2017 -- 2 p.m.

The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday.  The long weekend is typically celebrated through picnics, pool parties and barbecues, as families and friends enjoy the last few days of summer.

Sadly, the Labor Day holiday is also one of the deadliest, with drunk drivers endangering themselves and others on the road.  This year, the Sarasota Police Department is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to stop drunk drivers and help save lives.

The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from Friday, August 18 through Monday, September 4, 2017.  Sarasota Police has zero tolerance for drunk driving.  Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.

According to NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014.  On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2011 to 2015—one person killed every 51 minutes in 2015.  This is why the Sarasota Police Department is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to Labor Day festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

“We’re stressing the dangers of driving impaired to our community,” said Sergeant Bruce King, Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit.  “Drunk driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying each year.  If you’re out on the roads and you see someone driving drunk, please call us. You could help save a life,” said Sgt. King.

Sarasota Police Department recommends safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

·       Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.

·       Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app available on Google Play for Android devices and Apple’s iTunes Store for IOS devices.  SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.

·       Use AAA’s Tow to Go Program by calling 1-855-2-TOW-2-GO (1-855-286-9246) from Friday, September 1st until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5th.  

·       If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact law enforcement immediately.

·       Have a friend who is about to drink and drive?  Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.