Blue + You Free Movie Night – Sunday, May 29, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. -- May 24, 2016 -- 2 p.m.

In partnership with Culver's, the Sarasota Police Department will hold another free “Blue + You” Movie Night on Sunday, May, 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.  There is no school the next day, Monday, May 30, 2016. 

Field access begins at 7 p.m.  The movie ‘Norm of the North' will begin at 8 p.m. on the west end field area of the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

The community is invited to this free event and are welcome to bring blankets and chairs, invite neighbors, family members and friends and watch ‘Norm of the North.’ The movie will be projected on the wall of the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters. Snacks and water will be provided.

Other sponsors of 'Norm of the North' include Regal Cinemas, Ringling College of Art and Design and Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition.

“Blue + You” is an initiative that honors the local community and connects them with the Sarasota Police Department. The “Blue + You” Movie Series begin in April 2014.

2016 Memorial Day Parade Road Closures & Holiday Safety Reminders

SARASOTA, FL. – May 24, 2016  – 8:30 a.m.

The Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 30, 2016 starting at 10 a.m. at Main Street and Osprey Avenue in downtown Sarasota.  There will be several tow away zones and street closure notices will be in place for the following times:

Monday, May 30, 2016 Street Closures:

  • 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Main Street from U.S. 301 to Mira Mar Court

  • 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Links Avenue from Fruitville Road to Ringling Boulevard

  • 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Osprey Avenue from Fruitville Road to Ringling Boulevard

  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Central Avenue from Main Street to 1st Street

  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – First Street from Pineapple Avenue to Central Avenue

  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Pineapple Avenue from State Street to First Street

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 941-365-7084.

The Memorial Day holiday weekend begins on Friday.  The National Safety Council estimates 383 traffic fatalities and another 46,300 medically consulted injuries may happen over the traditional summer kick-off weekend from motor vehicle crashes.

The Sarasota Police Department is reminding drivers to slow down, buckle up and drive safely.  Currently the Sarasota Police Department is joining law enforcement from around the country for ‘Click It or Ticket’ through June 5, 2016.  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 this weekend, 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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Click It or Ticket Campaign Begins

SARASOTA, FL. – May 23, 2016 – 8 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies from around the state of Florida and around the country to step up ‘Click It or Ticket’ activities. Research shows that lap/shoulder belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injuries to front-seat passengers by 45% and the risk of moderate-to-critical injuries by 50%, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"We want more people wearing their seat belts. Statistics show that seat belts save lives," said Sarasota Police Traffic Officer Tim Bales. "There are too many people dying on the road and many of those deaths could have been prevented if people took the time to buckle up. We will continue to give citations year-round to those people who still haven’t gotten the message," said Officer Bales.

May 23, 2016 through June 5, 2016, Officers will increase patrols to look for impaired or intoxicated drivers, seat belt and child restraint violators, aggressive drivers, speeding violations, texting violations and every day traffic violations.

In an effort to remind drivers and passengers to buckle up year round, the Sarasota Police Department also created a Public Service Announcement which can be viewed on our YouTube page at http://youtu.be/3piuZh6I7mc

Attempt to Identify Driver and Vehicle Involved in Hit and Run

SARASOTA, Fla. -- May 18, 2016 - 9:30 a.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are attempting to identify a subject who caused approximately $31,000 in damages to a parking garage gate at 1390 Main Street, Sarasota.

On May 8, 2016 at approximately 2:15 a.m., Sarasota Police Officers responded to 1390 Main Street after a security guard heard a large crash and noticed an unknown vehicle driving away from the gate area on Mira Mar Court, approximately 250 feet east of Main Street.  The gate is connected to the Zenith Insurance building.  The vehicle in question arrived at the valet at the building the night before at approximately 7:30 p.m. on May 7, 2016.

Video of the vehicle arriving at the valet and the driver along with video of the hit and run can be viewed at https://youtu.be/PREG37k8pF8

Anyone with information on this case, please call Officer Bryan Lundstrom at 941-366-8000 Ext 7929 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

Boating Safety Event Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

SARASOTA, Fla. -- May 17, 2016 -- 2:30 p.m.

On Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Sarasota Police Department and the Civilian Volunteer Marine Program will team up with the United States Coast Guard Flotilla 84, Longboat Key Police Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission 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.

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Four men arrested, one man wanted, following undercover operation targeting prostitution

SARASOTA, FL. – May 16, 2016   – 11:30 a.m.

On Thursday, May 12, 2016, 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.  These individuals are known as “Johns.”

The operation was conducted along North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.  Four (4) men were arrested and charged with Solicitation of Prostitution.  One (1) man is wanted after fleeing from Officers.  One vehicle was also seized under City Code 33-271.

WANTED:  Thomas Maddox, Jr., 29
                     Last known address:  Venice, FL
                     Pending Charges:  Solicitation of Prostitution, Fleeing to Elude, Possession of     Cocaine, DWLS (Driving While License Suspended)
No booking photo available

Charles Laver, 59
303 Weslyean Road, Venice, FL
Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution

Justin Uffinger, 42
911 32nd Street, Sarasota, FL
Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution

Rodney Aldrich, 67
7599 West Riverbend Road, Dunellon, FL
Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution

Sanford Roth, 56
1760 South Camilla, Safford, Arizona
Charge:  Solicitation of Prostitution