Serious Injury Hit & Run Crash Under Investigation

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Nov. 22, 2014 -- 12:50 a.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are investigating a serious injury hit and run crash that occurred shortly before midnight, Friday evening.

A woman in her 40's was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Fruitville Road and Orange Avenue in Sarasota.  The vehicle was last seen heading west on Fruitville Road.

The woman was transported by Bayflight medical helicopter to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton with serious injuries.

The vehicle is described as a dark blue colored BMW 2012-2013 with damage to the front end and missing a passenger side mirror.

Anyone with any information or was near the scene of the accident is asked to contact Officer Tim Bales at 941-915-3635


Internal Revenue Service Tax Scam Warning

SARASOTA, Fla. – Nov. 21, 2014 – 10 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department wants to warn residents and visitors about telephone scams claiming to be from the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has seen an increase in tax scams throughout the year and scammers are constantly looking for ways to steal money.

The most recent scam has people claiming to be with the IRS. The fake IRS agents tell people they have an arrest warrant for them. In the last week, the Sarasota Police Department has received more than 50 calls regarding this scam. Fortunately, no one has been a victim with financial loss.

"It is not common practice for the IRS to call you and tell you that you owe any money," said Detective Steve McDowell, Sarasota Police Department. "The IRS will never ask you for your bank account information, to send money or threaten a lawsuit."

If you receive a scam call from a fake IRS agent, you can report it online at http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml or call 1-800-366-4484

You can also watch a video from the IRS warning taxpayers about an increasing number of tax scams in communities across the country at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y5z0kWgBcM

Operation targeting prostitution in Sarasota results in four men arrested

SARASOTA, Fla. – Nov. 19, 2014 – 2 p.m.

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, in conjunction with the Narcotics Unit, conducted a prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes; "Johns."

The operation was conducted in the 1400 block of N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Three individuals were arrested for Solicitation for Prostitution and one man was arrested of Possession of Rock Cocaine.

Detectives attempting to identify women who stole wallet from store counter

Nov. 20, 2014
UPDATE - The two women have been identified. 

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SARASOTA, Fla. – Nov. 18, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two women who stole a wallet from the counter at Presidential Pawn, 1616 North Washington Blvd., Sarasota on November 14, 2014.

The victim told detectives he was at Presidential Pawn to purchase some speakers. His wallet was on the counter when he looked to his right to look at some fishing equipment. The women, who can be seen on camera at http://youtu.be/25FiE59Ky74, are seen watching the victim turn around and then they are seen grabbing the wallet. The women are believed to have left in a white Dodge Caliber. Two photos of that vehicle are attached.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Darrell Nixon at 941-954-7078 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

Rachel's Challenge Coming to Sarasota

THE CAL RIPKEN, SR. FOUNDATION, SARASOTA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SARASOTA COUNTY TO CELEBRATE PARTNERSHIP

$5,000 Donation from Police Department to Bring Rachel’s Challenge Anti-Bullying Event to the Sarasota Community on Wednesday, December 3

Club of Sarasota County, will host an event with Rachel’s Challenge, a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe, connected school environments. Thanks to a generous $5,000 donation from the Sarasota Police Department, the anti-bullying program will focus on encouraging participants to reflect on their impact on the people around them, and prompting them to start their own chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which positively affects school climate.

"The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is thrilled to expand its presence in the state of Florida by working with the Sarasota Police Department and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County," said Cal Ripken, Jr., Co-Founder of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. "With Rachel’s Challenge and their anti-bullying program, as well as Badges for Baseball, we are proud to continue to help improve the lives of millions of at-risk youth nationwide."

The Rachel’s Challenge anti-bullying program will be held at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex from 6:30-8:30pm on December 3. The event is free and space is limited to the first 200 guests; recommended audience is for ages 12 and up. Sarasota Police Department Officers who volunteered their time to participate in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s Badges for Baseball program at the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club will be present at the evening public event along with youth with whom they worked. Earlier in the day a Rachel’s Challenge anti-bullying program will be held at the Booker High School and McBean Boys & Girls Club.

Specific event questions may be emailed to: info@ripkenfoundation.org

Rachel's Challenge hosts a series of student empowering, educator motivating programs that equip students and adults to create and sustain safe, caring and supportive learning environments essential for academic achievement. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.

"We’re excited to continue our partnership policing in the City of Sarasota by joining forces with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County," said Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department. "It’s our hope that our community will attend the Rachel’s Challenge Anti-Bullying event and continue to work with the Sarasota Police Department, as well as our community partners, to keep Sarasota a safe place to live, work and play."

In April 2014, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the Sarasota Police Department and Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County officially partnered to bring its Badges for Baseball program to local, at-risk youth. Badges for Baseball was created by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice. It’s a simple concept: pair police and kids together to play and learn. The program reshapes the relationship between law enforcement and children living in

underserved communities across the country. In 2014, the Ripken Foundation will serve more than 800,000 youth across America through the Badges for Baseball program and its Youth Development Park initiative.

"We are thrilled that our relationship with the Sarasota Police Department and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has grown, and as a result, we have the ability host this incredible event with Rachel’s Challenge," said Bill Sadlo, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota.

The Ripken Foundation has a presence in additional locations throughout Florida, including Naples and Tampa – Naples is currently home to Baker Field, which plays host to numerous Badges for Baseball programs throughout the year, and in 2015, Tampa will also become home to one of the Foundation’s 50 Youth Development Parks built across the country. The goal of the Youth Development Park initiative is to develop several unique, multi-purpose, low maintenance fields with synthetic turf that will provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for underserved young people across the United States. The Ripken Foundation has completed 34 Youth Development Parks in 13 states, and has over 18 projects currently in the works, all in effort to give kids clean and safe places to play and learn.

About the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation uses baseball- and softball-themed programs to help build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved youth residing in America’s most distressed communities. Founded in 2001 by members of the Ripken family in memory of their patriarch Cal, Sr., the Foundation works to create programs that positively impact at-risk youth through active community partnerships with America’s most successful youth service organizations. The Ripken Foundation uses the baseball and softball field to help teach life’s critical lessons such as perseverance, loyalty, nutrition, hard work and leadership to young people residing in disadvantaged communities. The Ripken Foundation has impacted over 1 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Park initiative and Badges for Baseball programming, since 2001.

About Rachel’s Challenge

Rachel’s Challenge is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe, connected school environments. The organization hosts a series of student empowering, educator motivating programs that equip students and adults to create and sustain safe, caring and supportive learning environments essential for academic achievement. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.

About The Sarasota Police Department

The Sarasota Police Department utilizes a proactive, intelligence led law enforcement strategy to prevent and reduce crime. Our mission: Professional, dedicated police service in partnership with our community. For more information about our department, visit www.sarasotapd.org.

About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County provides a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County (BGCSC) provide after-school and summer programs for more than 5,500 children and youth ages 6-18 with Clubs spread strategically throughout Sarasota County.

Click It or Ticket Holiday Campaign begins Monday, November 17, 2014

 

SARASOTA, Fla. – Nov. 14, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

Since January 1, 2013 in the City of Sarasota, police officers have responded to 109 total crashes where people were not wearing their seat belts.  63 of the 109 crashes had injuries and three were fatalities.

The Sarasota Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies around the state of Florida and around the country to step up ‘Click It or Ticket’ activities during the Thanksgiving holiday. Research has shown that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%.

Monday, November 17th through Sunday, November 30th, Sarasota Police officers will increase patrol officers to look for impaired or intoxicated drivers, seat belt and child restraint violations, aggressive drivers, speeding violations, texting violations and every day traffic violations.

Seat belts are the most effective safety feature invented and have helped to save thousands of lives. Sadly, one in five Americans fail to wear a seat belt regularly when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. The Sarasota Police Department continues to take part in the national ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign to continue efforts to reduce traffic crash fatalities on the roads of the City of Sarasota.

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