Sarasota Police to Host Tweet from the Beat on Friday

SARASOTA, Fla. -- September 28, 2016 -- 2:30 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is taking you on another virtual ride-along.  On Friday, the Sarasota Police Department will host another ‘Tweet from the Beat.’  The tweet-along is set for Friday, September 30, 2016 beginning at 1 p.m.

This ‘Tweet from the Beat’ is also in conjunction with the sixth Global Tweet-A-Thon by LaWs Communications.  The Global Tweet-A-Thon is where law enforcement agencies from around the world will be taking part in their own ‘Tweet from the Beat’ by using the hashtag #PolTwt (which stands for ‘police tweet.’).  The Global Tweet-A-Thon is a way to connect law enforcement around the world and build relationships between police and the citizens they serve.

To join the Sarasota Police Department in our virtual ride-along:  If you already have a Twitter account, follow the Sarasota Police Department at the handle @SarasotaPD.  If you aren’t on Twitter, you can go to www.twitter.com and sign up.  It’s easy, quick and free.  Once you create an account, follow us @SarasotaPD.

Throughout the day, day shift and night shift Officers will share what they see and do through texts, videos, GIFs and photos as the Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator tweets on behalf of the Officers.  People following @SarasotaPD will be able to ask questions and interact with Officers on the road.

The Sarasota Police Department began ‘Tweet from the Beat’ in November 2013.

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Sarasota Police Attempt to Identify Theft Subject

SARASOTA, Fla. -- September 29, 2016 -- 8:30 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are attempting to identify a subject who stolen approximately $1,000 worth of items from outside Awesome Orchids, 330 South Pineapple Avenue, #101, Sarasota.

Video of the subject can be viewed at
https://youtu.be/U0hBZdw_h6k

Between September 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. and September 2, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., numerous potted plants were taken from outside the business.  Between September 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. and September 15, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., several potted plants and a metal bench were taken.  The metal bench was bolted down to the cement.  The estimated value of the items stolen items is approximately $1,000.

Anyone with information on this case, please call Detective Dan Riley at 941-954-7062 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

Ashley Parker found guilty of Attempted First Degree Murder & other felony charges

SARASOTA, Fla. -- September 23, 2016 -- 3 p.m.

Ashley Parker, 31, of Sarasota, was found guilty on four felony counts this afternoon: Attempted First Degree Murder with a Deadly Weapon, two (2) counts of Aggravated Child Abuse and Resisting an Officer with Violence in connection to the attempted drowning and stabbing of her 6-year-old daughter in June 2015.

“The outcome on this case is a result the hard work and dedication by lead Detective Maria Llovio, Patrol Officers Ken Goebel and Steve Mayforth and our entire Criminal Investigations Team including our Criminalistics Unit.  This case also had the outcome it did thanks to our partnership with the State Attorney’s Office and Prosecutors Andrea McHugh and Karen Fraivillig” said Captain Corinne Stannish, Criminal Investigations Division, Sarasota Police Department. 

On June 26, 2015, Sarasota Police Officers responded to the 2100 block of Leon Avenue, Sarasota, to assist EMTs who were on scene reference a 6-year-old child who had been held underwater and stabbed.  The 6-year-old child was Parker’s daughter.  The child was taken to All Children’s Hospital and later recovered from her injuries.

Sentencing for Parker is scheduled for November 2, 2016 at 9 a.m.

Five men arrested in undercover operation targeting prostitution

SARASOTA, Fla. -- September 23, 2016 -- 1:30 p.m.

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Narcotics Unit and Patrol Division, conducted an undercover prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes.

The operation was conducted in the 4700 block of North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  Five (5) men were arrested and charged with Solicitation of Prostitution.  Three vehicles were seized under City Code 33-271.

Sarasota Police Join Community Partners to Make Public Plea to Stop Heroin Epidemic

SARASOTA, FL. – September 21, 2016 – 3 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department will be holding a media availability tomorrow, Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., with our community partners, to address the current heroin epidemic in the City of Sarasota.

Since July 1, 2016, 43 people have overdosed on suspected heroin and other unknown drugs and of those 43 people, eight (8) people have died in the City of Sarasota.

“We’re seeing people selling fentanyl and carfentanil as heroin and cocaine. The users have no clue it’s not heroin or cocaine. People are dying in our community. We have to bring awareness to this crisis,” said Lt. Randy Boyd, Criminal Investigation Division, Sarasota Police Department.

The Sarasota Police Department, Sarasota County Fire Department Emergency Medical Services (EMS), First Step of Sarasota and a graduate of First Step, will be making a public plea on Thursday to ask our community to come together to help create awareness of this deadly and destructive problem.

The following representatives will be speaking Thursday:
Sarasota Police Department: Lt. Randy Boyd, Criminal Investigation Division
Sarasota County Fire Department: Chief Carson Sanders, EMS Operations Division Chief
First Step of Sarasota: P.J. Brooks, Vice President of Outpatient and Youth Services
First Step of Sarasota Graduate: John

Media is asked to arrive at 9:15 a.m. for set up.

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Operation Fresh Start Results in 35 Arrests

SARASOTA, Fla. -- September 15, 2016 -- 1:45 p.m.

At a news conference Thursday morning, Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino announced the arrest of 35 individuals in Operation Fresh StartThe 35 individuals arrested already had a combined total of 327 felony convictions before the Operation. 

Video of the news conference is uploading and can found shortly at https://youtu.be/T3k2Oka-sQg

The operation was conducted using undercover detectives who made drug buys from suspected street level dealers in areas that intelligence-led policing proved to be highest in drug crimes.  Operation Fresh Start was an investigation conducted between April 2016 and September 2016 by the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit and Street Crimes Unit. 

The purpose of the five-month investigation was to target street level drug dealers within the City of Sarasota.  The operation began in April 2016 and ended with an arrest roundup on September 2, 2016.

As a result of the Operation, 35 individuals were arrested on various charges including: Sale of Heroin, Sale of Rock Cocaine, Sale of Rock Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Park, Church and Public Housing and Sale of a Controlled Substance.  The charges of Sale of Rock Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Park, Church and Public Housing carries a three-year minimum/mandatory sentence.

In addition to the 35 arrests, Sarasota Police Officers are still searching for 2 individuals:  

WANTED:  Glenford A. Bryan, 29 1800 18th Street, Sarasota WANTED FOR: Sale of a Counterfeit Controlled Substance

WANTED:  Glenford A. Bryan, 29
1800 18th Street, Sarasota
WANTED FOR: Sale of a Counterfeit Controlled Substance

WANTED:  Cordarryl M. Rogers, 28 600 North Washington Boulevard, Sarasota WANTED FOR: Sale of Heroin within 1,000 Feet of a Park                             Sale of Rock Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Park.

WANTED:  Cordarryl M. Rogers, 28
600 North Washington Boulevard, Sarasota

WANTED FOR: Sale of Heroin within 1,000 Feet of a Park
                            Sale of Rock Cocaine within 1,000 Feet of a Park.

In addition to the 35 arrests, 3 other individuals have been offered the opportunity for the deferred prosecution through the Sarasota Police Department Drug Market Intervention (DMI) program.  The 3 individuals have qualified for deferred prosecution because they have no previous crimes involving violence or firearms.  Original charges can be filed if the individuals are arrested in the future.

“Our goal is to stop open air drug markets in the City of Sarasota,” said Captain Corinne Stannish, Criminal Investigation Division.  “This is about continuing to make our neighborhoods safe and stop major distributors and drug traffickers in our area,” said Stannish.

Those arrested include:

  • Donald W. Stephens - Two counts of sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Seven prior felony convictions.
  • Ryan L. Brown - sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Possession of rock cocaine. Four prior felony convictions.
  • Jabari Abnui - Sale of rock cocaine, possession of rock cocaine with intent to distribute, four prior felony convictions.
  • Keshara M. White - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. Sale of heroin within 1,000 feet of a park. Ten prior felony convictions.
  • Michael L. Green - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. 21 prior felony convictions.
  • Eric Parker - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. Eight prior felony convictions.
  • Roderick N. Miller - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Six prior felony convictions.
  • Michael A. Phillips - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church. Ten prior felony convictions.
  • Ryan Duncan - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Five prior felony convictions. 
  • James Fedee - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Ten prior felony convictions. 
  • Aron Williams - Sale of heroin. Ten prior felony convictions.
  • Willie L. Langston - Two counts of sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Fifteen felony convictions.
  • John Alford - Sale of counterfeit controlled substance. Five prior felony convictions.
  • Jonathan M. Simmons - Sale of rock cocaine. Three prior felony convictions.
  • Felton M. Poole - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Two prior felony convictions.
  • Glendon Cokely - Sale of a controlled substance. Nine prior felony convictions.
  • Reginald E. Morris - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. 16 prior felony convictions.
  • Che O. Borders - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Four felony convictions.
  • Geffrey M. Haynes - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park, possession of rock cocaine. Nine prior felony convictions.
  • Todd W. Gunsby - Two counts of sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feef to a park. 13 prior felony convictions.
  • Derrick L. Brown - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. 14 prior felony convictions.
  • Tennis T. Phillips - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. One prior felony conviction. 
  • Gregory Gillespie - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Sale of heroin within 1,000 feet of a park. 14 prior felony convictions.
  • Tydarian M. Moore - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Seven prior felony convictions.
  • Thomas Spann - Three counts of sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Six prior felony convictions.
  • Leslie S. Walker - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Five prior felony convictions.
  • Andrew T. Clark - Sale of controlled substance (Carfentanil). Five prior felony convictions.
  • Norman L. Mims - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. 11 prior felony convictions.
  • Kenneth T. Taylor - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. Possession of rock cocaine. Four prior felony convictions.
  • George A. Haywood - Two counts of sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. 16 prior felony convictions.
  • Willis C. Smith - Sale of rock cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park. 20 prior felony convictions.
  • Victor Berrones - Sale of heroin. No prior felony convictions.
  • Clayton Williams - Sale of counterfeit controlled substance. 10 prior felony convictions.
  • Chanee Williams - Sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia. Seven prior convictions.