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.

Sarasota Police Selected for Two International Association of Chiefs of Police Awards

SARASOTA, FL. – August 17, 2017   – 10 a.m.

Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino received notice this week that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has chosen the Sarasota P.D. for two international awards.  Sarasota P.D. has been chosen as a winner for the 2017 IACP Leadership in Human and Civil Rights Award as well as the 2017 IACP/Body Worn Leadership in Law Enforcement Volunteer Program Award.  Chief DiPino will be traveling to 2017 IACP in Philadelphia in October to accept the awards.

IACP’s Leadership in Human and Civil Rights award recognizes that protection of civil and constitutional rights is among the foremost responsibilities of police in democratic societies.  As a result, the Human and Civil Rights Committee seeks to recognize programs and law enforcement efforts that exemplify the protection and promotion of civil and human rights.  The mission of the Sarasota Police Department Homeless Outreach Team Program fully integrates the best practice of community policing, the enforcement of the rule of law and the decriminalization efforts of diversion and deployment of social services needed to protect and serve the at-risk, vulnerable population of the homeless.

The IACP/BodyWorn Leadership in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs Award recognizes volunteer programs that demonstrate innovative, effective practices for augmenting sworn or civilian staff and/or improving service delivery to their communities.  The Sarasota Police Department Volunteer Ambassador Program provides a resource of qualified volunteers to assist the Sarasota Police Department in maintaining and improving the quality of service provided to the City of Sarasota.  In 2016, volunteers contributed 18,101 hours saving nearly $400,000 of in-kind services.

“This is a highly prestigious honor on an international level for our agency,” said Chief DiPino.   “Both awards illustrate the achievements and hard work of our Homeless Outreach Team, our Patrol Officers our Volunteer Program.  This shows their continuous professional and dedicated commitment, service and partnership with our community,” said Chief DiPino.

Undercover Operation Results in Arrest & Seizure of Various Illegal Narcotics

SARASOTA, FL. – August 16, 2017   – 8 a.m.

Undercover officers with the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit and Street Crimes Unit have arrested Calvin Butler, 45, of Sarasota.  Butler was arrested by Sarasota Police in April 2017 for charges of Trafficking in Hydromorphone, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell/Deliver within 1000 feet of Gillespie Park, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell/Deliver, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Butler was also in possession of $10,370 in U.S. currency.

While out on bond for the April 2017 charges, four (4) warrants were issued for Butler’s arrest.  Between July 6, 2017 and July 26, 2017, Butler conducted four (4) separate narcotics transactions with undercover Sarasota Police officers.

On August 11, 2017, undercover Sarasota Police officers located Butler inside a vehicle on Florida Avenue in Sarasota.  During a search of Butler, officers located various prescription bottles with numerous controlled substances, baggies of cocaine and more than $1,800 in U.S. currency.  During a search of the vehicle Butler was in, officers located two bags of hypodermic needles.

In connection to the August 11, 2017 arrest and subsequent search of Butler and his residence in Bradenton, officers located cocaine, syringes, a digital scale and numerous controlled substances.

·       21.5 grams of Cocaine (powder & rock)

·       12.8 grams of Methadone

·       10.8 grams of Oxycodone

·       5 grams of Hydromorphone

·       2.2 grams of Clonazepam

·       33 dosage units of Buprenorphine 8mg

·       More than 100 syringes

 

Butler is charged with:

·       Trafficking in Hydromorphone 4-14 grams (felony)

·       Trafficking in Oxycodone 7-14 grams (felony)

·       Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell within 1000 feet of a Park (felony)

·       Possession of Methadone with Intent to Sell within 1000 feet of a School (felony)

·       Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell (Clonazepam) (felony)

·       Possession of a Controlled Substance (Buprenorphine)

·       Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia (felony)

·       Obstruction (misdemeanor)

Butler was arrested and transported to the Sarasota County Jail.

Calvin Butler, 45

Calvin Butler, 45

Six men arrested in undercover prostitution operation along North Tamiami Trail

SARASOTA, Fla. -- August 11, 2017 -- 1 p.m.

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Patrol Division and Narcotics Division, conducted an undercover operation targeting prostitution along North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Six (6) men were arrested and each charged.

Thomas G. Lockette, 72 Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Thomas G. Lockette, 72
Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Randall L. Maxey, 40 Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Randall L. Maxey, 40
Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Willie J. Turner, 61 Charge: Resisting without violence (Turner was the driver of a vehicle) 

Willie J. Turner, 61
Charge: Resisting without violence (Turner was the driver of a vehicle) 

Robert V. Librandi, 51 Charges: Solicitation for Prostitution & Violation of Probation, DUI 3rd Conviction

Robert V. Librandi, 51
Charges: Solicitation for Prostitution & Violation of Probation, DUI 3rd Conviction

Andres A. Garcia, 41 Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Andres A. Garcia, 41
Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Paul N. Hurley, 56 Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Paul N. Hurley, 56
Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Back to School Safety Reminders for Students in Sarasota

SARASOTA, FL. – August 7, 2017   – 9:30 a.m.

Next Monday, August 14, 2017, classes will resume for students in the City of Sarasota.  As students head back to class, the Sarasota Police Department wants to remind drivers there is a zero tolerance policy for speeding in school zones and passing school buses that have sign signs extended as students board or leave a school bus.

On August 14th, Sarasota Police Officers will be at numerous schools welcoming students back to class.  Like in previous years, Sarasota P.D. will again host a special #BackToSchool ‘Tweet from the Beat’ under the Twitter handle @SarasotaPD.  On all Sarasota Police Department Social Media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), followers will be able to find photos of Officers visiting schools around the City of Sarasota.  The Sarasota Police Department has also created a Back to School Public Service Announcement sharing important safety tips for parents and students.  It can be viewed at https://youtu.be/vxBZfdDdmBc

Safety tips to remember as students head back to school in the City of Sarasota:

·       Students heading back to class means increased traffic on city roads.  Please allow extra travel time and watch for other cars, pedestrians, bicyclists and school buses.
 

·       Buckle up!  Make sure all passengers and drivers in a car, especially children, are buckled up.  In Florida, passengers under 18 years of age must wear a seatbelt or be restrained in a child car seat.
 

·       Pay attention to crossing guards and obey school zones.  All school zones in the City of Sarasota are 15 miles per hour.  Watch for students who will be walking to and from school.
 

·       Cars must stop for all school buses when the side stop sign is out and red lights are flashing, even if the bus is on the opposite side of the street.  The only exception is a raised median, more than four-feet wide, that divides the street.
 

·       Fines for speeding in a school zone and passing a school bus can range from $156 to $463.  Officers are encouraging drivers to slow down and allow plenty of time getting to and from their destination.