Deadly single motorcycle crash under investigation

SARASOTA, Fla. – November 30, 2015 – 11:15 a.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are investigating a deadly single motorcycle crash that occurred at approximately 3 a.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at the Sarasota Bayfront. The motorcycle was traveling northbound on South Tamiami Trail, just north of Selby Gardens, when the driver lost control for unknown reasons and hit a curb.

The driver, Michael Corbino, of Longboat Key, 27, died at the scene. The passenger, Jasmine Fraser, of Bradenton, 22, was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries. She’s currently in critical condition.

The crash remains under investigation. It’s unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

Hand-Painted Wall Mural to be unveiled at Sarasota Police Department Headquarters

SARASOTA, Fla. – November 30, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the Sarasota Police Department and the Sarasota Police Foundation will unveil a one-of-a-kind hand painted wall mural on the 2nd floor of the Sarasota Police Department. Members of the media and public are invited to see the unveiling at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 on the 2nd floor of the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

Chief Bernadette DiPino began working with the Sarasota Police Foundation on several projects earlier this year when the mural project was launched. Artist Joe Cuffaro donated his time and talent to the Police Department and the Foundation paid for the paint and supplies.

"We are so thankful to accept Joe’s contribution to our department," said Chief DiPino. "His spirit shines through this mural and his work of art captures the spirit of Sarasota. One act of kindness can make a huge difference in other people’s lives. I believe his mural will help bring our Officers and community together even more," said Chief DiPino.

"I was absolutely thrilled and honored to give back to our police department," said Joe Cuffaro, artist. "One of my sons is a police officer in West Palm Beach and I’ve gotten to know the life of law enforcement. To be able to capture a sense of our beautiful community and the work our Officers do and put it together, I can’t explain what that means in words," said Cuffaro.

Chief DiPino, Mike Evanoff, president of the Sarasota Police Foundation and artist Joe Cuffaro will be in attendance for the unveiling. Media will be provided with photos of the progression of the mural.

Sexual Predator Registration for the City of Sarasota


SARASOTA, Fla. – November 25, 2015 – 3 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is informing the public that Jason Fletcher, 32, (date of birth 01/19/1983) has registered as a Sexual Predator living in the City of Sarasota.  Fletcher is homeless and is living in the area of Bee Ridge Road and Tamiami Trail in the City of Sarasota.

Fletcher was designated as a Sexual Predator following charges of sexual battery on a victim under 12 or older in Pinellas County in 2006. Fletcher is a white male with blonde hair, blue eyes, 6’0" tall and 160 pounds.

Photographs and additional information on sexual offenders and predators can be retrieved on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) website at Residents can also sign up to receive notifications from FDLE of sex offender and predator registrations and address changes. The Sarasota Police Department distributes this information to area schools, state registered daycare centers and posts the information on all social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Sarasota Police Department website,

Information Requested in Sexual Assault Case

SARASOTA, Fla. – November 20, 2015  – 8:15 a.m.

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at approximately 7 p.m., a female victim was riding her bicycle on the sidewalk on the northern edge of Centennial Park (1059 North Tamiami Trail), near the 10th Street Boat Ramp parking lot, in Sarasota, when she was sexually assaulted.

The victim was pulled from her bicycle and dragged into the northern wood line where the suspect sexually assaulted her.  The suspect is described as dark skinned black male, between 30 and 40 years of age, approximately 6’2” tall with a very thin build.

Nearby residents and boat ramp visitors are asked to be on the lookout if they are in the area and please report anything suspicious.  Anyone with information on this case is asked to please call Detective Dan Riley at 941-954-7062 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at

Click It or Ticket Holiday Campaign begins Tuesday, November 17, 2015

SARASOTA, Fla. – November 16, 2015 – 9 a.m.

Every year, the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travels times. Millions of Americans hit the road to spend time with family and friends. The Sarasota Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies from around the state of Florida and 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%.

"If you’re driving to the grocery store, a friend’s house a mile away or your grandparents house across the country, please buckle up this Thanksgiving and every time you’re on the road," said Sarasota Police Patrol Captain Kevin Stiff. "Drivers who fail to heed the warning are taking too big of a risk, a hefty fine or worse: dying in a crash," said Captain Stiff.

Tuesday, November 17th through Monday, 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.

Tiny Hands Foundation to donate 500 teddy bears to the Sarasota Police Department

SARASOTA, Fla. – November 13, 2015 – 8:30 a.m.

The Tiny Hands Foundation of Sarasota and Manatee Counties will be donating at least 500 new teddy bears to the Sarasota Police Department. Members of the media are invited to attend the donation on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota. Chief Bernadette DiPino will accept the bears from Rod Khleif of the Tiny Hands Foundation.

The new teddy bear "officers" will ride with Sarasota Police officers and will be given out to help comfort children they encounter that may be in distress. "When children are involved in a traumatic situation, it’s nice for our Officers to provide them with a cuddly stuffed bear to help comfort them," said Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino. "This is a great opportunity for the Sarasota Police Department to continue to partner with our community. These teddy bears will help children in our community know that we’re here to help them."

"We are excited to once again bring the ‘Teddy Bear Brigade’ and provide ‘Officer Teddy Bears’ to patrol with our Sarasota Police Officers. They’ll be given out to children Officers encounter that may be in distress. If one of these teddy bears comforts, consoles or eases the pain of a single child that is experiencing trauma, then our goal has been met," said Rod Khleif, Founder and President, Tiny Hands Foundation.