Sarasota Police Investigating Drowning off Lido Beach

SARASOTA, FL  – June 18, 2018   – 10 a.m.

Sarasota Police Officers are investigating a drowning that occurred off Lido Beach on Sunday, June 17, 2018.  At approximately 10 p.m., officers responded to the area of John Ringling Boulevard and Benjamin Franklin Drive, Sarasota, in reference to a man possibly lost in the Gulf of Mexico. 

When officers arrived, they determined an adult man and woman went swimming and were caught in a rip current.  Both individuals were in distress while caught in a rip current and were having difficulty staying above water.  The woman told officers they were being swept towards Big Pass but she was able to make it to shore after approximately one hour in the water.

Multiple Sarasota Police officers and members of the Sarasota County Fire Department arrived and immediately began searching the shoreline and in the water for the man.  He was located on the beach in the 200 block of Benjamin Franklin Drive at approximately 10:45 p.m.  CPR efforts were initiated but were unsuccessful.  The man was pronounced deceased at approximately 11 p.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigation Division have taken over the investigation.  Detectives believe the incident appears to be accidental in nature and no foul play is suspected.  The next of kin for the man has not been notified at this time.  The investigation is continuing.

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Sarasota Police hosting another ‘Tweet from the Beat’ this week

SARASOTA, FL  – June 13, 2018   – 8 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is taking social media followers on another “virtual ride-along.”  Tomorrow, Thursday, June 14, 2018, beginning at 8 p.m., Twitter users can “ride along” for another ‘Tweet from the Beat’ with Patrol Officers during night shift.

Patrol Sergeant Andrew Combs will share what he says and does while on patrol through texts, videos, GIFs and various photos.  Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator Genevieve Judge will tweet on behalf of Sergeant Combs.  Followers on Twitter @SarasotaPD will be able to ask questions and interact with the Sarasota Police Department while they are on patrol.

To join the Sarasota Police Department “Tweet from the Beat” virtual ride along:  Twitter users can follow the Sarasota Police Department under the handle @SarasotaPD.  To create a Twitter account, users can visit to www.twitter.com and sign up.  It’s easy, quick and free.  Once an account is created, users can follow @SarasotaPD

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

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Arrest made in weekend shooting and death

SARASOTA, FL  – June 6, 2018   – 9:45 a.m.

Anariest J. Taylor, 17, of 1912 North Orange Avenue, Apt. #20, Sarasota, has been arrested and charged with murder with a firearm following a shooting on Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday, June 3, 2018, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Patrol Officers with the Sarasota Police Department responded to the 2500 block of Lemon Avenue in reference to a call of shots fired.  When officers arrived, they spoke with witnesses who said they heard gun shots and saw two males in a car who appeared to be shooting at a third male who was running from the car.  Immediately following the shooting, the two males fled the area in the car and the third male fled on foot.

Subsequent investigation by Sarasota Police Detectives led them to identify Taylor as the suspect in the shooting.  Drugs are believed to have been a factor in the shooting.

This case remains an active investigation.  Anyone with information on this case is asked to 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

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 Anariest J. Taylor, 17, of 1912 North Orange Avenue, Apt. #20, Sarasota, has been arrested and charged with murder with a firearm following a shooting on Sunday afternoon.

Anariest J. Taylor, 17, of 1912 North Orange Avenue, Apt. #20, Sarasota, has been arrested and charged with murder with a firearm following a shooting on Sunday afternoon.

Sarasota Police Swearing-In Ceremony Today, June 5, 2018

Today, June 5, 2018, at 2 p.m., Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino will hold a swearing-in ceremony for three (3) new Officers.  The ceremony will be held in the 2nd Floor Community Room at the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

The following Officers will join the Sarasota Police Department as 2nd Class Probation:

·         Officer Thomas J. Wishart

·         Officer Alfonso J. Varlaro, II

·         Officer Mayra I. Oliva

 

Family, friends, community members and media are welcome to attend and are asked to arrive by 1:45 p.m. so the ceremony can begin on time.

 

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Sexual Predator Registration for the City of Sarasota

SARASOTA, FL  – June 5, 2018   – 10 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is informing the public that Derrick W. Speed, 38, has registered as a Sexual Predator living in the City of Sarasota.  Speed lists an address of 4847 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Speed was designated as a Sexual Predator in March 2006 in Pinellas County, Florida.  His past convictions include sexual battery by threat of force or violence on a person 12 years or older.  Speed is a black male, 6’5” tall, 170 pounds, black hair and brown eyes.

Photographs and additional information on sexual offenders and predators can be retrieved on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) website at https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/sops/home.jsf 

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, www.sarasotapd.org

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 The Sarasota Police Department is informing the public that Derrick W. Speed, 38, has registered as a Sexual Predator living in the City of Sarasota.  Wesley lists an address of 4847 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

The Sarasota Police Department is informing the public that Derrick W. Speed, 38, has registered as a Sexual Predator living in the City of Sarasota.  Wesley lists an address of 4847 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Sarasota Police to hold free Blue + You Movie Night to Kick-Off a Safe and Sustainable Summer

SARASOTA, FL  – May 18, 2018   – 1 p.m.

On June 9, 2018, the Sarasota Police Department, in conjunction with numerous community organizations, will be hosting a family free community event and ‘Blue + You’ movie night to officially kick-off a safe and sustainable summer.  It’s all happening at Sarasota Police Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

The free family event starts at 7:30 p.m. with educational booths from Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Audubon Florida, Save Our Seabirds and Florida Fish and Wildlife.  There will be hands-on activities, crafts and displays from the Sarasota Police Marine Patrol, Crime Prevention, Cub Scouts, Coast Guard Auxiliary, City of Sarasota Sustainability Program, Whole Foods, Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program and more.  The ‘Blue + You’ movie “Deep” will begin at 8:30 p.m. on the west lawn of police headquarters.

As the July 4th holiday and Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival approaches, it’s important to share the message of environmental awareness, protection of marine and bird species and boating safety with our community.  Everyone is invited to the free ‘Blue + You’ family community event and movie night.  Moviegoers are invited to bring blankets, chairs and invite neighbors, family and friends.  Complimentary free healthy snacks and drinks will be provided.

‘Blue + You’ is an initiative that honors the community and connects them with the Sarasota Police Department.  The Sarasota Police Department ‘Blue + You’ Movie Series began in April 2014.

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