Sarasota Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs Saturday, April 29, 2017

SARASOTA, FL. – April 24, 2017   – 2 p.m.

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Sarasota Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 

Residents and citizens are asked to bring pills for disposal to the front lobby of the Sarasota Police Department at 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps; only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

Other Law Enforcement Drop Off Locations in Sarasota County:
• 2071 Ringling Boulevard (Sarasota); Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
• 2099 Adams Lane; Sarasota Police Department
• 501 College Drive; New College Police Department
• 1350 Ridgewood Avenue; Venice Police Department
• 4531 State Road 776 (Venice); Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
• 4980 City Hall Boulevard; North Port Police Department
• 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota (New College of Florida)

The Sarasota Police Department does have a permanent drop-box at SPD Headquarters at 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

Undercover Investigation Results in Arrest and Seizure of $10,370 and Various Illegal Narcotics

SARASOTA, FL. – April 24, 2017   – 8:30 a.m.

Undercover officers with the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit and Street Crimes Unit have arrested Calvin Butler, 45, of Bradenton.  Butler, who lived in Sarasota, recently moved to Bradenton and was returning to his original address in the City of Sarasota to make numerous illegal narcotics sales.

During various undercover operations over the course of several weeks, Sarasota Police officers learned Butler was selling illegal narcotics in the 1900 block of 5th Street, Sarasota.  During an operation on April 18, 2017, officers observed Butler in the 1900 block of 5th Street.  Officers made contact with Butler, who was alone in the vehicle which was registered to him, and found him in possession of baggies of powder and rock cocaine, various prescription pills and U.S. currency including:

·       $10,370 in U.S. currency

·       75 pieces of rock cocaine weighing approximately 10 grams

·       19 bags of powder cocaine weighing approximately 15 grams

·       53 dosage units of Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 8mg (Schedule II narcotic)

·       45 dosage units and 3 broken pieces of Buprenorphine 8mg (Schedule III narcotic)

·       1 dosage unit of Oxycodone 30mg

·       41 syringes

Butler was arrested and is charged with:

·       Trafficking in Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 4-14 grams (Felony)

·       Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell/Deliver within 1000 feet of Gillespie Park (Felony)

·       Possession of a Controlled Substance (Buprenorphine) with Intent to Sell/Deliver (Felony)

·       Possession of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone) (Felony)

·       Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)

“Butler had a large customer base in the City of Sarasota and was a supplier to many homeless individuals in and around the downtown areas,” said Sergeant Rob Armstrong, Criminal Investigations Division.  “He provided syringes to his buyers and users during sales.  This is a major arrest in the continuing effort to keep the City of Sarasota safe.” 

Calvin Butler, 45, of Bradenton

Calvin Butler, 45, of Bradenton

Suspect Found Guilty in 2016 Murder

SARASOTA, FL. – April 21, 2017   – 1:30 p.m.

Rufus Adams, 35, of 1108 Colleton Street, Sarasota, has been found guilty of 2nd degree murder in connection to the January 2016 murder of William Shipp.  Adams was found guilty on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

On January 15, 2016 at approximately 6 a.m., Sarasota Police officers responded to a gunshot victim at 1524 25th Street, Sarasota.  The victim, William Shipp, was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he later died.

Witnesses told officers there were numerous people at the above address when Shipp arrived and there was an argument between he and Adams.  Adams told Shipp to leave and when he refused Adams told Shipp he was going to kill him.  Adams shot Shipp multiple times. 

The case was investigated by Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Detectives Maria Llovio and Anthony DeFrancisco.  “We’re very pleased with the outcome of this case,” said Detective Llovio.  “This is a result of hard work and dedication not just from our agency but also through the partnership we have with the State Attorney’s Office,” said Llovio.  “Prosecutors Karen Fraivillig and Elizabeth Loeffler were an intricate part of this case."

Adams’ sentencing is set for early May.  

Rufus Adams, 35, of 1108 Colleton Street, Sarasota, has been found guilty of 2nd degree murder in connection to the January 2016 murder of William Shipp.

Rufus Adams, 35, of 1108 Colleton Street, Sarasota, has been found guilty of 2nd degree murder in connection to the January 2016 murder of William Shipp.

Sarasota Police to participate in 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

SARASOTA, FL. – April 19, 2017   – 11 a.m.

For more than 20 years, the Sarasota Police Department has been participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.  The Sarasota PD team will take to the streets of Sarasota again this year!  Officers will join more than 300 Florida law enforcement agencies in the state-wide torch run to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Florida.  More than 5,000 officers carry the torch on a 1,500-mile relay throughout Florida’s 67 counties annually.

The Sarasota Police Department will receive the Torch from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in the parking lot of Paradise Publix at 3825 South Osprey Avenue at approximately 8:15 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Members of the Sarasota Police Department will run the torch on a different route this year that includes two legs.  The first leg will take the torch north on Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), past the split with North Washington Boulevard and continue north with a right turn on Adams Lane ending at the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane.  The second leg will take the torch from Adams Lane, north on East Avenue to Main Street and then travel west on Main Street through downtown Sarasota to the Unconditional Surrender Statue at the Bayfront.

You can purchase Torch Run Gear to support Special Olympic athletes.

•Dri-fit shirt: $20.00
•Cotton t-shirt: $13.00
•Black hat: $15.00
•Camo hat: $10.00


Donations can also be sent to Officer Kenton Montegna at the Sarasota Police Department (2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL 34237). Officer Montegna can be contacted at (941)366-8000 ext. 7817 or Kenton.Montegna@sarasotaFL.gov   All proceeds go towards supporting the Special Olympic athletes.  For more information and routes for other counties in Florida, please visit http://specialolympicsflorida.org/get-involved/law-enforcement-torch-run/torch-run   

Sarasota Police to host ‘Tweet from the Boat’ on Friday, April 14, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. -- April 13, 2017 -- 8 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is taking social media followers on another ‘virtual ride-along’ but instead of the normal ‘Tweet from the Beat,’ it will be with the Sarasota Police Department Marine Patrol and it will be a ‘Tweet from the Boat.’

On Friday, April 14, 2017 beginning at 7:30 a.m., Marine Patrol Officer Michael Skinner will share what he says and does through texts, videos, GIFs and photos.  The Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator will tweet on behalf of Officer Skinner.  People following on Twitter @SarasotaPD will be able to ask questions and interact with the Sarasota Police Department while they are on patrol.

“We are fortunate in the City of Sarasota to have boating weather pretty much year round.  However, this is the time of year that we start to see boating traffic increase on the water and people begin to prep their boats for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday,” said Officer Skinner.  “Carelessness and not paying attention are the leading causes of boating accidents.  We want to keep boaters, their families and friends safe.”

To join the Sarasota Police Department in the 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

Sexual Predator Registration for the City of Sarasota

SARASOTA, FL. – April 12, 2017   – 8 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is informing the public that Claude Randle Huff, 58, has registered as a Sexual Predator living in the City of Sarasota.  Huff’s address is 1931 Edgewater Drive, Sarasota, FL 34234.

Huff's past charges include lewd or lascivious molestation of a victim under 12 in Osceola, Florida in 2003 and aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Illinois in 1998.  Huff is a white male, 6’1” tall, 190 pounds, hazel eyes and grey hair.

Photographs and additional information on sexual offenders and predators can be retrieved on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) website at www.fdle.state.fl.us  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

A photo of Huff is attached.

Claude Randle Huff, 58, has registered as a Sexual Predator living in the City of Sarasota

Claude Randle Huff, 58, has registered as a Sexual Predator living in the City of Sarasota