Case Update: Murder Conviction of Corey Brown

SARASOTA, Fla. – September 1, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

On March 10, 2014 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Sarasota Police Officers responded to the area of Booker High School reference a deceased person on the side of the road. 

Officers arriving on the scene found the victim lying in the roadway in the 3200 block of North Orange Avenue.  The victim was found to have been shot.  Detective Tony DeFrancisco and Detective Maria Llovio with the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division were assigned to follow on the homicide investigation.  

Detectives were able to determine that the shooting had occurred several blocks away in the area of 24th Street and Leon Avenue.  Based on a thorough investigation, Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Corey L. Brown for the murder of Carlton Parhm. 

Brown was arrested on June 20th, 2014.  On Friday, August 28, 2015, Corey Brown was convicted of 2nd Degree Murder during a jury trial at the Sarasota County Courthouse. 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

June 6, 2014 News Release:
Arrest made in connection to March homicide case in Sarasota
SARASOTA, Fla. – June 6, 2014 – 8 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department have charged Shaquan D. Leverett, 19, of Sarasota, with murder in connection to a homicide that occurred on March 10, 2014 in Sarasota.

On March 10, 2014 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Sarasota Police Department officers responded to the 3200 block of North Orange Avenue in reference a homicide.  Upon arrival, officers located the body of Carlton Parhm, 23, of Palmetto.  Parhm was the victim of a gunshot wound.

The investigation revealed on March 10, 2014, Parhm and four friends drove from Manatee County to Sarasota to meet with another individual.  During the meeting, an argument began and Parhm and the individuals got into a car to avoid a confrontation.  They left the area and drove eastbound on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.  As the vehicle turned south onto Leon Avenue, a gunshot shattered the front passenger front window, striking and killing Parhm.  During the investigation, detectives developed probable cause for the arrest of Leverett.

“This is the beginning of helping the family of Carlton Parhm find closure to this tragic event.  While this continues to be an ongoing investigation, a violent criminal is off the streets of the city of Sarasota,” said Detective Tony DeFrancisco, Criminal Investigations Division, Sarasota Police Department.

Anyone with information in connection to this case, is encouraged to call Detective Tony DeFrancisco at 941-954-7049 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

Sarasota Police Swearing-In, Promotions & Awards Ceremony

SARASOTA, Fla. – August 27, 2015 – 1 p.m.

Tomorrow, August 28, 2015, Chief Bernadette DiPino will hold a swearing-in and promotional awards ceremony at the Sarasota Police Department.  The Ceremony will be at 2 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Training Room of the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lanes, Sarasota.

Seven (7) Officers will join the Sarasota Police Department as 2nd Class Probation:

  • Julia A. Beskin

  • Gilwyn D. Ferguson

  • Kalen M. Holmes

  • Mark H. Lash

  • Garrett R. Shaffer II

  • Kevin T. Sullivan

  • George T. Terris II

The Sarasota Police Department will also recognize several promotions:

  • Scott Mayforth to the rank of Lieutenant

  • Jaymi Delcos to the rank of Sergeant

  • Jessica Sullivan to the rank of First Class Police Officer

Several Officers will also be honored with Life Saving Medals, Distinguished Service Awards and Unit Commendations.  Several citizens will also be honored with Certificates of Merit.  All friends, family and media are welcome to attend!

Search warrant results in seizure of 331 grams of marijuana, handgun & $3,450

 

SARASOTA, Fla. – August 21, 2015 – 12:45 p.m. On Thursday, August 20, 2015, the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the Street Crimes Unit and Intelligence Unit, executed a search warrant at 2833 N. Links Avenue, Apartment A, Sarasota. The warrant was obtained as a result to an investigation into marijuana sales from the residence by the known occupant. As a result of the search warrant, the sole occupant of the residence was arrested. Sarasota Police Detectives seized:
• 331 grams of marijuana, drug packaging and paraphernalia
• .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun
•  $3,450 U.S. currency

Arrested: Isaiah L. Edwards Date of Birth: 9/16/1983 2833 N. Links Avenue, Apt A Sarasota, FL

Charges:
• Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Sell/Deliver
• Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

  Isaiah L. Edwards

 

Isaiah L. Edwards

Back to School Safety Reminders

 

SARASOTA, Fla. – August 21, 2015 – 8:45 a.m.

On Monday, August 24, 2015, classes will resume in the City of Sarasota. As students head back to school, the Sarasota Police Department wants to reminder drivers there is a zero tolerance policy beginning Monday for speeding in school zones and passing school buses that have stop signs extended for students boarding or leaving the bus.

On Monday, Sarasota Police Officers will be at all City of Sarasota schools, welcoming students back to class. The Sarasota Police Department will also host a special #BackToSchool ‘Tweet from the Beat,’ under the Twitter handle @SarasotaPD. On Twitter, followers can find photos and videos of Officers visiting schools around the city.

The Sarasota Police Department has also created a Back to School Public Service Announcement sharing important safety tips for parents and students. The PSA can be viewed at https://youtu.be/vxBZfdDdmBc

A few safety tips to remember as classes resume in the City of Sarasota:

• Students back in class means increased traffic on the roads. Please allow extra time to reach your destination and watch for other cars, pedestrians, bicyclists and school buses.

• Buckle up! Make sure all occupants of the car, especially children, are always buckled up. In Florida, all passengers under 18 years old must wear a seatbelt or be restrained in a child car seat.

• Pay attention to crossing guards and always drive slowly in school zones and near schools – Many students walk to and from class and to and from home.

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

Fines for speeding in school zones and passing school buses can range anywhere from $156 to $456. Officers are encouraging drivers to slow down and allow plenty of time getting to and from their destination.

Sarasota Fitness Club / Fight Club Owner & Coach Charged with 2 Counts of Lewd Molestation

SARASOTA, Fla. – August 20, 2015 – 8:45 a.m.

Akram Sleit, 53, of 5243 Boca Raton Avenue, Sarasota, has been charged with two (2) counts of felony lewd molestation of a Victim over 12 or Older but Under 16. Sleit is the owner and a coach at the Sarasota Fitness Club / Fight Club located at 2211 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Sleit goes by "Alan" at the club.

The victims, a 12 year-old female and a 15 year-old female, both attended the Sarasota Fight Club for boxing instruction. Both victims disclosed to Sarasota Police Detectives Sleit touched them inappropriately at the club on multiple occasions. One victim told Detectives Sleit touched her inappropriately at least 10 times while taking measurements at the club. Both victims also told Detectives that they believe there could be other victims at the club.

Detectives have reason to believe there could be more victims in this case and are encouraging anyone with information to call Detective Megan Buck at 941-954-7067.

Akram Sleit

Akram Sleit

Undercover operation targeting prostitution results in three men arrested

SARASOTA, Fla. – August 19, 2015 – 10:45 a.m.

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, in conjunction with the Narcotics Unit, conducted a prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes; "Johns."

The operation was conducted at Whitaker Gateway Park (1455 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota). Three (3) individuals were arrested and charged with Solicitation for Prostitution.

  Cristopher J. Daughtrey Date of Birth: 07-24-77 3347 SE Oltmann Street Arcadia, Florida Charge Solicitation for Prostitution

 

Cristopher J. Daughtrey Date of Birth: 07-24-77 3347 SE Oltmann Street Arcadia, Florida

Charge

Solicitation for Prostitution

  Dennis E. Newman Date of Birth: 11-13-62 2126 Banneker Way Sarasota, Florida Charge Solicitation for Prostitution

 

Dennis E. Newman Date of Birth: 11-13-62 2126 Banneker Way Sarasota, Florida

Charge

Solicitation for Prostitution

  Jeffrey S. King Date of Birth 01-23-64 14716 4th Drive NE Bradenton, Florida Charge Solicitation for Prostitution Jeffrey S. King Date of Birth 01-23-64 14716 4th Drive NE Bradenton, Florida Charge Solicitation for Prostitution

 

Jeffrey S. King Date of Birth 01-23-64 14716 4th Drive NE Bradenton, Florida

Charge

Solicitation for Prostitution

Jeffrey S. King Date of Birth 01-23-64 14716 4th Drive NE Bradenton, Florida

Charge

Solicitation for Prostitution