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Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator (PIO)
Genevieve Judge
Desk Phone: 941-954-7094
Fax: 941-954-7034
Genevieve.Judge@SarasotaFL.gov

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    Sarasota Police Conducting Death Investigation

    Sarasota Police officers are conducting a death investigation. This afternoon, Saturday, December 7, 2019, at approximately 1:45 p.m., a body of an adult male, believed to be in his 40’s, was found by boaters in the water several hundred yards off the Sarasota Yacht Club.

    12/07/2019 5:14 PM

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    Shop with a Cop set for Friday, December 13, 2019 – Donations still being accepted

    The Sarasota Housing Authority, Sarasota Police Department, Target and Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) are partnering for the eighth year to provide 100 underprivileged children with a unique holiday experience in Sarasota.

    12/06/2019 8:16 AM

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    Sarasota man arrested in death of girlfriend & unborn baby

    Casey Swart, 23, of Sarasota, has been arrested and is facing one count of manslaughter, and one count of manslaughter/killing of an unborn child by injury to mother in connection to the death of his girlfriend and their unborn baby.

    12/04/2019 11:29 AM

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    Sarasota man arrested and charged with two counts of burglary

    Andrew D. Bailey, 28, of Sarasota, has been arrested and is facing two (2) counts of burglary of a structure following two rooftop burglaries in the City of Sarasota between November 29, 2019 and December 1, 2019.

    12/03/2019 2:18 PM

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    Road Closures for Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 7, 2019

    The 24th annual Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. The parade will begin at Main Street and U.S. 301 in downtown Sarasota. The parade will end at J.D. Hamel Park at Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.

    12/03/2019 11:12 AM

  • Phone Scam Warning

    Sarasota Police Reminding Citizens of Phone Scams

    The Sarasota Police Department wants to remind citizens about a phone scam that is happening where a caller claims to be a member of the Sarasota Police Department soliciting for donations. The caller is also claiming that they have a warrant for the person who answered the phone.

    12/02/2019 8:35 AM

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    Sarasota Police Reminder Drivers and Passengers: Buckle Up – Every Trip, Every Time

    The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest seasons for America’s roads. With millions of drivers traveling near and far for Thanksgiving dinner, it’s more important than ever to stress the importance of seat belt safety.

    11/22/2019 8:01 AM

  • November 20, 2019 Shooting Investigation

    Sarasota Police Investigating Shooting

    Sarasota Police Officers are investigating a shooting that happened just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2019, near the area of 30th Street and North Washington Boulevard (US 301). When Officers arrived, they found one person with non-life-threatening injuries.

    11/21/2019 2:19 PM

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    Duo arrested for burglaries; Stolen bulldog recovered & reunited with owner in California

    Tracie Eileen Defee, 52, of California, and Michael Paine, 48, of Sarasota, have been arrested and are facing multiple felony charges following a burglary spree in the Lido Key area of the city of Sarasota in October 2019. A bulldog, named Maggie, was also with the duo during the burglaries.

    11/21/2019 8:39 AM

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    Brookside Middle School Teacher Arrested for Lewd & Lascivious Conduct

    Maxwell Guss, 34, of Bradenton, was arrested on Monday afternoon on two (2) counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct by a Person Over 18. Guss has been on administrative leave from Brookside Middle School where he was a business teacher. Detectives believe there may be additional victims.

    11/18/2019 1:40 PM

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    Vehicle crashes into home overnight – No injuries, minor damage to home, driver arrested

    Lousner Silencieux, 37, of Sarasota has been arrested and is facing multiple charges following a hit and run crash where a vehicle hit a home in the 1400 block of Myrtle Street in Sarasota Thursday night.

    11/15/2019 8:29 AM

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    Teenager arrested in connection to Sunday night shooting

    Darion Lee, 16, of Sarasota, has been arrested and is facing two charges of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, felony charges, in connection to a shooting that happened Sunday, November 10, 2019 near the intersection of Carver Street and Orange Avenue in the City of Sarasota.

    11/13/2019 9:20 AM

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    Sarasota Police Honored with IACP Chief David Cameron Leadership in Environmental Crimes Award

    Last week, Chief Bernadette DiPino traveled to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) training conference in Chicago. While attending the conference, Sarasota Police Department Legal Advisor Joe Polzak accepted the IACP Chief David Cameron Leadership in Environmental Crimes Award.

    11/05/2019 8:09 AM

  • 2019 Veterans Day Parade Road Closure Map

    Road Closures for Veterans Day Parade – Monday, November 11, 2019

    The City of Sarasota, in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, will co-host the annual Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10 a.m. in downtown Sarasota. There will be several road closures and vehicle tow away zones for the parade.

    11/04/2019 12:55 PM

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    Operation SURGE Results in 95 Arrests

    Chief Bernadette DiPino, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), United States Attorney’s Office and the Florida State Attorney’s Office of the 12th Judicial Circuit announced the arrest of 95 individuals in Operation SURGE during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

    10/22/2019 1:00 PM

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    Sarasota Police Investigating Suspicious Death - Bradenton Man Charged with Murder

    Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department have arrested Juan Jose Esparza, 20, of Bradenton. He’s being charged with murder, armed burglary and additional charges in connection of a death over the weekend. Esparza is being held at the Sarasota County Jail.

    10/22/2019 9:59 AM

  • News Release

    Operation SURGE News Conference Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 1 p.m.

    Chief Bernadette DiPino, the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division along with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), United States Attorney’s Office and the Florida State Attorney’s Office of the 12th Judicial Circuit will hold a news conference Tuesday.

    10/21/2019 3:00 PM

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    Sarasota Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on Saturday, October 26, 2019

    On Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Sarasota Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, and unwanted prescription drugs.

    10/17/2019 10:58 AM

  • First Watch Races 2019

    Lane closures for First Watch 5K on Saturday & First Watch Half Marathon, Relay and 10K on Sunday

    The inaugural First Watch Sarasota 5K will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019. The 14th Annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, Relay and 10K will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Due to the race participants sharing the roadway along the race route, there will be temporary lane closures.

    10/15/2019 11:17 AM

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    Sexual Predator Notification for the City of Sarasota

    The Sarasota Police Department is informing the public that Ricardo Coronado, 47, has registered as a Sexual Predator living in the City of Sarasota. Coronado’s address is 1703 8th Street, Sarasota.

    10/11/2019 2:15 PM