Sarasota Police Officers arrest three men during undercover prostitution operation

SARASOTA, FL. – November 9, 2017   – 2:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Narcotics Unit and Patrol Division, conducted an undercover prostitution operation.  This operation also had the assistance of Selah Freedom and First Step of Sarasota.  The operation was conducted in the northern area of the City of Sarasota.  Three men were arrested and charged with Solicitation for Prostitution.

Carroll D. Wright, 64 4619 East 73rd Street, Bradenton Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Carroll D. Wright, 64
4619 East 73rd Street, Bradenton
Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Dennis A. Sneary, 75 603 63rd Avenue., Apt. 7, Bradenton Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Dennis A. Sneary, 75
603 63rd Avenue., Apt. 7, Bradenton
Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Jose A. Uribe, 20 339 Bernard Avenue, Sarasota Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Jose A. Uribe, 20
339 Bernard Avenue, Sarasota
Charge: Solicitation for Prostitution

Warrant Roundup for Sale of Controlled Substances News Conference Wednesday at 11 a.m.

SARASOTA, FL. – November 7, 2017   – 2:30 p.m.

Chief Bernadette DiPino and members of the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division will hold a news conference tomorrow, Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11 a.m., in the 2nd Floor Community Room, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.  Media planning to attend are asked to arrive by 10:45 a.m. to allow for an on-time start.

The news conference is in reference to a major operation that started in early 2017 and ended in late October 2017.  The operation resulted in a significant number of arrests of street level drug dealers openly selling illegal narcotics in the City of Sarasota.

The Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit and Street Crimes Unit completed the long term operation with the purpose of disrupting open-air drug markets within the City of Sarasota.  The operation was conducted with undercover detectives making drug buys from suspected street level dealers in areas that intelligence-led policing proved to be highest in drug crimes.

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Seven skimming devices found at Quik (formerly known as the Dodge Store)

SARASOTA, FL. – November 7, 2017   – 10:30 a.m.

On Monday, November 6, 2017, seven (7) skimming devices were located on gas pumps at Quik (formerly known as the Dodge Store), located at 3580 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.  It’s unknown how long the devices were on the pumps but according the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, the last time the pumps were checked was on April 3, 2017.

An inspector with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection was conducting a routine check of the pumps when he located the skimming devices.  The owner of Quik said he did not have any knowledge of the devices and told Officers the pumps were installed approximately one year ago.  The owner also said he had not received any complaints from customers in reference to any additional charges.

Additional safety tips for customers to stay safe at fuel pumps:

·         Choose a fuel pump that is close to the entrance of the store. 

·         Use a credit card for the transaction, not a debit card

·         Pay inside and use cash

The Sarasota Police Department is encouraging customers who may have recently purchased gas at Quik to pay close attention to bank accounts and look for any unknown transactions, regardless of how small they may be.  If anything seems suspicious, customers are encouraged to contact their bank immediately.

Anyone with information on this case, please call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-316-1199 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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Road Closures for Veterans Day Parade – Saturday, November 11, 2017

SARASOTA, FL. – November 7, 2017  – 9 a.m.

The City of Sarasota, in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, will co-host the annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. in downtown Sarasota.  There will be several road closures and vehicle tow away zones for the parade beginning on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 8 a.m.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 Street Closures:

·         8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Main Street closed from U.S. 301 to Mira Mar Court

·         8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Osprey Avenue from Fruitville Road to Ringling Boulevard

·         8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Links Avenue from Fruitville Road to Ringling Boulevard

·         8 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Central Avenue closed from Main Street to First Street

·         8 a.m. – 1 p.m.: First Street closed from Pineapple Avenue to Central Avenue

·         8 a.m. – 1 p.m.:  Pineapple Avenue closed from State Street to First Street

Vehicles not removed by the posted time will be towed at the owner’s expense.  For information on towed vehicles, please contact Upman’s Towing at 941-365-7084.

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Sarasota Police to increase patrols for pedestrian & bicycle safety

SARASOTA, FL. – November 6, 2017   – 3:30 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department has received a grant for a High Visibility Enforcement program for pedestrian and bicycle safety.  The safety campaign, which will begin November 15, 2017, is in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation and the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research. 

Officers will observe, educate and enforce traffic laws in four chosen areas in an attempt to reduce the number of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle crashes.  Officers will also be working to educate citizens about the importance of traffic laws.

The goal of the safety campaign is geared to increase awareness of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle safety through education and enforcement.  The grant, provided by FDOT and USF, will allow officers to be present at four (4) key corridors in the City of Sarasota. 

The intersections in the City of Sarasota that were chosen were selected based on crash data involving both pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles.  The intersections were also chosen for their volume of pedestrian traffic and number of accidents involving both vehicles and pedestrians or bicyclists:

·         Main Street (between 100 block to 2000 block)

·         Fruitville Road (from North Tamiami Trail (State Road 45) to Beneva Road)

·         North Tamiami Trail from Mound Street to University Parkway

·         North Washington Boulevard (U.S. 301) from Main Street to Myrtle Avenue

“The safety of our community is our number one priority.  We want every driver, pedestrian and bicyclist to understand and know the rules of the road,” said Sergeant Bruce King, Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit.  “Safety doesn’t happen by accident.”

All contacts with citizens will be documented and results will be sent to the Florida Department of Transportation for evaluation at the conclusion of the safety campaign.

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Sarasota Police Detectives Searching for Additional Witnesses in April 2017 Incident

SARASOTA, FL. – November 2, 2017   – 9 a.m.

On April 15, 2017 at approximately 3 a.m., Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department responded to BomBon Restaurant Bar & Lounge, located at 1118 North Washington Boulevard, Sarasota, regarding a fight that later led to a stabbing.  Jose Lozada-Alvarez, 18, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with permanent serious bodily injury on April 24, 2017.  The 30-year-old male victim, suffered permanent injury.

Detectives and the State Attorney’s Office have been working together to investigate this case since April and have interviewed several witnesses but have reason to believe more witnesses have additional information and have not come forward in this case. 

If anyone has information about this incident at BomBon Restaurant Bar & Lounge, please call Detective Maria Llovio at 941-364-7336 or Detective Ross Revill at 941-954-7092 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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