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The Sarasota Police Department is seeking the public's help to find a missing man in need of medication. Francis F. Anderson, 66, was last seen in the 1400 block of 16th Street in Sarasota around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. Anderson is 5-foot-8, about 185 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes, Police said.
With the decision to hire its own police force, the expected $3.1 million budget deficit Sarasota County Schools was facing dropped to $2.4 million, and could drop to $1.4 million. The School Board gave staff the go-ahead on April 17 to continue planning to start its own police force -- something ...

Human remains found in a Sarasota creek Monday are not those of a missing Sarasota teenager. Sarasota police confirmed Tuesday through work with the District 12 Medical Examiner's Office by using dental records that the remains do not belong to Jabez Spann. Spann has been missing ...
The Sarasota County School Board hopes to employ its own police force as early as next school year. The decision to move forward with this idea comes as a way to avoid having to contract with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and local police stations, who employ and supervise sworn law ... Schools
Human remains discovered by children on Monday are being analyzed by District 12 Medical Examiner's Office. SARASOTA -- Skeletal human remains found a half-mile from where Jabez Spann lived and allegedly witnessed a murder are being analyzed by the District 12 Medical Examiner's Office.
Police are working to identify human remains found in the 1900 block of Gillespie Avenue in Sarasota Monday afternoon. The Sarasota Police Department Dive Team, Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Technicians are at the scene working diligently to identify the individual. The body's ... children

A Sarasota police officer fired his gun at an SUV, shooting two people inside, after police say the vehicle driven by a Venice High School football player accelerated and struck him, putting him in fear for his life. Sarasota police are investigating the Tuesday morning officer-involved shooting in ... football
SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Officers are reminding residents to "always, always, always" lock your car and remove valuables from vehicles. The warning comes from the Sarasota Police Department who is seeking the public's help in identifying a man who allegedly stole a wallet from an unlocked car. football
(WFLA) - A popular public movie night in Sarasota has been canceled because of a police protest. Sarasota police frequently host ... "The police need to be accountable for what they're doing when they're doing something like that,” said Juliana Musheyev with ANSWER Suncoast. Activists are demanding ... football
According to the Sarasota Police Department, the event is cancelled out of concerns for protest activity. SPD was planning on showing a movie and having free child seat checks, but will reschedule the event. A future date has not been scheduled yet. “The safety of our children, their families, our residents ... football
Protesters were expected to be outside police headquarters demanding justice for a Newtown man arrested last week. SARASOTA — The Sarasota Police Department Blue + You Movie night on Saturday has been canceled due to a protest that was scheduled to take place outside police headquarters. football
A Bradenton man is facing felony charges after police say he bit and punched officers while he was high on drugs. Sarasota police officers were called to the 1700 block of Gore Court, Sarasota around 7 p.m. Thursday to help Sarasota County Emergency Services with a patient who was ill and violent, ... football
SARASOTA — A Sarasota man has filed a complaint with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and the Sarasota County Commission asking for an investigation and an apology for the actions of three deputies who he claims pointed their pistols and yelled obscenities at him — unprovoked — during a traffic ... football
“I never put myself in position to have police draw guns on me. I've had my trouble in the past, but I know I didn't do anything wrong.” Hunter said he made a promise to his teenage son he wouldn't get in trouble again. “That totally changed everything for me,” he said. “I used to live that life four or five years ... football
ROUND ROCK, Texas — The suspect in a spate of bombing attacks that have terrorized Austin over the past month blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in, the police said early Wednesday. Authorities had zeroed in on the suspect in the last 24 to 36 hours and located his vehicle ... football
SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Sarasota Police Department is searching for a robbery suspect on the Suncoast. According to the Sarasota Police Department, ... Police say the suspect robbed the hotel clerks from the Quality Inn and Days Inn on North Tamiami Trail. No injuries were reported in either incidents. football
SARSAOTA, FL (WWSB) - Sarasota Police Department says they are searching for a male suspect that stole from a Verizon store on Wednesday, March 14. According to the ... Sarasota Police says they have video of the suspect running out of the store, but need help identifying the man. The Verizon store ... football

Sarasota police arrested men from Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota after a prostitution operation last week. The undercover operation targeted individuals soliciting prostitutes along North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, according to Sarasota police. Five men were arrested and charged with ... football
The newest member of the Sarasota Police Department has a nose that knows explosive materials. K9 Bobbi, a 2-year-old German shepherd from Slovakia, is a bomb odor detection K9 trained to find explosive devices and materials. She is partnered with patrol officer Adam Arena and the pair will be ... football
The more than 50 suspected drug dealers targeted as part of the latest undercover drug buy operation by Sarasota Police Department have a total of more than 1,000 prior felony charges on their records, police said. As of Friday, Operation Four Corners has netted 49 arrests out of 54 people targeted, ... football
SARASOTA, FL – Speeding may be encouraged when you're a NASCAR driver competing on a raceway. However, Sarasota Police warn residents that speeding on local roads jeopardizes the lives of bicyclists and pedestrians in the community. To emphasize the point, Sarasota Police are partnering with ... football
Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School was closed Monday after the Sarasota Police Department was warned of a "concerning social media post" shared over the weekend. “We have no reason to believe there is a threat to Cardinal Mooney High School at this time,” said a spokesperson for the Sarasota ... football
SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Authorities in Sarasota are alerting the public that a social media threat circulating through the city indicating a shooting at "SHS" is not a local threat. According to the Sarasota Police Department, screenshots of a Facebook post indicating there would be a shooting at "SHS" were ... football
SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) - Now that the Sarasota Police Department has completed its investigation into an incident of alleged police brutality that was caught on video, the head of the agency is breaking her silence. A disturbing video shows officers deploying a taser and beating Chad Washington in ... Police
SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) - An investigation is underway in connection to an alleged police brutality case in Sarasota. Witnesses claim officers beat and used a Taser on an innocent man, but the police have a different story. On Thursday evening, neighbors on Gore Court emerged to the sound of screaming ... Police
SARASOTA — Darnesha McMillan said she watched as a Sarasota police officer reached for his gun on Thursday during a scuffle with her fiance — a 35-year-old black man — in the kitchen of their Newtown home. A terrified McMillan, who was participating in a protest against police brutality on Sunday, ... Police
Black Lives Matter Manasota protesters are disputing the Sarasota Police Department's accounts of the arrest of a man they say attacked police officers last week. The incident took place Thursday around 7 p.m. in the 1700 block of Gore Court where officers were arresting Chad Washington, 35, who had ... Police
Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Newtown on Sunday demanding justice for the arrest of a man by Sarasota police, calling for an end of racism and brutality from the department. “No racist police,” protesters chanted. “No justice. No peace. What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now. Police
More than 650 guests made their way to the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota for the SPARCCle on the Runway event benefiting Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center ... Introducing the fashions were Joan Rivers (aka drag performer Matthew McGee) and the Fashion Police Panel of Nati Shabat of McCarver and Moser, ... Police
A 62-year-old Sarasota man was arrested after police found ammunition, cocaine and pills in his home while executing a search warrant on Wednesday, according to the Sarasota Police Department. Giovanni Fallo was arrested after a search warrant of his home on Belleflower Street in Sarasota was ... Police
Manatee and Sarasota county schools announced Thursday that they would increase security on campus the day after a Broward County school shooting left 17 people dead. On Thursday morning, students in Manatee County arrived at school Thursday to an additional police and administrative presence, ... Police
A Sarasota man dialed 911 to report a false home invasion — all while he was under the influence of drugs, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Austin Stuenkel, 22, called police Monday night to report that people were running through his home and backyard. When police arrived around 11 ... Police
SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Sarasota Police Department is still investigating a deadly hit-and-run that happened in January. Police said 36-year-old Gisela Staino of Hialeah was fatally struck just before midnight on Saturday, Jan. 27 on Fruitville Road near Bearded Oaks Drive. Video obtained from red ... Police
A 23-year-old man was arrested Saturday and faces drug trafficking charges after he was found with more than 30 grams of crack cocaine, 3.5 grams of marijuana and nearly $1,600 in cash, according to the Sarasota Police Department. Ryan Ward, of Sarasota, is facing charges of trafficking in cocaine ... Police
Gov. The Robert L. Taylor Community Complex website also has been redesigned and is now available at Three other stand-alone sites connected to the city of Sarasota are being redesigned and will roll out soon: Bobby Jones Golf Club, Municipal Auditorium and Sarasota Police ... Police
SARASOTA (FOX 13) - Police in Sarasota have released new information connected to a deadly hit and run. Gisela Staino was planning to move to Sarasota from Miami for a new job, but that was cut short. Late last month a driver hit the 36-year-old as she was walking across Fruitville Road and then took ... Police
SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – Two Sarasota police officers prevented a man from committing suicide with his young daughter in his arms Thursday morning. Police say the man was attempting to jump in front of cars in the 3700 block of North Washington Boulevard. When Officer Crenshaw and Officer Pullara ... Police
Sarasota police are asking for the public's help to find a missing 81-year-old man. Paul White, 81, is missing from the 400 block of Sapphire Drive. He was last seen at approximately at 2:30 p.m. walking away from his home. He is a white male, 5-foot-11 with a medium build with blondish-silver hair. He was ... Police
Evidence left at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash last month has allowed investigators to get one step closer to finding the driver responsible, according to Sarasota police. Gisela Staino, 36, of Hialeah was killed in the hit-and-run that occurred in the 4000 block of Fruitville Road in Sarasota just before ... Police
SARASOTA — A Sarasota High School assistant principal has been reassigned by the school district and she and a registrar are under review after the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reported investigating a party this month where a student and the registrar were shown on video possibly drinking alcohol ... Police
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Sarasota police officers are investigating a hit and run accident that left one woman dead. Police say the accident happened just before midnight on Jan. 27, in the 400 block of Fruitville Road of Sarasota. According to the preliminary investigation, the body of a woman was found by a ... Police
Jabez's family thinks his disappearance is retaliation. A week before the teen vanished, a witness told police he and Jabez saw a murder but that witness, 55-year-old Reginald Parker, recanted his story. Police charged Parker with accessory to murder. “At some point, somebody has to say something, stand ... Police
While the Sarasota Police Department said it has received about five tips since the reward for information on the whereabouts of Spann was raised to $50,000, they are not calling the investigation a cold case. McCollum interviewed Spann's mother Tawana Spann and private detective Joseph Randall ... Police
The victim was seriously injured and taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he later died. He was identified Sunday as 32-year-old Todd Michael James Reeves of Sarasota. The Sarasota Police Department is asking for more information on the shooting. Anyone who may be of assistance is asked to ... Police
With the police, city government and nonprofits now aligned on reforms to assist Sarasota residents and keep them out of the criminal justice system, DiPino talked about successes and struggles with these changes during her first five years on the job and what she hopes to see five years from now. Police
A Sarasota man has been charged with arson after a fire broke out in a restaurant and beer garden Tuesday morning. Sarasota Police officers were patrolling the area of the 400 block of North Lemon Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when they saw “thick, black smoke” coming from the rear of Mandeville ... Police
SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - An investigation is underway after an early morning shooting in Sarasota that sent two individuals to the hospital. At approximately 3:08 a.m. Saturday, deputies with The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office received reports of a shooting at the Shell gas station located at 6000 N. Police
Bane is one of about 50 members of the Brotherhood of Me,n a mentoring group founded 10 years ago by Sarasota Police Officer Dominic Harris. “The whole goal of Brotherhood of Men is to make productive members of our community that can go take care of their families and do the right thing," Harris ... Police
Police responded to reports of a shooting in the 8100 block of Porto Chico Avenue near Gorgas Street around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to North Port police. Officials found Trent Bartol-Thomas, 19, of Sarasota, deceased. Detectives said two men in ski masks entered a home with several people ... Police
6, Sarasota Police K9 Officer Jake Nelson and his K9 partner, Bronson, took home a first-place award in the inaugural Gulf Coast K9 Competition at Sun Splash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral hosted by the Cape Coral Police Department. Nelson and Bronson were one of 19 teams from throughout the ... Police


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