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nancy parry January 3, 2014 at 07:10 am
I, like so many others, have been the victim of these people ---too many times; glad the police areRead More out there getting these people off the road..THANK YOU!!
RAJ (Bo) McMerritt January 3, 2014 at 09:40 am
again..what intrinsic good does this have..moral issues, values, lessons?,,,all the while the realRead More criminals run amok...
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Richard M. Swier December 15, 2013 at 07:22 am
When will you report on the 2 million incidents when guns are used in self-defence annually? HowRead More about every time a gun is draw by local law enforcement to stop a crime? Of the 2 million incidents of self-defense, only in 8% of these incidents is a gun discharged. That is the story not being told.
Tom Baker December 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm
Seems one sided, and agree with Mr. Swier. How about reporting on the number of folks that defendedRead More themselves from muggers, etc. with a weapon. The mentally ill and criminals do not care about the law. A gun is only a tool, it's the person that is at fault.
Bill December 18, 2013 at 07:16 am
True enough; but if the "person" didn't have easy access to a gun….
Parkland High School in South Whitehall, PA held a massive "active shooter" drill. Credit: South Whitehall Patch
Kim Fox December 9, 2013 at 04:59 pm
That doesn't make any since. Why risk the medics lives on top of those already harmed. A deadRead More medic is no good to anybody. I agree the police should go in because they have the bullet proof protection and are armed and ready to shoot. Medics are not taught to carry weapons and kill people. Their job is to save them without risking anymore lives.
Photo of Jeffrey Earl Smith released by the Sarasota Sheriff's Office Dec. 5, 2013.
Linda Kelly December 6, 2013 at 08:39 pm
Excellent notification. The public needs to know as much as law enforcement regarding where theseRead More perverts exist. I hope the Sheriff and police in Sarasota monitor Santa gatherings to ensure convicted sex offenders are no where around.
Anthony December 8, 2013 at 07:50 am
Wow... it's real easy to hurl insults and judge others from behind the confines of a keyboard andRead More monitor when you know nothing about a person or the details of the case. I could also call you a "bitter old prune" who likes to overuse the words "pervert" and "creep" when referring to men, but... oh wait.
Mary Nicolini, LCSW, LCAP April 8, 2014 at 09:49 pm
Keep this name in mind, you will read about this guy hurting another child. Researchers have studiedRead More pedophillia but cannot cure it. That is because it is more about exerting power over a weaker person. Nevertheless, this man has been to prison, violated probation on numerous occasions, however was never made to get violated AND be sentenced then to the original prison sentence instead of a year. If that would have happened, this would not be happening. Why don't our judges throw the book on this type of behavior
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Chad Brockhoff November 25, 2013 at 02:13 pm
Pittsburgh, Pa. or Pittsburg, Kan.?
Richard M. Swier November 26, 2013 at 11:35 am
In Florida it is called "Polar Bear Hunting". The target being, like polar bears, white.
Bill November 29, 2013 at 08:53 am
Is there anything in the article suggesting a racial component, or is this just your bias?
Sean Smart, left, and David Bell, right.  Photos courtesy: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
calvin mortz November 20, 2013 at 06:04 pm
Good to hear these two were arrested. I don't know what it is about Cincinnati, it would seem to beRead More a nice place to live. One of the suspects fled there to elude capture probably figuring he's blend right in with the natives. I think in order to be a Cincinnati Bengal football player you have to have at least one felony on your police record. Hiya Sweets my CinCin Girl.
Deborah Weatherby November 21, 2013 at 07:35 am
I wonder if those semi goatees are the signs of scumbag sexual predators??? All I can say is I hopeRead More they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law!!!
Anthony December 8, 2013 at 08:09 am
Obviously this was consensual and somebody found out. In most states, the legal age of consent isRead More 16, some places younger... but not in Floriduh. The only thing that should be a crime here is the filming, since it's a Federal offense to film anyone under 18. But of course we have the holier-than-thou commenters calling people names. http://www.webistry.net/jan/consent.html
Anthony December 8, 2013 at 07:58 am
Make sure you appease those feminazi liberal "women's rights" activists, right guys? WeRead More all know that most of this bs is scorned women abusing the system as a control tactic against men, but we have to be PC, right?
calvin mortz November 12, 2013 at 06:46 pm
I pray that this sick predator is caught before he is actually successful into luring a young childRead More into his sick, warped clutches. As I understand it through some fairly aggressive research, the pedophile stays a pedophile for life. Jail time would not serve as a deterrent for his/her demented drive. So what is the answer for an apprehended & judged guilty child rapist? I know the answer if the poor child were mine or someone close to me. My solution is better off unsaid in a public forum.
Mary Nicolini, LCSW, LCAP November 13, 2013 at 03:39 am
Perhaps if we listen to the masses and make marijuana legal, we would have room in the prison systemRead More for the pedophile and not give them such light sentences. There is no cure for pedophilia. I can almost bet, this was not the first, or last, time this man will try to lure a child. Another issues is that, the pedophile, when he has a child, and has already been to prison for this offense, he may decide to kill the child rather than have the child tell.
Krista Mosley.  Booking photo released by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department on Nov. 6, 2013.
Richard M. Swier November 7, 2013 at 09:41 am
The perfect concoction for child abuse: a single mother, on drugs with a child.
Anthony December 8, 2013 at 08:01 am
What are you talking about? Don't you know that women can do no wrong?
'Special' retired after serving the agency for 17 years.  Courtesy photo.
Kathryn Baker November 2, 2013 at 07:26 am
so glad that she is being retired to a good place. police horses do a lot for our community asRead More partners for our mounted patrols.
Seamus Wardowski October 15, 2013 at 11:53 am
Keepin' it classy, Sarasota..
Nicole Simeone November 2, 2013 at 06:26 pm
I didn't see the term "drag queen" in the bit. I'm sure you will find that insulting.
calvin mortz November 2, 2013 at 09:13 pm
The only insulting is coming from you dear lady. You must be a very sad & lonely person. BlessRead More you.
Jim Thykeson October 8, 2013 at 09:12 am
This 'Look whos coming to dinner' thing is totally out of control! and they want to get rid ofRead More 'stand your ground'! Hell, this is why they passed the law!
A man was hit by a car in Sarasota on Saturday night. Photo courtesy of the Sarasota Police Department.
Jill Odell October 6, 2013 at 02:31 pm
It amazes me that people can't walk to a traffic light and cross. I guess their lives aren't worthRead More taking a few extra steps to be safe? Also what about the bicyclists that seem to think that the traffic laws do not apply to them?
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