Thursday, November 8, 2012
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is looking for Eduardo Jesus Lavado after his car was found on Interstate 75 on Wednesday.
Update Nov. 19: Deputies found Eduardo Lavado in good condition over the Nov. 17 weekend. Original: The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is searching for a Miami man considered endangered after his car was found abandoned Nov. 7 on Insterstate 75. Eduardo Jesus Lavado left Miami on Saturday and his blue 2009 Nissan Sentra was abandoned on the southbound shoulder of I-75 near mile marker 201 between 1 and 2 p.m., Wednesday, according to the sheriff's office. The gas tank wasn't on empty. Lavado is 44-years-old, 5’ 10” tall and weighs 265 pounds and suffers from mental health issues, according to the sheriff's office. He has black hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing dark basketball shorts, a light colored T-shirt with stripes and …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office conduct Operation Bueller to crack down on truancy in schools.
Bueller? Bueller? If kids are planning to skip out on school for a joyride like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sarasota County Sheriff's deputies have other ideas. The Sheriff's Office is conducting a truancy sweep, dubbed Operation Bueller, to keep track of students who missed school 10 or more times with unexcused absences during the first 30 days of school. “The intent of the truancy initiative is to express the importance of school attendance and advise students and their parents that law enforcement is interested in their welfare and whereabouts,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “We continuously work with the community to address the root causes of crime, and the goal of this collaborative effort is to steer these young people toward getting an …
Friday, October 19, 2012
One arrest was made Thursday, but helicopters continued to search Lake Sarasota into the evening.
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office continued their search for a second burglary suspect into Thursday evening following finding one man linked to the crime. The burglary occurred at the 7100 block of Largo Way before 11 a.m., when a man rang the victim's doorbell, then the victim heard a window being smashed in her home, according to the probable cause affidavit. When deputies arrived, they heard a loud noise, which later was discovered to be from someone smashing through a fence, and the responding deputy questioned Yulier Martinez, 21, of 5860 Palm Ave., Hialeah, about what he was doing in the 2013 Ford Explorer parked in front of the victim's home, according to the affidavit. Martinez told the deputy that he was passing out fliers for …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2013 session.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office graduated another 18 people Thursday from the 38th class of the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA). CLEA is held one night a week for 10 weeks and gives citizens an inside look at Sheriff’s Office operations. The course includes a tour of the jail and courthouse, and activities such as a ride-along with patrol, conducting felony traffic stops and firearms training. There are also sessions in law enforcement procedures, criminal investigations, K-9, SWAT and Forensics, each taught by a subject matter expert. Inspired by a visit to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch, CLEA class members donated $2,025 to the Ranch during a check presentation at Thursday night’s graduation ceremony. The next CLEA class …
Friday, October 12, 2012
17-year-old Garrett Mabrey staying with family on vacation at Crystal Sands Condominiums
Investigators are looking into the cause of a Columbus, Indiana, teen drowning in a Siesta Key pool Friday morning. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office responded to the Crystal Sands Condominiums at 3:25 a.m. when a resident found Garrett Mabrey, 17, at the bottom of the pool; he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff's office. The sheriff's office says Garrett was last seen just before midnight by his family who was staying at Crystal Sands while on vacation. Detectives suspect the teen’s death was accidental but an autopsy will be performed to confirm the cause of death.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Many of the stolen wallets and items were from unlocked cars, according to the sheriff's office.
A 24-year-old Sarasota woman is facing multiple vehicle burglary and credit card charges for a rash of incidents in August and September. Kristen Mandia, of 4151 Palau Drive, faces 13 charges for incidents in the past six weeks that include grand theft, burglary, larceny and fraud, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Mandia was also listed at an absconded address at 2721 6th Ave. West in Bradenton, according to the sheriff's office, which she used for her parole from a previous burglary charge in Sarasota County, according to the affidavit. Mandia concentrated her activity in Lake Sarasota neighborhoods near Bee Ridge Road and Interstate 75, according to the sheriff's office. In all, investigators say Mandia racked up $1,…
Sunday, September 23, 2012
A man's body was recovered from a Siesta Key canal Sunday evening, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
Updated 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24 Investigators initially believe there was no foul play involved in a man's death that led to his body to be found in a Siesta Key canal Sunday night. The victim is identified as Robert Chittenden, 41 of 5239 Herons Way in The Landings, according to the sheriff's office. He was found near channel marker 72 at 7:08 p.m. Sunday. Deputies found some of his belongings in a pavilion near marker 74, located at the end of a nature walk across from his home, according to the sheriff's office. No signs of trauma were visible, but the Medical Examiner's office will perform an autopsy, according to the sheriff's office. Anyone with information on this case should call the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section at …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
It was lights out for the burglary operation at a Florida Power and Light building after the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office stopped the crime.
Sheriff's deputies pulled the plug on a burglary in progress at a Florida Power and Light building in Sarasota early Thursday morning after catching the suspect in the act. Sarasota County Sheriff's Office conducted surveillance from a FPL bucket truck overnight due to a rash of crimes along McIntosh Road when they spotted Cornelius McClern, 37, of 2813 Pershing Ave., breaking into the FPL building, 5657 McIntosh Road, according to a sheriff's office report. McClern attempted to pry open the front door at 3:30 a.m., and when he couldn't break in, McClern entered the building through another door, according to the sheriff's office. After he entered, deputies took action and took him into custody. McClern faces two felony charges — burglary …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Several shots were fired at the 3500 block of Lokai Place but no injuries from the gun were reported, but detectives are investigating a child abuse case at the residence.
An 18-year-old man is facing several charges including battery, firing gun shots in Sarasota Springs and additional charges in Palmetto. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office responded at 5:06 p.m. Monday to the 3500 block of Lokai Place for a reported shooting where they say Hayden Litz, 18, had leaned out of a car and shot several rounds at a 19-year-old male outside of the home before driving away, according to the sheriff's office. Nobody was injured in the shooting, according to the sheriff's office. The incident started when Litz had slept in the man's bed after being invited into the home by the victim's roommate, according to sheriff's detectives. The victim's child climbed onto the bed with Litz and Litz struck the child, …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Businesses have told the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office that someone impersonating an officer is calling their restaurants trying to collect bond claiming a manager was arrested.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
If your business or restaurant received a call from a man claiming to be an officer trying to collect bond, it's a scam. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said they received complaints where a suspect called local restaurants claiming to be a police officer reporting that another manager was under arrest. The caller claimed that he needed to set up a meeting place to receive bond money so the manager in custody could be released from jail. To be clear, it is not a law enforcement practice to contact someone on behalf of an arrestee to arrange bond, according to the sheriff's office. In addition, bond would only be arranged at the jail or with a licensed bail agent at their office, according to the sheriff's office. Under Florida law, …