Sarasota Crime

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  • Editorial: Bail system puts price on freedom

    20 hrs ago | via The Star Online 

    "Equal justice under law" is a phrase engraved over the entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court building.

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  • Editorial: Bail system puts high price on freedom

    Friday Aug 28 | via Sun Journal 

    Equal Justice Under Law" is a phrase engraved over the entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court building. It is also the ideal that underlies the American legal system.

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  • Bail system puts price on freedom

    Friday Aug 28 | via Jacksonville Daily News 

    'Equal Justice Under Law" is a phrase engraved over the entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court building.

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  • Florida police arrest men for attacking relatives wi...

    Thursday Aug 27 | via New York Daily News 

    Matthew Burnett, 40, was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery for allegedly attacking his girlfriend in Sarasota Fla. on Aug. 18. Days after a man was arrested for allegedly smashing a plate of sauerkraut in his girlfriend's face, a 34-year-old man was arrested Saturday for throwing his dinner at his mother covering her face and hair with potato salad, according to The Smoking Gun.

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  • Arrest made in beach vehicle burglaries

    Wednesday Aug 26 | via WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg 

    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a man from Davie, Florida, in connection with multiple vehicle burglaries at area beaches. Arrest made in beach vehicle burglaries The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a man from Davie, Florida, in connection with multiple vehicle burglaries at area beaches.

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  • Bird Key residents guard against criminal activity

    Wednesday Aug 26 | via YourObserver 

    In late July, Bird Key Homeowners Association President Bill Lloyd reached out to city officials to inquire about a pressing issue facing his neighborhood. In an email to City Commissioner Liz Alpert, Lloyd asked about the potential legality of installing a boom gate at the entrance of Bird Key.

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Charlotte County man wrongfully jailed fo...

    Friday Aug 21 | via WINK-TV Fort Myers 

    "This is not just for my behalf, this is for everybody else that this could happen to, because it's obviously devastating," Andrews told WINK News Friday. Andrews, 24, says he was at his brother's house in Charlotte County Monday afternoon when police showed up saying they had a warrant for his arrest out of Sarasota County for a probation violation.

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  • Ex-Subway pitchman Fogle 'really, really enjoyed' se...

    Friday Aug 21 | via UPI 

    An FBI informant who worked for nearly five years to trip up former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle on child sex crimes detailed the case in interviews with news media Friday -- calling the former pitchman a "monster" who targeted both boys and girls with his perversions. The informant, Rochelle Herman-Walrond, told WWSB-TV in Sarasota, Fla., Friday that she provided information to the FBI after meeting with Fogle several times over the past decade -- and secretly recording conversations she had with him.

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  • High Paid Job, High Speed Chase, and LB on History: ...

    Friday Aug 21 | via WAAF-FM Brighton 

    CareerCast.com just released its annual list of the HIGHEST PAID jobs of the year . . . and once again, somehow "I work in client relations at a mortgage company but I'm really thinking about going to law school" didn't make the cut.

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  • Pennsylvania fugitive arrested in Sarasota

    Thursday Aug 20 | via WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg 

    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office today arrested a 57-year-old Nokomis man wanted in Pennsylvania for felony sex crimes against a young child. Pennsylvania fugitive arrested in Sarasota The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office today arrested a 57-year-old Nokomis man wanted in Pennsylvania for felony sex crimes against a young child.

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  • Sarasota gym owner arrested for molestation

    Thursday Aug 20 | via WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg 

    Akram Sleit, 53, of 5243 Boca Raton Avenue, Sarasota, has been charged with two counts of felony lewd molestation of a Victim over 12 or Older but Under 16. Sarasota gym owner arrested for molestation Akram Sleit, 53, of 5243 Boca Raton Avenue, Sarasota, has been charged with two counts of felony lewd molestation of a Victim over 12 or Older but Under 16. Check out this story on wtsp.com: http://on.wtsp.com/1LmGUhs Sarasota, Florida -- The owner of the Sarasota Fitness and Fight Club has been arrested for molesting two women, ages 12 and 15. 53-year-old Akram Sleit is the owner and a coach at the club located at 2211 Fruitville Road. Sleit goes by "Alan" at the club.

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  • Police: Coach touched girls, may be more victims

    Thursday Aug 20 | via ABC Action News 

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  • Video: 3 men steal safe from Sarasota business

    Wednesday Aug 12 | via ABC Action News 

    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office needs your help finding three men caught on camera stealing a safe from Evie's Family Golf Center. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office needs your help finding three men caught on camera stealing a safe from Evie's Family Golf Center.

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  • Man who tried to rape realtor caught

    Tuesday Aug 11 | via WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg 

    Sheriff: Man who tried to rape realtor caught, targeted others Sheriff: Man who tried to rape realtor caught, targeted others Check out this story on wtsp.com: http://on.wtsp.com/1TnE8wE The man accused of trying to rape a realtor is behind bars, and investigators believe he may have been preying on other women around the Bay. They say 63-year-old Bruce Kotter attacked a 69-year-old realtor during a showing in Whitfield Estates.

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  • Sheriff: Man who tried to rape realtor caught, targe...

    Tuesday Aug 11 | via WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg 

    Sheriff: Man who tried to rape realtor caught, targeted others Sheriff: Man who tried to rape realtor caught, targeted others Check out this story on wtsp.com: http://on.wtsp.com/1TnE8wE The man accused of trying to rape a realtor is behind bars, and investigators believe he may have been preying on other women around the Bay. They say 63-year-old Bruce Kotter attacked a 69-year-old realtor during a showing in Whitfield Estates.

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  • Suspect arrested in attack on Manatee realtor

    Tuesday Aug 11 | via WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg 

    Suspect arrested in attack on Manatee realtor Realtor's attacker arrested in Manatee County Check out this story on wtsp.com: http://on.wtsp.com/1NohZap Sarasota, Florida -- Manatee County sheriff's deputies arrested Bruce Anthony Kotter saying he's s responsible for trying to sexually assault a female realtor at a home in the Whitfield Estates area near Bradenton. 10 News Sarasota Newsroom Reporter Isabel Mascarenas has learned another woman narrowly escaped an encounter with the suspect.

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  • Arrest made in Manatee realtor attempted rape case

    Tuesday Aug 11 | via WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg 

    Manatee County Sheriff's Office announced that an arrest has been made in the case of the attempted rape of a real estate agent on August 11. Arrest made in Manatee realtor attempted rape case Manatee County Sheriff's Office announced that an arrest has been made in the case of the attempted rape of a real estate agent on August 11. Check out this story on wtsp.com: http://on.wtsp.com/1No74xu SARASOTA, Florida -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office announced that an arrest has been made in the case of the attempted rape of a real estate agent on Aug. 11. Bruce Anthony Kotter, 63, was traced to his address on Mango Avenue in Sarasota through a surveillance photo of his dark blue Ford 150 truck leaving the scene of the attack.

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  • Attempted Assault on Realtor: Suspect in Custody

    Tuesday Aug 11 | via Patch.com 

    Police are looking for other real estate agents who may have had contact with the suspect, according to Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Detectives have apprehended a suspect in an attempted assault on a realtor during a home showing Monday afternoon, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

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  • Sarasota police searching for weave thieves

    Tuesday Aug 11 | via WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg 

    Two women were caught on surveillance camera stealing approximately $2000 worth of hair extensions from Mimi's Hair Salon on North Sarasota police searching for weave thieves SARASOTA -- Two women were caught on surveillance camera stealing approximately $2000 worth of hair extensions from Mimi's Hair Salon on North Check out this story on wtsp.com: http://on.wtsp.com/1NnK1Tm SARASOTA -- Two women were caught on surveillance cameras stealing approximately $2000 worth of hair extensions from Mimi's Hair Salon on North Washington Boulevard on July 21. The video shows two women entering the store at different times and placing packages of hair extensions into their bags.

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  • In the news

    Thursday Aug 6 | via NWAonline 

    Terry Preshaw, a Mukilteo, Wash., attorney, has been reunited with her Finke Triple Horn - five years after it was stolen out of her unlocked car - thanks to a man who bought the German-made brass horn at a Redmond pawnshop in 2011 and tracked Preshaw down after reading about the theft. Andrew Halpin, a Sarasota, Fla., police officer shown on video tossing food to a handcuffed man at a jail and then allowing the man, who was homeless and appeared intoxicated, to eat off the floor, has resigned, the department announced.

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Sarasota Law

What happens if I get caught driving a different vehicle that does not have the interlock device?
My license was suspended for 6 months. I was ordered to have the interlock installed for one year. I installed the device and was told after the 6 months I could ride my motorcycle again. Now I'm being told I can only drive the vehicle with the interlock device. Is this true? And What would happen if I got caught on my bike after my license is valid but still within the year of the interlock?
You could be held in violation of the court order to submit to the interlock. The driving is a privilege, thus the...
How to take rights and prove from Intoxicated non custodial parent
I have full custody of child, their is no set visitation threw court only if i allow he could have child every other weekend. I received full custody because non custodial got DUI afew years back. Non custodial parent does not pay child support so license keeps getting suspended.Now to find out when child goes with non custodial parent child tells me he is drunk! I do not know how to prove this in court, or how to stop from him being able to take child. I only allow because he is court ordered to see every other weekend and child has to see father even though its maybe once a month he calls for child. otherwise i would prefer supervised visits. How can i go about taking this to court?
You can file a modification with he court and hire an experience attorney.
Got a DUI in Boston and license is suspended for 8 yrs. Moved to FL. What now?
My boyfriend got a DUI in Boston, MA and his license is suspended for 8 years. He has since moved to FL and is wondering if he can get a license here, either hardship or regular? Also we've heard you can ride an electric scooter in FL with no license. Does this apply to people who's license is suspended in another state?
Contact a Boston DMV and ask if the hold can be lifted and what needs to be done or hire a MA DUI attorney.
Can Police Require Breath Test of Passenger? Do we have to answer their questions?
Can Police Require Breath Test of Passenger? 77-year old mother, with cataracts, had trouble with her headlights, young Siesta Key police officer pulled her over. Asked if she had been drinking. She said “yes, one drink.” Asked me if I had been drinking. I said “yes, one beer.” Gave her breath test. Measured .049. Asked me to drive. Then police asked me to take the breath test! I asked “why, you have no probable cause for a DUI?” Police said they could force us to take cab home. I blew .000. Said he had the right to suspect us since we “admitted we had been drinking.” Is this legal? Can I refuse when I am passenger? Do you have to answer their questions?
Very suspicious facts here. You do not have to submit to a breath test unless you are the driver. Sounds like he...
What type of motion do I need to file to request a reduction of time ordered to a interlock device on my second dui conviction?
I want to file a motion with my sentencing judge requesting that he reduce the two year interlock device requirement he ordered me to, down to the statutory minimum of one year. I was sentenced on November 8, 2012 and successfully completed probation on January 23, 2014. What type of motion do I need to file for this request? Would it be a motion to modify sentence or motion for sentence reduction or something else?
Judges do not usually change their minds like this. What you need to do is go see a seasoned criminal defense attorney...
Florida statutory minimum for interlock device for second dui conviction within 5-years?
What is the Florida statutory minimum for interlock device for second dui conviction within 5-years? On my first dui conviction, I took the breathalyzer and blew .000 BUT refused to do a urinalysis test at the jail. On my second dui conviction, I blew a .000 BUT refused to do a urinalysis test at the jail (again). Therefore, I was also convicted of refusal to submit to a chemical test. Both dui convictions and refusal to submit to a chemical test were within 5-years of each other. Given the listed circumstances, what is the statutory MINIMUM interlock requirement that a judge can legally impose?
The statutory minimum for an interlock device on a 2nd within 5 DUI is one year. http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/IID.html...
I was convicted of dui, can restrict me in my home I must a breath intor a breathalizer in my house 5 times a day .
iit was my first offence I am 70 years old
the court can impose reasonable conditions of probation to include alcohol monitoring and house arrest. the court...