March 10, 2011
Feb. 28 Tired of it 4 p.m. — 1900 block of South Osprey Avenue. Suspicious Incident. Complainant said when he returned to his car in a parking lot, he noticed someone had let the air out of its right front tire. The man believes an elderly man, who likes to watch the parking lot, is to blame.
March 3, 2011
Feb. 22 Stunt woman 4:52 a.m. — 3000 block of Wood Street. Suspicious Incident. A woman was seen hanging off a man's car while he drove down the street. She reportedly fell off the car. Police arrived and tried to talk to the woman, but she said she did not want to file a report. She said her ex-boyfriend had moved into her home the previous day, but he was not going to stay there any longer.
February 24, 2011
Feb. 15 Card shark 2:35 p.m. — 3800 block of South Tamiami Trail. Petit Theft Shoplifting. A greeting-card store employee caught a middle-aged woman stuffing four or five cards into her purse and walking out the door. She was driving a Lexus SUV but didn’t want to pay for $15 worth of cards. They were Hallmarks, so the thief cared enough to steal the very best.
February 17, 2011
Feb. 7 Midnight meeting 1:36 a.m. — 5000 block of Circled Oak Drive. Grand Theft Auto. When a father went to check on his 15-year-old son about midnight, he noticed the teen was not asleep in his room and, in fact, he was not in the house at all. His wife's car was also missing. The mom called the Sheriff's Office and told them to search near the boy's girlfriend's house. Sure enough, there was her son … and her car. The boy was arrested.
February 10, 2011
Feb. 1 Dog dazed 3:50 p.m. — 4000 block of South Tamiami Trail. Theft. An employee of a store that sells puppies said a man with a toddler walked into the store and began playing with a 10-week-old dachshund. The man asked the employee what it cost. The employee allowed the man and child to play with the puppy while he left the room to check on the price. When he returned, the man and child were gone. A customer walking into the store said he just saw a man hurry outside with a dachshund stuffed in his shirt. A check of the store revealed a dachshund was missing. Someone was able to get the man's license-plate number before he could drive away.
February 3, 2011
Jan. 15 How do you spell relief? 1:25 p.m. — 1000 block of Central Avenue. Public Urination. A police officer saw a man relieving himself against a building, just two feet from a sidewalk busy with passing pedestrians.
January 27, 2011
Jan. 17 Clean freaks 5:30 p.m. — 8400 block of South Tamiami Trail. Shoplifting. Four 20-something men were walking together through a supermarket. They were acting suspiciously and were headed toward the exit carrying a bag. An employee asked if he could look in the bag. One man dropped the bag, and all four men scattered and disappeared. Inside the bag — two bottles of Dove body wash.
January 20, 2011
Jan. 7 Sweet little girl 9 p.m. — 8200 block of South Tamiami Trail. Battery. A 13-year-old girl began yelling at a 14-year-old girl, because she didn’t like the way that the older girl looked at her. The 14-year-old turned and walked away. The 13-year-old grabbed the girl's hair and began slapping her in the face. The younger girl was arrested.
January 13, 2011
Jan. 1 As a jay bird 12:12 a.m. — 1100 block of John Ringling Boulevard. Suspicious Person. A nude man was seen running down the street. Well, that's one way to start off the new year.
January 6, 2011
2 French apÃ©ro evening
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
2 Florida's Children First 2014 Sarasota Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
2 'Safe Sex Halloween Bash: Midnight on the Bayou' Pre-Party Kiki
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
3 Sarasota Memorial HealthSquare Event
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Observer adds new staff writers
Jessica Salmond, staff writer, is a Missouri native and graduated in May from the University of Missouri. Amanda Morales, staff writer, is a native Floridian who has lived on both coasts.
Arts festival raises awareness
The 20th annual downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Fair takes place Oct. 4 and 5, at Five Points Park and Central Avenue.
Bridging the gap
The Children’s Guardian Fund wants to help teens get hired.