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
December 30, 2010
December 23, 2010
Dec. 16 Shot in the dark 1:08 a.m. — San Remo Terrace. Suspicious Vehicle. A pickup truck carrying construction material was swerving while it approached the Siesta Drive bridge. Once at the apex of the bridge, the driver stopped, although there's not much to see at 1 a.m.
December 16, 2010
Dec. 7 Unusual campaign strategy 11:15 a.m. — 7300 block of South Tamiami Trail. Suspicious Incident. A political party volunteer reported a man walked into the party headquarters and rambled about bad "guys," the Bible and Benjamin Netanyahu bringing guns to The White House. The man called himself Christ and called President Obama the anti-Christ. During the conversation, the employee determined that the real reason for the man's visit was to inquire about running for office.
December 9, 2010
Nov. 24 Fault line 12:04 a.m. — South Tamiami Trail and Vamo Way. DUI. A woman from Charlotte County was clocked driving 68 mph in a 45 mph zone, and a deputy stopped her. The woman had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and had bloodshot eyes. She failed a sobriety test, and on her way to jail she told police, 'It’s not my fault. I didn’t even want to drive to Sarasota.'
December 2, 2010
Nov. 21 Jeez, Mom! 1 p.m. — 1 block of Bayfront Drive. Miscellaneous. A woman reported that her son locked himself in his room on a 32-foot sailboat and refused to come out. She said he had just broken up with his girlfriend and was upset. When an officer knocked on his door, he opened it and said he was upset and just wanted to be alone.
29 Light Up Siesta Village and Holiday Parade
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
30 Advent Procession
3 Rachel's Challenge Anti-Bullying Event hosted by The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4 Ringling Holiday Splendor
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The gift of music
Riverview High School received a donation of $5,000 during a break in the Kiltie Band Fall concert on Nov. 20.
Coming together for the community
All Faiths Food Bank called on volunteers to help distribute 7,000 Thanksgiving dinners Saturday.
Observer on the hunt for displays
We’re making our list of the best holiday lights displays in Sarasota and checking it twice.