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Woman won't return home from jail until ex-boyfriend leaves the house

A woman arrested for battery calls police to remove her ex-boyfriend, who was caring for her two children, from her home. This and other Sarasota police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Sunday, Nov. 27

Unwelcome baby sitter

4:05 p.m., 3000 block of North Orange Avenue

Dispute: A woman arriving back in town after her arrest in Jacksonville called for police assistance after she arrived home to find her ex-boyfriend at the location. The man told police he has been at the residence for two days with their child and the woman’s other child. 

The woman advised police the four traveled to Jacksonville the previous Friday. When she returned, she requested an SPD officer escort her home after learning the ex-boyfriend had been staying at her residence. After being contacted by police, the man said he would leave after gathering his belongings. He then left the residence without incident, and no further action was taken.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

He needs a talking to

8:28 p.m., intersection of Myrtle Street and Iroquois Avenue

Reckless driving: A woman claimed she was run off the road by a pickup truck as she was driving north on North Orange Avenue near Myrtle Street. She said she followed the truck to see the license plate number to report to dispatch. When officers arrived, she said she followed the truck so she could tell the driver to stop driving recklessly.

No damage was sustained by the woman’s vehicle and she said she did not wish to press charges, only that the other driver be spoken to regarding his driving. An officer spoke with the driver of the pickup truck, who was unable to provide any details of the incident and that no dispute occurred. It was determined no crime was committed.

Thursday, Dec. 1

She’s not an attorney

3 p.m., 2200 block of North Washington Boulevard

Property dispute: A dispute over the release of a vehicle by a repair shop brought police to a service center. The complainant said the proprietor would not release her car to her unless she signs some documents. She refused to sign because she said she is “not an attorney” and did not understand them.

The woman said she has previously called police for assistance regarding the matter and was initially told by the shop owner that he would release the vehicle once payment was made for services rendered. She did return on Dec. 1 to make a payment, and was still denied her vehicle.

Officers spoke with the shop owner who said he needed the document signed because the vehicle required additional analysis and he believed the vehicle would be further damaged if driven. The document spelled out the analysis that was needed, as well as a warning to the woman that the vehicle repair warranty would be voided if she drove away after being advised of the risks of damage. After simplifying the document, both parties signed and the vehicle was released.



Andrew Warfield

Andrew Warfield is the Sarasota Observer city reporter. He is a four-decade veteran of print media. A Florida native, he has spent most of his career in the Carolinas as a writer and editor, nearly a decade as co-founder and editor of a community newspaper in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.