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Seven promoted at Sarasota Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Tom Knight, Sgt. Donald Bennett, Sgt. Adam Kaskey, Lt. Dale Barshinger, Sgt. Chuck Flint, Sgt. Sam Lutz, Lt. Russell McManamy and Capt. John Jernigan

Sher­iff Tom Knight, Sgt. Don­ald Ben­nett, Sgt. Adam Kaskey, Lt. Dale Barshinger, Sgt. Chuck Flint, Sgt. Sam Lutz, Lt. Rus­sell McManamy and Capt. John Jernigan

Sub­mit­ted by Sara­sota Co. Sheriff’s Office

SARASOTA, Fla. – Seven Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office employ­ees have been pro­moted to new ranks to fill vacan­cies cre­ated by retire­ments and orga­ni­za­tional changes.

Lt. John Jerni­gan was pro­moted to the rank of cap­tain. He joined the agency in 1989 and will serve as the Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Bureau com­man­der. Jerni­gan holds his bachelor’s degree in crim­i­nal jus­tice from Hodges Uni­ver­sity. He also is a grad­u­ate of the Com­mand Offi­cer Man­age­ment Pro­gram at St. Leo Uni­ver­sity and Lead­er­ship Sarasota.

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Charlotte Co. detectives need ID in case of stolen TV

Detectives are trying to ID this man.

Detec­tives are try­ing to ID this man.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte Co. Sheriff’s Office

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Char­lotte County detec­tives are ask­ing for assis­tance in iden­ti­fy­ing a man who walked out of the Mur­dock Wal­mart store with­out pay­ing for a tele­vi­sion in mid-November.

At about 4 p.m. Nov. 18, the sus­pect, described as a His­panic man, went to the elec­tron­ics sec­tion of the Wal­mart Super Cen­ter, 19100 Mur­dock Cir­cle in Port Char­lotte, and dis­con­nected a 55-inch Vizio flat screen tele­vi­sion that was being used as a dis­play model. The man moved the TV from the shelf, removed the labels and put it in a shop­ping cart. He left the store with­out pay­ing for the television.

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Englewood men face counterfeiting charges

Nelson J. Saylor (left) and Kevin Alan Easton

Nel­son J. Say­lor (left) and Kevin Alan Easton

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte Co. Sheriff’s Office

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Two Engle­wood men were arrested Thurs­day at their home on war­rants charg­ing them with coun­ter­feit­ing money and then pass­ing those coun­ter­feit bills.

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Englewood man killed in Gulfstream crash

Early morning crash claims Englewood man's life.

Early morn­ing crash claims Engle­wood man’s life.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – An Engle­wood man was killed early Sun­day in a single-vehicle crash on Gulf­stream Boulevard.

Chad Leisinger, 37, was pro­nounced dead at the scene of the 1:20 a.m. crash.

Accord­ing to the Florida High­way Patrol, Leisinger was dri­ving his 2006 Ford F-250 pickup south on Gulf­stream near Avalon Avenue when he lost con­trol of his vehi­cle while enter­ing a curve. After drift­ing onto the shoul­der, FHP reported, Leisinger over-corrected and the truck went into a spin before overturning.

Leisinger, who was not wear­ing a seat belt, was par­tially ejected from the vehi­cle, FHP said.


Cape Haze Pioneer Trailhead closed Dec. 15–16 for improvements

Trailhed closed for parking lot work.

Trail­hed closed for park­ing lot work.

ENGEWOOD, Fla. – The north Cape Haze Pio­neer Trail­head park­ing lot located at 1688 Gas­par­illa Road will be closed Tues­day and Wednes­day, Dec. 15–16, The project will repair the park­ing lot pave­ment. The trail­head will reopen mid-morning on Dec. 17.


Anger Fishing Pier will be closed Dec. 3 for improvements

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The Anger fish­ing pier and park­ing lot at 1385 Beach Road will close for six months start­ing Dec. 3, for ren­o­va­tions.  The project will include a new park­ing lot, pier deck­ing with handrails, and improved seawall.

Overnight road closures planned for Gasparilla Road

Use caution driving on Gasparilla Road.

Use cau­tion dri­ving on Gas­par­illa Road.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Gas­par­illa Road, from San Domingo Boule­vard to Rotonda Boule­vard East, will be closed to overnight traf­fic Sun­day, Dec. 7, through Fri­day, Dec. 12, as util­ity lines are installed beneath the road­way in con­junc­tion with the Gas­par­illa Road widen­ing project.

Gas­par­illa Road will be open to traf­fic dur­ing the day how­ever detour signs will be in place to direct trav­el­ers around the work area nightly between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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Sarasota Co. Sheriff/Englewood Fire blotter Nov. 28, 2014-present

Dis­patch reports from the Sara­sota Sheriff’s office and the Engle­wood Area Fire Con­trol District.

Updated 5:55 p.m., Dec. 21

Sun­day, Dec. 21

3:18 p.m.: An alarm was reported at 730 Indi­ana Ave.

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