Personal photos found by jogger at Lakewood Ranch
MANATEE -- Someone lost a plastic tub full of family photos about one month ago near the intersection of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Portal Crossing. None of the photos are labeled.
David Dillard, a Manatee County parks maintenance supervisor at G.T. Bray Park, found the photos on the side of the road while jogging at Lakewood Ranch.
Perhaps they were part of a load of personal belongings headed to a nearby storage facility, he said.
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The photos include some from Kingsway Elementary School, Port Charlotte, as well as recreational activities such as boating, and horseback riding.
Dillard took his quest to find the owners to the Florida Highway Patrol, after finding a photo of a group in front of an FHP commemorative clock.
So far, he has come up empty in trying to locate the owners.
"It's somebody's life," Dillard said.
Anyone who believes the photos may be theirs may contact Dillard at 941-713-5716.
Sarasota police employee receives international award
SARASOTA -- Genevieve Judge, Sarasota police communications coordinator, has received the International 2015 ConnectedCOPS Civilian Award of Excellence.
Judge demonstrated excellence in the use of social media to improve public safety and/or enhance community engagement and reputation of the Sarasota Police Department.
Judge was only one of two finalists in the United States. The other finalist was from the Shakopee Police Department in Shakopee, Minn.
Judge received her award Wednesday during Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. She was also the opening presenter to the conference.
Chief Bernadette DiPino said Judge's work has resulted in cases being solved through the use of social media.
"I'm extremely proud of Genevieve's work ethic and dedication to our department every day," said DiPino.