WPPD Updates Roger Trindade Case

Suspects Identified – Investigation Continues

WPPD Updates Roger Trindade Case

roberttrindadeAt 11:23 this morning, the City of Winter Park Police Department (WPPD) provided the following update regarding their investigation into the death of 15-year-old Winter Park High School student Roger Trindade.

What Happened

On October 15, 2016, at 9:48 pm, Winter Park Police Officers were dispatched to Central Park at the corner of Park Avenue and Morse Blvd. Police and Fire/Rescue personnel arrived on scene within two minutes. They arrived to find Roger Trindade unconscious. The suspects had already fled the scene. Roger Trindade bore no physical signs of injury and no physical evidence that would suggest he had been beaten.

Investigation Still Active

“This remains an active investigation,” stated Lieutenant Pam Marcum. “The Winter Park Police Department will continue to work directly with the Trindade family through the developments of this investigation.”

WPPD investigators have identified all of the individuals involved and are continuing their criminal investigation into what happened. Because those associated with this incident are juveniles, their identities cannot be released.

Park Ave. Patrols Upped

WPPD has increased patrols in and around Central Park.

Cause of Death Still Unknown

Exactly what caused the death of Roger Trindade is still not known. “Until we know what caused his death,” said Marcum, “we cannot make an accurate assessment of what criminal charges are appropriate.” The Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner is continuing to investigate the cause of death, and their investigation will take several weeks.

State, County Agencies Involved

Other agencies, including the Joint Homicide Investigation Team, the Medical Examiner and the State Attorney’s Office are assisting WPPD in their investigation. In criminal cases where juveniles are arrested, there is a very short window between the arrest and the prosecution. If a law enforcement agency makes a premature arrest, the prosecutor will not have the benefit of the Medical Examiner’s results or any potential forensic examinations at trial.

If You Have Information . . .

Lieutenant Marcum emphasized that the WPPD appreciates everyone who has provided a tip or information about this case. Even though police have identified all parties involved, she said, if you have any information regarding this case, you should contact WPPD at 407-644-1313 or Crime Line at 407-423-TIPS.

State & City Attorneys’ Joint Filing on Library Bond Validation Suit

State Attorney Can Argue Motions at October 20 Hearing

State & City Attorneys’ Joint Filing on Library Bond Validation Suit

city-and-library-logo-scalesCity Attorney Kurt Ardaman reported to the Commission yesterday that Assistant State Attorney Richard Wallsh had withdrawn his motions to strike language regarding the site of the new library in the City’s bond validation suit.

Mayor Leary immediately followed with remarks directed to “media who eagerly reported about the State Attorney [filing] those motions . . . [we are] eagerly anticipating covering dismissal of those motions as well.”

City Seeks to Include Site Language in Bond Validation Complaint

The State Attorney’s motions, filed September 21, challenged the City’s request for validation of up to $30 million in bonds “for the purpose of building a municipal facility in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park” on grounds that the ballot referendum made no reference to the location. “The inclusion of the site is not a proper subject for determination by this court,” reads the State Attorney’s Motion to Strike.

State Attorney Objects to Language, Wants Separate Hearing

As part of his filing, State Attorney Wallsh requested his motions be heard at a separate hearing prior to the October 20 bond validation hearing.

City & State Attorneys Agree to Consolidate Hearings

In a subsequent meeting September 30 between State Attorney Wallsh and City Attorney Ardaman, the two attorneys agreed, in a “Joint Stipulation Regarding the State of Florida’s Motion to Vacate Order to Show Cause and Motion to Strike,” that Wallsh would withdraw his motions and his request for a separate hearing, with the stipulation that he can still make the motions at the October 20 hearing.See Document.

Motions Cannot Be ‘Dismissed’

Motions in court cannot be dismissed. They are either granted or denied, actions only a judge can take. The State Attorney’s motions and his request for a separate hearing have been withdrawn – for now. The substantive arguments of the motions can still be heard at the October 20 hearing.

In other words, nothing has changed except the schedule.

Matthew – Aftermath

Leaving Us to Pick Up After Him

Matthew – Aftermath

Matthew has come and gone, and we can only hope he stays gone.

Winter Parkers are fortunate that Matthew left nothing in his wake but a big mess. Here is how some of our neighbors were dealing with it after the storm moved north.


Michael O’Donnell on Georgia Ave., making good progress.


Peter, Charlee, Concetta and Maria on Via Tuscany. Peter has plans for that limb you see on the ground.


Trees and Port-a-Potties Upended.


Hannibal Square and Park Avenue did not go unscathed.


Just look at all that parking at Trader Joe’s. You won’t see that again soon.


Matthew did leave a fun, if temporary, new jungle gym at MLK Park.


The best part of all is having good neighbors who help each other out. Thanks, Michael Vaughn and J.C. Peterson!

Photos courtesy of Kim Allen and Steven McElveen.

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