Firefighters begin to see progress against deadly California blazes, as death toll rises to 59

The cause of the fires remains under investigation, but they broke out around the time and place two utilities reported equipment trouble.

Help a senior by giving the gift of the holiday spirit this year

RED TIDE REPORT: High concentrations increasing on the Suncoast

Deputies: Suspect attempts to rob Bradenton gas station

Local Businesses Filling The Plate to Help Those in Need this Thanksgiving

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Two people arrested in Sarasota found unconscious in a hotel room surrounded by drugs

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FDA recalls blood pressure medication due to possible risk of cancer

HEARTWARMING VIDEO: Former Sgt. sings to homeless taking shelter during cold

Deputies: Teacher bit by Manatee County Deputy K9

Florida man arrested for ‘Mother of Satan’ bomb materials, sheriff says

The Latest: Gov. Scott to step down from elections board

Sheriff: Parkland shooting suspect assaulted jail officer

Wildlife officials: Watch out for migrating manatees

November is Manatee Awareness Month. Carol Knox, who leads the agency’s imperiled species management division, said boaters who look out for manatees and follow protection zones are contributing to the conservation of the threatened species.

St. Petersburg woman claims $1M in Florida Lottery

The Florida Lottery announces that Monica Veal, 29, of St. Petersburg, claimed the first $1 million top prize in the new $1,000,000 HOLIDAY BONUS Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.

Convicted felon arrested on drug trafficking charges

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a convicted felon following a search warrant that yielded a loaded gun, cash, and trafficking amounts of heroin, cocaine and oxycodone.

Air Force pilot dies in plane crash at Laughlin AFB, TX

The Air Force T-38C Talon crashed at about 7:40 p.m. at the base. The injured pilot was taken to the hospital. The pilot’s condition wasn’t disclosed.

  First Alert Weather: Transitioning to cooler temperatures into Thursday

New lawsuits may extend Florida’s recount deadline

Girl, 6, hit with stray bullet fired by security guard outside McDonald’s

Clean hits in high school football

After Fatal Accident on River Road, Residents Are Demanding Safety Changes

Push for solutions to coyote issue on Anna Maria Island

  New ‘Skim Reaper’ device helps stop thieves from stealing credit card information

Swiping your card at a gas station could cost more than just a tank of gas. According to The University of Florida,credit card skimmers is a multi-billion dollar problem. To fix the issue, researchers have created a new device called a 'skim reaper' to catch credit card thieves.

Flag raising ceremony held at Freedom Elementary school in honor of Veteran’s Day

On Tuesday morning, Freedom Elementary School invited parents, teachers and veterans around the community to celebrate the service many men and women have devoted for the United States.

Broward County elections supervisor known for missteps in recount cross hairs

Since Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has been in office, there seems to be a long list of these mistakes.

Email threatens to blow up schools in Charlotte County

Charlotte County received the threat through their food service department at 5:15am. The message threatened that if the school did not promote the sender's group to area media within three hours, they would blow up 40 schools across the state.

Manatee Commissioners request increased FHP presence on SR 70 & SR 64

Manatee County Commissioners are asking for the Florida’s Highway Patrol’s help after several fatal crashes in east Manatee County.

Search continues for missing, dead in California wildfires

More than 8,000 firefighters statewide were battling wildfires that destroyed more than 7,000 structures and killed more than 40 people, with the flames feeding on dry brush and driven by strong winds.

Trump calls on Florida Democrat to concede, implies fraud

Trump tweeted out Tuesday morning, "When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida? The characters running Broward and Palm Beach voting will not be able to 'find' enough votes, too much spotlight on them now!" Nelson is narrowly losing his re-election bid to Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who has also accus

Cost of city’s lift station now nearing $50 million with latest setback

According to the City of Sarasota, this is what the case cost taxpayers: $3.3 million in attorney fees. $2.9 million in expert witness fees. $718,000 in litigation costs.

Names of two people killed in head-on collision in North Port released

Our crews are currently on their way to investigate the scene on River Road, near East River Road.

Suncoast makes list of metro areas with highest positive job growth

The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton area was #24 on their list. The Suncoast saw an increase of 48,037 jobs over a five-year period for a growth of 15.9 percent. Professional and business services added 12,400 jobs while leisure and hospitality service grew by 9,500 and 8,500 jobs, respectively. The m

Get ready to pack your bags, Allegiant Air is now offering nine new routes ahead of the holidays

Nine new routes added to SRQ Airport

Allegiant Airlines offering nine new nonstop flights

Allegiant announced the expansion at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport on Tuesday.

4 cheetah cubs born at wildlife refuge near Jacksonville

The two female and two male cubs were born Oct. 6 at White Oak Conservation in Yulee, north of Jacksonville.

US trial to tell epic tale of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo’

A story of a botched assassination will be part of an epic tale told in a tightly secured New York City courtroom starting Tuesday as prosecutors and defense lawyers make their opening statements in Guzman's long-awaited U.S. trial.

VIDEO: Florida man crashes truck into boutique

William Southworth has been charged with DUI. The store owner said it was the fourth crash in four years.

First Alert Weather: Cooler weather just days away!

Another warm day on the Suncoast but cooler weather is just days away. Today will again feature a mix of sun and fair weather clouds with a high well above the normal. The last two days saw record high temperatures with 88 each day.

FHP investigates I-75 crash that killed a Sarasota man

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on Interstate 75 in Sarasota County.

Florida recount chugs along as more irregularities surface

State law requires a machine recount in races where the margin is less than 0.5 percentage points. In the Senate race, Rick Scott's lead over incumbent Bill Nelson was 0.14 percentage points. In the governor's race, unofficial results showed GOP's Ron DeSantis ahead of Andrew Gillum by 0.41 points.

Dead in cars and homes: Northern California fire toll at 42

It's now the deadliest blaze in state history.

Overcrowding at Venice High School Prompts Sarasota County School District to Discuss Options

Venice High School is now overcrowded. It was only intended to have 2,100 students, and currently has about 2,400.

Top 5 diets recommendations on the Suncoast

If you’re having trouble taking inches off your waist, it may be because your weight-loss goals are unrealistic.

Local organizations continue to search for a cure to help veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

As we honor our nation's veterans, it's important to remember that for many the battle continues. And even though they no longer live in a war zone, a great number of them suffer from post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

Drugs found by deputies investigating shooting in Charlotte County

A Charlotte County man is in custody for allegedly possessing illegal drugs inside his home found during an investigation into a drive-by shooting on his property.

“Human error” leads to a recount of the recount in Manatee County

The state-ordered recount began this morning in Manatee County. Around 2pm, after around 43,000 ballots had been counted, staff realized a mistake had been made.

Stan Lee, superhero creator, comic book icon, dead at 95

Stan Lee helped create most of Marvel Comics' famous characters, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk.

Judge: Sides in Florida recount should ‘ramp down’ rhetoric

All 67 counties in the Sunshine State are facing a state-ordered deadline of Thursday to complete their recounts, and half had already begun by Monday.

Doctor paints patient’s genitals purple as a ‘joke’

The doctor pleaded guilty to harassment but kept his medical license following the incident.

Two-alarm fire at metal and recycling plant sends large plume of smoke over Sarasota

A two-alarm fire started at Suncoast Metals on 51st Street, a metal and recycling plant. The fire started in a pile of rubble and was caused by friction. Fire officials say as the items in the pile rubbed against one another while being pushed and pulled, it got hot enough to start a blaze.

GA mom says ‘our world needs more people’ like stranger who helped with daughter’s hair

A Columbus mother was struggling with effectively styling her adopted daughter’s hair when someone she had never met before came to her rescue.

The Latest: Lawsuit wants Scott banned from role in recount

A Florida judge said he's seen no evidence of wrongdoing in the vote-counting in Broward County and urged all sides to "ramp down the rhetoric."

Crane tilts, hits gym in Bradenton

The crane was doing work next to the Crunch Fitness at University and North Lockwood Ridge in Bradenton when it tilted over, crashing into the gym. A person ABC7 spoke with said they were working inside when they heard a thud and were later evacuated from the building.

Jewish barista refuses to let WWII veteran pay as a thank you for his service

A barista is being praised by the son of a WWII veteran for his kindness. v

Florida school shooting defendant registered to vote in jail

The man accused of gunning down 17 people at a Florida high school registered to vote while behind bars awaiting trial.The SunSentinel reports Nikolas Cruz registered as a Republican on July 25.

Druken Florida man accused of biting off man’s fingertip

Authorities say a drunken Florida man bit another man’s fingertip off at a campsite in the Florida Keys.

November Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County: Mrs. Conley from Atwater Elementary

We head to North Port for November’s Sarasota County Chalkboard Champion. ABC 7′s Jacqueline Matter takes us to Atwater Elementary to meet first grade teacher Kayla Conley.

Sarasota police officer removed from plane for allegedly being intoxicated, shoving airline staffer

Officer Derrick Gilbert was arrested by deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office around 6:30pm at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport on charges of trespassing, battery and domestic battery following an incident.

Sarasota School District investigating ‘inappropriate’ Planned Parenthood video shown to seniors

Some parents are outraged after a Planned Parenthood video about consensual sex was shown at Pine View High School.

First Alert Weather: Unsettled warm weather till Friday then cooler

A cool front sank south over the weekend but the cool air never really gave us much of a break from the warmer than normal temperatures. In fact, after one crisp morning on Sunday the temperature rebounded to record values in the afternoon with a high of 88. That cold front has now returned as a war

  Wildfires rage in California; 31 dead, more than 200 missing

Strong winds and low humidity are fueling three wildfires across the state of California.

The future of Sarasota County’s Legacy Trail

The Legacy Trail is more than 10 miles long, and the goal is to link it to other paths in the state, making one massive trail throughout Florida.

No injuries reported in Sarasota house fire

Sarasota County Firefighters are on scene of a residential fire near Robarts Arena.

The Latest: Broward recount delayed because of problem

Broward County is scheduled to begin counting about 700,000 ballots Sunday morning, but a tested machine wasn't registering all ballots. Republican representatives asked that all machines be retested and county officials agreed.

Deputies searching for vehicle burglary suspect

Manatee County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help identify an unknown male suspect that allegedly stole from multiple vehicles in the Braden Oaks neighborhood.

Man attacked by alligator, hospitalized

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told news outlets that the 30-year-old man was bitten on the leg Friday morning at Pero Family Farms near Delray Beach.

Woman fakes heart attack to escape burglary, gets suspect to help call 911

An 85-year-old woman's home was invaded and she protected herself by pretending to have a heart attack.

First Alert Traffic: Port Charlotte man killed in car crash, driver fled on foot

Troopers say Shea entered the intersection of US-41 and Jacaranda Blvd. with a green light and another vehicle failed to yield, striking the left side of Shea’s vehicle. Shea became separated from his vehicle and was pronounced deceased on scene.

Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Announce Their Return to TV

On the show they discussed the newest addition to their family, their decision to end Fixer-Upper and what’s next fro the franchise, and spin-off details.

Venice High School student battling cancer granted wish to E! People’s Choice Awards

Sydney Hampton, an 18-year-old Osprey resident who has undergone chemotherapy and surgery for a rare form of cancer, was pulled from class this morning to begin her wish to be a VIP at the E! People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

Florida man catches record-setting 17-foot python

Kyle Penniston, of Homestead, made the solo capture of a 17-foot, 5-inch female Burmese python while hunting on SFWMD lands in Miami-Dade County late Monday night. The mammoth snake weighed in at 120 pounds. It's the third caught as part of the program that measured more than 17 feet.

RED TIDE REPORT: Levels generally decrease in Manatee and Sarasota counties

After Hurricane Michael plowed through the Gulf of Mexico, red tide essentially disappeared from the shoreline. But over the past two weeks, red tide has returned, being found in high concentrations from Manatee to Charlotte counties and turning the sample map red.

Vote tallies due in Florida’s hotly contested elections

At stake was the tight and acrimonious U.S. Senate race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. The governor's race between former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, might also face a recount.

Will three races in Florida - U.S. Senate, Governor, and Agriculture Commissioner - head to possible recounts?

Florida is now looking at three races - U.S. Senate, Governor, and Agriculture Commissioner - that may be heading to possible recounts. As of Thursday afternoon, here’s what those races looked like.

Local hotel owner says business is rebounding after months of low occupancy from red tide

Suncoast hotels may be seeing the beginning of a rebound, after hitting an all-time low for visitors.

Recount would be costly statewide including Sarasota and Manatee County

As a recount looms in the state of Florida in some key races including the Senate race and the race for governor, many people are feeling a sense of deja vu and the cost of a recount.

Cesar Sayoc charged with sending package bombs to leading liberals, could face life in prison

The 56-year-old put liberal institutions on edge last month when he sent packages to leading figures around the country containing explosives.

Scott and Nelson both seek courts to intervene in battle for U.S. Senate seat

The deeply purple state will learn Saturday whether there will be recounts in the bitter and tight U.S. Senate race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson; and in the governor's race between former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and the Democratic mayor of Tallahass

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Four burglary suspects rob convenience store

According to the Sarasota Police Department, video shows a silver type color 4-door sedan back into a parking space and four males exiting the vehicle and approaching the front door. One of the occupants was carrying a large rock and threw it through the front door.

Principal accused of taking $900 from disabled 9-year-old

The Tampa Bay Times reports 50-year-old Edward John Abernathy was arrested Thursday and charged with grand theft. A Pasco County Sheriff’s Office release says deputies were told the child brought $2,100 of his parents' money to Connerton Elementary School in Land O’Lakes in October.