Crime

Unknown suspect wanted for retail theft totaling to over $300 in Port Charlotte

Deputies need your help finding a suspect wanted for retail theft at a Target in Port Charlotte.On November 3, around 6:30 p.m. a Loss Prevention Officer at Target observed an unknown male steal two electronic items totaling to $324.97.

  Manatee County Sheriff’s Office catches package thief through Facebook

Deputies: 19-year-old man traded iPhone X for sex act with 14-year-old girl

Man who allegedly stole scratch-off tickets caught while trying to redeem them

Sarasota felon gets 5 years for having 4 tons of explosives

VIDEO: Aggravated assault investigation underway in Sarasota, suspect still unknown

Retirement worker accused of abusing Alzheimer patient

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South Venice man charged with aggravated child abuse for “whooping” child with wooden paddle

Suspect wanted for alleged vehicle burglary in North Port

Sarasota woman going to jail for extreme physical abuse of her 3-month-old baby

Officer helps driver with purchase; passenger in car shoots at him

Witness details how he killed lover’s husband for insurance

Police: Sarasota man charged with attempted murder for stabbing victim over mutual girlfriend

  Trailer filled with Boy Scout gear stolen from church parking lot

On Saturday, deputies in Charlotte County were called to a church parking lot on Rampart Boulevard in Port Charlotte when the victim discovered the trailer was missing.

Man uses hammer to bash open display cases at jewelry store in Bradenton

The two men entered the Gold Palace on 301 Boulevard West around 10:40am. One was armed with a hammer and bashed open display cases while the other man grabbed the jewels. Both then fled the scene.

Sarasota man going to jail for running large-scale drug operation

Beginning in early 2018, investigators began looking into 37-year-old Aquiles Lee, who they suspected of running a large-scale rock cocaine operation in Sarasota.

Florida mom who threw 4-year-old daughter into river, killing her, declared incompetent for trial

Hillsborough Circuit Judge Kimberly Fernandez on Tuesday reviewed reports from three doctors who have examined 26-year-old Shakayla Denson since her August arrest.

  Football player, 16, accused of fatally stabbing classmate pregnant with his baby

Man says he found soiled underwear in Uber Eats delivery

Authorities: Florida woman swung puppies around in backpack at bar

Police: Man broke into Sarasota restaurant, thrift store and robbed cellphone store

3 carnival workers charged in killings of Kansas couple

Young girl caught on camera stealing package off MD front porch

  ‘Your instinct is to protect’: Man fired from CVS after tackling robber

The company said the employee, who had worked there for five years, broke store policy “by initiating physical confrontation" with the robber.

Sheriff: Wife calls 911 to report she shot husband; man pronounced dead on scene

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says a man is dead after he was shot by his wife during a domestic dispute Friday night in Metairie.

Bradford family attorney: Private autopsy reveals EJ was shot 3 times, lawyers for Bradford’s family viewed Riverchase Galleria video

Emantic ‘EJ’ Bradford Jr. was shot three times, according to an independent review ordered by EJ’s family.

Five people arrested in connection with selling Methamphetamine in Sarasota

After a Fall of 2018 investigation launched, five people were arrested in connection with selling Methamphetamine. According to a release from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, deputies learned large amounts of methamphetamine were being sold near the area of Myrtle Street and Lockwood Ridge Ro

BREAKING: Second suspect arrested after Deputy’s guns recovered

On Thursday, a second suspect was arrested in connection with a Sarasota County Sheriff’s vehicles stolen firearms. James G. Jr. Tolbert, 18, was arrested in North Port at his mother's residence and charged with three felonies.

Domestic violence numbers around the holidays

How domestic violence numbers look around the holidays compared to the rest of the year.

UPDATE: Sarasota Detectives recovered the 9MM duty weapon and continue to recover items

Detectives have recovered the 9MM duty weapon & are continuing to recover items of significance taken from the vehicle. At this time, detectives feel confident they have identified all parties involved in the burglary.

A Sheriff’s Deputies stolen guns recovered, 18-year-old arrested

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest after 2 firearms and several pieces of duty equipment were stolen from a deputies vehicle in North Port.

Sarasota Police set to increase patrols during holiday season

the Sarasota Police Department is set to increase patrolling this holiday season to discourage opportunities of crime. Police say due to an increase in violent crime since Jan. 1, 2018, patrols will increase, specifically in the north district of Sarasota.

Prosecution will not seek death penalty against alleged cold case killer

Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty in the case against a man accused of murdering a Sarasota woman thirty years ago.

Man stabbed during argument, deputies looking for suspect

Manatee County Deputies are looking for a man they say stabbed another during an argument. It happened outside the home of the reported victim, 35 year old Nino Migliaccio, at the 4700 block of 257th St. E. in Myakka.

17-year-old found shot on sidewalk in front of Palmetto High School

A 17-year-old male was found shot on the sidewalk in front of Palmetto High School on Tues. Dec. 4, 2018. Late Tuesday night, Palmetto Police responded to a reported shooting on 17th Street W., in front of Palmetto High School. The victim was found with a bullet entry on the inside of his left thigh

Sarasota County SWAT Weapons Stolen

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after thieves stole specialized weapons and equipment from the vehicle of a SWAT team member.

UPDATE: Sarasota Police Detectives use DNA to solve 30 year-old homicide

The Sarasota Police Department held a press conference at 1 p.m. today regarding an update on the 1988 cold case homicide of Judith Elaine Doherty. The press conference was recorded on Facebook Live shown above by our ABC 7 Reporter, Taylor Torregano.

Winter Haven couple arrested for armed robbery of Family Dollar store

On Mon. Dec 3, Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a couple of Winter Haven for alleged armed robbery of a Family Dollar, which occurred on Nov. 25, 2018.Christopher Bouiye, 37, and his girlfriend Michelle Videau, 39, residents of Winter Haven were both charged with armed robbery, armed burglary

Former hospital employee sentenced for photographing child patients

A former hospital employee will spend the next 15 years in prison after taking pictures of three young girls while they were patients at Memorial Behavioral Health. The girls were six to eight years old at the time.

Father says voices made him kill daughter

New court documents reveal father blames voices for killing daughter

Houston mother accused of drowning, decapitating 5-year-old son

The woman reportedly confessed to drowning her son in a recorded interview with authorities.

Woman fatally stabbed after giving money to apparent young mother in need

Police say after the good Samaritan rolled down her window to give the woman money, a man approached, tried to take the victim’s wallet and stabbed her in the chest.

SC Correctional Officer arrested for having romantic relationship with inmate, accepting gifts

A South Carolina Department of Corrections Correctional Officer has been arrested after officials say she had a romantic relationship with an inmate and accepted monetary gifts.

Sarasota Police Department set to hold news conference Tuesday regarding 1988 cold case

The Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino is set to hold a news conferee on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Sarasota Police Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota, in the 2nd Floor Community Room regarding a 1988 cold case.

1 dead, multiple injured after stabbing incidents at AL prison

The Alabama Department of Corrections is investigating after one inmate died and multiple inmates were injured during stabbing incidents at Holman Correctional Facility.

Police: Woman picked up knives off MO store shelf, fatally stabbed stranger

Police believe the suspect chose a victim at random from the customers inside the store.

Man who burned to death after crashing carjacked car into gas station pump, shooting in air identified

The car had been reported carjacked from a different jurisdiction earlier today.

Father of 5 says life on sex offender registry has forced him and his family into homelessness

The family was evicted in October.

Family of a Sarasota man hit by a truck is asking the community to help find the driver

Family and friends of a Sarasota man hit by a truck are asking the community to help find the driver

Deputy resigns after being arrested for Driving Under the Influence

Former Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was arrested in Hillsborough County and charged with Driving Under the Influence. Lawrence Hoag, 40, was was pulled over for speeding around 12:26 am on Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, according to the Florida P Highway Patrol.

Prison for pair who purveyed meth in North Port

Darrell Lee Small, 36, and Kellie Williams, 28, were arrested in January 2016 for selling more than 40 grams of meth over several encounters to undercover detectives.

Police: Pipe bomb suspect accused in urine-throwing incident

Mail pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc was accused earlier this year of throwing urine from his van at two women on a moped in an apparent road rage incident in Florida, according to a police report.

Woman arrested after newborn tests positive for drugs

Brittney Gradert, 29, has been charged with a felony in aggravated child abuse. When her child was born in October, deputies say Gradert appeared to have an altered mental state and tested positive for Subutex, a treatment of opioid addiction and considered safer than methadone to use, according to

19-year-old Sarasota man arrested for child pornography

On Thursday, a Sarasota man was arrested after an investigation and subsequent search warrant revealed he was downloading child pornography. Jeremiah Gaertner, 19, was identified by detectives who obtained information using internet tools designed by Internet Crimes Against Children.

Suspect in Riverchase Galleria shooting caught in GA

Authorities have captured the person they believe fired that shots that injured two people and led to the deadly officer-involved shooting of Emantic Bradford Jr in the Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving night.

Lawsuit: Church found 14 sexual abuse incidents involving accused volunteer

Parents of a separate 3-year-old boy from the charges filed Wednesday are suing NewSpring Church and Hazlett claiming the church failed to properly screen and interview Hazlett

15-year-old girl pulls knife, assaults school resource officer

Chesterfield police said the girl and two other students had planned to fight.

Deputies: Florida students hospitalized after eating marijuana candy

A Polk County Sheriff's Office news release say deputies responded to Mulberry Middle School Thursday afternoon following reports of sick students.

More murders in Sarasota and Manatee counties in 2018 than last year

The highest number of offenses in Sarasota County was larceny with 2,981 incidents in 2018, but that’s down from 3,036 the previous year. Larceny was also the highest numbers of offenses in Manatee County with 2,903 incidents in 2018, up from 2,521 the previous year.

Man steals credit card, uses it at Publix

On Friday, November 23 between 2 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. a man stole a credit card during an auto burglary on Freeling Drive. A short time later, the man used the credit card at the Publix located on South Osprey Avenue in Sarasota.

Bradenton man accused of threatening to blow up sheriff’s office

Jamer Lawrence, 28, was taken into custody last week and charged with threat to commit an act of terrorism. Deputies say in March 2018, Lawrence began sending disturbing messages to the sheriff's office on Facebook, identifying himself as "Ljameer Muhammad."

Sarasota man previously arrested for child porn arrested a second time for child porn

Jon Gluvna, 37, of Calliandra Drive was arrested after detectives learned last week that he was allegedly actively downloading child porn. A search warrant executed at his home found computers, gaming consoles and SD cards.

Driver charged with DUI in Manatee County linked to gate crash, airplane damage at SRQ Airport

It happened Wednesday night at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The plane struck belonged to Universal Flight Training and Universal Flight Services.

Inmate confesses to 90 deaths, including 10 in Florida

Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said 78-year-old Samuel Little was booked into jail this week following his indictment in the 1994 death of a Texas woman. Investigations are ongoing, but Little has provided details in more than 90 deaths dating to about 1970, Bland said.

$5,000 reward offered for Bradenton homicide investigation

The Manatee County Gold Star Club is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the homicide investigation of Breyon Pittman.

Police: Man shoots son after fight over kneeling NFL players

Cary police say 21-year-old Esteban Marley Valencia and his brother argued during dinner about the athletes' protest of racial injustice. News outlets report 51-year-old Jorge Luis Valencia-Lamadrid told officers Valencia then physically attacked his other son so he retrieved a shotgun.

Sheriff: Pair killed ex-housemate over stolen PlayStation

Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said 22-year-old Jake Bilotta and 21-year-old Ian McClurg coaxed the victim to the home they shared in Maitland. Investigators say he was lured under the premise of going to a party, and then stabbed several times with a chef's knife.

Owners of Trademark Pavers arrested for embezzlement, scheming to defraud

Owners of Trademark Pavers arrested for embezzlement, scheming to defraud

Video gamer arrested after fellow online player says he overheard alleged rape

A 16-year-old boy told authorities he overheard a man, with whom he was playing “Grand Theft Auto” online, assault a teenage girl during a break in gameplay.

Man accused of killing neighbor’s caged dog for attacking his own dog

The suspect said the neighbor’s pit bull escaped and bit his Chihuahua, causing it severe injuries and an $8,000 bill from the veterinarian.

Reforming our criminal justice system

President Trump is giving a plan put together by his son-in-law Jared Kushner and some members of congress a thumbs up.

Deputies: Florida man punched, squeezed life out of baby

Investigators in Florida say a 29-year-old man punched a 7-week-old baby and then squeezed her until she lost consciousness.Pinellas County Sheriff's officials said in an email that Artem Eydelman was arrested late Monday, a week after little Gwendolyn Eydelman died.

Florida man accused of stabbing woman over underdone potato

Police say a 36-year-old Florida man is accused of stabbing a woman with a fork over an undercooked potato.

Caught on camera: ‘Inchworm bandits’ crawl across floor to rob Houston restaurant

The three suspects stole $450 in tip money for servers who worked shifts over the weekend.

Detectives seeking information on 27-year-old Sarasota woman missing since 2012

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for information on a 27-year-old Sarasota woman who has been missing since 2012. According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Patricia ‘Erin’ Scala has been missing since June 2012.

Woman accused of stalking child, using another child as lure

Alachua County Sheriff's Office deputies say 33-year-old Hannah Yvonne Springer, of Tampa, hid in a barn behind the child's home Saturday and attempted to lure the child out.

Fan post suggesting FSU coach lynching prompts investigation

Florida State University President John Thrasher is calling a fan's social media post depicting football coach Willie Taggart getting lynched "ignorant and despicable."

Siblings of Manatee County murder victim speak out about brother’s death

The backbone of a Sarasota family is now gone forever. Antonio Maurice Bradley, known as “Moe” to friends and relatives is remembered as a selfless and protective of his mother, siblings and four children.

Deputies: Truck hits house and pins woman, 71, against couch

Deputies in Florida say a pickup truck slammed into the front wall of a house, pinning a 71-year-old woman against a couch in her living room.

Man charged with attack landlord with machete

Authorities say a Florida man attacked his elderly landlord with a machete after the older man confronted the tenant about unpaid rent.

Florida soccer coach accused of sending nude photos to girl

The varsity soccer coach at a South Florida school is accused of sending sexually suggestive messages to a female student who volunteered with the boys' team.