Crime

  Detectives identify man’s body found burning along Manatee County roadway

Woman charged with child abuse after 13-year-old special needs son found running in traffic

Police: Doc OK’d pot for patients via closed-circuit TV

Adoption scheme: Florida woman accused of defrauding 2 couples

$500 million worth of cocaine seized by the United States Coast Guard

Local gang member swept up in arrest of 39 people on drug and trafficking charges

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  SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Suspect allegedly steals from local produce market

Serial killer linked to 90 murders confesses to two Louisiana cold cases

15-year-old arrested on vehicle burglary charges, detectives looking for accomplice

Uber driver leads deputies to pawn store theft suspect

Authorities stop massive smash and grab theft ring in Florida

Florida man accused of poisoning co-worker’s drink with bodily fluid

Woman charged with animal cruelty after 44 dead dogs found in freezer

The rescued dogs were treated by animal shelter workers and taken to regional shelters for fostering or adoption.

Man shot in North Sarasota, deputies looking for witnesses

Deputies responded to 18th Street in North Sarasota Wednesday night on reports of a shooting.

Deputies: Suspect attempts to rob Bradenton gas station

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help identify a suspect involved in an attempted armed burglary.

PETA posts two billboards in Columbia, blaming hurricane-related animal deaths on meat-eaters

Two billboards showing pigs braving floodwaters urges Columbia residents to "Stop eating meat!"

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

Florida woman steals live lobster from Red Lobster, sheriff says

Sheriff: Parkland shooting suspect assaulted jail officer

Convicted felon arrested on drug trafficking charges

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

Drugs found by deputies investigating shooting in Charlotte County

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

North Port man arrested on child pornography charges

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 24-year-old man Thursday for Transmission and Possession of Child Pornography.

  VIDEO: Man steals thousands of dollars worth of tools from boat storage facility

It happened around 4:30am last Friday at the Emerald Point Condos boat storage on Marion Avenue. The suspect cut two holes in the fence after parking his silver or light-colored, four-door pickup at the business next door on Orchid Drive. In the video, you can see the suspect’s pickup in the top rig

Operation “Spice Spice Baby” uncovers synthetic drugs in North Port

Officers wrapped up operation “Spice Spice Baby” on Kenwood Drive, seizing 154 bags of labeled synthetic cannabinoids, aka Spice, two handguns and a large sum of cash.

Man who escaped from jail in Ohio captured by Sarasota deputies

Early Thursday morning, police in Venice were investigating a vehicle theft when the occupants fled on foot. Three out of the four were captured and the fourth was identified as 30-year-old Christopher William Tolle.

Man arrested after allegedly trying to take over school bus, drive off with 41 kids

The suspect was arrested and could face several attempted kidnapping charges.

Manatee County teacher fired after being arrested, charged with soliciting a minor

Austin Pearce, 28, was arrested Tuesday by St. Petersburg Police on charges of solicitation of a child to engage in sexual battery, possession of material including sexual conduct by a child and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

Two suspects sought for an alleged “Quick Change” fraud

On Monday, November 5, the two suspects used distraction techniques and made off with about $150, and a side of fries, at the Zaxby’s on Cochran Blvd.

VIDEO: FL man breaks into crocodile enclosure, gets bitten

Police officers responding to reports of vandalism early Tuesday at the Alligator Farm Zoological Park found the underwear-clad man with an injured leg crawling across a nearby yard.

Three people living in Tampa-area indicted for allegedly running IRS scam using India-based call centers

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida has indicted 31-year-old Nishitkumar Patel, 27-year-old Hemalkumar Shah, and 22-year-old Sharvil Patel, all of Tampa, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and extortion, and substantive counts of wire fraud and extortion. Nishitkumar Pate

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Man grabs woman, forces her to leave grocery store during domestic battery incident

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office charged a 22-year-old Sarasota man with False Imprisonment and Domestic Battery following an altercation with a woman at a Sarasota grocery store.

Deputies looking for man who tried to drown K9 officer

On Saturday, deputies were called to the 7-Eleven on Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte for a retail theft. Matthew Christopher Johnson, 37, and another man were stopped by a deputy in the parking lot after a clerk identified them both as suspects.

Deputies: Woman arrested for using broken coffee mug to slash victim during fight at school bus stop

It happened Tuesday morning in the area of Aero Avenue and Eager Street. Police say they are investigating an aggravated battery, which means one person “intentionally or knowingly caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to the alleged victim; or used a deadly weap

Man shot, killed by deputies at McDonald’s after threatening to shoot them

It happened around 5:30am at the McDonald’s on Tamiami Trail in Charlotte Harbor. Deputies say a witness called for help after the suspect made verbal threats about a firearm and shooting officers.

Man who killed 2 at yoga studio was fired for touching girl

Paul Scott Beierle, 40, posed as a customer during a yoga class Friday, then began shooting, authorities said. A 61-year-old faculty member at Florida State University and a 21-year-old FSU student from Georgia were killed. Five others were injured. Beierle then killed himself.

Deputies: Woman claims she was handed baby at Disney resort

Deputies: Woman claims she was handed baby at Disney resort.

GRAPHIC: Sarasota man charged with 17 counts of child pornography

A Sarasota man was charged with 17 counts of child pornography.

Woman charged with fatally stabbing boyfriend during domestic incident

Deputies say they responded to the 2200 block of Lake View Blvd around 7:30pm for a domestic incident and found a man dead. The woman involved in the incident is charged with murder.

3 arrested, accused of pretending to collect money for 6-year-old with cancer

The suspects allegedly downloaded a picture of the girl from a local news website and went door-to-door asking for money.

6 shot at FL yoga studio; 2 dead

Tallahassee mayor and Florida Democratic governor candidate Andrew Gillum said on Twitter that he was in touch with authorities.

Convicted drug dealer sentenced to 15 years

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution today secured the sentencing of a convicted drug dealer charged with trafficking opioids. Will Samuel Reaves, 46, received a 15-year sentence in the Florida State Prison. The Honorable Brian Iten imposed the sentence on the defendant.

Deputies investigate possible threat of violence at Port Charlotte High School

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office along with the Charlotte County School Department received information of a possible threat of violence that may take place at Port Charlotte High School next week.

Police arrest Florida State student for throwing chocolate milk on Republican volunteer

Florida State University student Shelby Shoup was charged with battery after pouring chocolate milk on a volunteer at a Republican party table on FSU's campus.

Stolen firearm, marijuana found in vehicle during traffic stop

Around 2:30pm on October 26, officers pulled over 20-year-old Dariente Singletary on Leon Avenue after they say he committed several traffic violations.

Sarasota woman charged with manslaughter after victim overdoses

Tiffany Johnson, 41, has been in custody since September, when she was charged with sale of fentanyl. But after an autopsy revealed how the victim died, deputies added manslaughter and another charge of sale of fantanyl to her list of charges.

Man seen looking into houses in Palmetto

Deputies say the man in these photos was looking into houses in Palmetto around 2nd Ave and 19th Street East.

Driver does donuts on soccer/football fields at North Port park

Earlier this month, police say the driver went onto the fields at Butler Park and did donuts, doing significant damage.

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Man breaks into cafe at Selby Botanical Gardens

According to the Sarasota Police Department, the suspect gained access to the cafe at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens around 1:15 a.m. on October 23. The cafe is located at 926 South Palm Avenue in Sarasota.

Driver charged with DUI Manslaughter after deadly crash in Myakka City

Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened just before midnight on Monday at Verna Bethany Road and State Road 64 in Manatee County.

Fight that started in taxi ends with man cut on the chest

Detectives say a fight that started inside a taxi escalated into a man being cut on the chest in Englewood

Cable company employee arrested for dumping waste drilling mud

The sheriff's office is asking the public to be vigilant after deputies caught an employee of a cable company illegally dumping drilling mud.

Fake police officers pull over driver on I-75, steal his vehicle

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Florida Highway Patrol say two men are pretending to be police officers and pulling people over on Alligator Alley to steal their vehicles.

Police: Synagogue gunman said he wanted all Jews to die

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The suspect in the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told officers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and that he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents made public Sunday.

An open door and a massacre: Gunman kills 11 at synagogue

PITTSBURGH (AP) — During the week, anyone who wanted to get inside Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue had to ring the doorbell and be granted entry by staff because the front door was kept locked. Not so on Saturday — the Jewish Sabbath — when the building was open for worship.

Mail bomb suspect's personality changed radically

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Thirteen years ago, mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc traveled the country leading a mixed-race troupe of male exotic dancers — he ran scams and had a temper, but a fellow dancer who is African-American said he never expressed racism or homophobia.

Police: Naked man arrested for punching police K-9

NORTH PORT, FL (WWSB) - North Port Police Department arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly breaking into a home, punching police officers and a police K-9.

Man and his brother, both named Calvin Turner, serving time for crimes related to molesting children

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - A 23-year-old Bradenton man is going to jail for attempting to molest a child. His brother, who has the same name, is already serving a life sentence for similar crimes.

Deputies: Suspect in 2001 cold case dies

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Charlotte County Sheriff's Office has announced the 2001 cold case murder of Victoria Arena has been closed, after an unexpected death of the suspect in the investigation.

Want to know what makes a package suspicious? A Sarasota Police Detective explains

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - As more suspicious packages turn up today, including ones addressed to Former Vice President Biden and Actor Robert De Niro, ABC 7 wanted to find out what makes a package suspicious and when should you call 911.

11th and 12th suspicious packages recovered, one in Florida meant for Senator Cory Booker

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicious packages addressed to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper — and similar in appearance to pipe bomb devices sent to other prominent Democrats — have been intercepted, the FBI said Friday, as investigators scrambled from coast to coast to locate the culprit and motives behind a bizarre plot aimed at critics of President Donald Trump.

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Deputies searching for possible person of interest

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Manatee County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help identify the male in the surveillance video.

Search continues for alleged thief captured on doorbell security camera in Palmetto

Video has been realeased of an alleged home thief the Manatee County Sheriff's Office is looking for.  It was videotaped from a home in Palmetto Estates through a doorbell camera known as a ring camera.

Florida university warns of ‘sextortion’ email scam

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials at the University of Central Florida say an email "sextortion" scam is targeting university accounts.

Deputies investigate two cousins who own separate paver businesses in Sarasota

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Thomas Borchert accepted nearly $15,000 from clients and never did any of the work.

Deputies: Woman stops attempted carjacking by burning suspect with cigarette

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Charlotte County Sheriff's Office responded to an attempted carjacking in the Walmart parking lot on Tuesday night.

Man arrested for dumping 70 gallons of human waste into roadway

PUNTA GORDA, FL (WWSB) - A Charlotte County man is arrested after deputies say he illegally dumped 70 gallons of human waste into the roadway in Punta Gorda.

Palmetto man arrested on Capital Sexual Battery charges

Pinellas County, FL(WWSB)- Pinellas detectives have charged a Palmetto man with three counts of Capital Sexual Battery and two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation with Victim Under 12.

Math professor at Hillsborough Community College facing child porn charges

TAMPA, FL (WWSB) - A math professor at Hillsborough Community College has been arrested and charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

Police say they found child porn in 69-year-old Bradenton man’s home

BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - A Bradenton man has been charged after police say they found child pornography in his home.

Husband leads police to wife’s remains in exchange for Xbox, other privileges

Pressure from family members, including the couple’s two daughters, encouraged the husband to confess, police say.

Florida man accused of groping woman on plane says, ‘the President of the U.S. says it’s OK’

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (RNN) – A man arrested for allegedly groping a woman on a Southwest flight said the “president of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts,” according to an affidavit for his arrest.

Person found injured in home after reports of shooting prompt Sarasota school lockdown

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - An elementary school in Sarasota was placed on lockdown after shots were fired around a half mile away.

Punta Gordan man nicknamed ‘Cheddar’ accused of luring, raping woman

PUNTA GORDA, FL (WWSB) - The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office arrested a Punta Gorda man for allegedly luring a woman to his trailer and raping her at gunpoint.

Manatee County deputies will be giving shoplifters a free “sleigh ride” to jail this holiday season

MANATEE COUNTY (WWSB) - The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is working to  cut down on shoplifting ahead of the upcoming holiday season, looking to cuff perpetrators and take them off in what they call a free sleigh ride down to the county jail.