Crime

  VIDEO: Convicted felon runs across I-75 while fleeing deputies

Deputies are surrounding the scene of a smashed up car North Cattlemen Road in Sarasota County and are allegedly in search of the driver who was in the car.

  Two more teens arrested for attacking off-duty police officer, including one who allegedly recorded assault

Huge Florida sex trafficking sting results in nearly 50 arrests and 200 warrants, with more still coming

Memorial set up at the spot where skeletal remains of Jabez Spann were found in Palmetto

Judge wants early 2020 trial in Florida school shooting

VIDEO: Police release jailhouse intake video in case where family alleges excessive force

AUDIO: 911 call after remains of Jabez Spann located in Manatee County

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One man arrested for drugs in North Port after police launch investigation of his home

School bus driver crashed into tree while under influence of drugs, NJ police say

Police: Couple accused of running dental practice out of their garage

Deputies shoot, wound woman armed with meat cleaver

Florida man convicted in murder of trooper wants off death row because of dementia diagnosis

Deputies searching river for murder weapon in Palmetto slaying

  Skeletal remains of missing teen Jabez Spann found in Manatee County

Tuesday night at a joint press conference, Sarasota Police and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reported that Spann’s skeletal remains were found Saturday. Police say around 4:30pm, a man working on a fence line found the remains in Manatee County, west of I-75, and called 911.

Iowa mom gets life for death of baby son found in maggot-infested diaper

An autopsy shows the baby died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection. Investigators determined he had been wearing the same diaper for at least 10 days.

  Family says police used excessive force on 40-year-old man with mental disabilities

Witnesses can be heard telling officers that the man, 40-year-old Govinda Howell of Sarasota, is handicapped. His family says he suffers from a mental disorder and was unable to comply because he was scared and unaware of what was happening.

24-year-old man accused of possessing child pornography arrested on Valentine’s Day

Deputies arrested a man on last Thursday for allegedly Transmission and Possession of Child Pornography.

  Two more teens arrested for attacking off-duty police officer, search ongoing for last suspect

VIDEO: Vandal spray paints #MeToo on Unconditional Surrender statue in downtown Sarasota

12-year-old’s parents facing charges after boy is shot in the head

Man arrested for slapping 12-year-old stepdaughter’s bully, police say

VIDEO: Man seen trying to open vehicles in Manatee County

FL 6th-grader arrested after confrontation over Pledge of Allegiance

  VIDEO: Man arrested in Clearwater after he allegedly shined a red laser lighting device at deputies helicopter three-times

A man was arrested in Clearwater after allegedly illuminating an airborne Sheriff’s Office helicopter.

Motorcyclist who police say taunted officers to chase him gets arrested

Officers have tried for weeks to stop a white Honda motorcycle for reckless driving, but reach time, the driver concealed his tag and fled at high rates of speed, endangering the lives of other drivers.

Deputies: Woman accidentally shot after she tried to break up a fight in Manatee County

A woman was accidentally shot in Manatee County after she tried to break up a fight between two men.

Burglar arrested after mistaking police car for getaway Lyft

As officers responded, the suspect thought the Lyft he'd ordered to take him away from the scene had arrived and climbed into a police cruiser.

Aurora shooting victims ranged from intern to plant manager

Right after learning that he was being fired from his job of 15 years, police say the suspect pulled out a gun and began shooting, killing five coworkers.

Teenager who fired shot in NM school planned to kill ex-girlfriend, others, police say

The 16-year-old was arrested and faces multiple charges. He allegedly told police he had been hearing voices that told him to kill his ex-girlfriend.

  Parents arrested after 3-year-old’s body found in container of acid, police say

The girl's parents are accused of attempting to dispose of their daughter's remains using acid after she allegedly drowned while unsupervised.

24-year-old man injured in Bradenton shooting now charged with murder

According to police, officers responded to calls of a shooting on the 2100th Block of 7th Avenue East around midnight on February 11. There they found 24-year-old Joshua Gonzalez had been shot and killed and two other victims were located, one of them being 24-year-old Catallino Reyes of Bradenton.

VIDEO: Invincible door stops wannabe burglar, who was armed with a brick

Police in St. Petersburg say a wannabe burglar targeted the Mobile Gas Station on 34th Street South around 5:30am on January 24 and thought he could break in by throwing a brick through the front door.

Passenger faces charge for bomb joke at Florida airport

Passengers on an Air Canada plane had to disembark and a terminal was closed at a South Florida airport after a woman made a joke that a piece luggage might have a bomb.

Police: Florida man accused of stalking allegedly breaks into victim’s home to say Happy Valentine’s Day

Police say James Timothy Karabes-Boening of North Fort Myers broke into the victim’s home while she was sleeping. She woke up when she heard his voice, according to police, who say Karabes-Boening told her he just wanted to wish her a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Two men taken into custody after being found in stolen car on school campus

Two men were arrested on Thursday after deputies found them in a stolen car on the campus of Taylor Ranch Elementary School.

Prison nurse accused of killing husband to marry convicted murderer

The woman allegedly poisoned her husband with antifreeze then set their home on fire to try and cover up the crime.

Man accused of locking family inside house, setting it on fire after Cheez-It argument

The suspect’s brother and 61-year-old mother were able to escape the house via the second floor, and no one was injured.

Homeowner spots man inside his vehicle, tries to trap him inside

Deputies are in search of Hispanic male after committing a vehicle burglary on last Thursday.

Police: Yoga studio shooter was disturbed, hated women

Wrapping up a three-month investigation, Florida authorities said Tuesday that a 40-year-old man who killed two people and injured five others in a yoga studio was a “disturbed individual” with a “hatred towards women.”

El Chapo likely off to ‘prison of all prisons’ after drug trafficking conviction

The notorious has an unparalleled record of jailbreaks, having escaped two high-security Mexican prisons before his ultimate capture and extradition to the United States.

Fleeing bank robber trips in front of police officer; money blows away

Police say the suspect slipped on the ice in a nearby parking lot while running from the scene and dropped both his gun and the cash he allegedly stole.

Ex-boyfriend arrested in connection to death of woman found in suitcase

The 24-year-old suspect is being held without bail on a kidnapping charge. He will be prosecuted by federal authorities because the alleged crime crossed state lines.

Misuse use of credit card leads to church secretary being charged with grand theft

A former church secretary has been charged with grand theft and auto felony counts of a little less than $20,000.

Florida man arrested, accused of recording himself performing sex acts on his dog

Detectives began their investigation on January 25, when a citizen came forward to report a video and photos on the internet of a man having sexual contact with a dog.

Hours-old baby girl with umbilical cord still attached found in freezing weather on CA road

The sheriff's office says just before the infant was found, a young woman approached a man walking his dog in the area and asked him to take the baby.

Diabetic attack turns into drug bust with five arrests

The sheriff's office was called to Brooklyn Avenue in Port Charlotte on Sunday after reports came in of a man possibly having a diabetic attack. When they arrived, there were two people in the driveway, 33-year-old Russell Gerow and 26-year-old Jessica Vandegaart.

Suspect(s) in murder of 24-year-old Bradenton man still on the run

Suspect(s) in murder of 24-year-old Bradenton man still on the run

$2,000 reward available for anyone willing to provide information about stolen drinks

There is a cash reward of $2,000 being offered to anyone who is willing come forward with information about a recently stolen truck and trailer filled with energy drinks.

Man going to jail for 25 years for sexually abusing 12-year-old girl

Brenson Stephens of St. Petersburg was convicted last week by a jury after a three-day trial. The victim lived in Sarasota County and the jury saw text messages from Stephens to his ex-girlfriend, the victim's mother, where he admitted sexually abusing the girl.

14 people arrested after deputies uncover alleged counterfeit check ring

The sheriff's office says this is how the scheme worked: 29-year-old Wilfredo Lopez of Miami would provide counterfeit checks to 22-year-old Eliener Castano-Paredes of Wesley Chapel, who then would recruit people to cash them while Lopez and Castano-Paredes kept a percentage.

Man steals phone from 14-year-old, who was trying to sell it

Deputies say the teen and the suspect met around 7:30pm on the 800 block of 29th Street E in Palmetto. But instead of handing the teen cash for the phone, the man snatched it from the teen and fled.

24-year-old man shot and killed, two others injured in Bradenton

Police were called to the 2100 block of 7th Avenue East shortly after midnight on reports of a shooting. When they arrived, they found Joshua Gonzalez dead from gunshot wounds.

Utah boy, 5, forced to call 911 after mother fatally stabbed

A suspect who lived in the same trailer home as the mother and her son was arrested on multiple charges, including aggravated murder, domestic violence and child abuse.

Mom charged in disappearance of 3-year-old son more than 30 years ago

Detectives say they found enough evidence to arrest the mother in her 3-year-old’s presumed death after working on the cold case for the last 12 to 18 months.

Minnesota man calls 911 to report killing wife, police say

The suspect was taken into custody without incident, where he is being held on informal second-degree murder charges.

Police: Man forces his way into home, shoots woman he had relationship with, killing her

Stephanie McNabb was shot inside a home on the 1100 block of 17th Avenue West around 1am Sunday morning. The 41-year-old was semi-conscious when officers arrived. She was rushed to Blake Medical Center, but despite life-saving efforts, she died.

FHP: Man fleeing crash in Bradenton causes second accident, killing 18-year-old driver

Troopers say 23-year-old Adonis Waters of Bradenton was driving an Acura Integra that had been involved in an earlier crash in Bradenton and he was fleeing the scene in a reckless manner when he ran a red light on 26th Avenue E.

Four suspects still on the loose after attacking Sarasota Police officer

Four suspects still on the loose after attacking Sarasota Police officer

Venice man sentenced to life in prison after committing sexual abuse to a girl in his home

A man from Venice is sentenced to life in prison after committing sexual abuse to a girl in his home.

State wants death penalty for man accused of execution-style killings of 5 people inside Florida bank

A grand jury indicted Zephen Xaver on Friday of five counts of first-degree murder in connection with the murders on January 23 in Sebring, Florida.

Limited lockdown lifted at Sarasota elementary school

The school is located S Lockwood Ridge Road. It’s unknown what police activity is going on in the area.

  VIDEO: Three suspects wanted for multi-county crime spree after hitting Manatee County gas station

Three suspects are on the loose and four have been arrested who alleged robbery, vehicle pursuit, fleeing elude and destruction of evidence.

16-year-old arrested for attacking off-duty police officer, search ongoing for others

A Sarasota Police Officer was jogging - off duty - at Payne Park just after noon. He noticed a homeless individual being harassed, pushed and hit by group teenagers. The off-duty officer identified himself as a Sarasota Police Officer and told the teenagers to stop.

Cleaning lady busted for cleaning out client’s jewelry

Longboat Key cleaning lady busted for cleaning out clients jewelry box

Caregiver arrested years after disabled woman gave birth

A caregiver at a Florida facility for people with disabilities has been accused of impregnating a resident who gave birth in 2015.

VIDEO: Thief caught stealing a guitar on-camera in Venice, suspect still on the loose

One thief is on the loose after he stole a guitar out of a local store in Venice.

Fugitive wanted on 865 counts of child rape arrested in Florida

The suspect fled Pennsylvania before he could be taken into custody. He allegedly was "grooming" a 5-year-old boy.

FALSE ALARM: Homeowner on Bahia Vista thought someone broke into her home turned out to be a door-to-door solicitor

Bahia Vista was closed for a short period of time Thursday afternoon after one woman thought it was a possible intruder in her home.

Father facing drug, weapons charge after his 12-year-old son is shot in the head

Deputies say around 3:30pm on January 9, Haitham Suleiman was helping his 12-year-old son with the boy’s homework in the living room of their home on 100th Drive E in Parrish when his son got up to go to his bedroom.

Police in Bradenton arrest more than 50 people for drug activity

Bradenton Police say they were targeting the sale and possession of narcotics. Using covert and overt operations, officers arrested 58 people, resulting in 81 felony and 75 misdemeanor charges, and executed six search warrants.

Search is on for armed man who robbed two pre-teens in a Bradenton park

On Tuesday afternoon at the Pride Park, around the time Brenda Fulton was walking her dog in the park, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says a man with a gun approached a 10 and 12-year-old, stealing at least one of their cell phones.

Bradenton woman’s family searches for answers after mysterious death

Bradenton woman’s family searches for answers after mysterious death

Suspect in Wisconsin teen’s abduction ordered to stand trial

A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, telling his family, “I love you,” moments after he was ordered to stand trial.

Man flashes gun while stealing cellphones from two pre-teens in Bradenton park

Deputies say around 4:30pm, a man approached two boys, ages 10 and 12, in the park on 63rd Ave E and asked to see the 10-year-old’s cellphone. The boy handed over his phone and then the 12-year-old’s cellphone began to ring in his backpack. The man also requested that phone and took it from the boy.

Tiny home stolen out of fenced yard

Tiny home stolen out of yard.

Man arrested after over $1 million of cocaine found during traffic stop

75 pounds of cocaine was found during traffic stop on I-20

Venice man facing long jail sentence for molesting child

After a five-day trial, Nicky Pasquale was convicted by a jury on Friday of lewd or lascivious molestation of a child less than 12-years-old and battery. He will be sentenced in March and faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and could face a life sentence.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Person peering into Sarasota home

Watch the video. Police say the person seen on a surveillance camera was looking into a home on the 600 block of Tyler Drive on Saturday.

Police looking for man who attempted to abduct 11-year-old child as she walked to bus stop

It happened in the area of Berwick Street and Harmony Road on the southside of Highland Ridge. Police say an 11-year-old girl was walking to her bus stop around 8:30am Monday morning when she was approached by an unknown man who attempted to abduct her.

Search for remains in a cold case comes to an end

Search for missing Charlotte County woman ends

Mother accused of burning 1-year-old daughter with hot bathtub water, biting her

Police began investigating after a nurse reported suspected physical abuse when the mother took the 1-year-old to the hospital for treatment of second-degree burns.