Demonstration at SCF focuses on product that detects explosives

It was somewhat of an explosive demonstration today at the State College of Florida. A Sarasota-based company is showcasing how their product can detect explosives.

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

RED TIDE REPORT: High concentrations increasing on the Suncoast

Mote Marine Lab names the director of their new red tide institute

‘Worst dreams comes true’: 4-year-old breaks collar bone in bus crash

Deputies: Suspect attempts to rob Bradenton gas station

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

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

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

40 Pay Stations and 20 Parking Meters reported for installation in Sarasota

FDA recalls blood pressure medication due to possible risk of cancer

Florida woman steals live lobster from Red Lobster, sheriff says

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

A local police sergeant sang a gospel song to the people taking shelter for the night out of the cold at the Stewpot Opportunity Center in Jackson.

Deputies: Teacher bit by Manatee County Deputy K9

A Deputy on his way to work pulled into the car lane at Imagine School to drop off his son, when a teacher opened the rear side door of the MCSO marked K9 vehicle – the K9 exited and bit the teacher, causing two minor punctures to his abdomen.

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

Daniel Nordby, a lawyer for the Republican governor, told a federal judge Wednesday that Scott will recuse himself from the state's canvassing commission. The commission is a three-member panel that officially signs off on election results in state and federal races.

Former Sarasota Mayor Fred Soto Passes Away

Former Sarasota Mayor Fred Soto Sr. passes away.

Sheriff: Parkland shooting suspect assaulted jail officer

Wildlife officials: Watch out for migrating manatees

St. Petersburg woman claims $1M in Florida Lottery

Convicted felon arrested on drug trafficking charges

First Alert Weather: Transitioning to cooler temperatures into Thursday

New lawsuits may extend Florida’s recount deadline

  Clean hits in high school football

New rule changes and technology are helping to make the game of football safe.

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

They’ve urged authorities to widen the two-lane road into a four to six-lane road. Other concerns are that the speed limit is still at 55 miles per hour and at night – unless there are bright lights, you can hardly see past a few feet in front of you.

Push for solutions to coyote issue on Anna Maria Island

Coyotes are now being spotted on Anna Maria Island a lot more often. Island officials are trying to figure out the best solution to the problem.

Louisiana man shot, killed just two days into job as pizza delivery driver

Just two days of working at Domino’s Pizza, Lester McGee’s mother, Cheryl Harris, says her son was more than a delivery driver.

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.

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.

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.

Be aware: Postcard scam popping up in time for the holidays

It started out as a routine trip to the mailbox for Ross Jacobs, but ended in an activism on behalf of himself and his neighbors.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Florida Sec. of State orders ballot recount in Senate, governor, cabinet races

Florida is once again at the center of election controversy, and the deeply purple state learned Saturday there will recounts in three key races.

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.

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.

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.

Would you allow Facebook cameras into your home?

With over 2.27 billion active monthly users on Facebook, this social media site continues to broaden their brand. Once a college posting site, now a marketplace, video chat center, messaging spot and much more. Now it has a new smart camera device that will bring it directly into your home.

Christmas in November?

Are retailers starting the holiday season too early?

VIDEO: Early look at the Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Enjoy this sneak peek at the sand sculpting festival!

VIDEO: Two F-15s fly over SRQ Airport practicing approaches

ABC7 received a handful of messages from those who saw the two United States Air Force F15s and who wanted to know what was going.

Scott files lawsuit as lead on Nelson narrows in U.S. Senate race and possible recount looms

Rick Scott, as outgoing governor, said at a news conference Thursday night that he was asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate elections offices in the Democratic strongholds of Palm Beach and Broward counties, questioning whether they were trying to inflate the Democratic vo

First Alert Weather: One day away from weather changes

Today will continue the warm and humid weather we have seen all week. Seabreeze winds in the afternoon will aggravate the impacts of red tide at our beaches today, however with a frontal passage tomorrow a wind shift out of the northeast or east will improve beach conditions

North Port woman’s murder leads to changes at 911 centers around the country

It was the kidnapping, rape and brutal murder that shocked Sarasota County back in January of 2008. Nearly eleven years later Denise Amber Lee, a North Port mother of two continues to be on the minds of a lot of people, especially her husband Nathan Lee.

How a local man feels after he gets back his right to vote

While some people may be experiencing voter fatigue after the election earlier this week, one group of people cannot wait for their next chance to go to the polls. We're talking about Floridians with felony convictions who just got back their right to vote.

Chalk Festival rescheduled until 2019 due to red tide

The Chalk Festival features pavement artists who turn the airport runway surface into a museum-in-motion, creating oversized masterpieces using chalk as their medium. The Board of the Directors for the Avenida de Colores voted to reschedule the festival in late September, but did not set a new date.

Pedestrian dies after being hit by car in Port Charlotte

It happened at shortly before 7am at Aaron Street and Gertrude Avenue. Troopers say the pedestrian was in the crosswalk when a driver turned right onto Aaron Street and struck the pedestrian with his vehicle.

After one cyclist dies from tragic accident, Suncoast residents demand safety changes

The cycling community and many residents on the Suncoast are now demanding change after learning one of the four bike riders hit by a car last week has died. The other three are still recovering from their injuries.