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  Warm weekend ahead with slightly cooler weather moving in on Monday

The warm weather will continue on Saturday with highs in the mid 80s inland and right around 80 near the coast.

  City of Sarasota does right by homeowner who paid for sewer services and never received them

Rally being held for Govinda Howell following an incident where witnesses say police used excessive force

SHOCKING VIDEO: Gunman brazenly opens fire outside of Sarasota market in middle of the afternoon

Florida waves appear to finally be free of toxic red tide

How to get free money to enhance your neighborhood

SMH: Cancer patients currently leaving Sarasota County for treatment

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  Three cars involved in accident on Clark Road in Sarasota County

VIDEO: Man gets into unlocked vehicle in North Port; police say five burglarized this week

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

Sarasota County dual language charter school set to open in August

Sign catches on fire at Manatee Memorial Hospital

All Faiths Food Bank kicks off annual new walk to end summer hunger

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

A memorial has been set up for Jabez Spann featuring a big cross with flowers at the site where his skeletal remains were found.

New housing community announces it’s the newest addition to East Clark Road

New housing community announces it’s the newest addition to East Clark Road

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

Police say the unredacted video shows what happened after Govinda Howell was brought back to the station following a traffic stop on Sunday, February 17.

Pollen count remains high just like the temperatures and not going away through Sunday

You may have noticed people sneezing a little more than usual as of late. That may be due to the high tree pollen that has blanketed the Suncoast this past week. We need some rain to wash out the air and that won’t really happen until late Sunday through Wednesday of next week.

Sanitary sewer services smoking test scheduled for Venice

Funding is the Next Hurdle Venice City Council Faces with Future Police Station

VIDEO: Motorcyclist killed in collision with semi on U.S. 301

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

Why do you see so many speeding drivers on I-75? Florida Highway Patrol staffing issues could be to blame

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

Suncoast turns out for Make A Wish fundraiser

Volunteers preparing door-prizes for attendees of the 9th annual Make A Wish "Cooking for Wishes" fundraiser at "Michael's on East."

Early voting dates released for Longboat Key and Holiday Park elections

The early voting is released for Longboat Key and Holiday elections by the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner.

Gas leak in Venice at Tampa/Nokomis Ave repaired

Around 8:30am, a gas leak at Tampa and Nokomis Avenue forced a nearby theatre to be evacuated and motorists and citizens were asked to avoid the area. It’s unclear what caused the gas leak, but there is construction in the area.

Though SR70/I-75 project is ahead of schedule, construction won’t end until spring 2021

The Florida Department of transportation says that the construction project at I-75 and State Road 70 is ahead of schedule.

Residents pushing for safer roads following deadly motorcycle accident near dangerous curve

Residents on Siesta Key pushing to make road safer at dangerous curve.

New Fire Station will likely go up near Celery Fields

Construction update for new fire station on Apex Road in Sarasota County.

Parking Enforcement has begun in downtown Venice

If you plan on visiting downtown Venice make sure you watch the time limit in the area your parking.

Construction now underway for new roundabout in Sarasota County

Construction is now underway for new roundabout in Sarasota County.

Gas prices to increase in the coming days

Gas prices are expected to rise anywhere from ten to twenty cents a gallon.

More like early June around the Suncoast as temperatures soar into the mid 80s

With a high of 86 degrees today and humidity running high it felt more like early June today and the warm weather is expected to continue again on Thursday.

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

Two people were arrested Tuesday morning in North Port for performing dentistry services without a license.

Sarasota County Teacher’s Union and community respond to new Superintendent contract

Sarasota County Teacher’s Union and community respond to new Superintendent contract

Mother of Jabez Spann’s speaks out about her son’s death

Mother of Jabez Spann’s speaks out about her son’s death

Literacy Council of Sarasota Hosts 12th Annual Literacy Matters Luncheon

The Literacy Council of Sarasota is hosting its 12th Annual Literacy Matters Luncheon this Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Driver in Bradenton bicyclist fatality facing pending charges

The crash happened at U.S. 41 and 1st Street at 301 Boulevard. All northbound, southbound, eastbound and westbound through lanes are blocked.

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

A man who’s been on death row for the past 30 years wants off because of dementia diagnosis.

Thousands of Redfish released into Little Sarasota Bay

Brian Gorski of the Coastal Conservation Association, replenishing Little Sarasota Bay on South Siesta Key with more than 2,000 Red Fish in the wake of Red Tide.

Thousands of Redfish to be released in Suncoast waters

Around 2,000 Redfish will be released in waters off a Suncoast beach Wednesday morning.

Deputies searching river for murder weapon in Palmetto slaying

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.

VIDEO: Accident pushes car off roadway on U.S. 41 near SRQ Airport

It’s unclear what caused the crash, but it looks as though one vehicle was hit from behind and then pushed off the roadway, through a fence surrounding a building and hitting a vehicle in the parking lot.

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.

Commissioners vote to terminate contract with Lido Pavilion developers

Tonight, city commissioners ending a long fight with the developers who were in charge of the Lido Pavilion.

A Mardi Gras Parade will once again roll through Manatee County

A Mardi Gras Parade will roll through Rubonia this weekend.

VIDEO: Dramatic rescue of stranded boat on Siesta Key

It could have turned out much worse if not for dozen or so Good Samaritans who helped get it back out to sea, rescuing the six people aboard.

Sarasota superintendent gets controversial 4-year contract

Initially, members of the School Board said they thought they’d be discussing the renewal of Bowden’s annual contract. But Chair Jane Goodwin drafted a proposal that will keep him in office for four years instead.

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.

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

The Sarasota Police Officer was attacked on February 7th while jogging - off duty - at Payne Park on Adams Lane just after noon. He noticed a homeless man being harassed, pushed and hit by group high school-aged teenagers.

City of Sarasota names four neighborhoods opportunity zones

City of Sarasota names four neighborhoods opportunity zones

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

Overnight, someone spray painted “#MeToo” on the Unconditional Surrender statue alone U.S. 41 near Marina Jacks. Police are investigating.

Do you know whose teddy bear this is?

The chamber says the teddy bear was found on the street near the Publix on Holmes Beach. He was taken to the Just 4 Fun store.

12-year-old’s parents facing charges after boy 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.

Fire destroys RV, threatens home in Manatee County

Fire destroys RV and threatens home in Manatee County.

Petition to raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 per hour

A push to put more money in your pockets, a petition drive right now would put a $15 minimum wage on the ballot in Florida next year.Our state's current minimum wage is $8.46 an hour.

Contract for Sarasota County Superintendent sparks new controversy among School Board

Contract for Sarasota County Superintendent sparks new controversy among School Board

VIDEO: Man seen trying to open vehicles in Manatee County

A man is seen walking up to a car door, trying the handle, and, finding the door locked, scurrying away into the night.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

With sweeping tax code changes affecting this year's filings, experts from NerdWallet help explain how the changes will work for different people.

Wikipedia Founder drove his boat to lecture in Sarasota

A student from the Ringling College of Art + Design presented Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales with a portrait prior to his lecture this morning at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota.

CUTE VIDEO: Mother and baby white squirrels in Manatee County

Robin Addley took this short video at her friend Gayle Bradford’s home in Bayshore Gardens, which is in Manatee County. Robin says she and Gayle feed these two white squirrels, which she says is a mother and her baby, every morning.

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.

ABC7’s Morning Roundup: 7 Things to know before walking out the door

ABC7′s morning roundup will include seven stories to know before you head out the door and start your day.

Pittsburgh Pirates fans expected to bring nearly $40 million in revenue to Manatee County

It's almost time to play ball, as teams like The Pittsburgh Pirates get ready to start spring training in Bradenton. And the thousands of fans coming to watch are sure to do wonders for the local economy.

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.

Motorcyclist and pickup truck collide near Thunder by the Bay

The Sarasota Police Department is investigating after a crash involving a motorcycle at Midwest Parkway & Fruitville.

A new show on Netflix might be the reason there’s an uptick in donations on the Suncoast

A new show on Netflix might be the reason there’s an uptick in donations on the Suncoast

Sarasota County 2018 annual report released, includes a fund extension of the Legacy Trail

The funding for the Legacy Trail has been an ongoing conversation to preserve history within Sarasota.

Venice City Council Set to Discuss Capital Projects Next Week

The Capital Improvement Program would spend $121 million over the next five years.

Proposed housing and commercial development in Parrish will now go in front of Manatee County Commissioners

380 homes and 175-thousand square feet of commercial space could call 138 acres in Parrish home in the very near future.

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.

Thunder by the Bay returns to Sarasota

The 21st annual Thunder by the Bay is back for the second year at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. Organizers for the event say though it isn’t the bay, the fairgrounds makes sense because the event has gotten bigger throughout the years, outgrowing downtown, and a bigger venue was needed.

Riverview High School announces finalists for National Merit Scholarships

Sarasota County Schools announced on Friday that four students from Riverview High School have been named finalists for the National Merit Scholarship.

Fatal motorcycle crash in Sarasota under investigation

Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Saturday morning.

Car crash on I-75 blocked two left lanes in Manatee County

A major car crash has been reported in Manatee County with severe traffic congestion.

Scheduled Water Outage in Venice next Tuesday, residents required to boil water

A water outage is set to take place in Venice on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

One Step Closer to Improvements on River Road

Today, FDOT tells us they expect to have a draft road transfer agreement delivered to the county by the end of February.

New crime prevention vehicles in Manatee County

Deputies believes crime prevention is absolutely necessary and intrinsic to the reduction of crime in Manatee County. The Crime Prevention Unit is available to provide prevention training and and it is free.

This weekend on the Suncoast: The circus, fishing festival, Orioles Sarasota Springfest Training and more

Let’s have fun this weekend on the Suncoast with the top 7 events.

Four areas in the City of Sarasota named ‘Opportunity Zones’ for investment

Have you ever thought to yourself “Hey this could be a good piece of land to invest in?” while driving in Sarasota. Well, the City has named four areas as “Opportunity Zones” for investment.

Opioid epidemic continues in Manatee County, stakeholders meet to find solutions in Bradenton

The fight against the Opioid epidemic in Manatee county continues.