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  WEATHER UPDATE: A Gloomy Forecast for Now with Wendy Ross

The low deck of clouds over the state has been backed up with light rains off and on throughout the day and will continue through the overnight period.

Witnesses say sandhill crane struck and killed by a car on Sarasota roadway

Neighbors frustrated over loud metal shredder noise from auto parts facility in Osprey

VIDEO: Rare footage of a Barred Owl rescued by Sarasota firefighters

Lakewood Ranch High School announces new principal

VIDEO: A new playground for special needs children opens in North Port

Florida states budget affected by Hurricane Micheal

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  One organization in Newtown provides 125 hams and other items for families this holiday season

Alton Sterling’s son accused of raping child; bond set

Rise in coyote sightings throughout Sarasota and Manatee County

VIDEO UPDATE: Thunderstorm watch as Cold Front could trigger some severe thunderstorms with Trevor Adams

Sarasota County School District launches new lockdown alarm

First Alert Traffic: Man killed after falling out of box truck on I-75 South

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.

VIDEO: North Port’s Solid Waste Division releases 12 Days of Garbage

The city released a video titled, “12 Days of Garbage", an original parody song written, sand and lip-synched by North Port’s solid waste staff.

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VIDEO: Suspects trying to enter vehicles in Charlotte County

Charlotte County Sheriff’s is searching for 2 suspects who are wanted for burglary and theft.

  15-year-old boy hit by car while crossing street to get on school bus

First Alert Weather: Strong storms possible on the Suncoast Friday

Greyhound Racing starts, could be the last season for Sarasota Kennel Club after passing of Amendment 13

Email bomb threats evacuate several businesses on the Suncoast

Tips to ensure your holiday package arrives on time

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office investigate electronic bomb threats

  Manatee County Sheriff’s Office catches package thief through Facebook

It's that time of year when a lot of us will come home each day to packages at the front door.

Silver Alert canceled for 79-year-old Sarasota man who never returned from trip to Publix

William Garrett was last seen on the 400 block of Picasso Drive in Nokomis around 11:15am on Thursday. He was heading to Publix at U.S. 41 and Laurel Road in a gray 2019 Jeep Cherokee with a Florida license plate of JYEF86. He did not return from his trip to Publix.

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

Kristian Gupta is charged with lewd and lascivious battery of a victim aged 12- to 16-years-old and false reports to law enforcement authorities.

47-year-old man killed when crane collapses at marina in Bradenton

Initial reports indicate that at least one person was injured when the crane collapsed.

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

The burglary was discovered Monday morning when the owners arrived to find the power breaker off, doors forced open, and cash, coins, $9,000 in scratch-off tickets and 60-70 cigarette cartons gone.

Sarasota felon gets 5 years for having 4 tons of explosives

Court records say 57-year-old Marc Jason Levene, of Sarasota, was sentenced Wednesday in Tampa federal court. He pleaded guilty in September to two counts of possession of explosives by a convicted felon.

  State plans to spend millions on Suncoast roads during a five-year tentative work program

If you’re tired of seeing road construction in our area, bad news, it won’t be done anytime soon.The Florida Department of Transportation expects to be very busy over the next couple of years.

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

The Sarasota Police Department is currently investigating an aggravated battery charge that occurred early Thursday morning or late last night.

Gruters hoping to crack down on undocumented workers

State Senator Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota) is in Tallahassee today for "Committee Week" in preparation of the March legislative session.

How to avoid becoming a victim of a charity scam

How to avoid becoming a victim of a charity scam this holiday season.

Retirement worker accused of abusing Alzheimer patient

A retirement worker was accused of abusing an Alzheimer patient in a nursing home.

MIDWEEK RED TIDE REPORT: No high concentrations along the Suncoast!

Though red tide is still off the Suncoast, no high concentrations were found and only two sites in Manatee and Sarasota counties had medium concentrations of the algae.

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

Deputies learned of the abuse after the child went to the school nurse to ask for a bandage. She noticed his injuries and notified authorities.

First Alert Weather: Possible strong storms Friday, but timing uncertain

It will be a warmer day today as winds shift to the east and southeast. Cloud cover will thicken overnight and a few late showers will be possible as moisture rapidly returns to the Suncoast.

Looking to see the best holiday decorations in Sarasota?

Looking to see the best holiday decorations in Sarasota?

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Three-car accident leaves one person trapped

The crash happened around 9:45pm at N Tamiami Trail and University Pkwy. One person was reportedly trapped in a vehicle and one vehicle was on fire.

Sarasota County Commissioners approve Siesta Promenade project

Sarasota County Commission has approved the Siesta Promenade project.

Business cited after neighbors catch it illegally dumping into Venice canal

It happened on the eastern part of Gulf Coast Parkway which intersects with Groveland Avenue on Friday night and on Monday.

Suspect wanted for alleged vehicle burglary in North Port

North Port Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly burglarized a vehicle in North Port.

3 Frida Kahlo self-portraits to be auctioned in Sarasota

Sarasota Estate Auction owner Andrew Ford said they came by the portraits through a private collector who had them in his collection for several years. Ford said the self-portraits still have the original paperwork from when they were displayed in the Misrachi Gallery.

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

Testing revealed the baby had broken bones in both wrists, broken ribs, a broken arm, a skull fracture and brain bleeding. The baby had to be flown to All Children’s Hospital in St. Pete due to the extreme injuries she suffered.

Bradenton family files lawsuit against Orlando PD over missing daughter’s case files

A Suncoast family is fighting for information that could lead to a missing loved one. Jennifer Kesse disappeared in Orlando 13 years ago. She was last seen at her apartment in January 2006.

Unattended food may have caused house fire in Charlotte County

On Tuesday night, a home was destroyed due to a fire that officials believe was caused by unattended food on the stove.

Palmetto man inducted into Florida Veterans Hall of Fame

Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Carl Hunsinger of Palmetto, after Governor Rick Scott inducted him in the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame.

Gettel Automotive donates over $30,000 worth of bikes for Toys for Tots

Here on the Suncoast Gettel Automotive is donating thousands of dollars worth of bikes to the Toys for Tots program.

Social media and the First Amendment

Where is the line with the First Amendment and social media?

City approves to renovate all 45 holes, add clubhouse at Bobby Jones Golf Course

The Bobby Jones Golf Course is one step closer to getting some much needed improvements.

Sarasota County Begins Plans to Build New High School in West Villages

However, the state says Sarasota County will have to wait to break ground until it has 1,200 students to put in the new school.

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

Officers were called to Nature Circle around 12:45am on Sunday for a reported stabbing. Once there, they found the 24-year-old victim inside his home with serious injuries to his lower back and arm. The victim was rushed to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

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.

Bradenton man killed in late-night crash on 15th Street East

Troopers say 32-year-old David Jimenez was driving south on 15th Street East around 10:15pm when for an unknown reason his Ford F-150 went off the road onto the shoulder and collided with a culvert. The truck flipped onto its right side.

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.

Four unvaccinated children in Sarasota contract measles

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County says the infections were acquired locally and the source has not been identified. The department is now working to identify and notify people who may have been exposed.

Police searching for 15-year-old boy who’s been missing for more than 2 weeks

Alejo Velasquez-Lopez was last seen November 21. He is 5'11" tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.

State: Manatee Schools Superintendent inflated graduation rate

Cynthia Saunders, the former deputy superintendent who was sworn in as interim schools superintendent in Manatee County at the end of June, is being accused by the state of inflating graduation rates.

Lead found in Sarasota schools: Should you be worried?

The state doesn't require schools to test their supply for water but Sarasota County Schools went ahead and tested 19 schools, finding high concentrations of lead in some buildings and classrooms.

First Alert Weather: It’s a cold day for the Suncoast

Two things will happen in our Suncoast weather today that will lead to a very chilly night. Our winds shift northeast and cut off the supply of clouds coming in from the Gulf.

  The reason why FDOT won’t add netting to prevent suicides on Sunshine Skyway Bridge

In between the thousand of cars that drive the four mile stretch of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge daily, at least one dozen people have jumped from the top in 2018.

Sarasota County School Board Members look into changing the district’s Facebook policy

Social media is the way many of us communicate these days, and the Sarasota County School District may be ready to fall in line. The district may start allowing people to communicate with the district officials through Facebook. But the change does come with risks.

Thousands of mailed ballots in Florida were not counted

Florida officials say thousands of mailed ballots were not counted because they were delivered too late to state election offices

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

Police say 46-year-old Elijah Smith's crime spree began on November 14th, when around 12:30am he used a large rock to smash open the front door of Wicked Cantina on U.S. 41. Police were called to the restaurant when its burglary alarm was activated but by the time officers arrived, they say Smith ha

Third memorial goes up for a young hit and run victim, family believes a vandal is purposely targeting them

Family looks to replace a stolen memorial in honor of a young hit and run victim. The family believes this time around it's intentional. For two years in a row during the holiday season the memorial has been either stolen or vandalized.

3 carnival workers charged in killings of Kansas couple

The Kansas Attorney General says 52-year-old Kimberly Younger, of McIntosh, Florida; 54-year-old Michael Fowler Jr., of Sarasota, Florida; and 35-year-old Rusty Frasier, of Aransas Pass, Texas, are jailed on $1 million bond in Arkansas while awaiting extradition to Kansas.

First Alert Weather: Temperatures could drop to the low 40s this week

The stage is set for several cold Suncoast nights as a breezy northwest wind draws down dry cool air. Today the winds, flowing in off Gulf waters, will produce plenty of clouds with some patchy drizzle possible.

Sarasota Farmers Market has a new restroom proposal

Sarasota Farmers Market submits proposal for new pavilion with restrooms.

First Frontier flight out of SRQ Airport scheduled for Monday

Frontier Airlines' inaugural flight out of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport will take place on Monday, December 10.

Flight cancellations at SRQ Airport due to winter storm

The winter storm moving across the southern part of the country is impacting travelers along the Suncoast.

WEATHER UPDATE: Big Changes Ahead

The cold front will be moving into central Florida during the overnight time period

First Alert Weather:Chance for thunderstorms Sunday, possibly severe

Sunday will be an important weather day as a front approaches the Suncoast. The Storm Prediction Center has identified central Florida as a location were there is a 5% potential that some storms may become severe.

First Alert Weather Day Sunday afternoon

With a strong cold front moving our way we can expect a good chance for showers and some isolated strong thunderstorms mainly in during the afternoon from 2-5 p.m. Some of the storms could bring heavy rain, strong gusty winds up to 50 mph and occasional lightning.

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.

Sarasota city leaders to further discuss affordable housing

Housing costs in Sarasota have gone up 40% between 2012 and 2018, but income has only risen by 7%. Now, the city is looking at options so the people who work in Sarasota can also live in the area.

Police investigating Sarasota crash involving pedestrian

A stretch of a Sarasota road is temporarily closed as police investigate a crash involving a pedestrian.

Suncoast Resident Learns Painting He Bought in Venice 20 Years Ago was a Frank Sinatra Original

He bought it anyways for $8.56. After showing the piece to dozens of experts, and getting it analyzed, about five years later, he learned that there were key components that gave him the answer.

Higher concentrations of lead found in three Sarasota Co. schools

Although there is no mandate that requires schools to test for lead, Sarasota County schools will be conduction voluntary water testing in the area.

Development of Newtown property facing soil and solid waste issues

13 acres owned by the city of Sarasota on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way near US 301 is the sight of a former illegal toxic dumping ground. There’s optimism from many Newtown residents that this land can be transformed into a mixed-use development.

December Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County: Capt. Goodman from Sarasota Military Academy

December Chalkboard Champion of the month for Sarasota County