The week in review: North Port K-9 officer suspended, alligators, gas prices and more...

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Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014 7:00 am

It was a busy week on mysuncoast.com. Here's what you might have missed:

Woman arrested for leaving child in car while she drank in bar for hours

St. Pete Police have arrested a woman for DUI and child neglect for leaving her 8-year-old in a vehicle while she drank at a bar for hours.

Manatee County gas prices back to 2010 levels

On August 1, 2010, the national average gas price was $2.74. Since that time, average August prices have fluctuated from $3.71 in 2011 to $3.52 in 2012. The current national average is $3.50, and is projected to decrease in the near future.

East Manatee Fire Rescue offering pet ambulance service

East Manatee Fire Rescue (EMFR), in collaboration with Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance, now provides ambulance services for pets.

U.S. officials: U.S. general killed in Afghan attack

A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire on foreign troops at Camp Qargha, a base west of the capital, Kabul. The attacker wounded approximately 15 people, roughly half of them Americans…

Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix has positive economic impact

Some 113,000 people attended events related to the Grand Prix — with about 89 percent of out-of-county attendees of the Grand Prix coming to Sarasota mainly because of the race rather than the July 4th holiday.

Manatee County adds armed security officers in every elementary school

The Manatee County School Board approved nearly $2 million to go toward hiring armed security guards at every elementary school at the end of July, taking a proactive approach to safety and security.

Venice man dead, child injured in motorcycle crash

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 82-year-old Kenneth Widmaier of Sarasota was traveling west on Clark in the left turn lane. 27-year-old Richard Schoeneck of Venice was traveling east on Clark approaching I-75 on a motorcycle.

North Port K-9 officer suspended for moral character violation

A North Port K-9 officer and Police Explorer adviser was placed on 30 days suspension following an internal investigation that found he repeatedly kissed a 16-year-old girl who also served in the Explorer program, according to Police Chief Kevin Vespia.

Credit Card Skimmer found on gas pump in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach Police are looking for the person or persons who attached a credit card skimmer to a self serve gas pump.

6-foot gator knocks on door of central Fla. home

Marie Maxwell says she was watching Jeopardy when she heard a knock at the door of her home in the Suntree neighborhood near Viera.

Emotional reaction to court's sentence for woman involved in accident that killed biker

A 22-year old Lakewood Ranch driver will not serve any jail time for an accident last April that resulted in the death of an 83-year old bicyclist.

71-year-old man chokes out lawn guy over lack of weeding

An Englewood man has been arrested for battery over the lack of weeding by a lawn service.

Leapin' Lizards! Gator jumps in canoe to bite woman

The victim and a female companion were canoeing the river this afternoon when a six-foot gator somehow jumped out of the water and into the boat, biting one of them on the leg.

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