The week in review: Robin Williams dies at 63, Missouri shooting, plane crash on Siesta Key and more…

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Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2014 7:00 am

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

Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide.

Sarasota man arrested after police chase Sunday

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, a Tactical Unit Deputy observed a suspicious vehicle driving behind businesses Saturday afternoon which matched the car seen fleeing an armed robbery the day before.

Cross-dressing driver crashes into Tampa retirement apartments

A cross-dressing driver crashed into a Hyde Park high-rise overnight, as police say he was speeding away from a nonexistent chase.

Small plane crash lands on Siesta Key

Emergency crews responded to a small plane that was upside down on the beach Tuesday after making an emergency landing north of Turtle Beach on Siesta Key.

National website cites Sarasota as place to grow old and happy

Those who live here agree. "Sarasota is a wonderful community and a great place to retire to," says resident John Stefanik.

Sarasota motorcyclist critical after Stickney Point Road crash

According to Florida Highway Patrol, 22-year-old Jonathan Fawks was riding his motorcycle westbound on Stickney Point Road. That's when a car driven by 57-year-old Kathleen Shook of Port Charlotte was attempting to pull out from a driveway and turn left onto Stickney Point.

Peaceful protests planned for victims of police violence

The shooting of an unarmed African-American teen by police in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked a nationwide discussion about what some see as the militarization of the police and excessive use of force against minorities.

Police reveal name of Missouri cop who shot teen

The police chief in the St. Louis suburb where an officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager identified the officer on Friday as Darren Wilson.

Sarasota woman sentenced to life for killing stepdaughter

Prosecutors say Stoddard hog tied 11-year-old Melissa Stoddard to a board and duct taped her mouth, causing her to suffocate.

Nokomis water spout images seen on Friday

Waterspout or funnel near Nokomis at 12:30pm sent to Bob Harrigan. Photo credit goes to Tom Krouse.

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