Top stories: Week of April 8-12

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Here's a look back at the most-clicked stories of the past week on

Neighbors accused of shooting fireworks at bird rookery

"It was a high powered flash of light with flames attached to it, and they were shooting it directly into the bird island," said Beverly Meadows a resident of the Oaks Club.

County to refund fees for backflow tests that weren't performed

The devices have to be tested once a year, either by the county or by an independent company. And while many county residents paid $2.50 a month extra on their water bill for the county to test the devices, it never happened.

Investigation is underway at the Oaks Club after fireworks incident

An investigation is underway at The Oaks Club after fireworks were intentionally launched into a bird nesting area, and the family behind it isn't apologizing for their actions.

Water & gas leak damages South Osprey Avenue in Sarasota

On Friday around 10:45am, a construction company installing a new natural gas main at the intersection hit a water main, causing a major break in the line. The pressure from the water main break then damaged a gas main in the same area.

Two sought after gun fired on middle school campus

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, witnesses say two males, possibly teenagers, were on school property toward the back of the school around 3:05pm Friday when one of them fired a gun in the air.

Tragic loss fuels undefeated Sarasota Christian baseball team

"When we are in the huddle, sometimes he starts tearing up, and it’s really tough to see him like that. She was an awesome person at school to have, and she was always kind and had a smile on her face. We really miss her," says Miller.

Hakken family located at Cuban marina

Just as authorities suspected, a couple accused of kidnapping their own children sailed to Cuba, where they are hunkered down inside their boat at a Havana marina.

Bomb squad called after suspicious package found in Sarasota

The package was found outside of the Quick Stop. Streets around Orange Avenue and Fruitville Road were blocked off.

Meth lab located in wooded area of Nokomis

According to a news release, Sarasota County Sheriff's deputies responded around 9:35pm to a report of a possible meth lab on Lucille Avenue off River Boulevard in Nokomis.

3.9 tons of pot discovered in Texas gas tanker truck

The pot, valued at more than $3.4 million, was concealed inside a tanker truck.