Top stories: Week of Aug 19-23

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

Monster gator nabbed in Myakka River

"When it came up out of the water, we noticed the back was significantly longer than anything we have ever seen before. We knew we had a big one."

Suspects sought in Sarasota 7-Eleven robbery

The robbery happened Sunday in the store at 5754 Clark Road, just off Interstate 75, at 4:40am.

Trio accused of stealing fishing equipment, doing drugs

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three people with criminal histories that they say were driving around Venice Wednesday night doing drugs and trying to sell stolen goods.

Man's body found floating in Fla. Keys

A boater discovered the man's body Saturday about a mile offshore near mile marker 98.

Caspersen Beach notorious for people engaging in lewd behavior

"There is a lot of cover. As far as a place to hide for someone that wants to do thing like that, there are plenty of places to quickly run and hide," said Holic.

Search for Venice Flasher leads to arrest of another flasher

76-year-old Albert Hickerson was arrested Friday afternoon at Caspersen Beach when officers say he was sitting at a picnic table and exposing himself.

All safe in interstate school bus fire

There were no students on board. The driver started smelling something wrong from the engine compartment and pulled over. Shortly after that, the bus caught fire.

Venice Police arrest man believed to be the Venice Flasher

Around 5:30 Saturday evening a call came in for a man naked and masturbating at the south end of the Sharky's restaurant parking lot between two cars.

Police: Beach flasher left a note propositioning girls

What's really new, says the chief, is that note. "I can't remember where somebody has done this and left a note. I have worked sex crimes here for many years as a detective. It's a new variation."

Naked man dies after tossing rocks at windows

A naked, one-legged man collapsed and died after throwing bricks and other objects at the windows of several Perdido Key homes.