Top stories: Week of July 15-19

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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 8:00 am | Updated: 3:52 pm, Mon Jul 22, 2013.

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

Deputies: Restaurant manager beaten in parking lot

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, employees at the New Dynasty Chines Buffet on South Tamiami Trail said that 51-year-old Tain "Andrew" Tian followed three male customers outside after leaving without paying.

Popular restaurant manager on life support

"They were cowards," said Anderson. "He was the kindest, most gentle man. He did things for people he didn't even know."

Sheriff: Arrest made in Bradenton sexual battery

Detectives have charged Dominick J. Hawkins with Kidnapping and Capital Sexual Battery after they say he took a 5-year-old girl to buy candy and then an empty mobile home in Bradenton, where he performed sexual battery on her.

Four sought in Evie's vandalism

They say it happened around 4am Tuesday morning, when what appear to be four white male teenagers approached the tiki bar, vandalized a 50 inch flat screen TV, and also stole cans of Red Bull from a cooler.

Detectives looking for a suspect that sexually battered a 5 year old child

The victim was held against will, choked and sexually battered at that location. The victim managed to escape, ran home and told a family member about the attack.

Another funnel cloud spotted Monday evening

The funnel cloud that was spotted between SR 70 and University near I-75 this evening may have touched down briefly near a backyard pond at Lakewood Ranch.

Meth lab investigation in Sarasota

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Hazmat unit was at a house in the 2700 block of Nodosa Drive, just off Weber Street, on Wednesday night.

2nd family member charged in Sarasota incest case

The victim, now 14 years old, told detectives she started having sex with Joshua when he was 8 years old, which would make her an infant at the time, and later with Kyle. She said both Kyle and Joshua would use a butter knife to unlock her bedroom door and have sex with her.

Storm throws 43 young sailors overboard

The afternoon began like any other at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, but within minutes a strong storm rolled in.

Deputies: Port Charlotte man stole over $90k from scholarship fund

Financial records showed that since July 2007, Cripps cashed checks and made unauthorized personal purchases totaling $92,563.70.

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