Top stories: Week of October 28-November 1

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Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013 8:00 am

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

Controversy over free admission to pumpkin festival

Crotinger was looking forward to attending Pumpkin Festival with his family and friends on Sunday using free tickets, but event organizers told him the tickets were only good for children.

Pinecraft Park shooting found to be self-inflicted

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, a landscaping crew discovered a man with a gunshot wound just before 9am and had a woman call 911 to report it.

Sperm whale beached near St. Petersburg is euthanized

The animal became stuck in the shallow water just dozens of feet from shore. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tells 10 News that the animal was emaciated and extremely thin.

Police: Band volunteer arrested for inappropriate activity with minor

According to Venice Police, a school resource officer received a complaint from school administration reporting that the student had been sexually victimized.

Father kills 2 children, self in north Fla. home

Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis says the father picked up 7-year-old Sebastian and 8-year-old Susana from school on Friday afternoon. He took them to visit their mother, Luz Jimenez, at her job.

North Dakota woman to substitute candy with letter for 'obese' kids

According to Valley News Live, the woman, identified only as "Cheryl", called the Y-94 radio station on Tuesday during a discussion about obesity. "I'm contributing to their health problems and really, their kids are everybody's kids. It's a whole village," she said in the interview.

Festival organizer dodges questions about foundation

“This is a fund raiser so I can’t just let them in,” said Fernandez.

Firefighter arrested for stealing over $220k from benevolent funds

The organization raises money to assist firefighters and their families during times of crisis and in many cases they also help citizens.

SUV crashes into Sarasota apartment building

It happened just before 4:30pm Tuesday in the Vintage Grand on Palmer Ranch complex located on Crocker's Lake Boulevard near Sarasota Square Mall.

Child abuse charges for man accused of smoking synthetic marijuana

Deputies were called to Sarasota Memorial Hospital Sunday morning after the infant was brought in with facial and head trauma.

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