Clearwater parking lot shooter told detectives he feared severe injury before firing fatal shot

Prosecutors played Michael Drejka's interview with Pinellas County detectives during his manslaughter trial in Clearwater, Florida. He is charged with the July 2018 death of Markeis McGlockton, 28. Not long after playing the video, the prosecution rested its case after two days of testimony.

  Man tried to rob woman in Chicago; he didn’t know she was a boxer

Right now in Chicago, there's a man who's got to be sorry he ever tried to rob one woman. She's a boxer, and when he tried to snag her phone, she unleashed on him in the place where no man wants to be hit.
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  Nearly 30 arrested for mass shooting threats in weeks after El Paso, Dayton

Experts say unusual behaviors and direct threats are some of the red flags to look for in someone who may be planning a mass shooting.


  WATCH: Armed man tries to rob Sarasota business

Sarasota man convicted of sexual battery on victim under the age of 12

Police: Florida boy jumped from truck to escape from kidnapper

  Florida teen annoyed by group chat threatens school shooting

  Jury convicts man of murder in a Lakewood Ranch park

Detectives say Alan Baily and another man, Jose Hernandez, had met Alexander Cherp in the park to smoke marijuana. Instead, Baily and Hernandez tried to rob and then murdered Cherp.
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  Amazon fires stir bitter dispute over who is to blame

The World Meteorological Organization said this week that satellite images show smoke from Amazon fires is reaching the Atlantic coast and Sao Paulo.

  Crash blocked all lanes on I-75 North during morning commute

Bumpy ride for Newtown residents during water main replacement project

  Coach Back on the Field After Serving DUI Sentence

  Affordable housing expected to sit on 16 acres of contaminated land in Manatee County

Still missing: Deputies need your help finding man with limited mental capacity

Florida to join electronic voter information network

  Woman gets into Sarasota business, steals artistic mirror, painting off the walls

Florida Democrats seek state legislative session on guns

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Driver blames GPS after dump truck falls through parking deck in Boston

At least one car was damaged.


  Clearwater parking lot shooter told detectives he feared severe injury before firing fatal shot

Florida Democrats seek state legislative session on guns

Democrats in the Florida House on Tuesday launched a bid to convene the Republican-controlled Legislature but most Republicans are expected to follow the lead of their legislative leaders who oppose the move. A special session would need consent from at least two-thirds of legislators in each chambe


  House fire blankets 301 in Sarasota in smoke

  Both YMCA locations in Sarasota County to remain open with plan involving three groups

  Police identify man found dead in pond in North Port

  More than 37 million gallons of reclaimed water flow into pond that feeds Phillippi Creek

  K9 units learning to deploy from helicopter in Manatee County

The county’s Emergency Operations Center is where three K9 units were able to train on how to ride up in a helicopter, land and then find their target.
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  Caught on camera: Strong winds send restaurant workers flying into the air

Howling winds and strong rain battered Clemson on Monday evening as Esso Club employees fought the storm to try and hold down their event tent.

  Sarasota Bay Project developers to host public input meeting

  Third tropical storm of the season has formed in the Atlantic

Sarasota County School Board approves investigating meeting between sexual harassment accuser and teacher’s union

Sarasota City Commission approves new plan for Rosemary District to attract affordable housing