In the United States, they cause about $1.5 billion in damage to agriculture every year. Sarasota County is no exception. To help, County Commissioners just approved a pilot program that will allow managed feral hog hunting on Pinelands Reserve.
Amy Callow first reached out to ABC7 to say that her car had been stolen early Thursday morning. Little did she know, just hours later, the man who stole her car would pull up right behind her at a stop sign.
Tuesday, Manatee County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the program, which Twill replace any drug user’s dirty syringe with a new one in an effort to decrease the spread of infectious diseases and offer them resources.
Investigators say the incident stemmed from a verbal altercation. The sheriff’s office says around 8pm on Monday, Fred Gilliland went to a friend’s home on 101st Street West in Bradenton to pick up some furniture when he got into a verbal argument with 56-year-old David Nichols.
Maxwell Guss, 34, of Bradenton, was arrested Monday afternoon on two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct by a Person Over 18. Guss is currently the business teacher at Brookside Middle School and has been placed on administrative leave.
The day after a blistering special meeting of the Sarasota County School Board, Superintendent Dr. Todd Bowden came to ABC7 to share his perspective as he awaits a decision by the board on what, if any, disciplinary action he should face over his handling of sexual harassment allegations.
At a special meeting of the School Board on Tuesday, board members voted to give superintendent Dr. Todd Bowden 30-day notice before a December 10th meeting where they will decide if any disciplinary action, including a reprimand, suspension or termination, will be taken against him.
The report found Superintendent Dr. Todd Bowden “did not take prompt or appropriate steps to investigate Bonner’s claims” of sexual harassment, a hostile work environment, retaliation and threatening behavior.
Volunteers teach Manatee County residents from 38 different countries to read and write through two programs that offer free, weekly one-on-one tutoring at the office for the Manatee Literacy Council on Cortez Road in Bradenton.
Their neighborhood is right behind the gun range, about 0.2 miles away. The owner of the range said his building is soundproof and beyond code compliant, but from the neighborhood, gunfire can be heard from off in the distance.
Sproat Workplace Investigations was hired by the School Board in June, examining the claims that a district employee Bonner was being sexually harassed by her boss, Assistant Superintendent Jeff Maultsby.
A school board member tells ABC7 that the district’s COO and assistant superintendent Jeffrey Maultsby turned in his resignation to Superintendent Dr. Todd Bowden on Monday, who accepted the resignation.
Staff at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Trauma Center said falls are among the most common injury, second only to injuries from car crashes. Doctors see about 4,000 injured patients at the Trauma Center per year and about 60 percent of them involve falls.
The Senior Friendship Center has multiple locations in Sarasota County, and each has its own caregiving services. There are dozens of resources that they can connect you with for support, as well as an adult daycare to give caregivers a break when they need it.
School is back in session and so is the ABC 7 and Gettel Automotive surprise squad. Each month, we recognize a teacher who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students.
In August 2018, Manatee County contracted with the Mellgren Planning Group to draft this proposal. The 137-page ‘Parrish Village Neighborhood Action Plan’ lists three primary goals: economic/business development, placemaking, and infrastructure improvements.
Tuesday afternoon, thousands of people came from near and far to pay their respects for 80-year-old Edward Pearson at Sarasota National Cemetery. He was a Naples man who died on August 31 without any family, but Tuesday, that changed.
Focusing on the numbers from the summer alone, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said there’s been a big spike in overdoses compared to last summer. From June to August of 2019, there were 26 overdoses where six people died. Last summer, there were only 13 overdoses with no deaths.
Troopers say around 8pm, as three vehicles heading eastbound were turning left onto Lockwood Ridge Road, 34-year-old David Buncik of Sarasota, who was driving westbound, ran a red light, hitting all three vehicles.
Next, the Commission talked about marijuana. They voted unanimously to approve a new Cannabis Civil Citation Ordinance. This decriminalizes marijuana in the City of Sarasota, turning it instead to a civil matter.