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Blowing Away The Smoke: How Suncoast School Districts Are Cracking Down on Vaping

  Sarasota County School Board and Superintendent Todd Bowden reach mutual separation agreement

Motorcyclist dies in fatal traffic crash in Englewood

Motorcyclist dies after accident in Bradenton last month

Missing 87-year-old man in Sarasota found safe

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  Suspected credit card skimmers found at gas station in Sarasota

  Sarasota woman accused of killing her mother by using combination of sedatives, painkillers

  Free services being provided for veterans on the Suncoast

Officer accused of killing Oklahoma police chief in Florida

6 students have minor injuries from bus crash in Orlando

  Teen and adult remain hospitalized in critical condition after shooting in Sarasota on Sunday

  Money saving Monday: Tips for Christmas travel

If you're planning on heading home for the holidays but haven't booked your flight yet, it's time to do so.

  Nothing found in lake despite new tip about Jennifer Kesse’s disappearance

A woman came forward about “something weird” she witnessed 13 years ago at that lake, located more than a mile away where Jennifer was last seen.

Sarasota preparing for Veterans Day Parade festivities

Monday is Veterans Day and thousands are expected to pack Downtown Sarasota for its annual ‘Veterans Day Parade.'

Missing 82-year-old man found and is safe

The missing 82-year-old man out of Venice has been found and he is okay.

Missing 78-year-old man in North Port found and is safe

  MCSO searching for two suspects who stole items from several vehicles in a Bradenton community

Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash in Manatee County

  Police arrest 24-year-old man as suspect in shooting involving officer in Venice

  Finally fall comes to the Suncoast for the weekend

  One man killed in five-vehicle accident on I-75 South in Ellenton

Deputies say 41-year-old woman and four-year-old child have been found and both are safe

Deputies say that both the 41-year-old woman and four-year-old child who were missing in Manatee County have been found and they are both okay.

Some concerns with the homeless at Sutton Park in Palmetto

Homeless concerns at Sutton Park in Palmetto.

Police investigating bomb threats in Hardee County

Police are investigating a pair of bomb threats in Hardee County.

After nine years as the Mayor of Venice, John Holic eyes seat on the County Commission next

After nine years as the Mayor of Venice, John Holic eyes seat on the County Commission next

$800 million in disaster aid to farmers hit by hurricanes

The federal government announced $800 million in aid Friday to farmers in three southern states that were devastated by last year’s hurricanes.

Ahearn-Koch selected as next Sarasota mayor, Eddie selected as vice mayor

At-Large Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch has been selected to serve as the next Mayor of the City of Sarasota for the next year.

  Update on red tide in Sarasota County

The latest Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report shows that there is concentrations of Karenia Brevis, which is the bacteria that causes red tide, in Southern Sarasota County and it’s starting to inch its way north.

  Suspect arrested in kidnapping of UFC fighter’s stepdaughter in Florida

Ibraheem Yazeed was arrested in Florida and booked into the Escambia County Jail early Friday, jail records show. He's charged with first-degree kidnapping in the disappearance of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard, who was last seen at a gas station in Auburn, Alabama, on Oct. 23.

Motorcyclist killed in crash in Bradenton

Troopers say around 8:45pm at Cortez Road and 14th Street West, a Toyota Camry driven by 21-year-old Leonardo Lucas of Bradenton was traveling east in the left turn lane of Cortez Road, approaching the driveway for the Centre Point Commons.

More cases tied to Florida man accused of groping kids at Disney

The Orange County sheriff's office announced on Thursday that 50-year-old James Anthony Jones now faces additional lewd or lascivious molestation charges.

  “The most humble” teacher recognized as Chalkboard Champion

"I am speechless and I usually talk nonstop," said Donna McGarry. That was her response when ABC 7 and Gettel Automotive surprised her classroom with $500.

  Neighbors fear driving through Lakewood Ranch intersection they consider dangerous

As more and more people move into this area, neighbors said they now consider this intersection deadly. Thursday morning, there was another crash there where a semi truck flipped over.

  FL Agriculture Commissioner working on new hemp law and regulating CBD

While she’s working with different agencies to create regulation and licensing people to grow hemp, she’s also warning residents to be aware of what they consume.

  Experts say self-care can have a great impact on your health, local experts offer ways to help

It may feel like another thing on your to-do list, but making time for yourself can actually help your overall health.

Manhunt underway for suspect in Aniah Blanchard case

Police have identified a suspect in the missing person case of Aniah Blanchard and have issued an arrest warrant for kidnapping first degree.

  18-year-old high schooler charged over video sent to minors

Deputies say 18-year-old Armando Flores admitted sending a sexual video to friends after they tracked a video circulating through the school to him.

Woman out for a morning run attacked in Charlotte County

The woman was running near Ollie’s Pond on York Avenue around 6:45am Thursday when she was attacked by a man who was wearing a gray hoodie, gray pants, and a knit ski mask.

  Bradenton man accused of robbing taco shop at gunpoint

Police say around 9:30pm, 18-year-old Sir Darrius Da’Shawn Searles entered Poppos Taqueria on Manatee Avenue West through a rear door, held two employees at gunpoint and made off with $1,200 in cash.

  Bill would ban sale of large-capacity magazines in Florida

Under a bill proposed for the 2020 session, ammunition magazines would be limited to holding a maximum of 10 bullets at a time. Current law caps magazines at five rounds for hunters but has no other limitations.

  Driver cited in crash that sent one vehicle into canal, second vehicle into house

Florida Highway Patrol says around 5pm on Wednesday, 32-year-old Priscilla Navarro of Bradenton was driving west on 16th Avenue East, approaching 17th Street East, when she ran a red light and crashed into a vehicle.

  VIDEO: Flames, black smoke at Taco Bell in Englewood

Fire Chief Kevin Easton tells ABC7 the fire started on the outside of the building along the parapet wall on the roof. They were able to quickly bring the fire under control.

Verbal threat by student leads to limited lockdown at Sarasota elementary school

The district says the School Resource Officer made the call to place the elementary school into limited lockdown while the threat, which proved to be false, was investigated.

Pharmacy kiosks for prescriptions could be coming to Florida

A House health care panel on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill (HB 59) that would allow community pharmacies to use “automated pharmacy systems” to offer people access to prescription drugs.

INCREDIBLE: Therapy dogs in Florida pose for Thanksgiving-inspired photo

With help from their handlers, the dogs posed for this Thanksgiving-inspired photo. It was a lot of work for the dogs (AND the handlers!) but the photo was worth it.

Florida man demands mug shot be removed from Facebook; deputies replace it with booking photo

The sheriff's office says deputies with help from Arcadia Police took Michael Meacham of Arcadia into custody Thursday for the theft, which took place on Sunday.

  North Port man accused of operating illegal tattoo parlor out of home

Wednesday, investigators served a search warrant at the home on the 2700 block of Vizza Lane, finding the illegal tattoo parlor as well as cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia.

  Deputy among four injured in Manatee County crash

Florida Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 33-year-old Jessica Escobar of Tampa was heading north on Rye Road around 4pm on Tuesday and failed to stop for the stop sign at County Road 675.

  Tips to help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

November is national Alzheimer's Disease awareness month.

  North Port Police Department Has Outgrown Headquarters

They are at a 187% over capacity for this building right now. They’ve converted closets to offices and conference rooms to work spaces for multiple people.

  ABC7 EXCLUSIVE: Sarasota Superintendent Todd Bowden shares his perspective following special board meeting

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.

  Sarasota County Commissioners decide land near the Celery Fields will be conserved

Four pieces of land at the intersection of Palmer Boulevard and Apex Road were the hot topic of discussion at Wednesday’s county commission meeting. Many people wanted to keep the 30 acres as open space. There was talk about rezoning the land, which would pave the way for industrial use.

  Selby Gardens staff vow to find new option for expansion

The $92 million project needed the approval of the City Commission for proper zoning before it could move forward.

  Red tide moves north, reaching Siesta Beach but in low levels

In the latest red tide report, water samples from Siesta Beach had very low to low concentrations while beaches further south along the Gulf Coast had medium to high concentrations.

  Thousands of dollars in monetary gifts stolen from a couple after their wedding in Bradenton

The search is on for the person who stole Emma and Chris Cox’s joy of tying the knot by pilfering between $3,000 to $5,000 in gift cards and cash they received on their wedding night at Mixon Fruit Farms in Bradenton.

North Port High School fires head football coach after disappointing season

Though Brian Hatler will continue to teach physical education at the school, he's no longer in charge of the Bobcats, a position he had held since 2015.

  Bill to make animal cruelty a federal felony heading to President Trump

The PACT Act specifically bans crushing, burning, drowning and impaling animals, among other things. It would also allow officials to go after suspected animal abusers who cross state lines.

  Three Molotov cocktails thrown through window of Bradenton apartment

Around 3am on Tuesday, first responders were called to a home on the 400 block of 10th Avenue West to find heavy smoke coming from the windows.

Troopers identify 55-year-old woman struck and killed by car in Sarasota

Florida Highway Patrol says it happened around 7pm at Beneva and Gladstone Street. According to troopers, the pedestrian, a 55-year-old woman whose name has not yet been released, stepped off the sidewalk into the path of a car driving south on Beneva in the outside lane, approaching Gladstone.

  Sarasota County School Board gives Superintendent Todd Bowden 30 day notice for possible discipline

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.

  One community fighting to get FDOT to include them in plans for a noise barrier wall

Homeowners and a County Commissioner gathered in the University Place community Tuesday morning. All of them say FDOT should reconsider and include the community in their plans because they are faced with loud traffic noise daily.

  Selby Gardens hotly debated expansion plans rejected by Sarasota City Commissioners

Another week, another large crowd debating proposed expansion plans for Selby Gardens in front of Sarasota City Commissioners. The popular attraction wanted to build a five-story parking garage and rooftop restaurant, among other additions. But the 92-million-dollar project was rejected late Tuesday

  Texas football player prays with opponent, warms hearts on internet

A picture of Texas football player is warming hearts on the internet after he prayed with his opponent, whose mother was diagnosed with cancer.

  Board gives Sarasota superintendent 30-day notice, which could lead to his suspension or termination

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.

  Three Bradenton men found guilty of four murders and multiple drug and firearms offenses

Jordan Rodriguez, 26; Andrew “Nico” Thompson, 25; and Alfonzo Churchwell, 32, were all found guilty on charges of racketeering conspiracy, drug conspiracy, murder conspiracy, drug and firearms offenses, and four murders.

Universal won’t be cited for electric shocks at water park

Federal investigators say Universal Orlando Resort won’t be cited for electrical problems that led to lifeguards getting shocked at its water park, saying the resort was unaware something was wrong.

  VIDEO: Florida deputy arrested for throwing student to the ground

Broward County Deputy Willard Miller was charged Tuesday with felony child abuse without great bodily harm for the Sept. 25 altercation. Sheriff Gregory Tony suspended him without pay until internal disciplinary procedures are complete.

Florida grandma faces DUI manslaughter in grandchild’s death

A Florida woman who state troopers say was driving with her 10-month-old grandchild on her lap when she crashed into an Interstate 4 guard rail is now facing DUI manslaughter charges.

Florida officials unveil website to monitor water quality

Florida officials are rolling out a new online dashboard that allows the public to get a snapshot of water quality in the state’s major lakes and waterways.

  Scott Dennis announces his departure from ABC7

Scott Dennis announced to his viewers that he will be retiring from ABC7. But don’t worry! This hometown guy is staying in Sarasota. He’s just looking to find a new way to continue to serve his community.

  New website launched in Florida providing healthcare cost transparency

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Monday the Florida Health Price Finder website, which gives residents prices on non-emergency medical procedures in the state.

  La. restaurant franchise owner fired after racially-charged Halloween rant on Facebook

A franchise holder of a Walk-On’s in Covington has been fired after posting a racially-charged rant on Facebook about some Halloween trick-or-treaters.

  Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce addresses a “desperate need” for new insurance employees

Longtime insurance workers say their workforce is aging and it’s hard to fight a misconception that insurance is all about sales.

Florida teen and her siblings rescued from “deplorable conditions” after she calls hotline to report parents, suicidal thoughts

On October 31, deputies say the teen called an Abuse Hotline and said she was thinking about killing herself because of the home she was living in and alleged physical and emotional abuse by her mother.

Police: Man jailed for stealing electric shopping cart; driving it to a bar

The man told police he thought he would get a DWI if he drove his own car to the bar

  Florida woman, 8 months pregnant, kills home intruder with AR-15, sheriff says

A husband and wife said two men broke into their home and made demands before the woman shot and killed one of them, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

14-year-old fatally shot by friend while playing with gun

Sheriff’s officials say a 17-year-old Florida teen is accused of aggravated manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his 14-year-old friend.

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

Residents in the cities of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach will vote on Tuesday in Manatee County

On Tuesday, residents who live in the City of Anna Maria and the City of Holmes Beach will be voting on Tuesday in Manatee County.