Suspects identified in laundromat shootout in Bradenton, one dead

Official: Pensacola shooter was Saudi aviation student

Police searching for suspect who allegedly stole credit card from a hotel guest in Sarasota

  Local impact of potential change to food stamps eligibility

Journalism teacher recognized as Chalkboard Champion

  Christmas tree lighting at Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota

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Video released of person of interest in stealing and slaughtering of horse in Palmetto

Project managers detail storm water improvements in The Bay Project

  Deputies search for suspects who stole, slaughtered show horse in Manatee County

Police: 65-year-old Venice man arrested for possession of child pornography

’Narwhal’ staying with rescue; role as therapy dog

  Students in Sarasota with special needs invite the public to their second annual Holiday Bazaar

  Public Meeting to be held to address Lift Station 87 progress

The City of Sarasota will host a public meeting on December 5th to update the community on phase 3 of the Lift Station 87 project.

Driver ends up in pond at North Port elementary school

Police say the driver left the roadway and went into a pond on school property at Atwater Elementary.

  Dog overboard! Video shows Coast Guard rescue of dog in distress off Fort Myers Beach

The coast Guard was alerted that there was a dog in the water in distress off Fort Myers Beach and Bowditch Point.

  Police not laughing about threat at middle school in North Port; student arrested

The threat began to circulate among the students of Woodland Middle School Wednesday evening and detectives immediately got to work, quickly learning the name and whereabouts of the student they say sent the original message.

  Sarasota man facing manslaughter charges in death of pregnant girlfriend and their unborn child

  Sarasota County School District gets 150 new devices that could help a choking child

  Plans moving forward for new public pool in Palmetto

Proposal for Sarasota Performing Arts Center taking shape

SpaceX delays space station delivery due to high wind

  Sarasota man charged in death of pregnant 23-year-old girlfriend and their unborn child

Deputies: Bradenton man forced woman to perform oral sex at gunpoint

On August 6, the sheriff's office says the victim was woken up in her tent at an undisclosed location around 2:30am and confronted by 32-year-old Andrew Wade Woodard, a man she did not know.

  FDA says more research needed on CBD before it’s considered safe

According to a new consumer update from the Food and Drug Administration, much more research in needed on CBD products before it's considered safe.

Man gets 25 years for killing woman he met online in 2003

A convicted murderer has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in the separate slaying of a Florida woman he met on the internet nearly 16 years ago.

  Florida teacher accused of having sex with son’s teenage friend

Authorities in Escambia County arrested 40-year-old Susan Weddle on Monday. She faces multiple charges including lewd and lascivious behavior and sexual assault.

Trump food stamp change could affect 200K Florida students

News outlets reported the figures this week and say a finalized rule could come as soon as the end of the month.

  Sarasota Veteran and Family Surprised with Thousands of Holiday Lights and Decorations

Corpsman Chris Scott served in the Navy for eight years. Due to both illness and injuries related to his service, he could not decorate his home the way he would like for his two daughters.

  South Venice Movie Theatre Begins $1 Million Upgrade

The B&B Theatres in South Venice was recently sold, and its new owners want to bring this old theatre back to life. They’ll be replacing every seat in each auditorium with comfortable, reclining seats, adding items to the concession stands including alcohoL and fixing the walls and carpets.

Spotify releases most-streamed artists of the decade

What did people listen to this decade?

Sarasota County man accused of killing his 74-year-old wife may have Dementia

The sheriff’s office says when they arrived, they spoke to the victim’s husband, 76-year-old John Richardson, and say he told them, “I may have had something to do with her demise,” but didn’t offer deputies an explanation.

  FULL INTERVIEW: Martin Hyde sits down with ABC7 after incident involving accusations of racism

Martin Hyde, a Sarasota businessman and City Commission candidate, has been in the headlines since a viral video emerged over the weekend and he was accused of racism.

  Save Our Y group says both Sarasota Ys doing well months after transition

Normalcy is now back at both YMCAs in Sarasota, the one at Potter Park and the one on Euclid Avenue, after both nearly closed for good back in September because of financial issues.

‘The bad people shot mommy’: Richmond Fire Lt. shielded 5-year-old son from gunfire that killed her

Lt. Ashley Berry's father was surrounded by members of the Richmond Fire Department, as he revealed that his daughter shielded her five-year-old son from the bullets. Lt. Berry and her son were standing on Sunnyside Avenue in Hopewell, after celebrating Thanksgiving, when she was shot.

  Sarasota man arrested, accused of using roof accesses to burglarize two businesses

According to police, an unknown man, later identified as Andrew Bailey, entered the business through a roof access and allegedly stole $400 from two cash registers in the bar.

  Former Ed Smith spring training announcer going to prison for child porn

Edward “Big Ed” Peteja, the former spring training announcer at Ed Smith Stadium and a former youth baseball coach, is going to prison for child porn.

Florida GOP, Democrats unite against open primary proposal

Justices heard arguments Tuesday about the proposed amendment, which would allow registered voters to cast ballots in primary elections regardless of party affiliation. The two candidates getting the most votes in each primary would advance to the general election.

List of road closures for the 24th annual Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade

The parade begins at 7pm at Main Street and U.S. 301 in downtown Sarasota and ends at J.D. Hamel Park at Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.

  Local senior living community gifts residents new dog park

One local senior living community gave their residents an early holiday present on Monday. The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods unveiled their new dog park as part of National Mutt Day.

  Deputies looking for suspects who stole horse, slaughtered it for its meat in Manatee County

The sheriff's office says sometime between 5pm on Sunday and 8am Monday, the suspects in this case forced their way through a locked gate onto the victim's property on the 5800 block of Buckeye Road and stole the horse.

Student arrested following knife attack against another student on a Sarasota County school bus

Knife attack on Sarasota County school bus.

  Bradenton woman flying to her family’s Thanksgiving gives birth at airport

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a Bradenton woman went into labor labor mid-air on a flight from Tampa to Pennsylvania.

  City Commission candidate Martin Hyde in hot water after viral video, accusations of racism

Sarasota businessman Martin Hyde, known among other things for his candidacy for Sarasota City Commission, is in hot water after a video surfaced on social media showing an alleged altercation with a group of teens from Puerto Rico at a local tennis club.

  Deputies warn of smash-and-grab burglaries after three cars hit at Sarasota park

During the holiday season, there is a spike in car burglars seeking easy opportunities to take valuables from vehicles, which is exactly what the sheriff's office says happened Sunday at Urfer Park in Sarasota.

  Scammers pretend to be Sarasota Police on the phone, here are their tactics

If you get a call from Sarasota Police asking for money for some reason or another, it’s definitely not Sarasota Police.

  Student arrested after alleged steak knife attack on Sarasota County school bus

It happened Monday morning at the intersection of 25th and Leon in Sarasota. District Police say a student on board a bus bound for Oak Park School attacked another student with a steak knife, causing minor injuries.

Florida flight diverted after woman fakes medical emergency

Flight crews summoned authorities once the Miami-bound flight arrived back in Pensacola early Friday morning.

  11-year-old accidentally shot while playing with gun in Sarasota, detectives work to identify gun owner

It happened around 3:45pm on the 3000 block of McCloud Circle. Deputies say an 11-year-old boy was playing with a gun found in the home along with a 12-year-old boy.

  St. Pete Police: 2 accused of taking 75-year-old’s wallet, going on spending spree

St. Petersburg police officials posted their photo on Facebook Friday, saying they’re wanted for stealing the wallet from a woman as she shopped for groceries.

Florida boat explosion sends owner flying onto dock, hurls his daughter into the water

The sheriff’s office in Pinellas County says around 4pm on Sunday at the Indian Springs Marina on 113th Avenue North in unincorporated Largo, 50-year-old David Weil was filling the inboard engine on his 2005 Four Winds 25-foot deck boat with fuel when some spilled.

Florida man accused of benefiting off dead mom for 15 years

Rose Greenberg died in 2004. But her Social Security checks didn’t stop depositing into a joint bank account she shared with her son, Richard Greenberg.

Sugar field burning plagues poor Florida towns with soot

The "snow" is an airborne byproduct of the disputed practice of burning sugar fields before harvests.

Hawaii man claims Starbucks drink order came with dead lizard

“He knew how dangerous lizard bacteria can be, so he immediately forced himself to throw up,” Bryant told Hawaii News Now.

Troopers searching for driver in hit-and-run incident in Manatee County

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers are searching for a suspect involved in a hit-and-run incident on Saturday morning in Manatee County.

  Sarasota students hold climate protest near UTC Mall on Black Friday

Climate protests also took place here on the Suncoast on Friday.

Democrats submit 18 would-be presidents for March 17 primary

Democrats in Florida have submitted 18 candidates for the March 17 presidential primary.

  Six people injured in rollover crash in southern Sarasota County

A rollover accident is causing an increase in traffic in southern Sarasota County.

  Prices on Christmas trees may cost you a little more this holiday season

Christmas tree prices rising.

Florida flight diverted after woman fakes medical emergency

A woman demanding a larger seat on an American Airlines flight is in custody after faking a medical condition that prompted the pilot to head back to a Florida airport.

  Freedom Gathering in Bradenton providing meals to those in need on Thanksgiving and throughout the year

Freedom Gathering in Bradenton providing meals for those in need.

  Firefighters respond to house fire in Sarasota on Thanksgiving

Firefighters responded to a structure fire at a home in Sarasota on Thanksgiving afternoon.

  Instead of benevolent fund, Englewood Fire Department to donate proceeds from calendar sales to baker who suffered severe injury in crash

Cecile and Kevin Harrington opened Yum Yum Bakery 15 years ago. The bakery, though, has been closed since the terrible accident three weeks ago that left Kevin in the Intensive Care Unit.

  Some Suncoast organizations helping residents who are alone get through the holidays

Organizations helping Suncoast residents who are alone during the holidays.

Potentially suicidal woman from Miami may be in Sarasota

Jessica Marthe Ramras, 29, was reported missing around 10:30am Wednesday from her home on Northeast 1st Avenue.

  Scott Dennis honored on his last day at ABC7

After 34 years at the station, Scott Dennis has decided to try something new. But he’s quick to say that this is NOT a retirement!

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport sees record breaking number of travelers

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport sees record breaking number of travelers

  VIDEO: A look inside ICE! featuring The Polar Express at the Gaylord Palms

Photographer Russ Yodice went and is sharing with you this inside look at the event, which features hand-carved sculptures and displays made from more than 2 million pounds of ice.

  More than 7,000 pies sold at Yoder’s the day before Thanksgiving

People start lining up at 6am the day before Thanksgiving at the restaurant and shop on Bahia Vista Street to pick up their pre-ordered pies.

In Florida and elsewhere, GOP pressured over climate change

A top Republican lawmaker in the state, meanwhile, recently stood on the House floor and implored his party “to stop being afraid of words like ‘climate change’ and ‘sea level rise.’”

  Behind-the-scenes at Yoder’s Amish Village on Pie Day!

People start lining up at 6am the day before Thanksgiving at the restaurant and shop on Bahia Vista Street to pick up their pre-ordered pies. They'll sell around 7,000 pies in a single day, with around 2,500 pumpkin alone!

White Castle to return to Florida

The company announced this week that its new restaurant in Orlando will be among the national chain’s biggest. But so-called “Cravers” will have to wait about 18 months before the store is built and open for business.

  Owner of “dumpster dog” relieved to see animal cruelty bill signed

ABC7 got a chance to catch up with the owner of Daisy, who now goes by Liberty, alongside her sister Daphne, who is also a victim of animal cruelty.

  Record delays on the roadways expected for Thanksgiving Eve travel

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year. This year is expected to have the second largest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2000.

  Ramp to I-75 north from I-275 south in Manatee County reopening following 16 months of repairs

The ramp to I-75 northbound has been shut down since July 2018 while FDOT crews removed and replaced the concrete deck bridge. It will reopen Wednesday at 6am.

  Wildlife Center of Venice Receives Million Dollar Donation

It’s the largest single donation in the center’s history. They learned about, and reached out to, the center after seeing one of ABC7’s stories about their hope for expansion.

  11-year-old Sarasota girl aims to get law passed mandating infant cardiac screenings in Florida

Nico was born with a rare condition called Transposition of the Great Arteries, meaning his pulmonary artery and aorta switched while he was in the womb. This deprived him of oxygen when he was born.

  Manatee County man accused of pulling out gun during dispute with neighbor

Deputies say around 6:30pm on 9th Avenue West, the victim was at his home and in the process of selling a trailer when he was approached by 56-year-old Tracy Lee Austin.

  What’s next when it comes to health care in North Port?

Right now, the city only has a single emergency room in the entire city. But it's not a hospital - just a center for immediate needs. The nearest hospitals are either in Venice or Port Charlotte.

Bradenton man accused of robbing door-to-door salesman

He was returning to his parked car when deputies say he was approached by 40-year-old Kyle Leonard of 36th Avenue East, who grabbed an iPad from the victim’s hands and ripped off a lanyard with an ID card from around his neck.

Investigators want to know who offered baby for sale online in Florida

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating to determine if the ad placed last week was a hoax.