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.

Large police presence at Palmetto High School after possible threat

New College of Florida removes Dean of Enrollment Management over discrimination complaints

  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

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  Jury convicts man of murder in a Lakewood Ranch park

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

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

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

William Salyer, who goes by the nickname “T,” was last seen on foot Tuesday morning around 8am at his home on the 3000 block of Ridge Avenue in Sarasota.

Taylor Swift says she plans to re-record her old songs

Swift said she plans to re-record her songs after her catalog was purchased by popular music manager Scooter Braun.

Florida to join electronic voter information network

Elections officials say the network known as the Electronic Registration Information Center could help local election officials more easily verify registration records and detect any duplicate registrations.

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

Authorities say between August 13 at 8am and August 14 at 5pm, the woman entered the business on the 300 block of John Ringling Boulevard and took the items off the walls.

Florida Democrats seek state legislative session on guns

  House fire blankets 301 in Sarasota in smoke

‘Very fortunate’: LSU responds to false alarm security scare

  Sign language interpreter steals show from rapper Twista

  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

According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, as of Wednesday, 37.764 million gallons have flowed into a pond at the Bee Ridge Water Facility on Lorraine Road. The pond then 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.

  Sarasota Bay Project developers to host public input meeting

The developers of The Sarasota Bay Project, which aims to redevelop over 50 acres of city-owned land along the Sarasota Bayfront, is asking for public input about phase one of their project.The developers will host two public input meetings Wednesday August 21st. The first meeting will be at the S

  Third tropical storm of the season has formed in the Atlantic

It’s not much but Chantal has formed in the N. Atlantic tonight.

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

Superintendent Todd Bowden says Maultsby’s accuser Cheraina Bonner met with the teacher’s union for lunch. He tells us since Bonner is considered a confidential employee any meeting with the union is highly unusual and a potential concern.

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

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

Hadden Grants Used to Fight Homelessness in North Port

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has helped countless businesses and families on the Suncoast. One of its late supporters who passed away, Helen Koss Hadden, left a $1.5 million endowment to the foundation specifically to help improve the quality of life for residents in North Port.

Elton John slams media for criticizing Harry, Meghan over private jet use

Elton John took to social media to slam stories that suggested that Prince Harry and Meghan were hypocritical for accepting jet travel despite their devotion to eco-causes.

  VIDEO: Former rental care garage imploded at Tampa airport

Overnight during the early hours of Tuesday morning, Tampa International Airport successfully imploded the old Red Side Rental Car Garage.

Sheriff: Fearing for mom’s life, 11-year-old boy stabs uncle

Deputies said 44-year-old Panagiotis Karamanlis pulled his sister's hair, held her to the ground and punched her in the face multiple times after they got into an argument over text messages she had sent to her boyfriend.

  WATCH: Florida deputies confront mother, teen over school threat

Volusia County Sheriff's officials interviewed the boy and his mother outside their home near Daytona Beach last Friday, and posted a video of their discussion to underline the consequences of making school threats.

  ’Modern Woman’ free wellness expo scheduled for September in Manatee County

Women are invited to take part in a free wellness expo called ‘Modern Woman’ in Manatee County next month.

  Disease called 'lethal bronzing’ is killing Florida palm trees

A plant disease is killing Florida’s iconic palm trees.

  Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools calling for investigation

Sarasota County School Superintendent Todd Bowden is now calling for an investigation into his accuser and the local teacher’s union.

Victim burned after stove explosion in North Port

Authorities say a stove in a home on the 6000 block of Amoko Court exploded due to an issue involving the pilot light. One victim suffered burns and Bayflite was called to transport them to the hospital.

New report says Hepatitis A cases are continuing to increase in Florida

The number of of Hepatitis A cases in Florida continues to increase.

Italian PM Conte to resign after League party pulls backing

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation Tuesday, blaming his decision to end his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious and politically ambitious deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini.

Bradenton Police looking to recruit new members

The Bradenton Police Department is looking to add new members to the department. They are currently on a big push to hire new officers.

  VIDEO: Four men rob 7-Eleven in Venice, threaten clerk

Police say around 2:30am on August 15, four men disguised in heavy clothing entered the store and stole cash and cigarettes. Police say that the store clerk told them that the men threatened to shoot her if she didn’t cooperate.

FBI: Truck driver from Charlotte County threatened mass shooting at Memphis church

A truck driver warned that he would commit a mass shooting at a church in Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, authorities say in newly filed court records.

  Downtown Bradenton parking garage to open in early September

Good news for drivers in the Downtown Bradenton area, a new parking garage should be opening up in a few weeks.

  Dead fish causing a stink in Sarasota’s Mystic Lake neighborhood

Dead fish causing a stink in a Sarasota lake.

  Family says new clues in old evidence prove woman was killed in Bradenton Beach motel

The death of Sheena Morris was ruled a suicide more than 10 years ago, but Monday, her family said new evidence proves what they have always believed: Morris did not kill herself.

  Safety Concerns With New, Multi-Use Path in North Port

It covers about three miles on both sides of U.S. 41, but on some sections of this new trail, the path is only a few feet away from the busy road way – which has been seen as too close for comfort in the last week.

Sarasota Police looking for people to join their Citizens Academy

Sarasota Police are making an all-call for people interested in taking part in the Department’s Citizens Academy.

  28-year-old man arrested and charged as hit-and-run driver of fatal crash on I-75

After a several month investigation regarding the hit and run fatal crash February 27, on I-75 at mm 202 in Sarasota County, FHP troopers have arrested 28-year-old Robert Herrera as the the hit and run driver.

57-year-old Sarasota man arrested for possession of child pornography

A 57-year-old Sarasota man was on Friday by deputies for possession of child pornography.

Sheriff: Cashier tells knife-wielding suspect ‘not today’

When a knife-wielding Florida woman attempted to rob a Family Dollar store, the cashier said “not today” while another employee locked the door until deputies arrived, authorities say.

  Breastfeeding mom detained in I.C.E. raid

A mother of three swept up in an I.C.E. raid this month remains separated from her children, including her 4-month-old daughter who she still breast-feeds.

  U.S. experiencing worst year for measles since 1992

According to the CDC, the United States has seen the most cases of measles this year since 1992.

MLB releases 2020 Spring Training schedule for all teams

Major League Baseball (MLB) released every team’s 2020 Spring Training schedule on Monday.

Florida governor asked for no storms in Western Wall prayer

Florida’s governor says when he visited the Western Wall in Israel in May he followed tradition by sticking a slip of paper with a written prayer in between crevices of the ancient structure.

Adorable photo shows group of service dogs attending ‘Billy Elliot’ theater production in Canada

The service dogs were in training to help their handlers navigate a theater.

  Parents being encouraged to open up to children about bullying across the country

Bullying is a problem in schools across the country.

  Oak Park School pool to get makeover

A happy surprise is in store for some Sarasota County students today.

  Video allegedly shows corrections deputy striking inmate, deputy could face criminal charges

The State Attorney’s office will decide whether charges will be filed after a Manatee County Corrections Officer was seen slugging an inmate.

State College of Florida, Manatee – Sarasota creates new center for students

Students at State College of Florida, Manatee – Sarasota will have access to a new help tool when they go back to class Monday.

  New Manatee County boat ramp fees proposed

Manatee County may be adding a parking fee for its nine ramp sites in the near future.

Convicted felon accused of throwing gun, drugs out of car window during police chase

Deputies arrested a 30-year-old man, who is already a convicted felon, on drug and weapons charges Thursday night after a traffic stop and brief vehicle pursuit.

  Driver turns himself in after reportedly hitting, killing two pedestrians in Manatee County

Around 2:30am on Saturday, the three pedestrians - 47-year-old Donald Keefer of Palmetto, 13-year-old Tyler Pittard of Palmetto, and 40-year-old Misty Zipperer of Palmetto - were walking in the grass on the west shoulder of U.S. 19, just south of 49th Street East, when they were hit by a truck.

  Money Saving Monday: Where to find college scholarships

Paying for college is hard for many students, but having your kid apply for scholarships could help with that burden.

I-75 South re-opened after crash damages highway

The spill extended around 1,000 yards and forced authorities to leave two lanes closed Monday morning between State Road 70 and University Parkway, backing up traffic for miles.

  With teacher shortage, new program helps place new teachers in Manatee County Schools classrooms

The new school year began last Monday, but many teacher positions still remain unfilled. To help reduce teacher shortage in the Suncoast, Manatee County schools started working with USF Sarasota-Manatee elementary education students.

Driver loses control, hits tree in Sarasota, killing passenger

Florida Highway Patrol says around 3:15 a.m., 28-year-old Yusuf Memon of Venice was entering the northbound ramp to I-75, north of State Road 681, in the right lane when he lost control of his car, running off the roadway and hitting a tree.

  School security concerns in South Florida after bomb threats

Several schools in South Florida received bomb threats earlier this week.

  Dog contracts deadly fungus after swimming in lake

A Florida family’s dog is dying after getting a deadly fungus from swimming in the lake near their home.

  Manatee County Animal Services waiving adoption fees for ‘Clear Our Shelters’ event

Manatee County Animal Services is waiving its adoption fees on Saturday as part of the National Adoption Day event ‘Clear Our Shelters.'

  Congressman Buchanan proposing bill to punish ‘cop killers’

Buchanan’s bill passed the House last Congress and would make the murder or attempted murder of a police officer an aggravating factor in death penalty determinations. The bill now goes to the Senate and if it passes it will head to President Trump’s desk.

One alarm fire at home in Panther Ridge in Bradenton

Fire rescue responded to the 7700th block of Jaywatch Glen in Panther Ridge in Bradenton on Sunday for a one-alarm fire.

  Emergency road closure in Bradenton due to flooding in the area

Due to storm system repairs, 9th Street West in Bradenton has been closed down.

Reclaimed water pond overflows in Sarasota

The reclaimed water storage pond at the Bee Ridge Water Reclamation Facility began to overflow through the emergency spillway on Saturday morning due to the continuous rain and flooding conditions in the area.

  Massive three-story home heavily damaged in four-alarm fire in Sarasota

Fire crews responded to the 300 blocks around 2:30am and spent several hours on scene. By 8:30am, crews were still actively putting out hot spots.

  Flooding concerns continue for some residents of Hidden River in eastern Sarasota County

Flood concerns for Hidden River residents.

‘Easy Rider’ star and writer Peter Fonda dies at age 79

Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," has died.

  Flood watch continues through Saturday morning and then back to basics by Sunday

The front which has been responsible for all the rain is about to fade away but not until late Saturday. High pressure will build back to our north which will switch our winds around to the SE which will bring mainly afternoon and evening storms coming to the coast from inland areas.

  Sarasota PD hold fair and impartial policing training with officers and community leaders

The Sarasota Police Department is training officers to not judge people they encounter while on the job based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.

  Sarasota cancer survivor’s treatment gets FDA approval

Pamela Klein is calling the medicine a game changer. She said when someone is diagnosed with cancer, many doctors will recommend they immediately start chemotherapy. But this new treatment targets the mutation instead and it’s one Klein never would have known about without a clinical trial.

Four teens hold clerk at gunpoint at 7-Eleven in Bradenton

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office are searching for for four black, male, teenagers who committed an armed robbery at a 7-11 store Cortez Road West in Bradenton.