Make-A-Wish sends 30 kids and their families to Florida

Thirty kids from across the nation are visiting Florida this weekend all thanks to American Airlines and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Three men arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting 15-year-old girl in Bradenton

Two Florida men accused of stealing chainsaws, trying to sell them back to victim

  Recipe: Chicken Tinga from Reyna’s Taqueria | Suncoast View

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

Florida man charged with burning kid now accused of burning another

Man dies after becoming trapped under capsized boat in Charlotte County

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  Money Saving Monday: Apps to help save on groceries

Police locate missing 11-year-old from North Port in Venice

Florida police: No active mall shooter, 1 with gunshot wound

  Retired farmer who takes tractor across the country for veterans visits the Suncoast

  FDLE agents shoot, kill man they say was armed with machete during narcotics search

Hard Rock Hotel under construction collapses in downtown New Orleans

12-year-old boy found and is okay after being reported missing

Deputies are searching for a missing 12-year-old boy who last seen at his home in Parrish.

Deputies: Victim accidentally shoots himself at his Sarasota home

Deputies say that they received a call Saturday afternoon about an accidental shooting. When they arrived on scene, they found the victim. His injuries are not expected to be life threatening.

Police: Domestic argument between husband and wife ends in murder-suicide in North Port

Police say around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, units responded to a home on the 5000 block of Lady Slipper Avenue for a family disturbance and reports of shots being fired inside the house.

  Troopers searching for driver in hit-and-run crash on State Road 70 in Manatee County

Around 7:30 p.m., troopers say a man driving a white-colored Chevrolet Van was driving westbound on State Road 70, approaching the driveway of the Wells Fargo Bank on the 400 block of 53rd Avenue West.

  FDOT planning improvements to dangerous intersection on State Road 70 in Lakewood Ranch

  New infrastructure upgrades could prevent bird strikes at SRQ Airport

  Caught on camera: Pair of coyotes kill cat, owners worried for their safety

  Volunteer K9 team needs your help to win nationwide contest

Three alleged car burglars busted in North Port, linked to a dozen recent burglaries

Driving on a suspended license? Here’s an opportunity to get your license back at a lower cost

Bradenton man accused of exposing himself to 10-year-old girl

Reginald Frazier, Sr. was charged with lewd and lascivious exposure of genitals after being arrested on October 9.

Full Court Press: Pompeo backs Trump on Syria, distances from Giuliani

Pompeo said Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, was "not on his payroll" when asked about the former New York mayor.

Motorcyclist suffers severe injuries after crashing into asphalt truck in Sarasota

Shortly after midnight Friday, a patrol officer was stopped on 10th Street at U.S. 41 and saw a motorcyclist driving south on U.S. 41 when, for unknown reasons, the man lost control and crashed into the back of an asphalt truck parked on the 900 block of U.S. 41.

  Sarasota man who deputies say kept teen-aged girl locked in her bedroom for over a year captured

The sheriff’s office says Dwight Bainbridge and his girlfriend, 39-year-old Jessica Brambilla, kept a teen-aged girl locked in her bedroom in a Sarasota home for more than a year.

  Spill following accident closes McIntosh Rd south of Fruitville in Sarasota

Crews were on scene around 9:30am, right in front of St. Martha’s School, where a vehicle and semi collided. One person was taken to the hospital and fuel spilled on the roadway.

  Publix employees help grow Sugg Middle School’s agriculture program as part of Day of Caring

United Way Suncoast will host their annual Day of Caring event on Friday, October 11th.

  FDOT makes decision to replace existing Cortez Bridge in Manatee County with 65-foot high-level fixed bridge

The study, which cost $2.1 million, began in January 2013 and looked at the various options from engineering and environmental perspectives, including repairing, rehabbing or replacing the bridge, which was built in the mid-1950s.

  Chalkboard Champion: Teacher recognized for going “above and beyond for his students”

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.

  Local law enforcement agencies host National Night Out

for some years now the manatee county sherriff's office has been hosting national night out. Although the fast cop cars on display are cool and the family fun is great, the whole idea behind the event is to continue building good relationships between the agency and the community.

  Local teacher associations weigh in on DeSantis proposal to raise minimum salary for teachers

Each school district currently sets its own starting salaries. He says this proposal would lead to more than 100,000 teachers getting a raise from new hires to teachers working under those rates.

  North Port group turns tragedy into learning opportunity about mental health, depression

After the North Port community suffered a tragic loss of one of its teachers back in 2017, Holly's Hope was formed to help open the dialogue of mental health and depression. Now, they’re taking it one step further and hoping to make that conversation start in the classrooms.

16-year-old student arrested over threats of school shooting at Palmetto High School

On Monday evening, police in Palmetto were alerted that a Snapchat post was circulating on social media threatening a school shooting at Palmetto High School the next day.

Officials: Florida man stole car, left disabled dog to die

Wilton Manors Police on Wednesday arrested 19-year-old Jephthe Jean Francois on 15 charges including grand theft auto and animal cruelty.

Vehicle fire spreads to North Port home, pets rescued

It happened around noon. Officials say the fire started in the engine compartment and spread to the house, but the cause is unknown.

  Clearwater man sentenced to 20 years in prison in parking lot shooting

Circuit Judge Joseph Bulone called 49-year-old Michael Drejka a "wanna-be" law enforcement officer and a self-appointed "handicapped parking space monitor."

  City of Sarasota denies pedal pub proposal, but owner argues it’s like any other vehicle

Monday, the City Commission voted 3-2 to deny a proposal to allow the owner of Sip-N-Cycle to bring their traveling pub to downtown Sarasota.

  Public meeting to be held about changes coming to Englewood Sports Complex and Englewood Park

A public meeting will be held on October 10th to discuss improvements coming to Englewood Sports Complex and Englewood Park.

  With some students facing long bus rides, Manatee County School District considers rezoning

School board member Dr. Scott Hopes says there are kids living in neighborhoods right across from a school but are being bused 15 miles to other schools. He is now pushing for the district to be rezoned.

  Manatee County considering new “Main Street” development in Parrish

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.

  World’s largest solar battery under construction in Manatee County

The battery is set to be built on a 40-acre space next to the solar panels. FPL said it’s part of one of the largest solar expansions in the country.

Florida congressman turns Trump support into recognition

Matt Gaetz's blunt candor has endeared him to voters in his district. He won reelection last year with 67% of the vote.

  Bradenton woman who survived brutal attack fulfills wish, meets Winter the Dolphin

Eleven years ago, Alyssa Blasing was working as a manager in a Bradenton restaurant when she was brutally attacked by a former coworker.

  Venice Urban Forest Close To Completing Phase One

Unfortunately, with so much development in the area there aren’t a lot of green spaces left, so not only is this urban forest bringing that back, but also becoming a buffer between the Seaboard Industrial Park and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Man carrying umbrella that looked like a firearm leads to limited lockdown at Venice schools

Police say they were called to the campus after a person saw someone walking on the street by the elementary school with what appeared to be a firearm.

  Man living in Palmer Ranch home charged with possessing obscene material

Steven Moretti, 28, a man who lives in the home, was later booked into the Sarasota County Jail on multiple charges, including 20 counts of possessing obscene material involving children.

Almost 30 cars broken into in North Port, all of which were left unlocked

North Port Police say over the past five days, they've had nearly 30 reports of vehicle break-ins all across the city and in every single case the vehicles had been left unlocked.

  Bradenton man accused of shooting, killing mother’s boyfriend

Around 8pm Tuesday, the sheriff’s office says 23-year-old Tevin Hickson-Johnson went to his mother’s home on 31st Avenue East Side B and got into a fight with her boyfriend, 54-year-old Stewart Wallace.

  Breast cancer symptoms for both men and women

Every two minutes, a woman in The U.S. is diagnosed with Breast Cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and health professionals are urging people to know the signs and symptoms of Breast Cancer.

  Mysterious illness affecting laughing gulls on Siesta Key and Lido Beach

Experts have yet to determine what’s causing this. They say it could be something the birds are eating or could be toxic in nature similar to the issues the birds experienced last year from red tide.

Census and other Sarasota employers to hire hundreds on Wednesday morning at job fair

On Wednesday, Sarasota and Bradenton’s top employers will be hiring on the spot in all fields at the Sarasota JobLink Job Fair.

Inmate commits suicide in Manatee County Jail days before sentencing for sexual battery involving young girl

Deputies say around midnight on Tuesday, they were conducting cell checks when they found Mark Suiter in his cell with a sheet tied around his neck. Suiter was unresponsive and deputies called for help as they removed the sheet and began performing CPR.

Florida man indicted in deaths of wife, 4 young children

A grand jury indicted a Florida man on murder charges in the slayings of his wife and four children.

  Manatee County man accused of extorting teen-aged girl for nude photos

In October 2018, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office in California was told by a 16-year-old girl that she was being blackmailed by a person she believed to be a 17-year-old black teen on Snapchat that she had been speaking with over the past year.

  Eagles announce ‘Hotel California’ tour with orchestra and choir

The band will perform the 1976 Grammy-winning album from “beginning to end."

  27-year-old Sarasota man wins $1 million on scratch-off ticket

Christopher Van Brandt bought a Gold Rush Special Edition scratch-off ticket from Suncoast Energy on Butler National Drive in Orlando and won. The 27-year-old opted for a one-time, lump-sum payment of $700,000.

  Bradenton now offering single stream recycling

In Manatee County, the City of Bradenton is moving to single-stream recycling.

Man arrested, charged with DUI in fatal crash that claimed life of Manatee County motorcyclist

Around 9pm on December 16, 2018 in Arcadia in DeSoto County, troopers say 60-year-old William Roberts of Lake Placid, Florida turned left onto Northwest Pearce Street off State Road 72 in front of a motorcycle driven by Justin Peachey of Myakka City.

Teen accused of making hoax call about school shooting

A 13-year-old student is accused of making a hoax call about a school shooting at a Florida middle school.

  Community meeting scheduled next week for Bobby Jones Golf Club future

You have a chance to voice your opinion on the future of the Bobby Jones Golf Club.

  Thousands of lionfish removed from Florida waters

Over 23,000 lionfish have been removed from Florida waters during the fourth annual ‘Lionfish Challenge.'

  Cornerstone Premium Foods recalls frozen blackberries after testing positive for noro-virus

Cornerstone Premium Foods is recalling a product containing frozen blackberries.

  FBI: Inmate is the deadliest serial killer in US history with more than 90 confessed killings

Some of his victims were on the margins of society. Many were originally deemed overdoses, or attributed to accidental or undetermined causes. Some bodies were never found.

Gas leak temporarily closes Centre Shops Plaza on Longboat Key

Town of Longboat Key Fire Rescue and Police Departments shut down the plaza on 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive after detecting a gas leak in one of the businesses Tuesday morning. They were called to the scene on reports of a gas odor.

Federal judge hears case to restore vote to Florida felons

The case is one of several ongoing legal battles that underscore Florida's often-pivotal role in national politics, especially with its history for razor-thin election margins. Legal skirmishes have also erupted over early voting at college campuses, while concerns linger about the integrity of comp

  Pair of students asked to take breathalyzer test at Venice High School homecoming dance

In both cases, neither of the students, one of whom attends Venice High and another who attends another school in the district, tested positive for alcohol.

  More rain expected on Tuesday with an area of disturbed weather moving through

An area of concern now located from S. Florida through the Yucatan has a very small chance of developing over the next several days as it moves NE through the area.

  Officials: New Policy Change at Local Shelter Spikes Homeless Population in Sarasota

Salvation Army has limited the number of overnight beds, but only in order to get people to move into their assistance programs. - which they say is the only actual way to make a change that causes steps towards sustainability.

  Two Bald Eagles spotted on construction site, permit allows workers to build near the nest

The federally protected animals were seen on top of a construction mound and that left them concerned. But the company, Medallion Homes, isn’t doing anything wrong after receiving a federal permit allowing them to continue to build single family homes on the site.

  Sarasota County goes to court over public access to Beach Road on Siesta Key

Beach Road parallels Siesta Beach at the intersection of Avenida Messina. For years, a group of citizens led by a man named Mike Cosentino have fought with Sarasota County over access to a section of the street.

  Alex Trebek says he’s not afraid to die as he faces stage 4 cancer

Trebek, who’s hosted "Jeopardy!" for 35 years and more than 8,000 episodes, is undergoing chemotherapy for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Semi hits branches, closing Sarasota street

Osprey Avenue at 4th Street in Sarasota has reopened after being shut down because of an accident.

.38 Special and Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Larry Junstrom dies at 70

Larry Junstrom helped found Lynyrd Skynyrd before joining .38 Special.

Florida governor proposes minimum teacher salary of $47,500

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will ask the Legislature to increase the minimum starting salary for public school teachers to $47,500 a year.

Deputies: No threat to community despite rumors of attempted child abduction over the weekend in Sarasota

Deputies were called to an area near Grace Baptist Church on Bee Ridge Road Saturday morning after two girls told their parents that they were walking through a trail in the woods behind the church when a man yelled to them, "Hey girls, come here."

‘Community Canopy’ program offering free tree trees to reduce energy bills is underway

The “Community Canopy” program which offers free trees has returned to the City of Sarasota. This is the sixth program of this sort for the city.

Best Buy hosting hiring fairs for holiday workers

Hiring fairs will take place at all Best Buy stores on Oct. 10 and 11 from noon to 7 p.m. local time.

  Florida trappers capture record-setting python in Everglades

A statement by the Fish and Wildlife Commission says it was the largest snake captured by the new Python Action Team and the largest ever captured at the Big Cypress National Preserve, west of Miami.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.