Good Morning Suncoast Saturday 6AM

Our warm stretch of days continue this weekend and through Wednesday of next week.

Lakewood Ranch man remembers his good friend Hank Aaron

South Tamiami Trail and Wharf Road closed down in Sarasota due to deadly crash in the area

  Staying warm with a few more clouds

Operation One Way Ticket: 14 men arrested in Manatee County child porn sting

Tony Award-winning choreographer Bob Avian dies at 83

Florida Department of Health reports 272 new COVID-19 deaths

Continued Coverage

SMH team members among healthcare workers receiving a Super Bowl invite

Bill targets strangulation by police officer

Manatee County Search and Rescue raising money for new vehicle

Almost 1 million Florida seniors vaccinated, war hero gets first dose

NFL to give 7,500 vaccinated health care workers free tickets to Super Bowl LV

14 arrested in Manatee County in child pornography sting

Charges announced in the death of Corporal Brian LaVigne

Charges have been announced in the killing of Corporal Brian LaVigne.

New drive-thru COVID vaccination site opens at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota

Drive-thru vaccination site opens at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota.

State of Florida to require proof of residency before distributing COVID-19 vaccine

Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees announced that the state will begin requiring people to show proof that they are state residents before they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Florida DOH shows dip in state positivity rate

The Florida Department of Health’s Thursday update shows a slight dip in the statewide positivity rate.

No drones allowed over Tampa Riverwalk, Raymond James Stadium ahead of Super Bowl

Advocates ask Corcoran to delay English proficiency exam

DOH-Sarasota releases update on new COVID-19 vaccine registration system

Man arrested following homicide in Sarasota

Manatee County adds residency requirement for COVID-19 vaccine

  Suspect caught on camera hitting Florida deputy with stolen car

State Capitol building re-opens after bomb threat

A 61-year-old man has been arrested in connection to an overnight bomb threat at the Florida Capitol Building. According to the Tallahassee Police Department, Mark Clark was arrested at The Corner Pocket Bar & Grill located at 2475 Apalachee Parkway.

Marlon Brown officially named Sarasota’s City Manager

The Sarasota City Commission named Marlon Brown as its newest city manager in a unanimous vote Tuesday evening.

  More Sunshine Along The Suncoast

Sunshine glows across the coast with highs in the 70's.

  World hopes for renewed cooperation under new US president

Many expressed hope Wednesday that Biden would right the world’s largest democracy two weeks after they watched rioters storm the Capitol, shaking the faith of those fighting for democracy in their own countries.

  Warming up for the weekend

Don’t put away the winter clothes quite yet as there is still a long way to go before winter officially comes to a close. It won’t feel like winter this weekend as 80 degree temperatures can’t be ruled out for our inland communities.

Funeral held on Wednesday for 22-year-old Bradenton man who lost his life following a home explosion

22-year-old Bradenton home explosion victim laid to rest.

Complaint filed against Sarasota Police Chief after comments made about homeless man

A complaint has been made to the City of Sarasota regarding alleged comments made by Chief Bernadette DiPino about a homeless man.

Suncoast schools using Biden’s inaugural address as a teaching moment

Brian Kirchbirb of Braden River High School opted to tune his class into the first address President Biden gave to the nation today, using the inaugural speech as a lesson.

  Trump frees former aides from ethics pledge, lobbying ban

President Donald Trump, in one of his final acts of office, released current and former members of his administration from the terms of their ethics pledge, which included a five-year ban on lobbying their former agencies.

Officials investigating murder-suicide in Charlotte County

Two people are dead following an apparent murder suicide in Charlotte County.

Palmetto PD, Manatee County Sheriff’s officials investigating homicide

The Palmetto Police Department and the Manatee County Homicide Task Force are investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday morning.

Manatee County Public Safety to start scheduling vaccine second-dose appointments today

Manatee County Public Safety officials announced the process by which they will schedule second dose appointments for thousands of local seniors who have already received a first dose.

Florida Department of Health reports 10.73% positivity rate

The Florida Department of Health posted its Wednesday dashboard update with the state reporting a 10.73% positivity rate. Manatee County experienced a significant spike reaching a 16.33% positivity rate. Sarasota County is reporting 8.32% positivity.

  Biden’s inauguration goes off with no security issues

Joe Biden was safely sworn in as president in a Washington on edge, two weeks after rioters loyal to former President Donald Trump besieged the Capitol.

Sarasota County hopes to stop ‘vaccine tourism’ with residency requirements

In an effort to alleviate concerns regarding non-Florida residents taking vaccine supplies away from seniors who live here, Sarasota County officials say those receiving a COVID-19 vaccine must show proof of residency or part-time residency.

Funeral held for Bradenton man who died weeks after home explosion

Funeral services are underway for a Bradenton man who succumbed to his injuries a month after his home exploded.

Trump pardons former WellCare executives

As part of a flurry of last-minute pardons and commutations, President Donald Trump granted pardons to five former executives of WellCare Health Plans who were convicted in a case involving allegations of defrauding Florida’s Medicaid program.

  Ride accident reported at Manatee County Fair

Marylola Hepp slipped out of the Ring-of-Fire at the Manatee County Fair, now she’s warning others about the potential dangers of carnival rides.

New Sarasota County vaccine registration system and call center launch for people 65 and older

A new way to register and secure your spot in line for a COVID-19 vaccination in Sarasota County launches at noon.

Sarasota County will launch new COVID-19 registration system

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota announces the launch of its new vaccine registration system.

  First Alert Weather- 6am Wednesday January 20

The warm air keeps on coming in through the weekend with a dry weather pattern

  Cool Morning, Warm Afternoon

There is a little smoke in the atmosphere from fires in California and the southwest U.S. The smoke particles are enhancing our sunrise and sunsets this week, giving us more reds and oranges.

  Sheriff: Fla. deputy charged with threats after US Capitol attack

The deputy was charged with making written threats to kill, conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism. He was also suspended pending termination.

  Trump wishes new administration luck in farewell video

The White House released Trump's farewell address Tuesday afternoon, a day ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Van Wezel interactive and free performance for families: The University of Wonder & Imagination

The Van Wezel’s Education and Community Engagement Department has recently announced a FREE virtual and interactive show for families as part of the 2020-2021 Virtual Schooltime Series.

Publix to offer vaccines at 7 Charlotte County locations

Seven Charlotte County Publix supermarket locations will begin offering vaccinations by appointment Thursday, Jan. 21.

In her first tweet since release from jail, former DOH Data Scientist reveals she has COVID-19

Following her release from jail in Tallahassee on a $2500 bond, former Department of Health employee Rebekah Jones revealed that she is COVID-19 positive.

Oklahoma judge orders ‘Tiger King’ zoo to turn over big cats

A federal judge in Oklahoma has ordered the new owners of an Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King” documentary to turn over all the lion and tiger cubs in their possession, along with the animals’ mothers, to the federal government.

New College of Florida kicking off search for new president

New College of Florida has kicked off its search for a new president. The College’s new leader will succeed President Donal O’Shea, who retires in June.

  First Alert Weather- 6am Tuesday January 19

We have sunshine for our Tuesday, but we will see a few more clouds later in the week

An eventful inauguration awaits

A detailed look at what the outgoing/incoming President will be doing

Manatee County receives 3,000 more COVID-19 vaccines

Manatee County 311 callers will begin randomly selecting names within Manatee County’s Vaccination Standby Pool to book vaccination appointments.

Funeral Services for Hillsborough County Deputy killed in crash held today

The Hillsborough County Deputy killed during a pursuit last week is being laid to rest Tuesday.

2 arrested on outstanding racketeering warrant, family members arrested during altercation

Two men were arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant from 2007.

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch scrubbed; launch will now happen Wednesday

The SpaceX launch has been scrubbed due to unfavorable conditions in the recover area where crews wait to collect the rocket’s reusable boosters.

Crews work to extinguish fire onboard boat docked in Cortez Cove

Crews worked to extinguish a fire on a boat in a dry dock.

Suncoast law enforcement agencies sending officers to D.C. for Biden inauguration

Law enforcement agencies from around the Suncoast are preparing to send officers to the presidential inauguration Wednesday, Jan. 20.

  Sarasota officers talk about rescue on the Sarasota Bay in December

There were some tense moments as eyewitnesses saw a car bolt into Sarasota Bay three weeks ago. Inside the car, were two men. The passenger was able to get out however the driver was trapped.

Kamala Harris officially resigns from Senate seat

She will take the oath for VP in less than 48 hours

Sarasota County opens cold weather shelters tonight

Sarasota County Emergency Management officials have coordinated with the Salvation Army to open a cold weather shelter for those in need.

Tallahassee law enforcement and leaders say they’re prepared for any disturbances at the State Capitol building

While the capital was relatively quiet again Sunday, the law enforcement presence was not as local, state, federal officers were on scene.

Former DOH data scientist Rebekah Jones given bond

Former Florida Department of Health employee Rebekah Jones has turned herself into law enforcement.

10-year-old Tampa-area kid named finalist in Good Morning America Super Bowl correspondent contest

A 10-year-old Tampa girl is in the running for a big gig.

  Return of the sunshine and warmer temperatures!

Temperatures gradually warm back to average (71°) early this week, then the mid 70s by the weekend

Trump tanks in approval rating, nears disapproval high: Real Clear Politics

This due to the Congressional riots that took place in early January and Impeachment.

  Suncoast Brunch: Keto tuna pizza bites

If you’re planning on watching the game from the comfort of your home, then we have a recipe for you. Instead of the traditional chicken wings or pizza, Paul Laubscher from Safe Catch shows us a healthier alternative: keto tuna pizza bites.

Biden awaits Senate confirmation hearings for cabinet nominees

Not all nominees are currently scheduled

  A cool Sunday, then a dry and warmer week!

We have a couple more days in the 60s, including more clouds and less wind here for Sunday

Biden’s Inaugural events begin tonight

Biden's festivities will virtually start tonight

IHME model shows COVID-19 currently hitting its peak

COVID-19 making its name heard one final time

  Chilly but dry weekend ahead

The chill will be on for the weekend as the cold front will be well to our south by sunrise on Saturday. It will be blustery to start the day with winds blowing out of the northwest at 20 mph along with some higher gusts at times. Look for a mixture of sun and clouds throughout the day on Saturday

North Port Seniors Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

A North Port senior facility administers the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Arrest made after threat against Florida Capitol

U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe released a video statement announcing an arrest in connection with a threat made to the state’s Capitol.

Sarasota to open drive-thru vaccine clinic next week

Drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held beginning next Thursday and Friday at Twin Lakes Park.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium teams up with FWC, Zoo Tampa to save 2 manatees

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium partnered with Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers and ZooTampa to help rescue two cold and stressed manatees from Sarasota-area waterways.

Sheriff: Man set fire to apartments and immediately turned himself in to authorities on scene

Manatee County Sheriff’s officials say a man set fire to an apartment building in Bradenton and then immediately turned himself in to deputies on scene.

Bringing a kid to the Manatee County Fair? MCSO Explorers are providing armbands to help reunite lost children with guardians

The Manatee County Fair is providing a lot of fun and games for families. If you’re bringing your children with you, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Explorers have come up with an ingenious way to track down a parent if one of your kiddos wanders off.

Florida DOH releases its Friday dashboard update

The Florida Department of Health reported Friday that the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate is back up to 10.17% with a slight increase in both Manatee County and Sarasota County.