Court halts Trump’s policy to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico for hearings

  Virtual Reality helps with new SMH Hospital

A teacher at Southeast High School is being recognized for his work as a teacher and a coach

  Sarasota Memorial Hospital prepares for possible spread of Coronavirus

  Deputies wound suspect after he fires weapon at them in Manatee County

  Brrrrr.... Wind chill in the 30’s Friday morning for some

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Roads will close as Vice President Pence visits the Suncoast Friday

  Luke Fleming found guilty of first-degree murder, sexual battery in 1999 Sarasota cold case

  Nik Wallenda talks about preparing to walk across a live volcano on GMA

  Florida officials express caution -- not panic -- over virus

  Electrical fire damages condos on Longboat Key

  Treasure hunters find silver coins more than 300-years old buried on Florida beach

Man facing charges in crash that killed moped driver in Bradenton

Troopers say around 11:30pm, 36-year-old Ralphie Moreno of Bradenton was driving southbound on 9th Street East, approaching 301 Boulevard. The driver of a pickup truck, 37-year-old Osvin Velasquez Varela of Bradenton, attempted to turn left in front of Moreno onto 301 and the vehicles collided.

  Motorcyclist killed in crash on Cortez Road in Bradenton

Troopers say around 6:45pm, 30-year-old Seiji Esquivel was driving a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle at a high rate of speed west on Cortez Road (State Road 684) when an SUV traveling east turned left into a restaurant.

  Below average temperatures stick around through the weekend

Temperatures will remain well below average with afternoon highs only topping out in the low 60s across the Suncoast.

  Fruitville Road between Cocoanut Ave and US 41 to close around March 1st during next phase of roundabout project

Drivers will have to follow all the detours and they can expect delays as well. The Florida Department of Transportation says this will change some of the traffic patterns around the area.

  DNA experts testify in second day of the 1999 Sarasota cold case murder trial

  Amber Alert: Search for Tennessee toddler Evelyn Boswell in North Carolina pond inconclusive

  Now get ready for the cold

  Officials say It’s Time to Prepare for Coronavirus in the United States

ABC creating new dating show for seniors similar to The Bachelor

  North Port man charged with child porn possession

  Four Florida teens face charges in train depot fire

The Palm Beach Post reports that the fire occurred Tuesday morning in Delray Beach. Delray Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Dani Moschella says the Atlantic High School students suspected of starting the blaze face arson and burglary charges.

  Florida woman accused of zipping boyfriend in suitcase, leaving him to die

Sarah Boone, 42, faces a second-degree murder charge after the death of her 42-year-old boyfriend, Jorge Torres Jr., whom she allegedly zipped inside a suitcase.

  How a new immigration rule could impact the local economy

This week, the Public Charge Rule went into effect. The new rule deals with immigration and allows the government to deny green cards or visas to legal immigrants based on their income or if they use government assistance programs like Medicare or food stamps.

  Detectives: Driver accelerated towards deputy before being shot, killed in Bradenton

Detectives say it started around 12:30am on Cortez Road West in Bradenton when the deputy, who the sheriff’s office is not identifying at this time, saw a driver behind the wheel of a vehicle with its front tire shredded and heavy front end damage traveling westbound.

  Beach erosion concerning residents who live on Casey Key Road

Earlier this month Sarasota County Commissioners asking staff to look into funding for improving the shoreline, especially in the northern and middle sections of Casey Key.

  Possible severe storms on Wednesday as front moves in

A strong cold front will move through the area on Wednesday. We can expect to see some showers overnight and plenty of clouds.

  Prosecutors seek death penalty for Florida man accused of killing wife, 3 kids

State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced during a news conference Tuesday that an Osceola County grand jury had formally charged Anthony Todt. Florida law requires a grand jury indictment for capital crimes.

  Trial begins for the accused 1999 cold case killer in Sarasota

The accused cold case killer of the 1999 Sarasota murder of Deborah Dalzell is on trial this week. Luke Fleming is charged with murder and sexual battery with great bodily harm.

  Mother, 5-year-old son found dead in car after it plunges into Estero Bay in Southwest Florida

According to Lee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call for service behind the 26900 block of McLaughlin Blvd in Bonita Springs where a car was found in the water a short distance from land.

  Two children save baby sister from their South Florida mom, who’s charged with attempted murder

Ailenys Carmenate wiped back tears before the bond court judge had even called her name. She's facing several charges, including two counts of attempted premeditated murder, after police say she tried to strangle her infant daughter.

  Video shows man tackling deacon during Saturday evening mass at Florida church

Surveillance video from St. Coleman Catholic Church in Pompano Beach shows the man sitting in a front pew as the deacon walked back and forth, addressing the congregation on Saturday evening. The man then gets up and charges toward the deacon, taking him to the floor.

Portion of MLK Way closed in Sarasota due to outdoor fire

Emergency Services says there was an outdoor fire on the 2700 block of Central. Police say the fire was hard to access due to its location in a wooded area.

  Volunteer finds eaglet in nest with hook in its beak

When a volunteer with the Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida climbed up to inspect an eagle’s nest, he found an eaglet with a hook in its beak.

  Firefighters rescue raccoon with jar on its head that ran up tree

But that didn't slow down firefighters with Englewood Area Fire Control District. They helped Charlotte County Animal Control get the critter down from the tree and safely removed the jar.

North Port man killed in Hardee County crash

Troopers say for unknown reasons, while traveling east around 10:30am, 29-year-old Justin Davis' 1992 Honda Civic drifted over the center line of State Road 64, just east of Griffin Road.

  RAW VIDEO: Brush fire burns more than 200 acres, forcing evacuations and cutting power in Charlotte County

The fire started around 11:30am Monday and in a short amount of time left 60 acres burned to the ground in the Rotonda Sands area of Charlotte County. Then it started moving and around 40 homes had to be evacuated.

WATCH: Javelina caught speeding in Arizona

A javelina is going viral after a video of it running was shared on social media.

  FDOT conducting safety study on Gulf of Mexico Drive

In the last eighteen months, the Town of Longboat Key has seen five fatalities from four separate accidents along Gulf of Mexico Drive.

  18-year-old charged with second degree murder in connection to fatal shooting in Bradenton

Police say they were called shortly before 6am to a home on the 2800 block of Southern Parkway West after a report of a shooting. There, they found 21-year-old Ryan Booth of Bradenton dead in the front yard from what looked like gunshot wounds.

70 animals removed from home in what Florida sheriff calls “rescue turned hoarder” situation

The Union County Sheriff’s Office announced on Facebook last week that deputies and animal control officers executed a search warrant earlier this month on February 4th at a rural home off CR18 in what they describe as a “rescue turned hoarder” situation.

  Large brush fire threatens homes and forces evacuations in Charlotte County

Massive flames burning at least 252 acres in the Rotonda Sands section of Charlotte County. The large plumes of smoke could be seen miles away.

  Keeping beehives thriving on the Suncoast as bee problems persist

Bee colony deaths began rising more than a decade ago due to colony collapse disorder and other factors like parasites and pests, poor nutrition, and exposure to pesticides.

  Much needed rain expected with next cold front

This cold front will have a lot more rain with it and this time the cold will stick around a lot longer. So keep the jackets and sweaters handy you are going to need them.

  North Port Police Using Drone to Solve Crimes and Save Lives

This technology can not only help find missing persons, but help officials see what kind of damage a storm might have caused in some areas or what roads are now blocked – before sending officers into the danger zone.

Dog stuck in cave saved by rescuers in southern Indiana

Cave rescuers banded together to get a dog lost in a cave back to safety early Sunday morning in Salem, Indiana.

Jury selected, trial begins Tuesday in the 1999 murder and rape of a Sarasota woman

The trial for the man accused of raping and murdering a Sarasota woman in 1999 begins Tuesday morning. The murder of Deborah Dalzell went cold until detectives cracked the case nearly twenty years later through DNA technology.

  Bradenton Girl Scout troops say girls are receiving counterfeit cash for cookies

Who would steal money from a little girl? It’s essentially the problem that several Girl Scout troops now have after receiving counterfeit cash at several locations selling cookies in the last week.

Childproof packaging removed in most accidental poisonings in children, study says

The Poison Prevention Packaging Act passed in 1970 required a number of household items like cleaning chemicals, flammable liquids and prescriptions to have child-resistant packaging.

  VIDEO: 80-acre brush fire forces evacuations in Charlotte County

Fire and EMS say 60 acres have already burned and the fire is still burning in the area of Master Drive and Brig Circle.

  First Alert Weather: Dramatic change coming to the Suncoast this week

For Monday and most of Tuesday, the weather will be beautiful, with highs in the upper 70s, rain-free and low in humidity. But late Tuesday night and into Wednesday things change rapidly.

  Lanes re-opened on U.S. 41 in Sarasota following gas leak

Reports indicate a 3-inch natural gas line was struck by construction workers, forcing the closure of North Tamiami Trail in the 200 block, which is just south of the intersection with Fruitville Road and just north of the intersection with Gulfstream Drive.

  Man arrested for child porn last week struck, killed on I-75 South in apparent suicide

The Florida Highway Patrol says around 2:45am near milemarker 209, 65-year-old Gerald Nicolas darted out in front of a semi traveling south in the middle lane and was struck.

  Deputies rescue pelican with fishing line around wing, bill and fish hook in mouth

It happened Sunday morning on Anna Maria Island. Deputies were alerted that a pelican was in distress near City Pier and Deputies Parkinson and Kiernan found the pelican stranded in the surf.

Worker killed from 16-story fall down Florida condo roof

Officials say a worker was killed from a 16-story fall down the roof of a Florida condo building.

Man rescues woman from car sinking into water of Florida canal

A white SUV when into a canal around 11:30am Sunday in Palm Beach County and was taking on water quickly. That's when Shawn Turner and his son drove by, saw what was happening and got involved.

  Sarasota community remembers the city’s past at the Oaklands/Woodlawn Cemetery

The Sarasota community spent their Sunday afternoon reflecting and remembering those who died for freedom.

  Circus Sarasota is back in town for its 23rd show

There are nine acts this year, from the Dominguez Poodles to the Balancing Ladder and the Double Trapeze to the Russian Barre.

  Field One in Lakewood Ranch renamed to Matthew Ryan Powers Memorial Field in honor of a local teen

A Lakewood Ranch Little League field is being renamed to honor the memory of a local teen.

Officials: Florida man negligently fires gun, kills roommate

Officials say a Florida man shot and killed his roommate while improperly handling a gun in their apartment.

  Couple who vanished during California getaway found alive

An academic couple who vanished during a getaway in the woods of Northern California coastline has been found by search-and-rescue workers who spent almost a week looking for them and gave up hopes of finding them alive.

  65-year-old driver killed in fatal crash on Saturday in Palmetto

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Troopers are investigating a fatal head-on collision crash that took place on Saturday morning in Palmetto.

  Family of Jabez Spann still searching for answers, one year after his skeletal remains were found

Search continues for Jabez Spann's killer.

  Winter chill to start the weekend

Winter comes back strong to the Suncoast with lows in the mid 40′s and some areas seeing wind chills in the upper 30′s for a few hours on Saturday.

  Support group on the Suncoast helps those suffering from early stages of Alzheimer’s

The group is specifically for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment, which is considered the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

  JROTC students restore historic black cemetery in Sarasota, honor fallen veterans

Woodlawn is the first black cemetery in the Sarasota area and the JROTC students first began to restore the luster of this historic site in 2017

  Manatee County Emergency Communications Center gets new 911 software

It’s thanks to a new, first-of-its-kind state grant that was just given to Manatee County’s Emergency Communications Center to upgrade the 911 system with a new program called Radius Plus.

Noise from pile driving may be heard half mile away from Venice bridge replacement site

Residents living near the Capri Isles Bridge may hear some loud banging starting Monday, February 24 when the contractor working on the bridge replacement project begins driving piles.

Man sentenced to 8 years in prison for attacking Sarasota County deputy

On April 9, 2019, the sheriff's office was called to South Venice and asked to transport Hosea Harrison III to Coastal Behavioral Healthcare in Sarasota for treatment.

Manatee County man arrested for allegedly threatening neighbors with AR-15

On Thursday, deputies were called to the 900 block of Mill Creek Road. There, they say a man told them that his neighbor, 66-year-old Michael Boston, had come to his front door, angry that there were ruts in his lawn and blaming him for the damage.

  Investigators say man who shot, killed Trooper Joseph Bullock was angry over tow company bill

It was the morning of February 5, 2020 and 42-year-old Trooper Bullock, an Air Force veteran and a 19-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol, was on duty along I-95. At 9:09am, he stopped in the northbound lanes near mile marker 107 in Palm City to help a disabled motorist.

Six ways to improve your sleep, according to the experts

The National Safety Council said 43% of American workers report that they are sleep deprived. So what can you do to get a better night’s sleep? A sleep expert said there are six changes people can make.

Appeals court keeps block on Mississippi 6-week abortion ban

A federal appeals court is keeping a block on a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions as early as six weeks - when many women may not even know they are pregnant.

Server accused of stealing customers’ credit cards from Charlotte County restaurant

Three separate victims came to the sheriff's office earlier this month after finding transactions at Walmart they did not make. Each was charged with $254.94 and the last place each had eaten was at Prime Serious Steak in Port Charlotte.

  4th member of Massachusetts family dies after Florida crash

The crash happened Tuesday evening on State Road 429 in Osceola County. Lt. Kim Montes says the family’s van was struck from behind by a pickup truck, causing the vehicle to overturn in the southbound lanes.

  Sheriff: Customs agent kills 3 family members in Florida home, then himself

Orange County Sheriff John Mina says deputies responded to an Orlando-area neighborhood Thursday afternoon after the agent’s co-workers expressed concern about him. Deputies learned the family members hadn’t been seen since last week, so they entered the home and found the four bodies.

  City of Sarasota Mayor concerned about upcoming Gulfstream Ave and U.S. 41 roundabout project

City of Sarasota Mayor, Jen Ahearn-Koch, said she's concerned with the congestion created by the three roundabout projects along U.S. 41 in the city.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  Parts of Myrtle Street in Sarasota closed for major improvement project

Sarasota County officials say in this second phase between Central and Orange, resurfacing of the road will be done and there will be the widening of the two lane street for bicycle lanes and sidewalks, which will include lighting and drainage improvements as well.