Registered nurse accused of stealing medication from Sarasota hospital

In August 2019, the pharmacy director of Doctor’s Hospital in Sarasota met with Christine Eckles, a registered nurse working at the hospital in the ICU, to discuss discrepancies in the use of hydromorphone, a schedule II controlled substance.

  Two-alarm fire at Bradenton apartment building leaves 21 adults, children homeless

  Dump truck driver killed in rollover crash, fire on I-275N

  Manatee County School District working on reading program for elementary students

  Suncoast students sending Valentines Day cards to veteran for his birthday

  Troopers searching for driver in fatal crash that killed a pedestrian in Bradenton

  Manasota Operation Troop Support hosts fishing event to honor veterans

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Mistake leads to huge water bills in Florida city

  J.D. Hamel Park hosting fifth annual Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival

  Local family receives living room makeover from Manatee Habitat for Humanity

  Flooding problems discussed at Palmetto High School during school board workshop

79-year-old driver critically injured in traffic crash

  Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

  Police searching for robbery suspect in North Port

This suspect was seen wearing a ski mask, holding a handgun and backpack. He is believed to be in a light-colored four door vehicle.

  Bradenton Police to focus on traffic, pedestrians in certain areas of the city

The Bradenton Police Department is working to reduce injuries and deaths on the road. They will soon begin enforcing a High Visibility Program.

  Manatee County Planning Commission approves proposed car dealership, neighbors voice opposition

The Manatee County Planning Board approving a rezoning request yesterday by a vote of 4 to 2 to convert the property to commercial use. This now paves the way for the proposed dealership. It still needs approval from Manatee County Commissioners next month.

  Local non-profit that helps the homeless now needs help from the community to get new roof

Their building on 17th Avenue needs a new roof. The current roof has water damage from multiple leaks and it will cost the organization about $40,000 to replace it. Without a new roof, Turning Points won’t be able to continue to serve the community.

  Weekend brings changes to Suncoast as cold front moves through

  Sarasota County Commissioners move forward on $20 million commitment to new Mote aquarium

  VIDEO: Did you see the fireball that lit up the Suncoast sky?

  Surveillance video captures moment EF-2 tornado rips through S.C. high school

  U.S. House passes bill to protect older workers from age discrimination

  Amazon building new distribution center in south Sarasota County

Car slams through wall of mobile home in Manatee County

It happened around 8:30am at Hi-Way Shores mobile home park on U.S. 301 North in Ellenton. Troopers say for unknown reasons the driver of the car, 49-year-old Jonathan Perry of Bradenton, veered off Gamble Court and into the mobile home.

  DNA leads to cold case conviction of man who killed Sarasota woman in 1988

The murder happened on July 31, 1998 near Booker High School. The following day, the newspaper headline read, "Woman’s body found behind Sarasota School.” That woman was 23-year-old Judith Elaine Doherty.

  General counsel for Manatee Schools to receive sensitivity training over alleged inappropriate comments

The school board attorney found “no evidence to support the complaints" and also noted there had been no in-house complaints by any district staff.

  Social media sleuths help police identify, locate woman who allegedly stole from downtown Sarasota hotel

On Friday, January 10 around 10:15pm, police say Mary Arslanagic, also known as Mary Tormey, is seen in these photos stealing approximately $1,000 from the gift shop at the Art Ovation Hotel, Autograph Collection.

  Chalkboard Champion: Teacher combining love of teaching with passion for community service

A Sarasota County teacher is now the newest Chalkboard Champion and the recipient of $500.

  Opening day for the 104th Manatee County Fair in Palmetto

There are a variety of fair foods to satisfy any appetite, lots of rides putting smiles on faces and many different exhibits keeping people very entertained. If that’s not your thing, how about pigs showing off their racing skills or a lumberjack chopping down a tree.

  New Accelerated Program at USF’s Sarasota-Manatee Campus To Help Fill Gap in Nursing Shortage

“We’re going to have an even further shortage of nurses coming on because as we all know, we’re opening up new facilities in Venice, and that’s going to add to the demand."

  Sarasota County Commissioners approve hunting program to stop feral hog damage

In the United States, they cause about $1.5 billion in damage to agriculture every year. Sarasota County is no exception. To help, County Commissioners just approved a pilot program that will allow managed feral hog hunting on Pinelands Reserve.

  Brrrrrrr..... Arctic air to visit Florida next week

Say goodbye to the bathing suits and beach chairs and hello to ear muffs and jackets as the coldest air of the season is coming to Florida next week and may stay for a while.

Florida high court sides with governor on felon voter rights

The court says in advisory opinion that only felons who have fully completed their sentences can regain access to the ballot box under the voter approved ballot measure known as Amendment 4.

  VIDEO: Bobcat spotted prowling near home in North Port

Ray Dunlop was outside in North Port near U.S. 41 and Salford when he saw this bobcat prowling around the house. He managed to capture a video as it went on its way.

Florida woman who fed vultures, gators settles lawsuit for $53,000

A Palm Beach County judge on Wednesday ordered Irma Acosta Arya to pay up by Feb. 14. He also permanently enjoined her from further feedings of wildlife.

  Selby Gardens introduces revised expansion plans during public workshop

Public workshop on Selby Gardens revised expansion plans.

  Bradenton man takes to social media to try to find person who stole his trailer

Social media has changed the landscape of society and how law enforcement does police work. It’s also made a difference for people who want to take matters into their own hands to find their stolen property.

  Sarasota City Manager explores potential new site for Sarasota Orchestra

There are several pieces of land that add up to more than 20 acres in this area. The lots range in size and some are already for sale.

Teen girl who North Port Police say made up story about being raped now facing charges

Police spoke to the girl again the evening of Friday, January 10 and say she admitted making up the story to seek attention.

Republican leaders oppose Gov. DeSantis plan to have businesses use E-Verify

The governor kicked off the session Tuesday by reminding lawmakers about one of his top priorities: a proposed mandate for all Florida employers to use the federal government’s E-Verify system to check new hires to make sure they are not undocumented immigrants.

  Selby Gardens public workshop to discuss new expansion plan

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is looking to hear what people in the community think of their newly revised expansion plans.

  Manatee County commissioners agree to turn vacant land into high-end affordable housing

The vacant land off Ellenton Gillette and 29 street East will turn into state-of-the-art affordable homes.

  Metal netting to be installed on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to help with suicide prevention

Florida Department of Transportation will be installing an eight-foot high protective metal netting at a price tag of three million dollars. It’ll be placed on about a mile and a half stretch at the highest level on both sides of the bridge.

  Pink Eye Cases Rise on the Suncoast

Pink eye can be caused by different things, but depending on what caused it makes a difference between the seriousness of the infection and how contagious it can be. That’s why it’s always best to go see a professional.

  Venice Hiring More Paramedics to Join Fire Department for Transition Into Taking Over Emergency Services

The department will eventually hire a total of 25 new paramedics and firefighters to be able to perform these new duties, but they’re already ahead of schedule.

  Warm weather through the weekend and then the chill is on

It’s been nice while it lasted but the record breaking warmth is just about over. Extreme cold has been gathering over Alaska and W. Canada over the past week and now it is on the move southward.

  Suncoast Partnership to End Homlessness group in search of volunteers to survey homeless population in the Suncoast

The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness is searching for volunteers. The partnership group does a point in time count in Sarasota and Manatee counties annually. They’re looking for as many volunteers as they can in

  Sarasota couple receives home thanks to Homeless Outreach Team

Thanks to the homeless outreach team in Sarasota a couple started 2020 with a roof over their heard for the first time in years. The recipient says it’s a gift of a lifetime.

  General counsel for Manatee Schools on leave over investigation into comments

In a statement to the media, the district did not identify the nature of why Mitchell Teitelbaum was placed on leave, but the Herald Tribune reports the district is conducting an internal investigation that he made "inappropriate comments of a sexual nature."

White House considers diverting billions more for border wall

The Trump administration plans to pull an additional $7.2 billion from military funds for the border wall.

Gov. DeSantis calls for teacher raises, water quality in State of the State

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has an ambitious agenda for 2020 which he laid out Tuesday during his State of the State address.

  Local woman releases book of her father’s letters from World War II

A local woman released a book this week of her father’s letters during World War II.

Florida won’t get the chance to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in 2020

The political committee Make It Legal Florida had been hurrying to try to meet a requirement to submit 766,200 valid petition signatures to the state by a Feb. 1 deadline and went to court to try to get more time.

  FHP hands out about 1,000 tickets for new texting while driving law

Florida Highway Patrol said they stopped about 1,000 drivers throughout the state just days after the new texting while driving law went into effect.

  Nik Wallenda announces his next high-wire walk will be over a LIVE volcano!

Nik Wallenda appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday morning to make the announcement, telling the world that he will become the first person to walk a high wire directly over a volcano in Nicaragua.

  Five stray cats found dead in Bradenton neighborhood over the weekend

Cats, especially those living outdoors, succumb to age and the elements. But the next day, it was clear something was amiss when Nicole found yet another dead cat.

  Family, friends and the community remember Bill Robinson during candlelight walk at Robinson Preserve

People who knew him better than anyone spoke about Bill and his life before a candlelight walk led by Robinson’s family. The walk led people through the preserve to the tower and back.

  COLD CASE: Family still searching for answers in 2013 Patrick Mullins homicide

His wife, Jill Mullins, hasn’t given up hope that someone will come forward and uses the annual Manatee County Fair to remind the community the case is still unsolved.

  Record warmth possible through Wednesday

It’s beginning to feel a like Summer all across the land. That’s right mid to upper 80′s have been the rule since Saturday which is more typical of early June as opposed to mid January here along the Suncoast.

  VIDEO: Forget alligators! Watch out for coyotes in the water

On Saturday, Shelley Heller was looking out at a canal in Venice directly across from the Venice Yacht Club and saw this coyote swimming across!

  Wildlife organization: Opossum beaten with clubs on Hilton Head Island golf course

A wildlife rehab organization says an opossum was beaten with clubs at a Hilton Head Island golf course.

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

  A Bradenton woman is taking trash and creating masterpieces

A local Bradenton woman is taking trash and creating masterpieces. Wendell Graham created a new turtle species, a ‘plastic back’ loggerhead turtle named “Trash” made from all the garbage found along the beaches of Longboat Key.

  Sarasota bishop facing additional charge of sexual battery on child, police urge victims to come forward

On Friday, police charged Henry Lee Porter, Sr. with the additional count. The second victim tells police the abuse happened between April and November in 1990 when the victim was attending the school at Westcoast Center for Human Development.

  Money Saving Monday: Budgeting tips

With it be being a new year, it's a great time to start developing smart financial habits.

  Veterans and first responders compete in first annual Warrior Race featuring obstacle courses

A group of veterans and first responders competed in the first annual Warrior Race at TreeUmph Adventure Course in Bradenton.

From coconut patties to guns, lawmakers ready for session

Florida lawmakers are set to begin their 60-day annual session with 3,000 bills in front of them, ranging from making coconut patties the official state candy to adding new requirements for private gun sales.

Florida man accused of stealing golf balls, beating golfer

A Florida man is in jail on charges he beat an elderly golfer after trying to steal his golf balls at a course, officials said.

  Florida soccer team hosts open tryouts for first time in five years

The team held an open tryout at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch on Saturday morning. Dozens of professional players kicked it like Beckham in order to make the team.

Police investigating fatal crash that claimed the life of 85-year-old man in Bradenton

According to police, around 6:45 a.m. Saturday officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash in the 1200 block of 14th Street West in Bradenton.

  FWC investigating illness causing bobcats and panthers to struggle with walking

Bobcats and panthers in Florida are struggling to walk properly and dragging their back legs.

  Anna Maria Island Pier undergoing renovations that should be completed in the Spring

Jagged wood now covers the pier. It’s been a two-year, stop-and-go process to get the Anna Maria City Pier back to the way it was before Hurricane Irma in 2017.

  Police: 15-year-old girl made up story about being sexually battered while jogging in North Port

Police spoke to the girl again on Friday evening and say she admitted making up the story to seek attention.

  Some homeowners in Anna Maria blocking off beach access with rope fences

The city's mayor Dan Murphy tells us since the homes are on the bay portion of the island, homeowners do have the right to block off their portion of the beach all the way into the water.

  Deputies: Victim kills intruder during home invasion in Bradenton

It happened around 11am on the 4500 block of 27th Street West. The victim told deputies he woke up with a gun against his head. The intruder pulled the trigger but missed and began pistol whipping him.

  Winter weather withers away and now get ready for mid 80’s

Do you remember Monday? People were dressed up in jackets and hats with temperatures chilling in the upper 30′s to low 40′s over parts of the Suncoast. How quickly we forget right?

  Florida graduation rates trending upward; Suncoast saw slight decrease last year

The state of Florida had an increase in high school graduates last year. In the Suncoast, Manatee and Sarasota counties saw a slight decrease in graduates last year. School leaders say there's been an overall increase in rates since 2014.

Sheriff: Florida man purposely ran over Vietnam Veteran because 'he wanted to kill someone’

Sheriff Chris Nocco discussed the case Friday following the arrest of Justyn Pennell for first-degree premeditated homicide.

Prosecutors say man tried to blame his 80-year-old father for child porn downloads

William Brian Slider, 57, was arrested in June 2019, after agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found an IP address connected to Slider’s home had downloaded 79 videos. The videos were found on a laptop in Slider’s living room and many depicted sexual battery on young children.

ODD: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office wants to know: Whose wise man is this?

But somehow the statue got there (maybe it followed a star?) and deputies are looking for the owner. It was left there late Monday night or early Tuesday morning and brought to the sheriff’s office for safekeeping.

  Make less than $66K a year? Here’s how to get your taxes filed for free

It’s hard to believe, but we’re just a few weeks away from the start of tax season.