14-year-old student found with loaded gun in Manatee County school

Man shot in abdomen during armed robbery in Palmetto, suspect sought

  Two more arrests for murder during robbery at Bradenton smoke shop

Former dance studio owner sentenced for sex crimes involving 15-year-old female student

Florida man gets probation for picking up, transporting 41 turtles

Sheriff’s office makes 51 arrests in Sarasota County shoplifting crackdown

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Florida woman made over 350 Instagram accounts to threaten, harass former colleagues

  Cat rescued at Bradenton house fire that displaced family of four

Sarasota man wins $1 million on scratch-off ticket

Bradenton school celebrates on International Day of Peace

  Manatee County teen makes full recovery after anchor gets stuck in head

Lemon Avenue and State Street construction in Sarasota complete

Drivers concerned with State Road 70 at I-75 during major construction project

Drivers concerned with State Road 70 at I-75.

  Fruitville closed in both directions following crash at Oakford Road in Sarasota

The crash happened around 5:30pm at Oakford Road. According to Sarasota County Fire officials on scene, two pickup trucks were involved and two people were taken to the hospital with injuries.

FPL to install 1,000 electric car charging stations

Florida Power & Light plans to install 1,000 electric-charging stations at 100 locations across the state.

  Sarasota police officer buys bike for homeless woman after hers was stolen

Several months ago, a Sarasota police officer met a homeless woman who was down on her luck and her bike was stolen from her while she was working.

Bill filed for all state electricity to be generated from renewable energy by 2050

Florida teacher found guilty of selling drugs to middle schoolers

BPD holds squad meetings for community to meet officers

Florida man accused of cyberstalking, making racist threats against black activist

  15-year-old arrested, charged with attempted murder in shooting at Bradenton apartment complex

  Man arrested for murder during robbery at Bradenton smoke shop

  Manatee County Commissioner issues statement defending son who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in shark dragging case

His mother released a statement late Wednesday night, defending her son, saying that for more than two years, she and her family have been the subject of a “campaign of hatred and persecution” on social media and blaming the media portrayal of the incident.

  How Nathan Benderson Park is impacted by hosting prestigious events

Nathan Benderson Park officials announced it would be hosting the 2022 Dragon Boat World Championships.

Washington Monument to reopen after 3-year closure

There’s only one point in the nation’s capital from which you can see the World War II Memorial, White House, the Jefferson Memorial and United States Capitol.

  Sarasota County may have to pay over $25 million in penalties for spilling 630 million gallons of treated and untreated wastewater

Since May 2018, there have been around 83 spills of more than 630 million gallons of treated and untreated wastewater in Sarasota County. That’s led to a recent consent settlement between Sarasota County Commissioners and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Florida man who murdered woman, raped her daughter sentenced to death

The State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville announced Wednesday that Donald Hugh Davidson Jr. had waived his right to a jury trial after pleading guilty to charges of first-degree murder, attempted sexual battery on a child over 12, lewd and lascivious molestation, kidnapping and grand theft.

Bail denied for man accused of sabotaging American Airlines plane in Miami

U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley imposed pretrial detention for Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at the hearing in Miami federal court.

Police: Pittsburgh Pirates’ All-Star player attempted to have sex with minor

Felipe Vázquez is charged with statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of indecent assault of a person under 16 years old.

Florida mom who accompanied daughter to court arrested on outstanding warrants

Brianna Gross, 18, was arrested last week. Deputies pulled her over and say she was driving without a license in a vehicle with an expired tag and they found used narcotics paraphernalia and a concealed, loaded .380 caliber pistol in her vehicle.

  Man crashes into Bradenton home after being shot behind the wheel

Deputies say it happened around 9am Wednesday and they were called to the scene by the victim, who told them he had been shot by two black men driving a gold-colored Nissan Altima before he crashed his SUV into a home.

86 percent of vehicle burglaries in Sarasota involved unlocked vehicles

Since the beginning of this year, police say there have been 296 vehicle burglaries in the city and 255 of those, or 86 percent, involved vehicles that were left unlocked by their owners. As a result, 10 firearms were stolen.

North Port Police put out sign saying alleged drug house is “closed for business”

Tuesday morning, officers raided a home on Waltrip Street, afterwards putting up this sign that reads, "This drug house closed for business, courtesy of the North Port Police Department."

  Celebrate 25 Years of “FRIENDS” with Kaylee’s Favorite Products! | Suncoast View

How you Doin’? Our Suncoast View Producer, Kaylee Greene, is a Friends fanatic, so we asked her to find the very best products and party favors to ring in the sitcom’s 25th anniversary!

  Loss of tire pressure leads to fatal crash on I-75 North

Florida Highway Patrol says around 9pm, 42-year-old Pedro Quiroz Ramirez of Lehigh Acres was driving a 2017 Freightliner truck on I-75 North around milemarker 210 when his vehicle experienced a loss of tire pressure.

  Man murdered during robbery attempt at Bradenton smoke shop

Around 11pm on Tuesday, deputies were called by Mohammed Hamed’s brother, who said he was checking in on the Green Galaxy Smoke Shop on the 3000 block of 1st Street West through the business’s remote video surveillance and could see two people with guns pointed at his brother.

  Deputies: Man broke into 74-year-old Sarasota woman’s home, forced her to perform oral sex

Deputies say around 9pm on Sunday, 22-year-old James Lamar Mitchell came to the victim’s home on Maple Hollow Court, knocked on her door and asked the victim for a glass of water. The victim refused and Mitchell left.

Woman survives being thrown out of moving car by abusive ex, now telling her story for other victims

A New Orleans woman survived severe domestic abuse, including being thrown from a moving vehicle on the Interstate. Now, Telva Wells is speaking out for the first time publicly and hoping to raise awareness, as well as money, for those struggling with abuse.

  Cold front to bring slightly cooler temperatures to Suncoast Thursday

A backdoor cold front, which means a front moving in from the NE to the SW will be moving through late on Wednesday and early Thursday morning.

  Bradenton family loses everything to fire, including dog that saved them

The family of five lived there for 18 years but now their home is filled with ashes and burned memories. Thomas, his wife, son and two grand kids have very little left.

North Port City Clerk Resigns

Kathryn Wong has worked for the city for about three years, and took the role as City Clerk in October of 2018 after serving as Interim City Clerk from August to October 2018, following the retirement of Patsy Adkins.

  Deadly intersection in North Port getting new traffic signal

The city shared pictures of the uprights being installed at U.S. 41 and West Villages Parkway on Tuesday. Officials say the goal is to have the signal operational by the end of September.

  State Attorney’s Office reviewing case involving woman found dead in Bradenton Beach motel

The State Attorney’s Office is now reviewing the case after Morris’ father provided their office with new information on Monday. Once the information is reviewed, prosecutors will make a determination on whether or not to re-open the case.

Thieves steal $80,000 in wigs from South Florida warehouse

Police in South Florida say thieves stole up to $80,000 in merchandise from a wig warehouse.

New group of citizens launch “Sarasota for Selby” initiative to support Gardens’ master plan

New group of citizens launch “Sarasota for Selby” initiative to support Gardens’ master plan

Sarasota City Commission gives The Bay another go-ahead for Phase One of project

Sarasota City Commission gives The Bay another go-ahead for Phase One of project

Pirates All-Star closer accused of sending obscene video to Florida teen

Felipe Vázquez was taken into custody Tuesday morning by Pennsylvania State Police on one count of computer pornography/solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors. Both charges are felonies. His arraignment was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Dorian cost Florida money, even if storm skirted by state

Although Hurricane Dorian skirted by Florida with hardly any damage, it still cost the Sunshine State money.

Deputies: Panhandler gets aggressive after being given middle finger

The sheriff's office says on Saturday, a man saw 56-year-old Duane Steele panhandling on the corner of U.S. 301 and Erie Road and declined to give him any money.

  Many US women say 1st sexual experience was forced in teens

A disturbing new study finds that for 1 in 16 American women’s first sexual experience is forced.

North Port Police cruiser hit on I-75 by driver who didn’t move over

Police say it happened over the weekend. An officer was parked off the right side of I-75 while responding to a call and was sideswiped.

STOLEN: Trailer full of thousands of dollars worth of audio, musical equipment

The sheriff's office says it was stolen last Friday around 5:45am from the 400 block of 28th Avenue West and contained thousands of dollars worth of audio and musical equipment.

Suspicious package left at bus station turns out to be harmless

Deputies were called to the bus station at 5951 Bahia Vista for a report of a suspicious package found near the bathrooms.

  Mentors needed across the state for foster children

Help is needed statewide for mentoring foster kids who are about to age out of the child welfare system.

  Autistic boy rescued from Florida woods

Andra Hughes got the news that her 3-year-old son was lost while she was at work Sunday. Deputies called in the bloodhounds when he was no where to be found. Word spread fast and neighbors joined police in the search.

  Police working to learn how 60-year-old man ended up dead in North Port pond

Jose Guadalupe Gavarrete was found in a pond near Basilica and Benissimo Drive in the developing Gran Paradiso community on August 16. He had been in the pond for a few days.

Sarasota County Fire Department breaks ground on new fire station

The Sarasota County Fire Department is one stop closer to having a new fire station. Tuesday morning the department broke ground on the new fire station eight that will be located off of Apex Road in Sarasota County.

Florida lawmakers open latest debate over mass killings

Florida's state Senate leader said he wanted to get to the root of the problem and assigned a legislative committee to draft new measures that might prevent other mass killings like the ones that killed 17 people in Parkland last year and 49 at a gay nightclub in Orlando two years earlier.

  Deputies receive hundreds of teddy bears to help kids in distress

Monday morning the department received hundreds of bears from the TinyHands Foundation. The donated bears will ride along with MCSO deputies and be given out to distressed children when needed to provide comfort and companionship.

Naked inmate bum-rushes guard at the Manatee County Jail

A 46-year-old woman who was already incarcerated has been issued an additional charge of resisting an officer with violence after bum rushing a guard while she was naked.

Florida duo had sex in patrol car after DUI arrest, deputies say

A Florida couple that had just been arrested for DUI started having sex in the back of the arresting deputy's patrol car, according to the Nassau County Sheriff's Office.

Riverview High School staff member terminated following altercation with student

Video shows Riverview High School staff member in a physical altercation with student.

  Hundreds of animals fly into Florida from the Bahamas, Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue takes them in

A van full of Dorian refugees pulled into Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue in Lakewood Ranch after being picked up from the Fort Lauderdale Airport. Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue is one of 11 shelters in the state where 158 animals will now call home.

  After another Sarasota man is killed, troopers warn against the dangers for both pedestrians and drivers

After another Sarasota man is killed, Troopers warn against the dangers for both pedestrians and drivers

Rod Stewart reveals he battled cancer for three years

Rock star Rod Stewart is opening up about his personal life.

New updates underway for Lemon Avenue Streetscape project

A makeover for a Downtown Sarasota road. Lemon avenue from Main Street to Pineapple Avenue has been under construction for several weeks as part of the city’s Streetscape Project.

Foundation purchases land for Pulse nightclub museum

A foundation has purchased land to build a museum about the 2016 massacre that killed 49 people at a Florida gay nightclub.

34-year-old man found dead in middle of Sarasota roadway

The sheriff’s office was called to the 1200 block of Cornish Court around 4am and found Robert Whitson of Bradenton dead in the roadway. Deputies say his cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

  Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as part of settlement

The drug company Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy.

  Florida schools trying to curtail vaping

A school district about an hour south of Sarasota in Lee County is taking extra steps to cut down on vaping on school campuses.

  Bradenton church provides mobile showers for homeless

In Manatee County, one Bradenton church rolled out a new way to help the local homeless population start their day off fresh.

  Gov. DeSantis announces plan to bring financial technology companies in Florida

In Jacksonville Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced several initiatives to bring financial technology companies to the Sunshine State.

Three car crash closes lanes on U.S. 41 at Waldmere Street

The crash that occurred on Monday morning on U.S. 41 at Waldmere Street in Sarasota has cleared and all lanes have opened back up.

  Pedestrian fatally struck at U.S. 41 and Gulf Gate Drive Sunday night

According to Florida Highway Patrol, a 20-year-old Sarasota man was driving northbound in a 2019 Nissan Altima on U.S. 41 in the right lane approaching the green traffic signal at Gulf Gate Drive when he struck 27-year-old Johnny Burns of Sarasota, who was crossing at the crosswalk on U.S. 41.

  Money Saving Monday: Helpful tips to pay off student loans

The average American has about $31,000 of student loans to pay off.

  Non-profit organization honoring Jabez Spann raising awareness and helping families of missing children

While his family is still grieving his death, they want to help other families that might be going through the same.

  School monitor fired after altercation with student at Riverview High School

Riverview High School staff member placed on paid administrative leave following altercation with student

Family and friends hold memorial ride for motorcyclist after deadly crash

One family is raising awareness after someone close to them was killed while riding his motorcycle.

Man gets 40 years for fake legal filings

A Florida man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for filing numerous fake legal documents against public officials.

Man and his 2-year-old daughter found dead in wooded area

Deputies were called around 7:30pm to the 3600 block of Stardust Place after the toddler’s mother received text messages from 34-year-old Miguel Castillo-Hernandez saying their 2-year-old daughter may have died.