Email threatens to blow up schools in Charlotte County

Charlotte County received the threat through their food service department at 5:15am. The message threatened that if the school did not promote the sender's group to area media within three hours, they would blow up 40 schools across the state.

Trump calls on Florida Democrat to concede, implies fraud

Names of two people killed in head-on collision in North Port released

Suncoast makes list of metro areas with highest positive job growth

Get ready to pack your bags, Allegiant Air is now offering nine new routes ahead of the holidays

Allegiant Airlines offering nine new nonstop flights

4 cheetah cubs born at wildlife refuge near Jacksonville

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  US trial to tell epic tale of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo’

VIDEO: Florida man crashes truck into boutique

First Alert Weather: Cooler weather just days away!

FHP investigates I-75 crash that killed a Sarasota man

Florida recount chugs along as more irregularities surface

Dead in cars and homes: Northern California fire toll at 42

  Overcrowding at Venice High School Prompts Sarasota County School District to Discuss Options

Venice High School is now overcrowded. It was only intended to have 2,100 students, and currently has about 2,400.

Top 5 diets recommendations on the Suncoast

If you’re having trouble taking inches off your waist, it may be because your weight-loss goals are unrealistic.

  Local organizations continue to search for a cure to help veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

As we honor our nation's veterans, it's important to remember that for many the battle continues. And even though they no longer live in a war zone, a great number of them suffer from post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

Drugs found by deputies investigating shooting in Charlotte County

A Charlotte County man is in custody for allegedly possessing illegal drugs inside his home found during an investigation into a drive-by shooting on his property.

  “Human error” leads to a recount of the recount in Manatee County

Stan Lee, superhero creator, comic book icon, dead at 95

Judge: Sides in Florida recount should ‘ramp down’ rhetoric

Doctor paints patient’s genitals purple as a ‘joke’

Two-alarm fire at metal and recycling plant sends large plume of smoke over Sarasota

GA mom says ‘our world needs more people’ like stranger who helped with daughter’s hair

The Latest: Lawsuit wants Scott banned from role in recount

A Florida judge said he's seen no evidence of wrongdoing in the vote-counting in Broward County and urged all sides to "ramp down the rhetoric."

Crane tilts, hits gym in Bradenton

The crane was doing work next to the Crunch Fitness at University and North Lockwood Ridge in Bradenton when it tilted over, crashing into the gym. A person ABC7 spoke with said they were working inside when they heard a thud and were later evacuated from the building.

Jewish barista refuses to let WWII veteran pay as a thank you for his service

A barista is being praised by the son of a WWII veteran for his kindness. v

Florida school shooting defendant registered to vote in jail

The man accused of gunning down 17 people at a Florida high school registered to vote while behind bars awaiting trial.The SunSentinel reports Nikolas Cruz registered as a Republican on July 25.

Druken Florida man accused of biting off man’s fingertip

Authorities say a drunken Florida man bit another man’s fingertip off at a campsite in the Florida Keys.

November Chalkboard Champion for Sarasota County: Mrs. Conley from Atwater Elementary

We head to North Port for November’s Sarasota County Chalkboard Champion. ABC 7′s Jacqueline Matter takes us to Atwater Elementary to meet first grade teacher Kayla Conley.

Sarasota police officer removed from plane for allegedly being intoxicated, shoving airline staffer

Officer Derrick Gilbert was arrested by deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office around 6:30pm at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport on charges of trespassing, battery and domestic battery following an incident.

Sarasota School District investigating ‘inappropriate’ Planned Parenthood video shown to seniors

Some parents are outraged after a Planned Parenthood video about consensual sex was shown at Pine View High School.

First Alert Weather: Unsettled warm weather till Friday then cooler

A cool front sank south over the weekend but the cool air never really gave us much of a break from the warmer than normal temperatures. In fact, after one crisp morning on Sunday the temperature rebounded to record values in the afternoon with a high of 88. That cold front has now returned as a war

Wildfires rage in California; 31 dead, more than 200 missing

Strong winds and low humidity are fueling three wildfires across the state of California.

The future of Sarasota County’s Legacy Trail

The Legacy Trail is more than 10 miles long, and the goal is to link it to other paths in the state, making one massive trail throughout Florida.

No injuries reported in Sarasota house fire

Sarasota County Firefighters are on scene of a residential fire near Robarts Arena.

The Latest: Broward recount delayed because of problem

Broward County is scheduled to begin counting about 700,000 ballots Sunday morning, but a tested machine wasn't registering all ballots. Republican representatives asked that all machines be retested and county officials agreed.

Deputies searching for vehicle burglary suspect

Manatee County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help identify an unknown male suspect that allegedly stole from multiple vehicles in the Braden Oaks neighborhood.

Man attacked by alligator, hospitalized

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told news outlets that the 30-year-old man was bitten on the leg Friday morning at Pero Family Farms near Delray Beach.

Woman fakes heart attack to escape burglary, gets suspect to help call 911

An 85-year-old woman's home was invaded and she protected herself by pretending to have a heart attack.

First Alert Traffic: Port Charlotte man killed in car crash, driver fled on foot

Troopers say Shea entered the intersection of US-41 and Jacaranda Blvd. with a green light and another vehicle failed to yield, striking the left side of Shea’s vehicle. Shea became separated from his vehicle and was pronounced deceased on scene.

Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Announce Their Return to TV

On the show they discussed the newest addition to their family, their decision to end Fixer-Upper and what’s next fro the franchise, and spin-off details.

Venice High School student battling cancer granted wish to E! People’s Choice Awards

Sydney Hampton, an 18-year-old Osprey resident who has undergone chemotherapy and surgery for a rare form of cancer, was pulled from class this morning to begin her wish to be a VIP at the E! People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

Florida man catches record-setting 17-foot python

Kyle Penniston, of Homestead, made the solo capture of a 17-foot, 5-inch female Burmese python while hunting on SFWMD lands in Miami-Dade County late Monday night. The mammoth snake weighed in at 120 pounds. It's the third caught as part of the program that measured more than 17 feet.

RED TIDE REPORT: Levels generally decrease in Manatee and Sarasota counties

After Hurricane Michael plowed through the Gulf of Mexico, red tide essentially disappeared from the shoreline. But over the past two weeks, red tide has returned, being found in high concentrations from Manatee to Charlotte counties and turning the sample map red.

Vote tallies due in Florida’s hotly contested elections

At stake was the tight and acrimonious U.S. Senate race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. The governor's race between former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, might also face a recount.

  Will three races in Florida - U.S. Senate, Governor, and Agriculture Commissioner - head to possible recounts?

Florida is now looking at three races - U.S. Senate, Governor, and Agriculture Commissioner - that may be heading to possible recounts. As of Thursday afternoon, here’s what those races looked like.

Local hotel owner says business is rebounding after months of low occupancy from red tide

Suncoast hotels may be seeing the beginning of a rebound, after hitting an all-time low for visitors.

Recount would be costly statewide including Sarasota and Manatee County

As a recount looms in the state of Florida in some key races including the Senate race and the race for governor, many people are feeling a sense of deja vu and the cost of a recount.

Cesar Sayoc charged with sending package bombs to leading liberals, could face life in prison

The 56-year-old put liberal institutions on edge last month when he sent packages to leading figures around the country containing explosives.

Scott and Nelson both seek courts to intervene in battle for U.S. Senate seat

The deeply purple state will learn Saturday whether there will be recounts in the bitter and tight U.S. Senate race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson; and in the governor's race between former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and the Democratic mayor of Tallahass

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Four burglary suspects rob convenience store

According to the Sarasota Police Department, video shows a silver type color 4-door sedan back into a parking space and four males exiting the vehicle and approaching the front door. One of the occupants was carrying a large rock and threw it through the front door.

Principal accused of taking $900 from disabled 9-year-old

The Tampa Bay Times reports 50-year-old Edward John Abernathy was arrested Thursday and charged with grand theft. A Pasco County Sheriff’s Office release says deputies were told the child brought $2,100 of his parents' money to Connerton Elementary School in Land O’Lakes in October.

North Port man arrested on child pornography charges

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 24-year-old man Thursday for Transmission and Possession of Child Pornography.

Would you allow Facebook cameras into your home?

With over 2.27 billion active monthly users on Facebook, this social media site continues to broaden their brand. Once a college posting site, now a marketplace, video chat center, messaging spot and much more. Now it has a new smart camera device that will bring it directly into your home.

California bar shooting victims included young students, Marine veteran, sheriff’s deputy

Ventura County, CA, Sheriff Geoff Dean said 12 victims were killed, including Ron Helus, a sergeant from his department who was one of the first responders to the scene.

Christmas in November?

Are retailers starting the holiday season too early?

VIDEO: Early look at the Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Enjoy this sneak peek at the sand sculpting festival!

VIDEO: Two F-15s fly over SRQ Airport practicing approaches

ABC7 received a handful of messages from those who saw the two United States Air Force F15s and who wanted to know what was going.

Scott files lawsuit as lead on Nelson narrows in U.S. Senate race and possible recount looms

Rick Scott, as outgoing governor, said at a news conference Thursday night that he was asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate elections offices in the Democratic strongholds of Palm Beach and Broward counties, questioning whether they were trying to inflate the Democratic vo

First Alert Weather: One day away from weather changes

Today will continue the warm and humid weather we have seen all week. Seabreeze winds in the afternoon will aggravate the impacts of red tide at our beaches today, however with a frontal passage tomorrow a wind shift out of the northeast or east will improve beach conditions

North Port woman’s murder leads to changes at 911 centers around the country

It was the kidnapping, rape and brutal murder that shocked Sarasota County back in January of 2008. Nearly eleven years later Denise Amber Lee, a North Port mother of two continues to be on the minds of a lot of people, especially her husband Nathan Lee.

  How a local man feels after he gets back his right to vote

While some people may be experiencing voter fatigue after the election earlier this week, one group of people cannot wait for their next chance to go to the polls. We're talking about Floridians with felony convictions who just got back their right to vote.

Chalk Festival rescheduled until 2019 due to red tide

The Chalk Festival features pavement artists who turn the airport runway surface into a museum-in-motion, creating oversized masterpieces using chalk as their medium. The Board of the Directors for the Avenida de Colores voted to reschedule the festival in late September, but did not set a new date.

FL Supreme Court hearing case about quality of public schools

The 1998 constitutional amendment requires the state to provide a quote "uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality" system of public schools.

Pedestrian dies after being hit by car in Port Charlotte

It happened at shortly before 7am at Aaron Street and Gertrude Avenue. Troopers say the pedestrian was in the crosswalk when a driver turned right onto Aaron Street and struck the pedestrian with his vehicle.

After one cyclist dies from tragic accident, Suncoast residents demand safety changes

The cycling community and many residents on the Suncoast are now demanding change after learning one of the four bike riders hit by a car last week has died. The other three are still recovering from their injuries.

New transgender rules in Sarasota County spark controversy

On Tuesday evening, Sarasota County School Superintendent Todd Bowden released the transgender guidelines that allow students to use restroom and locker rooms that fit their gender identity.

Race for state Commissioner of Agriculture heading to possible manual recount

Matt Caldwell, a state House member from North Fort Myers, led by less than 13,000 votes late Wednesday morning in the Cabinet race against Democrat Nikki Fried. Slightly more than 8 million votes were cast in the race, according to numbers posted by the Florida Division of Elections.

Officers catch huge lizard that terrified suburban Miami neighborhood

The lizard is an escaped pet. It was first reported loose in August in a Davie neighborhood. Residents said it lurked in their backyards and scratched at their patio doors.

State election site shows recount looming in Florida governor race

The campaign says it's monitoring the situation and preparing for a possible state-mandated recount.

Political author argues City Commisioners' decision to extend their terms is undemocratic

The City of Sarasota is changing the date of elections which will extend the current commission's terms by 18 months.

VIDEO: Man steals thousands of dollars worth of tools from boat storage facility

It happened around 4:30am last Friday at the Emerald Point Condos boat storage on Marion Avenue. The suspect cut two holes in the fence after parking his silver or light-colored, four-door pickup at the business next door on Orchid Drive. In the video, you can see the suspect’s pickup in the top rig

Operation “Spice Spice Baby” uncovers synthetic drugs in North Port

Officers wrapped up operation “Spice Spice Baby” on Kenwood Drive, seizing 154 bags of labeled synthetic cannabinoids, aka Spice, two handguns and a large sum of cash.

Man who escaped from jail in Ohio captured by Sarasota deputies

Early Thursday morning, police in Venice were investigating a vehicle theft when the occupants fled on foot. Three out of the four were captured and the fourth was identified as 30-year-old Christopher William Tolle.

Not another Florida recount! This one should be smoother

The race was too close to call and Scott's lead as of Wednesday evening was about 30,000 votes out of more than 8.1 million cast — a margin of less than one half of 1 percent. Under state law in Florida, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate's margin is 0.5 percentage points or less. That

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized after fall, fractures 3 ribs

The court says the fall occurred Wednesday evening. Ginsburg is the oldest justice on the court.

Would-be burglar cuts self, dies while breaking into house

Police believe the man died because he was unable to stop his wounds from bleeding.

Red tide has returned, continues to impact Suncoast beaches

It’s a nuisance people were hopeful was gone, but red tide is still lingering here on the Suncoast, especially over the last week.

By 2020 there will be no more dog racing in Florida

According to the group Grey2K USA Worldwide, every three days, a greyhound dies at a Florida race track. But that will change after amendment 13 passed Tuesday, which will end dog racing in the state of Florida.

Manatee County teacher fired after being arrested, charged with soliciting a minor

Austin Pearce, 28, was arrested Tuesday by St. Petersburg Police on charges of solicitation of a child to engage in sexual battery, possession of material including sexual conduct by a child and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

First Alert Traffic: All lanes cleared on I-75 South

The accident happened shortly after 5pm Wednesday between the exits for Kings Highway (Exit 170) and Toledo Blade Boulevard (Exit 179). All lanes were closed for around 30 minutes before vehicles were able to start trickling by the accident scene.