Crime

Sheriff: Fearing for mom’s life, 11-year-old boy stabs uncle

Deputies said 44-year-old Panagiotis Karamanlis pulled his sister's hair, held her to the ground and punched her in the face multiple times after they got into an argument over text messages she had sent to her boyfriend.

  28-year-old man arrested and charged as hit-and-run driver of fatal crash on I-75

57-year-old Sarasota man arrested for possession of child pornography

Sheriff: Cashier tells knife-wielding suspect ‘not today’

Convicted felon accused of throwing gun, drugs out of car window during police chase

Four teens hold clerk at gunpoint at 7-Eleven in Bradenton

Police seeking information on an attempted homicide near the Bradenton Shuffleboard Courts

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Deputies in Sarasota County identify alleged burglar by cheese dip splattered on him and vehicle

Bradenton man accused of sexually assaulting sleeping victim, recording the acts

Teacher who allegedly lied about being stopped by phony law enforcement officers may have charges dropped

Florida woman who pulled alligator out of pants during traffic stop gets probation

  Video allegedly shows corrections deputy striking inmate, deputy could face criminal charges

Suspect captured after shooting at business center in Charlotte County

41-year-old suspect still sought after elementary school lockdown in North Port

Police say they were looking for 41-year-old Robert Harrelson on warrants for multiple felonies for drugs and weapons and when they found him around 3pm on Thursday, he took off running near Cranberry Elementary School.

  FHP: 19-year-old woman hit Lakewood Ranch High School student near bus stop

The incident happened around 6:25 a.m. at Gopher Hill Road near Verna Bethany Road in Myakka City. The Lakewood Ranch High School bus was southbound on Verna Bethany and the vehicle was headed northbound.

Deputies: Sarasota man charged with 21 counts of Possession of Child Pornography

A 40-year-old Venice man is charged with 21 counts of possession of child pornography.

  Sarasota man arrested on charges of child porn possession

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 33-year-old man Monday for Possession of Child Pornography.

  Two women from Manatee County arrested, accused of trying to smuggle drugs into Holmes County Jail

Deputies: Homeowners fight back after finding Bradenton man in their car

  Driver caught going 4 times over speed limit in school zone in Sarasota

1-year-old overdoses on fentanyl, deputies arrest Florida caretaker

Deputies: Florida man accused of stalking sent woman 10,000 texts

Police: Bradenton woman allegedly killed her boyfriend inside apartment while smoking crack

Sheriff: Florida mom mad over rezoning threatens to shoot up school

Investigators say a Florida mother was so upset that her children were rezoned to a new school that she threatened to shoot up the new school just as the new academic year is beginning.

Deputies searching for man believed to have burglarized store in Sarasota on Monday

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is asking for the community’s help in helping identify the suspect who burglarized a business early Monday morning in Sarasota.

  Police searching for two men responsible for punching a Florida gas station clerk

Florida Police released surveillance video of two men tearing apart a gas station and one of them attacking the clerk.

4 suspects charged in theft of 40,000 oysters in Florida

Florida wildlife officials say four people, including a mother and son, are facing charges for the theft of 40,000 oysters from a lease belonging to a commercial fishing company.

7 people charged for credit card information theft throughout numerous Florida locations

Four people were arrested and three others are wanted via warrant by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for stealing credit card information throughout the state and around the nation.

Bradenton man arrested more than a year later for animal cruelty involving dogs

Victor McQueen was arrested Wednesday for animal abuse. The sheriff’s office says the 56-year-old kept four dogs in dilapidated boxes in the rear of a Bradenton home. They were removed from the home last summer.

  Charges pending in crash on Fruitville Road that involved 8 vehicles

Troopers say around 3:15pm, 33-year-old Gregory Werner Jr. of Nokomis was driving a semi traveling east on Fruitville in the left lane, approaching a red light at Coburn Road, when he failed to stop, causing a chain reaction crash involving seven other vehicles.

Dayton GOP congressman whose daughter was across street from mass shooting backs ban on ‘military-style’ guns, magazine limits

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner plans to discuss it with President Donald Trump when the president arrives in Dayton Wednesday

Police searching for man who stole multiple items from a North Port Dicks Sporting Goods store

Police are in search of a suspect who stole multiple from a Dicks Sporting Goods in North Port.

Florida official pleads guilty to corruption charges

A suspended city commissioner who once ran the Florida Democratic Party pleaded guilty to corruption charges on Tuesday, admitting he accepted money from Uber and undercover FBI agents in exchange for his influence.

Florida man pulls gun on late arriving furniture delivery crew

Manatee County Sheriff's investigators say Mitchell Helton is charged with two counts of aggravated assault. He was arrested Aug. 3 after the delivery team called the sheriff's office.

Judge sentences Florida man who sent pipe bombs to prominent Democrats to 20 years

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff sentenced Cesar Sayoc after he pleaded guilty to explosives charges for mailing 16 pipe bombs days before the midterm elections last fall.

  Deputies: Sarasota man charged with felony after threatening to kill Venice hotel manager

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office says on Saturday, August 3, David Ashworth sent an email to a Tampa TV station about a hotel located in Venice.

  Two suspects on the loose after robbing a gas station in Bradenton

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says around 3:15 a.m. deputies were called to a robbery at the Speedway Gas Station located at 8604 SR 70 E. Deputies say the suspects walked into the store and tried to distract the clerk by asking him about items behind the counter.

Several Englewood businesses burglarized, caught on camera

Some businesses in Englewood were hit by a series of burglaries in the past few weeks. It was all caught on surveillance video.

North Port Police: Four men robbed two stores in less than two hours

North Port Police say a little before 4 a.m. Saturday four suspects walked into the Circle K located at 1060 Plantation Boulevard near I-75 and stole cartons of cigarettes. Police say they also stole a small amount of cash and change.

  Man who robbed four banks, including one in Sarasota, sentenced

On January 17, detectives say 33-year-old Terrance Goss of Tampa entered the Centennial Bank on Fruitville Road near Cattlemen, handed the teller a note demanding cash and then fled the area after receiving the money in the cash drawer.

Sarasota man facing more than 800 counts of possession of child porn

Sarasota Police say a forensic exam revealed the devices contained more than 800 images of child pornography, including more than 100 images and 45 videos of sexual battery against children from infants to teenagers.

Sarasota contractor accused of misusing or misappropriating $200,000 meant for more than a dozen projects

The sheriff's office began investigating in January after receiving a report that 42-year-old Matthew Clippard, a general contractor, had been hired to oversee more than a dozen construction projects throughout Sarasota County but had not been paying or only partially paying third-party vendors.

  23-year-old Sarasota man charged with manslaughter, accused of knowingly selling deadly drug

In May 2018, the sheriff's office was called to a home on Bougainvillea Street in Sarasota where they found the victim dead in his driveway after overdosing on fentanyl, a potent opioid derivative.

  Principal who resigned, leaving school in financial deficit, being investigated for fraud, embezzlement

The week after Lincoln Memorial Academy’s principal, founder and CEO Eddie Hundley resigned from the school amid controversy surrounding the school’s finances, ABC7 has learned the U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation.

  Search continues for porch pirate who stole $1,400 package from Longboat Key home

Linda Carter says she and her family were away from the home when the package arrived. Fifteen minutes later it was gone.

Leader at addiction treatment facility charged with battery, drug possession

One of the leaders of an addiction residential treatment facility in Bradenton has been charged with battery and drug possession.

  Video captures porch pirate in action on Longboat Key

Police in Longboat Key are asking for the public's help identifying a porch pirate.

Man arrested for allegedly headbutting store clerk, knocking out his tooth

A Holmes Beach resident is accused of attacking a store clerk before attempting to carjack a vehicle.

Convicted felon facing drug, weapons charges after being stopped for having unassigned license plate

Deputies say a convicted felon stopped for having an unassigned license plate was arrested on drug and weapons charges Tuesday.

Manatee County man arrested for sexual assault acts against child committed in 1975

Deputies say the victim came to the sheriff’s office in June 2019 to report the alleged sexual assault by David Probus when the victim was a young child in 1975.

  Two Sarasota men arrested on human trafficking charges

Over the course of the last month while conducting drug investigations, Sarasota Police say they learned that 28-year-old Jeremy Johnson of Dixie Avenue was allegedly involved in human trafficking.

Florida man gets 10 years for knowingly spreading HIV

A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for knowingly spreading HIV.

Police: Drunken Florida man shoots his dog, cries to police

Police in Florida say a man shot his dog while he was intoxicated.

Florida man accused of threatening President Trump

A Florida man accused of trying to slash a Walmart employee with scissors now faces federal charges after allegedly threatening President Donald Trump while he was being arrested.

Three women on the loose after robbing retail store in Sarasota

On Monday around 5:00 p.m. in the 8200 block of S. Tamiami Trail, deputies say the women left the clothing store with more than $400 in stolen merchandise. They were driving a blue 2007 Toyota Camry.

Bradenton woman accused of leaving kids in car while outside temperature hit 93 degrees

Around 12:30pm, deputies say they were called to Andrea Cole’s home in response to a domestic disturbance. When they arrived, deputies say they found two children inside a car parked in the driveway.

LOCK YOUR DOORS: Sarasota Police investigate 13 car burglaries in 96 hours

“In the last 96 hours we’ve investigated 13 car burglaries. Eleven of the 13 happened where cars were left unlocked,” police said.

Police conduct drug search at North Port home

One North Port home was searched by the local police for drugs Tuesday morning.

  Suspect wanted after stealing two MacBooks at Best Buy in Sarasota

Surveillance video caught a suspect allegedly stealing two Macbooks from Best Buy over the weekend.

Florida trooper charged with having sex with underage girl

Authorities in Florida say a Florida Highway Patrol trooper is facing charges he had sex with a 15-year-old girl.

  Fire alarmed pulled before suspicious package found at Publix in Bradenton

Bradenton Police say Monday morning, moments before a suspicious package was found at the Publix on Manatee Avenue, someone pulled the store’s fire alarm. The package was spotted and it had a bottle containing an unknown liquid with wires coming out of the bottle.

  Three suspects hold up to separate 7-Elevens in Sarasota

Deputies say around 3:45am Monday three men walked into the 7-Eleven at 5745 Clark Road in Sarasota and stole merchandise. Just over two hours later, the same men stole items out of an employee’s purse at a second 7-Eleven located at 4400 Clark Road.

Former dance studio owner found guilty of sex crimes involving 15-year-old female student

Lauren Debenedetta, 40, founded Haven Dance studio in North Port in 2013 and went on trial this week for six sexual crimes including lewd or lascivious conduct, lewd or lascivious molestation, and lewd and lascivious battery.

Sarasota pastor arrested on charges of sexual battery of a girl under the age of 12

Detectives say on Thursday, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the little girl’s mother that Bicente Velasquez Morales, 43, a pastor at the House of Restoration Ministry on Pershing Avenue, had sexually battered her daughter.

  Victims identified in shooting near Spot 26 nightclub, suspects still sought

The two victims who suffered gunshot wounds in the altercation near the Spot 26 nightclub on Monday have been identified as 23-year old Jordon Brown and 23-year-old Troy Keys.

45-year-old Sarasota man arrested on possession of child pornography

From Nov. 28, 2017 until May 26, 2019, investigators say am IP belonging to Thomas Peltier’s home were used to download, possess and in some cases to even share images and videos of child pornography through the BitTorrent file sharing network.

  Camera catches burglars opening fire on residents who were trying to stop them

Miami Police are looking for two men who were seen on video breaking into an officer’s car parked in a neighborhood.

  25 men arrested in Sarasota County, Florida accused of trying to meet children for sex

The sheriff's office conducted Operation Intercept VI, an operation where suspects ranging in ages from 19-65 thought they were communicating with young male and female children after responding to ads on the Internet, but they were actually talking to undercover detectives.

  $10,000 reward being offered in cold case of murdered 16-year-old girl in Manatee County

Search for killer in death of 16-year-old girl in Manatee County continues more than 13 years later.

  Citizens to demand action after 2 shot outside Spot 26 in Bradenton

Some people who have been living in the neighborhood behind the club have been for years and some even decades told us that they refuse to let the ongoing police calls, shootings and disturbances run them out of their homes.

Navy chief arrested in Sarasota County for allegedly trying to meet 14-year-old for sex

A 39-year-old Navy Chief is accused of traveling from Jacksonville to Sarasota County in order to have sex with a person he believed to be 14-years-old.

Bradenton man sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting, killing homeless man

A Bradenton man will spend 20 years in prison after shooting and killing a homeless man back in 2017.

  VIDEO: Man jumps into Hillsborough river to avoid law enforcement

On Tuesday, July 23, troopers say 43-year-old Jack Knapper rear ended a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detective in an unmarked vehicle while the detective was stopped at a red light on Bruce B Downs Boulevard, just south of Commerce Palms Boulevard.

  Deputies searching for suspect after two injured in shooting near Spot 26

Deputies were called to the bar Monday after learning a fight broke out. An investigation revealed a shooting took place near Spot 26 at an address a few hundred feet from the bar and two victims were found at Manatee Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds.

  Sarasota man arrested for wrecking ATV and injuring passenger

A 33-year-old Sarasota man is facing charges after a crash in North Port on Sunday that injured his passenger.

  37-year-old man found guilty of molesting 12-year-old girl

A Manatee County man has been convicted of molesting a 12-year-old girl over the course of more than a year.

  $10,000 reward offered for Cold Case in Manatee County

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for killing a 16-year-old girl in Manatee County.

  66-year-old Sarasota County minister arrested on 500 counts of possession of child porn

Detectives say Charles Andrews, who was working as a minister at the Osprey Church of Christ, lived at the home and had downloaded more than 500 images of child porn, including at least 50 depicting sexual battery of a child.

Deputies: Wanted man arrested after giving deputies his brother’s name, who was also wanted

Deputies say that 26-year-old Jacob Hisel was walking along U.S. 41 North and heading south on the side of the road when they spotted him on Saturday. Deputies say they stopped Hisel because he was walking in the roadway and were concerned he could get hit by a vehicle.

16 people arrested for retail theft in Sarasota County, three charged with child neglect

On Monday, July 10, deputies say Danielle Lingard and Emily Struble stole $600 in merchandise from Dillard’s located in the University of Town Center.

  Suspect wanted after grabbing money out of cashier’s drawer

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office needs your help identifying a man who allegedly robbed two gas stations in the area.