Crime

  Two more arrests for murder during robbery at Bradenton smoke shop

James Brewer, 19, and Michael Hepner, 21, were taken into custody Friday for the murder of 23-year-old Mohammed Hamed.

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

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

Florida teacher found guilty of selling drugs to middle schoolers

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

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

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

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

Florida mom who accompanied daughter to court arrested on outstanding warrants

  Man crashes into Bradenton home after being shot behind the wheel

86 percent of vehicle burglaries in Sarasota involved unlocked vehicles

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."

  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.

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.

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

Deputies: Panhandler gets aggressive after being given middle finger

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

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

Naked inmate bum-rushes guard at the Manatee County Jail

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

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.

Sarasota man who killed his wife, stabbing her 17 times, sentenced to life in prison

Spencer Sanders II was convicted by a jury on Friday of first degree premeditated murder and attempted sexual assault with use of force likely to cause serious personal injury.

  WATCH: Deputies say Florida man stole golf cart in slow getaway attempt

The sheriff's office says two men were golfing at a private community golf course in Martin County and were teeing off on the 7th hole when 25-year old Jerome Inman ran up to them. Inman told the golfers he had a gun, according to deputies, who say he then stole their golf cart.

  Man in case of viral shark dragging video takes plea deal, will serve 10 days in jail

Robert Benac of Bradenton pleaded guilty Thursday to animal cruelty and breaking Florida Fish and Wildlife rules. As part of the deal, he will serve 10 days in jail, which he can complete on weekends, and will then be on probation for 11 months.

Former Ed Smith spring training announcer convicted of possessing child porn

The 61-year-old was arrested last year after deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at his home and found computers, flash drives and CDs containing child porn.

Man who called 911 for help then fired on deputies sentenced

Mark Davis was sentenced last week on charges of two counts of attempted manslaughter by act with a firearm and shooting a missile within or in a building.

Man who shot woman three times with automatic rifle sentenced to life in prison

A Bradenton man is going to prison for the rest of his life after he shot a woman three times with an automatic rifle.

  Man shot in the chest at Bradenton apartment complex

Police were called to the Bradenton Village Apartments on 15th Avenue Circle West, Wednesday morning. When they arrived, they found a man shot inside of an apartment and quickly determined the unit he was in was not where he was shot.

Police: Florida woman escapes handcuffs, steals patrol car

Authorities say a Florida woman arrested on stalking allegations slipped out of her handcuffs and fled in a stolen a patrol car.

  FHP: Alcohol a factor in crash where driver ran red light, killing Sarasota woman and critically injuring baby

Florida Highway Patrol says a car driven by David Buncik went through a red light on University Parkway, hitting three vehicles that were making a left onto Lockwood Ridge Road from the other direction on University. The 34-year-old ran away on foot but was found and returned.

Police: Hostage held in SC home freed, armed man arrested following 3 hour standoff

The suspect has been identified as Dean Ryan Daugherty, 46, of Newberry.

Police: Woman denied child food while potty-training

Police say a Florida woman who was struggling to potty-train her 3-year-old withheld food to keep her from soiling her diaper.

Florida man caught on video kicking, punching dog

Sheriff’s deputies in Florida arrested a man who was caught on video tackling and punching his dog.

Deputies: Two guns, fentanyl located during Bradenton traffic stop

Convicted felon Johnny was arrested on the 3200 block of 3rd Street West, just a stone’s throw away from the sheriff’s office in Bradenton.

  WATCH: Manatee County Sheriff’s helicopter spots man allegedly trying to break into cars, ends in arrest

Around 1am Friday, the helicopter pilot says he spotted 21-year-old Dylan Watson entering a vehicle and then going to several others to try their door handles. Deputies, including a K9 officer, responded to the scene and set up a perimeter before moving in.

Deputies: Two guns, fentanyl located during Bradenton traffic stop

On Thursday, deputies pulled 30-year-old Johnny Ordaz over on the 3200 block of 3rd Street West in Bradenton and say they were able to see a Glock 23 in plain view next to the driver's seat.

  Police looking for woman who stole $300 worth of razor blades from Publix in Venice

On August 23 around 6:40pm, the woman seen in the video stole the razors blade from a Publix on East Venice Avenue. Police believe that same day she did the same thing at another Venice in Publix.

Cops: Florida woman repeatedly kicked mama duck protecting duckling from dog attack

Pinellas County Sheriff's officials say two witnesses saw the attack and reported 59-year-old Bonnie Sue Nave to law enforcement.

Suspect who allegedly tried to flee deputies arrested in Walmart parking lot

The sheriff’s office says Dalton Cook was spotted at the store located at University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge and deputies tried to take him into custody, but he got into his car and tried to drive away.

  Bradenton Police ramp up Business Trespass Program to address trespassing issue downtown

It’s called the Bradenton Business Trespass Program. Participating business owners have signs posted strategically to warn people that if they don’t leave when they’re asked, they could be arrested.

Two people arrested in Sarasota for allegedly trafficking in methamphetamine

Gilbert Langford, 40, and Tamara Poole, 57, have both been charged on a felony count of trafficking in methamphetamine. Poole was charged for allegedly having more than 200 grams.

  WATCH: 14-year-old boy arrested after allegedly stealing car in Bradenton, fleeing from deputies

Authorities say a man pulled into the Wawa on Cortez Road West around 10pm on Tuesday and left his car running at the gas pump while he went into the store. When he got out, the sheriff’s office says he saw his car being driven away by a teenager.

37-year-old Florida man arrested after allegedly stealing Uber driver’s vehicle and leaving driver on the interstate

Charlotte County deputies responded to I-75 near Exit 64 around 6:15 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from the victim. The victim told deputies he picked Andrew Sullivan from a treatment center in Fort Myers with the intention of driving him to treatment center in Plant City.

  Deputies: Man carjacked woman in Sarasota, stole her credit cards, crashed her car

Wednesday around 3:30pm, Sarasota Police officers spotted a silver 2006 Cadillac CTS near 42nd Street and Tamiami Trail. Officers attempted to stop the driver Wednesday afternoon, but say he fled until crashing into a vehicle.

Man demands money from Bradenton hardware store cashier, saying, “It’s not your money.”

The sheriff's office says around 2pm on August 24, the masked suspect walked into the store on Cortez Road West in Bradenton and approached a cashier as she was finishing up with another customer. He demanded money from the drawer and she asked him why.

Police: Fort Myers man came to North Port to have sex with minor, was arrested instead

According to police, 51-year-old Pablo Canul thought he was talking online to a minor, but the minor was really a detective. Police say Canul arranged to have sex with the minor and drove to North Port on Wednesday, August 28, where he was arrested.

Deputies: Man who witnessed crash lied to 911 about injuries to prompt faster response

The crash happened around 3pm last Thursday, August 29 on the 3600 block of Cortez Road West. The sheriff's office says Aran Campbell witnessed the minor accident in which no one was hurt.

  Deputies arrest man they say stole two luxury watches from jewelry store at UTC worth $33,800

The sheriff’s office says just before 2pm at Mayors Jewelers at UTC, a man walked in, flashed a firearm and demanded two luxury watches before fleeing west out of the store. The two Rolex watches the man fled with had a combined value of $33,800.

  Florida man convicted of killing 5-year-old daughter asking for new trial

A Pinellas County man convicted of killing his five-year-old daughter is back in court asking for a new trial.

  Deputies: Man breaks into Sarasota business, pulls out gun after being caught by employee

When the employee went into the office, deputies say he saw David Willerer standing behind a desk holding two holstered firearms. According to the employee, Willerer pulled out one of the guns and said that he hadn’t taken anything and the employee should let him leave.

Armed robber fires round while demanding money from employees of fast food restaurant in Bradenton

Deputies say that at approximately 11:35 p.m., employees were closing the restaurant when a black man entered through an unlocked side door and made his way behind the counter. He pulled out a handgun and fired a single shot into the wall next to a female employee, saying, “give me all your money.”

Victim struck by vehicle after falling in front of Palmetto Elementary School, driver sought

Police say that around 8:45 p.m., a male victim fell into the roadway and while lying in the street he was hit by a vehicle. The victim was seriously injured and is being treated at a local hospital.

  Detectives say child porn found during search of man’s cellphone

James Clemmer of Venice was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of possession of child porn.

  Venice couple charged after 2-month-old infant found to have severe injuries

On August 20, the infant was brought to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg after bruising was found during a routine medical checkup.

  Clearwater man convicted in parking lot shooting of black man

Jurors deliberated late into the night as they decided the fate of a white Florida man charged with fatally shooting an unarmed black man after being shoved during a parking lot altercation.

  Authorities: Florida woman stuffed dog in car’s trunk

A woman is facing an animal cruelty charge after she was videotaped putting an emaciated dog in the trunk of her car.

  Clearwater parking lot shooter told detectives he feared severe injury before firing fatal shot

Prosecutors played Michael Drejka's interview with Pinellas County detectives during his manslaughter trial in Clearwater, Florida. He is charged with the July 2018 death of Markeis McGlockton, 28. Not long after playing the video, the prosecution rested its case after two days of testimony.

  Tip from Sarasota dealership leads to man’s arrest for allegedly trying to buy luxury car using stolen ID

Detectives say in July, they got a call from a local dealership about a person trying to buy a 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat online that they felt was suspicious. After investigating, detectives say they determined the driver's license being used for the sale belonged to someone else.

  WATCH: Armed man tries to rob Sarasota business

Monday around 7:40pm, the man walked into the business on the 1600 block of North Washington, walks up to the counter and sets down a bag, demanding money from the cashier. The cashier spoke to another employee and the man grabbed the bag and left without any cash.

Sarasota man convicted of sexual battery on victim under the age of 12

William Karaein was arrested in February 2019 after the victim told a child protection agent that he had forced her to perform oral sex and showed her images of genitals on his cellphone. The victim said both happened many times.

Police: Florida boy jumped from truck to escape from kidnapper

Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said witnesses followed the white truck on Wednesday after seeing the boy jump out, eventually blocking it and detaining the driver until police arrived.

  Florida teen annoyed by group chat threatens school shooting

Altamonte Springs police say the 16-year-old was arrested after several parents alerted officials at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School.

  Jury convicts man of murder in a Lakewood Ranch park

Detectives say Alan Baily and another man, Jose Hernandez, had met Alexander Cherp in the park to smoke marijuana. Instead, Baily and Hernandez tried to rob and then murdered Cherp.

  Woman gets into Sarasota business, steals artistic mirror, painting off the walls

Authorities say between August 13 at 8am and August 14 at 5pm, the woman entered the business on the 300 block of John Ringling Boulevard and took the items off the walls.

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.

  WATCH: Florida deputies confront mother, teen over school threat

Volusia County Sheriff's officials interviewed the boy and his mother outside their home near Daytona Beach last Friday, and posted a video of their discussion to underline the consequences of making school threats.

  VIDEO: Four men rob 7-Eleven in Venice, threaten clerk

Police say around 2:30am on August 15, four men disguised in heavy clothing entered the store and stole cash and cigarettes. Police say that the store clerk told them that the men threatened to shoot her if she didn’t cooperate.

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

After a several month investigation regarding the hit and run fatal crash February 27, on I-75 at mm 202 in Sarasota County, FHP troopers have arrested 28-year-old Robert Herrera as the the hit and run driver.

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

A 57-year-old Sarasota man was on Friday by deputies for possession of child pornography.

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

When a knife-wielding Florida woman attempted to rob a Family Dollar store, the cashier said “not today” while another employee locked the door until deputies arrived, authorities say.

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

Deputies arrested a 30-year-old man, who is already a convicted felon, on drug and weapons charges Thursday night after a traffic stop and brief vehicle pursuit.

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

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office are searching for for four black, male, teenagers who committed an armed robbery at a 7-11 store Cortez Road West in Bradenton.

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

Bradenton Police Department (BPD) is requesting information in regards to an attempted homicide.

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

A deputy came out to the scene and made contact with 23-year-old Joseph Valderramma, noticing yellow stains on his shirt as Valderramma told him that he had gotten his vehicle stuck in the woman’s yard.

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

Deputies say on July 14, 37-year-old Daniel Desear and the victim met at her apartment after arranging a date through Facebook messenger.

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

Deputies say Karter Dale-Erwin Clark, a fourth grade teacher at Neil Armstrong Elementary in the Charlotte County School District, made up a story about being stopped around 9:30am on December 17, 2018.

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

When the deputy found 41 3-stripe turtles in a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” backpack, he asked if Ariel Machan-Le Quire had anything else. She pulled the 1-foot gator from her pants.