Crime

  16 people arrested in meth trafficking bust in Nokomis

The investigation began in October 2018, when detectives say they connected 44-year-old Jennifer Lambert sale and distribution of meth in Nokomis. Detectives say Lambert, who has drug arrests dating back to 2013, is known as “Mama Jen” and has been selling drugs for more than a decade.

  Second dog shot in Manatee County this month

  Police in Sarasota see a 26 percent increase in car burglaries

  VIDEO: Florida man steals highway patrol vehicle and lead cops on 11 mile chase

  Deputies: Three people shot after fight in Waffle House parking lot in Sarasota

  State to seek death penalty in re-sentencing for man who kidnapped, raped 11-year-old Carlie Brucia of Sarasota

  Family member’s tip leads to two arrests for drugs, stolen property

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  Dog recovering after being shot in the face in Manatee County

Mississippi police officer charged with murdering woman

Deputies search woods after getting call about young girl being followed by a man

GRAPHIC IMAGES: Dog found shot in the face in Manatee County, blood everywhere

  30-year-old man sentenced to life in prison after preying on 11-year-old girl in Sarasota

  VIDEO: Deputies arrest 17 alleged unlicensed contractors in sting operation

1 killed, 2 injured in Jeffersonville, Indiana home explosion

The extent of any injuries is unknown.

  Florida woman arrested for threatening to “shoot everyone” at nearest elementary school

Investigators say Juliana Cote posted a picture to Facebook that included what turned out to be a fake firearm and made a threat of violence against an elementary school. Cote lives near Egypt Lake Elementary School.

  Two men arrested in North Port after drugs and guns were found in search warrant

Police have arrested two men in relation to a search warrant conducted in North Port this week.

Jury finds Manatee County man guilty of trying to kill deputies

The state attorney’s office announced on Thursday that a Manatee County man has been convicted of crimes committed in February 2017.

  Davenport found guilty of second degree murder

  Bradenton man arrested in North Carolina 46-year-old cold case

Local addiction program leader arrested on drug charges

11 people plead guilty to conspiring to manufacture and distribute on various drugs in Manatee and Pasco Counties

Florida man arrested for allegedly slapping girlfriend with cheeseburger

Suspects on the loose after stealing outside equipment in Manatee County neighborhood

  Police: North Port man intentionally crashes into another vehicle while driving drunk

A North Port man is behind bars after Cape Coral Police say he intentionally crashed into another vehicle while driving recklessly under the influence.

  WATCH: Man holds up Chick-fil-A in Sarasota at gunpoint

There was a heavy police presence at Fruitville and Honore Friday night after a man walked into the fast food restaurant around 10:15pm with a pistol and demanded money from the employees, later fleeing on foot.

  WATCH: FHP arrest 70-year-old man for reckless driving

Video released by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) shows a man driving on U.S. 98 Wedgewood Estates Boulevard while sitting on top of his sunroof.

Man charged with attacking 9-year-old with machete in NKY

Esteban Portugues, 35, was charged with assault and is jailed at the Kenton County Detention Center.

  WATCH: Man throws brick through driver’s window during road rage incident

Deputies are searching for a male suspect who was involved in a road rage incident in Pasco County.

  14-year-old arrested for attempted robbery at a Bradenton middle school

Deputies say around 11am a 14-year-old boy put a knife blade to another student’s ribs and told him, “This is a robbery.” The victim ran away in fear and immediately told the school’s student resource officer.

Florida teen charged over gun photo, “no school” threat

Sheriff’s deputies rushed into a high school and arrested an 18-year-old student after photos posted on Snapchat showed him holding a gun with the caption “no school tomorrow?”

Man tells police he shot ‘disrespectful’ wife in the face

Authorities say a 73-year-old man shot his wife in the face inside their Florida home, and then walked to a neighbor’s house and confessed that he’d killed her.

  Man goes wrong way through Bradenton bank’s drive-thru, hits car, flees

Police are currently looking for the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run incident that occurred at the Suntrust Bank downtown on April 11th at around 11:30 a.m.

  Florida teacher verbally abuses autistic children in school

Parents of Special Needs students in South Florida are demanding accountability one of the educators of their children.

Troopers looking for driver who fled crash that killed 82-year-old motorcyclist

Troopers say the driver of the Dodge Ram truck was leaving "La Tienda De Los Primos" and crossed the southbound lanes of US 17, right in the path of a motorcycle driven by 82-year-old James Berry of Winterhaven.

  NAACP president in Manatee County released from jail after arrest on Wednesday morning

Bradenton’s NAACP president, Rodney Jones was arrested after running out of time for public comment at a city council meeting and refusing to leave the podium.

  20-year-old man accused of burglarizing several vehicles in Sarasota

Police say 20-year-old Juan Ortiz-Rivera was caught on surveillance video burglarizing several unlocked cars. Police say they caught him in the act Tuesday night as he was trying to break into several cars in downtown Sarasota.

  Search continues for suspect who could be responsible for at least four home burglaries in Venice

Search continues for suspect involved in at least four home burglaries in Venice.

Man arrested, accused of sexually assaulting woman sleeping at Bradenton bus stop

Police took 21-year-old Henry Bradley III into custody Tuesday night and charged him with felony sexual battery.

Tuttle elementary school lifts brief lock down as Sarasota Police investigate a shooting nearby

A shooting investigation is underway in Sarasota near 8th & N. Jefferson this afternoon.

Deputies looking for man who burglarized four homes in Sarasota County

Sarasota County deputies say he's a person of interest in the burglaries of four homes in the Village Run and Chestnut Creek communities between April 26-29. The burglar uses a crow bar to pry open door frames before stealing electronics, cash and jewelry.

  Deputies: 26-year-old man charged with second-degree murder after allegedly shooting his cousin

Deranty Taylor, 26, is accused in this deadly shooting. Deputies were able to find him and arrest him.

  Man arrested, accused of sexually assaulting woman sleeping at Bradenton bus stop

Police took 21-year-old Henry Bradley III into custody Tuesday night and charged him with felony sexual battery.

  Deputies: Bradenton man allegedly told his roommate “to go get the gun” and then shot his girlfriend

A Bradenton man is behind bars after Manatee County Sheriff’s Office say the suspect allegedly shot his girlfriend earlier this month.

  Deputies arrest 22-year-old man accused of holding up two gas stations

A suspect was taken into custody on Friday after a tip to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers alerted detectives with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office to his possible involvement.

  VIDEO: Motorcyclist was speeding, weaving through traffic before crash

Deputies have released motorcycle helmet camera video from a crash earlier this year in Pinellas County which shows the dangers of when some motorcyclists choose to drive recklessly.

Florida man accused of torturing girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter

Investigators say the mother didn't know about the abuse. It was discovered when she brought the girl to the hospital for treatment of ringworm, which turned out to be burns.

Deputies identify man found dead March 30 in Prairie Creek

Deputies have identified the body that was found in Prairie Creek on March 30.

  VIDEO: Bonnet-wearing baby formula bandit strikes again

We would ask you to be on the lookout, but if you see this man in his blue bonnet and a long red and purple flowered dress, there’s almost no way you can miss him.

  55-year-old man arrested in North Port drug raid

Members of the Special Investigations Unit and Special Response Team conducted a search warrant on Wednesday morning for drug activity on Herbison Avenue.

  VIDEO: Manatee County deputy fired after video shows him using physical force against an inmate

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has completed an investigation into an excessive force incident involving former Corrections Deputy, 21-year-old Tyler LeMond.

  Parents charged after 14-month-old dies, 3 other children found in home deputies call “deplorable”

Kenneth Adams, 33, and Brittaney Williams, 25, were arrested Thursday afternoon and each charged with two counts of Aggravated Abuse and Neglect of a Child with Great Bodily Harm and two counts of Aggravated Abuse and Neglect of a Child without Great Bodily Harm.

Englewood man sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to killing his ex-girlfriend’s dog

In January 2018, Chad Kolberg was left home alone with his ex-girlfriend’s Shi Tzu mix named Tinkerbelle following a fight. That’s when investigators say Kolberg stomped on the dog.

Two overdoses lead to raid, four arrests in Charlotte County

Deputies say the home on Glendale Avenue was identified as the source of the overdose calls that happened Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Former Bradenton resident accused of making bomb threat during “Avengers: Endgame” at WA theater

Police rushed to Regal Cinemas after people inside the theater fled when Ryan Nolan MacFarlane, 27, allegedly stood up while wearing a backpack shouting that "this bomb will be the end."

Florida man guilty of threatening to behead Bernie Sanders “ISIS-style”

Court records show that a federal jury in Orlando found 57-year-old Robert Francis Pratersch guilty Tuesday of threatening a federal official and interstate transmission of a threat to injure. He faces up to 15 years in prison at a July 16 sentencing.

  VIDEO: Armed suspect robs two gas stations in Charlotte County

Around 6am, an armed robbery was reported at the Circle K located at Tamiami Trail and Aqui Esta Drive in Punta Gorda. Then 15 minutes later, another armed robbery was reported at the Marathon Gas Station located at the corner of Edgewater Drive and Bayshore Road in Port Charlotte.

Bradenton man accused of masturbating at Disney water park

Two men reported what happened and there were at least two boys in the changing room at the time. Both boys reported inappropriate behavior when interviewed by deputies.

K9 officer finds drugs being shipped to home in Charlotte County

K9 Ladybird and her partner, Detective Cody Forbus, went to the unnamed facility on April 24 and found a package that K9 Ladybird detected drugs in heading to an address in Punta Gorda under the name “Heidi Colon.”

Florida man arrested after allegedly breaking into office, leaving sign in window saying ‘Secretary wanted, $17/hour’

Deputies in Charlotte County were looking for a man earlier this week who broke into the business office of Custom Pools by Precision on Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte on Saturday, April 27.

  Excessive Force in Question After Dash Cam Video Shows Venice Police Department Arrest

It was from an incident that took place on December 21st outside the Motel 6 in Venice.

Bradenton man arrested, charged with 1972 cold case murder of 33-year-old mother in North Carolina

Detectives with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina re-opened the murder case of Bonnie Neighbors in 2007. Neighbors was on her way to pick up her 7-year-old son from school in December 1972 when she disappeared.

  Homeowner opens fire on two suspects during attempted burglary; one suspect caught

Deputies say the homeowner was armed and after seeing a gun in one of the suspect’s hand, fired his gun several times towards the armed suspect.

Venice man convicted of sharing child porn online

Mario Guerrero, 50, was arrested in June 2017 after detectives discovered he had been transmitting child porn onto the web through a peer-to-peer file sharing service for almost a year. He was convicted Tuesday of 10 counts of possession of child porn.

Charlotte County woman facing federal charges over counterfeit money

Sabrina Fisher, 34, allegedly made the phony bills in DeSoto County and then transported them throughout Florida. She was arrested last July and charged with Making or Possessing Instruments for Forging Bills and Forging Bank Bills.

  VIDEO: Florida man leads FHP through 3-county chase, fires at troopers

Florida Highway Patrol officials say 22-year-old Travis Duane Lovett of Bushnell, FL tried to run over two Citrus County Sheriff’s deputies after they tried to pull him over around 9:30am Sunday.

Deputies: Florida man, woman pretended to be detectives to try to get friend out of jail

Deputies in DeSoto County say Monday night two people, 22-year-old Francine Olson and 24-year-old Brandon Reyes, went to the sheriff's office and buzzed the jail entrance intercom, telling staff that they were "new detectives" in an apparent attempt to spring their "partner."

Man convicted of attempted murder at gas station in Manatee County

The crime was committed on November 14, 2017 and investigated by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors say Omar Simmons admitted repeatedly stabbing a man sleeping in his car at a gas station in Manatee County.

Suspect arrested for manslaughter in death investigation in Charlotte County

A physical disturbance on the 19000 block of Midway Boulevard led to the death of a Charlotte County resident.

  32-year-old man facing multiple charges for incident that placed multiple schools on lockdown in Sarasota

Richard Cox has been charged with grand theft auto, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and resisting an officer.

Sarasota man charged with murder after 58-year-old woman overdoses

The investigation into the death of 58-year-old Deborah Campbell began in July 2017. EMTs were called to her home on reports she was in medical distress but on arriving found Campbell dead.

Holmes Beach man guilty of abusing 17-month-old boy, killing him

A jury convicted David Vickers, 33, of second degree murder and neglect of a child with great bodily harm. He faces a minimum mandatory sentence of life as a prison releasee reoffender.

Fight in Sarasota ends with both suspect and victim suffering stab wounds

It happened Sunday night on the 1300 block 14th Street. Police say the circumstances around the fight remain under investigation, but Leon Middleton, 56, is charged with aggravated battery a deadly weapon.

Police charge North Port driver with fleeing crash after seriously injuring bicyclist

Police were called to East Price Boulevard and Hay Place around 11:40pm after a bicyclist was struck by a pickup truck. The bicyclist was seriously injured and had to be flown to the hospital via Bayflight under a trauma alert.

Florida man who tossed daughter off bridge asks for new trial

A Florida man found guilty of first-degree murder for dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge four years ago is asking for a new trial.

Meth smoking Florida man attacks mattress in jealous rage

The girlfriend told deputies 37-year-old Felipe Oquendo thought she was cheating on him with a man he thought he saw in the mattress at their Fort Walton Beach home.

Man who strangled, stabbed live-in girlfriend in North Port sentenced for murder

EMS and fire personnel were called to a home on the 13000 block of Tamiami Trail in North Port around 4:30 a.m. on August 24, 2018 for reports of a deceased person.

Police: Youth pastor threatened girl’s family for sex

Authorities say a 38-year-old youth pastor at a now defunct South Florida church coerced a girl into having sex with him by threatening to turn her family in to immigration officials.

  Former gang member re-sentenced from life to 40 years in prison for killing 9-year-old boy

Orlando Valenzuela was 15-years-old when he was called to bring a gun to a fight between rival gangs in a Bradenton neighborhood on 5th Street West on May 21, 2007.

Ex-officer sentenced to 25 years in black motorist’s killing

A former Florida police officer was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday for the fatal on-duty shooting of a black musician whose SUV had broken down after a late-night concert.

Man accused of sexually abusing children in Venice more than 10 years ago caught by task force

Phillip Lindner, 42, of Port Charlotte was taken into custody Wednesday morning. He’s charged with two counts of sexual battery on a child.

  Bradenton man facing new charges for allegedly resisting arrest during SWAT team drug raid

The State Attorney’s Office is additionally charging Jarrel Carter with resisting arrest without violence, saying he resisted arrest from as many as six detectives, which is not shown in the video Carter gave to media outlets.