Crime

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office investigates thrift store vandalism

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports fatal car collision

BCSO: Three California men arrested in connection to deaths of 2 Florida men

PGPD: Officers seize 73 bags of cocaine during probation search

MCSO: Woman throws her paralyzed son out of his wheelchair and beats him

SCSO: Venice man charged in parrot theft

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NPD: Illegal marijuana grow house found in North Port

Troopers looking for Hit and Run driver that hurt motorcyclist on Monday

CCSO reports threatening e-mails sent to Democratic voters

The Sarasota School District alerts FBI after threatening photo goes viral

12 year old arrested on 11 felony counts for school threats

Investigation underway after police say two dead bodies were found in a home on Anna Maria Island

Boating crash suspect bonds out of jail

A Sarasota man accused and charged with crashing into docked boats on Saturday has bonded out of jail.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office determines man in surveillance photo is not a suspect in 2018 homicide

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking new information in a 2018 homicide.

Interstate altercation leads to shooting

A man in a car shot at someone in a truck Thursday.

Man arrested in connection with horse theft and animal cruelty.

A St. Petersburg man has been arrested in connection with the theft and slaughter of a horse that happened in December of 2019.

Florida man pleads guilty to financing a sex-trafficking ring in the Philippines

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office hopes photo will provide leads in 2018 homicide

FHP reports Hit and Run driver arrested

‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris asks for jail release until trial

HCSO: looking for a man who stole cash from a store at gunpoint

DBFR: Metal crashes through windshield of vehicle traveling on I-95

  Surveillance shows Ford F-150 fleeing the scene after fatal hit and run crash

FHP says they found that Ford F-150 just nearly 3 miles away from where the fatal crash happened.

DOJ: More than 14,200 defendants charged with crimes related to firearms in Fiscal Year 2020

the Department of Justice announced it has charged more than 14,200 defendants crimes related to firearms during Fiscal Year (FY) 2020

Disbarred Florida Attorney sentenced to 6 months in jail followed by probation

Christopher Brady was the attorney for his twin brother, Matthew Brady, who was in an active custody battle with the mother of his child.

MCSO: Woman arrested for battery for allegedly assaulting mother

Officers say Stubek asked her mother to go to the store and buy beer. When her mother refused, Stubek threw a bottle at her, hitting her on the shoulder.

FHP: 2 arrested for speeding over Skyway Bridge

Troopers say they arrested 28-year-old Danielle Hebner and 32-year-old Francisco Pavez for reckless driving around 5:45 p.m. in St. Petersburg.

The Venice Police Department will participate in Drug Take Back Day

The Venice Police Department will join several law enforcement agencies throughout Sarasota County on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day so citizens may properly dispose of prescription medications.

Police: Deceased woman found inside of green Nissan Xterra in large pond in Venice

The Venice Police Department (VPD) is reporting that they have found the body of a dead woman inside of a green Nissan Xterra in a large pond in Venice.

Aggravated Battery charge filed against driver who rammed victim near Hyde Park protest

The charge against Munoz is Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, which is a second-degree felony. The victim’s name is not being released consistent with the rights of crime victims contained in Florida’s Constitution, commonly referred to as Marsy’s Law.

Port Charlotte Man Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charge

Throughout the entire investigation, over 300 images and videos were recovered from the multiple devices seized from the residence.

Sheriff: Trio steals cash from Bradenton man at hotel

Bradenton trio works together to rob unsuspecting victim, according to law enforcement.

Tampa pill mill owners sentenced to prison for illegal distribution of opioids

Tampa pill mill owners sentenced to prison for illegal distribution of opioids

Police identify victim in Bradenton Homicide, 2 juveniles arrested

Bradenton police say a man was found dead in the late afternoon at the Treesdale Apartment Complex located at 1818 MLK Avenue.

Bradenton Police will begin High Visibility Enforcement program

The program will allow BPD to increase awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety through education and enforcement. The funds will be used to post overtime officers at several key corridors within Bradenton that are known high-volume collision locations.

Sarasota Police will wear body cameras in 2021

The City Commission unanimously agreed on Monday to purchase 122 cameras from Axon Enterprises for a program that will likely begin by July 2021 and cost $3.6 million for five years.

Police: Walmart maintenance worker arrested on Video Voyeurism charges

Joey Kauffman, 54, arrested this weekend after a female victim recently came forward saying Kauffman was seen using a cell phone to shoot photos up and underneath her clothing.

Department of Justice: Florida men travel to Croatia to engage in sexual activity with minor

According to the indictment, for nearly a year, Pulido used the internet to entice and coerce a minor victim, under the age of 16, to engage in sexual activity with him. In June 2018, Pulido traveled from Florida to Croatia for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with the victim.

Shooting investigation underway in Nokomis

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a shooting investigation in Nokomis.

Man arrested in connection with North Port homicide

The North Port Police Department is currently conducting a homicide investigation in the city.

Police: Sarasota man arrested for kidnapping

According to the Sarasota Police Department, Ty Dareen Kareem Hayes, 30, is charged with kidnapping and felony battery after battering a woman in the parking lot of the America Best Value Inn Hotel in Sarasota, FL located at 811 S. Tamiami Trail.

Police: More charges for three attempted murder suspects

Three defendants charged in an alleged drug deal gone bad, which involved a shooting in Venice, are facing enhanced or additional charges.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office release more information about weekend shooting

Deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office have released more information following a weekend shooting that left one person dead.

Police: Former boyfriend burns his girlfriend’s house down and confesses in text message

20-year-old Sarasota resident arrested and charged with Arson.

Police: Woman arrested for slashing man with knife

Sirikwan Hoffman charged with use of a deadly weapon for allegedly slashing man with knife.

Manatee Co. Sheriff scam website removed, new scam reported

Detectives with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office are warning citizens of a fake website attributed to the agency.

Deputies investigating a shooting that happened at Walmart on State Road 64 in Bradenton

Deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a shooting that took place at the Walmart on State Road 64 East in Bradenton.

Homicide investigation underway in Manatee County

A homicide investigation is underway in Manatee County after a woman passed away after being found seriously injured.

Fort Myers man arrested in connection with Sarasota identity theft case

A Fort Myers man has been arrested and is facing two felony charges including Grand Theft and Criminal Use of Personal information over $5,000 in connection to a fraud case in the City of Sarasota.

Victim beaten after asking unmasked man to socially distance

Police say a man punched and kicked a 70-year-old man who’d asked him to practice social distancing inside a central Florida gas station.

Florida boy charged with bringing three guns to school

Officials say a 12-year-old Florida boy was arrested after bringing three handguns to school.

Granville Ritchie sentenced to death for brutal murder of 9-year-old girl

A Tampa man has been sentenced to death for the brutal rape and murder of 9-year-old Felecia Williams in 2014.

Sarasota man charged with kidnapping, domestic battery

A Sarasota man has been arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Weapon, Kidnapping / False Imprisonment and Domestic Battery.

Sarasota woman charged in connection to home invasion robbery

The victim of a home invasion identified a Sarasota woman as one of the culprits who held him at gunpoint in his home.

Police: North Port man fired multiple shots at vehicle

Police have charged a North Port man after he allegedly fired shots at a car full of a teenagers.

Man sentenced for stealing checks from mail after hurricane

A Georgia man has been sentenced to one year and nine months in federal prison for stealing checks from the mail in the Florida Panhandle as the area was still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

Manatee Sheriff releases video of theft suspects

Manatee County Sheriff’s Officials are hoping that someone will recognize the suspects that burglarized a car in a parking lot.

  Graceland, Levitt Shell and ’I Heart Memphis’ mural tagged with ’Defund the Police’ graffiti

Messages of “Defund the Police” and “BLM” mark the wall outside Graceland on Elvis Presley Boulevard and the Levitt Shell in Overton Park.

Sheriff: Venice woman steals from Alzheimer’s patient

A Venice woman is being charged, after stealing over $7,000 from an Alzheimer’s patient.

Alleged DUI driver crashes into sheriff’s ’Drive Sober’ sign

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office tweeted a photo of a destroyed sheriff’s sign with a caption to illustrate the full irony of the situation.

3rd person arrested in Venice shooting

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has charged a third individual in connection with a shooting that happened on Aug. 21 in Venice.

  Deputies searching for car burglar in Bradenton

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) needs the public’s help in identifying a person who was allegedly burglarizing cars in Bradenton.

Sarasota man arrested, charged with 2 counts of sexual battery

A Sarasota man has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual battery. Police have reason to believe there may be additional victims.

4-year-old injured in shooting in Manatee County

Deputies are investigating after a 4-year-old was injured in a shooting Wednesday evening.

Sarasota man arrested for allegedly driving under the influence, leaving young children at home alone so he could go drinking at a bar

Deputies have arrested a 48-year-old man for allegedly leaving his young kids at home alone so he could go drinking at a local bar.

Deputies: 1 arrested after gun pointed at Amazon delivery driver

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office have arrested one person for allegedly pointing a firearm at an Amazon delivery driver in Sarasota.

Sheriff’s officials release image of vehicle potentially involved in drive-by shooting

Officials in Manatee County have released a surveillance image of a vehicle that was potentially involved in a drive-by shooting that sent one person to the hospital.

Two people arrested in connection to a shooting that took place in Venice last week

Deputies have arrested a man and woman that are both allegedly connected to a shooting that occurred in Venice on last Friday.

Police: Four men arrested during undercover operation targeting prostitution in Sarasota

The Sarasota Police Department (SPD) has arrested four men after conducting an operation that was targeting prostitution.

NPPD warning citizens about scam calls happening with someone posing as one of their law enforcement officers

The North Port Police Department (NPPD) is warning the citizens of the City of North Port about a scam that is occurring with someone on the line posing as a member of their force.

City manager charged with poking council member during fight

Police say a Florida city manager was arrested after he poked and yelled at a city council member following a vote against renewing his contract.

New charge filed against former assisted living employee accused of stealing from elderly

Police in Sarasota have added an additional charge for a woman accused of stealing from residents in an assisted living facility.

Sarasota man accused of sexually abusing 13-year-old twin sisters

A Sarasota County man is in jail accused of sexually abusing two underage twin sisters.

Police investigating a possible scam that happened in Sarasota

The Sarasota Police Department (SPD) is investigating a case where an elderly person received a call that their grandchild was arrested.

MCSO investigating reported scams involving people pretending to be with the I.R.S. or the the F.B.I.

Detectives with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) are investigating recent reports of scams involving people pretending to be with the I.R.S. or F.B.I.

Police: Bradenton woman managed to get out of handcuffs during arrest

A Bradenton woman is in custody after police say she was able to remove her handcuffs and tried to get out of the car.According to an affidavit, Kelly Martin was being picked up for failure to appear on a drug possession charge. According to the arresting officer, once Martin was in the back of th

34-year-old man arrested in connection to a shooting that occurred in Sarasota

The Sarasota Police Department has arrested a man who is allegedly connected to a shooting that took place earlier this month in Sarasota.

Sarasota man arrested after police say he used stolen identity to sell home

A Sarasota man is in jail after officials say he fraudulently sold a Sarasota home and opened a bank account using stolen identification information.

Police: Suspect shoots man after robbing him twice

Police have arrested a man after they say he robbed the same man two times in the same day and shot the victim in the foot.

Bradenton man arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl

The North Port Police Department (NPPD) has arrested a 57-year-old man for allegedly committing sexual assault on a 13-year-old child.