Crime

  Police: Crash in Sarasota caught on video after driver didn’t stop at a red light

A crash caught on camera encouraged the Sarasota Police Department to alert drivers to always stop on red.

Jury convicts man of transmission of child pornography

Man convicted of various murders and sexual abuse abuses

  Bradenton woman pleads guilty to beating, stabbing neighbor to death

Former church youth leader accused of molesting teen

  August execution set for Florida killer who targeted gay men

  Bradenton man found guilty of shooting, killing homeless man

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  One suspect now behind bars, another suspect at large in connection to April’s Longboat Key home burglaries

  Deputies: Man threatened to commit mass shooting at Bradenton business

  FCC issuing warnings about the one ring phone scam

  Man arrested for allegedly attacking a disabled woman outside of a Bradenton convenience store

Florida man pleads guilty to threatening Congress members over phone

  44-year-old man arrested for allegedly abusing elderly disabled woman in Bradenton

  Dog in crate found in dumpster in Manatee County

The sheriff's office says the dog was found in a dumpster at the Speedway gas station located at SR 64 and Upper Manatee River Road/Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

Sarasota man convicted of sexual abuse of a child

A Sarasota man has been convicted of sexually abusing a child.

Man convicted of following Longboat Key couple home, trying to steal their car

In April 2018, a husband and wife enjoyed a meal at Bonefish Grill in Bradenton before stopping at Wal-Mart on Cortez Road. They then drove home to the Islander Club in Longboat Key. But their new Mercedes Benz convertible attracted the attention of Latarious Harvey.

Three Sarasota residents accused of stealing from a construction site

Late Friday night, an alert neighbor saw three men removing bags of cement from a construction site on Caroline Drive in Port Charlotte and called the sheriff's office.

  Deputies searching for pair who smashed out car windows and stole items in Manatee County

  Prosecutors drop burglary charges after the wrong suspects were arrested in North Port

  Deputies: Car accident turned to attempted robbery in Sarasota, second suspect sought

Deputies searching for three car theft suspects who abandoned car in Bradenton

Two arrested for allegedly distributing meth-laced stamps through jail’s mail

  Sarasota man is shocked to find out his home is being used in a rental scam

Ex-deputy in Parkland shooting out of jail on reduced bail

A former Florida deputy charged with 11 criminal counts after failing to confront the gunman in the Parkland school massacre was released from jail Thursday after a judge reduced his bail and lifted some restrictions.

Florida man charged with pouring ketchup on girlfriend

A Florida man is facing a misdemeanor charge for allegedly pouring ketchup on his girlfriend while she slept.

  Police: Sarasota man behind bars after being found naked in a chicken coop in New York

A Sarasota man is in custody following a manhunt in New York that ended with him naked inside a chicken coop.

  New asphalt ruined in Venice after someone moves traffic cones, allowing vehicles on it

An 8.4 million dollar beautification project continues in Downtown Venice.

PHOTOS: Vandals damaging trees at De Soto National Park by carving their names

There has been a spike in vandalism and graffiti at De Soto National Memorial Park. The worst damage has happened to the trees.

OnStar alerts cops to Florida baby trapped in hot car

A vehicle assistance company helped save a 1-year-old Florida girl after her mom passed out inside a hot car.

Florida veteran accused of placing explosive device at VA hospital

A federal criminal complaint says Mark Edward Allen made his initial appearance in court Tuesday and is being detained.

Deputies: Aggravated battery with deadly weapon under investigation in Sarasota

An aggravated battery with a deadly weapon is under investigation in Sarasota.

Florida newlyweds, weddings guests arrested for breaking into school

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's officials say the four wedding guests and the groom, 26-year-old Zachary Fuit are U.S. Marines. They were all charged with burglary, criminal mischief and theft.

  Charter boat captain arrested, accused of getting drunk, firing handgun and refusing to return passengers to shore

Shortly after midnight on June 2, Sarasota Police and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to 2 Marina Plaza in Sarasota after receiving calls from passengers aboard a charter ship saying the captain, 36-year-old Mark Bailey, was intoxicated, had fired off rounds from a handgun and was refusing to bring

  16-year-old boy arrested in Bradenton driving stolen car

Deputies in Manatee County responded to the parking lot of an Exxon gas station at 13th Avenue West and 1st Street around 6:30pm after spotted a vehicle, a Ford Flex, that had been reported stolen out of Sarasota.

  Florida deputy charged for inaction during Parkland shooting

The former Florida deputy who failed to confront a gunman during last year's Parkland school massacre was arrested Tuesday on 11 criminal charges related to his actions, prosecutors announced.

  Driver charged with manslaughter after dragging Palmetto man in 2018 road rage incident

On December 6, 2018 around 9:20 p.m., Florida Highway Patrol says John Thomas Cray, 47, of Parrish was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Truck with a 30-year-old female passenger behind a 2018 Honda Accord driven by Bradley John Yost, 32, of Palmetto.

  Flying drones over a fire is illegal

Drone footage has become very popular for citizen journalists.

Deputies arrest 26-year-old man on drugs and weapons charges in Sarasota

Deputies took a 26-year-old man into custody on Monday evening on drugs and weapons charges following a traffic stop.

Florida thief takes blowtorch to ATM, welds it shut instead

Okaloosa County Sheriff's officials say video surveillance shows two male suspects entering the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island on Friday. One of the suspects was armed with a crow bar and appears to serve as the lookout as the other suspect took the blow torch to the ATM.

  Deputies: Surveillance video shows suspect breaking into three unlocked vehicles in Manatee County

Over the weekend deputies say one suspect is on the loose after going through three unlocked vehicles in a Manatee County subdivision.

Woman who fatally stabbed boyfriend during domestic incident will not face jail time

Deputies responded to the 2200 block of Lake View Blvd last November after 34-year-old Ashley Britto fatally stabbed her boyfriend, Justin Burton.

Florida man accused of intentionally swerving at dog in roadway, hitting and killing it

Last Thursday, May 30, a woman returned to her home on Treadway Road west of New Smyrna Beach around 7pm to discover her dog Thomas dead alongside the roadway. The following morning, she reviewed a surveillance video captured from her neighbor's home.

Deputies: Three men arrested in Manatee County for selling fentanyl

Deputies say three men were arrested last week in Manatee County for selling fentanyl.

  Man accused of sending aggressive dog after deputies to try to avoid arrest

Deputies say they went to a home on the 1900 block of 58th Avenue Drive West in Bradenton around 8am to take 34-year-old Matthew Jacobs into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant.

  Deputies searching for suspect who shot and killed man following an argument in Bradenton

The incident took place in Bradenton on the 3800 block of 7th Street East. Deputies say the 34-year-old victim was walking outside the front door of his home at approximately 9:46 p.m. when he got into an argument unknown person.

Deputies: Man choked woman and demanded sexual intercourse

Jordan Ask has been charged with Sexual Battery, Domestic Violence, Kidnapping and Strangulation.

  Two people in Florida arrested for leaving a pig in a hot car

Two people are behind bars after a hot car incident in Jacksonville involving a pig trapped in a locked car.

  Deputies: Palmetto man in attempted murder case dies while in custody

According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, 1 person has been shot and another person is suffering a head injury.

  Circus owner speaks out after couple arrested for “extreme abuse” death of their 12-year-old son

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office previously investigated a case of alleged child abuse that was filed in November 2018 while the family was still living in Myakka City. In that instance, Eduardo had a small bruise on his face.

  Deputies: Two arrested after car chase, meth thrown from window

On Friday, May 24, 2019 around 4:00 p.m. at Alsace Avenue and Sunnyside Drive, deputies attempted to stop Dylan Woodward, 28, of Nokomis, who was driving on a suspended license, while Billy Travis, 35, of Venice was sitting in the passenger seat.

Deputies: Hatchet wielding man tries to break into neighbor’s Sarasota home

Deputies were called to the 6500 Taeda Drive just before 10pm Wednesday. The couple called 911 to report a bald man with a beard only wearing underwear trying to break down their door with a hatchet.

Undocumented Bradenton man pleads guilty to having gun used in fatal self-defense shooting

Court records show that 34-year-old Juan Carlos Ramirez-Arcos pleaded guilty Wednesday in Tampa federal court to possessing a firearm or ammunition as an illegal alien. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 19, where he faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison.

Deputies: North Port man stole woman’s car, crashed it then fled the scene

On Tuesday, May 28 around 2:00 in the morning the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office says they responded to a call around the 5000 block of Clark Road for battery. The victim told deputies she got into an argument with 27-year-old Sean Cone, who stole her phone, keys and left with her car.

Deputies: Florida correctional officer hid nine cellphones in her underwear

Jasmine Cuyler was given a pat down and deputies say the female guard “felt something large” in Cuyler’s “groin area.” The female guard asked Cuyler what was in her pants and deputies say she claimed it was a menstrual pad because she was on her period.

Deputies: Four local store clerks caught selling alcohol to minors

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office says after visiting 30 stores, four local clerks were caught selling alcohol to minors.

  WATCH: Armed man robs Subway on Clark Rd in Sarasota

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred Tuesday in Sarasota.

  FWC makes 13 BUI arrests over Memorial Day weekend

Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers making several boating under the influence arrests over the Memorial Day weekend.

  Couple from Manatee County arrested in Indiana, charged in “extreme abuse" death of 12-year-old boy

A release from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in Bloomington, Indiana says they were called to the Bloomington Hospital Friday, May 24 to investigate after a 12-year-old Eduardo Posso died and doctors found multiple signs of extreme abuse and starvation.

Ex-officer convicted in motorist’s killing wants bail

A former Florida police officer is not a flight risk and should be granted bail while his conviction for killing a stranded black motorist is appealed, his attorney told a judge Wednesday, but prosecutors strongly disputed his contention.

Police: Two Sarasota men face felonies after traffic stop leads to guns and more than 440 grams of marijuana

Two men are facing felony charges after Sarasota Police say they found guns and marijuana in their truck during a traffic stop.

  Recent meth arrests worries Sarasota community

Knight announced last week, after more than six months of investigation, 16 people were arrested in "Operation Ice Mama." They seized over half a pound of meth, two guns and other illegal drugs. The reemergence of meth in the county is causing a big problem.

  Sarasota home health agency accused of paying kickbacks to doctors for patients

Partial owners Timothy Beach and Stuart Christensen are being accused of False Claims Act violations. The DOJ says the kickbacks were paid through sham medical director agreements and payments to the spouses of physicians who referred patients to the home health agency.

  Police in search of two alleged thieves in North Port

North Port police are looking for two accused thieves.

  Serial killer who took 10 women’s lives executed in Florida

Bobby Joe Long, 65, was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m. Thursday following a lethal injection at Florida State Prison. Long had no last words, simply closing his eyes as the procedure began, witnesses said.

Deputies investigating road rage shooting in Sarasota

Deputies are investigating a shooting which occurred in the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Way in Sarasota.

Alleged drug dealer crashes car into store, patrol vehicle when deputies show up to arrest him

Deputies were at the K&S convenience store located at 5th Street East and 30th Avenue East in Bradenton on Thursday, a location the sheriff’s office says Devontae Fields used to sell narcotics, where they planned to take him into custody on arrest warrants.

  57-year-old woman indicted on murder charges in Florida

She is accused of killing her 54-year-old husband, David, in March 2018 in the bathroom of their Blooming Prairie home with a .22 caliber handgun after placing a blanket over his head.

  Prostitution houses posing as massage parlors in Manatee County

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says it’s targeting about a dozen of these businesses, and says some of them even have ties to human trafficking.

  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.

Man accused of offering to fly a child from Wisconsin to Louisiana for sex

He's also suspected of chatting online with multiple children, possibly some from Shreveport-Bossier City area

  Deputies seize 60 roosters, arrest 4 in cockfighting ring

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies executed the search warrant at 3727 70th Street South on Tuesday and found evidence of the operation, including cages and what appeared to be an indoor arena.

  Second dog shot in Manatee County this month

We are learning that a second shooting involving a dog happened earlier this month in Manatee County.

  Police in Sarasota see a 26 percent increase in car burglaries

Public Information Officer Genevieve Judge said, “Criminals will go and pull on door handles and then if one is open, they will rummage through your car."

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

A Florida man steals a highway patrol vehicle and leads police on an 11 mile chase.

  Deputies: 23-year-old man arrested after provoking fight at Waffle House leaving three people injured

Deputies say they were called to 5737 Clark Rd. after 2:45am Wednesday and found three people with gunshot wounds who’d been involved in a fight. They were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and deputies say the injuries were not life-threatening.

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

Now, more than a decade later, it’s possible Joseph Smith will be moved off of death row. Smith has appealed his sentence, arguing it’s no longer valid.

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

The sheriff's office was called on Friday, May 17 by a person who believed their relative, 29-year-old Jennalee Anderson, had stolen items from her family's home and was in the process of pawning them at a local pawn shop.

  Dog recovering after being shot in the face in Manatee County

It’s a long road to recovery for a dog that was shot in the face.

Mississippi police officer charged with murdering woman

An Oxford police officer was arrested after a woman was killed Sunday.

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

Just after 8:30pm on Monday, the sheriff's office received a call from a person who said he saw a young girl, between 8- and 10-years old, near a wooded area off Lorraine Road. The caller said the child appeared to be in distress before she ran away and that he saw a man follow her into the woods.

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

Last week a dog was found covered in blood after someone contacted Manatee County Animal Services about a stray injured dog.