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Polk County elementary school counselor arrested for DUI

A school guidance counselor was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday evening

Sarasota Police: Suspicious encounter at bus stop was false report

Ex-congresswoman’s fraud conviction overturned

Bradenton police looking for suspected vandals

Arcadia man sentenced to 14 years after attempted drug buy

Sarasota Police nab two suspected drug dealers

Tampa man arrested for pointing a tactical shotgun at another car

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Driver crashes truck trying to flee traffic stop, police say

Reckless driver leads deputies on two-county, high-speed chase

Suspect dressed as the Joker nabbed in 2019 case

State Supreme Court hears Marsy’s Law challenge

Hidden key means extra charge for drug suspect

Nokomis man charged in hit-and-run crash

Man charged with beating his disabled twin

It all started with an argument, the arrest report said

Punta Gorda man face drug trafficking, weapons charges

The suspect was found to be in possession of a handgun, more than $1,000 in cash and cocaine

Woman charged with trying to sneak drugs into jail underneath postage stamp

A mail clerk inspected the card and found a bump on the back of the stamp

Bill to restrict police use of force moves to state Senate

The proposal would place restrictions on when police can use chokeholds and would require additional de-escalation training

Florida Nurse arrested for allegedly exploiting senior

Bradenton man faces new count of illegal dumping

Suspected drug trafficker charged after trying to buy machine gun

Man charged after spitting cocaine into deputy’s face

Teen suspect nabbed after armed burglary in downtown Sarasota

Phone scammers posing as law enforcement, sheriff warns

Bradenton man convicted of drug, weapons charges

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Bradenton Police Department

Broward school superintendent charged with perjury

Runcie allegedly lied under oath while testifying to a grand jury

Myakka City man arrested for illegal dumping

Investigators also found waste tires and used oil were also being stored illegally

‘Animal’ in custody in beating death of Venice hotel worker

The victim was found severely battered and unconscious, in a closet of a room she had been cleaning

Longboat Key Police searching for burglary suspects

The entire incident was captured on surveillance video

Charlotte teacher charged with having sex with runaway student

A teenage boy ran away from a group home and went to live with the teacher, police said

Police investigating reports of gunfire in Sarasota

Deputies canvassed the area of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Leonard Reid Avenue

Fatal shooting in Bradenton; suspect still at large

Shooting in Bradenton leaves one male victim dead.

Englewood drug raid ends in 4 arrests

A search warrant was served on a home in the 300 block of Bourbon Street

Police seize nearly a pound of meth at North Port home

The investigation lasted several months

18-year-old arrested in connection with drive-by shooting in Bradenton

A home in the 400 block of 59th Avenue Terrace West was hit by at least 12 bullets shortly after midnight April 4

Two deputies injured as traffic stop turns into drug bust

The suspect is charged with seven felonies

North Port Police arrest suspected drug trafficker

A police officer observed the car's passenger moving “tenaciously,” along the center console and floor

Bradenton man charged with robbing local bank

The Manatee County Sheriffs Office says they have made an arrest in the April 9. bank robbery of the Ameris Bank in Bradenton.

Car burglar caught napping in Venice driveway

The suspect was charged with burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and first-degree petit theft

Woman arrested for making multiple false 911 calls

Police say the suspect called 911 eight times.

Manatee man charged with stabbing woman at motel

The suspect was charged with attempted second-degree murder

Bradenton man charged in February beating death

The suspect has been charged with second-degree murder

Police name suspect in 2014 Palmetto nightclub homicide

28-year-old Ricardo Garcia, Jr., of Palmetto is wanted for first-degree murder

Sarasota police arrest suspected drug dealer

Smith was wanted in Manatee County for a violation of probation

Officials: Elementary school teacher in Fla. solicited sex with 2-year-old

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that 27-year-old Xavier Donte Alexander was arrested Thursday on felony charges of soliciting sex with a minor and traveling to meet a minor for sex.

Former teacher pleads guilty to 324 counts of video voyeurism involving students

A teacher accused of video voyeurism has pleaded guilty to 323 counts of Video Voyeurism by a School Employee (a second degree felony) and one count of Video Voyeurism of an Adult (a third degree felony).

North Port man faces charges in stabbing incident

The man was allegedly stabbed while trying to break up a domestic dispute

SCAM ALERT: Health department warns of vaccination scams

The Department of Health and Sarasota County are aware of a vaccination scam that is circulating around the state

  North Port police charge man with Tuesday morning murder

Clinton Pittman shot a woman in his home Tuesday, police say.

  Residents react to Bradenton homicide; Juvenile identified as a suspect

A 38-year-old man was shot Sunday night

Manatee man gets probation in contracting sting

The sting targeted people who bid to provide services without having a license or insurance

DeSoto High School counselor, youth football coach charged with sexual battery of minor

A counselor at DeSoto High School was arrested Tuesday on 10 counts of sexual battery of a minor by a custodian, according to our news partners at the North Port Sun.

Police arrest suspect after officer-involved shooting in Bradenton

A suspect has been arrested after an officer-involved shooting in Bradenton on Thursday morning.

Englewood man charged in Capitol siege seeks his release

Graydon Young has been behind bars since Feb. 15

Manatee detectives make arrest in 2019 homicide

Detectives believe Ruiz-Aguayo lured the victim to a vacant lot and shot him.

  Local self-defense expert & campus police give tips on staying safe in active shooter situation

Local self-defense expert and campus police give tips on staying safe in active shooter situation. Stress Run. Hide. Fight for survival.

Bradenton man charged after allegedly selling same truck to 2 separate dealerships

- A Bradenton man has been charged after officials say he sold the same vehicle to two separate car dealerships in an attempt to scam them both.

Polk County deputies charged with evidence tampering

The deputies allegedly took money seized from a suspect during a drug bust, police say.

Teen to face felony charges in fairgrounds shooting

The teenager faces charges including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon with intent to kill

15-year-old arrested in connection with Sarasota County Fair shooting

The investigation remains active and ongoing

Increased security at Sarasota County fair following Saturday shooting

Increased security at fairgrounds following Saturday shooting.

Sarasota man charged with drug trafficking near daycare

Police say drug sales were conducted less than 500 feet from a daycare facility.

Sarasota Police Department increases presence with new initiative

Training on ATVs Wednesday, Sarasota Police Department’s Community Action Team, or “CAT” is getting officers out of their cars and closer to the public.

Man charged with knifepoint sexual assault at Pride Park

The alleged sexual assault happened Feb. 27 at Pride Park.

Bradenton police arrest second teen in fatal shooting

Bradenton police have arrested two 15-year-olds in connection to the murder of a 20-year old March 14.

Charlotte County Sheriff’s asking for help in identifying nearly nude vandal

A business in Port Charlotte sustained thousands of dollars of damage when a person smashed the front windows with brick pavers.

MCSO: Man arrested for fatal DUI crash from 2019

The Manatee County Sheriffs Office announced today that they have made an arrest for a fatal DUI crash in Bradenton on Feb. 27, 2019.

Manatee County man charged with attempted murder, animal cruelty

Deputies encountered the suspect in a parking lot, covered in blood.

Bradenton police arrest Palmetto teen in fatal shooting

Manatee County Sheriffs have arrested a 15-year from Palmetto in connection to the murder of a 20-year old in Bradenton on Thursday night.

Venice police investigating dispute, stabbing

A male suspect is in custody, police say

Police investigating Thursday night homicide in Bradenton

Officers found 20-year-old man dead on the sidewalk in the 700 block of 25th Street East.

Englewood man charged with felony littering

The man was charged with dumping more than 500 pounds of tree limbs in a vacant lot in Charlotte County,

Sarasota man charged with possession of child pornography

The suspect says he downloaded photos of children from nudist colony websites.

Bradenton man charged with hitting police officer, EMT

The suspect allegedly assaulted a paramedic and a police officer responding to his call for help.

Decorated Tampa police officer killed by wrong-way driver

The officer's police vehicle was struck by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 275

North Port Police make arrest for string of burglaries

The North Port Police Department has made an arrest in connection to a string of vehicle burglaries near North Port Blvd.

Sarasota man charged with possession of child porn

Detectives received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after a video was uploaded to Dropbox.

North Port woman charged in Nov. 29 fatal crash

A woman and her unborn child were killed in the crash

Punta Gorda woman charged DUI manslaughter

A toxicology examination determined Hernandez’s blood alcohol concentration level to be a .133

Police searching for hit-and-run driver

A vehicle hit a bicyclist from behind and then fled the scene in an unknown direction

Brucia killer headed toward new sentencing

More than 17 years after 11-year-old Carlie Brucia was abducted and murdered in Sarasota County, the attorney general’s office acknowledged this week that convicted killer Joseph Smith should receive a new sentencing hearing.

Nokomis man faces multiple charges after high-speed chase

The suspect faces six counts of aggravated assault on officer/firefighter/EMT along with initial charges of possession of cocaine; drug equipment possession and/or use, and DUI