Crime

Police searching for suspect in attempted murder case

Police are searching for a male suspect in an attempted murder case in Bradenton.

  Sarasota couple arrested for allegedly zip tying 13-year-old child to plywood and limiting food

  Former Sarasota lawyer convicted for child porn after images found on his phone

Parkland suspect allowed to skip hearings ahead of trial

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Police investigating credit card fraud in North Port

Police: Suspect on the loose for attempted vehicle burglary in North Port

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  Credit card skimmer found at gas station in Punta Gorda

Deputies: Manatee County woman arrested for selling U.S. Gold Eagle coin

Investigators: Florida man died after guardian’s wrongful DNR order

  Nokomis man back behind bars on weapon charges

  St. Petersburg Police searching for gunman caught on video

Investigation launched after video shows guards beat inmate

16-year-old charged with killing teen over $120 in weed

Sheriff’s deputies have charged a 16-year-old Florida teen with killing a 17-year-old over $120 worth of marijuana.

Sarasota man convicted of molesting four pre-teen girls while his daughter had a sleepover

A Sarasota man has been convicted of molesting four pre-teen girls after providing them with drugs and alcohol.

Founder of African American museum found dead in trunk of car

Police say a 75-year-old woman was found dead in the trunk of a car and the cause of her death is unknown.

  Former Manatee County corrections deputy sentenced to 120 days in jail after injuring an inmate two years ago

A 34-year-old former Manatee County corrections deputy has been charged with battery and sentenced to 120 days in jail after injuring an inmate two years ago.

  Coast Guard captures submarine with $569 million of marijuana and cocaine

Former paramedic sentenced to 70 years for producing series of sex abuse videos involving 1-year-old child in Bradenton

  Former police officer’s trial moved to Lee County

Law enforcement warning community about registered sex offenders that are now living in the area

Man accused of using skimmers in Sarasota sentenced to prison

Sexual predator returned to Charlotte County to face new charges

47-year-old man arrested for sexual assault and molestation in Myakka City

Deputies say in June, the alleged victim reported what happened to Children Services in Richland County, Ohio. A report was issued in Manatee County, where deputies say they learned of another case involving the suspect, Keith Wandell, from 2015.

  VIDEO: Four masked people break into cars in Manatee County

During the overnight hours on July 5th and July 6th, four people entered multiple vehicles in the Azalea Park Community. The group walked down 12th Avenue Northwest checking door handles and entering unlocked vehicles.

Two people arrested after fight in North Port

Danielle Daniels, 26, and Ellis Brummel, 26, have each been charged with felonies for Aggravated Battery, Assault and Tampering with Evidence for their roles in the fight.

La. man charged after licking Blue Bell ice cream in copycat video; deputies warn others

The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office says Lenise Martin III, 36, has been taken into custody after being filmed in a store licking a Blue Bell ice cream container, moving his finger through the container, then putting it back onto the shelf.

2 children rescued from car after 2 adults passed out

Florida authorities say two children were rescued from the back of a car after two adults were found passed out.

  Reward offered for help finding man accused of murdering 18-year-old

The reward for a man accused of killing a Manatee County teenager last weekend is going up.

  25-year-old man accused of hitting two cars before multi-vehicle crash in Sarasota

Around 7:00 a.m., deputies were called to the 6300 block of Gateway Avenue for reports of a vehicle burglary. Deputies say when they arrived they saw 25-year-old Aaron Watts fleeing the scene in a stolen grey Chevy Camaro onto Clark Road.

  Two women arrested after attempting to run over deputies in parking lot

A deputy noticed a 2016 white Nissan Maxima on Tuesday around 11:45 p.m. traveling on 14th Street West and 53rd Avenue West in Bradenton. The car matched the description of a vehicle on the stolen vehicle listed by Bradenton Police Department.

  Deputies: Man charged after allegedly putting six-month-old pitbull “Daisy” in the dumpster in Manatee County

A 44-year-old man has been charged and arrested for animal abandonment for allegedly putting "Daisy " a six-month-old pitbull in the dumpster.

  Venice man arrested for child pornography possession

Deputies arrested a Venice man on Monday for Possession of Child Pornography.

38-year-old man arrested after accidentally shooting himself

Deputies have arrested a 38-year-old man after he accidentally shot himself with a stolen gun.

Man charged with animal cruelty arrested after being found in home with animals

Keith Wandell, 47, was not supposed to possess or be around animals as he was awaiting to go to trial for animal cruelty. Deputies say they found him at a home with animals on June 21. As a result, he was arrested and taken to the Sarasota County Jail.

Deputies: Seven people charged in DCFS data breach that affected almost 2,000 Florida residents after UTC retailer contacted authorities

After a two-month investigation involving several law enforcement agencies, five people were arrested, among them a DCFS employee. Authorities are still looking for two others.

  Deputies: Florida man accused of dragging deputy almost 100 yards with his car

Frightening moments for a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop in Florida.

  Deputies: Suspect on the loose after 18-year-old’s body found in Manatee County

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office later identified the victim as 19-year-old Jesus Molina.

  Manatee County growth impacting crime rate

Something happened last year in Manatee County that hasn’t happened in more than a decade, crime actually went up.

  Police: Man tries to rob woman at ATM, is shot multiple times by her boyfriend

It happened shortly before 10:30pm on Thursday. Police say a woman was at the ATM at the Suncoast Credit Union on Aidan Lane while her boyfriend waited in the car.

Man sentenced to life in prison for committing Longboat Key robbery in April 2018

The man who planned the robbery of a Longboat Key couple has been sentenced to a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of early release.

Sarasota man sentenced to life in prison for second degree murder

A Sarasota man has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of second degree murder committed last October.

  Police: Man caught on surveillance video stealing cigarettes, putting them down his pants

On Thursday, June 27 around 10:49 a.m. NPPD posted surveillance video on twitter showing an unidentified man allegedly stealing a large amount of cigarettes and putting them inside his pants. Police say the amount of cartons he stole results in a felony.

  Bradenton Police say juvenile who escaped during exercise time, found

A juvenile who escaped during exercise time was found on Wednesday.

  North Port Police Chief addresses recent crime statistics on social media

The North Port Police Department published a press release on Facebook and Twitter regarding the recent reports of increased crime in the area.

  GRAPHIC: Suspect accused of hitting Florida State Trooper with his car arrested in New York

A suspect was arrested last Friday after he was accused of hitting a Florida State Trooper with his car in Broward County.

  20-year-old arrested on drug charges in Bradenton

A 20-year-old Bradenton man is facing multiple felony charges after deputies found a large amount of drugs inside his home.

  Bradenton man who had a terabyte of child porn sentenced to 30 years in prison

Miguel Bonilla Rivera was arrested in July 2018 after Bradenton Police received a tip that the 25-year-old had posted an image containing child porn to the Tumblr website.

  Suncoast man accused of posing as a psychologist

A Sarasota man is busted after police say he pretended to be a licensed psychologist for years.

  14 busted during operation focusing on retail spots in Sarasota and Venice

In an effort to reduce retail thefts, deputies spent three days focusing their attention on retail corridors in Sarasota and Venice, ultimately arresting 14 people.

Toddler in soiled diaper found wandering busy Florida roadway alone

The sheriff's office says the couple was passed out in their Oak Hill home and only woke up when the deputy banged on the home's walls.

  VIDEO: Sarasota Police searching for two people of interest in pharmaceutical delivery truck theft

Police say on Monday, June 17, 2019 around 12:25 p.m., a white 2001 Chevrolet box truck was stolen from Walgreens located at 3535 North Tamiami Trail.

Man dies after deputy-involved shooting in Englewood

Around 9pm on Monday, a call came into 911 that 61-year-old Bradley Rundle had fired his gun multiple times inside a home on the 6000 block of McKinley Terrace. The caller stated Rundle was intoxicated and that other family members and children were at home during the call.

Deputies: 20-year-old Bradenton man arrested for possessing large amounts of drugs

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019 around 12:30 in the afternoon Manatee County Sheriff’s Office say they executed a search warrant at a home on the 700 block of Rosemary Circle in Bradenton.

Deputies: Unidentified woman demanded money from clerk at Motel 6 in Bradenton

On June 25, 2019 around 6:10 a.m. deputies say a woman wearing a dark hoodie and reading glasses walked into the Motel 6 located at 660 67th Street Circle E. and demanded money from the clerk, receiving an unknown amount then leaving the scene with unknown means of travel.

  Sarasota County man accused of pretending to be a doctor, offering therapy

Sarasota Police began investigating after receiving a tip that Phillip Stutzman was offering counseling or therapy sessions under the alias “Dr. Phillip Nikao” while claiming to have a Masters in Neuroscience and a Doctorate in Psychology.

  Sarasota charter boat captain waived right to attend court

The Sarasota Charter Boat Captain accused of holding his passengers hostage for hours at sea, decided he didn’t want to go to court on Monday.

  31-year-old Bradenton teacher accused of having sex with 15-year-old student

Kassandra Moore (aka Kassandra Thomas) was charged Monday, June 24 with four counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of transmission of harmful material to a minor.

21-year-old man arrested for DUI in Sarasota after driving wrong way on I-75

FHP was called around 1am on Sunday for reports of a driver going north in the southbound lanes. Troopers responded and found the vehicle at milemarker 171 facing north with its hazards on.

  Deputies: Investigation underway after multiple gunshots were fired at a home in Sarasota

An investigation is underway after Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office says multiple gunshots were fired a home early Sunday morning.

Police say vehicles burglarized in Sarasota neighborhood were unlocked

Sarasota Police Department is reporting that they have responded to five vehicle burglaries and a stolen car.

Police: Florida couple beat, used stun gun on adopted kids

The two children fled from the couple's care last week and a concerned resident contacted police. The children are 8 and 10-years-old.

Police say DNA used to solve 24-year old Florida rape case

A 24-year-old rape case in West Palm Beach has finally been solved thanks to new DNA testing.

  Florida inmate indicted for federal building bomb threats

A Florida man is in federal custody after authorities say he made several bomb threats that led to evacuations at federal buildings.

  Sarasota judge denies changing re-sentencing date in case where 11-year-old girl was raped, murdered

A Sarasota man on death row is trying to get his re-sentencing date pushed back even further.

  WATCH: Florida trooper dragged 100 feet by car during traffic stop

Christopher Stephan Lewis, 19, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, said Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Kim Montes.

  Sexual predator accused of “watching” kids at local pool faces new charges

Deputies in Charlotte County say after the story broke that 41-year-old Timothy Rice was wanted for loitering or prowling near children, a first degree misdemeanor, several parents came forward to report additional incidents involving Rice.

  Deputies: Nine men arrested for workers’ compensation fraud and unsolicited contracting in Manatee County

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested nine men this week due for workers’ compensation fraud and unsolicited contracting.

  Bond set for Bradenton mother accused of killing her 4-year-old daughter

Dominique Brewer appeared in court on Wednesday as the prosecution and defense reviewed the probable cause affidavit for her arrest. Though bond was set, deputies say Brewer is facing charges in two other counties and will likely remain behind bars.

  Man facing charges for using firearm while intoxicated and resisting arrest

Parts of McIntosh road were closed down on Tuesday night and Sarasota man is now facing charges for drinking and firing a gun.

  Man arrested for slapping reporter’s hand at Trump’s rally

Authorities in Florida say a man was arrested outside the arena where President Donald Trump made his reelection announcement for trying to slap a cellphone out of a journalist’s hand.

  Man pleads guilty to killing his girlfriend’s mother in 2017

Roy Nichols and his then-girlfriend Kayla Colyer stayed with Colyer’s mother, Patricia Freeman, from time-to-time in Manatee County. In May 2017, Nichols and Freeman got into an argument over the use of her car. He hit Freeman over the head, killing her.

Man pretended to be with CPS, forced his way into home and attempted to sexually assault victim

Raheem Brown, 26, was sentenced Monday for burglary of a dwelling with a battery and attempted sexual battery.

  10 years after her death, Manatee County woman accused of killing her 4-year-old daughter

On August 14, 2009, EMS and the sheriff’s office were called to 46th Avenue West in Bradenton on reports of an unresponsive child. When EMS arrived, they found the little girl was cold to the touch. Though they tried to save her, Kelis Rucker was declared dead at the hospital.

Florida man who pretended to be Uber driver gets 30 years for sexually assaulting teen

Willie Foust pleaded guilty to sexual battery after the victim testified at his trial.

  Police: 2-year-old boy allegedly drowned in backyard pool in North Port

A two-year-old boy allegedly drowned in his family’s backyard pool earlier today.

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

On Saturday, June 15 around 6:45 p.m. the crash happened on Fruitville Road and Lockwood Ridge Road. The video shows the car running a red light and police shortly stopping at the scene.

Man convicted of tying Sarasota victim up, sexually battering her before killing her

Delmar Smith III of Ralford, Fla. was linked by DNA to the murder of 34-year-old Georgeann Smith in April 2009. The victim was beaten to death with a baseball bat after being sexually battered with foreign objects that were left inside her body.

  Sarasota man sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual battery on a child

On Friday, a Sarasota man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual battery on a child.

  Judge will remain in case of former Punta Gorda officer charged with manslaughter

The judge in the manslaughter case of a former Punta Gorda police officer will remain in her position.

  Palmetto Police reopen cold case murder

There will be a press conference this Friday at the Palmetto Police Department at 10:00 a.m. to discuss an unsolved murder case that is a little over five years old.