Crime

Florida man charged after runaway toddler is seen on highway

A Florida man has been arrested after a driver spotted a runaway toddler in diapers on a highway near midnight.

Police: Mother arrested and charged for murder of nine-year-old son in South Florida

Sarasota sex offender arrested for possession of child pornography

Police: Arrest made after two ‘melon-heads’ shoplift

  Bradenton woman charged in theft of heirloom from deceased man

  Murder suspect extradited to Manatee County

  Investigators still searching for person behind anti-semitic vandalism, reward offered

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  Sarasota teen arrested after allegedly stealing car and crashing it

  FCCI executive fired after being charged with battery of an officer, resisting arrest

  Sarasota Co. Sheriff announces arrest in armed burglary

Grand jury in Parkland shooting seeks to make sure it has enough time

Kidnapping conviction against former Sarasota County deputy overturned

  Police searching for vehicle involved in a ‘car hit and run’ incident on Tuesday

Englewood Doctor charged with sexual battery, molestation of patients

An Englewood physician has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of Sexual Battery after multiple patients made reports to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators seeking answers after gator found shot with arrows

Officials with the Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers are hoping that someone knows who injured an alligator with two arrows.

Bicyclist critically injured during hit-and-run incident in Holmes Beach

The incident took place on Monday around 2:30 p.m. on State Road 64 and East Bay Drive.

Welcome mat at Florida home seeks warrant and deputies did

A welcome mat at the front door of a Florida home read “come back with a warrant” and that’s just what deputies did before finding drugs and drug paraphernalia inside.

Deputies: Man made bomb threat to avoid work

Shooting sends one person to the hospital in Sarasota County

Police: Ft. Myers man arrested after road rage incident

State Attorney: Joseph Smith’s death sentence will stand

Florida attorney arrested for allegedly human trafficking

Property appraiser charged with $200,000 fraud

Deputies: Bradenton man charged with Second Degree Murder

According to an arrest citation, Troy Davis, 29, was involved in an altercation with two teenagers.

Police: Suspects wanted for damaging property in North Port

Police officials are asking for the public’s help identifying two suspects accused of damaging property at the North Port Aquatic Center.

Manatee Co. man accused of attacking jogger

A Manatee County man has been charged in connection to the April 9 attack of a woman in Braden River Nature Park.

Police investigating a shooting into a moving vehicle that occurred on Easter night in Venice

Police are investigating a shooting into a moving vehicle that took place on Sunday night on Laurel Road just east of Knights Trail.

Fla. man accused of murder a day after he was released from jail due to COVID-19 concerns

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested 26-year-old Joseph Edward Williams for a homicide that happened in Tampa, Florida on March 20.

Deputies: Sarasota County couple arrested on multiple drug charges in Venice

A 51-year-old Sarasota man and his 26-year old girlfriend have been arrested on multiple drug charges in Venice.

Suspect coughs at deputies, says ‘I hope you catch corona’

A suspect in Florida facing charges of battering his mother coughed and blew at deputies while he was being arrested.

Deputies searching for suspect who allegedly fatally shot one teen and injured another teen in Bradenton on Saturday night

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a potential suspect involved in a homicide in Bradenton on Saturday night.

Prosecutors: Florida man charged after coughing, spitting on officer

A man is charged with biological weapons hoax after officials say he wanted to spread coronavirus

Deputies: Florida man brutalized, baked dog

Florida law enforcement say a man brutalized a dog and then baked it in an oven.

Man fleeing police crashes into car, killing woman, child

The Florida Highway Patrol says a man fleeing a police officer stop hit another car, killing a 31-year-old woman and her 7-year-old niece.

Deputies searching for suspect(s) responsible for grand theft and burglarizing RV trailers in Bradenton

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is searching for a person or group of people responsible for burglarizing multiple RV trailers in Bradenton.

Bradenton man arrested for sexual battery and false imprisonment

Deputies say Amaury Fernandez sexually battered a woman and beat her until she was unconscious.

Florida governor loses latest bid to curtail felon voting

Florida officials have lost their latest bid to enforce a state law denying the right to vote for felons who have not paid all court fines and fees.

Sheriff’s office looking for help identifying woman suspected of stolen credit card

Charlotte County Sheriff’s office is asking the public for help identifying a woman accused of stealing a credit card near a Prime Steakhouse on March 24.

Sarasota man arrested for child pornography

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a 50-year-old Sarasota man Monday for Possession of Child Pornography.

Officials: Florida boy, 15, plays with gun, shoots teen dead

Florida sheriff deputies have detained a 15-year-old boy who they say shot a teenager dead as he played with a handgun.

Police searching for man for allegedly stealing multiple bicycles in Sarasota

Sarasota Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man suspected of stealing multiple bicycles.

Bradenton man sentenced to more than 15-years for drug offenses

According to the states U.S. Attorney’s Office, 43-year-old Ronde Yarrell sold drugs to undercover officers on five different occasions. In the last transaction, Yarrell sold 6-grams of heroin an undercover officer, according to court documents.

Suspects wanted for stealing multiple TVs in Bradenton

Bradenton Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating two suspects.

Store manager accused of stealing over $13K in lottery scratch-offs

Joshua Pangio, 28, was arrested after deputies say surveillance video from the store captured him stuffing over $2,300 worth of lottery scratch-offs in his backpack.

Deputies: Victim jumps in canal, swims to safety to flee man intent on rape

It happened Tuesday around 2:30am. Deputies say the victim was walking to 7-Eleven when 34-year-old Clayton Rhodes of Bradenton pulled up in a vehicle and flashed what appeared to be a firearm, threatening to shoot the victim if the victim didn't get in the vehicle.

Deputies say teens made up story about man who grabbed, chased them in Bradenton

Deputies say they’ve determined that two teens made up stories about a man who grabbed one and chased another in Bradenton.

Man accused of groping 13-year-old girl inside Venice grocery store

Jeremiah Waters, a transient man who lives in a wooded area in Venice, allegedly asked the victim her age. When she responded she was 13-years old, she says Waters commented that she was “too young” to do anything but that he could still talk to her.

31-year-old Sarasota man arrested and facing 40 counts of child pornography possession

Police have arrested a 31-year old man from Sarasota and he is facing 40 counts of possession of child pornography.

Florida man lands in jail for allegedly cutting down fence he thought belonged to someone else

After a lengthy operation, deputies questioned Brady Bettis, 33, and say he admitted to cutting them down because he thought the property belonged to someone else he did not like.

Sarasota man arrested for child pornography, possession of Molotov cocktails

Bradley Negron-Cruz, 27, was arrested at his home on the 4200 block of Bell Avenue after detectives say they linked his Skype account to the downloads. While at the home, deputies say they also found breakable glass bottles containing flammable substances often referred to as “Molotov cocktails.”

  Two men accused of using small explosives to rob ATMs in Tampa Bay area and Georgia

Prosecutors say 33-year-old Mawdo Sallah and 34-year-old Kirk Johnson were arrested over the weekend after setting off an explosion at an ATM in Georgia.

  Man shot after bringing gun into booking room of Florida jail

Sheriff's officials in Orlando say a 25-year-old man was shot in the shoulder after holding several people captive in the booking area of the jail

Threats against judges lands Florida man back in jail

Broward Sheriff's officials say a South Florida man went before a judge for the third time in a week for threatening county judges.

Sheriff’s office looking for help identifying serial auto burglar

Deputies say he is wanted in connection with several recent auto burglaries in Sarasota County neighborhoods near Clark and Sawyer roads. The suspect travels on foot and often carries a large backpack, as well as a towel to not leave evidence.

Watch out for coronavirus scams online, like a malicious live map of COVID-19 cases

Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning Floridians that if unwitting users click on the website, a program is activated that can access and steal sensitive user data. Her office says it is suspected that the website is being spread through infected email attachments and online advertisements.

Life Sentence Rejected in Juvenile’s Murder of Abuser

A state appeals court Friday ordered resentencing for a woman who faced life in prison for a murder she committed at age 17 against a man she said sexually abused her for years.

Florida sheriff releases 164 inmates to curb spread of virus

A Florida sheriff is releasing 164 inmates who are accused of low-level crimes to help reduce the risk of the new coronavirus spreading in his two jails.

Florida man jailed twice for impersonating a cop

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staley said in a Facebook post that 60-year-old LeRoy Stotelmyer was arrested March 11 after investigators got a tip from a toll bridge attendant.

  Deputies searching for person responsible for meddling with multiple vehicles in a Bradenton neighborhood

Deputies are searching for a person who was caught on surveillance camera interfering with vehicles in a Bradenton neighborhood.

Deputies: Florida man smashed hole in door, attacked woman in domestic violence incident

For the sheriff's office, it started with a frantic 911 call from a woman in a Punta Gorda home who said she was under attack.

  Man pleads guilty to sexual battery of New College student in 1994

Darryl King, Jr. 42, of Sarasota pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual battery with a deadly weapon. In addition to his jail sentence, he was given lifetime sex offender probation.

TBI finds remains believed to be missing 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says investigators have found remains that are believed to be those of missing 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell.

  Tip leads to arrest of man on federal felony warrant in Sarasota

Around 10:40am Tuesday, police received a tip that Courtney Garner was in the area of 23rd Street and North Osprey Avenue. Garner was wanted on a federal felony warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  Venice man charged with possessing child porn

Deputies began investigating in December 2019 after receiving a cyber tip from Google that in October 2019, 32 images of suspected child porn depicting a child under the age of 10 were uploaded to Google Photos.

  Parking in handicap spot leads to woman’s arrest on drug charges in Sarasota

Around 9:30am Monday on the 2400 block of Washington Court, officers saw the Mercedes in a handicap spot and ran the license plate. When it came back a mismatch, they spoke to the woman, but she refused to identify herself.

  Deputies: Bicyclists flee but helicopter pursues and spots them ditching drugs

Tuesday night, deputies were in the area of Seminole Boulevard and Tamiami Trail in Venice when they say 33-year-old Frank Crouse and 27-year-old Dylan Rodgers were riding bikes and failed to stop at the stop sign and cut off a marked patrol vehicles.

Sports gambler charged with threatening Tampa Bay Rays players, other athletes

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa announced a charge Wednesday of transmitting threats in interstate or foreign commerce against 23-year-old Benjamin Tucker Patz.

  Police: Florida woman charged in cold case of baby found dead in 2008

News outlets report 32-year-old Jennifer Sahr was expected in court Wednesday for a bond hearing in the cold case. She is accused in the death of an infant called Baby Boy Horry, whose body was found in December 2008.

  Suspect dies days after being shot by deputies returning fire in Manatee County

Around 5:30pm last Thursday, February 27, the sheriff’s office says 43-year-old Ceceil Truelove fired at deputies on the 1800 block of 47th Terrace East in Bradenton.

  71-year-old Venice man accused of uploading child porn to social media

Last Friday, deputies took 71-year-old William Willis into custody following an investigation that the sheriff’s office says showed he uploaded child pornography to social media from his home on Princeton Road.

  Deputies: Man called 911, threatened first responders with handgun

Just before 2:30pm last Friday, deputies say 911 was called to the 4700 block of Vignette Way in Sarasota on a report of a person with a leg injury. When paramedics arrived, deputies say 21-year-old Jacob Prizio ran into the roadway and aimed a loaded handgun at the ambulance.

  Drugs, weapons seized during raid on Sarasota home; three arrested

Last Thursday, police searched a home on the 3000 block of 31st Way, seizing several guns, ammo, cocaine, several types of prescription pills, and ecstasy. Three people were arrested.

  Reward for info on slain dolphins increases to $54,000

One dolphin was discovered dead in the water off Naples last week. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the animal was killed by a bullet, stab wounds, or possibly both.

Fugitive in Florida killing captured after 2-year manhunt

A fugitive sought in a Florida slaying has been captured after a two-year manhunt.

Florida teen gets life in prison for rape of 2-year-old

A Florida teenager has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2018 rape of a 2-year-old girl.

  Deputies wound suspect after he fires weapon at them in Manatee County

The sheriff says 43-year-old Ceceil Truelove is a convicted felon wanted on federal indictments for possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, and distribution of a quantity of meth. The FBI and FDLE were searching for him.

  Luke Fleming found guilty of first-degree murder, sexual battery in 1999 Sarasota cold case

For years, Deborah Dalzell’s murder was a mystery. No one knew who or why she was raped and murdered in her Sarasota County home. Then in 2018, Luke Fleming was arrested after his DNA was linked to the case.

Man facing charges in crash that killed moped driver in Bradenton

Troopers say around 11:30pm, 36-year-old Ralphie Moreno of Bradenton was driving southbound on 9th Street East, approaching 301 Boulevard. The driver of a pickup truck, 37-year-old Osvin Velasquez Varela of Bradenton, attempted to turn left in front of Moreno onto 301 and the vehicles collided.

  North Port man charged with child porn possession

The investigation began in February 2019 when a cyber tip was received. Detectives say they connected the IP address to a home on Vogler Lane belonging to 58-year-old Luis Valenzuela.

  Four Florida teens face charges in train depot fire

The Palm Beach Post reports that the fire occurred Tuesday morning in Delray Beach. Delray Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Dani Moschella says the Atlantic High School students suspected of starting the blaze face arson and burglary charges.

  Florida woman accused of zipping boyfriend in suitcase, leaving him to die

Sarah Boone, 42, faces a second-degree murder charge after the death of her 42-year-old boyfriend, Jorge Torres Jr., whom she allegedly zipped inside a suitcase.