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Charlotte High School teacher charged with sexual battery

A teacher at Charlotte High School has been arrested and charged with sexual battery.

Man sets fire in Florida church after plowing van inside

Manatee Co. Schools employee arrested for possession of child pornography

Man charged with murder in connection with the death of his father

Missing children featured on gas station TVs in Florida

  U.S. Attorney’s Office releases more info on Bradenton church arrests

  Sarasota County sheriff’s car broken into outside his home

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Police investigating a shooting that has occurred in Bradenton

SPD to crack down on boaters under the influence with Operation Dry Water

Sheriff: Man killed dog because ‘it looked at him crazy’

Police: Two men arrested in Sarasota after allegedly being caught climbing on construction crane

Bradenton woman arrested for allegedly coughing on beach-goers and spitting on code enforcement officers

  Two Suncoast men arrested for alleged scheme to defraud investors

Business Owner Arrested for Defrauding Medicaid Out of More Than $200,000

Home and Community-Based Services Business Owner Arrested for Defrauding Medicaid Out of More Than $200,000

  24-year-old man arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection to homicide committed in Bradenton

Deputies have arrested 24-year-old David Laycock and he is being charged with second degree murder for a homicide that occurred in Bradenton on Saturday morning.

Sheriff: Nokomis man arrested after threatening the Black Lives Matter movement

A Nokomis man is in jail after sheriff’s officials say he posted several threatening messages on social media targeted at the Black Lives Matter movement.

  Police arrest two men in Michigan accused of murdering a Bradenton man in October 2019

Bradenton Police announced on Tuesday that two men have been identified as the alleged suspects of a homicide that occurred in Bradenton in October of last year, and they have been arrested.

Off-duty Florida wildlife officer found fatally shot

Troopers searching for driver involved in hit and run incident on University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge Road

Man sentenced for collecting dead mom’s social security

Man charged in 2019 fatal hit-and-run

  Police searching for man who allegedly broke into a donut shop in Bradenton and stole money

Two men arrested and charged with home invasion of a boat

  Bradenton man arrested and facing attempted murder charge after trying to stab another man

A Bradenton man is behind bars tonight facing attempted murder after he tried to stab another man to death.

Police: Additional victims come forward to accuse Englewood physician of Sexual Battery

A former Englewood doctor turned himself in again to police after more women came forward alleging sexual battery.

Deputies searching for suspects responsible for multiple burglaries that took place at many Bradenton businesses overnight

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is searching for multiple suspects who were apart of burglaries that took place on Sunday night and early Monday morning in Bradenton.

Woman sentenced for supporting Islamic State

A Florida woman has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison for attempting to send cellphones to the Middle East to be used as bomb detonators by the Islamic State terrorist group.

2 arrested in 2019 robbery, homicide

Two Suncoast men have been arrested in a 2019 murder and robbery.

1 person dead following shooting in Bradenton

Police are on scene following a shooting in Bradenton that left one person dead.

Sheriff: Registered nurse stole oxycodone

A registered nurse is in jail after investigators say she stole oxycodone from her Sarasota employer.

  Deputies investigating two burglaries that took place at two Bradenton businesses

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is investigating two burglaries that occurred at two Bradenton businesses earlier this week.

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 respond to large crowds, shooting in Florida beach

Florida officials say a crowd of more than 200 people gathered on a beachside road despite pandemic restrictions and were seen partying and dancing.

Police: Florida boy, 9, shot by teenage uncle

Police say a teenage boy has been arrested in Florida on suspicion he shot his 9-year-old nephew in the arm with a stolen gun.

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

Police have arrested the boy’s mother, Patricia Ripley, and she is facing charges of first-degree murder and attempted premeditated murder.

Sarasota sex offender arrested for possession of child pornography

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a registered sex offender on 96 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

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

Detectives in Virginia have made an arrest after two men wearing hollowed-out watermelon masks allegedly stole from a local convenience store.

  Bradenton woman charged in theft of heirloom from deceased man

A Bradenton woman was arrested after police say she stole a priceless ring belonging to a deceased patient at a Venice nursing home.

  Murder suspect extradited to Manatee County

A suspect in a Manatee County homicide has been extradited to face charges.

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

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is hoping that the public will be able to identify a man who vandalized a Temple with anti-semitic graffiti. The incident occurred back in April but so far no leads have come in.

  Sarasota teen arrested after allegedly stealing car and crashing it

A Sarasota teenager is behind bars after deputies say he stole a car and crashed it in the Gulf Gate Community.

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

An executive for Sarasota-based FCCI is out on bond following an arrest for trespassing that culminated in charges of resisting arrest and battery on an officer.

  Sarasota Co. Sheriff announces arrest in armed burglary

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has announced an arrest in a break-in that ended with a man pulling a blade on a woman.

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

With grand jury proceedings suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, a statewide grand jury that has investigated the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is seeking to make sure it has enough time to conduct its work.

Kidnapping conviction against former Sarasota County deputy overturned

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal overturned part of a former Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputy’s conviction.

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

Police are searching for a grey car that was involved in a hit and run incident with another vehicle on Tuesday in North Port.

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

Authorities say a Florida construction worker called in a bomb threat to a water treatment facility to get a day off work.

Shooting sends one person to the hospital in Sarasota County

Deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office say a person was taken to the hospital after a shooting Friday afternoon.

Police: Ft. Myers man arrested after road rage incident

The Florida Highway Patrol took a man into custody after an alleged road-rage incident on I-75 in Sarasota County.

State Attorney: Joseph Smith’s death sentence will stand

State Attorney Ed Brodsky announced Tuesday via a virtual press conference that the sentence of the man convicted of kidnapping and murdering an 11-year-old Sarasota girl will stand.

Florida attorney arrested for allegedly human trafficking

A central Florida attorney was arrested for allegedly human trafficking minors as young as 15-years-old according to Attorney General Ashley Moody.

Property appraiser charged with $200,000 fraud

Authorities say a county property appraiser in Florida illegally paid himself more than $176,000 over three years and made nearly $27,000 in fraudulent charges on his government-issued credit card.

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.