Crime

Man sentenced to 8 years in prison for attacking Sarasota County deputy

On April 9, 2019, the sheriff's office was called to South Venice and asked to transport Hosea Harrison III to Coastal Behavioral Healthcare in Sarasota for treatment.

Server accused of stealing customers’ credit cards from Charlotte County restaurant

Man who tried to blame his 80-year-old father for child porn downloads sentenced to 20 years in prison

  One year since skeletal remains of missing teen Jabez Spann found in Manatee County

Deputies: Man arrested for child porn may have exposed himself on local beaches

Florida car salesman gets 6+ years for stealing $3M from clients

  One year ago: Vandal spray paints #MeToo on Unconditional Surrender statue in downtown Sarasota

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Police looking to identify driver involved in hit-and-run crash in Sarasota

  Judge delays decision on whether to reinstate death sentence in case where 11-year-old Sarasota girl was raped, murdered

Florida man charged with DUI manslaughter in high speed crash that ripped vehicle in two

Elderly, halfhearted Florida bank robber won’t be jailed

  Suspects who stole trail cameras in North Port sought

  Deputies: Months after being fired, former CTO “nearly crippled” business by purposely deleting data

Man accused of slashing girls with machete held without bond

Florida authorities say a man accused of slashing two children with a machete is being held in jail without bond on charges that include attempted murder.

  Man arrested following stabbing death of his co-worker at a job site in Bradenton

Stabbing death in Bradenton.

Tree service worker accused of entering Sarasota woman’s home, sexually assaulting her

Police were called to a home on Bay Street in Sarasota around 11am after the woman called to report what happened. She told officers that Frankie's Tree Service had come to her home and an employee, 49-year-old Francisco Leyva of Sarasota, had knocked on the door to discuss the job with her.

Man accused of molesting child under the age of 12 in North Port

In August 2019, deputies were called to the North Port Police Department after the young child told offers she had been molested by 41-year-old William Amodei of Port Charlotte.

  Police: Construction worker accused of stabbing co-worker to death in Bradenton

  Deputies: Local repair shop finds child porn on Sarasota man’s phone

  Subcontractor speaks out against Sarasota business owner who was arrested for defrauding his clients of more than $230,000

  Clearwater man convicted in parking lot shooting attacked in prison

  Owner of Sarasota company that offered cabinets, remodeling accused of defrauding clients of $230,000

Police: Florida woman neglected dogs, tossed their bodies in trash

  Three teens arrested following high speed chase in Bradenton involving stolen vehicle

Kevin Brown and a pair of young teens leading Manatee County Sheriff deputies on a high speed chase Tuesday night around 10:30. Once deputies spotted the stolen vehicle in the BP gas station parking lot on Manatee Avenue East, the teens sped off at a high rate of speed down 27th Street East.

Deputies: 18-year-old man arrested after being connected to two separate Sarasota shootings this week

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has arrested an 18-year-old Sarasota man in connection to two separate shootings that occurred in the city earlier this week.

  Deputies arrest 18-year-old and two 15-year-olds after car chase in stolen vehicle in Bradenton

Deputies have arrested an 18-year-old man and two 15-year-old boys after a car chase involving a stolen vehicle in Bradenton.

Sheriff: Florida teen brought 2 guns, 4 knives to middle school

A 13-year-old Florida student faces multiple charges after authorities say he brought two guns and four knives on his middle school campus.

  Law enforcement offering $20,000 reward to bring suspect(s) to justice responsible for killing two dolphins

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is offering a $20,000 reward to anyone who has any information on the person or people who are responsible deaths of two Florida dolphins.

Deputies: Sarasota man arrested after hitting patrol car with stolen vehicle

Deputies arrested a 54-year-old Sarasota man after he stole a vehicle, hit a patrol car and crashed while driving away from the scene.

  Bradenton man arrested for drug trafficking after allegedly selling cocaine to undercover detectives three times

Deputies arrested a 33-year-old Bradenton man for allegedly drug trafficking after he sold cocaine to undercover detectives on three different occasions.

  53-year-old man arrested for allegedly being in possession of child pornography

Deputies arrested a 53-year-old man on Friday for possession of child pornography.

Sarasota man arrested on drug charges after allegedly selling meth to undercover detectives twice

Deputies arrested a 52-year-old Sarasota man on several charges after he sold methamphetamine (meth) to undercover detective two different times.

  Florida man charged with driving into GOP voter sign-up tent

A sheriff’s office in Florida says a man has been arrested for driving into a tent set up in a parking lot by Republicans to register voters in Jacksonville.

Man gets life sentence for killing family with hammer, knife

A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for using a claw hammer, knife and gun to kill his mother and half-brothers.

  Police: Driver refuses to stop, leads officers on high speed chase through Sarasota

Around 1:15pm, police were called about a reckless driver on U.S. 41. An officer responded and says the driver, 43-year-old Jaime Lynn Wakkila, was traveling in the center lane but swerving into other lanes.

  Florida man gets arrested for the 66th time

A man behind bars on the Suncoast finds himself in a familiar place. He was arrested for the 66th time Wednesday after being on the run since last year.

  Victim seriously injured in battery near Publix in Sarasota

One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries following a battery in Sarasota.

  Manatee County man facing charges over homemade explosives, more explosive material found

Around 1:45pm on Tuesday, January 28, deputies were called to 52-year-old James Hoskins Jr.'s home after the sheriff’s office says he made threats about his roommate to an employee at a substance abuse and mental health facility.

  Hog Trail Murders: New Technology Helps Create Sketch That May Help Identify Potential Victim

In February of 1994, 26 years ago, a man was found dead in the woods in Punta Gorda. He had no clothing, no teeth and absolutely nothing to identify him or even know what happened to him. Since then, he’s been known as John Doe and the first of many bodies discovered from the Hog Trail Murders.

  26-year-old Bradenton man sentenced to three terms of life of in prison

A 26-year-old Bradenton man has been sentenced to three terms of life in prison after being one of three suspects found guilty of four murders and several other charges related to drugs and firearms.

Deputies arrest man for allegedly calling 911 multiple times to report crimes that didn’t happen

Deputies say that on Monday and Tuesday, Eduardo Olivaras called 911 a total of 15 times using the same phone number and would immediately disconnect.

Police: Man fatally stabbed father in Florida parking garage

Investigators say a 26-year-old man is accused of fatally stabbing his father in a Boca Raton parking garage.

  Man charged with breaking into nursing home, killing patient

A man is facing charges that he broke into a Florida nursing home and suffocated a 95-year-old patient.

Deputies: Woman stuns husband with Taser during argument

Authorities say a Florida woman responded to her husband’s request for a separation by shocking him with a stun gun.

  Bradenton dad accused of leaving toddler in car during Super Bowl

Around 11:15pm on Super Bowl Sunday, deputies were called to a bar on Manatee Avenue West where a caller had seen a child in a car parked near the bar's back door.

Florida man accused of filming coworkers in day care bathroom

The phone faced the toilet in the St. Petersburg center’s bathroom. Co-workers spotted the phone and notified authorities.

  Crash victim says he sympathizes with man convicted of leaving the scene

Jackson Kelley was 19 at the time of the accident on February 28. He was commuting to school on north Tamiami Trail when the minivan Zachari Brock was driving crashed into him, causing his car to flip multiple times into the Lantern Inn parking lot.

  Driver in Sarasota hit-and-run crash caught on video sentenced to five years in prison

As part of a plea deal, Zachari Brock, 25, of Bradenton was sentenced on Friday, January 31 to five years in prison on charges of leaving the scene of a crash and driving without a valid license. Both felony charges.

3 family members die in Florida hit and run; driver sought

Florida law enforcement is searching for the hit-and-run driver who ran a red light and plowed into a car, killing a Clearwater couple and their teenage son.

  Driver flees scene after hitting, killing pedestrian in Manatee County

Troopers say around 8:00 a.m. in the 3400 block of Whitfield Avenue, a maroon-colored 1997-2003 full-size Ford Pickup or SUV was traveling eastbound, east of 33rd Avenue East, and 28-year-old Hung Dong was walking in the eastbound lane.

Bookkeeper who stole over $100,000 from two Suncoast businesses going to prison

Nicole Sereby was released from jail in 2018 for charges from outside of the area. She then got work at two local businesses, one in Sarasota County and the other in Manatee County, and stole more than $100,000, telling prosecutors she used the money for drugs.

19-year-old man, 16-year-old boy arrested on drug charges following short car chase in Sarasota

The sheriff's office says around 4am at Fruitville Road near Coburn, deputies attempted to stop a gold sedan with a broken taillight. But deputies say the driver, 19-year-old Jacob Harris, fled.

14-year-old girl charged with attempted murder after shooting teen-aged boy multiple times in Sarasota

Witnesses at the scene say they were speaking to the victim in a driveway in that area when 14-year-old Sha’Miya Williams walked up and starting shooting at him, firing multiple rounds and hitting the victim twice.

  Employee at SRQ Airport rental car company accused of “renting” cars off the books

Airport and Sarasota Police began investigating in October last year after learning that some rental vehicles from Hertz were missing. Between October and November, police say they found 10 cars had been taken.

  No bond for Sarasota bishop facing two charges of sexual battery on child, police urge more victims to come forward

On Friday, police charged Henry Lee Porter, Sr. with the additional count. The second victim tells police the abuse happened between April and November in 1990 when the victim was attending the school at Westcoast Center for Human Development.

Deputies: Manatee County man killed dog using electrical cord

Deputies say on Wednesday, 38-year-old Robert Edwards was annoyed that the dog was barking, so he took an electrical cord and wrapped it around the dog’s neck until it died.

  State Attorney’s Office asks court to reinstate death sentence in case where 11-year-old Sarasota girl was raped, murdered

Joseph Smith was convicted of the February 2004 murder of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia. The case drew national attention after surveillance video showed a man, later identified as Smith, taking Brucia from behind a car wash on Bee Ridge Road.

  Deputies: Manatee County man had 2-3 pounds of homemade explosive

Around 1:45pm on Tuesday, deputies were called to a home on the 2500 block of 32nd Avenue East after the sheriff's office says 52-year-old James Hoskins Jr. made threats about his roommate to an employee at a substance abuse and mental health facility.

Woman pleads guilty to hurricane disaster assistance fraud

A Florida woman has pleaded guilty to lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Multiple bullets hit building with Ringling College students inside

The Sarasota Police Department (SPD) is investigating a shooting that happened in the 1000 block of 25th Street in Sarasota.

Deputies investigating Saturday night shooting in Sarasota that left one injured

Deputies are currently investigating a reported shooting that took place on Saturday night in the 2500 block of 24th Street in Sarasota.

Deputies arrest two people in connection with fatal shooting at a Florida bar

Deputies have arrested two people in connection to the fatal shooting that occurred at a Florida bar on Saturday morning.

  Middle school teacher in Venice sentenced to 30 years in prison for molesting multiple underage students

A middle school teacher teacher in Venice was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Friday for molesting multiple underage students.

  Man charged with murder after woman dies a year after he shot her

A man is now facing murder charges in Manatee County after shooting his girlfriend on multiple occasions.

33-year-old man wanted for possessing controlled substance, violating probation

Deputies say Adam Smith is six-feet tall and weighs around 180 pounds and that he violated his probation for exposure of sexual organs and is also in possession of a controlled substance.

  Florida man arrested by SCSO for allegedly selling narcotics to undercover detectives

Deputies say they have arrested a 50-year-old Florida man for selling narcotics to undercover detectives

  Deputies arrest woman who allegedly stabbed a man because he made her get out of a car he was borrowing

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 30-year-old woman for allegedly stabbing a man because he forced her to get out of a car that he was borrowing.

  Man arrested for allegedly stealing lottery tickets from a Circle K in Bradenton

Deputies have arrested a 31-year-old man for allegedly stealing lottery tickets from a Circle K convenience store in Bradenton in October of last year.

  18-year-old man sentenced to five years in prison for robbery outside Sarasota Starbucks

An 18-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a robbery that occurred in a Starbucks parking lot in Sarasota as well as an armed burglary that took place in Venice.

  Florida man arrested for pointing laser at planes landing at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

Deputies have arrested a 41-year-old man who allegedly pointed lasers at pilots in planes at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

  Police: Sarasota man arrested and facing 40 counts of possession of child pornography

Detectives say they received a tip in October 2019 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about two images that were reviewed and confirmed as child pornography.

  Convicted felon arrested in Sarasota for possession of a firearm following a traffic stop

Kendrick Wade is facing charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, leaving the scene of a crash without giving information, resisting a law enforcement officer without violence and driving with a suspended license.

  Manatee County Fair worker arrested for not registering as a sex offender

The fair is usually a place where people like to bring their family and kids. You would never think a sex offender would be working there. But on Friday, 49-year-old William Rezey was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender.

  Registered nurse accused of stealing medication from Sarasota hospital

In August 2019, the pharmacy director of Doctor’s Hospital in Sarasota met with Christine Eckles, a registered nurse working at the hospital in the ICU, to discuss discrepancies in the use of hydromorphone, a schedule II controlled substance.

  Two pedestrians killed less than a mile apart on same stretch of road in Manatee County

The first fatal accident took place around 3:45 a.m. on 15th Street East at 57th Avenue.

  Deputies: Florida man sought hit man to kill his brother

Officials said as a result 54-year-old Gary Hudge is charged with solicitation to commit murder. Investigators said Hudge provided several Michigan addresses for his brother and offered .25-caliber handgun, a bus ticket as well as the cash.

  Troopers searching for driver in fatal crash that killed a pedestrian in Bradenton

Troopers say Pablo Tobar was crossing 15th Street East, north of the intersection with 57th Avenue East, when the driver of what witnesses described as a blue four-door Honda vehicle failed to slow down and struck him.

  Police searching for robbery suspect in North Port

This suspect was seen wearing a ski mask, holding a handgun and backpack. He is believed to be in a light-colored four door vehicle.

  DNA leads to cold case conviction of man who killed Sarasota woman in 1988

The murder happened on July 31, 1998 near Booker High School. The following day, the newspaper headline read, "Woman’s body found behind Sarasota School.” That woman was 23-year-old Judith Elaine Doherty.

  Social media sleuths help police identify, locate woman who allegedly stole from downtown Sarasota hotel

On Friday, January 10 around 10:15pm, police say Mary Arslanagic, also known as Mary Tormey, is seen in these photos stealing approximately $1,000 from the gift shop at the Art Ovation Hotel, Autograph Collection.

  Bradenton man takes to social media to try to find person who stole his trailer

Social media has changed the landscape of society and how law enforcement does police work. It’s also made a difference for people who want to take matters into their own hands to find their stolen property.