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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.

  Dump truck driver killed in rollover crash, fire on I-275N

  Manatee County School District working on reading program for elementary students

  Suncoast students sending Valentines Day cards to veteran for his birthday

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

  Manasota Operation Troop Support hosts fishing event to honor veterans

  J.D. Hamel Park hosting fifth annual Sarasota Seafood and Music Festival

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  Local family receives living room makeover from Manatee Habitat for Humanity

  Flooding problems discussed at Palmetto High School during school board workshop

79-year-old driver critically injured in traffic crash

  Police searching for robbery suspect in North Port

  Bradenton Police to focus on traffic, pedestrians in certain areas of the city

  Manatee County Planning Commission approves proposed car dealership, neighbors voice opposition

  Local non-profit that helps the homeless now needs help from the community to get new roof

Their building on 17th Avenue needs a new roof. The current roof has water damage from multiple leaks and it will cost the organization about $40,000 to replace it. Without a new roof, Turning Points won’t be able to continue to serve the community.

  Weekend brings changes to Suncoast as cold front moves through

Since Jan. 9th the high temperature has exceeded 80 degrees and it could go to 10 on Saturday. This unbelievable stretch of warm days is about to end after Sunday.

  Sarasota County Commissioners move forward on $20 million commitment to new Mote aquarium

Sarasota County Commissioners move forward on $20 million commitment to new Mote aquarium

  VIDEO: Did you see the fireball that lit up the Suncoast sky?

Shortly before midnight on Thursday, January 16, Gail tells ABC7 she saw a huge fireball streak across the sky. She was watching TV, facing her backdoor, when she saw what looked like a comet with a tail going horizontally through the sky. She says, “It was AWESOME!”

  Amazon building new distribution center in south Sarasota County

Car slams through wall of mobile home in Manatee County

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

  General counsel for Manatee Schools to receive sensitivity training over alleged inappropriate comments

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

  Chalkboard Champion: Teacher combining love of teaching with passion for community service

  Opening day for the 104th Manatee County Fair in Palmetto

There are a variety of fair foods to satisfy any appetite, lots of rides putting smiles on faces and many different exhibits keeping people very entertained. If that’s not your thing, how about pigs showing off their racing skills or a lumberjack chopping down a tree.

  New Accelerated Program at USF’s Sarasota-Manatee Campus To Help Fill Gap in Nursing Shortage

“We’re going to have an even further shortage of nurses coming on because as we all know, we’re opening up new facilities in Venice, and that’s going to add to the demand."

  Sarasota County Commissioners approve hunting program to stop feral hog damage

In the United States, they cause about $1.5 billion in damage to agriculture every year. Sarasota County is no exception. To help, County Commissioners just approved a pilot program that will allow managed feral hog hunting on Pinelands Reserve.

  Brrrrrrr..... Arctic air to visit Florida next week

Say goodbye to the bathing suits and beach chairs and hello to ear muffs and jackets as the coldest air of the season is coming to Florida next week and may stay for a while.

  VIDEO: Bobcat spotted prowling near home in North Port

Ray Dunlop was outside in North Port near U.S. 41 and Salford when he saw this bobcat prowling around the house. He managed to capture a video as it went on its way.

  Selby Gardens introduces revised expansion plans during public workshop

Public workshop on Selby Gardens revised expansion plans.

  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.

  Sarasota City Manager explores potential new site for Sarasota Orchestra

There are several pieces of land that add up to more than 20 acres in this area. The lots range in size and some are already for sale.

Teen girl who North Port Police say made up story about being raped now facing charges

Police spoke to the girl again the evening of Friday, January 10 and say she admitted making up the story to seek attention.

  Selby Gardens public workshop to discuss new expansion plan

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is looking to hear what people in the community think of their newly revised expansion plans.

  Manatee County commissioners agree to turn vacant land into high-end affordable housing

The vacant land off Ellenton Gillette and 29 street East will turn into state-of-the-art affordable homes.

  Metal netting to be installed on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to help with suicide prevention

Florida Department of Transportation will be installing an eight-foot high protective metal netting at a price tag of three million dollars. It’ll be placed on about a mile and a half stretch at the highest level on both sides of the bridge.

  Pink Eye Cases Rise on the Suncoast

Pink eye can be caused by different things, but depending on what caused it makes a difference between the seriousness of the infection and how contagious it can be. That’s why it’s always best to go see a professional.

  Venice Hiring More Paramedics to Join Fire Department for Transition Into Taking Over Emergency Services

The department will eventually hire a total of 25 new paramedics and firefighters to be able to perform these new duties, but they’re already ahead of schedule.

  Warm weather through the weekend and then the chill is on

It’s been nice while it lasted but the record breaking warmth is just about over. Extreme cold has been gathering over Alaska and W. Canada over the past week and now it is on the move southward.

  Suncoast Partnership to End Homlessness group in search of volunteers to survey homeless population in the Suncoast

The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness is searching for volunteers. The partnership group does a point in time count in Sarasota and Manatee counties annually. They’re looking for as many volunteers as they can in

  Sarasota couple receives home thanks to Homeless Outreach Team

Thanks to the homeless outreach team in Sarasota a couple started 2020 with a roof over their heard for the first time in years. The recipient says it’s a gift of a lifetime.

  General counsel for Manatee Schools on leave over investigation into comments

In a statement to the media, the district did not identify the nature of why Mitchell Teitelbaum was placed on leave, but the Herald Tribune reports the district is conducting an internal investigation that he made "inappropriate comments of a sexual nature."

  Local woman releases book of her father’s letters from World War II

A local woman released a book this week of her father’s letters during World War II.

  FHP hands out about 1,000 tickets for new texting while driving law

Florida Highway Patrol said they stopped about 1,000 drivers throughout the state just days after the new texting while driving law went into effect.

  Nik Wallenda announces his next high-wire walk will be over a LIVE volcano!

Nik Wallenda appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday morning to make the announcement, telling the world that he will become the first person to walk a high wire directly over a volcano in Nicaragua.

  Five stray cats found dead in Bradenton neighborhood over the weekend

Cats, especially those living outdoors, succumb to age and the elements. But the next day, it was clear something was amiss when Nicole found yet another dead cat.

  Family, friends and the community remember Bill Robinson during candlelight walk at Robinson Preserve

People who knew him better than anyone spoke about Bill and his life before a candlelight walk led by Robinson’s family. The walk led people through the preserve to the tower and back.

  COLD CASE: Family still searching for answers in 2013 Patrick Mullins homicide

His wife, Jill Mullins, hasn’t given up hope that someone will come forward and uses the annual Manatee County Fair to remind the community the case is still unsolved.

  Record warmth possible through Wednesday

It’s beginning to feel a like Summer all across the land. That’s right mid to upper 80′s have been the rule since Saturday which is more typical of early June as opposed to mid January here along the Suncoast.

  VIDEO: Forget alligators! Watch out for coyotes in the water

On Saturday, Shelley Heller was looking out at a canal in Venice directly across from the Venice Yacht Club and saw this coyote swimming across!

  A Bradenton woman is taking trash and creating masterpieces

A local Bradenton woman is taking trash and creating masterpieces. Wendell Graham created a new turtle species, a ‘plastic back’ loggerhead turtle named “Trash” made from all the garbage found along the beaches of Longboat Key.

  Sarasota bishop facing additional charge of sexual battery on child, police urge 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.

  Money Saving Monday: Budgeting tips

With it be being a new year, it's a great time to start developing smart financial habits.

  Veterans and first responders compete in first annual Warrior Race featuring obstacle courses

A group of veterans and first responders competed in the first annual Warrior Race at TreeUmph Adventure Course in Bradenton.

  Florida soccer team hosts open tryouts for first time in five years

The team held an open tryout at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch on Saturday morning. Dozens of professional players kicked it like Beckham in order to make the team.

Police investigating fatal crash that claimed the life of 85-year-old man in Bradenton

According to police, around 6:45 a.m. Saturday officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash in the 1200 block of 14th Street West in Bradenton.

  FWC investigating illness causing bobcats and panthers to struggle with walking

Bobcats and panthers in Florida are struggling to walk properly and dragging their back legs.

  Anna Maria Island Pier undergoing renovations that should be completed in the Spring

Jagged wood now covers the pier. It’s been a two-year, stop-and-go process to get the Anna Maria City Pier back to the way it was before Hurricane Irma in 2017.

  Police: 15-year-old girl made up story about being sexually battered while jogging in North Port

Police spoke to the girl again on Friday evening and say she admitted making up the story to seek attention.

  Some homeowners in Anna Maria blocking off beach access with rope fences

The city's mayor Dan Murphy tells us since the homes are on the bay portion of the island, homeowners do have the right to block off their portion of the beach all the way into the water.

  Deputies: Victim kills intruder during home invasion in Bradenton

It happened around 11am on the 4500 block of 27th Street West. The victim told deputies he woke up with a gun against his head. The intruder pulled the trigger but missed and began pistol whipping him.

  Winter weather withers away and now get ready for mid 80’s

Do you remember Monday? People were dressed up in jackets and hats with temperatures chilling in the upper 30′s to low 40′s over parts of the Suncoast. How quickly we forget right?

  Florida graduation rates trending upward; Suncoast saw slight decrease last year

The state of Florida had an increase in high school graduates last year. In the Suncoast, Manatee and Sarasota counties saw a slight decrease in graduates last year. School leaders say there's been an overall increase in rates since 2014.

Prosecutors say man tried to blame his 80-year-old father for child porn downloads

William Brian Slider, 57, was arrested in June 2019, after agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found an IP address connected to Slider’s home had downloaded 79 videos. The videos were found on a laptop in Slider’s living room and many depicted sexual battery on young children.

ODD: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office wants to know: Whose wise man is this?

But somehow the statue got there (maybe it followed a star?) and deputies are looking for the owner. It was left there late Monday night or early Tuesday morning and brought to the sheriff’s office for safekeeping.

  Make less than $66K a year? Here’s how to get your taxes filed for free

It’s hard to believe, but we’re just a few weeks away from the start of tax season.

  One of 23 men arrested during sting targeting online predators, human trafficking in Sarasota County convicted

The sheriff’s office says the four-day operation had men ranging in ages from 21 to 77 allegedly responding to internet ads, apps and social media sites. The suspects believed they were speaking to minors, according to the sheriff’s office.

  State to seek death penalty against man accused of killing 15-year-old boy who was protecting 5-year-old sister

The State Attorney’s Office announced Friday they will be seeking the death penalty against a 27-year-old man who is charged with second degree murder. Ryan Cole is accused of killing a 15-year-old boy in September 2019 in Charlotte County while the teen was protecting his 5-year-old sister.

  North Port Police looking for witnesses in NYE crash involving Uber vehicle that killed passenger

The accident happened shortly after 6pm on Dec. 31, 2019 at Toledo Blade Boulevard and Woodhaven Drive. Police say a 2018 Toyota Camry was operating as an Uber and driving two passengers when it was struck by a 2008 Ford F-250.

  Suspicious death now a homicide; Sarasota Police seek suspect

James “Jimmy” Rivers, 48, of Sarasota was found with life threatening injuries on the 1900 block of 22nd Street around 9pm on December 28, 2019 following a 911 call. First responders rushed Rivers to Sarasota Memorial Hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound but he succumbed to his injuries.

Teen missing for more than three weeks has been found

Local police alerted the public Friday morning that a 17-year-old girl from Wauchula who was reported missing on December 18, 2019 may be in the Suncoast area.

  19-year-old motorcyclist killed in crash on Bee Ridge in Sarasota

Troopers say around 8:15pm, Jett Wong was riding a 2015 Yamaha eastbound on Bee Ridge at a high rate of speed, approaching Worcester Road, when a vehicle driven by a 68-year-old Sarasota man attempted to turn onto Worcester. The Yamaha collided with the vehicle on its right rear side.

  How to keep up with new health goals

According to U.S. News about 80% of Americans will give up on their New Year's resolutions by the second week of February.

  Sarasota County School Board approves policy to allow students to be treated with medical marijuana

Lots of optimism marked Thursday night’s first Sarasota County School Board meeting of the year, following a year with some changes and challenges.

  Proposed bill would increase fines for sewage spills

A local lawmaker is looking to crack down on sewage spills. He’s proposing to some more punitive measures for municipalities that release waste into waterways of the state where they’ll be fined by the gallon.

  Sheriff’s helicopter helps rescue cyclist lost in North Port park

The cyclist called North Port Police when he got lost in a wooded area near Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. It was already dark out, but using equipment on the helicopter, pilots were able to spot him around three miles north of the entrance to the Myakkahatchee Park.

  Manatee County Judicial Center, Historic Courthouse evacuated after bomb threat

Deputies investigated a bomb threat Thursday afternoon that led to the evacuation of the Manatee County Judicial Center and Historic Courthouse in downtown Bradenton.

  Pedestrian dies after being hit by car in Sarasota

Police say around 8:45pm, the man was crossing U.S. 301 near 18th Street when he was struck by a car. Police say he was not in a crosswalk at the time and the driver stopped, remaining on scene and cooperating with officers as they investigated.

  Huge crowd comes out to the No Hate No Fear solidarity rally in downtown Sarasota

Many faiths came together Wednesday afternoon for the No Hate No Fear solidarity rally at J.D. Hamel Park in downtown Sarasota.

  Hope you enjoyed Winter as temperatures soar back to the 80’s

These past few days temperatures were cold enough to break out the jackets and even use the car heater. That is all over after Thursday morning for the next 6 days at least.

36-year-old man killed in single-vehicle crash in south Sarasota County

Troopers say Andrew Kieffer of Englewood was driving south on CR675 (Jacaranda Boulevard) around 5:30am when he went off the roadway to the left, hitting a curb and continuing into the median, where his Ford F-250 hit a tree.

  Police: Sarasota bishop accused of sexual battery on child may have dozens of victims over last 30 years

Detectives reached out to the alleged victim, who told them that Henry Lee Porter, Sr. sexually abused him beginning in 1989 when he was 11, after his parents went out-of-state for an extended period of time to stay at a hospital.