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Bradenton approves public safety ordinance curtailing panhandling

After weeks of discussion and a recent ordinance approved in Manatee County, the City of Bradenton is following the county’s lead on an ordinance to curtail panhandling.

Troopers: Driver runs red light, crashes into Sarasota County school bus

  Ellenton home covered in bees after owner extracts honey in his garage

  City leaders want downtown Bradenton to be more inviting to younger generations

  Fire sparks in kitchen area of Venice home

  City of Bradenton to discuss proposed ordinance that would ban panhandling

  Food service worker diagnosed with Hepatitis A in Sarasota County

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  Venice Adding Surveillance Cameras Throughout City

  WATCH: 4-year-old excited, horrified, then thrilled with first roller coaster ride

  Sarasota County School Board approves mutual separation agreement for superintendent to step down

Skate park at Payne Park in Sarasota now free of charge

  Building evacuated at Clark/Honore in Sarasota over chemical odor

  Commissioners vote on map to redistrict Sarasota County

Developer plans two, 10-story towers for downtown Sarasota

In this plan, BPOZ 1991 Main, LLC says only the shopping center portion of the existing property would be demolished. Instead of one large retail space totaling 236,291 square feet, in the proposed plan the ground floor would have four retail spaces totaling 50,700 square feet.

  More than $700,000 awarded in grants to non-profit organizations throughout the Suncoast

One local charity, with the help of its donors, recently gave back to the Suncoast in a big way.

  Manatee County man charged with attempted murder, accused of hitting victim with car

The sheriff's office says around 8pm on Monday, the victim went to a friend's home on 101st Street West in Bradenton to pick up some furniture when he got into a verbal argument with 56-year-old David Nichols.

  North Port hosting ‘Adopt and Shop’ program during the holiday season

Thanksgiving only a week and half away and to get into the spirit of the holidays, North Port is hosting three programs that remind the community this is the season of giving.

  Deputies investigating after 24-year-old man found dead in Bradenton

  Helping for the Holidays in North Port

Alleged drunk driver accused of hitting Sarasota County deputy

  Manatee Sheriff’s Office unveils monuments remembering fallen officers and K9s nationwide

  Deputies: Woman accused of leaving kids in car while drinking at bar arrested again, this time for battery

  Sarasota City Commission approves continued funding for Salvation Army hot beds

  Sarasota teacher arrested, accused of inappropriately touching 2 students

Maxwell Guss, 34, of Bradenton, was arrested Monday afternoon on two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct by a Person Over 18. Guss is currently the business teacher at Brookside Middle School and has been placed on administrative leave.

  Fire in parking garage of downtown Sarasota highrise

Crews responded to the parking garage for 1 Sarasota Tower where a vehicle caught fire on the fourth floor. It’s unclear at this time what sparked the blaze, but the fire is out.

  Money Saving Monday: Creating a holiday gift budget

According to WalletHub, about 35 million Americans still have credit card debt from last holiday season and nearly one third of consumers will spend less money on the holidays this year.

  Small airplane catches fire while departing from Venice Airport

Officials say while heading to take off, the pilot smelled smoke. He and his passenger got out of the plane and a short time later, it burst into flames.

  The Mall at UTC officially kicks off the holidays with huge event

Huge crowd attends holiday kickoff at The Mall at UTC.

  Local allergy doctors educate patients on ways to treat severe food and environmental allergies

There are a number of over-the-counter ways to treat both environmental and food allergies, but doctors say sometimes the allergies are simply too severe for those medications.

Motorist dies weeks after being involved in traffic accident in Ellenton

A traffic accident that happened last month is now a fatal crash after one of the drivers, a 58-year-old motorist, succumbed to his injuries on Friday.

Deputies: Venice man had child porn, child-like sex doll in his apartment

In September, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a tip to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office about the image on Facebook. Detectives say Facebook confirmed the user was 64-year-old Daniel Delong.

Fentanyl Bust: Deputies in Manatee County arrest two men on drug charges

In May 2019, the sheriff's office says 26-year-old Dontay Henderson sold fentanyl to undercover detectives on several occasions, including at his home on 13th Avenue East in Bradenton.

Deputies: Suspect calls for help after being shot during home invasion in Charlotte County

The homeowner told deputies that a woman named Jessica had forced her way inside a home on the 100 block of Strasburg Drive in Port Charlotte, had fought with the homeowner and only ceased when the homeowner fired a shot from their handgun, hitting the woman in the lower left back.

  Holiday events begin at University Town Center

Holiday festivities will soon kickoff at The University Town Center!

Police: Man crashes car into Sarasota home overnight, flees on foot

Just after 9pm on Thursday, police say 37-year-old Lousner Silencieux was driving west on Myrtle Street in the 1400 blocks when he lost control of his vehicle after going across the railroad tracks.

  Woman charged after 72 animals confiscated from Charlotte County home in deplorable condition

Elizabeth Smock of Sunnyside Street NW in Port Charlotte is charged with six counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, six counts of felony animal cruelty, and six counts of animal abandonment.

  One dies in Manatee County crash involving deputy

Florida Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 33-year-old Jessica Escobar of Tampa was heading north on Rye Road around 4pm on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and failed to stop for the stop sign at County Road 675.

  Debate continues over red light cameras on the Suncoast

Just when you thought you got away with running a red light, think again. In the city of Sarasota and in Manatee County chances are it was all caught by one of the many red light cameras.

  City of Sarasota trying to figure out how to operate Payne Park skate park

The skate park is property of the City of Sarasota but operated by the non-profit “Sk8skool.” However, their lease is coming to an end and they are not planning to continue operating the park.

  Salvation Army in Bradenton pushing for holiday donations

Salvation Army in Bradenton in need of holiday donations.

  County staff work with railroad company to remove tracks on proposed Legacy Trail

Back in June, Sarasota County acquired the railroad corridor to use for connecting the trail and staff said the railroad company is in the process of removing the tracks along the corridor.

Three Sarasota men accused of shipping guns to Dominican Republic

Prosecutors say the three men bought more than 80 firearms from licensed dealers and then shipped the firearms to the Dominican Republic, hiding them among clothing and food, and not notifying the package carriers.

Bradenton man arrested for allegedly having sex with 16-year-old girl

In May 2018, the victim told deputies in Sarasota County that while she was 16 and listed as a runaway, she was pressured into having sex with Wilson Reyes-Alberto, a roofer who was 35 at the time, at a home under construction on St. Armands Circle.

  Video shows face of one of two suspects who stole items from several vehicles in a Bradenton community

Between 1-3am on Saturday, November 9, two men wearing hoodies and gloves entered several unlocked vehicles along Chatum Light Run in the Heritage Harbour area. Items were stolen from at least two of the vehicles.

  Sarasota woman accused of overdosing and killing her mother for financial gain

Prosecutors allege Josephine Scheid killed her mother, 58-year-old Gabrielle Michaelis, using a lethal amount of sedatives and painkillers in order to benefit financially before returning home to the Suncoast.

  I-75 South re-opened after vehicle hits, damages Proctor Road overpass

Around 5pm, a 2006 Kenworth vehicle registered to AW Hughey Construction Service of Venice struck the Proctor Road overpass (mile marker 206) before the Clark Road Exit on I-75 South.

  Body of 20-year-old soldier returns home to Bradenton

The body of Nicholas Panipinto returned home to Bradenton Wednesday night. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge was lit up in red, white and blue in his honor and people paid their respects on the route from Tampa International Airport to Manatee County.

  Venice Regional’s Hospital Safety Grade Rises

As hospitals across the Suncoast are getting their results, Venice Regional Bayfront Health was given a “B” average safety grade. Hospitals are graded on safety based off of errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

  Family in disbelief after Bradenton soldier dies during training accident

On Nov. 6, Spc. Nicholas C. Panipinto was in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle that overturned at Camp Humphreys. Panipinto was killed.

Troopers looking for driver who hit 20-year-old pedestrian, leaving him seriously injured

Around 9pm on Monday, Michael Anderson of Palmetto was crossing U.S. 41 at 23rd Street East in the crosswalk. Anderson says he had a green light and gray vehicle, possibly an SUV, ran a red light and hit him.

  16-year-old charged in Sarasota shooting that left two people, including a teen, in critical condition

Around 8pm, officers were called to Orange Avenue and Carver Street on reports of a shooting where they found the victims with life threatening injuries. They were rushed to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where they remain in critical but stable condition.

  Longboat Key residents could see an increase in their beach taxes

The Town of Longboat Key is looking at ways to fund their upcoming beach renourishment projects.

  Food distribution center in Sarasota evacuated after ammonia leak

Crews were first called around 5:15am Wednesday when a sensor alerted first responders to the leak. Officials say a refrigeration unit on the roof is leaking ammonia, which is used as a coolant.

  I-75 North re-opened just past River Road after vehicle hit overpass

It happened around 8am and I-75 North is currently closed just east of the River Road interchange (Exit 191). Bridge inspectors are on their way to the scene to inspect for any damage.

  New traffic pattern on US 41 and 10th Street in Sarasota causing some confusion

The road in this area had been straight for the most part, but now it’s windy and the construction barrels add to some of the confusion. Turning left onto 41 from 10th Street has been a little tricky, the same holds true for motorists turning onto 10th Street from 41.

  Community responds to Superintendent Todd Bowden’s offer to resign with new allegations

Community responds to Superintendent Todd Bowden’s offer to resign with new allegations

Prosecutors: Bradenton man kept stolen, loaded gun in toddler’s room

Danyel Megal Black, 39, was on probation in February 2019 when a probation officer came to his home for a compliance visit. Officers were allowed into his apartment, which he shared with his girlfriend and two small children.

  Bradenton soldier killed during training accident in South Korea

On Nov. 6, Spc. Nicholas C. Panipinto was in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle that overturned at Camp Humphreys. Panipinto was killed.

  Police say shed explosion led to boat fire in Sarasota

Around 8:45am, fire crews were called to a home for reports of an outside fire. But it turned out the fire was in the shed, where there was a small explosion, and the fire was starting to spread to a boat.

  Flu cases rising on the Suncoast

With the holidays approaching, doctors say now is a great time to get the flu shot if you haven't already done so.

  Dr. Todd Bowden signs agreement to step down as superintendent of Sarasota County Schools

This follows a special meeting of the School Board last Tuesday where board members voted to give Bowden 30-day notice before a December 10th meeting where they would decide if any disciplinary action, including a reprimand, suspension or termination, will be taken against him.

  Manatee County Army Veteran soon to be inducted into Florida Hall of Fame

After years of serving America, then retiring and later choosing to serve many other veterans in Manatee County, a local hero is set to be honored for his work and sacrifice.

  Neighbors on edge after finding hate group flyers in a Bradenton neighborhood

The most recent was found Monday. A homeowner who did not want to be named found several zip-lock bags throughout the Village of the Arts with what seems to be white supremacist literature.

  Support and Resources Available for Veterans on the Suncoast All Year Round

“You might feel like you don’t have a lot of services or resources in the town, but the Senior Center provides a lot of resources and also a social engagement that can really benefit and help with loneliness and PTSD."

  Blowing Away The Smoke: How Suncoast School Districts Are Cracking Down on Vaping

Social media marketing has made vaping a trend, and students are doing it not because they necessarily want to smoke, but because, well everyone is doing it. Manatee County and Sarasota County School Districts have began outreach and education programs to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping.

  Sarasota County School Board and Superintendent Todd Bowden reach mutual separation agreement

The Sarasota County School Board and Superintendent Todd Bowden have reached a mutual separation agreement that if approved by the board will result in Bowden’s tenure ending on December 31.

Motorcyclist dies in fatal traffic crash in Englewood

A 39-year-old motorcyclist has died after being involved in a fatal traffic crash in Englewood on Monday afternoon.

Motorcyclist dies after accident in Bradenton last month

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident took place around 8:15 p.m. Troopers say that a 23-year-old driver of a 2013 Nissan Versa was traveling northbound on U.S. 41 in the continuous left turn lane and making a left turn towards the driveway access of a shopping center at the 5800th b

Missing 87-year-old man in Sarasota found safe

Police were looking for Litoriel Hernandez, who was last seen at the 2300 block of Hibiscus Court around 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

  Suspected credit card skimmers found at gas station in Sarasota

Monday morning, the devices were found on pumps 11 and 12 at the 7-Eleven on North Tuttle Avenue. It's unknown when the devices were placed on the pumps, which were last inspected on October 9.

  Sarasota woman accused of killing her mother by using combination of sedatives, painkillers

Josephine Scheid, 36, was arrested Thursday at her home on Trails Drive on a warrant for first degree murder out of Cape May County, New Jersey. Prosecutors allege Scheid killed her mother, Gabrielle Michaelis, using a lethal amount of sedatives and painkillers in order to benefit financially.

  Free services being provided for veterans on the Suncoast

For veterans who need legal services, Bay Pines Legal Services and the V.A. Healthcare System are joining forces.

  Teen, adult remain hospitalized in critical condition after shooting in Sarasota

Around 9 p.m. Sunday, officers closed the roadway near Orange Avenue and Carver Court with police tape. ABC7 has learned that an adult and a teenager were taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where they remain in critical but stable condition.

  Money Saving Monday: Tips for Christmas travel

If you're planning on heading home for the holidays but haven't booked your flight yet, it's time to do so.

  Nothing found in lake despite new tip about Jennifer Kesse’s disappearance

A woman came forward about “something weird” she witnessed 13 years ago at that lake, located more than a mile away where Jennifer was last seen.

Sarasota preparing for Veterans Day Parade festivities

Monday is Veterans Day and thousands are expected to pack Downtown Sarasota for its annual ‘Veterans Day Parade.'

Missing 82-year-old man found and is safe

The missing 82-year-old man out of Venice has been found and he is okay.

Citizen locates missing 78-year-old man in North Port, brings him to fire station

Police say they had been searching for John Holt after he was reported missing after last being seen around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night at the North Port Pines assisted living facility.

  MCSO searching for two suspects who stole items from several vehicles in a Bradenton community

Deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) are searching for two unknown males who went into several vehicles in a Bradenton community and stole items from them.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash in Manatee County

Troopers say the crash happened around 10:20 p.m. on U.S. 41 at U.S. 19 when Michael Soller was traveling southbound on U.S. 41 in the left lane.

  Police arrest 24-year-old man as suspect in shooting involving officer in Venice

Venice Police say around 5:15am, a vehicle and foot chase ended on Menedez Street and an officer opened fire on the suspect, apparently missing.