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  Cat rescued at Bradenton house fire that displaced family of four

Crews were called to 16th Street West Friday morning for a fire that started in the kitchen and caused considerable fire damage to the rear of the home and smoke damage throughout. The blaze was quickly extinguished, but was severe enough that it will displace the family of four who lived in the hom

  Lemon Avenue and State Street construction in Sarasota complete

Drivers concerned with State Road 70 at I-75 during major construction project

  Fruitville closed in both directions following crash at Oakford Road in Sarasota

  Sarasota police officer buys bike for homeless woman after hers was stolen

BPD holds squad meetings for community to meet officers

  15-year-old arrested, charged with attempted murder in shooting at Bradenton apartment complex

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  Man arrested for murder during robbery at Bradenton smoke shop

  Manatee County Commissioner issues statement defending son who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in shark dragging case

  How Nathan Benderson Park is impacted by hosting prestigious events

  Sarasota County may have to pay over $25 million in penalties for spilling 630 million gallons of treated and untreated wastewater

  Man crashes into Bradenton home after being shot behind the wheel

86 percent of vehicle burglaries in Sarasota involved unlocked vehicles

North Port Police put out sign saying alleged drug house is “closed for business”

Tuesday morning, officers raided a home on Waltrip Street, afterwards putting up this sign that reads, "This drug house closed for business, courtesy of the North Port Police Department."

  Loss of tire pressure leads to fatal crash on I-75 North

Florida Highway Patrol says around 9pm, 42-year-old Pedro Quiroz Ramirez of Lehigh Acres was driving a 2017 Freightliner truck on I-75 North around milemarker 210 when his vehicle experienced a loss of tire pressure.

  Man murdered during robbery attempt at Bradenton smoke shop

Around 11pm on Tuesday, deputies were called by Mohammed Hamed’s brother, who said he was checking in on the Green Galaxy Smoke Shop on the 3000 block of 1st Street West through the business’s remote video surveillance and could see two people with guns pointed at his brother.

  Deputies: Man broke into 74-year-old Sarasota woman’s home, forced her to perform oral sex

Man arrested for sexual battery of a 74-year-old Sarasota woman.

  Bradenton family loses everything to fire, including dog that saved them

North Port City Clerk Resigns

  Deadly intersection in North Port getting new traffic signal

  State Attorney’s Office reviewing case involving woman found dead in Bradenton Beach motel

New group of citizens launch “Sarasota for Selby” initiative to support Gardens’ master plan

Sarasota City Commission gives The Bay another go-ahead for Phase One of project

Deputies: Panhandler gets aggressive after being given middle finger

The sheriff's office says on Saturday, a man saw 56-year-old Duane Steele panhandling on the corner of U.S. 301 and Erie Road and declined to give him any money.

North Port Police cruiser hit on I-75 by driver who didn’t move over

Police say it happened over the weekend. An officer was parked off the right side of I-75 while responding to a call and was sideswiped.

STOLEN: Trailer full of thousands of dollars worth of audio, musical equipment

The sheriff's office says it was stolen last Friday around 5:45am from the 400 block of 28th Avenue West and contained thousands of dollars worth of audio and musical equipment.

Suspicious package left at bus station turns out to be harmless

Deputies were called to the bus station at 5951 Bahia Vista for a report of a suspicious package found near the bathrooms.

  Police working to learn how 60-year-old man ended up dead in North Port pond

Jose Guadalupe Gavarrete was found in a pond near Basilica and Benissimo Drive in the developing Gran Paradiso community on August 16. He had been in the pond for a few days.

Sarasota County Fire Department breaks ground on new fire station

The Sarasota County Fire Department is one stop closer to having a new fire station. Tuesday morning the department broke ground on the new fire station eight that will be located off of Apex Road in Sarasota County.

  Deputies receive hundreds of teddy bears to help kids in distress

Monday morning the department received hundreds of bears from the TinyHands Foundation. The donated bears will ride along with MCSO deputies and be given out to distressed children when needed to provide comfort and companionship.

Naked inmate bum-rushes guard at the Manatee County Jail

A 46-year-old woman who was already incarcerated has been issued an additional charge of resisting an officer with violence after bum rushing a guard while she was naked.

Riverview High School staff member terminated following altercation with student

Video shows Riverview High School staff member in a physical altercation with student.

  Hundreds of animals fly into Florida from the Bahamas, Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue takes them in

A van full of Dorian refugees pulled into Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue in Lakewood Ranch after being picked up from the Fort Lauderdale Airport. Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue is one of 11 shelters in the state where 158 animals will now call home.

  After another Sarasota man is killed, troopers warn against the dangers for both pedestrians and drivers

After another Sarasota man is killed, Troopers warn against the dangers for both pedestrians and drivers

New updates underway for Lemon Avenue Streetscape project

A makeover for a Downtown Sarasota road. Lemon avenue from Main Street to Pineapple Avenue has been under construction for several weeks as part of the city’s Streetscape Project.

34-year-old man found dead in middle of Sarasota roadway

The sheriff’s office was called to the 1200 block of Cornish Court around 4am and found Robert Whitson of Bradenton dead in the roadway. Deputies say his cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

  Bradenton church provides mobile showers for homeless

In Manatee County, one Bradenton church rolled out a new way to help the local homeless population start their day off fresh.

Three car crash closes lanes on U.S. 41 at Waldmere Street

The crash that occurred on Monday morning on U.S. 41 at Waldmere Street in Sarasota has cleared and all lanes have opened back up.

  Pedestrian fatally struck at U.S. 41 and Gulf Gate Drive Sunday night

According to Florida Highway Patrol, a 20-year-old Sarasota man was driving northbound in a 2019 Nissan Altima on U.S. 41 in the right lane approaching the green traffic signal at Gulf Gate Drive when he struck 27-year-old Johnny Burns of Sarasota, who was crossing at the crosswalk on U.S. 41.

  Money Saving Monday: Helpful tips to pay off student loans

The average American has about $31,000 of student loans to pay off.

  Non-profit organization honoring Jabez Spann raising awareness and helping families of missing children

While his family is still grieving his death, they want to help other families that might be going through the same.

  School monitor fired after altercation with student at Riverview High School

Riverview High School staff member placed on paid administrative leave following altercation with student

Family and friends hold memorial ride for motorcyclist after deadly crash

One family is raising awareness after someone close to them was killed while riding his motorcycle.

Man and his 2-year-old daughter found dead in wooded area

Deputies were called around 7:30pm to the 3600 block of Stardust Place after the toddler’s mother received text messages from 34-year-old Miguel Castillo-Hernandez saying their 2-year-old daughter may have died.

  Sarasota YMCAs saved on day it was scheduled to close

This Friday the 13th was scheduled to be a very sad day for members and workers at both Sarasota YMCAs, including the one on South Euclid Avenue and the one at Potter Park. It turns out instead to be a very happy day.

  After two months of paid parking in Downtown Sarasota, the community has mixed reactions

After two months of paid parking Downtown, the community has mixed reactions

Sarasota man who killed his wife, stabbing her 17 times, sentenced to life in prison

Spencer Sanders II was convicted by a jury on Friday of first degree premeditated murder and attempted sexual assault with use of force likely to cause serious personal injury.

New flight option added at SRQ Airport

There is a new flight option out of Sarasota-Bradenton International (SRQ) Airport.

  54-year-old man found dead in Venice pond behind gas station

Deputies were called to a pond behind a gas station at Auburn and Point Loop Drive around 1pm Thursday after a man was seen floating face down in the water.

Sarasota YMCA branches saved as deadline approaches

On the day the Sarasota YMCA fitness facilities were expected to close its doors, Save Our Y announced that both facilities will close at 5 p.m. Friday, but will reopen on Monday at 9 a.m.

  Nathan Benderson Park chosen to host 2022 Dragon Boat World Championships

Sarasota’s own Nathan Benderson Park has been chosen as the host for the 2022 International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) Club Crew World Championships.

  More delays for Bradenton City Centre Parking Garage

New sidewalks along the new parking lot had to be torn up and rebuilt, which is causing delays of a newly built parking garage to be opened. The new sidewalks are a part of the Streetscape Project. That project improves sidewalks, and includes landscaping and lighting.

  Divers head to Manatee County to examine damage of Anna Maria Island City Pier

The pier was expected to open in the next three to four month but now it could be pushed back. The city’s mayor says a barge with supplies for the pier’s general contractor, I+Icon Southeast, lost control due to the wind and waves and hit the pier this week, damaging it.

Sarasota County looking into redistricting certain areas, will ask for community input

Sarasota County Commissioners taking another look at proposed district map changes this weeks, changes that could shift some commission districts within the county.

  Local preschool teaches children with disabilities alongside their typically developing classmates

Local preschool teaches children with disabilities alongside their typically developing classmates

‘Save Our Y’ holding pledge-a-thon to hit $1 million in pledges

Save Our Y’ continues collecting pledges to keep the doors open of both Sarasota YMCA’s locations.

  Man in case of viral shark dragging video takes plea deal, will serve 10 days in jail

Robert Benac of Bradenton pleaded guilty Thursday to animal cruelty and breaking Florida Fish and Wildlife rules. As part of the deal, he will serve 10 days in jail, which he can complete on weekends, and will then be on probation for 11 months.

Riverview High School staff member on administrative leave following altercation with student

The district says the incident, which did not require medical treatment for either party involved, was reported immediately. A preliminary investigation took place with school personnel and Sarasota Police and the staff member was removed from the school and placed on administrative leave.

Former Ed Smith spring training announcer convicted of possessing child porn

The 61-year-old was arrested last year after deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at his home and found computers, flash drives and CDs containing child porn.

  WATCH: Once-sick sea turtle returned to Gulf by her initial rescuers

The female turtle, who the lab nicknamed "Tootsie Roll" was found in distress by sheriff's Marine Deputy Watson and SPD Officer Skinner. The turtle was showing signs of “lethargic lauder head syndrome," which means she had very low red blood cell counts, was dehydrated and very thin.

  Local pharmacy helps uninsured patients get free prescriptions

The United States Census Bureau says that about 27 million people in the U.S. were uninsured last year.

  Tropical disturbance could bring heavy rains to the Suncoast this weekend

Models are split on the path of the storm. The European model has shifted west and keeps a rapidly developing stronger storm off shore of the east coast. The American model has a less intense storm moving closer to Florida.

  18 years later: President George W. Bush was sitting in Sarasota classroom when events of 9/11 unfolded

Many of us know where we were on 9/11, when the planes struck the Twin Towers. What some people don’t know is that President George W. Bush was sitting in a classroom at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota when he learned about the attacks.

  New workforce housing apartments approved for Palmetto property

The Palmetto Houses apartments would feature 87-units, most of them workforce housing with 10 percent affordable housing. It would be built on nearly three acres between a gas station and convenience store and The Villas at Oak Bend housing development.

  Florida Citrus Farms Optimistic for New Season After Years of Decline in Production

Many thought the fruit would soon disappear from Florida after seeing an intense decline in production, but one of our local citrus farms and shows us that there still is hope for the Sunshine State.

  Suncoast veteran near the Pentagon on 9/11 remembers the lives lost

Suncoast survivors of 9/11 face painful memories

Man who called 911 for help then fired on deputies sentenced

Mark Davis was sentenced last week on charges of two counts of attempted manslaughter by act with a firearm and shooting a missile within or in a building.

Man who shot woman three times with automatic rifle sentenced to life in prison

A Bradenton man is going to prison for the rest of his life after he shot a woman three times with an automatic rifle.

  WATCH: Man describes being in South Tower on 9/11 when second plane hit

Dan was on the 10th floor when an announcement came over the PA system saying the North Tower had been struck. Dan says not even 10 seconds later, the second plane hit the South Tower and the stairwell started swaying like a tree in the breeze.

Sarasota County Emergency Services remembers 9/11

Wednesday September 11, 2019 marks 18 since since the terror attacks on the United States that killed almost three thousand people.

  Man shot in the chest at Bradenton apartment complex

Police were called to the Bradenton Village Apartments on 15th Avenue Circle West, Wednesday morning. When they arrived, they found a man shot inside of an apartment and quickly determined the unit he was in was not where he was shot.

9/11 remembrance ceremonies across the Suncoast

Sept 11th is a date that will never be forgotten in this country. There are several ceremonies here on the Suncoast that you can attend to remember September 11, 2001.

AMBER Alert canceled: Missing 11-month-old girl located and is safe

The alert was issued around 7am by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, saying Jhene Clark was missing and may have been abducted from the 2000 block of Northeast 78th Lane in Ocala, Fla. FDLE said it’s possible she may be in the Manatee or Orange county area.

  Little league field named after Lakewood Ranch teen killed in car wreck

On Tuesday, the Powers family were there when the Manatee County Commission passed a resolution naming Little League Field 1 at Lakewood Ranch Park the Matthew Ryan Powers Memorial Field.

  Bradenton couple makes it home from the Bahamas after surviving Hurricane Dorian

The couple usually travels on their boat yearly to Marsh Harbour. They say what happened during this year’s vacation was devastating, tragic and heartbreaking.

  Suncoast residents remembering Hurricane Irma 2 years later

Suncoast residents remembering Hurricane Irma 2 years later

  Sarasota City Commissioners decide to downsize Bobby Jones Golf Club

There’s a total of 27 regulation, or what you’d consider regular holes, plus another 9-hole short course. The new design also includes a new driving range and about 50 acres for environmental park space.

  Affordable housing to be built in Rosemary District in Sarasota

Affordable housing is coming to the Downtown Sarasota’s Rosemary District.

USF Sarasota-Manatee preparing for 9/11 ceremony

Students, faculty and volunteers with the University of Florida Sarasota - Manatee was at work Tuesday morning to prepare for an upcoming 9/11 remembrance ceremony.

  Sarasota County commissioners to revisit plans on Manasota Key Beach renourishment project

Sarasota County commissioners will revisit a planned beach renourishment project on Manasota Key on Tuesday.

  Portion of Fruitville Road closed through Wednesday in Sarasota

The eastbound lanes of Fruitville Road will be closed between Orange Avenue and Goodrich Avenue.