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  A cool and windy forecast for Thursday

The fog which has been around for the past several days is going away for a while as much colder and drier air moves in on a NNW wind at 20-25 mph.

DiPino resigns as Chief of Police of Sarasota

Florida Department of Health reports Wednesday COVID-19 totals

Sheriff: Charlotte County man arrested after attempting to set fire to Punta Gorda home

Disney suspends cruises through April

NWS confirms tornado near Tallahassee

Sarasota Square Mall chosen as new location for DOH-Sarasota COVID-19 vaccination clinic

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Palmetto murder suspect has been arrested

  Dense fog possible again Wednesday

Palmetto man arrested in connection with 2015 sexual battery of a juvenile

COVID-19 positivity rates remain steady for Tuesday’s dashboard update

Bradenton goes live with police bodycams

DeSantis addresses White House comments on vaccine distribution

Polk County paramedic arrested for allegedly stealing vials of the COVID-19 vaccine

A Polk County paramedic, has been arrested during an investigation into the theft of three doses of the Coronavirus vaccine, meant to be administered to other PCFR first responders.

Polk Co. Sheriff: Man arrested for stealing from gravesite of triple homicide victim

A Fort Meade man is accused of removing a monument and petit theft after authorities say he stole from the grave of a murder victim.

1 arrested following shooting incident in Bradenton

One person has been arrested following a shooting incident in Bradenton.

Mail-in ballots in local races being sent out: Here’s how you can get one

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner announced that vote-by-mail ballots for the March 9 City of North Port special election and the Holiday Park Park & Recreation District election to domestic voters on Thursday, January 28 will be sent out starting Tuesday.

Keep an eye on your phone: First dose vaccine appointment notifications to go out today in Sarasota

  Warm weather through Wednesday

DeSantis committee tops $300,000 in January

Florida DOH reports 9.56% positivity rate in Monday update

DeSantis: All assisted living facility patients and staff will be offered COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month

Sheriff: 2 Polk County men with long histories steal several hundred dollars worth of cologne

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run crash in Manatee County

A 72-year-old man was killed following a hit-and-run crash in Manatee County Monday morning.

Lakewood Ranch alum is going back to the Super Bowl

This year’s Super Bowl is hyperfocused for Tampa and the Suncoast. Not only will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers be making an appearance at home, a Lakewood Ranch alum Austin Reiter is heading back to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row.

Manatee County officials announce more COVID-19 vaccine updates

Manatee County officials announced Monday that they would be distributing 4,500 more COVID-19 vaccinations.

Sarasota resident arrested on child pornography charges

A Sarasota resident has been arrested and charged with transmission of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

15 years since Jennifer Kesse went missing, the family’s investigating what happened to her and hope to have answers this year

It’s been 15 long years for the Kesse family since their loved one 24-year-old Jennifer disappeared.

Two arrested and accused of pretending to be officers and conducting a traffic stop Sunday in Sarasota

Representatives with the Sarasota Police Department say they’ve arrested two people accused of impersonating law enforcement and conducting a fake traffic stop.

Manatee deputies: Missing man found

Manatee deputies say a relative of 62-year-old Steven Morlan reached out to them concerned he hadn’t come home from his daily walk.

  Local judge shares thoughts on her sorority sister, Kamala Harris, becoming Vice President

Local judge shares thoughts on her sorority sister, Kamala Harris, becoming Vice President.

New details emerge following crash that killed a bicyclist in South Sarasota

Bicyclist killed in South Sarasota crash.

Lakewood Ranch man remembers his good friend Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron remembered by Lakewood Ranch friend.

  Staying warm with a few more clouds

After a few days of bright sunshine we may see some cloudiness slip in for a bit on Saturday as a cold front gets close to the Suncoast on Saturday.

Florida Department of Health reports 272 new COVID-19 deaths

The Florida Department of Health today confirmed 272 new COVID-19 deaths statewide since Thursday’s update.

SMH team members among healthcare workers receiving a Super Bowl invite

Among those invited include the patient care team from 5 Waldemere Tower at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Bill targets strangulation by police officer

About eight months after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis touched off nationwide protests, a Florida state senator has filed a bill that targets strangulation by police officers. The bill (SB 730), filed Friday by Sen. Randolph Bracy, D-Orlando, could lead to officers facing third-degree fel

Manatee County Search and Rescue raising money for new vehicle

Manatee County Search and Rescue needs your help to purchase a new vehicle.

Almost 1 million Florida seniors vaccinated, war hero gets first dose

World War II veteran and centenarian Henry Sayler received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This moment made national news Friday morning as Florida neared 1 million seniors vaccinated in the state.

NFL to give 7,500 vaccinated health care workers free tickets to Super Bowl LV

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league will be inviting approximately 7,500 vaccinated health care workers to Super Bowl LV as guests of the NFL to thank and honor them for the work they have done during the pandemic.

14 arrested in Manatee County in child pornography sting

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest following Operation “One Way Ticket.” The large scale operation netted 541 charges related to the distribution of child pornography.

Charges announced in the death of Corporal Brian LaVigne

Charges have been announced in the killing of Corporal Brian LaVigne.

New drive-thru COVID vaccination site opens at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota

Drive-thru vaccination site opens at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota.

State of Florida to require proof of residency before distributing COVID-19 vaccine

Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees announced that the state will begin requiring people to show proof that they are state residents before they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Florida DOH shows dip in state positivity rate

The Florida Department of Health’s Thursday update shows a slight dip in the statewide positivity rate.

No drones allowed over Tampa Riverwalk, Raymond James Stadium ahead of Super Bowl

No drones are allowed to fly over Raymond James Stadium in Tampa during Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, 2021. Drones also are prohibited around the Tampa Riverwalk for the NFL Super Bowl Experience during the days leading up to the event.

Advocates ask Corcoran to delay English proficiency exam

As the organization overseeing the SAT test changes the exam’s format to relax requirements amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a group advocating for students learning English in Florida is asking the state to delay a yearly assessment.

DOH-Sarasota releases update on new COVID-19 vaccine registration system

The Department of Health in Sarasota has released an update after launching its new registration system for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Man arrested following homicide in Sarasota

A Sarasota man has been charged with Second Degree Murder following a shooting.

Manatee County adds residency requirement for COVID-19 vaccine

Following new guidance and other health departments, the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County will begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for full and part-time Florida residents only whenever new doses arrive.

  Suspect caught on camera hitting Florida deputy with stolen car

A helicopter belonging to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department caught the moment that a suspect hit a deputy with a stolen vehicle.

State Capitol building re-opens after bomb threat

A 61-year-old man has been arrested in connection to an overnight bomb threat at the Florida Capitol Building. According to the Tallahassee Police Department, Mark Clark was arrested at The Corner Pocket Bar & Grill located at 2475 Apalachee Parkway.

Marlon Brown officially named Sarasota’s City Manager

The Sarasota City Commission named Marlon Brown as its newest city manager in a unanimous vote Tuesday evening.

  Warming up for the weekend

Don’t put away the winter clothes quite yet as there is still a long way to go before winter officially comes to a close. It won’t feel like winter this weekend as 80 degree temperatures can’t be ruled out for our inland communities.

Funeral held on Wednesday for 22-year-old Bradenton man who lost his life following a home explosion

22-year-old Bradenton home explosion victim laid to rest.

Complaint filed against Sarasota Police Chief after comments made about homeless man

A complaint has been made to the City of Sarasota regarding alleged comments made by Chief Bernadette DiPino about a homeless man.

Officials investigating murder-suicide in Charlotte County

Two people are dead following an apparent murder suicide in Charlotte County.

Palmetto PD, Manatee County Sheriff’s officials investigating homicide

The Palmetto Police Department and the Manatee County Homicide Task Force are investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday morning.

Manatee County Public Safety to start scheduling vaccine second-dose appointments today

Manatee County Public Safety officials announced the process by which they will schedule second dose appointments for thousands of local seniors who have already received a first dose.

Florida Department of Health reports 10.73% positivity rate

The Florida Department of Health posted its Wednesday dashboard update with the state reporting a 10.73% positivity rate. Manatee County experienced a significant spike reaching a 16.33% positivity rate. Sarasota County is reporting 8.32% positivity.

Sarasota County hopes to stop ‘vaccine tourism’ with residency requirements

In an effort to alleviate concerns regarding non-Florida residents taking vaccine supplies away from seniors who live here, Sarasota County officials say those receiving a COVID-19 vaccine must show proof of residency or part-time residency.

Funeral held for Bradenton man who died weeks after home explosion

Funeral services are underway for a Bradenton man who succumbed to his injuries a month after his home exploded.

New Sarasota County vaccine registration system and call center launch for people 65 and older

A new way to register and secure your spot in line for a COVID-19 vaccination in Sarasota County launches at noon.

Sarasota County will launch new COVID-19 registration system

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota announces the launch of its new vaccine registration system.

Van Wezel interactive and free performance for families: The University of Wonder & Imagination

The Van Wezel’s Education and Community Engagement Department has recently announced a FREE virtual and interactive show for families as part of the 2020-2021 Virtual Schooltime Series.

Publix to offer vaccines at 7 Charlotte County locations

Seven Charlotte County Publix supermarket locations will begin offering vaccinations by appointment Thursday, Jan. 21.

In her first tweet since release from jail, former DOH Data Scientist reveals she has COVID-19

Following her release from jail in Tallahassee on a $2500 bond, former Department of Health employee Rebekah Jones revealed that she is COVID-19 positive.

New College of Florida kicking off search for new president

New College of Florida has kicked off its search for a new president. The College’s new leader will succeed President Donal O’Shea, who retires in June.

Manatee County receives 3,000 more COVID-19 vaccines

Manatee County 311 callers will begin randomly selecting names within Manatee County’s Vaccination Standby Pool to book vaccination appointments.

Funeral Services for Hillsborough County Deputy killed in crash held today

The Hillsborough County Deputy killed during a pursuit last week is being laid to rest Tuesday.

2 arrested on outstanding racketeering warrant, family members arrested during altercation

Two men were arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant from 2007.

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch scrubbed; launch will now happen Wednesday

The SpaceX launch has been scrubbed due to unfavorable conditions in the recover area where crews wait to collect the rocket’s reusable boosters.

Crews work to extinguish fire onboard boat docked in Cortez Cove

Crews worked to extinguish a fire on a boat in a dry dock.

Suncoast law enforcement agencies sending officers to D.C. for Biden inauguration

Law enforcement agencies from around the Suncoast are preparing to send officers to the presidential inauguration Wednesday, Jan. 20.

  Sarasota officers talk about rescue on the Sarasota Bay in December

There were some tense moments as eyewitnesses saw a car bolt into Sarasota Bay three weeks ago. Inside the car, were two men. The passenger was able to get out however the driver was trapped.

Sarasota County opens cold weather shelters tonight

Sarasota County Emergency Management officials have coordinated with the Salvation Army to open a cold weather shelter for those in need.

Former DOH data scientist Rebekah Jones given bond

Former Florida Department of Health employee Rebekah Jones has turned herself into law enforcement.

  Chilly but dry weekend ahead

The chill will be on for the weekend as the cold front will be well to our south by sunrise on Saturday. It will be blustery to start the day with winds blowing out of the northwest at 20 mph along with some higher gusts at times. Look for a mixture of sun and clouds throughout the day on Saturday

Arrest made after threat against Florida Capitol

U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe released a video statement announcing an arrest in connection with a threat made to the state’s Capitol.

Sarasota to open drive-thru vaccine clinic next week

Drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held beginning next Thursday and Friday at Twin Lakes Park.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium teams up with FWC, Zoo Tampa to save 2 manatees

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium partnered with Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers and ZooTampa to help rescue two cold and stressed manatees from Sarasota-area waterways.