Around 9am on Wednesday, September 11, police were called to the Bradenton Village Apartments on 15th Avenue Circle West where they found a man shot once in the chest inside of an apartment. Detectives quickly determined the unit he was in was not where he was shot.
Amado Alexander Zeppi was taken into custody by deputies from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, who say evidence places Zeppi at the scene and as the person who shot and killed 23-year-old Mohammed Hamed during a robbery at the Green Galaxy Smoke Shop on the 3000 block of 1st Street West around 1
His mother released a statement late Wednesday night, defending her son, saying that for more than two years, she and her family have been the subject of a “campaign of hatred and persecution” on social media and blaming the media portrayal of the incident.
Since May 2018, there have been around 83 spills of more than 630 million gallons of treated and untreated wastewater in Sarasota County. That’s led to a recent consent settlement between Sarasota County Commissioners and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Deputies say it happened around 9am Wednesday and they were called to the scene by the victim, who told them he had been shot by two black men driving a gold-colored Nissan Altima before he crashed his SUV into a home.
Since the beginning of this year, police say there have been 296 vehicle burglaries in the city and 255 of those, or 86 percent, involved vehicles that were left unlocked by their owners. As a result, 10 firearms were stolen.
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.
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.
Kathryn Wong has worked for the city for about three years, and took the role as City Clerk in October of 2018 after serving as Interim City Clerk from August to October 2018, following the retirement of Patsy Adkins.
The State Attorney’s Office is now reviewing the case after Morris’ father provided their office with new information on Monday. Once the information is reviewed, prosecutors will make a determination on whether or not to re-open the case.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.