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  FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Fatal crash in Venice on US-41 at Center Rd involving SCAT bus

A vehicle crash involving a Sarasota County Area Transit bus has caused a traffic delay on US-41 at Center Road.

FHP set to conduct DUI WolfPack Detail in Sarasota County

Bradenton home engulfed in flames Thursday morning

FHP: Crews remove 5,000 pounds of energy cans on I-75 after fire destroys tractor- trailer in Hillsborough County

  Stroke awareness month honored on the Suncoast

  Affordable camps and activities for kids this summer

  Manatee County planning to help fund new aquarium in Sarasota County

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  Buckle Up! North Port Police Cracking Down on Seat Belt Safety with “Click It or Ticket” Campaign

Sarasota County woman couldn’t find her dad after she says assisted living facility shut down without notice

  Portion of State Road 70 to close in Manatee County to begin work on railroad crossings

  FPL installs underground power grid

  Sarasota Orchestra still in search of a new home

  Second dog shot in Manatee County this month

  Helping children cope with death and other forms of grief

Crisis response counselors are on campus to help them get through the hard time, but how do you explain death to a child?

  Police in Sarasota see a 26 percent increase in car burglaries

Public Information Officer Genevieve Judge said, “Criminals will go and pull on door handles and then if one is open, they will rummage through your car."

Where does your tax money go in Manatee and Sarasota counties?

Turns out, where your money is spent has to do how its allocated by the County Commission.

  Lionfish causing problems on the Gulf of Mexico

The lionfish are destroying the delicate balance of the underwater ecosystem. The spiny, striped creatures are fascinating to look at and are native to the Pacific Ocean. But during the 1980s, an aquarium was breached and the fish we dumped into the Gulf, where they made themselves at home.

  Two injured in multi-car crash on Fruitville at Paramount Road in Sarasota

FWC: Over 600 boating accidents in Florida and 59 boating deaths

  38-year-old dead woman found behind Dunkin Donuts in Lakewood Ranch identified

  VIDEO: Truck caught on fire in Sarasota

  Sarasota Bay project receives $2 million donation for phase one of the master plan

  Bloom of Blue-Green Algae in Sarasota Bay has community concerned

  73-year-old Venice man graduates college after 56 years

A Venice man is is graduating college after 56 years from starting his journey in higher education.

  Parrish Community High School set to add USF campus

This school year may be winding down, but in one part of the Suncoast, crews are already feverishly preparing for the next one.

  Deputies: Three people shot after fight in Waffle House parking lot in Sarasota

Deputies say they were called to 5737 Clark Rd. after 2:45am Wednesday and found three people with gunshot wounds who’d been involved in a fight. They were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and deputies say the injuries were not life-threatening.

  UPDATE: 19-year-old walking on Belleair Beach after critical hit-and-run crash in Sarasota

On May 19, 2019 a Facebook post titled " These two. My heart and soul. Siena is rock a rock." captured Jack Kelley walking on Belleair Beach in Pinellas County after he was released from ICU in mid-March.

  County asking for safer routes for students following the tragic death of a Sarasota child

Sarasota County commissioners are asking county staff to find ways to make it safer for students who walk or ride bikes to school.

  State to seek death penalty in re-sentencing for man who kidnapped, raped 11-year-old Carlie Brucia of Sarasota

Now, more than a decade later, it’s possible Joseph Smith will be moved off of death row. Smith has appealed his sentence, arguing it’s no longer valid.

  Family member’s tip leads to two arrests for drugs, stolen property

The sheriff's office was called on Friday, May 17 by a person who believed their relative, 29-year-old Jennalee Anderson, had stolen items from her family's home and was in the process of pawning them at a local pawn shop.

  First Hotel Since 1973 Coming to the City of North Port

The City of North Port has been a growing place for residents to live and work in, but it hasn’t always been a big draw for tourists, as the city has only had one hotel since 1973.

  The heat turns up through the weekend

With a steady east wind and hardly a cloud in the sky we can expect temperatures to soar over the next few days.

  Dog recovering after being shot in the face in Manatee County

It’s a long road to recovery for a dog that was shot in the face.

Residents concerned with blue green algae lingering in Trailer Estates in Bradenton

Blue green algae a concern for residents of Trailer Estates in Bradenton.

  Mobile home fire at RV park in Venice

Structure fire in Venice occurred at 1300 North River Road. Sarasota County tells us they received the call around 1:44 p.m. and fire crews arrived on the scene at 1:53 p.m

  Deadly intersection gets approved for a new traffic light

Deadly intersection gets approved for a new traffic light

  New hotel being built next to convention center in Manatee County

In Manatee County, crews are now clearing a piece of land on Palmetto to make room for a new hotel.

  Sarasota closer to decriminalizing marijuana

Sarasota City Commissioners voted 5-0 Monday night for the Cannabis Civil Citation during its first reading. The proposed ordinance would make it a civil offense if someone is caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana and/or drug paraphernalia.

  Payne Park Preserved; Sarasota City Commissioners vote against Orchestra’s concert hall plan

That’s the decision by the Sarasota City Commission, following a marathon meeting on Monday night. Commissioners were up until 1:30am on Tuesday, debating the proposal.

  Larger than usual protest in front of Planned Parenthood

Some of the protesters peacefully assembling in front of Planned Parenthood in Sarasota.

  Vigil to be held for third grader who was hit and killed while biking to school in Sarasota

A vigil will be held for 9-year-old Roman Miller on Thursday, May 23 from 6-7pm in the courtyard of the school located at 2500 Vinson Avenue in Sarasota. The school says the event is only open to the school community and surrounding neighborhood.

City of Sarasota hosts Memorial Day parade and police warn drivers about tow away zones

City of Sarasota host Memorial Day parade and police warn drivers about tow away zones

Deputies search woods after getting call about young girl being followed by a man

Just after 8:30pm on Monday, the sheriff's office received a call from a person who said he saw a young girl, between 8- and 10-years old, near a wooded area off Lorraine Road. The caller said the child appeared to be in distress before she ran away and that he saw a man follow her into the woods.

GRAPHIC IMAGES: Dog found shot in the face in Manatee County, blood everywhere

Last week a dog was found covered in blood after someone contacted Manatee County Animal Services about a stray injured dog.

  Suncoast Humane Society thinks outside the box to help pets feel more comfortable

Animals in shelters typically live in a high-stress environment. That’s why the Suncoast Humane Society is thinking outside the box to make these pets feel more comfortable in their temporary care.

  Students and neighbors mourn death of 9-year-old hit while riding bike to school

It happened around 7:30 a.m. on Webber Street and Nodosa Drive. The school district says 9-year-old Roman Miller was riding his bike to Brentwood Elementary School with his sister when he was struck by a pickup truck.

  Construction on U.S. 301 aims to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists

There are more road improvements on the way in Sarasota. The more than $800,000 project is aimed to increase pedestrian safety.

  City to vote on Orchestra at Payne Park

The Sarasota City Commission is currently deciding whether to move forward with the Sarasota Orchestra’s request to make Payne Park its new home, but many feel it may completely change the landscape of the park, if the city approves the plan.

Lido Key pool set to temporarily close for improvements

If have plans to swim at Lido Key pool make sure their not during these dates!

  DAYCARE DANGERS: How to prevent your child from becoming a victim

Digging for details about your child’s future daycare is thankfully getting a bit easier for Suncoast parents. Aside from being able to search violation histories on the Department of Children and Families’ website, the Early Learning Coalition for Sarasota County has created a “Look for the Stars”

  30-year-old man sentenced to life in prison after preying on 11-year-old girl in Sarasota

Stephen Roa of Plant City was sentenced Monday to life in prison after being convicted of lewd or lascivious molestation, use of a computer to entice a child to commit a sex act, traveling to entice a child to commit a sex act and failure of sex offender to report internet identifier.

  Detwiler’s Farm Market opening fifth location, creating almost 100 new jobs

Detwiler’s Farm market is opening their fifth location soon and people are excited!

  Third grade student dies after being hit by pickup truck in Sarasota

It happened around 7:30 a.m. on Webber Street and Nodosa Drive. The school district says 9-year-old Roman Miller was riding his bike to Brentwood Elementary School with his sister when he was struck by a pickup truck that was being driven west on Webber by a 25-year-old Sarasota woman.

It’s National Rescue Dog Day!

Do you want a four-legged friend to keep you company and run with before you get up for work? Today would be a good day to adopt a dog!

  Two children suffer serious injuries after crash in Manatee County

It happened on US 41 Tamiami Trail near the intersection of 16th Avenue East around 6pm. Troopers say an 89-year-old Palmetto woman turned left in front of a car driven by a 29-year-old Bradenton woman who had two children, ages 3 and 7, in her vehicle.

  VIDEO: Deputies arrest 17 alleged unlicensed contractors in sting operation

As people arrived at the target home in southern Sarasota County last week, detectives were waiting to see if they were licensed, registered, and if they had the insurance coverage required to perform the work.

  Marijuana laws may soon change in City of Sarasota

The laws surrounding marijuana in The City of Sarasota may loosen up.

  Local drivers react to new texting and driving law in Florida

A new Florida law that bans texting while driving will soon impact drivers around the state.

  Dig the beach volleyball at Siesta Key

Volleyball tournaments on Siesta Key brought more than 300 people competing this weekend in the Dig the Beach Series.

Children spend first time on a boat with law enforcement Saturday in Venice

Children in South Sarasota enjoyed some fun in the sun with law enforcement this weekend.

Familiar faces working on the latest Habitat for Humanity project

The dream of affordable housing is just a little closer to reality for one Suncoast family thanks to a little sweat equity from familiar faces.

  Local law enforcement holds free boating inspections before Memorial Day Weekend

With weather like this, it’s no wonder our Suncoast waterways end up getting clogged with lots of us getting out on the gulf, and bays and rivers. Next weekend is Memorial Day, and those waterways will be getting even more crowded.

  Food service worker at downtown Sarasota restaurant may have exposed guests to Hepatitis A

The Florida Department of Health warned customers of Duval’s on Main Street in Sarasota that a food service worker has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A and may have exposed guests who visited the restaurant between April 26, 2019 and May 10, 2019.

No injuries in laundromat fire in Sarasota

There has been a one alarm fire in a laundromat on Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota.

  Deputy helps clean up graffiti in Manatee County

After receiving complaints about graffiti on the footbridge at 60th Avenue West, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) went to clean up the graffiti and are look to clean up more if possible.

  New College of Florida remembers architect

Architect I-M Pei designed dozens of celebrated buildings across the globe including on the campus of New College of Florida.

  Venice Public Safety facility construction is underway

Construction is now underway on what what will be Venice Police Department’s new headquarters.

  Police cracking down on derelict boats in Bradenton Beach

Derelict and abandoned boats in Bradenton Beach.

23-year-old man dies in fatal accident in Manatee County

The accident occurred on 44th Avenue East at approximately 12:37 a.m. Alberto Santiago of Palmetto and was driving a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro westbound on 44th Avenue East when he traveled off the roadway and the front right of his Camaro collided with the curb on the north side.

  Shoppers worried over the future of Desoto Square mall

Shoppers who go to Desoto Square Mall are seeing more vacant signs, and fewer of their favorite shops. Those shoppers say they hope something is done to revive the mall, to keep them from having to drive around to shop.

  Sarasota County staff plan switch to new recycling method

Sarasota County staff plan switch to new recycling method

  Two men arrested in North Port after drugs and guns were found in search warrant

Police have arrested two men in relation to a search warrant conducted in North Port this week.

  Weekend shaping up to be a good one as high pressure kicks in

Look for a nice weekend as we will see generally fair skies, warm temperatures and little chance for rain.

Sarasota County School District to provide food for families in need for the summer

Sarasota County Schools will be serving alongside organizations such as All Faiths Food Bank to provide families in need with food resources like groceries during the summer.

  VIDEO: Gator sneaks up on A/C tech during service call in Venice

Brian was working at a home in Venice. When he arrived, he went to the front door to ring the doorbell. When he later turned to walk back to his van he almost ended up stepping on a gator that had sneaked up on him!

  Samoset Elementary School students preparing for trip of a lifetime

Students from Samoset Elementary School in Bradenton are just three days away from an exciting trip they have planned for two years.

  Newtown Farmers market debuting this weekend

The Newtown Farmers market will be in a new location.

  Gov. DeSantis signs bill to ban texting and driving

The Florida Highway Patrol said if they catch someone texting and driving in Sarasota County, the first offense could cost anywhere from $30 to $40. A second offense will double the fine.

  City to decide if Sarasota Orchestra will move to Payne Park

The Sarasota Orchestra wants to find a new home and they've decided they want it to be at Payne Park in Downtown Sarasota.

  Local leaders react to passing of abortion bill in Alabama

The issue of abortion took center stage at Thursday’s Tiger Bay meeting in Bradenton.

  Nearly four hour stand-off in Palmetto ends peacefully

Nearly four hour stand-off in Palmetto ends peacefully