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  Virtual Reality helps with new SMH Hospital

A teacher at Southeast High School is being recognized for his work as a teacher and a coach

  Sarasota Memorial Hospital prepares for possible spread of Coronavirus

  Deputies wound suspect after he fires weapon at them in Manatee County

  Brrrrr.... Wind chill in the 30’s Friday morning for some

Roads will close as Vice President Pence visits the Suncoast Friday

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  Luke Fleming found guilty of first-degree murder, sexual battery in 1999 Sarasota cold case

  Nik Wallenda talks about preparing to walk across a live volcano on GMA

  Electrical fire damages condos on Longboat Key

Man facing charges in crash that killed moped driver in Bradenton

  Motorcyclist killed in crash on Cortez Road in Bradenton

  Below average temperatures stick around through the weekend

  Fruitville Road between Cocoanut Ave and US 41 to close around March 1st during next phase of roundabout project

Drivers will have to follow all the detours and they can expect delays as well. The Florida Department of Transportation says this will change some of the traffic patterns around the area.

  DNA experts testify in second day of the 1999 Sarasota cold case murder trial

For years Deborah Dalzell’s 1999 murder was a mystery. No one knew who or why she was raped and murdered in her Sarasota County home. In 2018, Luke Fleming was arrested and charged after his DNA was linked to the case.

  Now get ready for the cold

A strong cold front will move through the area tonight. Showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible through 9 p.m. and then look for light showers up the midnight and then clearing and turning cooler after that.

  Officials say It’s Time to Prepare for Coronavirus in the United States

There are no confirmed cases here in Florida and the 57 cases in the United States all have ties to visits to and from China. However, even though it’s not here yet, officials say it’s time to start making safety measures.

  North Port man charged with child porn possession

  How a new immigration rule could impact the local economy

  Detectives: Driver accelerated towards deputy before being shot, killed in Bradenton

  Beach erosion concerning residents who live on Casey Key Road

  Possible severe storms on Wednesday as front moves in

  Trial begins for the accused 1999 cold case killer in Sarasota

Portion of MLK Way closed in Sarasota due to outdoor fire

Emergency Services says there was an outdoor fire on the 2700 block of Central. Police say the fire was hard to access due to its location in a wooded area.

  Volunteer finds eaglet in nest with hook in its beak

When a volunteer with the Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida climbed up to inspect an eagle’s nest, he found an eaglet with a hook in its beak.

North Port man killed in Hardee County crash

Troopers say for unknown reasons, while traveling east around 10:30am, 29-year-old Justin Davis' 1992 Honda Civic drifted over the center line of State Road 64, just east of Griffin Road.

  RAW VIDEO: Brush fire burns more than 200 acres, forcing evacuations and cutting power in Charlotte County

The fire started around 11:30am Monday and in a short amount of time left 60 acres burned to the ground in the Rotonda Sands area of Charlotte County. Then it started moving and around 40 homes had to be evacuated.

  FDOT conducting safety study on Gulf of Mexico Drive

In the last eighteen months, the Town of Longboat Key has seen five fatalities from four separate accidents along Gulf of Mexico Drive.

  18-year-old charged with second degree murder in connection to fatal shooting in Bradenton

Police say they were called shortly before 6am to a home on the 2800 block of Southern Parkway West after a report of a shooting. There, they found 21-year-old Ryan Booth of Bradenton dead in the front yard from what looked like gunshot wounds.

  Large brush fire threatens homes and forces evacuations in Charlotte County

Massive flames burning at least 252 acres in the Rotonda Sands section of Charlotte County. The large plumes of smoke could be seen miles away.

  Keeping beehives thriving on the Suncoast as bee problems persist

Bee colony deaths began rising more than a decade ago due to colony collapse disorder and other factors like parasites and pests, poor nutrition, and exposure to pesticides.

  Much needed rain expected with next cold front

This cold front will have a lot more rain with it and this time the cold will stick around a lot longer. So keep the jackets and sweaters handy you are going to need them.

  North Port Police Using Drone to Solve Crimes and Save Lives

This technology can not only help find missing persons, but help officials see what kind of damage a storm might have caused in some areas or what roads are now blocked – before sending officers into the danger zone.

Jury selected, trial begins Tuesday in the 1999 murder and rape of a Sarasota woman

The trial for the man accused of raping and murdering a Sarasota woman in 1999 begins Tuesday morning. The murder of Deborah Dalzell went cold until detectives cracked the case nearly twenty years later through DNA technology.

  Bradenton Girl Scout troops say girls are receiving counterfeit cash for cookies

Who would steal money from a little girl? It’s essentially the problem that several Girl Scout troops now have after receiving counterfeit cash at several locations selling cookies in the last week.

  First Alert Weather: Dramatic change coming to the Suncoast this week

For Monday and most of Tuesday, the weather will be beautiful, with highs in the upper 70s, rain-free and low in humidity. But late Tuesday night and into Wednesday things change rapidly.

  Lanes re-opened on U.S. 41 in Sarasota following gas leak

Reports indicate a 3-inch natural gas line was struck by construction workers, forcing the closure of North Tamiami Trail in the 200 block, which is just south of the intersection with Fruitville Road and just north of the intersection with Gulfstream Drive.

  Man arrested for child porn last week struck, killed on I-75 South in apparent suicide

The Florida Highway Patrol says around 2:45am near milemarker 209, 65-year-old Gerald Nicolas darted out in front of a semi traveling south in the middle lane and was struck.

  Deputies rescue pelican with fishing line around wing, bill and fish hook in mouth

It happened Sunday morning on Anna Maria Island. Deputies were alerted that a pelican was in distress near City Pier and Deputies Parkinson and Kiernan found the pelican stranded in the surf.

  Sarasota community remembers the city’s past at the Oaklands/Woodlawn Cemetery

The Sarasota community spent their Sunday afternoon reflecting and remembering those who died for freedom.

  Circus Sarasota is back in town for its 23rd show

There are nine acts this year, from the Dominguez Poodles to the Balancing Ladder and the Double Trapeze to the Russian Barre.

  Field One in Lakewood Ranch renamed to Matthew Ryan Powers Memorial Field in honor of a local teen

A Lakewood Ranch Little League field is being renamed to honor the memory of a local teen.

  65-year-old driver killed in fatal crash on Saturday in Palmetto

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Troopers are investigating a fatal head-on collision crash that took place on Saturday morning in Palmetto.

  Family of Jabez Spann still searching for answers, one year after his skeletal remains were found

Search continues for Jabez Spann's killer.

  Winter chill to start the weekend

Winter comes back strong to the Suncoast with lows in the mid 40′s and some areas seeing wind chills in the upper 30′s for a few hours on Saturday.

  Support group on the Suncoast helps those suffering from early stages of Alzheimer’s

The group is specifically for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment, which is considered the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

  JROTC students restore historic black cemetery in Sarasota, honor fallen veterans

Woodlawn is the first black cemetery in the Sarasota area and the JROTC students first began to restore the luster of this historic site in 2017

  Manatee County Emergency Communications Center gets new 911 software

It’s thanks to a new, first-of-its-kind state grant that was just given to Manatee County’s Emergency Communications Center to upgrade the 911 system with a new program called Radius Plus.

Noise from pile driving may be heard half mile away from Venice bridge replacement site

Residents living near the Capri Isles Bridge may hear some loud banging starting Monday, February 24 when the contractor working on the bridge replacement project begins driving piles.

Man sentenced to 8 years in prison for attacking Sarasota County deputy

On April 9, 2019, the sheriff's office was called to South Venice and asked to transport Hosea Harrison III to Coastal Behavioral Healthcare in Sarasota for treatment.

Manatee County man arrested for allegedly threatening neighbors with AR-15

On Thursday, deputies were called to the 900 block of Mill Creek Road. There, they say a man told them that his neighbor, 66-year-old Michael Boston, had come to his front door, angry that there were ruts in his lawn and blaming him for the damage.

  Investigators say man who shot, killed Trooper Joseph Bullock was angry over tow company bill

It was the morning of February 5, 2020 and 42-year-old Trooper Bullock, an Air Force veteran and a 19-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol, was on duty along I-95. At 9:09am, he stopped in the northbound lanes near mile marker 107 in Palm City to help a disabled motorist.

Six ways to improve your sleep, according to the experts

The National Safety Council said 43% of American workers report that they are sleep deprived. So what can you do to get a better night’s sleep? A sleep expert said there are six changes people can make.

  City of Sarasota Mayor concerned about upcoming Gulfstream Ave and U.S. 41 roundabout project

City of Sarasota Mayor, Jen Ahearn-Koch, said she's concerned with the congestion created by the three roundabout projects along U.S. 41 in the city.

  Parts of Myrtle Street in Sarasota closed for major improvement project

Sarasota County officials say in this second phase between Central and Orange, resurfacing of the road will be done and there will be the widening of the two lane street for bicycle lanes and sidewalks, which will include lighting and drainage improvements as well.

  New College students hold rally against proposed FSU merger

A fight for survival. New College of Florida officials and students making their voices heard and pushing back against a House plan that would merge the school into Florida State University.

  Internal investigation finds no wrongdoing in arrest of 70-year-old Bradenton grandmother caught on camera

Community activists say the video depicts “brutal” behavior by deputies and suggest it was racially motivated, while the sheriff’s office says 70-year-old Barbara Pinkney was obstructing their ability to serve an arrest warrant.

  Need a new toilet? Manatee County offers toilet rebate program

The program is an effort to conserve water. If the toilet at your home or business was installed before 1995, it might be using too much water.

  Big chill is on for the Suncoast as cold front blows through

We have been blessed with beautiful beach weather all this week with highs in the 80′s but that is about to come to an end.

  Bradenton moves forward on Riverwalk extension, releasing renderings

At a special meeting Wednesday, the Council unanimously voted to take another step towards construction on the first and second phase of the Riverwalk extension.

Man who tried to blame his 80-year-old father for child porn downloads sentenced to 20 years in prison

William Brian Slider, 57, was arrested in June 2019, after agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found an IP address connected to Slider’s home had downloaded 79 videos. The videos were found on a laptop in Slider’s living room and many depicted sexual battery on young children.

  One year since skeletal remains of missing teen Jabez Spann found in Manatee County

Jabez Spann was 14-years-old when he disappeared on Labor Day in 2017. He was last seen at a candlelight vigil on 22nd Street and Palmadelia Avenue in Sarasota, just two blocks away from his home. A witness saw Spann with two other boys at around one in the morning that night.

  Deputies: Man arrested for child porn may have exposed himself on local beaches

The sheriff’s office began investigating in December 2019 after an IP address connected to a home on the 2000 block of Sun Home Street in Sarasota was uploading child porn. Deputies say 65-year-old Gerald Nicolas lived at the home and downloaded the images.

  Fire causes major damage to rental unit on Anna Maria Island

Officials say the rental unit on North Shore Drive has an upstairs that was being rented by six people from Chicago and a downstairs that was vacant. The fire started in the downstairs level and the cause remains under investigation.

Police in Sarasota looking for man who stole golf cart

Police in Sarasota say he's suspected of stealing an electric golf cart from the 700 block of John Ringling Boulevard around 2pm on Valentine's Day.

  Crews cut roof off vehicle after car goes into water during I-75 North crash

The accident happened before 9pm near milemarker 188. North Port officials say one vehicle was involved and it went into water.

  Upcoming meeting in Newtown aims to teach people how to manage their money

The city of Sarasota and The Manatee Community Federal Credit Union will host an open house Thursday, February 20th to educate residents about the low-cost financial services available to them.

  Sewer construction project on Bradenton Beach causing major traffic headaches

Gulf Drive South was a mess for most of Wednesday, and it was the same scene on Cortez Road getting onto the island. Bumper to bumper traffic causing huge delays. The Cortez Bridge traffic cam showing the problem Wednesday morning.

  Every Person Counts: Participation Made Easier for 2020 Census with Online Option

Every home will be getting a letter like this in the mail by March 12th. In it, there will be a code that you’ll have to input on the website provided to be able to answer all nine questions for every member of your household.

  Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office launches program to help inmates transition back into society

The mission of the two re-entry navigators is to help guide inmates in the jail and on the outside. SCSO says it’s the first known program of its kind in Florida. The idea for the navigators was modeled after a correctional facility in another state.

  Friday’s cold front to bring the cold but not much rain

Winter is not quite done with the Suncoast yet as jackets and sweaters will be needed on Friday night and Saturday morning.

  Bicyclists make plea to drivers after traumatic road rage incident in Bradenton caught on camera

She said the driver was screaming at them that they weren’t allowed to be on the road and at one point he’s even seen in the video pulling in front of them, then slamming on his brakes, almost causing them to run right into the back of his car.

  FWC extends catch and release until May 2021 due to red tide

Under an Executive Order, FWC extended catch-and-release measures for red drum, snook and spotted seatrout until May 31, 2021 in all waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

  New College president says folding his school into FSU makes no sense

The wide-ranging bill would also make taxpayer-funded grants that go to students attending private colleges and universities need-based and increase Bright Futures scholarships for some students attending state colleges.

  One year ago: Vandal spray paints #MeToo on Unconditional Surrender statue in downtown Sarasota

Overnight on February 19, 2019, someone spray painted “#MeToo” on the Unconditional Surrender statue alone U.S. 41 near Marina Jacks.

Police looking to identify driver involved in hit-and-run crash in Sarasota

It happened around 8:15pm on February 6 near the intersection of Fruitville and Beneva Road. No one was injured, but police are looking to identify the driver of the vehicle.

  Major backups on Cortez Rd heading to the beach in Manatee County

Public works says the backup is being caused by seasonal traffic combined with a temporary one-lane sewer construction on Gulf Drive South that is expected to be completed Wednesday.

  Door-to-Door Service May Replace SCAT Buses in South Sarasota County

The county is now considering a restructured transit system that could eliminate all bus routes south of the Venice Terminal and instead provide smaller, door-to-door services for the rest of South County. These areas would become mobility hubs with hopes to be more user-friendly.

  Sarasota City Commission votes to downsize Bobby Jones Golf Club to 27 holes, paving the way for more park space

We now know the plan for the nearly 300 acres of the Bobby Jones Golf Club. Commissioners decided to downsize the property from 45 holes to 27 holes, paving the way for more park space.

  Cold front to bring winter back to Suncoast

Expect near record breaking warmth to continue for 2 more days here along the Suncoast and then break out the parkas as chilly weather moves in for a couple of days.

  Judge delays decision on whether to reinstate death sentence in case where 11-year-old Sarasota girl was raped, murdered

Joseph Smith was convicted of the February 2004 murder of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia. The case drew national attention after surveillance video showed a man, later identified as Smith, taking Brucia from behind a car wash on Bee Ridge Road.