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  After 94-year-old man allegedly kills wife with dementia, officials remind community resources are available

The Senior Friendship Center has multiple locations in Sarasota County, and each has its own caregiving services. There are dozens of resources that they can connect you with for support, as well as an adult daycare to give caregivers a break when they need it.

  SCSD using new virtual technology to teach staff about mental health awareness

  Residents hear about city’s plans for Bobby Jones Golf Course and give input during workshop

  Investigation into Sarasota County School District’s Assistant Superintendent expected to be complete this week

  Police find three gas skimmers at two different gas stations in Bradenton

Bradenton woman arrested in hit-and-run crash that left driver injured

  Police investigating apparent murder suicide in Sarasota

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  Police: Husband kills wife in murder-suicide attempt in Venice, fails to kill himself when gun malfunctions

  “Drive Pink Across America” Day celebrated on the Suncoast

  Traffic changes at U.S. 41 between 10th and 14th Street in Sarasota

  Phillippi Farmhouse Markets returns for 11th year

87-year-old man killed in crash on Cortez Rd in Manatee County

  Skimmers found at Bradenton gas station

  Grant money to help some Sarasota County non-profits to become greener

Some Sarasota County non-profits going green.

  Manatee County School District looking to fill more than 50 teacher vacancies

Since the first day of school, there’s been an increase in student enrollments by more than a thousand. With the school district’s population continuing to grow, reaching 50,000 enrollments for the first time in the district’s history, the need for more teachers is also growing.

  LPGA Qualifying Tournament in Full Swing at Plantation Golf Course in Venice

This week, more than 185 ladies from 28 countries will hit the green hoping to make it to the next stage. With this tournament, not only are world-wide athletes playing in Venice every year, but they’re also bringing thousands of dollars to the community -making a huge economic impact.

  Breast cancer survivor teaches Sarasota County teachers the importance of health and wellness

Though it’s most prevalent in women ages 70 to 74, statistics show that more than 250,000 women living in the U.S. today were diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40.

Body of man recovered from water in Sarasota County

  City Centre Parking Garage set to open Saturday in Bradenton

  First Alert Traffic: Accident involving moped on Fruitville Rd in Sarasota

  Lemon and Pineapple intersection temporarily closed in Sarasota

Three men arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting 15-year-old girl in Bradenton

Man dies after becoming trapped under capsized boat in Charlotte County

  Money Saving Monday: Apps to help save on groceries

The days of having to physically clip coupons are over and now everything can be found online or on your phone.

Police locate missing 11-year-old from North Port in Venice

Kyle Spicer went missing in the area of Culebra Avenue around noon Sunday. Police say he left home after getting into an argument with his parents, something that has happened previously. Reports from eyewitnesses placed him in the area of River Road and U.S. 41 between 1:30 and 2 p.m.

  Retired farmer who takes tractor across the country for veterans visits the Suncoast

A retired farmer traveling all around the country made his last stop on the Suncoast on Saturday.

  FDLE agents shoot, kill man they say was armed with machete during narcotics search

FDLE says their Special Operations Team along with members of the Ft. Myers Regional Operations Center were searching a home around 8:30pm on October 11 in Sarasota County when agents were confronted by Fernando Mora.

12-year-old boy found and is okay after being reported missing

Deputies are searching for a missing 12-year-old boy who last seen at his home in Parrish.

Deputies: Victim accidentally shoots himself at his Sarasota home

Deputies say that they received a call Saturday afternoon about an accidental shooting. When they arrived on scene, they found the victim. His injuries are not expected to be life threatening.

Police: Domestic argument between husband and wife ends in murder-suicide in North Port

Police say around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, units responded to a home on the 5000 block of Lady Slipper Avenue for a family disturbance and reports of shots being fired inside the house.

  Troopers searching for driver in hit-and-run crash on State Road 70 in Manatee County

Around 7:30 p.m., troopers say a man driving a white-colored Chevrolet Van was driving westbound on State Road 70, approaching the driveway of the Wells Fargo Bank on the 400 block of 53rd Avenue West.

  FDOT planning improvements to dangerous intersection on State Road 70 in Lakewood Ranch

Residents say a big part of the problem is people speeding on State Road 70, making it difficult to pull out of Greenbrook Boulevard on one end of the busy road and Post Boulevard on the other end, which is where the Premier Sports Campus is located.

  New infrastructure upgrades could prevent bird strikes at SRQ Airport

The airport was recently awarded $9.1 million by the Federal Aviation Administration, in part to fix a drainage issue that is currently attracting birds to the area.

  Caught on camera: Pair of coyotes kill cat, owners worried for their safety

Surveillance video captured the gruesome moment his cat of 10 years was killed by two coyotes steps outside his home located south of Fruitville Road near Beneva in Sarasota.

  Volunteer K9 team needs your help to win nationwide contest

The team of more than 30 volunteer first responders looks for missing people when they get the call from local law enforcement. The team averages one call a week and have found five people within three months.

Three alleged car burglars busted in North Port, linked to a dozen recent burglaries

Thanks to a vigilant neighbor and deliveryman, police say they now have three people in custody.

Bradenton man accused of exposing himself to 10-year-old girl

Reginald Frazier, Sr. was charged with lewd and lascivious exposure of genitals after being arrested on October 9.

Motorcyclist suffers severe injuries after crashing into asphalt truck in Sarasota

Shortly after midnight Friday, a patrol officer was stopped on 10th Street at U.S. 41 and saw a motorcyclist driving south on U.S. 41 when, for unknown reasons, the man lost control and crashed into the back of an asphalt truck parked on the 900 block of U.S. 41.

  Sarasota man who deputies say kept teen-aged girl locked in her bedroom for over a year captured

The sheriff’s office says Dwight Bainbridge and his girlfriend, 39-year-old Jessica Brambilla, kept a teen-aged girl locked in her bedroom in a Sarasota home for more than a year.

  Spill following accident closes McIntosh Rd south of Fruitville in Sarasota

Crews were on scene around 9:30am, right in front of St. Martha’s School, where a vehicle and semi collided. One person was taken to the hospital and fuel spilled on the roadway.

  Publix employees help grow Sugg Middle School’s agriculture program as part of Day of Caring

United Way Suncoast will host their annual Day of Caring event on Friday, October 11th.

  Chalkboard Champion: Teacher recognized for going “above and beyond for his students”

School is back in session and so is the ABC 7 and Gettel Automotive surprise squad. Each month, we recognize a teacher who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students.

  FDOT makes decision to replace existing Cortez Bridge in Manatee County with 65-foot high-level fixed bridge

FDOT makes a decision on new Cortez Bridge plans.

  Local law enforcement agencies host National Night Out

for some years now the manatee county sherriff's office has been hosting national night out. Although the fast cop cars on display are cool and the family fun is great, the whole idea behind the event is to continue building good relationships between the agency and the community.

  Local teacher associations weigh in on DeSantis proposal to raise minimum salary for teachers

Each school district currently sets its own starting salaries. He says this proposal would lead to more than 100,000 teachers getting a raise from new hires to teachers working under those rates.

  North Port group turns tragedy into learning opportunity about mental health, depression

After the North Port community suffered a tragic loss of one of its teachers back in 2017, Holly's Hope was formed to help open the dialogue of mental health and depression. Now, they’re taking it one step further and hoping to make that conversation start in the classrooms.

16-year-old student arrested over threats of school shooting at Palmetto High School

On Monday evening, police in Palmetto were alerted that a Snapchat post was circulating on social media threatening a school shooting at Palmetto High School the next day.

Vehicle fire spreads to North Port home, pets rescued

It happened around noon. Officials say the fire started in the engine compartment and spread to the house, but the cause is unknown.

  City of Sarasota denies pedal pub proposal, but owner argues it’s like any other vehicle

Monday, the City Commission voted 3-2 to deny a proposal to allow the owner of Sip-N-Cycle to bring their traveling pub to downtown Sarasota.

  Public meeting to be held about changes coming to Englewood Sports Complex and Englewood Park

A public meeting will be held on October 10th to discuss improvements coming to Englewood Sports Complex and Englewood Park.

  Bradenton man accused of shooting, killing mother’s boyfriend

Man charged in shooting death of mother's boyfriend in Bradenton.

  With some students facing long bus rides, Manatee County School District considers rezoning

School board member Dr. Scott Hopes says there are kids living in neighborhoods right across from a school but are being bused 15 miles to other schools. He is now pushing for the district to be rezoned.

  Manatee County considering new “Main Street” development in Parrish

In August 2018, Manatee County contracted with the Mellgren Planning Group to draft this proposal. The 137-page ‘Parrish Village Neighborhood Action Plan’ lists three primary goals: economic/business development, placemaking, and infrastructure improvements.

  World’s largest solar battery under construction in Manatee County

The battery is set to be built on a 40-acre space next to the solar panels. FPL said it’s part of one of the largest solar expansions in the country.

  Venice Urban Forest Close To Completing Phase One

Unfortunately, with so much development in the area there aren’t a lot of green spaces left, so not only is this urban forest bringing that back, but also becoming a buffer between the Seaboard Industrial Park and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Man carrying umbrella that looked like a firearm leads to limited lockdown at Venice schools

Police say they were called to the campus after a person saw someone walking on the street by the elementary school with what appeared to be a firearm.

  Man living in Palmer Ranch home charged with possessing obscene material

Steven Moretti, 28, a man who lives in the home, was later booked into the Sarasota County Jail on multiple charges, including 20 counts of possessing obscene material involving children.

Almost 30 cars broken into in North Port, all of which were left unlocked

North Port Police say over the past five days, they've had nearly 30 reports of vehicle break-ins all across the city and in every single case the vehicles had been left unlocked.

  Breast cancer symptoms for both men and women

Every two minutes, a woman in The U.S. is diagnosed with Breast Cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and health professionals are urging people to know the signs and symptoms of Breast Cancer.

  Mysterious illness affecting laughing gulls on Siesta Key and Lido Beach

Experts have yet to determine what’s causing this. They say it could be something the birds are eating or could be toxic in nature similar to the issues the birds experienced last year from red tide.

Census and other Sarasota employers to hire hundreds on Wednesday morning at job fair

On Wednesday, Sarasota and Bradenton’s top employers will be hiring on the spot in all fields at the Sarasota JobLink Job Fair.

Inmate commits suicide in Manatee County Jail days before sentencing for sexual battery involving young girl

Deputies say around midnight on Tuesday, they were conducting cell checks when they found Mark Suiter in his cell with a sheet tied around his neck. Suiter was unresponsive and deputies called for help as they removed the sheet and began performing CPR.

  Manatee County man accused of extorting teen-aged girl for nude photos

In October 2018, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office in California was told by a 16-year-old girl that she was being blackmailed by a person she believed to be a 17-year-old black teen on Snapchat that she had been speaking with over the past year.

  27-year-old Sarasota man wins $1 million on scratch-off ticket

Christopher Van Brandt bought a Gold Rush Special Edition scratch-off ticket from Suncoast Energy on Butler National Drive in Orlando and won. The 27-year-old opted for a one-time, lump-sum payment of $700,000.

  Bradenton now offering single stream recycling

In Manatee County, the City of Bradenton is moving to single-stream recycling.

Man arrested, charged with DUI in fatal crash that claimed life of Manatee County motorcyclist

Around 9pm on December 16, 2018 in Arcadia in DeSoto County, troopers say 60-year-old William Roberts of Lake Placid, Florida turned left onto Northwest Pearce Street off State Road 72 in front of a motorcycle driven by Justin Peachey of Myakka City.

  Community meeting scheduled next week for Bobby Jones Golf Club future

You have a chance to voice your opinion on the future of the Bobby Jones Golf Club.

Gas leak temporarily closes Centre Shops Plaza on Longboat Key

Town of Longboat Key Fire Rescue and Police Departments shut down the plaza on 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive after detecting a gas leak in one of the businesses Tuesday morning. They were called to the scene on reports of a gas odor.

  Pair of students asked to take breathalyzer test at Venice High School homecoming dance

In both cases, neither of the students, one of whom attends Venice High and another who attends another school in the district, tested positive for alcohol.

  More rain expected on Tuesday with an area of disturbed weather moving through

An area of concern now located from S. Florida through the Yucatan has a very small chance of developing over the next several days as it moves NE through the area.

  Officials: New Policy Change at Local Shelter Spikes Homeless Population in Sarasota

Salvation Army has limited the number of overnight beds, but only in order to get people to move into their assistance programs. - which they say is the only actual way to make a change that causes steps towards sustainability.

  Two Bald Eagles spotted on construction site, permit allows workers to build near the nest

The federally protected animals were seen on top of a construction mound and that left them concerned. But the company, Medallion Homes, isn’t doing anything wrong after receiving a federal permit allowing them to continue to build single family homes on the site.

  Sarasota County goes to court over public access to Beach Road on Siesta Key

Beach Road parallels Siesta Beach at the intersection of Avenida Messina. For years, a group of citizens led by a man named Mike Cosentino have fought with Sarasota County over access to a section of the street.

Semi hits branches, closing Sarasota street

Osprey Avenue at 4th Street in Sarasota has reopened after being shut down because of an accident.

Deputies: No threat to community despite rumors of attempted child abduction over the weekend in Sarasota

Deputies were called to an area near Grace Baptist Church on Bee Ridge Road Saturday morning after two girls told their parents that they were walking through a trail in the woods behind the church when a man yelled to them, "Hey girls, come here."

‘Community Canopy’ program offering free tree trees to reduce energy bills is underway

The “Community Canopy” program which offers free trees has returned to the City of Sarasota. This is the sixth program of this sort for the city.

  Money Saving Monday: The benefits of renting out a house

Buying an investment property to rent out could be a good way to make some extra cash.

  National Fire Prevention Week kicks off after a little relief of dry weather

On Sunday,a little relief from the dry weather we’ve been having. The dry conditions and high temperatures can be dangerous and that’s why the Florida Forest Service are warning people about wildfire threats around the state.

  Homeless man found on Sarasota woman’s porch illustrates need for residential mental health facilities

Just imagine waking up to a stranger on your porch…

  $14,000 from iconic Siesta Key Oyster Bar walls donated to Bahamas hurricane relief

Thousands of dollars from walls at Siesta Key restaurant donated to Bahamas.

Worker injured when circular saw cuts into his leg at Venice job site

It happened along Laurel Road, where the new Sarasota Memorial Hospital is being built. Firefighters were called around 9:15am when a man in his 20s working on the second floor of the building suffered a severe laceration to his leg from a circular saw.