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Venice man sentenced to 25 years in prison for molesting child

  Manatee County discuss ordinance to ban retail sales of puppies and kittens

  What’s being built in the City of Sarasota

  Holmes Beach Police install five new license plate readers

  Manatee County votes to not arm school teachers

  Venice Fire Department Officially Taking Over EMS Service from Sarasota County

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  Manatee County School Board decides against arming their teachers

  Beautiful weather continues through Thursday then storms for Friday

  VIDEO: Gator mating call from backyard in Lakewood Ranch

UPDATE: Woman dies after boyfriend allegedly shoots her in Bradenton

  Vice Mayor wants to promote “legacy” businesses in Sarasota

Police say guns spotted in vehicle suspected in overnight shooting in Sarasota

North Port father of three dies in tragic crash in Lee County

A father of four from North Port died in a fatal accident over the weekend in Lee County.

  Deputies in Sarasota County targeting school zones this week

School safety is a top priority and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to get on board.

  Will the Manatee County School board arm teachers?

What’s new today? Manatee County School board will continue their discussion of whether or not they will give teachers the option to carry guns.

  Video of altercation between middle school teacher in Sarasota and student released, investigative report recommends termination of teacher

Investigative report into middle school teacher altercation with student recommends termination of teacher.

  North Port Communities Increase Security to Make Sure Kids Have a Safe Place to Play

  Clear sailing through Thursday and then some changes possible Friday

  Bicyclist died in Longboat Key after fatal crash

SR 789/Gulf Dr closed after vehicle crash in Manatee County

  Do you have expired or unused prescription drugs? Bring them to Sarasota PD

  One man injured in a shooting in Bradenton

  Police: Man and woman wanted for using “funny money” on St. Armand’s

One man and woman are wanted for using counterfeit bills last week in Sarasota.

  Man wanted for battery bitten by K9 officer while hiding in bushes in Bradenton

On Sunday night, Manatee County Sheriff’s department tried to detain one suspect, but fled the scene and was eventually found hiding behind bushes in Bradenton.

  Deputies searching for man who shot two people outside of a club in Bradenton

Shooting at Bradenton club sends two men to the hospital.

How you can help shape the future of our roads along the Suncoast

Local officials want to hear what you think the future of our roads should look like.

Sarasota and Manatee County to host Earth Day events

Earth Day events scheduled in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

  VIDEO: The City of Venice hopes new surveillance cameras boost security

Next Tuesday, officials are expected to vote on a more than 200,000 dollar plan. If passed it will add surveillance cameras in and near downtown.

Bradenton man died after van overturned in Manatee County

A Bradenton man died last night due to a fatal crash in Manatee County.

Accident on Proctor and Sawyer Road in Sarasota blocks intersection

There has been a car crash on Proctor and Sawyer Road in Sarasota that is an active scene.

  Deputies: Fatal shooting justified by self defense after road rage incident in Manatee County

Deputies investigated this as a road rage incident and determined the fatal shooting was a justifiable act of self-defense. Deputies say evidence collected at the scene indicates the shooter was a victim of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon prior to the shooting.

Accident cleared at Circus Boulevard and Beneva Road in Sarasota

The accident occurred around 3:00 p.m. and there is no information what the cause of the accident was.

Accident cleared on Fruitville Road in Sarasota

There has been a car accident on Fruitville Road at Cattleman that is an active scene.

  72 animals confiscated from Port Charlotte home in deplorable condition

More than 70 animals rescued from Port Charlotte home in deplorable conditions.

  Cooler and drier air to move in over the weekend

After a wild Friday things will be much calmer for the weekend but a bit cooler.

  Deputies searching for man who drove stolen vehicle into a living room of a home in Bradenton

Deputies are in search of a black male who was the driver of a stolen vehicle that crashed into a duplex in Bradenton on Thursday afternoon.

  First Alert Weather: The latest on Friday’s storm watch

Chief meteorologist Bob Harrigan discusses the latest on Friday’s severe weather storm watch.

  Lido Beach closed Friday due to severe weather

Lido Beach is now closed to incoming inclement weather.

Police searching for individuals responsible for vandalism at the Bradenton River Walk

Police are in search of four individuals who committed vandalism at the Bradenton River Walk skate park in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

  Holmes Beach closed Friday due to inclement weather

Holmes Beach in Manatee County has been officially closed down due to inclement weather.

All Sarasota County athletic fields closed Friday

All athletic fields in Sarasota County have been shut down for the day due to inclement weather.

De Soto National Memorial Park closed due to severe weather

De Soto National Memorial has shut down for the remainder of the day due to the severe weather.

  Brush fire closes down Rustic Road in Nokomis

A brush fire has closed down Rustic Road and Knights Trail in Nokomis to the public.

Tampa Int’l Airport and SRQ announce delays and cancelled fights due to inclement weather

Tampa International Airport and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) have announced that numerous flights have either been delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather.

Driver charged with DUI in crash that killed motorcyclist

Troopers say the motorcyclist, 54-year-old Kenneth S. Bauer of Palmetto, was traveling north on U.S. 301, when a Dodge pickup truck driven by 47-year-old Jose Colon Vega of Palmetto turned left to go south on 301, at the intersection with CR 675.

Skyway Bridge closed Friday due to inclement weather

The Skyway Bridge is now closed to all traffic due to severe weather and high winds.

Selby Gardens closing Friday due to inclement weather

Due to inclement weather, Selby Gardens will be closing today at noon.

Head-on crash closes all lanes on State Road 70 in Myakka City

The crash happened around 6am. Troopers say a driver was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of State Road 70 in a 2008 Honda CRV and struck a 2004 Mack garbage truck driven by a 48-year-old man from Arcadia.

  Habitat for Humanity is set to build affordable housing in Samoset

More affordable housing is headed to Manatee County, this time in West Samoset. Habitat for Humanity is currently working on a sixteen home community.

Some closures in Venice ahead of Friday’s severe weather threat

The city of Venice closes some popular attractions ahead of Friday's severe weather threat.

  Sarasota looking into adding an affordable housing fund

Finding affordable housing is getting harder. It’s been an issue for people who work in the area for years, because the cost of living on the Suncoast is so high.

Wild wicked weather expected to blast through the Suncoast on Friday

Numerous advisories are already up in advance of a strong cold front which will bring showers and thunderstorms, some of which could be severe, mainly Friday afternoon.

  VIDEO: Deputies arrest six 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.

Sarasota Police car hit while officer investigates car crash

A Sarasota police officer has suffered minor injuries after his police car was hit earlier Thursday morning by a driver who claimed they could not slow down.

  Disabled veteran gets new AC unit

A disabled, local veteran is getting some relief from the heat thanks to a Sarasota Business and a nomination from a local nonprofit.

  VIDEO: Deputies in helicopter locate missing 88-year-old man suffering from dementia

On Monday, the man went missing and hadn't been seen for around three hours. The helicopter took to the air to support ground units and found the elderly man walking down Woodmere Park Boulevard. Ground units were able to intercept the elderly man and bring him safely back to his home.

  Strong to severe storms possible on Friday with a small chance for an isolated tornado

One more day of nice weather and then the weather takes a turn for the worse after that. Thursday we can expect partly cloudy skies with warm temperatures.

  North Port Police continue to investigate year old homicide case

North Port Police continue to investigate year old homicide case

  Mote says they will have technology to fight red tide in the next few years

Mote Marine Lab's CEO and President, Dr. Michael Crosby, said people can expect major developments in fighting the red tide within in the next few years.

Sarasota Police respond to serious car accident

SPD responds to serious accident Thursday morning.

  Sailor Circus performing in renovated arena this weekend

Sailor Circus performing in newly renovated arena this weekend.

  Less than 10 dispatchers answer nearly 1,000 calls each day in Manatee County

In the Manatee Emergency Operations Center is where you can find Manatee County’s 911 and Sheriff Office Dispatchers and Telecommunicators. Many selflessly come in daily to take calls from citizens who may be in dire need.

  Local group has been saving sea turtles for half a century

Local group saves sea turtles for half a century

  Home Birthing Centers: Are they safe?

That's in question after one of only two birthing centers in Sarasota is set to close its doors next month.

Child taken to hospital by helicopter after suffering injuries on school playground in Sarasota

According to the Sarasota County School District, a child has suffered a compound fractured broken arm and a possible head injury after falling on the playground at Oakpark Elementary School.

  Sarasota Named “Most Dangerous Place for DUI Deaths”

This study comes just two days after a fatal crash happened in North Port this past weekend, making it the third time in less than a month that there was a fatal accident in Sarasota County– that involved alcohol.

Four more weeks of construction on Beneva Road in Sarasota

Sarasota County officials say the Beneva Road repavement project should be complete in about four weeks.

  Alleged bank robber leads police on chase on I-75

The Wells Fargo Bank on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard was robbed around 2:30pm on Tuesday. Employee described a man who came in, demanded cash, then fled in a waiting vehicle.

  20 tons of garbage illegally dumped in North Port

The city recently found the garbage dumped on the east side of town and says they've found a lot of this dumping happens in undeveloped areas, where there aren't many homes.

Traffic Alert: Accident on I-75 in North Port cleared following accident

A multiple vehicle collision on I-75 south near Exit 179 Toledo Blade in Sarasota County currently has a right lane blocked and traffic is very heavy.

  Hot and muggy prior to Friday then strong to severe storms possible

A First Alert Weather day has been declared Friday as strong to possible severe storms move into the Suncoast.

  Police cracking down on school bus safety in the Sarasota County School District

Everyday, about 200 Sarasota County School District buses take more than 18,000 students to and from school with a a goal to make sure every student arrives there safely.

  Sarasota County Schools honored by the University of Cambridge

Sarasota County Schools has just been given quite the honor from one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

  City of Sarasota approves water taxi study, rejects proposed Fruitville improvements

In their Monday meeting, commissioners in the City of Sarasota were looking into plans for new ways of transportation around the city to make sure Sarasota is keeping up with growth.

Deputies: Man damaged windshield with machete during road rage incident

Deputies say they saw four men on the bridge outside of their vehicles arguing and it looked like things were going to get physical, so they pulled behind one of the vehicles and activated their lights.

  Sarasota P.D. cracks down on drivers who don’t stop for school buses

Sarasota Police are cracking down on drivers who aren't stopping for school buses.

Cool start to Tuesday and rain expected for Friday

Temperatures will be in the mid 50s inland on Tuesday with winds out of the NE at 10-15 mph making it feel even cooler.

  Suncoast residents share their experience of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France and react to destructive fire

Suncoast residents share experience and memories of Notre Dame Cathedral following devastating fire.

  Over 1,200 pounds of trash removed from Sarasota Bay

Over 1,200 pounds of trash removed from Sarasota Bay

Suncoast residents remember Notre Dame in Paris after fire

Pictures and videos from all over the Suncoast are flooding our social media pages after residents remember Notre Dame after the fire in Paris.