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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.

Florida man arrested in sex assault of girl met on Snapchat

Bradenton woman arrested, accused of using metal broom handle to discipline child

  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

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Florida proposes reducing minimum amount of prison time for certain inmates

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

Deputies: Naked man wreaked havoc on business, then showered

  Police investigating apparent murder suicide in Sarasota

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

Florida considers forcing collection of tax on online sales

  “Drive Pink Across America” Day celebrated on the Suncoast

Today is designated as “Drive Pink Across America” Day and an effort to raise money for cancer research.

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

Drivers who take U.S. 41 in Sarasota will notice some traffic pattern changes between 10th Street and 14th Street.

  Phillippi Farmhouse Markets returns for 11th year

Phillippi Farmhouse Market has reopened at Phillippi Estate Park for the 11th year.

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

Troopers say around 4:10pm, Yessayi Mardirossian was stopped in a Buick Lucerne on Independence Drive when he turned left into the path of a Dodge Ram traveling east on Cortez driven by a 44-year-old Bradenton man.

  Skimmers found at Bradenton gas station

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

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

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

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

Florida lawmakers want to abolish constitution commission

Body of man recovered from water in Sarasota County

The man’s friend tells the sheriff’s office that around 8pm, the man was swimming in the intercoastal waterway. When the friend returned a short time later, the man was missing.

FWC offers amnesty hotline for those with exotic pets they cannot care for

By calling the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Exotic Species hotline at 888-Ive-Got-1 (888-483-4681), residents can be connected with organizations who can properly care for animals that have become too tough to take care of.

  City Centre Parking Garage set to open Saturday in Bradenton

The city administrator, Carl Callahan, plans to open the doors to the City Centre Parking Garage this Saturday morning during the Farmers’ Market on Old Main Street.

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

The crash happened shortly before 4pm at Fruitville and Lime. It’s unclear what took place and how many vehicles are involved.

  Make-A-Wish sends 30 kids and their families to Florida

Thirty kids from across the nation are visiting Florida this weekend all thanks to American Airlines and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  New camera could help Florida in fight against pythons

A new camera that uses special wavelengths of light could help Florida in its fight against the invasive Burmese python.

  Lemon and Pineapple intersection temporarily closed in Sarasota

Starting on Monday, the intersection of Lemon and Pineapple will be temporarily closed.

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

Police say that the incident took place on September 10th, in the 4800 block of 51st Street West. According to police, the girl told her mother about having sex with three different men and the girl’s mother reported the incident to police on Sunday, October 13.

Two Florida men accused of stealing chainsaws, trying to sell them back to victim

On Saturday, October 12, the sheriff’s office was called to a home in Port Charlotte where a man found two chainsaws had been stolen overnight from a toolbox in his vehicle.

Florida man charged with burning kid now accused of burning another

A Florida man previously accused of burning a 3-year-old child is now accused of burning another, this time with boiling water.

Man dies after becoming trapped under capsized boat in Charlotte County

Charlotte County Fire and EMS responded around 11:30am alongside Florida Fish and Wildlife, the Coast Guard, and the sheriff’s offices from Lee and Charlotte counties to Charlotte Harbor near Devilfish Key, east of Boca Grande for reports of a boat taking on water with two people aboard.

  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.

Florida police: No active mall shooter, 1 with gunshot wound

Police say a person with a gunshot wound has been located but there’s no active shooter at a Boca Raton mall that had been placed on a lockdown after reports of shots fired.

  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.

Hard Rock Hotel under construction collapses in downtown New Orleans

The Hard Rock Hotel construction site collapsed Saturday morning onto Canal Street

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.

Driving on a suspended license? Here’s an opportunity to get your license back at a lower cost

In most cases, those who have suspended driver's licenses have to pay overdue court obligations, including traffic tickets, to get their license back. If not paid within 90 days, Florida Law requires County Clerk offices to turn over unpaid tickets and other outstanding court fines and fees to an ou

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.

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

The study, which cost $2.1 million, began in January 2013 and looked at the various options from engineering and environmental perspectives, including repairing, rehabbing or replacing the bridge, which was built in the mid-1950s.

  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.

  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.

Officials: Florida man stole car, left disabled dog to die

Wilton Manors Police on Wednesday arrested 19-year-old Jephthe Jean Francois on 15 charges including grand theft auto and animal cruelty.

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.

  Clearwater man sentenced to 20 years in prison in parking lot shooting

Circuit Judge Joseph Bulone called 49-year-old Michael Drejka a "wanna-be" law enforcement officer and a self-appointed "handicapped parking space monitor."

  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.

  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.

Florida congressman turns Trump support into recognition

Matt Gaetz's blunt candor has endeared him to voters in his district. He won reelection last year with 67% of the vote.

  Bradenton woman who survived brutal attack fulfills wish, meets Winter the Dolphin

Eleven years ago, Alyssa Blasing was working as a manager in a Bradenton restaurant when she was brutally attacked by a former coworker.

  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.

  Bradenton man accused of shooting, killing mother’s boyfriend

Around 8pm Tuesday, the sheriff’s office says 23-year-old Tevin Hickson-Johnson went to his mother’s home on 31st Avenue East Side B and got into a fight with her boyfriend, 54-year-old Stewart Wallace.

  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.

Florida man indicted in deaths of wife, 4 young children

A grand jury indicted a Florida man on murder charges in the slayings of his wife and four children.