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Sarasota Sheriff releases findings in CARES Act Fraud

Weather cancels vaccine clinic at Bradenton’s Tom Bennett Park

  First Alert Weather: Stormy weather for two days on the Suncoast

Capitol Watch: April 19, 2021

  Various rounds of storms over the next 3 days

Fatal shooting in Bradenton; suspect still at large

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Car drives into a home in Charlotte County

  Rain on the way! Good Morning Suncoast weather Sunday morning

Child pronounced dead after being hit by car at South Fishing Pier Saturday

  Get ready for rain

  Rain is on the way to the Suncoast

Plane crashes into pond in Venice neighborhood, one person taken to the hospital

  Spring break helping the Suncoast get back on track, boosting sales

Visit Sarasota reporting visitors flocking our Suncoast beaches during spring break, are the reason our local economy is thriving.

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Morning crash shuts down I-75S at Kay Rd

FHP and emergency crews responded to a crash on I-75S near mile marker 222.

  Dry Saturday, wet by Monday!

Rain and storms will hold in north Florida while quiet conditions continue for the Suncoast and the Bay

10-year-old sends touching letter to Bradenton mayor about road safety sign for her neighborhood

A 10-year-old fourth-grader in Bradenton was sick of seeing speeders in her neighborhood. So, what did she do? She wrote a letter to the mayor.

  Acting Manatee County Administrator gives ABC7 inside look at Piney Point site

Bradenton Police: Substitute teacher in Bradenton hits 12-year-old student

Manatee County Schools employee charged with possession of child pornography

  Heavy rain begins after weekend is over

First Alert Traffic: Deputies investigating deadly traffic crash near West Villages Parkway

  Red tide is not appearing yet as a result of Piney Point

Manatee High names former Gator as interim head coach

Manatee County High School announced that former UF player Jacquez Green has been named interim coach.

Crash stalls I-75 traffic at Toledo Blade Road

The crash apparently involved a motorcycle.

Englewood drug raid ends in 4 arrests

A search warrant was served on a home in the 300 block of Bourbon Street

State infrastructure projects get federal boost

The program allows local governments to develop large-scale infrastructure projects

City of Sarasota extends emergency order for another week

The city’s temporary street closure program allows additional space for outdoor dining

Police seize nearly a pound of meth at North Port home

The investigation lasted several months

18-year-old arrested in connection with drive-by shooting in Bradenton

A home in the 400 block of 59th Avenue Terrace West was hit by at least 12 bullets shortly after midnight April 4

New College to host walk-up vaccine clinic for local community on Monday

New College of Florida will host a community-wide COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Monday, April 19th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harry Sudakoff Conference Center on the New College campus at 5845 General Dougher Place.

GRAPHIC: Bradenton man arrested for animal abuse after allegedly poisoning and shooting dog

A Bradenton man has been arrested after deputies say he tortured a dog and eventually shot it within earshot of officers

Veteran who died with no family in Florida will be returned to rest in his old Kentucky home

The body of a Korean War hero who died in Florida will be taken on a 1,000 mile journey from Zephyrhills, Fla to Kentucky

Florida House bill would add more rules on use of force by police

Among other things, the bill seeks to limit the use of chokeholds and require on-duty officers to intervene when they witness excessive force

Capitol Watch: April 16, 2021

Here’s what’s on tap in the Capitol today.

Controversial anti-protest bill heads to governor’s desk

The bill would create a new crime of 'mob intimidation'

  Tracking our next rain - But not for today.

Our weather is fairly quiet to start the weekend

Highway Heroes: Attorney General Moody enlisting truckers in fight against human trafficking

Florida's attorney general enlisting a Sarasota company's truck drivers to help end human trafficking.

  Red tide is on the rise along Siesta Beach

Red tide levels increase along the Suncoast with moderate levels appearing in Siesta Key

  Stormy weather pattern begins late Sunday

Get ready for more rain moving in for our area. It looks like it will be a stormy week with the possibility of heavy rainfall mainly Monday through Wednesday.

  Naming contest held for school formerly known as Lincoln-Memorial Academy

The process for choosing a new name for the former charter school known as Lincoln-Memorial Academy will kickoff next week with two special live events – one virtual and one in-person.

Realtors confident real estate market won’t affecting homeowners near Piney Point site

The housing market is still good near the Piney Point site

FDOH update shows decrease in COVID positivity rate

The state positivity rate dropped slightly to 6.66% on Wednesday

  Manatee birth surprises, delights crowd at Siesta Harbor

Video of the event was captured and sent to Mote Marine Laboratory

Port Manatee shattering cargo records, data shows

The port is on pace to break its full-fiscal-year record set in 2020

Two deputies injured as traffic stop turns into drug bust

The suspect is charged with seven felonies

Transgender athlete bill passes Florida House

The bill would ban transgender females from playing on girls’ and women’s high-school and college sports teams

Capitol Watch: April 15, 2021

Here’s what’s on tap in the Capitol today.

Senate signs off on repealing no-fault auto insurance

The proposal would require that motorists carry bodily injury coverage

  Not as hot, still dry (for now!)

Most of us stay dry, certainly through Saturday

Florida Legislature passes bill to make ‘Cocktails To-Go’ permanent

On Wednesday evening, the Florida Legislature passed a bill to make “Cocktails To-Go” permanent.

Manatee deaths on the rise in Florida: Lack of seagrass could be to blame

649 Florida manatees have died already in 2021

  Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause impacts some community health centers and pharmacies

Six women in the U.S. reportedly developed blood clots, weeks after getting the shot.

  Frontal boundary brings slight risk of showers

The weather is looking good once again for Thursday with just a small increase in cloudiness as a frontal boundary makes it to N. Central Florida.

School District of Manatee County announces administrative changes for 2021-2022 school year

The School District of Manatee County announced administration changes for the 2021-2022 school year on Wednesday.

FDOH update shows decrease in COVID positivity rate

The state positivity rate dropped slightly to 7.44% on Wednesday

North Port Police arrest suspected drug trafficker

A police officer observed the car's passenger moving “tenaciously,” along the center console and floor

Bradenton city buildings to reopen to the public April 19

The city of Bradenton said city buildings will reopen on Monday, April 19.

Charlotte County teen charged after arson in school bathroom

A juvenile was arrested after he allegedly set fire to the boy’s bathroom at Lemon Bay High School.

Sarasota PD: Injured dog found on road after giving birth has died

Animal Services determined the dog most likely had puppies just prior to being hit

Bradenton man charged with robbing local bank

The Manatee County Sheriffs Office says they have made an arrest in the April 9. bank robbery of the Ameris Bank in Bradenton.

Sea turtle nesting season means lights out near the beach

Residents are urged to keep lights out at night and remove unused beach furniture

North Port man dies in one-vehicle crash

The driver was not using his seat belt, troopers say

FDLE issues missing child alert for girl, 13

A Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 13-year-old girl in Tallahassee. Nevaeh Kenyon was last seen in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

Florida Senate could scale back election bill

The bill would make changes to the state’s vote-by-mail process and restrict ballot drop boxes

Capitol Watch: April 14, 2021

Here’s what’s on tap in the Capitol today.

  Warm and dry Wednesday (but a change is coming!)

One of these fronts holds across the Suncoast late Sunday, all the way through Tuesday, and that sets up a much better chance for showers

Residents and environmentalists share relief at news that Piney Point will be shutting down

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans will be created to completely shut down the former phosphate processing facility

  A slight risk for rain later this week

Beautiful weather expected to continue on Wednesday as high pressure keeps skies generally sunny throughout much of the day. A frontal boundary will drift our way late Thursday which will bring a very small chance for some late day rain.

Publix suspends the administering of J&J vaccine

Florida residents can still sign up on the Publix website for the Moderna two-shot vaccine

FDOH update shows slight increase in COVID positivity rate

he Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the state positivity rate continuing to fluctuate, rising slightly to 8.16% on Tuesday

U.S. Coast Guard shows what can happen to a boat without an engine cut-off switch

- Since April 1, all vessels 26-feet and under are required to have an engine cut-off switch. The Untied States Coast Guard wants to remind you of this with a video taking off the shores of Miami-Dade.

Bill would force CDC to cancel cruise industry’s no-sail order

The CRUISE Act would revoke the CDC’s current no-sail order

Car burglar caught napping in Venice driveway

The suspect was charged with burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and first-degree petit theft

DeSantis will pause distribution of Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Florida at CDC’s recommendation

During a press conference in Palmetto addressing the situation at the Piney Point former phosphate plate, the governor answered a question about concerns over the Johnson and Johnson single dose vaccine.

Mote’s 35th Annual Race for the Turtles goes virtual

Registration is now open for Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s 35th Annual Run for the Turtles.

DeSantis: Piney Point site will close for good; HRK to be held accountable

State officials say the former phosphate processing site will be closed for good

  First Alert Weather: Dry and sunny for several days before rain chances return

Drier air moved in yesterday, and morning lows, under clear skies, start the day a bit cooler. It will not last. I expect full sunshine today and wind that shifts east.

Capitol Watch: April 13, 2021

Here’s what’s on tap in the Capitol today.

Ellenton woman killed in one-car crash on I-275

The car left the roadway and struck a light pole, police say

Student at Tenn. high school identified as suspect, killed in shooting

One male was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.