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  • Manatee High School quarterback arrested

    Manatee High School quarterback arrested

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:39:32 GMT
    Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website)Josh Meyer (Manatee HS Football website)
    The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the starting quarterback for the Manatee High Hurricanes was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery.
    The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the starting quarterback for the Manatee High Hurricanes was arrested for lewd and lascivious battery.
  • Suspected bank robber who fired at Manatee deputies had criminal past

    Suspected bank robber who fired at Manatee deputies had criminal past

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:49:13 GMT
    Deputies say 24-year-old Ross Chrisman robbed a bank. Jail booking photo from previous arrestDeputies say 24-year-old Ross Chrisman robbed a bank. Jail booking photo from previous arrest
    We now know the name of the bank robber who fired at deputies during his attempted getaway in Manatee County on Monday.
    We now know the name of the bank robber who fired at deputies during his attempted getaway in Manatee County on Monday.
  • Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:03:21 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
  • Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16

    Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:19:40 GMT
    Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16Florida Wawa stores to offer free coffee April 16
    To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Wawa stores across Florida will give away a free cup of coffee, all day, on Wednesday, April 16.
    To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Wawa stores across Florida will give away a free cup of coffee, all day, on Wednesday, April 16.
  • Deputy struck during driver training course in Manatee

    Deputy struck during driver training course in Manatee

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:34:32 GMT
    A deputy was struck during a driver training exercise being instructed by Manatee County Sheriff's Office's training department.
    A deputy was struck during a driver training exercise being instructed by Manatee County Sheriff's Office's training department.
  • Fla. chooses new test to replace FCAT next year

    Fla. chooses new test to replace FCAT next year

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-15 12:31:33 GMT

    Florida is picking a new test to replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test that has been a mainstay in the state's schools for more than a decade.

    Florida is picking a new test to replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test that has been a mainstay in the state's schools for more than a decade.


  • State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:09:06 GMT
    Kevin Holmes, massage therapistKevin Holmes, massage therapist
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
  • Businesses disrupted during Manatee shootout

    Businesses disrupted during Manatee shootout

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:51:02 GMT
    A.J. Ali was just putting out his sign in front of his Boost Mobile store, when he found out this wasn't going to be just another Monday.
    A.J. Ali was just putting out his sign in front of his Boost Mobile store, when he found out this wasn't going to be just another Monday.
  • Rapper T-Pain performs at Ribfest today

    Rapper T-Pain performs at Ribfest today

    Sunday, April 13 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-04-13 20:28:47 GMT
    The Eighth Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest is drawing crowds and rib masters from across the country.The annual event is a major fundraiser for United Community Centers, a nonprofit organization that provides programs to low-income and at risk youth in Manatee County. While the ribs are a major attractions, the entertainment reigns too.Big-name acts such as country music entertainer Tracy Lawrence and R&B star Musiq Soulchild has entertained fans during the three-day festival,...
    The Eighth Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribfest is drawing crowds and rib masters from across the country.The annual event is a major fundraiser for United Community Centers, a nonprofit organization that provides programs to low-income and at risk youth in Manatee County. While the ribs are a major attractions, the entertainment reigns too.Big-name acts such as country music entertainer Tracy Lawrence and R&B star Musiq Soulchild has entertained fans during the three-day festival,...
  • Restaurant Buzz: Big changes at Panera, Glory Days Grill opens, fire at Joffrey's Coffee

    Restaurant Buzz: Big changes at Panera, Glory Days Grill opens, fire at Joffrey's Coffee

    Friday, April 11 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-04-12 00:09:21 GMT
     Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR photo Hillsborough County firefighters put out a fire in a coffee roaster at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. HCFR photo
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.

  • Family Dollar to cut jobs, close about 370 stores

    Family Dollar to cut jobs, close about 370 stores

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:30 AM EDT2014-04-10 15:30:41 GMT
    Family Dollar plans to cut some jobs and close about 370 under performing stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings.
    Family Dollar plans to cut some jobs and close about 370 under performing stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings.
  • Florida's orange production is declining

    Florida's orange production is declining

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:36:57 GMT
    This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame.
    This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame.

  • Designer Michael Kors buys Longboat Key property

    Designer Michael Kors buys Longboat Key property

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:06:35 GMT
    Fashion designer Michael Kors has purchased a 2.25 acre vacant lot on Longboat Key.Fashion designer Michael Kors has purchased a 2.25 acre vacant lot on Longboat Key.
    We all know how awesome it is to live in Tampa Bay, but apparently a world-renowned fashion designer has discovered our tropical paradise.
    We all know how awesome it is to live in Tampa Bay, but apparently a world-renowned fashion designer has discovered our tropical paradise.
  • Stuck barge towed from Anna Maria Island beach

    Stuck barge towed from Anna Maria Island beach

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-04-08 20:07:21 GMT
    The Coast Guard says a barge stuck on a beach on Anna Maria Island has been towed free.
    The Coast Guard says a barge stuck on a beach on Anna Maria Island has been towed free.
  • Fire forces evacuation at Bradenton apartment complex

    Fire forces evacuation at Bradenton apartment complex

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-04-08 16:10:28 GMT
    Bradenton firefighters responded to the call at 11:38 p.m. at the Carlton Arms apartment complex off SR 64 East. Bradenton FD photoBradenton firefighters responded to the call at 11:38 p.m. at the Carlton Arms apartment complex off SR 64 East. Bradenton FD photo
    A blaze at a Bradenton apartment complex caused an estimated $125,000 damage and forced the evacuation of residents on Monday evening.
    A blaze at a Bradenton apartment complex caused an estimated $125,000 damage and forced the evacuation of residents on Monday evening.
  • 5 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    5 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-04-08 14:54:17 GMT
    Five Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
    Five Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
  • Three-day DeSoto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest ends today

    Three-day DeSoto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest ends today

    Sunday, April 6 2014 4:29 PM EDT2014-04-06 20:29:51 GMT
    Festival goers are enjoying much than just seafood at the DeSoto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest today.The annual festival at Sutton Park at 1050 Sixth St. W. in Palmetto is featuring arts and crafts, commercial vendors, games and fun fo the children in the Kids Zone.The three-day family event features some of the best seafood around along with other tasty offerings from area restaurants and food vendors.Country music entertainer Travis Tritt and rapper-turned-house flipper Vanilla Ice headli...
    Festival goers are enjoying much than just seafood at the DeSoto Heritage Festival Seafood Fest today.The annual festival at Sutton Park at 1050 Sixth St. W. in Palmetto is featuring arts and crafts, commercial vendors, games and fun fo the children in the Kids Zone.The three-day family event features some of the best seafood around along with other tasty offerings from area restaurants and food vendors.Country music entertainer Travis Tritt and rapper-turned-house flipper Vanilla Ice headli...
  • Restaurant Buzz: Freddy's Frozen Yogurt, Jalapeno shakes, mac n' cheese throwdown

    Restaurant Buzz: Freddy's Frozen Yogurt, Jalapeno shakes, mac n' cheese throwdown

    Saturday, April 5 2014 7:09 AM EDT2014-04-05 11:09:45 GMT
    Facebook photoFacebook photo
     Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
     Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
  • Manatee Boys and Girls Club CEO under fire for controversial email

    Manatee Boys and Girls Club CEO under fire for controversial email

    Friday, April 4 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-04-04 21:47:33 GMT
    The CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County is in hot water after writing a memo that some say is racist.
    The CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County is in hot water after writing a memo that some say is racist.
  • Engineers to submit plans to fix Lake Manatee Dam

    Engineers to submit plans to fix Lake Manatee Dam

    Thursday, April 3 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-04-03 22:03:40 GMT
    On Thursday Manatee County officials approved a plan to fix the Lake Manatee Dam.
    On Thursday Manatee County officials approved a plan to fix the Lake Manatee Dam.
  • Bradenton driver faces citation in fatal accident that killed 3

    Bradenton driver faces citation in fatal accident that killed 3

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-04-02 22:43:30 GMT
    Sugar Creek Country Club in BradentonSugar Creek Country Club in Bradenton
    A 79-year-old woman who killed three people and injured four others in a parking lot accident has been issued a noncriminal infraction for improper backing up.The Florida Highway Patrol reported on Wednesday that Doreene Landstra of Palmetto must appear in court next month.
    A 79-year-old woman who killed three people and injured four others in a parking lot accident has been issued a noncriminal infraction for improper backing up.The Florida Highway Patrol reported on Wednesday that Doreene Landstra of Palmetto must appear in court next month.
  • Bradenton community in mourning after tragic accident

    Bradenton community in mourning after tragic accident

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-04-02 22:43:25 GMT
    A Bradenton community is still in mourning two days after a woman accidentally ran over and killed three people after a church service. News Channel 8 spoke with the pastor.
    A Bradenton community is still in mourning two days after a woman accidentally ran over and killed three people after a church service. News Channel 8 spoke with the pastor.
  • Bradenton judge suspends license, fines elderly driver who killed 3

    Bradenton judge suspends license, fines elderly driver who killed 3

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:32 PM EDT2014-04-02 19:32:26 GMT
     A judge suspended the license of an elderly woman who killed three people when she accidentally backed into a crowd outside a Bradenton church in February.
     A judge suspended the license of an elderly woman who killed three people when she accidentally backed into a crowd outside a Bradenton church in February.
  • 15 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    15 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-04-01 22:25:38 GMT

    15 Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.

    15 Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.


  • Bradenton Police want high-tech system that detects gunshots

    Bradenton Police want high-tech system that detects gunshots

    Monday, March 31 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-03-31 22:10:01 GMT
    Shotspotter Facebook photoShotspotter Facebook photo
    The Bradenton Police Department is looking for a community partner to help pay for a high-tech system that would detect gunshots and help deter crime.
    The Bradenton Police Department is looking for a community partner to help pay for a high-tech system that would detect gunshots and help deter crime.
  • Manatee burglary suspect suffers K-9 bite before arrest

    Manatee burglary suspect suffers K-9 bite before arrest

    Sunday, March 30 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-03-30 13:05:56 GMT
    Riffe, 43, was booked into the Manatee County Jail just before midnight Saturday. Riffe, 43, was booked into the Manatee County Jail just before midnight Saturday.
    A less than cooperative burglary suspect suffered a puncture wound from a K-9 bite Saturday night before his arrest on a variety of charges.Jeremy Riffe, 43, was booked into the Manatee County Jail where he is being held on a bond of $2,120.
    A less than cooperative burglary suspect suffered a puncture wound from a K-9 bite Saturday night before his arrest on a variety of charges.Jeremy Riffe, 43, was booked into the Manatee County Jail where he is being held on a bond of $2,120.
  • Tampa Bay Restaurants: Burger Fi coming, tablet menus, free coffee

    Tampa Bay Restaurants: Burger Fi coming, tablet menus, free coffee

    Saturday, March 29 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-03-29 12:26:10 GMT
    Burger Fi will be opening soon in South Tampa. Facebook photoBurger Fi will be opening soon in South Tampa. Facebook photo
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
    No doubt, dining out is a popular pastime here in Tampa Bay. We're here to keep you informed. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants.
  • Expectation high for Rays' 2014 season

    Expectation high for Rays' 2014 season

    Saturday, March 29 2014 8:15 AM EDT2014-03-29 12:15:23 GMT
    The Tampa Bay Rays opens its 2014 season with a first pitch at 4:10 p.m. Monday at Tropicana Field.TheRays kicks offits regular seasonMonday with a four-game home stand against the Toronto Blue Jays.Air Force Col. Scott V. DeThomas, Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of the game. The Rays' David Price will face off against the Blue Jays' ???? on the mound on Opening Day.Expectations are high for the Rays to conten...
    The Tampa Bay Rays opens its 2014 season with a first pitch at 4:10 p.m. Monday at Tropicana Field.TheRays kicks offits regular seasonMonday with a four-game home stand against the Toronto Blue Jays.Air Force Col. Scott V. DeThomas, Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of the game. The Rays' David Price will face off against the Blue Jays' ???? on the mound on Opening Day.Expectations are high for the Rays to conten...
  • Bargains to be found as Tampa Bay area Sweetbay stores become Winn-Dixie

    Bargains to be found as Tampa Bay area Sweetbay stores become Winn-Dixie

    Thursday, March 27 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-03-28 03:13:08 GMT
    If you shop at Sweetbay Supermarkets, change is coming. It is the second time in seven years some of these stores have made a transition.In 2007, Kash N' Karry stores transitioned to become Sweetbay.
    If you shop at Sweetbay Supermarkets, change is coming. It is the second time in seven years some of these stores have made a transition.In 2007, Kash N' Karry stores transitioned to become Sweetbay.
  • Two Manatee dogs euthanized after fight to save them

    Two Manatee dogs euthanized after fight to save them

    Thursday, March 27 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-03-28 02:27:36 GMT
    Two Australian Shepherds that attacked a boy in 2012 have been put to death.
    Two Australian Shepherds that attacked a boy in 2012 have been put to death.
  • Manatee dogs that attacked boy to die Thursday

    Manatee dogs that attacked boy to die Thursday

    Thursday, March 27 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-03-27 17:14:35 GMT
    Australian Shepherds Buck and Bill will be euthanized Thursday.Australian Shepherds Buck and Bill will be euthanized Thursday.
    The owner of two Australian Shepherds that attacked a boy has until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to put the dogs down.  A Manatee County judge says that owner Karen Erskine can have the dogs euthanized by her own veterinarian and she can keep the remains.
    The owner of two Australian Shepherds that attacked a boy has until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to put the dogs down.  A Manatee County judge says that owner Karen Erskine can have the dogs euthanized by her own veterinarian and she can keep the remains.
  • Pinellas/Hillsborough Sweetbay stores to convert to Winn-Dixie

    Pinellas/Hillsborough Sweetbay stores to convert to Winn-Dixie

    Thursday, March 27 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-03-27 15:55:44 GMT
    17 more Tampa Bay Sweetbay grocery stores will be converted to Winn-Dixie stores at the end of March.17 more Tampa Bay Sweetbay grocery stores will be converted to Winn-Dixie stores at the end of March.
    17 more Tampa Bay Sweetbay grocery stores will be converted to Winn-Dixie stores at the end of March. This is the second announcement in one week about Tampa Bay Sweetbay stores that will be converted.
    17 more Tampa Bay Sweetbay grocery stores will be converted to Winn-Dixie stores at the end of March. This is the second announcement in one week about Tampa Bay Sweetbay stores that will be converted.
  • Man missing from Bradenton assisted living facility

    Man missing from Bradenton assisted living facility

    Thursday, March 27 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-03-27 12:08:31 GMT
    A 60-year-old man wandered off the yard of Paradise Assisted Living Facility in Bradenton Wednesday evening and wasn't seen since then, Manatee County Sheriff's deputies said.
    A 60-year-old man wandered off the yard of Paradise Assisted Living Facility in Bradenton Wednesday evening and wasn't seen since then, Manatee County Sheriff's deputies said.
  • How overweight is your county? Florida releases county health rankings

    How overweight is your county? Florida releases county health rankings

    Thursday, March 27 2014 6:40 AM EDT2014-03-27 10:40:06 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday released its comprehensive county health rankings.The rankings include the percentage of overweight, obese, underweight and healthy weight adults and middle-to-high-school-age children.
    The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday released its comprehensive county health rankings.The rankings include the percentage of overweight, obese, underweight and healthy weight adults and middle-to-high-school-age children.
  • Two Manatee dogs will be euthanized today

    Two Manatee dogs will be euthanized today

    Thursday, March 27 2014 5:18 AM EDT2014-03-27 09:18:14 GMT
    A Manatee County judge has ruled that two dogs that were held for more than a year will be put to death. Facebook photoA Manatee County judge has ruled that two dogs that were held for more than a year will be put to death. Facebook photo
    A Manatee County judge has ruled that two dogs that were held for more than a year will be put to death.
    A Manatee County judge has ruled that two dogs that were held for more than a year will be put to death.
  • Thanking Snooty on Manatee Appreciation Day

    Thanking Snooty on Manatee Appreciation Day

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-03-26 21:13:52 GMT
    Snooty is 65 years old. South Florida Museum photoSnooty is 65 years old. South Florida Museum photo
    Did you know that March 26 is "Manatee Appreciation Day?" The day is devoted to raising awareness about manatees.
    Did you know that March 26 is "Manatee Appreciation Day?" The day is devoted to raising awareness about manatees.
  • Bradenton man robbed by 6 teens

    Bradenton man robbed by 6 teens

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-03-26 13:15:33 GMT
    A man in Bradenton called 911 after he saw flashlights and people next to his truck parked in his driveway at 3 o'clock in the morning Wednesday.
    A man in Bradenton called 911 after he saw flashlights and people next to his truck parked in his driveway at 3 o'clock in the morning Wednesday.
  • 5 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    5 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-03-25 17:41:12 GMT
    Five Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
    Five Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
  • Girl, 4, found along Palmetto roadway, child neglect probe underway

    Girl, 4, found along Palmetto roadway, child neglect probe underway

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-03-25 15:57:01 GMT
    The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has opened a child neglect investigation into a Palmetto couple after their 4-year-old daughter was found alone on the side of a road.
    The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has opened a child neglect investigation into a Palmetto couple after their 4-year-old daughter was found alone on the side of a road.
  • SPCA Florida rescues 14 dogs from Manatee Co. Animal Services

    SPCA Florida rescues 14 dogs from Manatee Co. Animal Services

    Monday, March 24 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-03-24 20:38:38 GMT
    SPCA Florida rescued 14 Manatee County Animal Services dogs which otherwise would have been euthanized at 5 p.m.
    SPCA Florida rescued 14 Manatee County Animal Services dogs which otherwise would have been euthanized at 5 p.m.
  • Bradenton artist Jake Fernandez locks himself in studio for a week

    Bradenton artist Jake Fernandez locks himself in studio for a week

    Monday, March 24 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-03-24 16:34:53 GMT
    Bradenton artist JakeFernandez will spend the next week in an 8x12 ft. concrete studio as part of a week-long experiment of sensory deprivation.Curated by the Art History Museums – Maitland, Fernandez is spending seven days and sixteen hours inside the non-descript studio at the museum.With no windows and no furniture other than a wooden table and cot, Fernandez entered the studio on Sunday with just rag drawing paper, crayons and pencils for his artwork. He was also provided water, dried fo...
    Bradenton artist JakeFernandez will spend the next week in an 8x12 ft. concrete studio as part of a week-long experiment of sensory deprivation.Curated by the Art History Museums – Maitland, Fernandez is spending seven days and sixteen hours inside the non-descript studio at the museum.With no windows and no furniture other than a wooden table and cot, Fernandez entered the studio on Sunday with just rag drawing paper, crayons and pencils for his artwork. He was also provided water, dried fo...
  • Motorcyclist killed in traffic crash

    Motorcyclist killed in traffic crash

    Saturday, March 22 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-03-23 02:58:47 GMT
    A 20-year-old motorcyclist dead Saturday in a two-vehicle crash at U.S. 301 and Sally Lee Drive in Ellenton, authorities said. A 1985 Jeep hauling a trailer carrying a boat entered the path of a 2006 Buell motorcycle, a Florida Highway Patrol news release stated...
    A 20-year-old motorcyclist dead Saturday in a two-vehicle crash at U.S. 301 and Sally Lee Drive in Ellenton, authorities said. A 1985 Jeep hauling a trailer carrying a boat entered the path of a 2006 Buell motorcycle, a Florida Highway Patrol news release stated...
  • Palmetto Police investigate early morning shooting

    Palmetto Police investigate early morning shooting

    Saturday, March 22 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-03-22 15:44:59 GMT
    Officers with the Palmetto Police Department arrived on scene at approximately 2:45 a.m. Officers with the Palmetto Police Department arrived on scene at approximately 2:45 a.m.
    Detectives with the Palmetto Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a shooting suspect.A 26-year-old Sarasota man was seriously injured early Saturday morning when he was shot while riding in a vehicle on Haben Blvd.
    ?Detectives with the Palmetto Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a shooting suspect.A 26-year-old Sarasota man was seriously injured early Saturday morning when he was shot while riding in a vehicle on Haben Blvd.
  • New phishing scam mentions funeral of friend, says Bradenton PD

    New phishing scam mentions funeral of friend, says Bradenton PD

    Friday, March 21 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-03-21 23:58:11 GMT
    The Bradenton Police Department wants to warn people about a phishing scam involving fake funeral announcements.
    The Bradenton Police Department wants to warn people about a phishing scam involving fake funeral announcements.
  • Bradenton PD arrest 8 during prostitution operation

    Bradenton PD arrest 8 during prostitution operation

    Thursday, March 20 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-03-20 21:21:48 GMT
    Eight people are facing charges related to a prostitution sting in Bradenton.
    Eight people are facing charges related to a prostitution sting in Bradenton.
  • Domestic incident prompts lockdown at Ellenton elementary school

    Domestic incident prompts lockdown at Ellenton elementary school

    Thursday, March 20 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-03-20 17:59:06 GMT
    An Ellenton Elementary school was put on lockdown briefly Thursday while Manatee County Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic situation.
    An Ellenton Elementary school was put on lockdown briefly Thursday while Manatee County Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic situation.
  • Sarasota Police arrest 5 in prostitution sting

    Sarasota Police arrest 5 in prostitution sting

    Thursday, March 20 2014 10:47 AM EDT2014-03-20 14:47:06 GMT
    Ahmid Elobid Ahmid, 37, of Ft.  Myers. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photoAhmid Elobid Ahmid, 37, of Ft. Myers. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photo
    Sarasota Police arrested five people on charges of solicitation of prostitution Wednesday.
    Sarasota Police arrested five people on charges of solicitation of prostitution Wednesday.
  • Judge: Holmes Beach can't fine tree house owners

    Judge: Holmes Beach can't fine tree house owners

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-03-20 03:23:29 GMT
    A circuit judge has ordered that for the time being, the city of Holmes Beach cannot fine the owners of a controversial tree house.
    A circuit judge has ordered that for the time being, the city of Holmes Beach cannot fine the owners of a controversial tree house.
  • Manatee girl may have run away with boyfriend, say police

    Manatee girl may have run away with boyfriend, say police

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-03-20 01:37:29 GMT
    Police say both have run away numerous times recently, and they are believed to be together.
    Police say both have run away numerous times recently, and they are believed to be together.
  • 5 arrested after disturbance at Manatee juvenile detention center

    5 arrested after disturbance at Manatee juvenile detention center

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-03-19 21:36:52 GMT
    The Manatee Regional Juvenile Detention Center.The Manatee Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
    Five people were arrested after a disturbance at the Manatee Regional Juvenile Detention Center on Tuesday evening.
    Five people were arrested after a disturbance at the Manatee Regional Juvenile Detention Center on Tuesday evening.
  • Manatee, Polk restaurants recognized for perfect inspections

    Manatee, Polk restaurants recognized for perfect inspections

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-03-18 22:23:25 GMT
    Two Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
    Two Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
  • Highest and Lowest Salaries: Sarasota, Bradenton, North Port

    Highest and Lowest Salaries: Sarasota, Bradenton, North Port

    Monday, March 10 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-03-10 08:00:10 GMT
    Sarasota. Wikimedia photoSarasota. Wikimedia photo
    We were curious to find out what the high and low salaries are in the Tampa Bay area.
    We were curious to find out what the high and low salaries are in the Tampa Bay area.
  • Willowbrook residents in Bradenton displeased with KB Home repairs

    Willowbrook residents in Bradenton displeased with KB Home repairs

    Thursday, March 6 2014 5:00 PM EST2014-03-06 22:00:23 GMT
    Jennifer Montecalvo lives in a construction zone at the Willowbrook condos in Bradenton. Plastic covers her walls and windows. She feels she has little privacy and says the noise makes it impossible to concentrate inside her home. But it's the dust she's breathing in daily that really worries her.
    Jennifer Montecalvo lives in a construction zone at the Willowbrook condos in Bradenton. Plastic covers her walls and windows. She feels she has little privacy and says the noise makes it impossible to concentrate inside her home. But it's the dust she's breathing in daily that really worries her.
  • Lakewood Ranch couple has trouble using new insurance

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