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  • Online business complaint lands Sarasota woman and BBB in lawsuit

    Online business complaint lands Sarasota woman and BBB in lawsuit

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:46:44 GMT
    Can you be sued over your online complaint about a company? That's what happened to Sarah Kessler, of Sarasota.
    Can you be sued over your online complaint about a company? That's what happened to Sarah Kessler, of Sarasota.
  • 7 venomous snakes removed from Sarasota man's home

    7 venomous snakes removed from Sarasota man's home

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-08-28 16:55:38 GMT
    Coral snake (FWC)Coral snake (FWC)
    Seven venomous reptiles are now in a safe facility after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission removed them from a man unlicensed to have them last week.
    Seven venomous reptiles are now in a safe facility after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission removed them from a man unlicensed to have them last week.
  • Couple accused of cooking meth at Sarasota public library

    Couple accused of cooking meth at Sarasota public library

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-08-28 16:55:10 GMT
    Sarasota police have arrested a homeless couple for allegedly making meth on the grounds of the Jacaranda Public Library.
    Sarasota police have arrested a homeless couple for allegedly making meth on the grounds of the Jacaranda Public Library.
  • Warning: Graphic video shows Sarasota man beating dog

    Warning: Graphic video shows Sarasota man beating dog

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:52:08 GMT
    Surveillance video shows Glover abusing dogSurveillance video shows Glover abusing dog
    A Sarasota County man has been arrested, accused of abusing and killing a miniature 12-pound Dachshund.
    A Sarasota County man has been arrested, accused of abusing and killing a miniature 12-pound Dachshund.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Tiny pup tortured, killed on camera; heartbroken owner speaks

    EXCLUSIVE: Tiny pup tortured, killed on camera; heartbroken owner speaks

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:37 AM EDT2014-08-28 09:37:18 GMT
    Jessie Anderson wipes away tears as she holds a beautiful photo of her beloved dog, Athena, a miniature dachshund. 
    Jessie Anderson wipes away tears as she holds a beautiful photo of her beloved dog, Athena, a miniature dachshund. 
  • Tanker overturns on I-75, spills gas, closes lanes for hours

    Tanker overturns on I-75, spills gas, closes lanes for hours

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:15:59 GMT
    Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 between Bee Ridge Road and Fruitville Road closed Wednesday morning after an accident involving a tanker. Two lanes have re-opened as of 4:30 p.m.
    Northbound lanes on Interstate 75 between Bee Ridge Road and Fruitville Road closed Wednesday morning after an accident involving a tanker. Two lanes have re-opened as of 4:30 p.m.
  • Crist becomes Democratic nominee, rallies with Nan Rich planned

    Crist becomes Democratic nominee, rallies with Nan Rich planned

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:11:41 GMT
    Photo courtesy Florida DemocratsPhoto courtesy Florida Democrats
    Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist.
    Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist.
  • Venice man says he has melting dashboard in his Toyota Camry

    Venice man says he has melting dashboard in his Toyota Camry

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:01:38 GMT
    Kayser Sayeg doesn't allow his wife to drive her 2008 Toyota Camry on long distances.In the hot Florida sun, the dashboard melts and becomes incredibly sticky.Aside from being a nuisance to clean, it causes a glare in the windshield, sometimes making it difficult to drive
    Kayser Sayeg doesn't allow his wife to drive her 2008 Toyota Camry on long distances.In the hot Florida sun, the dashboard melts and becomes incredibly sticky.Aside from being a nuisance to clean, it causes a glare in the windshield, sometimes making it difficult to drive
  • Rescued hostage speaks in Sarasota

    Rescued hostage speaks in Sarasota

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:15:50 GMT
    On October 25, 2011, Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped at gunpoint in Somalia, leading to a 93-day ordeal that she called the most difficult experience of her life.She had been doing aid work in eastern Africa when she and a colleague were forcefully taken from their vehicle by Somali pirates and held for ransom.She spent 93 days in the Somali wilderness.
    On October 25, 2011, Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped at gunpoint in Somalia, leading to a 93-day ordeal that she called the most difficult experience of her life.She had been doing aid work in eastern Africa when she and a colleague were forcefully taken from their vehicle by Somali pirates and held for ransom.She spent 93 days in the Somali wilderness.
  • Semi driver could face charges in fiery, fatal Manatee crash

    Semi driver could face charges in fiery, fatal Manatee crash

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:09:58 GMT
    One of the vehicles caught fire shortly after the 4 pm crash on Interstate 75 in Ellenton. One of the vehicles caught fire shortly after the 4 pm crash on Interstate 75 in Ellenton.
    One person was killed and two others seriously injured Friday afternoon in a multi-vehicle crash that snarled traffic on Interstate 75 in Manatee and Sarasota counties.The incident occurred just after 4 pm in the northbound lanes just south of the Ellenton exit.
    One person was killed and two others seriously injured Friday afternoon in a multi-vehicle crash that snarled traffic on Interstate 75 in Manatee and Sarasota counties.The incident occurred just after 4 pm in the northbound lanes just south of the Ellenton exit.
  • A Sarasota high school remembers slain varsity cheerleader

    A Sarasota high school remembers slain varsity cheerleader

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:49:47 GMT
    It was hard to tell that the team colors of Riverview High School in Sarasota County were maroon and gray Friday night.Most of the crowd was wearing blue.“Her favorite color was blue,” said varsity cheerleader Devyn Kelly. Kelly is talking about fellow cheerleader Teria'le Rawls who was gunned down almost four weeks ago.
    It was hard to tell that the team colors of Riverview High School in Sarasota County were maroon and gray Friday night.Most of the crowd was wearing blue.“Her favorite color was blue,” said varsity cheerleader Devyn Kelly. Kelly is talking about fellow cheerleader Teria'le Rawls who was gunned down almost four weeks ago.
  • Sarasota girl, 2, dies after being left in hot car

    Sarasota girl, 2, dies after being left in hot car

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:21:58 GMT
    Photo courtesy Uriel Hernandez’s Facebook pagePhoto courtesy Uriel Hernandez’s Facebook page
    A Sarasota father is charged with aggravated manslaughter after his 2-year-old daughter died in a hot car.
    A Sarasota father is charged with aggravated manslaughter after his 2-year-old daughter died in a hot car.
  • Sarasota offers workshop on saving energy, money

    Sarasota offers workshop on saving energy, money

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:09:11 GMT
    Get a free Do It Yourself Energy Saving Kit, a $30 value, at one of Sarasota County's upcoming Energy Upgrade workshops. (Sarasota County)Get a free Do It Yourself Energy Saving Kit, a $30 value, at one of Sarasota County's upcoming Energy Upgrade workshops. (Sarasota County)
    Sarasota County is serious about saving money, conserving energy and protecting our environment.
    Sarasota County is serious about saving money, conserving energy and protecting our environment.
  • Target to extend store hours, hoping for younger shoppers

    Target to extend store hours, hoping for younger shoppers

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:25:55 GMT
    Target to expand store hours, hoping to attract younger, late-night shoppersTarget to expand store hours, hoping to attract younger, late-night shoppers
    More than 900 Target stores across the country will be extending store hours in an effort to accommodate late night shoppers, including more than 70 Florida retail locations.Target says that's what customers want and may be a way to get younger shoppers back in the store.
    More than 900 Target stores across the country will be extending store hours in an effort to accommodate late night shoppers, including more than 70 Florida retail locations.Target says that's what customers want and may be a way to get younger shoppers back in the store.
  • Sarasota school psychologist arrested for molesting teen

    Sarasota school psychologist arrested for molesting teen

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:56:25 GMT
    Harvey DoreyHarvey Dorey
    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says they've arrested a school psychologist for molesting a teenage girl.
    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says they've arrested a school psychologist for molesting a teenage girl.
  • Sarasota Police to try body cams

    Sarasota Police to try body cams

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:42 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:42:41 GMT
    Body cameras are used by several law enforcement agencies in Florida but not many in the Bay Area. Sarasota Police announced this week they will begin using body cameras on police officers with a pilot program.
    Body cameras are used by several law enforcement agencies in Florida but not many in the Bay Area. Sarasota Police announced this week they will begin using body cameras on police officers with a pilot program.
  • Highest and Lowest Salaries: Sarasota, Bradenton, North Port

    Highest and Lowest Salaries: Sarasota, Bradenton, North Port

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 1:40 PM EDT2014-08-19 17:40:43 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.
  • Sarasota deputies remind: Drive safely!

    Sarasota deputies remind: Drive safely!

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:58 AM EDT2014-08-18 11:58:06 GMT
    As the school year starts in Sarasota County, the county sheriff deputies remind all drivers and pedestrians to be safe on the roadways.
    As the school year starts in Sarasota County, the county sheriff deputies remind all drivers and pedestrians to be safe on the roadways.
  • Volunteers play major role in protecting Florida tutle nests

    Volunteers play major role in protecting Florida tutle nests

    Sunday, August 17 2014 8:07 AM EDT2014-08-17 12:07:53 GMT
    A turtle nest in the Sunshine State is roped off by a volunteer. A turtle nest in the Sunshine State is roped off by a volunteer.
    Mike Daley hits the beach on Canaveral National Seashore before dawn most mornings, climbing into an all-terrain vehicle to survey 12 miles of beach, looking for unique trails in the sand that tell him a sea turtle plodded ashore to lay her eggs.Daley is among a small group of paid employees and volunteers who monitor beaches along the coast of Volusia and Flagler counties, marking and counting nests and recording the locations.
    Mike Daley hits the beach on Canaveral National Seashore before dawn most mornings, climbing into an all-terrain vehicle to survey 12 miles of beach, looking for unique trails in the sand that tell him a sea turtle plodded ashore to lay her eggs.Daley is among a small group of paid employees and volunteers who monitor beaches along the coast of Volusia and Flagler counties, marking and counting nests and recording the locations.
  • NTSB: No obvious cause of Venice Beach plane crash

    NTSB: No obvious cause of Venice Beach plane crash

    Thursday, August 14 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-08-14 18:57:06 GMT
    Army Sgt. Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter Oceana, 9, died in the crash. (Photo courtesy Zack Arceneaux)Army Sgt. Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter Oceana, 9, died in the crash. (Photo courtesy Zack Arceneaux)
    Investigators still are not sure what caused a plane to crash on a beach near Venice last month and kill a father and daughter.
    Investigators still are not sure what caused a plane to crash on a beach near Venice last month and kill a father and daughter.
  • Small plane makes emergency landing on beach near Siesta Key

    Small plane makes emergency landing on beach near Siesta Key

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-08-12 21:20:38 GMT
    Photo provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.Photo provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.
    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says a small, two-engine plane has made an emergency landing off Siesta Key beach.
    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says a small, two-engine plane has made an emergency landing off Siesta Key beach.
  • Sarasota fishermen encounter 'monster' Hammerhead shark

    Sarasota fishermen encounter 'monster' Hammerhead shark

    Monday, August 11 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-08-11 17:46:52 GMT
    Image courtesy Rob Caragiulo.Image courtesy Rob Caragiulo.
    A 14-foot-long Hammerhead shark gave some local fisherman a big scare over the weekend when it went after a Tarpon they had hooked on their line.
    A 14-foot-long Hammerhead shark gave some local fisherman a big scare over the weekend when it went after a Tarpon they had hooked on their line.
  • Hart's Landing closed for safety concerns

    Hart's Landing closed for safety concerns

    Thursday, August 7 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-08-08 01:47:52 GMT
    City of Sarasota building officials closed Hart's Landing late Thursdaydue to public safety concerns.A recent inspection of the building showedmultiple foundation pilings are significantly deteriorated. That has made the buildingunsafe for the public to occupy the structure and dock.Hart's Landing, along the John Ringling Causeway, was built in 1960. Spotting the deterioratingpilings at Hart's Landing could only be se...
    City of Sarasota building officials closed Hart's Landing late Thursdaydue to public safety concerns.A recent inspection of the building showedmultiple foundation pilings are significantly deteriorated. That has made the buildingunsafe for the public to occupy the structure and dock.Hart's Landing, along the John Ringling Causeway, was built in 1960. Spotting the deterioratingpilings at Hart's Landing could only be se...
  • 'Spice' bust at Sarasota grocery store

    'Spice' bust at Sarasota grocery store

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:45:16 GMT
    The owner of a Sarasota grocery store has been arrested for allegedly selling designer drugs known as "spice."
    The owner of a Sarasota grocery store has been arrested for allegedly selling designer drugs known as "spice."
  • Volunteer attorneys wanted to help veterans

    Volunteer attorneys wanted to help veterans

    Thursday, May 15 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-05-15 16:16:36 GMT
    Stetson University Veterans Law Institute photoStetson University Veterans Law Institute photo
    Stetson University College of Law is seeking attorneys to volunteer civil legal services to military members, veterans and their families as part of its Veterans Pro Bono Initiative Team.
    Stetson University College of Law is seeking attorneys to volunteer civil legal services to military members, veterans and their families as part of its Veterans Pro Bono Initiative Team.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 28 - May 2

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 28 - May 2

    Friday, May 9 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-05-09 22:00:50 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 28 to May 2, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from April 28 to May 2, 2014.

  • 2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates

    2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:49:52 GMT
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following hunting dates for the 2014-2015 season.
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following hunting dates for the 2014-2015 season.
  • Help name new Sarasota Sheriff's horse

    Help name new Sarasota Sheriff's horse

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:22:03 GMT
    The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help name its newest Mounted Patrol horse.
    The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help name its newest Mounted Patrol horse.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Attorney for dead North Port officer angry, claims leaks to press

    Attorney for dead North Port officer angry, claims leaks to press

    Monday, March 24 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-03-24 21:51:41 GMT
    Ricky Urbina's attorney, Eric Reisinger, has raised questions about how the investigation was handled within the department.Ricky Urbina's attorney, Eric Reisinger, has raised questions about how the investigation was handled within the department.
    Late last week, North Port Police Officer Ricky Urbina killed himself, just before he was about to be arrested for sexual battery.
    Late last week, North Port Police Officer Ricky Urbina killed himself, just before he was about to be arrested for sexual battery.
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