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  • Family, friends hold vigil for slain Sarasota teen

    Family, friends hold vigil for slain Sarasota teen

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:49:45 GMT
    Family and friends of 17-year-old Teria'le Rawls gathered for a memorial service Wednesday night in Sarasota. Family and friends of 17-year-old Teria'le Rawls gathered for a memorial service Wednesday night in Sarasota.
    There wasn’t a dry eye in sight as friends and family of 17 year-old Teria’le Rawls gathered for a memorial outside her Sarasota home on Wednesday night.Rawls was shot and killed early Monday morning when she was hit by a stray bullet while in the parking lot of the Royal Palm Movie Theater in Manatee County.
    There wasn’t a dry eye in sight as friends and family of 17 year-old Teria’le Rawls gathered for a memorial outside her Sarasota home on Wednesday night.Rawls was shot and killed early Monday morning when she was hit by a stray bullet while in the parking lot of the Royal Palm Movie Theater in Manatee County.
  • SWAT team invades wrong house, Sarasota woman files lawsuit

    SWAT team invades wrong house, Sarasota woman files lawsuit

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:00:51 GMT
    Louise Goldsberry shows where she spotted the swat team before they entered her home Louise Goldsberry shows where she spotted the swat team before they entered her home
    In July 2013, Louise Goldsberry was washing dishes in her Sarasota apartment when she saw a camouflaged man with a large weapon outside her window.
    In July 2013, Louise Goldsberry was washing dishes in her Sarasota apartment when she saw a camouflaged man with a large weapon outside her window.
  • SAFETY ALERT: Saltwater bacteria kills 1 in Sarasota

    SAFETY ALERT: Saltwater bacteria kills 1 in Sarasota

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:50:00 GMT
    WFLA file photo.WFLA file photo.
    A death in Sarasota County has health officials reminding people about a bacteria in Florida's coastal waters that has the potential to cause serious illness, even death. Other counties in Tampa Bay have reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus.
    A death in Sarasota County has health officials reminding people about a bacteria in Florida's coastal waters that has the potential to cause serious illness, even death. Other counties in Tampa Bay have reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus.
  • Parents of Sarasota teen hit by stray bullet want others held accountable

    Parents of Sarasota teen hit by stray bullet want others held accountable

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:33 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:33:00 GMT
    17-year-old Teria'le was killed by a stray bullet Monday morning in Bradenton.17-year-old Teria'le was killed by a stray bullet Monday morning in Bradenton.
    The parents of a 17 -year-old girl who was hit and killed by a bullet not meant for her are looking for justice. Teria’le Rawls was killed Monday morning when she was hit by a bullet while at a party in the Royal Palm Movie Theater parking lot in Bradenton.
    The parents of a 17 -year-old girl who was hit and killed by a bullet not meant for her are looking for justice. Teria’le Rawls was killed Monday morning when she was hit by a bullet while at a party in the Royal Palm Movie Theater parking lot in Bradenton.
  • Venice pilot issues apology, explanation on deadly beach crash

    Venice pilot issues apology, explanation on deadly beach crash

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:24:51 GMT
    A statement from Karl Kokomoor is read by the pastor as his wife (far left) listens.A statement from Karl Kokomoor is read by the pastor as his wife (far left) listens.
    The pilot of the plane that crashed on Caspersen beach on July 27th killing a father and his 9 yr old daughter released a statement through the pastor of his church late Tuesday. As the pastor read the statementfrom Karl Kokomoor, the pilot's wife listened as details of what happened during thedeadly plane crash were revealed in a press conference at the church.
    The pilot of the plane that crashed on Caspersen beach on July 27th killing a father and his 9 yr old daughter released a statement through the pastor of his church late Tuesday. As the pastor read the statementfrom Karl Kokomoor, the pilot's wife listened as details of what happened during thedeadly plane crash were revealed in a press conference at the church.
  • Million dollar bond for suspects charged in death of Sarasota teen

    Million dollar bond for suspects charged in death of Sarasota teen

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:01:02 GMT
    Frank Brice (left) and Jasper Dudley (right)Frank Brice (left) and Jasper Dudley (right)
    Two teenagers have been arrested in the shooting death of 17-year-old Teria’le Rawls.19-year-old Frank Brice and 19-year-old Jasper Dudley have both been charged with principal to 2nd degree murder.
    Two teenagers have been arrested in the shooting death of 17-year-old Teria’le Rawls.19-year-old Frank Brice and 19-year-old Jasper Dudley have both been charged with principal to 2nd degree murder.
  • 7 venomous snakes removed from Sarasota man's home

    7 venomous snakes removed from Sarasota man's home

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:37:07 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.
  • Girl, 9, hit by plane on Venice beach dies from injuries

    Girl, 9, hit by plane on Venice beach dies from injuries

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:45:10 GMT
    Ommy Irizarry with daughter Oceana - Courtesy InstagramOmmy Irizarry with daughter Oceana - Courtesy Instagram
    9-year-old Oceana Irizzary, who was critically injured in the plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon, has died.
    9-year-old Oceana Irizzary, who was critically injured in the plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon, has died.
  • Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

    Florida's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 1-3, 2014

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:46:28 GMT
    WFLA.com file photoWFLA.com file photo
    Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
    Are you ready for the new school year? Florida's annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday can save you plenty of money. The sale starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Here's everything you need to know.
  • Buccaneers open ticket office in Sarasota

    Buccaneers open ticket office in Sarasota

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:14 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:14:20 GMT
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have opened a ticket sales office in Sarasota to better serve Sarasota and Manatee County area.
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have opened a ticket sales office in Sarasota to better serve Sarasota and Manatee County area.
  • Plane kills Army Sgt., critically injures daughter on Venice Beach

    Plane kills Army Sgt., critically injures daughter on Venice Beach

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:51 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:51:45 GMT
    A family tragedy of epic proportion played out on a beach near Venice over the weekend.
    A family tragedy of epic proportion played out on a beach near Venice over the weekend.
  • Deputies arrest one in Manatee movie theater shooting, 1 suspect still sought

    Deputies arrest one in Manatee movie theater shooting, 1 suspect still sought

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:39 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:39:54 GMT
    The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says a large fight outside a movie theater led to the death of a Sarasota teen.
    The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says a large fight outside a movie theater led to the death of a Sarasota teen.
  • Plane crash on Venice beach reminder of aviation danger

    Plane crash on Venice beach reminder of aviation danger

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:28:29 GMT
    Veteran pilot Dennis Roper checks oil in PA 28 at Clearwater Airpark similar to the one that landed on Venice Beach.  Fuel checks are also standard procedure for preflight inspections.Veteran pilot Dennis Roper checks oil in PA 28 at Clearwater Airpark similar to the one that landed on Venice Beach. Fuel checks are also standard procedure for preflight inspections.
    Sunday's fatal crash landing of a small plane on Venice Beach is a tragic reminder of how unforgiving aviation mishaps can become.
    Sunday's fatal crash landing of a small plane on Venice Beach is a tragic reminder of how unforgiving aviation mishaps can become.
  • Small plane crash on Fla. beach: 1 dead, 1 injured

    Small plane crash on Fla. beach: 1 dead, 1 injured

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:06:32 GMT
    dA father was killed and his 9-year-old daughter critically injured Sunday while walking along a Florida beach when a small plane crash landed on the Gulf Coast only feet from the surf, authorities said.
    dA father was killed and his 9-year-old daughter critically injured Sunday while walking along a Florida beach when a small plane crash landed on the Gulf Coast only feet from the surf, authorities said.
  • Marijuana firm purchases buildings in Manatee County

    Marijuana firm purchases buildings in Manatee County

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:33:41 GMT
    Registered voters in Florida vote on the issue in November. Registered voters in Florida vote on the issue in November.
    A publicly traded firm that appears to be positioning itself in advance of a medical marijuana vote in Florida later this year has acquired a trio of industrial buildings just north of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.The Herald-Tribune reports that Cannabis Rx is believed to have recently paid roughly $1.2 million for the 9.26-acre property.
    A publicly traded firm that appears to be positioning itself in advance of a medical marijuana vote in Florida later this year has acquired a trio of industrial buildings just north of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.The Herald-Tribune reports that Cannabis Rx is believed to have recently paid roughly $1.2 million for the 9.26-acre property.
  • Few Tampa Bay nurseries qualified to grow medical marijuana

    Few Tampa Bay nurseries qualified to grow medical marijuana

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:33:31 GMT
    Only growers that have been doing business in Florida for 30 continuous years may apply to grow medical marijuana.
    Only growers that have been doing business in Florida for 30 continuous years may apply to grow medical marijuana.
  • AM Headlines: Missing canoers, new mosquito virus, St. Pete antique fire, storms Tuesday

    AM Headlines: Missing canoers, new mosquito virus, St. Pete antique fire, storms Tuesday

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:45:52 GMT
    It's been a very busy Tuesday morning. We have a lot of developing stories to pass along, plus which parts of Tampa Bay could see storms today.
    It's been a very busy Tuesday morning. We have a lot of developing stories to pass along, plus which parts of Tampa Bay could see storms today.
  • Plane lands on Venice beach kills father, injures daughter, 9

    Plane lands on Venice beach kills father, injures daughter, 9

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:38 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:38:30 GMT
    Man killed and his daughter was critical injured when they were hit by a plane making a crash landing on Caspersen Beach in Venice.Man killed and his daughter was critical injured when they were hit by a plane making a crash landing on Caspersen Beach in Venice.
    An emergency landing by a small plane on Caspersen Beach in Venice claimed the life of a man walking with his young daughter Sunday, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.
    An emergency landing by a small plane on Caspersen Beach in Venice claimed the life of a man walking with his young daughter Sunday, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.
  • Search is on for Sarasota home invasion suspects

    Search is on for Sarasota home invasion suspects

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:29 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:29:40 GMT
    Deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office are looking for three suspectss. Deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office are looking for three suspectss.
    Authorities in Sarasota are asking for the public’s help in locating a trio of home invasion suspects.The crime occurred late Saturday night at a residence in the 2400 block of Booker Ave.
    Authorities in Sarasota are asking for the public’s help in locating a trio of home invasion suspects.The crime occurred late Saturday night at a residence in the 2400 block of Booker Ave.
  • Bradenton man facing murder charge in shooting death

    Bradenton man facing murder charge in shooting death

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:17 AM EDT2014-07-27 11:17:48 GMT
    Davis, 20, was booked into the Manatee County Jail late Saturday. Davis, 20, was booked into the Manatee County Jail late Saturday.
    Detectives with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office have made an arrest in the shooting death of a Sarasota man. Darian K. Davis, 20, of Bradenton has been charged with first degree murder in connection with death of Justin Jervon Ates, 19, of Sarasota. Ates suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest early Saturday morning.
    Detectives with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office have made an arrest in the shooting death of a Sarasota man. Darian K. Davis, 20, of Bradenton has been charged with first degree murder in connection with death of Justin Jervon Ates, 19, of Sarasota. Ates suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest early Saturday morning.
  • Sarasota lifeguards use lightning detectors

    Sarasota lifeguards use lightning detectors

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:35:54 GMT
    Lightning detectorsLightning detectors

    Sarasota County lifeguards use special lightning detectors to keep beachgoers safe.

  • Restaurant Buzz: Great Food Truck Race in Tampa? Ulele planning July opening

    Restaurant Buzz: Great Food Truck Race in Tampa? Ulele planning July opening

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:04:00 GMT
    Plans are in the works for “Ulele” to open on or around July 15. Facebook photoPlans are in the works for “Ulele” to open on or around July 15. Facebook photo
    Like food truck fare? Contestants in the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race hosted by celebrity chef Tyler Florence may or may not wind up in Tampa the weekend of June 8. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants
    Like food truck fare? Contestants in the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race hosted by celebrity chef Tyler Florence may or may not wind up in Tampa the weekend of June 8. Here's this week's "dish" about what's happening at Tampa Bay restaurants
  • Sarasota man finds 4-ft-long Tegu lizard

    Sarasota man finds 4-ft-long Tegu lizard

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:44:09 GMT
    Billy Baden caught a Tegu lizard behind his home.Billy Baden caught a Tegu lizard behind his home.
    A four-foot lizard that a Sarasota man spotted outside his home shows how much of a problem invasive Tegu lizards have become. Billy Baden caught the Tegu lizard behind his home in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood.
    A four-foot lizard that a Sarasota man spotted outside his home shows how much of a problem invasive Tegu lizards have become. Billy Baden caught the Tegu lizard behind his home in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood.
  • Walmart to hire 95 for new Sarasota store

    Walmart to hire 95 for new Sarasota store

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-07-23 18:40:43 GMT
    Facebook photoFacebook photo
    Walmart is planning on hiring up to 95 people to work at a new Walmart Neighborhood Market scheduled to open this fall in Sarasota.
    Walmart is planning on hiring up to 95 people to work at a new Walmart Neighborhood Market scheduled to open this fall in Sarasota.
  • Miami men arrested with 110 counterfeit credit cards

    Miami men arrested with 110 counterfeit credit cards

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:55:40 GMT
    The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested two Miami men who they say used fake credit cards to buy thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise.
    ?The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested two Miami men who they say used fake credit cards to buy thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise.
  • Mote scientists do groundbreaking research on great white sharks

    Mote scientists do groundbreaking research on great white sharks

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:48:01 GMT
    Photo: OCEARCH FacebookPhoto: OCEARCH Facebook
    For the past year, Mote Marine scientists have made all new discoveries about great white sharks.
    For the past year, Mote Marine scientists have made all new discoveries about great white sharks.
  • How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

    How to find out if sinkholes are in your neighborhood

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:43:25 GMT
    A 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photoA 2004 sinkhole in Deltona was four lanes wide. Associated Press file photo
    Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area?
    Wondering if there are sinkholes in your neighborhood? Or, are you purchasing a home and want to know about sinkhole activity in the area?
  • Freebies and deals on National Ice Cream Day, July 20, 2014

    Freebies and deals on National Ice Cream Day, July 20, 2014

    Sunday, July 20 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-07-20 19:41:56 GMT
    Carvel Facebook photoCarvel Facebook photo
    If you like ice cream, you should know that this Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day.We did some checking around and found some deals and freebies in honor of National Ice Cream Day. 
    If you like ice cream, you should know that this Sunday, July 20 is National Ice Cream Day.We did some checking around and found some deals and freebies in honor of National Ice Cream Day. 
  • Sarasota PD seek armed man who robbed sandwich shop

    Sarasota PD seek armed man who robbed sandwich shop

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:05:43 GMT
    If you have any information about Saturday night's robbery please contact the Sarasota Police Department. If you have any information about Saturday night's robbery please contact the Sarasota Police Department.
    Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s help in tracking down an armed robbery suspect.According to a SPD report an unidentified male made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the Subway location in the 1100 block of Washington Blvd. on Saturday night.
    Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s help in tracking down an armed robbery suspect.According to a SPD report an unidentified male made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the Subway location in the 1100 block of Washington Blvd. on Saturday night.
  • Florida Health Dept. concerned about immigrant children

    Florida Health Dept. concerned about immigrant children

    Saturday, July 19 2014 10:20 AM EDT2014-07-19 14:20:34 GMT
    A handful of young people are detained for crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas.A handful of young people are detained for crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas.
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration expressed concern in a letter Friday about reports that the federal government planned to send unaccompanied immigrant children from the Southwest border to Miami this weekend, seeming to be unaware that it is a regular practice and asking for any health information the government had for the minors.
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration expressed concern in a letter Friday about reports that the federal government planned to send unaccompanied immigrant children from the Southwest border to Miami this weekend, seeming to be unaware that it is a regular practice and asking for any health information the government had for the minors.
  • Baby duck rescued by Sarasota police officer

    Baby duck rescued by Sarasota police officer

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-07-17 20:48:58 GMT
    A Sarasota police officer made an adorable rescue Thursday. A baby duck became trapped in a pile of muck.
    A Sarasota police officer made an adorable rescue Thursday. A baby duck became trapped in a pile of muck.
  • Sarasota Sheriff will not allow gov’t to place illegals in his jail

    Sarasota Sheriff will not allow gov’t to place illegals in his jail

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-07-17 20:09:36 GMT
    Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight says he will not allow the US government to house illegal immigrants in his jail.In the past few months, Border patrol has been inundated with a huge influx of immigrants. Many of them are minors crossing the borders without their parents.
    Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight says he will not allow the US government to house illegal immigrants in his jail.In the past few months, Border patrol has been inundated with a huge influx of immigrants. Many of them are minors crossing the borders without their parents.
  • Mote in Sarasota treating sea turtle struck by boat

    Mote in Sarasota treating sea turtle struck by boat

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-07-17 14:32:25 GMT
    Photo: Mote Marine Lab & AquariumPhoto: Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium
    A sea turtle rescued by the Coast Guard this weekend is in stable condition at Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota.
    A sea turtle rescued by the Coast Guard this weekend is in stable condition at Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota.
  • Which Tampa Bay county has the highest median household income?

    Which Tampa Bay county has the highest median household income?

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:09:56 GMT
    You clock in your time to bring home a paycheck and raise a family. But, how does your household income stack up against others?
    You clock in your time to bring home a paycheck and raise a family. But, how does your household income stack up against others?
  • Three 12-year-olds catch a 692-pound shark in Sarasota

    Three 12-year-olds catch a 692-pound shark in Sarasota

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-07-16 20:26:28 GMT
    Three 12-year-old boys caught a fish in Sarasota that would make a grown man jealous.
    Three 12-year-old boys caught a fish in Sarasota that would make a grown man jealous.
  • Florida trains dogs to fight invasive snail species

    Florida trains dogs to fight invasive snail species

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 10:20 AM EDT2014-07-16 14:20:27 GMT
    The African land snail consumes over 500 different kinds of plants. The African land snail consumes over 500 different kinds of plants.
    Florida has two new recruits in its fight to eradicate invasive snails.Two black Labrador retrievers named Raider and Bear are graduates of a program designed to sniff out giant African land snails.
    Florida has two new recruits in its fight to eradicate invasive snails.Two black Labrador retrievers named Raider and Bear are graduates of a program designed to sniff out giant African land snails.
  • Sarasota police withdraw their accreditation

    Sarasota police withdraw their accreditation

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:07:00 GMT
    The Sarasota Police Department isno longer accredited.Police Chief Bernadette DiPino voluntarily withdrew the department's accreditation after a number of issues were discovered in the department.She says otherwise, the department may have lost its accreditation anyway.
    The Sarasota Police Department isno longer accredited.Police Chief Bernadette DiPino voluntarily withdrew the department's accreditation after a number of issues were discovered in the department.She says otherwise, the department may have lost its accreditation anyway.
  • Sarasota girl, 2, dies after being left in hot car

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

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-07-15 14:09:00 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 scientist wants to change the way we view 'shark attacks'

    Sarasota scientist wants to change the way we view 'shark attacks'

    Monday, July 14 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-07-14 22:15:24 GMT
    It's well known that Florida leads the world in shark attacks. But a Sarasota scientist says 'attack' may be too strong a word.
    It's well known that Florida leads the world in shark attacks. But a Sarasota scientist says 'attack' may be too strong a word.
  • Wife of Sarasota hit and run victim wants help to find husband's killer

    Wife of Sarasota hit and run victim wants help to find husband's killer

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-14 21:48:54 GMT
    71-year-old William Wren71-year-old William Wren
    The wife of a hit and run victim wants your help to find who killed her husband.
    The wife of a hit and run victim wants your help to find who killed her husband.
  • US goalkeeper's mom resides in Sarasota County

    US goalkeeper's mom resides in Sarasota County

    Sunday, July 13 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-07-13 16:11:32 GMT
    Howard's mother Esther has lived in Sarasota for three years. Howard's mother Esther has lived in Sarasota for three years.
    As the World Cup wraps up, one Florida woman is still beaming with pride over her son's performance.Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard's 64-year-old mother Esther has been a Sarasota resident for the past three years.
    As the World Cup wraps up, one Florida woman is still beaming with pride over her son's performance.Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard's 64-year-old mother Esther has been a Sarasota resident for the past three years.
  • Sarasota man killed in hit-and-run crash

    Sarasota man killed in hit-and-run crash

    Sunday, July 13 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-07-13 13:21:24 GMT
    If you have any information about Saturday's fatal crash please contact FHP. If you have any information about Saturday's fatal crash please contact FHP.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public’s assistance in tracking down a driver who fled a fatal crash Saturday morning in Sarasota.William E. Wren, a 71-year-old Sarasota resident, was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital just after 10 a.m.
    Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol are asking for the public’s assistance in tracking down a driver who fled a fatal crash Saturday morning in Sarasota.William E. Wren, a 71-year-old Sarasota resident, was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital just after 10 a.m.
  • Charges dropped in Sarasota nightclub death

    Charges dropped in Sarasota nightclub death

    Saturday, July 12 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-07-12 15:09:07 GMT
    Stanford, 32, was arrested on a manslaughter charge in February. On Thursday the charge was dropped. Stanford, 32, was arrested on a manslaughter charge in February. On Thursday the charge was dropped.
    Authorities in Sarasota County have declined to prosecute a nightclub employee in the February death of a patron.Donald Canary was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 22nd.
    Authorities in Sarasota County have declined to prosecute a nightclub employee in the February death of a patron.Donald Canary was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 22nd.
  • Venice restaurant may star in a reality TV show

    Venice restaurant may star in a reality TV show

    Friday, July 11 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-07-11 21:23:06 GMT
    A Venice restaurant could soon be the star of a reality TV show. ‘Benny Badda Bing Pizza’ is a small local restaurant run by some big personalities. And they're getting noticed by TV executives.
    A Venice restaurant could soon be the star of a reality TV show. ‘Benny Badda Bing Pizza’ is a small local restaurant run by some big personalities. And they're getting noticed by TV executives.

  • Sarasota store clerk busted twice for selling fake pot

    Sarasota store clerk busted twice for selling fake pot

    Thursday, July 10 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-07-10 21:12:28 GMT
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    Some criminals just don't learn their lesson. A Sarasota store clerk was arrested back in May for selling fake pot and while he was out on bond, he was busted again for the same thing!
    Some criminals just don't learn their lesson. A Sarasota store clerk was arrested back in May for selling fake pot and while he was out on bond, he was busted again for the same thing.
  • ALERT: No swim advisory for Bird Key Park

    ALERT: No swim advisory for Bird Key Park

    Thursday, July 10 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-07-10 20:27:47 GMT
    Sarasota County health officials have issued a "No Swim" advisory for Bird Key Park on the west side of the Ringling Causeway in Sarasota.
    Sarasota County health officials have issued a "No Swim" advisory for Bird Key Park on the west side of the Ringling Causeway in Sarasota.
  • Sarasota PD warns of red light camera ticket scam

    Sarasota PD warns of red light camera ticket scam

    Thursday, July 10 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-07-10 13:31:46 GMT
    Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are warning drivers about a red light camera citation scam.
    Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are warning drivers about a red light camera citation scam.
  • Man killed in watercraft accident off Lido Beach

    Man killed in watercraft accident off Lido Beach

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-07-10 02:48:37 GMT
    A 25-year-old man was killed Wednesday in a collision between two personal watercrafts according to The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.FWC spokesperson Baryl Martin says Zachary Collins was riding a rented watercraft off the Lido Beach Resort when he collided with another watercraft driven by 25-year-old Keaton Fowler.Martin reports that Collins was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he later died.Fowler ...
    A 25-year-old man was killed Wednesday in a collision between two personal watercrafts according to The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.FWC spokesperson Baryl Martin says Zachary Collins was riding a rented watercraft off the Lido Beach Resort when he collided with another watercraft driven by 25-year-old Keaton Fowler.Martin reports that Collins was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he later died.Fowler ...
  • Sarasota man accused of throwing urine on code inspector

    Sarasota man accused of throwing urine on code inspector

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-09 22:33:50 GMT
    A Sarasota man facing charges related to a rental scam reacted in a disgusting way when a code enforcement officer arrived at his property.
    A Sarasota man facing charges related to a rental scam reacted in a disgusting way when a code enforcement officer arrived at his property.
  • Sarasota fishermen encounter 'monster' Hammerhead shark

    Sarasota fishermen encounter 'monster' Hammerhead shark

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-09 22:33:03 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.
  • Highest and Lowest Salaries: Sarasota, Bradenton, North Port

    Highest and Lowest Salaries: Sarasota, Bradenton, North Port

    Monday, July 7 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-07-07 22:24:41 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.
  • Best, worst, 2014 entry-level salaries and jobs

    Best, worst, 2014 entry-level salaries and jobs

    Monday, July 7 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-07-07 22:24:17 GMT
    Do you know someone who is looking for an entry-level job?
    Do you know someone who is looking for an entry-level job?
  • 'Katharine' the great white shark in Sarasota waters

    'Katharine' the great white shark in Sarasota waters

    Monday, July 7 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-07-07 19:38:19 GMT
    Photo: OCEARCH FacebookPhoto: OCEARCH Facebook
    A great white shark being tracked by scientists for nearly a year has made her way to Sarasota waters.
    A great white shark being tracked by scientists for nearly a year has made her way to Sarasota waters.
  • Venice fishermen save lives of baby sharks

    Venice fishermen save lives of baby sharks

    Monday, July 7 2014 1:11 PM EDT2014-07-07 17:11:02 GMT
    Hammerhead shark caught of Venice Pier was pregnant.  Hammerhead shark caught of Venice Pier was pregnant.
    Late Saturday night, a group of friends went fishing off of Sharky’s Pier in Venice.One of the fishermen, Noe Campus, soon snagged a 12 foot hammerhead shark.Campus and his friends wrestled the shark for two hours along the pier.
    Late Saturday night, a group of friends went fishing off of Sharky’s Pier in Venice.One of the fishermen, Noe Campus, soon snagged a 12 foot hammerhead shark.Campus and his friends wrestled the shark for two hours along the pier.
  • Naples man charged with killing family refuses to shower

    Naples man charged with killing family refuses to shower

    Saturday, July 5 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-07-05 13:37:40 GMT
    Damas, 38, is charged with killing his wife and five children. Damas, 38, is charged with killing his wife and five children.
    Southwest Florida authorities say a man charged in the slayings of six family members now rejects his legal name and has refused to shower for several weeks.Mesac Damas faces six charges of first-degree murder.
    Southwest Florida authorities say a man charged in the slayings of six family members now rejects his legal name and has refused to shower for several weeks.Mesac Damas faces six charges of first-degree murder.
  • Many fireworks sold in Florida require customer signature

    Many fireworks sold in Florida require customer signature

    Thursday, July 3 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-03 19:25:14 GMT
    Technically, it's not legal to buy many of the fireworks sold.Technically, it's not legal to buy many of the fireworks sold.
    Technically, it's not legal in Florida to buy many of the fireworks sold.
    Technically, it's not legal in Florida to buy many of the fireworks sold.
  • 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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