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CBD crackdown by Sarasota police delayed

SARASOTA — A planned crackdown by police on shops that sell a non-intoxicating cousin of cannabis has been delayed. The Sarasota Police Department last week intended to begin enforcement efforts on retailers who sell cannabidiol — known more commonly as CBD — but the crackdown has been delayed until


More dirty dining: Rodent droppings found at two Bradenton-area restaurants

According to the latest inspections report of Manatee County restaurants, multiple restaurants had drink machines that were soiled with mold. A barbecue restaurant hand a buffet were both cited for rodent droppings.


Sarasota deputies arrested a theft suspect. Catching him wasn’t easy, video shows

A Sarasota man is in trouble after he led a host of law enforcement officers on a chase across a busy stretch of Interstate 75 on Thursday afternoon. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year-old Joey Hoflock, a convicted felon with six outstanding warrants, caused havoc when a deputy attemp


Florida governor suspends mayor over allegations of attempted murder

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has suspended the mayor of Port Richey, Fla., after he was arrested Friday on charges of practicing medicine without a license in addition to charges of attempted homicide for allegedly shooting at officers who came to arrest him.


Brake for steak: Locals recommend favorite spots to get a steak in and around Bradenton

Well done steaks are hard to find, but truly great ones are rare. It takes quality meat and proper technique to pull off a perfectly seared exterior, juicy center and remarkable flavor.


Sarasota County School Board approves superintendent's contract in split vote

SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board approved Superintendent Todd Bowden’s contract Tuesday amid controversy over its supermajority vote clause. That clause involves requirements for firing a superintendent, where four board members must agree.


Top 10 Things To Do This Week in Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, Feb. 22-24

Pizza, calzones and cannoli are a few of our favorite things on the mouthwatering menu being offered at the 31st annual Venice Italian Feast & Carnival. In addition to all the fun foods, beer and wine, you'll find myriad midway rides, live music and other family-friendly activities at this beloved e


‘Generations of Jazz’ comes to life with 120+ performers in 48+ music-filled activities

SARASOTA, FL: The 39th Sarasota Jazz Festival, “Generations of Jazz,” explodes into town with a full week of music and excitement! In seven days–from Sunday, March 3, through Saturday, March 9–the Jazz Club of Sarasota presents 120+ musicians in 49+ events at the Hyatt Regency and 14 other locations


Video: Sarasota sheriff's office captures fleeing felon in median of I-75

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a convicted felon with six outstanding warrants after he fled from deputies, struck two patrol cars and ran across the interstate on Thursday.


Florida mayor shot at deputies serving warrant for illegal medical practice: police

The mayor of a Florida town was arrested Thursday after he opened fire on deputies who were trying to serve a search warrant for allegedly operating an illegal medical practice at his home.


Motorcyclist dies in U.S. 301 crash, FHP reports

MANATEE COUNTY -- A motorcycle rider was killed in a crash with a tractor trailer Thursday morning on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol reports. According to the FHP, a motorcycle ridden by Jason Ward Tasler, 44, of Bradenton was heading south on U.S. 301 approaching Tallevast Road at about 8 a.m


Video shows man shooting at people in broad daylight

SARASOTA, Fla. — Sarasota police need your help identifying a suspect who was caught on camera shooting at another person near King’s Meat in Sarasota. Investigators said the suspect showed the victim a gun several times and fired several shots in the victim's direction.


AUDIO: 911 call after remains of Jabez Spann located in Manatee County

SARASOTA (WWSB) - The skeletal remains of Jabez Spann, a teen who went missing from his family’s front lawn on September 4, 2017, were found over the weekend in Manatee County and we’re now hearing the 911 call.


Florida billionaire among men sought on charges of soliciting prostitution

VERO BEACH, Fla. — A billionaire is among the more than 100 men being sought on charges of soliciting prostitution in a major Florida operation targeting human trafficking. Florida Today reports John Childs, 77, is the subject of a warrant. He has not been arrested yet.


‘Fatbergs’ are clogging up cities’ pipes. Here’s what one Florida town is doing about it

With people flushing personal hygiene items down the toilet doing damage to sewer lines — most recently in Bradenton — the city of Jacksonville has come up with a creative way to warn residents about the danger they are causing.


City of Sarasota does right by homeowner who paid for sewer services and never received them

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Gertrude Diane Hicks has lived off of North Orange Avenue since 1997. For the past 20 years, she’s paid for sewer services, not knowing her house isn’t actually connected to city sewers.


Allegiant Air launches two new flights to Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. — Allegiant Air announced Friday new service from Baltimore and Asheville, North Carolina. The airline is offering one-way fares starting at $59 to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport from both Asheville Regional Airport and to the Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall Inter


Florida man's death was blamed on alligators at first, but his mom's determination led to the truth

It was a few days before Christmas 2000. A pre-dawn duck hunting trip was Mike Williams' time alone before a busy anniversary weekend with his wife, Denise. As he had done so many times before, Mike got up around 3 a.m. and left his home in Tallahassee, Florida, for Lake Seminole about an hour away.


Dozens Arrested in Massive Sex Trafficking Busts in Florida

A massive sex trafficking bust spanning multiple Florida cities resulted in nearly 50 arrests and 175 warrants being issued, authorities said. Officials with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said 171 arrest warrants were issued this week, and at least 45 suspects were arrested as part of the


SHOCKING VIDEO: Gunman opens fire outside of Sarasota market

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Police are releasing video of a violent shooting outside of a market in Sarasota. It happened Tuesday afternoon around 1:30pm outside of King’s Meat Mart on the 1800 block of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.