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First Alert Weather: Tornado Watch issued in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the following counties, including the entire ABC7 viewing area, until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. The following counties are included in the Tornado Watch: The area in yellow is under a Tornado Watch until 7pm ED

MYSUNCOAST.COM - 2018-03-20 14:29:00

Cops: Man Dealt Meth from North Port Hotel Room

North Port, Fla. (970 WFLA) - A Nokomis man already well-acquainted with the justice system entered it again after his arrest on drug trafficking charges. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says that Dylan Woodward, 26, sold drugs out of a North Port hotel room. Detectives say they caught Woodward

IHEART.COM - 2018-03-20 09:30:22

3 arrested in Sarasota County on human trafficking, drug charges

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - Three people from Orlando were arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office on Friday in connection with human trafficking and drug charges. Detectives began the investigation on March 8 after getting information from an inmate at the Sarasota County Jail about pos

WFLA.COM - 2018-03-19 21:40:28

Police: Four people arrested for drug charges in Punta Gorda

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.-- Police in Punta Gorda have arrested four people, on multiple drug related charges. On Sunday, March 18th, 2018, police arrested Robert Nicholas, Joanne Dacus, Deborah Stakenas, and Willie Jones. They were all charged with possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Nicholas and Dacu

FOX4NOW.COM - 2018-03-20 11:35:03

Man found hiding in women's bathroom; charged with Video voyeurism

ENGLEWOOD, FL (WWSB) - The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office arrested a 23-year-old man last week after he was accused of hiding in a women's bathroom. A manager allegedly caught Erik Allen Sockwell, of Port Charlotte, in a bathroom stall at the Publix Super Market on South McCall Road, deputies sai

MYSUNCOAST.COM - 2018-03-20 17:01:00

Five Arrested In Sarasota Hooker Sting

Sarasota, Fla.-(Newsradio 970 WFLA)-The Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Narcotics Unit and Patrol Division, conducted a prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes. The operation was conducted along North Tamiami Trail in the City. Fi

IHEART.COM - 2018-03-19 18:25:54

Deputies: Teacher leaves 4-year-old alone to buy marijuana

Authorities say a Florida elementary school teacher left a 4-year-old child alone while she went to buy marijuana. A Polk County Sheriff's Office news release says 26-year old Marsha Dolce was arrested Saturday and charged with child neglect and marijuana possession. Deputies responded to a Davenpor

BRADENTON HERALD - 2018-03-20 11:57:00

Man who threatened suicide shuts down Skyway Bridge for several hours

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge was closed for more than two hours Sunday until a reported suicidal person was taken into custody and authorities investigated a minor crash, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Officials received a call reporting the person around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Sgt. Steve Gaskins, a

BRADENTON HERALD - 2018-03-19 14:02:00

These are the victims of the FIU pedestrian bridge collapse

The Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed Thursday trapped at least eight vehicles that had stopped underneath it for a red light. Ten people were taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center, one victim died at the hospital, and at least five others have been confirmed dead


Part of I-75 shut down after rollover crash in Venice

At least four people were injured in a rollover crash in Venice, authorities say. According to Sarasota firefighters, a pickup truck rolled over I-75 Saturday morning and went into an embankment. The fire department confirms four people were injured, and say two of them were trapped and had to be r


Port Charlotte sex offender arrested for sexual battery

A Port Charlotte man was arrested Friday during a sexual battery investigation, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. Deputies responded to a home early Friday after a female caller contacted them about forced intercourse. The victim says a man she had met days prior forced himself on


Woman who stabbed man to death during Florida kidnapping was informant in Natalee Holloway case

NORTH PORT, Fla. -Scripps station WFTS in Tampa has confirmed that John Ludwick, who claimed to have helped Joran van Der Sloot dispose of Natalee Holloway's body, was stabbed to death by Emily Heistand. There are multiple videos on YouTube, posted by Gabriel Madrigal, that show Heistand discussing


Teen shot in Palmetto during dispute. Then he drove himself to the hospital

An exchange of words resulted in the shooting early Saturday morning of a teenager who was able to drive himself to a hospital for treatment, according to a news release from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. The victim, 19, was driving in the area of the 100 block of 17th Street East at about 3


Skybolt plane crashes near Punta Gorda Airport; sole occupant's condition unknown

A small aircraft crashed in a wooded area while on a 4-mile final approach to Runway 22 at Punta Gorda Airport at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The condition of the pilot, the only person on board, wasn't known as of 6 p.m. The FAA's written confirmation


Deputies: Sex Offender forces woman into sex

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A registered Sex Offender was arrested and charged with Sexual Battery after he reportedly forced a woman into having intercourse with him, the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office said. Jeffrey Meyer, 31, of Port Charlotte is a registered Sex Offender, stemming from a 2003 con


Structure fire at Siesta Key mall

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Sarasota firefighters responded to the scene of a structure fire at the Westfield Siesta Key Mall late Sunday afternoon. Sarasota County Emergency services reports that Fire and Rescue crews received a call at 3:43 p.m. for possible structure fire at the Naples Flatbread, locat


Update: Victim identified in Venice death

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - The Venice Police Department has identified the victim in the death investigation at the 200 block of South Park Boulevard. Police have identified the victim as Meghan Kay Bennett, 23, from Clearwater. In a press release from the City of Venice, Public Information Officer Lorra


Man accused of hiding in women's bathroom to take photos

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- A Charlotte County man is accused of hiding inside a women's bathroom stall to secretly take photos of women in a Port Charlotte Publix. Deputies say 23-year-old Erik Sockwell was seen on surveillance cameras entering the women's room of the store on S. McCall Road back on Ja


Vehicle crashes into pond in North Port

NPPD is reporting that the vehicle drove off the roadway and into the pond. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. NPPD is reporting that the vehicle drove off the roadway and into the pond. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. (Courtesy: North Port Police) NORTH PORT, FL (WWSB)


Fire breaks out at Punta Gorda sports bar

A fire broke out Friday morning at Emil's Sports Bar and Grill in Punta Gorda. There are no active flames at this time, but crews are going to the restaurant to look for hot spots. Sandhill Boulevard is closed from Capricorn Boulevard to Kings Highway so fire crews can move in and out. No injuries a