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BREAKING: Suicidal man barricades himself inside Venice home
VENICE, FL (WWSB) - Officers are on Capri Isles Boulevard in Venice where a suicidal man has barricaded himself inside a home.Police say they believe the man has a firearm in his possession. He initially had a woman in the home with him but has since allowed the woman to leave.Officers say they are
Victim suffers electric shock in Venice; life saving measures performed
VENICE, FL (WWSB) - Emergency crews responded to the Bridle Oaks Drive community on Tuesday after a victim suffered an electric shock.Police say when they arrived on scene, officers performed life saving measures. The victim is receiving additional medical treatment and there are no further details
Man flees traffic stop, is tracked down by K9 in Punta Gorda
31-year-old Jeremy Kimla was taken into custody and charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude LEO, Driving While License Suspended 3rd or Subsequent Offense, Fail to Register Motor Vehicle, Fail to Have Motor Vehicle Insurance, Possession of Marijuana <20 grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernali
Deputies went to a Sarasota home for a welfare check. They found 2 people dead, cops say
Detectives are investigating a possible murder-suicide after a man and woman were found dead inside a Sarasota County home Monday, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies were called to do a welfare check at a home in the 7800 block of Crest hammock Way in Sarasota around 5 p.m. M
Melissa Howard: Florida candidate accused of faking diploma drops out
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Florida Legislature who falsely claimed she had a college degree and posted a purported copy of her diploma online is dropping out of her race.Melissa Howard on Tuesday told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that the right thing to do was drop out of th
Hazmat investigation closes I-75 in Charlotte County
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Authorities have completely closed a section of Interstate 75 Monday morning due to a HAZMAT investigation.It's happening near mile marker 154 in Charlotte County, between the Bayshore Road exit in North Fort Myers and the Tucker's Grade exit in Punta Gorda. This is near t
Hurricane Charley hit Southwest Florida 14 years ago Monday
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- 14 years ago Monday, Hurricane Charley made landfall in Southwest Florida, severely impacting people in Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.On August 13, 2004 – Friday the 13th -- Hurricane Charley made landfall on Captiva Island and moved into Charlotte County, causing $13 bill
VIDEO WARNING: Driver fired after this road-rage incident
SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) - A Sarasota man says an angry driver was threatening to kill him, so he pulled out his cellphone to record it.
Frontier introduces new flight at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
"This announcement brings the first nonstop service to CLE from SRQ in over a decade and we are confident that it will be a great success and look forward to future expansion possibilities with Frontier at SRQ,” said Rick Piccolo in a press release, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport president
Burger King Employees Send Get Well Card to Regular Customer
VENICE, FL (WWSB) - Fast food restaurants serve hundreds of people every single day. So, would they notice if an every-day customer just stopped showing up? It happened at a Burger King in Venice, when employees missed one of their regulars!"He was always the first one in, so when everyone started r
Hundreds hold 'hands along the water' demanding action during red tide bloom
SIESTA KEY, FL (WWSB) - Siesta Key's white sugar sand beaches are now layered with a brown film. The crystal clear water has turned green. The gulf's animated marine life now lay lifeless in the sand."I've never seen red tide linger as long as it has," said Paul Nesser, lifelong Sarasota resident.In
Drummers are coming for all over to see the light in Sarasota. And you can, too.
Ezra Masch is an interdisciplinary artist from Philadelphia.Masch does not make art for a wall or a shelf. Instead, hecreates spaces.His latest project, called VOLUMES, opened Sunday at The Ringling.The installation is a room that puts all focus on two senses: sound and sight.Every drummer that play
Florida Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency over red tide
On Monday, the governor signed an executive order that directed $100,000 to Mote Marine Laboratory and a half million dollars to help VISIT FLORIDA establish an emergency grant program to continue to attract vacationers who he hopes will spend money along the coast -- despite the red tide.
Venice mayor cleans up dead fish washed ashore from red tide
Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism has continued to creep up Florida's Gulf Coast, leaving hundreds of sea creatures dead in its wake andprompting fears of a disastrous blow to tourism.
Manslaughter charge filed in Clearwater 'Stand Your Ground' case
The shooting, which was captured on surveillance footage at the Circle A Food Store, had become the focus of local and national protests after Sheriff Bob Gualtieri concluded that last year’s changes to the state’s Stand Your Ground law – which gives citizens the right to use deadly force in self-de
Myakka River Park in Venice re-opened after flood waters recede
VENICE, FL (WWSB) - Venice Myakka River Park has been re-opened after flooding closed the park last week Monday.The park on Laurel Road East was closed Aug. 6 by Sarasota County Parks and Recreation. The closure came after a Code Red was issued the week prior, alerting some 2,000 homeowners along th
11 bottlenose dolphins found dead in Sarasota County
VENICE, Fla. — Eleven dolphins have been found dead in Sarasota County, according to Mote Marine Lab.
First Alert Traffic: Miami Avenue in Venice to close for two weeks during construction
VENICE, FL (WWSB) - As part of the City of Venice's Downtown Beautification Project, city officials are alerting residents to a road closure starting Monday, Aug. 13.According to a spokesperson for the city, the 300 block of Miami Ave., between Harbor Drive and Nassau Street will be closed for the r
Collier developer moves forward on Tuckers Grade mixed-use project in Charlotte County
For those driving through, it’s a short, quick link between U.S. 41 and Interstate 75 in unincorporated Charlotte County.
More than 66 tons of fish removed from Sarasota County beaches in August
Since Aug. 1, Sarasota County has removed more than 66 tons of fish from county beaches, which remain open. We continue to monitor the beaches and clean in accordance with the beach cleanup policy. For the latest, visit .#redtidepic.twitter.com/02VyQErJ6K— SarasotaCountyGov (@SRQCountyGov)August 10,