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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

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

Manatee County men arrested for soliciting prostitutes in Sarasota, police say | Bradenton Herald

Sarasota police arrested men from Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota after a prostitution operation last week. The undercover operation targeted individuals soliciting prostitutes along North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, according to Sarasota police. Five men were arrested and charged with soli

BRADENTON HERALD - 2018-03-19 19:28:00

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

Teen Court holds first hearings at North Port City Hall

NORTH PORT - Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. opened for business in North Port Monday, with a grand celebration at 5 p.m., followed by court hearings in commission chambers at North Port City Hall. Teen court is a pretrial intervention program designed to keep youths ages 10 to 17 out of the criminal j

HERALD TRIBUNE - 2018-03-19 20:07:50

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 arrested after FWC officers find him with 9 sharks on his boat

FWC officials arrested Bryan Becker, 35, on multiple charges of illegally catching sharks after discovering him with the animals on his boat. The incident occurred near Porto Bello Street in Bokeelia on Feb. 15 around 4 a.m. An FWC officer was patrolling the area when he heard the motor from a boat

WINKNEWS.COM - 2018-03-18 21:36:09

Deputies seek missing Bradenton girl, 11

Olivia Everett, 11. (Manatee County Sheriff's Office) BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) - Manatee authorities are looking for an 11-year-old girl who ran away from home after an argument with her mother. Olivia Everett was last seen in the 6600 block of Block Pineview Terrace in Bradenton. Police said Everett

WFLA.COM - 2018-03-19 00:15:26

First Alert Traffic: 98-year-old woman dies in Lakewood Ranch crash

LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL (WWSB) - A fatal crash claims the life of a Lakewood Ranch woman Monday afternoon. Troopers say it happened along Lakewood Ranch Blvd. just before 12:30 p.m. Investigators say Tara Berbit was driving north against oncoming traffic in the southbound left through lane. That's when h

MYSUNCOAST.COM - 2018-03-19 20:43:00

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


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


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


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


FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Price Blvd. in North Port cleared after crash

The North Port Police Department is reporting a three-vehicle crash has closed all lanes of West Price Boulevard. The crash occurred just after 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. NORTH PORT, FL (WWSB) - Police have cleared a multi-vehicle crash at West Price Boulevard and Glenallen Boulevard. The North Port


Witness describes attempted kidnapping in North Port

A woman says she witnessed an attempted kidnapping early Wednesday morning in North Port. "I was walking down Coco Solo. I heard screams and I turned the corner, continued to hear screams," the woman said. She did not want to be identified. The woman was walking her dog on Wesley Lane. What she saw


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


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)


Man linked to Natalee Holloway case killed in alleged North Port kidnapping

Port Charlotte resident John Christopher Ludwick made comments about infamous 2005 cold case. NORTH PORT - A man who once claimed to have information on the mysterious disappearance of Natalee Ann Holloway was killed Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to kidnap a woman. John Christopher Ludwick,