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Police investigating a shooting in Sarasota that saw teen get airlifted to hospital

SARASOTA (WWSB) - At least one juvenile has been airlifted to All Children’s Hospital after a shooting off Fruitville Road. The incident happened at the Bella Sol Apartments on Signal Pointe Circle just before 5:00 p.m. this evening.


Child shot in Sarasota, 3 people being detained

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – A child was shot in Sarasota on Tuesday. Sarasota police confirm the child was flown to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. The shooting reportedly took place near Fruitville Road and South Beneva Road, but the location has not been confirmed.


Sarasota Police Department Will Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

On Saturday, April 27, the Sarasota Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.


Sarasota County sued for dumping millions of gallons of treated wastewater from overwhelmed facility

SARASOTA COUNTY — Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against Sarasota County over alleged violations of federal law for repeatedly dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of treated wastewater for years from one of its water reclamation facilities.


Beautiful weather continues through Thursday then storms for Friday

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Another beautiful day can be expected on Wednesday as high pressure remains in control. A low pressure system will move out of the Southern Plains and bring a slight increase in cloudiness but should still be nice. Highs on both days will be in the low to mid 80s.


Gunshots Ring Out In Sarasota Neighborhood

SARASOTA, FL -- Police happened to be patrolling nearby when eight to 10 gunshots rang out in a Sarasota neighborhood Monday night. Genevieve Judge of the Sarasota Police Department said the incident happened around 8 p.m. in the 1900 block of 32nd Street. No injuries were reported.


Video of altercation between middle school teacher in Sarasota and student released, investigative report recommends termination of teacher

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Video has been released of the altercation between longtime Brookside Middle School teacher and athletic director John Russo and a 14-year-old student in February of 2018. Between this video and an investigative report done by an outside counsel Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, Sarasot


Sarasota County approves settlement in religious discrimination suit

SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Commission approved an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit accusing the county of religious discrimination when it denied a local church a zoning exception to continue to operate a Christian school out of its facility.


Juvenile Shot At Sarasota Apartment Complex: Cops

SARASOTA, FL -- Sarasota police said a juvenile was shot on Tuesday at the Bellasol Apartments. The complex is located at 1200 Signal Pointe Circle. Police did not immediately release the age of the juvenile.


Venice Fire Department Officially Taking Over EMS Service from Sarasota County

VENICE (WWSB) - A big change in emergency services is coming to the City of Venice. After months of debate, city leaders today voted on the future of life-and-death calls on the island.


Where to Find Great Biscuits in Sarasota

Whether slathered in butter or topped with homemade whipped cream and berries, biscuits are a true favorite of mine. Let's see who has the best in town:. Buttermilk is perhaps the closest we have to a modern Southern kitchen, with a simple menu that has everything you need. Order two biscuits with h


Sarasota Sheriff's Office targets school zone safety

SARASOTA COUNTY -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is partnering this week with the Florida Sheriffs Association to increase student safety in school zones. According to a news release, deputies in Sarasota County and across the state will monitor school zones from April 22 to 26 to enforce tra


Starlite Room restaurant in downtown Sarasota reopens as El Mandilón 'craft Mexican kitchen'

A downtown Sarasota restaurant with deep ties to the local theater scene has undergone a major makeover. Starlite Room, a mid-century Manhattan supper club-style restaurant, reopened as El Mandilón on Monday.


Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Names New Vice President of Finance and Operations

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation appointed Robert (Bobby) Pettit as vice president, finance and operations. Pettit will manage all finance and operational functions at the foundation.


Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Buyers Arrested by Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Dealers

Well, this is a new one. A gigantic drug raid mistake led to police officers arresting…well, each other. Turns out undercover cops in Detroit posed as drug dealers to help catch a pair of sellers. However, thanks to a “tiny” mess up, another undercover police group thought they were real drug dealer


Holmes Beach Police install five new license plate readers

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Drivers making their way in and out of Holmes Beach are officially scanned as they come and go now. New license plate readers have been installed on Manatee Avenue, East Bay Drive and the south end of the Island on Gulf Drive.


Texting while driving bill passes Florida House

The Florida House (HB 107) has voted to allow officers to pull over drivers for texting while driving, as legislators approved the measure with a 104-9 vote during a Tuesday morning Session.


Manatee County votes to not arm school teachers

SARASOTA (WWSB) - The Manatee County School Board voted this evening to not arm their teachers. The vote was three to two in favor of not arming teachers in Manatee County. “It was just amazing," Makiko Felice, a mother of two students said. “Teachers need to teach and students need to learn in a pe


Florida mom beats son with meat tenderizer during argument over homework

MIAMI, Fla. - A Miami mother reacted violently when her son admitted he didn't do his homework. On April 4, the 9-year-old boy told his mom, Martha Ciguenas, that he had additional homework he was supposed to do over spring break.


Florida deputy fired after kicking inmate who fed cookie to bird

A Florida sheriff's deputy has been fired and charged with battery after surveillance video captured him kicking an inmate who had just tossed a cookie to a bird. The inmate, 31-year-old Mario Christo, was serving a 364-day sentence on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at the Pinell