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BREAKING: Gas leak in Venice at Tampa/Nokomis Ave.

VENICE (WWSB) - On Thurs. around 8:30 a.m. a gas leak in Venice at Tampa/Nokomis Ave on the island occurred. According to the City of Venice, Venice firefighters are assisting with a gas line break since 8:30 a.m.


Restaurant News in Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, Feb. 21-27

Lee McCall Correspondent Wade Tatangelo Entertainment Editor @wtatangelo — Umbrellas 1296, the new occupant of the historic vine-covered building in downtown Sarasota now painted royal blue, opened Tuesday.


Parking Enforcement has begun in downtown Venice

SARASOTA (WWSB) - If you plan on visiting downtown Venice make sure you watch the time limit in the area you’re parking in. The Venice police department is patrolling around the area to ensure everyone is complying with the new parking rules.


Shots fired during Florida mayor's arrest

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities say shots were fired when they arrested a Florida mayor on a charge of practicing medicine without a license. The Tampa Bay Times, citing news releases, reports that no one was injured during the Thursday morning arrest of Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad.


Florida Man finds his way to Illinois and somehow two old toilets are involved

Wherever Florida Man goes, something wacky follows. According to the East St. Louis Police Department, Dave Toliver carried an old toilet to a Board of Education building in Illinois and threw it through the front glass of the building on Feb. 15.


Construction now underway for new roundabout in Sarasota County

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Another busy intersection in Sarasota County will soon have a roundabout. This week, crews started constructing a roundabout at the Honore Avenue and Ashton Road intersection.


Huge snake mauled by alligator in Florida, shocking video shows

A giant python in the Florida Everglades met its demise earlier this week when an alligator decided to make the serpent its next meal. Rich Kruger was near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami-Dade on Monday when he came across the shocking sight.


Venice Symphony wows audience with Gershwin classics

The audience at the Venice Performing Arts knew when the final notes of “An American in Paris” were played they had experienced musical perfection. The Venice Symphony Rhapsody in Blue concerts featuring the music of George Gershwin were sold out. It is no surprise, as everyone enjoys the familiar e


VIDEO: Motorcyclist killed in collision with semi on U.S. 301

SARASOTA (WWSB) - A deadly crash between a motorcycle and a semi has traffic moving slowly on U.S. 301 South approaching Tallevast Road in Sarasota. The crash happened around 8am and crews remain on scene investigating. It appears the motorcyclist hit the back of the semi, but the cause of the crash


Florida woman found dead in suspected murder-suicide, police say

A Florida woman and a man were found dead in a Boca Raton home on Monday in an incident police are investigating as a murder-suicide. Laura Randall, 53, and Gregory Schatz, 45, both of Boca Raton, were found dead at the home around 4 p.m., the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office confirmed to Fox News on Wed


“Fully skeletonized” remains found in rural Florida identified as missing teen Jabez Spann

Skeletal remains found Saturday in a rural Florida area have been identified as belonging to teen Jabez Spann, missing since September of 2017. “Saturday afternoon at approximately 4:30 p.m., skeletal remains were found in rural portion of Manatee County, west of I-75, [by] an individual working in


‘Kissing Sailor’ Statue in Sarasota, Florida, Spray-Painted With #MeToo Following Sailor’s Death

Mendonsa was captured kissing dental assistant Greta Zimmer Friedman by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt in NY on August 14, 1945, the day Japan surrendered to the US. Officers responded at about 12:55 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a person spray-painting the statue, the Sarasota Police Department said


A Florida mobile home park is under fire for apparently charging residents different rental application fees based on what country they're from

A mobile home park in Florida is facing scrutiny for charging different rental application fees based on what country the potential residents come from. A list of application fees for Lakeside Park Estates in Pembroke Park, Florida, obtained by Local10.com revealed that prices go up for applicants w


Florida couple accused of running illegal dental office out of garage

NORTH PORT, Fla. - A west-central Florida couple is accused of illegally running a dental office out of their home garage, the Bradenton Herald reported. Enrique Sanabria Gravier, 48, and his wife, Adriana Gutierrez Hoyos, 47, were arrested Tuesday by North Port Police and the Florida Department of


Florida governor Ron DeSantis wants to import prescription drugs from Canada

Florida's governor on Wednesday proposed bringing cheaper, Canadian prescription drugs to Florida as a way to cut health care costs. Gov. Ron DeSantis said that he wants to create an importation program that brings Canadian prescription drugs to the Sunshine State.


Former Chicago officer joins Sarasota County Schools Police Department

The Sarasota County School Police Department publicly welcomed its newest officer, Riccardo Erbacci, at a Feb. 19 school board meeting. “It is a tremendous privilege to swear in another talented, dedicated and highly experienced officer,” Sarasota County School District Chief of Police Tim Enos said


Pinchers Crab Shack introduces outside dining deck

Pinchers Crab Shack celebrates a successful first year in business by providing diners with a new addition. Their outside dining deck adjoining the bar providing seating for 60 diners seated at tables with umbrellas.


Florida inmate says prison sold him $569 of music, then took it away

Florida inmate William Demler says that since 2012, he has spent $569.50 on digital music via a proprietary digital music service sponsored by the Florida prison system. Demler listened to his music on a prison-sponsored music player he purchased for $99.95. Demler, who is serving a life sentence, s


Hundreds arrested in South Florida, Treasure Coast massage parlor bust

JUPITER, Fla. - Hundreds of people have been arrested in South Florida and the Treasure Coast in connection with a massive human trafficking and prostitution sting related to massage parlors, authorities confirmed.


Red tide is gone in Florida, state says

SARASOTA — The unforgettable red tide bloom that tarnished Florida waters and destroyed hundreds of the state's beloved marine mammals is no more. For the first time since October 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, is no longer