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Broker to show Venice's Hamilton Building to prospective buyers

VENICE — The Realtor representing the city of Venice on the sale of the Hamilton Building is soliciting bids with a deadline of 3 p.m. May 15 for the structure that most recently housed the temporary Venice Public Library.


Florida man tried to give teen a foot massage against her will, police say

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 52-year-old man grabbed a 17-year-old girl and tried to give her a foot massage against her will, police said. According to an affidavit, the victim was housesitting for a co-worker of her mother. The owner of the home employs a housecleaning service, and the service's owner


VIDEO: The City of Venice hopes new surveillance cameras boost security

VENICE (WWSB) - The city of Venice is looking to boost its security. Next Tuesday, officials are expected to vote on a more than 200,000 dollar plan. If passed it will add surveillance cameras in and near downtown.


North Port man killed in crash is identified

NORTH PORT — The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the victim of a crash on U.S. 41 in North Fort Myers on Saturday night as Jesus Machado, 36, of North Port. Four others in Machado’s vehicle were injured, two critically.


Transportation planning calls for thinking way ahead

As the population of the Sarasota-Manatee region continues to expand, planning for adequate roads, bridges, transit and other modes of transportation is expected to come with increasing challenges.


3rd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival

If relaxation is on your mind, then come join us in Centennial Park in downtown Venice on May 3-5, 2019 for the 3rd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival. Relaxation (food, drinks, music) begins Friday evening from 4pm-10pm and continues Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. The event is produced


Local officials share reactions to Parents' Bill of Rights

SARASOTA — The new bill making its way through the Florida Statehouse, sponsored by state Sen. Joe Gruters and co-authored by Sarasota County School Board member Bridget Ziegler, has its local supporters and dissenters.


Bradenton: 30-year-old man allegedly shot girlfriend and later charged with attempted murder

BRADENTON (WWSB) - One man is in custody after allegedly shooting his girlfriend last night in Bradenton. On Sunday, April 21 around 7:20 p.m. Bradenton Police responded to a call around the 1800 bock of 1st Ave E. Deputies say 34-year-old Laura McLeod of Bradenton was suffering from a gunshot wound


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


Hepatitis A outbreak continues to grow in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NEWS SERVICE FLORIDA) - The number of cases of hepatitis A in Florida has continued to steadily increase, with the largest concentration of the outbreak in the Tampa Bay area, according to numbers posted on the state Department of Health website.


Cat herding: FWC video shows Florida panther being escorted off roadway

Florida Fish and Wildlife have shared video of an encounter with a Florida panther that was trapped on the wrong side of a highway fence, but was safely ushered back into the wilderness.


Florida man spends 8 hours reeling in this massive swordfish

ISLAMORADA, Fla. — This is one of those fish tales worth seeing for yourself. No, really: A Cape Coral, Florida, man fought a 757.8-pound swordfish for eight hours and likely broke a record in the process, the Miami Herald reports.


Florida Tech Professor Shem Malmquist: More Plane Crashes Likely Unless Safety Systems Overhauled

Malmquist, a working Boeing 777 captain, has been involved in multiple aspects of aviation safety. ABOVE VIDEO: As investigations continue into two deadly crashes involving Boeing 737 Max aircraft and a host of related matters, a visiting professor at Florida Institute of Technology who has been inv


U.S. Supreme Court blocks South Florida priest's libel lawsuit against Catholic Church

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ended a South Florida priest’s hopes to sue the Catholic Church for defamation. After previous legal setbacks, the Rev. John Gallagher had prayed for the high court to revive his three-year-old case against the Diocese of Palm Beach.


Florida teens charged in plot to kill classmates

AVON PARK, Fla. (CBS12) — Two 14-year-old girls are facing criminal charges after investigators say the girls plotted to kidnap and murder nine of their classmates. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested Delaney Barnes and Solange Green last week.


Rapper YNW Melly could face the death penalty in Florida killings

(CNN) — Florida prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty against rapper YNW Melly in connection with the killing of two men. Prosecutors will look to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" the 19-year-old rapper, whose legal name is Jamell Demons, committed homicide "in a cold, calculated and premedi


Man dies in crash, wife & daughter in critical condition

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jesus Machado of North Port lost his life in a car accident Saturday night. He was driving on US 41 in North Fort Myers around 10 p.m. with his wife and three kids near Avenue A. That’s when Florida Highway Patrol said his Jeep Wrangler crashed into the median and rolled ove


Florida man impersonating a cop accidentally pulled over a real undercover detective

He’s attacked car salesmen and made up fake news stories, but “Florida Man” is back at it again, and this time it looks like he was just trying to keep his community safe from bad guys by impersonating a cop. Not a big deal! I mean who among us hasn’t donned a sheriff’s deputy uniform and stuck red


Florida mobile home parks face real estate crunch

In the hunt for housing affordability, mobile home parks have been an oasis. But developers are eyeing them, increasing rents and forcing some residents to leave. Mobile home parks – from Homestead to Hialeah to the Keys – are caught in the squeeze between rising real estate values and housing that


Massive alligator found wandering Florida neighborhood

MIAMI — Officials say they were forced to euthanize an 11-foot alligator that broke through a chain-link fence into the backyard of a Miami home. Police and officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tried to capture the 600-pound reptile at first.