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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

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

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

Five Arrested In Sarasota Hooker Sting

Sarasota, Fla.-(Newsradio 970 WFLA)-The Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Narcotics Unit and Patrol Division, conducted a prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes. The operation was conducted along North Tamiami Trail in the City. Fi

IHEART.COM - 2018-03-19 18:25:54

74-year-old Venice man arrested for possession of child pornography

A 74-year-old Venice man has been arrested for possession of child pornography. Hartley Haines was arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, March 15. Detectives say they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after a particular IP address wa

ABC ACTION NEWS - 2018-03-19 17:53:02

Three Restaurants Worth the Drive to Venice

Duck soup at Star Thai and Sushi Image: Judi Gallagher I remember when we first arrived in Sarasota, my husband took a job as a school administrator and people here wondered how he would deal with "the commute." Well, we would drive to Miami just to get good Peking duck, and-after coming from Boston

SARASOTAMAGAZINE.COM - 2018-03-19 13:36:34

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

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

Structure fire at Siesta Key mall

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Sarasota firefighters responded to the scene of a structure fire at the Westfield Siesta Key Mall late Sunday afternoon. Sarasota County Emergency services reports that Fire and Rescue crews received a call at 3:43 p.m. for possible structure fire at the Naples Flatbread, locat

MYSUNCOAST.COM - 2018-03-18 20:57:00

Venice Regional Bayfront Health CEO to address Central Venice Coalition

VENICE - The Central Venice Coalition will host Bob Moore, CEO of Venice Regional Bayfront Health, as one of two speakers when it meets at 6:30 p.m., March 26, at the Pinebrook South Homeowners Association clubhouse, 348 Featherbed Lane, Venice. The coalition formed last year as an aggregation of ho

HERALD TRIBUNE - 2018-03-19 18:53:59

Five men arrested during undercover operation targeting prostitution

SARASOTA, FL - March 19, 2018 - 11:30 a.m. On Thursday, March 15, 2018, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Narcotics Unit and Patrol Division, conducted a prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes. The operation was conducted along

SARASOTAPD.ORG - 2018-03-19 07:00:00

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


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


Celebration of St. Patrick's Day on Old Main Street is more than tradition, visitors say | Bradenton Herald

Old Main Street was fueled by leprechaun juice Saturday as downtown Bradenton came together to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. A sea of people sporting green shirts, necklaces, hats and other wacky gear flooded the street as thousands hit local bars to celebrate the Irish holiday. For some, the trad


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


8 rescued from fire at Caspersen Beach Park near Venice

One person is hospitalized in the blaze, which burned about 10 acres. SARASOTA COUNTY -- Eight people were rescued and one person was injured when a brush fire burned about 10 acres at Caspersen Beach Park on Thursday, the Venice Fire Department reports. According to the fire department, a fire was


Update: Victim identified in Venice death

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - The Venice Police Department has identified the victim in the death investigation at the 200 block of South Park Boulevard. Police have identified the victim as Meghan Kay Bennett, 23, from Clearwater. In a press release from the City of Venice, Public Information Officer Lorra


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