CRIME & SAFETY
Viral video posted online appears to show shots fired at Oneco Rose bar shooting
Two shots can be seen fired from a black handgun inside the Oneco Rose bar.
Bradenton cabinet business scammed clients, spent their money in Las Vegas, police say
Nearly 20 police reports have been filed with BPD since 2022 of customers complaining about not receiving their orders after paying.
Attack on St. Pete trolley driver was unprovoked, police say
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is holding a press conference on an incident where one of their drivers was attacked.
25-Year-Old St. Petersburg Man Killed In High-Speed Motorcycle Crash Into Rear Of Car
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A 25-year-old St. Petersburg man was killed in a crash that...
Manatee County detectives searching for tipster who called Crime Stoppers in 1997
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - Manatee County Sheriff’s Office detectives are trying to locate a person who called Manatee County Crime Stoppers in March of 1997 with information about a 1996 homicide investigation. Detectives were investigating after a body was found near U.S. 41 and I-275 in Palmetto but...
Alleged fake contractor collects $118,000 in deposits from 31 hurricane victims
An unlicensed contractor is on the run. Sarasota County detectives filed for Justin Hoover's arrest after homeowners said he collected more than $100,000 in deposits for work he never performed.
Suspect’s death while in Sheriff’s Office custody under investigation
32-year-old Sarasota man arrested on allegations of drug possession and probation violation. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Sept. 13 death of a suspect who was in custody following an arrest for alleged drug possession and a probation violation, the agency has announced. At 4:55 p.m. on...
Detectives Search For Mysterious Caller From '90s Florida Homicide Case
Detectives from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office are actively seeking to locate an individual who provided a tip to Manatee County Crime Stoppers in March of 1997 regarding a homicide investigation dating back to 1996. This information was disclosed in an official announcement made by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office yesterday.
1 year later: Remembering fallen Pinellas deputy killed on duty
One year ago, Pinellas County Deputy Michael Hartwick died when he was struck by a forklift, operated by a construction worker.
Despite being victim of fraud, Sarasota company may still have to repay big loan
A Sarasota real estate business may still be liable for $1.3 million in loans even after police arrested a pair of Parrish residents in January on charges they improperly took control of the business and fraudulently mortgaged the company's properties. Sarasota Police arrested Robert Houston, 49, and Linda Lukas, 72,...
Judge nixes ‘stand your ground’ defense by former ballerina accused of shooting and killing allegedly abusive husband
During a hearing earlier this summer, the local medical examiner said Doug Benefield was most likely facing his wife when she shot him in the chest. The post Judge nixes ‘stand your ground’ defense by former ballerina accused of shooting and killing allegedly abusive husband first appeared on Law & Crime.
School bus and SUV involved in crash on Lockwood Ridge Rd.
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The Sarasota County Schools Safety and Security Department says there were no students on board a bus that collided with a vehicle in Sarasota. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon on Lockwood Ridge Road and Martin Luther King Way. The schools didn’t have details on the cause...
Sarasota deputies confiscate guns, alcohol at party on Siesta Key
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Sarasota County deputies thwarted suspected criminal activity that was set to occur at a pre-planned party on Saturday. The party was set to occur on Siesta Key beach on Sept. 16. Deputies were tipped off that party-goers might be carrying drugs and guns. A high-visibility patrol was conducted and as a result, two juveniles and two adults were arrested.
How to protect your loved ones from predators
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says there could still be more victims that were sexually abused by Nicholas Bassler Jr. and Sierra Campany, who were arrested last week. Experts say it’s now easier than ever for criminals to sexually abuse and exploit children as kids...
You Wont Believe How Much Gas This Florida Man Stole From Wawa
You wont believe how much this gas this Florida Man stole from Wawa! The theft happened at three gas stations in Orlando. Orlando is about an hour and 44 minutes from where I live in St. Petersburg. Yerrison Perez was arrested for allegedly stealing over 1,300 gallons of gas from...
West Coast graffiti concerns downtown resident
Criminal mischief: Recurring graffiti on a vacant building was a cause of concern for a nearby resident who called law enforcement. The complainant said he has noticed an increase of incidents of the word “wisk” being painted on empty buildings and was concerned it was only a matter of time before the perpetrator begins tagging occupied property.
BREAKING: woman dies following early-morning Bradenton shooting
BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - Manatee County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a homicide in the 2900 block of 8th Street Court West in Bradenton early this morning. At approximately 2:43 a.m., deputies responded to the shooting of a 33-year-old woman. When deputies arrived, the victim had already been taken by an unknown person to a local hospital, where she later died from her injuries.
News: 3-year-old girl hospitalized after Manatee Co. crash
MANATEE COUNTY, FL – A three-year-old girl was hospitalized for serious injuries following a two-vehicle collision on State Road 62 West Saturday. ABC Action News said this crash happened east of County Road 39. A 36-year-old woman had lost control of her vehicle and drifted off the westbound lanes before coming back onto the road and hitting another car in the eastbound lanes.
County takes no action against dog owner after multiple attacks
MANATEE COUNTY – A 140-pound mastiff that has killed one dog and injured at least three people and three other dogs remains at home with his owner. Rudy, owned by Anthony Santamauro, of Bradenton, attacked a small dog owned by Deanna McCollian, of Illinois, on Aug. 9 at Island Time Bar and Grill in Bradenton Beach, leading to the small dog’s death, according to police reports. During the attack, the unleashed mastiff bit McCollian and Island Time employee Sean Hamrick.
Florida police K-9 recovering after snake bite during training
A Florida K-9 officer named Liberty is recovering after being bitten by a cottonmouth snake during training. Her partner credits a previous vaccine.