CRIME & SAFETY
1 hospitalized, 1 in custody after shooting in Sarasota
The Sarasota Police Department is investigating after a shooting left a person injured Sunday evening.
Police investigate shooting in Sarasota
The Sarasota Police Department (SPD) responded to a Sunday shooting after 5 pm in the 1800 block of John Rivers St.
Loved ones of fatal Manatee County crash victim speak out
BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - Anita Casimir is the mother of Luckner Petit’s two daughters. On Friday morning, Petit was tragically killed crossing 53rd Avenue East near 11th Street Circle East in Manatee County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the victim was crossing 53rd Ave. when a car hit...
Bicyclist dies after being struck by 3 vehicles in Manatee Co.
A 55-year-old man was killed while riding his bike at the intersection of 11th Street Circle East in Bradenton around 6:00 a.m. on Friday.
Florida man accused of stealing $200,000 in Lululemon clothes in online return scheme
He’s from Bradenton.
All westbound lanes blocked between 9th Street East & 15th Street East in Bradenton
BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers are investigating a deadly crash on 53rd Avenue East and 11th Street Circle East in Bradenton. The crash happened around 6:10 a.m. on Friday. At least one fatality has been confirmed. According to troopers, all westbound lanes are blocked between 9th...
Missing 79-year-old found dead 1 week after disappearance in Bradenton
The search for a 79-year-old man with Dementia came to a sad ending Friday after authorities found the man dead one week after he went missing.
911 calls released from deadly road rage shooting reveal terror
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB/Gray News) - Questions linger about a deadly road rage incident that happened on May 13. The shooting happened at the intersection of Fruitville and Cattlemen roads. Patrol deputies responded to the area for a reported shooting at about 8:08 p.m. and located a man who had been...
‘It’s a crisis’: North Port daycare abuse allegations shed light on childcare shortage in Sarasota County
NORTH PORT, Fla. - Child abuse allegations against a North Port daycare are shedding light on the shortage of childcare facilities in Sarasota County. Evelyn Jennings, a now fired teacher from Building Blocks Children’s Center, sits in jail facing one count of cruelty toward a child stemming from an incident that left a little boy covered in bruises earlier this month. Her boss, the director of the daycare, Cindy Desrosiers, faces three counts of failure to report suspected child abuse as a mandatory reporter.
Who killed Jeremey Joyner? Family holds vigil 5 years after Bradenton man went missing
“This is really just a plea on behalf of our family to get some answers because we know they’re out there.”
Troopers continue investigating deadly crash on 53rd Avenue East in Bradenton
BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - A 55-year-old Bradenton man was killed in a crash on 53rd Avenue E after being struck by two vehicles. According to officials, the victim was crossing State Road 70 (53rd Ave. E) east of 11th Street Circle E on a bicycle. A pickup truck was traveling east on SR-70 and approached the intersection. An SUV was traveling west and approached the same intersection. The bicyclist crossed into the path of the truck and collided with the front of a truck and then was struck by the SUV who tried to avoid the collision.
‘No intent of arson’ in Bradenton CubeSmart storage facility blaze, fire marshal says
Speculation of arson fueled by online rumors were unfounded, according to officials.
FWC: Venice man faces felony charges for destroying sea turtle nest
VENICE, Fla. - After nearly 10 months, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says it has located and charged a man they say was caught on camera disturbing a sea turtle nest in Nokomis Beach State Park. FWC officers say they received a call on August 18, 2022, from a...
Sarasota County student arrested from Manatee County bomb threat
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Friday is the last day of school in both Sarasota and Manatee counties and law enforcement in both counties had to team up to make an arrest. Sarasota County Schools Police Department’s Interim Chief Stephen Lorenz confirms the arrest. SCSPD received a call on May 18 from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office regarding a bomb threat that was called into Palmetto High School.
Ex-Bradenton postal carrier who trafficked cocaine on route sentenced
A former postal carrier was sentenced to six years and six months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine while en route.
Gabby Petito case: 'Burn after reading' letter to Brian Laundrie by his mother admitted
Gabby Petito's family issued a statement Thursday supporting a judge's decision allowing a handwritten letter titled "Remember…", made out to Brian Laundrie by his mother, Roberta Laundrie, in court this week as part of a lawsuit claiming that Laundrie's parents and their attorney knew Gabby Petito had been murdered but withheld the information. ...
Florida man runs over deputy in stolen vehicle, deputy opens fire on suspect
PALMETTO, Fla. (CBS12) — A convicted felon is accused of running over a sheriff's deputy, causing the deputy to open fire on the suspect. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) said at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Palmetto Police officers were dispatched to a stolen vehicle, and deputies responded for backup. Two deputies arrived at 17th Street West and saw officers with their weapons drawn, giving verbal commands for the driver to get out of the vehicle.
Bradenton woman killed in I-75 accident
After exiting her disabled car on Interstate 75 just north of University Parkway, a 25-year-old Bradenton woman was struck by another car and killed on Monday. The accident occurred at 4:33 p.m. The woman's car had stopped while going southbound due to a mechanical issue. The woman, who had been...
Manatee deputies searching for missing mother, 4-year-old daughter
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Deputies in Manatee County say they need help in finding a missing mother and her 4-year-old daughter. Taqurri Alvarado, 28, and her daughter Stella Alvarado were reported missing Tuesday morning, the sheriff's office said in a news release. Authorities say Taqurri is part of an...
State Rep. Fiona McFarland's Sunbiz bill signed by Gov. DeSantis
State Rep. Fiona McFarland's bill aimed at preventing fraud from occurring on a state database of Florida businesses has been signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The bill will provide the Department of State the authority to require passwords and verify the identification of people changing records on Sunbiz.org, the state's database for businesses.
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