Archive For March 31, 2016

Judge hears challenge to ‘Best and Brightest’ teacher awards | HeraldTribune.com

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Judge hears challenge to ‘Best and Brightest’ teacher awards | HeraldTribune.com

  Judge hears challenge to ‘Best and Brightest’ teacher awards | HeraldTribune.com SARASOTA – A Florida Division of Administrative Hearings judge wrestled with a $10,000 question at Sarasota County’s Downtown complex on Wednesday: Who qualifies as a teacher? The answer could determine whether Cordelia Brown, a speech-language pathologist at Brentwood Elementary, is eligible to receive…

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Thieves targeting boats on the Suncoast | Mysuncoast 

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Thieves targeting boats on the Suncoast | Mysuncoast 

    Thieves targeting boats on the Suncoast – Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: Local News LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. – Thieves continue to target boats up and down the coastline of Southwest Florida. Big ticket items have been stolen from boats on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Boat thieves are on the…

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Hundreds in Sarasota line up to order a Tesla Model 3 they haven’t seen | HeraldTribune.com

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Hundreds in Sarasota line up to order a Tesla Model 3 they haven’t seen | HeraldTribune.com

    Hundreds in Sarasota line up to order a Tesla Model 3 they haven’t seen | HeraldTribune.com Eric Gillen showed up at 6:30 a.m. Thursday at the Mall at University Town Center to plunk down a deposit for a $35,000 car he had yet to see. He was first in line to reserve the…

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Venice leaders want closer study of fire merger with county | HeraldTribune.com

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Venice leaders want closer study of fire merger with county | HeraldTribune.com

  Venice leaders want closer study of fire merger with county | HeraldTribune.com The future of the Venice Fire Department could be decided in mid-May as city leaders debate whether to fold the department into Sarasota County’s fire services. But City Council leaders have a long way to go before they will agree to such…

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County, Venice look to put library controversy behind them | HeraldTribune.com

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County, Venice look to put library controversy behind them | HeraldTribune.com

    County, Venice look to put library controversy behind them | HeraldTribune.com Venice and Sarasota County leaders tried to put the still-simmering controversy over the closure of the Venice public library behind them Thursday morning. At a joint meeting of the City Council and County Commission at the Venice Community Center, just a few…

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North Port Sex Offender Registration – Michael J. Moller

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North Port Sex Offender Registration – Michael J. Moller

  North Port Sex Offender Registration – Michael J. Moller The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public that Michael J. Moller, DOB 08/12/83, has registered as a Sexual Offender living in Sarasota County. Moller was convicted of Use of the Internet to Lure a Child in Sarasota County in 2012 and sentenced to three…

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Driver loses control, crashes into Sarasota pond 

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Driver loses control, crashes into Sarasota pond 

A 62-year-old motorist is hospitalized after his pickup went into a pond and he was rescued by passersby on Wednesday in Sarasota County. Read more: Driver loses control, crashes into Sarasota pond | WTSP.com

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County to consider ditching neighborhood mowing program | HeraldTribune.com

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County to consider ditching neighborhood mowing program | HeraldTribune.com

    County to consider ditching neighborhood mowing program | HeraldTribune.com Government will consider whether to ditch its mowing responsibilities in many residential neighborhoods later this year in an effort to cut up to $700,000 from its annual mowing costs. Sarasota County currently mows and maintains 704 miles of right of way — generally that few…

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Lyons: Sarasota officer got special treatment on DUI stop | HeraldTribune.com

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Lyons: Sarasota officer got special treatment on DUI stop | HeraldTribune.com

  Lyons: Sarasota officer got special treatment on DUI stop | HeraldTribune.com As with other people arrested for DUI, law officers often had previous incidents in which alcohol was a problematic factor. And as with those other people, cops are often prone to be in denial about the issue until forced to face it. But…

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New condo development to be built in the Rosemary District | Mysuncoast 

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New condo development to be built in the Rosemary District | Mysuncoast 

    New condo development to be built in the Rosemary District | Mysuncoast An area of Sarasota that was once run-down has come back in a big way. The Rosemary District has enjoyed lots of growth and transformation over the years. A new condominium development will be built right next to Citrus Square on…

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Proposed development of the 2.93-acre lot behind Lucaya Avenue

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Proposed development of the 2.93-acre lot behind Lucaya Avenue

Proposed development of the 2.93-acre lot behind Lucaya Avenue From: “Elaine  Date: Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 8:37 AM -0700 Subject: Proposed development of the 2.93-acre lot behind Lucaya Avenue To: “Holly Laird” <hollmarc1@verizon.net> We learned of a supposed “neighborhood planning meeting” at City Hall only via an email from Steve Rouff, who owns the…

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Email To The North Port Scoop – NP Solid waste disposes of waste in vacant yard, versus their truck

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Email To The North Port Scoop – NP Solid waste disposes of waste in vacant yard, versus their truck

  Email To The North Port Scoop – NP Solid waste disposes of waste in vacant yard, versus their truck Please post anonymous I wanted to share something that I just witnessed that I can’t believe just happened. I tossed out a 4 wheeled dolly used to help move our hot tub. It was old…

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Boston Church Desecrated, Virgin Mary Statue Beheaded  

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Boston Church Desecrated, Virgin Mary Statue Beheaded  

BOSTON CHURCH DESECRATED, VIRGIN MARY STATUE BEHEADED Police say incident not linked to separate attack Paul Joseph Watson A church in Boston is reeling after three religious statues were desecrated by vandals. A statue of the Virgin Mary had its head knocked off while hands were removed from other statues at a Catholic church in…

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North Port Police find more than 300 marijuana edibles on three North Carolina men.

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North Port Police find more than 300 marijuana edibles on three North Carolina men.

North Port Police find more than 300 marijuana edibles on three North Carolina men. North Port Police find more than 300 marijuana edibles on three North Carolina men. The items packaged as “medical marijuana” but also in way which might be appealing to children. The gummies and cookies tested positive for THC. Also found was…

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Robert Rinear and Donald W Cogswell have started a new radio show this week on Sarasota’s talk radio station WSRQ.

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Robert Rinear and Donald W Cogswell have started a new radio show this week on Sarasota’s talk radio station WSRQ.

  Robert Rinear and Donald W Cogswell have started a new radio show this week on Sarasota’s talk radio station WSRQ. Sarasota, Florida, March 30th 2016 – Local entrepreneurs Robert Rinear and Donald W Cogswell have started a new radio show this week on Sarasota’s talk radio station WSRQ. Their new show, titled The SRQ Review, will…

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SMH listed in Becker’s Healthcare “150 Great Places to Work” | SNN TV

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SMH listed in Becker’s Healthcare “150 Great Places to Work” | SNN TV

      SMH listed in Becker’s Healthcare “150 Great Places to Work” | SNN TV  

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North Port woman crashes into dump truck after diabetic episode | SNN TV

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North Port woman crashes into dump truck after diabetic episode | SNN TV

      North Port woman crashes into dump truck after diabetic episode | SNN TV  

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Packing downtown with more people | HeraldTribune.com

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Packing downtown with more people | HeraldTribune.com

    Packing downtown with more people | HeraldTribune.com It’s no surprise immense growth is coming to downtown Sarasota, but the comprehensive picture of new hotel and residential development entails staggering increases headed to the heart of the city in coming years. City economic and planning leaders detailed planned development for the Downtown Sarasota Condo…

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Local veterans commemorate 50th Anniversary of Vietnam War | Mysuncoast

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Local veterans commemorate 50th Anniversary of Vietnam War | Mysuncoast

    Local veterans commemorate 50th Anniversary of Vietnam War | Mysuncoast SARASOTA, Fla.– Today Kevin Connelly’s memories from Vietnam are confined to a small space on his office wall, but for him, each one is a vivid memory from a past he can’t forget. “I was selected and went to Vietnam as a volunteer,”…

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SRQ Airport capital improvement projects in the works| Mysuncoast 

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SRQ Airport capital improvement projects in the works| Mysuncoast 

    SRQ Airport capital improvement projects in the works| Mysuncoast SARASOTA, Fla. — Major improvements are underway at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. Among them — several capital improvement projects and even the reinstatement of a deal with the current car and taxi service provider. And as mounds of dirt and constructions signs become…

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North Port gives up on hospital | HeraldTribune.com

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North Port gives up on hospital | HeraldTribune.com

      North Port gives up on hospital | HeraldTribune.com NORTH PORT – In an abrupt about-face, a divided North Port City Commission on Tuesday voted to abandon efforts to obtain the state’s permission to build a hospital in the city. The 3-to-2 vote came after a months-long effort that cost taxpayers an estimated…

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Man sexually assaulted teenagers, Sheriff says | HeraldTribune 

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Man sexually assaulted teenagers, Sheriff says | HeraldTribune 

  Man sexually assaulted teenagers, Sheriff says | HeraldTribune.com A 54-year-old man was arrested Monday night and accused of 30 counts of sexual battery, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Sergio Carmona-Martinez sexually assaulted two victims, aged 16 and 19, in 2013 and 2014. He knew the victims, according to…

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All Faiths’ summer hunger campaign begins | HeraldTribune 

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All Faiths’ summer hunger campaign begins | HeraldTribune 

    All Faiths’ summer hunger campaign begins | HeraldTribune.com All Faiths Food Bank launched its annual 40-day campaign to fight summer hunger Tuesday, in an effort to raise money and awareness for the estimated 40,000 children in Sarasota and DeSoto counties who go hungry when school is out. With the help of the McIntosh…

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Pickleball getting new South County home | HeraldTribune 

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Pickleball getting new South County home | HeraldTribune 

  Pickleball getting new South County home | HeraldTribune.com VENICE — On any weekday morning, it might be hard to tell that Sarasota County has expanded its permanent pickleball courts at By-Pass Park. With about 100 players regularly volleying or just queued up to get into the next game throughout the week, the six new…

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Sarasota County #mostwanted #fugitives – #scso

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Sarasota County #mostwanted #fugitives – #scso

Sarasota County most wanted fugitives – scso Take a look at our Top Ten Most Wanted in Sarasota County. Two were recently captured thanks to help from the public, but eight still remain. Do you recognize any of these guys and gals? Help us share their photos and contact Crime Stoppers of Sarasota at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com…

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Video Report: Venice seeks input on pilot trolley program | SNN TV

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Video Report: Venice seeks input on pilot trolley program | SNN TV

  Video Report: Venice seeks input on pilot trolley program | SNN TV

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N.P Commissioner seeks to change election law in the middle of the election| Mysuncoast 

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N.P Commissioner seeks to change election law in the middle of the election| Mysuncoast 

    N.P Commissioner seeks to change election law in the middle of the election| Mysuncoast It’s a position that’s taken center stage on the national campaign trail this year – take the money out of politics and it’s resonating in North Port. “I am hopeful that this commission will limit the amount of campaign…

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Suncoast eighth grader starts 3D printer business | SNN TV

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Suncoast eighth grader starts 3D printer business | SNN TV

SARASOTA COUNTY — A 14–year–old Pine View student is getting a head start on most of his classmates when it comes to business. While many students his age may be making summer vacation plans right now, he’ll be getting a head start on … Read more: Suncoast eighth grader starts 3D printer business | SNN TV

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USF-SM to open student center for veterans | HeraldTribune.com

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USF-SM to open student center for veterans | HeraldTribune.com

  USF-SM to open student center for veterans | HeraldTribune.com College can be tough for any student, but it’s especially trying for military veterans facing not only the rigorous coursework, but also the social isolation of re-adapting to civilian life after years of active duty. This is why the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus…

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Sarasota’s Mennonite/Amish community tapped for study | HeraldTribune 

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Sarasota’s Mennonite/Amish community tapped for study | HeraldTribune 

  Sarasota’s Mennonite/Amish community tapped for study | HeraldTribune.com If you’re a researcher trying to unlock the mysteries of mental illness, there’s one population that has the potential to provide more accurate, useful and faster information — and it’s a population that, at least during the winter months, has a big presence in Sarasota. So,…

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Where to expect delays, detours this week | HeraldTribune.com

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Where to expect delays, detours this week | HeraldTribune.com

  TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Where to expect delays, detours this week | HeraldTribune.com Drivers in Sarasota and Manatee counties can expect detours or delays in the following areas where the Florida Department of Transportation says road crews are working this week: SARASOTA COUNTY Bridge projects at St. Armand’s Key Bridge, Hanson Bayou Bridge, and South Creek…

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North Port moves to cap donations | HeraldTribune.com

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North Port moves to cap donations | HeraldTribune.com

    North Port moves to cap donations | HeraldTribune.com In the middle of a hotly contested election year, North Port city commissioners are moving to set a limit on campaign donations far lower than what the state allows. If the proposed ordinance receives final approval, donors will be limited to $250 per candidate for…

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Sixth annual All Faiths Food Drive at Ed Smith Stadium | SNN TV

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Sixth annual All Faiths Food Drive at Ed Smith Stadium | SNN TV

    Sixth annual All Faiths Food Drive at Ed Smith Stadium | SNN TV  

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Lapel pins to honor Vietnam vets | HeraldTribune.com

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Lapel pins to honor Vietnam vets | HeraldTribune.com

  Lapel pins to honor Vietnam vets | HeraldTribune.com SARASOTA – The symbolic makeup call is the size of a quarter and weighs about the same. Empty your pockets on the way to the washing machine and you might well lose it. But for the Department of Defense and — it hopes — for those it intends…

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Silver Alert issued – Ralph Vernon Grimes

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Silver Alert issued – Ralph Vernon Grimes

    Silver Alert issued – Ralph Vernon Grimes Ralph was last seen around 6 last night at home, which is around the 5700 block of 16th St.  Ralph left his home in a black four door Buick LeSabre.  The tag number is:  H18-4UY – FL Ralph was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and gray shorts. He…

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Sarasota aquatic instructor survives Brussels terrorist attack at airport | WTSP.com

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Sarasota aquatic instructor survives Brussels terrorist attack at airport | WTSP.com

  Sarasota aquatic instructor survives Brussels terrorist attack at airport | WTSP.com Sarasota, Florida — A Sarasota aquatic instructor still can’t believe he made it out of the Brussels airport alive. Mark Grevelding saw both explosions and walked out with just an injured leg. He says, “I’m very blessed and thankful I made it out….

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North Port Police finalist for award, use of social media to fight crime | WTSP.com

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North Port Police finalist for award, use of social media to fight crime | WTSP.com

    North Port Police finalist for award, use of social media to fight crime | WTSP.com NORTH PORT, Fla. — North Port police are up for a national award recognizing crime fighting through social media. The department has used Facebook and Twitter to solve 14 cases in 10 months. If you scroll down North…

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Sarasota County pushing for control over mangrove enforcement| Mysuncoast 

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Sarasota County pushing for control over mangrove enforcement| Mysuncoast 

  Sarasota County pushing for control over mangrove enforcement| Mysuncoast SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — They are a world all their own. Mangroves can be spotted throughout different parts of the Sunshine state, especially here on the Suncoast. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection currently handles all the rules and regulations when it comes to mangrove…

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Developers targeting young working professionals for downtown loft apartments | Mysuncoast 

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Developers targeting young working professionals for downtown loft apartments | Mysuncoast 

  Developers targeting young working professionals for downtown loft apartments | Mysuncoast DOWNTOWN SARASOTA, Fla. — Developers are looking to build a 97-unit apartment building near Fruitville and Orange, just west of the Hub office building. Planners are targeting the young professional market. Rents would start at $1,000 per month. “The most important difference is…

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Fearless 80-year-old grandma hangs off 100-foot pole in Sarasota| abcactionnews 

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Fearless 80-year-old grandma hangs off 100-foot pole in Sarasota| abcactionnews 

  Fearless 80-year-old grandma hangs off 100-foot pole in Sarasota| abcactionnews SARASOTA, Fla. – A daredevil grandma from Florida is dropping jaws around the globe after a video was shared of her hanging from a 100-foot pole. “I love attention,” Carla Wallenda of Sarastoa, Florida, told ABC News today. “I’m 80 years old now and…

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Sarasota Department of Children and Families is picketed | HeraldTribune.com

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Sarasota Department of Children and Families is picketed | HeraldTribune.com

  Sarasota Department of Children and Families is picketed | HeraldTribune.com SARASOTA – Sharing tragic stories of their own experiences with the Department of Children and Families, a half dozen residents today protested the agency for what they call a broken system that harms the very children it’s supposed to protect. Representing two groups –…

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Cocaine Trafficking Arrest – SCSO

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Cocaine Trafficking Arrest – SCSO

Cocaine Trafficking Arrest The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Texas man after discovering more than 6.5 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon. Tactical Unit deputies stopped Jose Julian Perez, DOB 09/23/78, around 4:30 p.m., on I-75 just south of Clark Road in Sarasota. When a K-9 alerted to a trash bag…

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Two Arrested in Heroin Investigation – SCSO

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Two Arrested in Heroin Investigation – SCSO

Two Arrested in Heroin Investigation The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men after detectives learned they were selling heroin. Arrest warrants were obtained for Andrew McFarlane, DOB 09/14/81, and Jeffrey Komisar, DOB 11/09/57, after both men sold heroin to undercover detectives several times over the past few weeks. On Thursday, while taking McFarlane into…

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Video Report: Once-homeless Sarasota man becomes employee of the year – Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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Video Report: Once-homeless Sarasota man becomes employee of the year – Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay

  Video Report: Once-homeless Sarasota man becomes employee of the year – Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay READ MORE: Once-homeless man becomes employee of the year – Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay    

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#FugitiveFriday – Braxton Nolan

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#FugitiveFriday – Braxton Nolan

  #FugitiveFriday – Braxton Nolan It’s #FugitiveFriday and we need your help finding 23-year-old Braxton Nolan. On the run since January, Nolan is wanted on a felony warrant for Failure to Appear after we charged him with Armed Burglary of a Dwelling. Nolan may have fled out of state so we’re counting on the public’s…

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Venice activist challenging Charles Hines for commission | HeraldTribune .com

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Venice activist challenging Charles Hines for commission | HeraldTribune .com

  Venice activist challenging Charles Hines for commission | HeraldTribune.com A Venice environmental activist, real estate agent and motorcycle drag racer has filed to run for Sarasota County Commission this fall. Democrat Rick Eaton will challenge incumbent Republican Charles Hines for the commission’s District 5 seat, which represents Venice, Englewood and coastal residents from Osprey…

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New buildings open at Sarasota High | HeraldTribune .com

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New buildings open at Sarasota High | HeraldTribune .com

  New buildings open at Sarasota High | HeraldTribune.com Sarasota High School’s newly built gymnasium — recently named in memory of longtime administrator and coach Ed Howell — will host its first event this weekend. Construction crews finished the gym and the school’s cafeteria over spring break, and opened the new buildings to students on…

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Traffic headaches continue frustrating Suncoast drivers| Mysuncoast 

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Traffic headaches continue frustrating Suncoast drivers| Mysuncoast 

    Traffic headaches continue frustrating Suncoast drivers| Mysuncoast According to new census figures, Sarasota is 11th in the entire nation for fastest growing urban areas. With all the growth in the area, there are many more drivers on the road, causing traffic jams and slowdowns. One problem area this time of year is the…

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Sarasota County hosting roundabout educational open house| Mysuncoast 

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Sarasota County hosting roundabout educational open house| Mysuncoast 

  Sarasota County hosting roundabout educational open house| Mysuncoast Sarasota County transportation staff are inviting the public to learn more about how to drive in a two-lane roundabout during an educational open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31. Although no formal presentation will be given, attendees will have the opportunity…

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Recently released documents suggest Sarasota Police may have used unethical surveillance technology | Mysuncoast 

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Recently released documents suggest Sarasota Police may have used unethical surveillance technology | Mysuncoast 

Recently released documents suggest Sarasota Police may have used unethical surveillance technology | Mysuncoast SARASOTA, Fla. — When Sarasota Police and U.S. Marshals invaded Louise Goldsberry’s home 3 years ago, they really didn’t have an explanation for why they thought suspect Kyle Riley might have been there. “I’m having a hard time processing it, I…

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