Vehicle busts through two concrete walls at a Sarasota home

SARASOTA – A man repeatedly drove his car into a house eventually breaking through two concrete walls Friday night in Sarasota. According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office, Ryan Gerken drove through the exterior wall of Mary Nicolini’s carport. She just bought the house Monday. Nicolini says Gerken went back and forth between her truck and wall at least ten times. She and her partner ran with their dogs to the...

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Heroin overdoses rising on Suncoast

BRADENTON – Several recent overdoses on the Suncoast have prompted the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office to warn residents about synthetic–laced heroin. Since July 1st, the Sheriff’s Office has responded to 14 overdoses, two of them fatal. Investigators warn users that heroin seized locally, has traces of fentanyl and carfentanil, a synthetic opioid drug, ten–thousand times more potent than morphine....

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Body found near church dumpster identified

MANATEE COUNTY – The man found near a dumpster at Our Lady of the Angels Church has been identified as 58-year-old Ted Lee of Lee County. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports the victim appears to have been killed in Lee County. MSCO are working with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in further investigation. On Friday, July 15th, Manatee deputies responded to Our Lady of the Angels Church on State Road 70 where...

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See Something…Say Something campaign in Charlotte County

CHARLOTTE COUNTY -The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office holds a press conference of their own this morning. Deputies discussed their aggressive stance on the “See Something, Say Something” campaign. It was established in the county in March. The national campaign focuses on reporting terroristic behavior. Deputies are encouraging anyone to speak up if they see anything suspicious. Recently the campaign has had...

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Stolen firearms results in postponement of Community Conversation

There were two firearm burglaries yesterday on Old Bradenton Road and 6th Street. One involving an AK–47 with 1000 rounds and the other, an AR–7 with 700 rounds stolen and on the street. Chief DiPino, the NAACP and FOCUS group knew they needed to do something. “I couldn’t feel comfortable knowing that an AK–47 with 1000 rounds was on our streets in a close proximity to where the meeting was to take...

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Deputies accused of perjury

SARASOTA – Four Sarasota County Sheriff’s detectives are accused of perjury. According to the Herald Tribune it is in a felony drug trafficking case and in order to protect a confidential informant. According to documents filed in circuit court, Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies James DIlling, Patrick Bassett, James Lynch and Gregg Duncan stopped, arrested, wrote reports and gave depositions in the case against Jose...

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