Former MCSO sergeant arrested for child porn is sentenced

MANATEE COUNTY – A former Manatee County Sheriff’s Office sergeant who pleaded guilty to child porn charges is sentenced to prison. State attorney Ed Brodsky’s office announced Gerald Lee Leirer was sentenced to 44 years for multiple counts of possession of child pornography, molestation and sexual battery. Leirer is a retired Manatee Sheriff’s Office sergeant who at one point was the supervisor of the Crimes Against Children unit....

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Mote is planning a huge aquarium at Benderson park
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Mote is planning a huge aquarium at Benderson park

Mote Marine Laboratory announced in a press conference Thursday that it will build “a spectacular new aquarium” within Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota County. The Mote Science Education Aquarium concept would be on five acres of Sarasota County owned land and would be more than twice the size of the aquarium on city island.     Mote is now planning to initiate a formal request for a lease to be approved. According to a release from...

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Glitch causes false tsunami warning to many East Coast residents

FLORIDA – Some people on the East Coast woke up Tuesday to their phones displaying a message about a tsunami warning. According to the National Weather Service, the National Tsunami Warning Center issued a routine tsunami test message at around 8:30 A.M. February 6. The test message was then released by at least one private sector weather company as an official warning, resulting in reports of tsunami warnings being received by phone...

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One man dead after Manatee Co. deputy-involved shooting

BRADENTON – A domestic disturbance turns into a short pursuit with deputies, leaving one man dead. Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a gas station in the 3000 block of Cortez Road at around 9:20 P.M. Tuesday, January 23, following reports of a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman. When they arrived, the man, 38-year-old Corey Mobley, fled the scene in a vehicle. Deputies later found Mobley pulling into a...

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Art Gallery Guide: Estero Fine Art Show & Casa Smeralda

SARASOTA – It’s a bit of a drive, but worth your time. We’re talking about the Estero Fine Art Show taking place January 6th and 7th at the Gulf Coast Town Center in Fort Myers. The show’s focus is juried, high-quality fine arts and crafts. Everything is original and personally handmade by the artists who are exhibiting at the show. All art is for sale… sculptures, paintings, clay, glass, jewelry, fiber, wood, photography and mixed...

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How to throw away holiday gift boxes to avoid robbery

SARASOTA – You may want to think twice about throwing away the packaging of your holiday gifts, especially the more expensive ones. Sarasota County Sheriff officials say when you put those boxes on the curb to be picked up, it sends a message to potential burglars about what valuable items you may own. Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Media Relations Specialist Mycah Schafer says not to put those boxes out too early. “TV’s, gaming...

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