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Three North Port Police officers suspended


North Port, Florida -- Three more officers with the North Port Police Department have been suspended.

This comes a month after a veteran officer was suspended for unknown reasons. Chief Vespia says the department will not talk about the case until the investigation is done.

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CVS customer tackles would be robber


Sarasota, FL - On April 13th, 2014 officers responded to the CVS located at 2773 Fruitville Road in reference to an armed robbery.

According to the Sarasota Police Department, 65-year-old Freddie Johnson walked into the store with a bandanna over his face and threatened the clerk at the front of the store. He then walked to the pharmacy, in the back of the store, and demanded Oxycodone and Hydromorphone all while keeping his hand in his pocket implying he had a gun.

AMBER ALERT issued for 5-month-old in Sarasota


Sarasota, Florida -- A little baby girl is safe after an Amber Alert was issued in her disappearance Thursday morning.

Sarasota Police say around 1 a.m. Thursday, Lucio Martinez-Lopez told officers his wife Teresa Martinez-Lujano had been taken to the hospital for a medical emergency where she later passed away from natural causes.

Sarasota Film Festival film features local champion


Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota Film Festival received 2,000 films, of which 252 made the cut. One film from a local production company is about a local champion.

When China Smith stepped out of the ring six years ago, the boxer with 34 victories, 27 knockouts, 4 losses and a two-time Heavyweight Champion of the World knew then he'd be back.

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New jet search clue may come from Tampa Bay-built device


Sarasota, Florida -- Crews say they've found the "most promising" lead yet in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and the new clue may be a signal coming from a device built by a company here in the Tampa Bay area.

Embracing Our Differences, outdoor art exhibit at Sarasota's Island Park teaches tolerance.


Sarasota, Florida -- An outdoor art exhibit in Sarasota paints a message of tolerance that's hard to miss. The Embracing Our Differences exhibit received more than 6,000 entries from across the world.

Set up in groups of three, 39 billboards along Sarasota Bay's Island Park display artwork that stirs the mind and the heart.

Sarasota Great American Cleanup on Saturday


Sarasota, Florida -- The 2014 Great American Cleanup will be held at various locations in Sarasota County, on Saturday, March 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.

For more than 20 years Keep Sarasota County Beautiful has participated in the Great American Cleanup, resulting in a cleaner, safer and more beautiful community. This event lets Sarasota residents volunteer to give back to their community.