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Siesta Key Beach getting popular with spring breakers

Siesta Key Beach, Florida -- Siesta Key Beach, one of Dr. Beach's #1 beaches in the country, may be turning into a new hot spot for spring breakers.

"If you're looking for a place to chill out and relax, it's nice," says 21-year-old Jimmie Cotter of Michigan State University.

About a dozen Michigan State University students chose Siesta Key for their spring break. They say they still like to have fun, but sometimes find some resistance on the key.

"I feel we are more of a nuisance at times. We do feel some animosity towards us when we're here," says Cotter.

Orioles to host food drive in game against Rays Thursday

Sarasota, Florida -- This Thursday, March 6, the Orioles will host their 4th annual All Faiths Food Drive to help people in need in the Sarasota area.

All fans attending the 1:05 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations to benefit the All Faiths Food Bank.

Since 2011, 2,400 pounds of food and $3,500 in cash donations have been collected at the yearly food drive to help people in need in the Sarasota area.

Owner of Tube Dude company begins repaying grant

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - The head of the Sarasota company Tube Dude has begun repaying a $56,000 grant that he received from the city in 2011.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Saturday that Scott Gerber agreed to repay the grant after a former employee and an investor alleged he misused the money.  The company creates colorful tube statutes that sit outside many Sarasota businesses.

Women work together to steal 4 diamond rings

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota Police Department is searching for two women believed to have worked together to steal four diamond rings.

The women are believed to work together to steal the four diamond rings from Silverberg Jewelry Store on 3800 South Tamiami Trail. They entered the store around 4:40 p.m. on Feb. 22, and one woman distracted store employees while the other reached behind an unsecured display and stole four diamond rings.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect 1:

Lost wedding ring found on beach 8 months later

Venice, Florida- A combination of love, fate and luck brought 59-year-old Sarah and 60-year-old Leslie Grigsby together nine years ago.

"We were a match.com couple. He had to try more than once before I paid attention," said Sarah. 

"It took a lot of winks," added Leslie.

A love born on the internet- it's how they planned their wedding four years ago, all the way down to their blue and green polka dot titanium wedding bands. Sarah found them online.

Venice contractor steals from cliens, never completes work

Venice, Florida -- A Venice contractor has been arrested following separate investigations by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and Venice Police Department.

Terrence Ream, the owner of Terry Ream Construction on Progress Circle, is accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from nearly a dozen customers and never completing the contracted work.

Couple reunited with unique ring dropped in Gulf

VENICE, Florida (AP) - A unique wedding ring lost in the Gulf of Mexico has been found by a southwest Florida treasure hunter.

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby and Les Grigsby had matching titanium wedding rings with colored dots around the bands. Les Grigsby's ring slipped from his hand into the waters off Venice in June.

For months, the couple would describe the ring to anyone they saw at the beach with a metal detector.

Mark DesErmia of Venice found the ring in January about 50 feet from shore and tracked down the couple around Valentine's Day.