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Elderly woman, son found dead in apparent murder-suicide

Sarasota, Florida -- A man visiting his family walked in on a horrific scene Monday afternoon after he found his elderly mother and his brother both dead in their garage.

Investigators say Neil Nichelson was visiting them at their home in the 3300 block of Bougainvillea Street from out of state when he came across their bodies.

Neil's 55-year-old brother, Murry, and his 90-year-old mother, Adele, both died from gunshot wounds to the head, according to Sarasota Sheriff's investigators.

Two guns were recovered from the scene and collected as evidence.

Warning: Trio impersonating officers pull couple over

Sarasota County, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office wants residents to be careful following a report that a group of individuals impersonated law enforcement officers in north Sarasota.

A Sarasota couple told sheriff's investigators they were pulled over early Saturday near 17th Street and Dodge Avenue by a black 4-door sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger or Chevrolet Impala, with chrome rims and a red and blue light bar in the windshield.

2 men and teen caught stealing boat, trailer

Sarasota, Florida -- Two men and a 16-year-old were arrested in Sarasota early Monday morning after police caught them with a stolen boat and trailer hitched to their truck.

Sarasota Sheriff's deputies say they were on the lookout for an extended cab white Dodge Ram pickup truck following a report of an attempted theft of a trailer on Palmetto Street. They pulled the truck over in the area of McIntosh and Sawyer Loop roads.

PICS: Man robs Sarasota CVS

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying the man seen in the photos above robbing a Sarasota CVS on April 14.

Authorities say around 7:35 a.m. at the CVS in the 3700 block of Tamiami Trail, a man handed an employee a demand note at the front register that implied he had a gun.

After the clerk gave the man the money, he left the store and was last seen getting on a bicycle heading northbound. Then a witness told police they saw him dump the bike and take off on foot.

Police standoff ends safely with man in custody

Sarasota, Florida -- A man who threatened to harm himself and officers who tried to go into his apartment was finally removed safely, along with his roommate, and taken into custody.

The Sarasota Police Department says just before midnight Wednesday, EMT's were called to University Oaks Apartments on Old Bradenton Road in reference to a man -- identified as 28-year-old Erich Zimmer -- who told emergency operators he was thinking of hurting himself and wanted help.

Women arrested for having sex in front of teens

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 40-year-old woman who witnesses say had sex with two teens over Spring Break while others watched.

Special Victims Unit detectives arrested 42-year-old Jeanine Shimandle after learning that she had sex with 13- and 17-year-old boys on March 11 at a Sarasota home where she was house sitting. 

Another male and two female teenagers who were also there listened to and, at times, watched the sex acts take place. Authorities say Shimandle also bought vodka for the teens.

Woman beaten in road rage incident

Sarasota, Florida -- Two young women were arrested Sunday night after they reportedly pulled another woman out of her car and beat her in the middle of the road during a road rage incident.

Manatee County deputies say 21-year-old Alanna Ferris and 23-year-old Chloe Costello were driving north on US 41 in Sarasota when a road rage incident between two women in another car began at the Myrtle Road intersection.