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Person of Interest in double homicide now in custody

Person of Interest in double homicide now in custody

Venice, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has named 47-year-old John Alen Lee, who resides at 2192 Park Road in Venice, a person of interest in connection with the double homicide that occurred last night.

Detectives took Lee into custody at 2:20 p.m., today at a home in the 800 block of East 7th Avenue in Englewood, with the assistance of Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office warrant deputies. Lee was arrested on a warrant for violating the No Contact Provision of the pre-trial release conditions of his arrest last week for Domestic Battery against Traci Nabergall and Battery against Jason Salter, the people who were killed on Monday.

Lee will be booked into the Charlotte County Jail until he can be transferred to Sarasota County. He is being held without bond. The murder investigation is ongoing.

Deputies investigate a double homicide in Venice

Deputies investigate a double homicide in Venice

Venice, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a double homicide in Venice.

Two victims were found inside a home at 2172 Park Road around 8:10 p.m. last night. The home’s resident, 46-year-old white male Jason Salter, and 39-year-old white female neighbor Traci Nabergall, who resides at 2192 Park Rd., were pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives are pursuing leads throughout Sarasota County and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Arrest made in hit-and-run crash that killed 15-year-old

Update: An arrest has been made in the hit-and-run crash that killed 15-year-old Brenden Barnes. State troopers have identified 50-year-old Kim Leto of Manatee County as the driver of the SUV that struck Barnes. Leto is currently being held in the Manatee County Jail.

Grants available for energy-efficient home improvements

Grants available for energy-efficient home improvements

Venice, FL -- The City of Venice was awarded funds from the Florida Energy and Climate Commission to be used for residents of single-family homes in the city who participate in the county-wide Get Energy Smart Retrofit Program. 

The program is a joint initiative among Sarasota County, the City of Sarasota, the City of Venice and the City of North Port that will provide energy audits and rebates to citizens who use pre-qualified local contractors to make home energy improvements.

Categories for improvements include:

Sarasota County 911 unable to get call from AT&T Wireless customers

Sarasota County 911 unable to get call from AT&T Wireless customers

Sarasota, Florida - The Sarasota County Emergency 911 Call Center is currently unable to receive calls from AT&T Wireless customers.

County Officials say AT&T Wireless customers trying to reach Sarasota County 911 are advised to use a land line or cell phone with a different carrier until the situation has been corrected.

AT&T technicians are working with 911 to correct the problem as soon as possible. 

VIDEO: Sarasota man leads SC police on high speed chase

Spartanburg, SC-- A 26-year-old Sarasota man was charged with bank robbery in Spartanburg after he was apprehended on Interstate 85 in Greenville County, South Carolina following a mid-day high-speed chase.

A white Buick Riviera stopped on the side of northbound Interstate 85 just short of Laurens Road about 12:50 p.m. as officers closed in on it.

A Greenville County sheriff's cruiser pinned shut the driver's side door, and several officers went in the passenger side to drag the man out of the car.

"No shots were fired, and no one was injured," said Capt. Randy Hardy, a public safety officer for the city of Spartanburg.

"Neil P. Shuttleworth of Sarasota was charged with bank robbery in an incident earlier in the day where the First Citizens Bank at 1894 E. Main St. in Spartanburg was robbed," said Hardy and a spokesman for the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Dolphin calf has infection, but doing well

Dolphin calf has infection, but doing well

Sarasota, FL -- A blood test shows that a dolphin calf being cared for at Mote Marine Laboratory has an infection, but experts say Taz is still responding well to treatment there.


The bottlenose dolphin calf, thought to be about six months old, was found stranded on a sandbar on Jan. 13.  


Mote experts say infections are common in stranded animals and Taz is being treated with antibiotics.


For more information and updates on Taz click here.