Babysitter Sex Charges

A North Port man is accused of performing a sex act on a child he was babysitting. 55-year-old Steven Crego was arrested and is facing felony charges of molestation and sexual battery. Crego was being held in the Sarasota County Jail with no bond. The child is receiving counseling for the sexual abuse.

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Roundabout Safety Enhancements

The Florida Department of Transportation has announced it will be enhancing safety at the roundabout at Jacaranda Boulevard and East Venice Avenue in Sarasota County, the scene of multiple crashes. Improvements include new pavement markings and signs to assist drivers and adjustments in lane alignment. Construction is scheduled to begin on March 6th and finish […]

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Charges Against Officer, Chief

A Punta Gorda police officer and his chief are facing criminal charges in the shooting death last August of 73-year-old Mary Knowlton. On Wednesday, the state attorney filed a manslaughter charge against Officer Lee Coel. At the time, Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis admitted Coel shot and killed Knowlton during a citizen’s police demonstration […]

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Child Neglect Arrest

A Venice woman is charged with Child Neglect after she allegedly fell asleep with an infant in her backseat and later left the child alone while she entered a convenience store. Sarasota County sheriff’s deputies were called to the WaWa gas station located at 2970 Executive Drive in Venice around 11:30 Saturday night, for reports […]

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New Assistant County Administrator

The city manager of North Port has accepted an offer to serve as assistant Sarasota County administrator. Jonathan Lewis is expected to start in early April, filling the position opened with the departure of Jonathan Evans, who accepted a job as city manager in Riviera Beach. Lewis has more than 19 years of local government […]

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