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Manatee High teen allegedly forced sex on girl


Bradenton, Florida -- A Manatee High School athlete is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl against her will at a party.

Based on our 10 News crime guidelines, we are not identifying the 17-year-old suspect because he has not been charged as an adult.

The sheriff's office says the victim told him to stop.

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Community calls for ouster of Manatee Boys & Girls Club head


Palmetto, Florida – During a town hall meeting at Mount Raymond Full Gospel Baptist Church, dozens of members of the community called for the firing of Marc Dosogne, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County.

The outcry follows an email that Dosogne sent to staff outlining new hiring practices for the organization which would, among other things, disqualify anyone with dreadlocks or anyone who had a child as a teenager.

Bank robbery suspect killed in shootout with deputies


Bradenton, Florida – A bank robbery suspect was killed in a shootout Monday with deputies from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The gunfight took place along 33rd St. East shortly before noon. One deputy, 52-year-old Lt. Bob Mealy was shot in the arm during the shootout. However, Mealy is expected to be okay.

"Now the deputy is very fortunate because he was just a couple feet away and it could have been a lot worse than it is," said Manatee County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Dave Bristow.

Manatee Boys & Girls Club CEO on leave after controversial memo


Manatee County, Florida – After just six months on the job, the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County is facing controversy over his comments made in a memo to staff regarding future hires.

"What I'm not interested in, is potential candidates coming in with lots of tattoos, face piercings (and) dreadlocks on guys," Marc Dosogne wrote in an email obtained by 10 News.

"I would never want to send something out that offends people," he said in an interview with 10 News.

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Woman gets license suspended after crash that killed 3


Bradenton, Florida - A Manatee County woman's license was suspended for one year, following a deadly accident that killed three people and injured four others.

The accident happened back on February 2 outside the Sugar Creek Country Club, in a 55+ community. It's where residents held church services.

Australian Sheperds from Manatee County put to death


Manatee County, Florida -- Day two, and protesters return to block the front gate of Manatee County Animal Shelter in a last ditch effort to keep Buck and Bill from being euthanized. But for the dogs' owner, Karen Erskine, the news that the last legal avenue to save them comes in a text from her attorney. The dogs will die at 7 p.m.

Woman loses fight to save her dogs from being euthanized


Bradenton, Florida -- A fifteen month long battle to free two dogs has ended.

A Manatee County judge ruled the Australian Shepherds were dangerous and, by state law, had to be euthanized. They were put down Thursday evening.

"They're the world. They're my heart and soul," said Karen Erskine about her dogs, 8-year-old Buck and 11-year-old Bill. Thursday afternoon with the clock ticking, Erskine still believed they could be saved, but time was not on her side.