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Bradenton man arrested for possession of crack cocaine

Bradenton, Florida -- A man in Bradenton has been arrested with possession of crack cocaine after officers found the substance hidden in a packet of cigarettes.

Charles Williams was sitting on bench with a few other people at Whitaker Park on Thursday morning. A box of cigarettes dropped off the bench and when officers told Williams he dropped his cigarettes he said, "I don't smoke cigarettes, I smoke weed."

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Woman accused in son's death arrested again

ENGLEWOOD, Florida (AP) - Officials say a Florida woman accused in the death of her young son has been arrested again after violating terms of her pretrial release from jail.


Sharon Swat was first arrested Dec. 14
, six months after police say she left her infant son and 4-year-old autistic daughter in a bathtub. The baby - named Kayden - drowned. The 24-year-old mother was charged with child abuse causing great bodily harm.

Problems continue for state's unemployment system

Bradenton, Florida -- The state government promised action after 10 Investigates uncovered problems with the state's $60 million unemployment website. Despite federal labor officials stepping in over the weekend and giving the state permission to pay claimants the system is still having problems.

Ellenton skaters representing Team USA at Sochi

Bradenton, Florida -- Two Americans who are making the trip to Russia this spring are a figure skating pair from Ellenton.

Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay will be representing Team USA after they skated their way to an Olympic spot at the National Championships earlier this month.

For the past three years, Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay have spent five days a week at the Ellenton Ice and Sports complex. Although, now they have some new fans watching them practice and get ready for Russia. 

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TRAFFIC ALERT: NB lanes on Skyway Bridge now open

Pinellas, Manatee & Sarasota ALERT: NB Sunshine Skyway is blocked (as of 6 a.m.) due to 3 vehicle crash - overturned SUV involved. Use I-75 until further notice!

*UPDATE - one lane now slowly getting by - overturned vehicle is at the top of the hump. I-75 still a better option for Manatee & Sarasota Co. travelers. 

*UPDATE - as of 6:41 - ALL lanes are blocked again to try to remove the overturned vehicle. BIG delays building. Use I-75!

Shelter in Palmetto shuts down due to parvovirus cases

Bradenton, Florida -- A shelter in Manatee County has temporarily closed down as a precautionary measure after dogs tested positive for parvovirus. 

According to the Bradenton Herald, the shelter has euthanized three dogs as a precautionary measure after the tested positive for the highly contagious viral disease. Canine parvovirus can produce a lift-threatening illness if not treated. 

Vera Richey celebrates 102 birthday at Sandbar Restaurant

Vera Richey celebrates 102 birthday at Sandbar Restaurant

Anna Maria, Fl. - Could eating at the Sandbar Restaurant help you live longer? if you're 102-year-old Vera Richey, the answer is yes. She's been celebrating her birthday there for many years.

The Sandbar Restaurant helped Richey celebrate her birthday with their favorite dish: freshly caught Grouper. Plus, special guest, owner Ed Chiles. He made sure to come by and wish her and her family a happy birthday. He says he was impressed with her quick wit and strong handshake.