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Bradenton bicyclist critically injured in car crash

Bradenton bicyclist critically injured in car crash

Bradenton, Florida -- A teenaged bicyclist was critically injured today when he rode into the path of a car on U.S. 41 north of Orlando Avenue, the Florida Highway Patrol said tonight.

Austin Hunter, 15, was taken to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg for treatment of his injuries.

The FHP said he traveled into the path of a car driven by Alfred Perani, 78, of Bradenton. Perani was not injured.

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Cash in on Manatee County's EDI grant

Cash in on Manatee County's EDI grant

Manatee County, FL -- Businesses that choose to locate or expand in Manatee County are scheduled to receive $2,819,920 in incentives over the next five years as a result of Manatee County’s popular Economic Development Incentive Grant.

Since rolling out the grant in 2009, Manatee County Commissioners have awarded the grants that will go to create 2,241 new jobs and retain 227 jobs in our county. That means the incentives have helped 2,268 local families find work in Manatee County. 

So, how can your company cash in on the EDI grant? First, your company must show that it will be adding new jobs that pay 115 percent of the average Manatee County annual wage which was $38,619 in 2009. Manatee County will pay $1,000 for each high-paying job your company creates.

Bradenton woman escapes Egyptian protests

BRADENTON, Florida -- It's a vacation Dian Weldon will never forget, though not for all the right reasons.

After visiting her daughter in Morocco, she and a relative went to Egypt. They got there on Tuesday, the first day of protests.

"I was not scared. I was concerned about being caught in a crossfire kind of a situation," she described Sunday from her Bradenton home.

On that first day, she says a tour guide tried to warn them about what could be a small protest. However, when they went to downtown Cairo, there were armored trucks and heavily armed police.

"It was very evident that they were expecting much worse than we had been prepared for," Weldon explained.

The massive protests, centered around Egyptians calling for their president to resign, were about 20 minutes from the hotel where Weldon stayed for three days.

Bradenton man robbed at gunpoint walking down street

Bradenton man robbed at gunpoint walking down street

Bradenton, FL-- Roman Salas took a walk Sunday morning he'll likely never forget.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, the 41-year-old was walking down 9th Street East, around the 5800 block, at 7:45, when two men confronted him.

Deputies say one held a shotgun to Salas, while the other demanded money.

Salas told investigators he handed over his cell phone and wallet, which contained no cash.

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Eat for a great cause tomorrow night!

Eat for a great cause tomorrow night!

Bradenton, Florida -- Join friends and neighbors in Bradenton for the second edition of C.A.F.E. (community art fundraising event), to be held at BONNI BAKES on Sunday, January 30th from 6-8pm. Each person attending pays $15 for a delicious meal prepared by local chefs. 100% of ticket money becomes the CAFE GRANT, awarded at the end of the evening to fund a local art project.

Three artists will present their proposals for a local art project, how they plan to use the GRANT and its intended impact on the community. Lively discussion continues over a multi-course vegetarian dinner, then each diner casts a vote for their favorite project. The winning proposal gets the CAFE GRANT and has 3 months to complete their project.

Reservations and advance purchase tickets required because of limited seating. We sold out early last time. Group seating accommodated on a 1st come/1st served basis. There will be iced tea & water but you're welcome to bring your own beer or wine.

15-year-old charged with stealing Target shopper's car

15-year-old charged with stealing Target shopper's car

Bradenton, Florida -- Deputies have charged a 15-year-old boy with stealing a woman's car from a Target store's parking lot Wednesday and trying to elude a chase when deputies spotted the vehicle Friday.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, has been charged with Armed Robbery, Grand Theft Auto and Fleeing to Elude.

The sheriff's office says the suspect was one of two who demanded the woman's car keys at gunpoint in the Target parking lot at 6150 14th Street W. She complied and they drove off in her car.

A deputy spotted the stolen vehicle Friday with five Hispanic males inside. The deputy attempted a traffic stop in the 6400 block of 7th Street West but the driver sped away, the sheriff's office said.

Manatee deputies investigating home invasion

Update: Deputies arrested Jeffrey Weber of Lehigh Acres, FL late Thursday night.

He faces a charge of armed burglary.

BRADENTON, FLORIDA-- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a reported home invasion Thursday afternoon.

Jessica Sosa, of Plantation Circle, told investigators she was home alone around 4:30 when she spotted a man peering through a front door window.

When she came to the door, the suspect told Sosa he was looking for her boyfriend because he owes him money.

As soon as he found out Sosa's boyfriend wasn't there, he told her he had a gun and forced himself into the living room.

The victim claims he never showed the gun.

Sosa told deputies the suspect eventually stole a house key and fled, possibly in a Blue Jeep.

He is described as a white male, 5"8", 160 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes.

He identified himself as "Jason" and was last seen wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates hat.