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Manatee District teachers receive funding for special projects

Manatee District teachers receive funding for special projects

Bradenton, FL -- More than 100 Manatee County teachers will receive funds today for special projects inside their classrooms and schools.

The Manatee Education Foundation will distribute more than $48,800 as part of its annual Ca$h for Cla$$room Grants program during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. at Rogers Garden Elementary School, 515 13th Ave. W., in Bradenton.

The goal of the Ca$h for Cla$$room Grants program is to provide funding for supplies and costs that tax dollars cannot provide.

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Skull found in Bradenton Police evidence room

Bradenton, Florida -- Police are trying to determine the origins of a human skull that was found in an unmarked box at the Bradenton Police Department.

The box was discovered in the corner of the homicide evidence room by detectives who were going through old evidence that could help in any cold case investigations.  

Photo Gallery: Pictures of the skull

No police report was found with the remains. According to the Bradenton Herald, the only detail found with the skull was an FBI lab invoice that read "examination of portion of human skull discovered in four inches of water near Bradenton on Sept. 28 1974.

New downtown adoption center opens

New downtown adoption center opens

Manatee County, FL -- Adopting your next family pet will soon become even more convenient for Manatee County residents.

Manatee County Animal Services is opening a new downtown adoption center today at 1002 B Manatee Ave. W., just east of the Manatee County Administrative Center.

The facility has room for five dogs and five cats and a “Get Acquainted Room” for prospective buyers to spend time with the pets.

The Manatee County Animal Services Adoption Center Downtown Division will operate Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Firefighters pay tribute to Chief Mark Souders

Firefighters pay tribute to Chief Mark Souders

Manatee County, Florida -- Firefighters from around the Bay area paid tribute to Bradenton Fire Chief Mark Souders today. There was a large procession to the Manatee County Convention Center in his honor.


Photo Gallery: Chief Mark Souders Funeral

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Funeral scheduled for former fire chief

Funeral scheduled for former fire chief

Bradenton, FL - Funeral arrangements have been scheduled for this weekend for deceased former Bradenton Fire Chief Mark L. Souders, who unexpectedly died of an apparent heart attack on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at the age of 55. Souders retired from the Bradenton Fire Department as Deputy Fire Chief in 2008.

A private viewing and post-service reception will be held for family and Bradenton Fire Department members only.

A public viewing will be open from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Kingdom Life Christian Church at 825 9th Street West in Bradenton.

Oshkosh brings new jobs to Pinellas and Manatee counties

Oshkosh brings new jobs to Pinellas and Manatee counties

Bradenton, Florida -- Pinellas County Economic Development and the Manatee Economic Development Council announced today that through Florida economic development assistance Oshkosh Corp. is expanding its operations in Florida. 

The result could add up to 200 jobs in Bradenton and Clearwater in 2011.

The Oshkosh Corp., a company that designs and builds specialty trucks and their bodies has decided to relocate two of its businesses, Medtec Ambulances and Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles (OSV), and consolidate them with two other existing business units in Florida. 

Husband confesses to robbing bank after wife turns him in

Bradenton, Florida- Troy Sandifar,45, confesses  to Manatee County Sheriff deputies he robbed First Bank on Manatee Avenue West Tuesday. Sandifar reportedly gave a note to the bank teller asking for 50 and 100 dollar bills. Was his motivation greed or desperation?

"He's a great guy. He'd help anybody," says Afra Sandifar about her husband. She adds, " He meant no harm to no one. He was in front of the cameras at the bank. He needed help all he wants is help."

Two pictures taken from the bank's surveillance camera shows Sandifar in the bank dressed in a long sleeve white colored shirt, khaki colored pants and unlike most bank robbers he does not try to cover his face.

Sandifar's wife Afra Sandifar turned in her husband to deputies Tuesday evening after seeing his picture from the bank's surveillance camera on a TV newscast. They married just 6 months ago. "I didn't want anyone to get hurt or killed," says Afra Sandifar.