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Manatee parents fight to save neighborhood park


Bradenton, Florida -- Tucked in between offices and stores on Manatee Avenue is McKelvey Park. It's in jeopardy of being bought out and built up if the Manatee County School District decides to sell it for $1.8 million.

Parent Becky Lyerla says, "We have enough businesses -- two banks, a Walgreens, a shopping center. That's enough. Kids need something. Give them something."

The park sits next to Miller Elementary School.

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Controversial email forces Boys & Girls Club Manatee CEOs' resignation


Manatee County, Florida – Following a controversial email to staff, the CEO and executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County is out after only six months on the job.

Owner of Napier's Animal Sanctuary is arrested


Manatee County, Florida -- After their animal sanctuary was shut down after a raid resulted in the rescue of over 300 animals, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Alan and Sheree Napier on animal cruelty and fraud charges.

Bank robbery suspect killed in shootout with deputies


UPDATE: An autopsy was performed yesterday and it confirmed that Ross Chrisman died from self-inflicted gunshot. There was no evidence of any other gunshot wounds. Also, after a necropsy of the dog found in the truck, it is now believed that the animal died from the deputies returning gunfire. Initially, it appeared the dog had been shot by Chrisman. Lt. Bob Mealy continues to recover and is doing well.

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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.

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.

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.