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Three prescribed burns in Hillsborough Thursday

Hillsborough County, Florida -- If you see smoke today it may be from one of the three prescribed burns happening in Hillsborough County on February 20. 

The burns will take place at Balm Scrub Addition in Wimauma, Upper Little Manatee River Preserve in Wimauma and Lower Green Swamp Preserve in Plant City. 

The burns will last all day and are for ecological site management. 

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Department of Health in Manatee County offers wellness screenings

Manatee County, Florida -- The Department of Health in Manatee County is offering low cost wellness screenings. 

The wellness screening includes a health risk assessment and complete metabolic and lipid panels. These tests screen for blood sugar levels, body mass index, liver and kidney function, and cholesterol levels. The fee for the wellness screening is $50.00.

Manatee Co. animal sanctuary declares bankruptcy

The owners of Napier's Horse and Animal Sanctuary in Manatee County filed for bankruptcy today in Tampa.

Hundreds of animals were seized earlier this month from the sanctuary.

A Manatee County judge will decide next month if the Napiers are fit to care for the animals.

The Sheriff's Office filed a petition seeking custody. A hearing is set for next month.

Repairs begin on Lake Manatee Dam

Bradenton, Florida -- Emergency repairs are underway at the Lake Manatee Dam after crews noticed potentially compromised spots.

Crews are tackling the repair work now in order to keep those living along the Manatee River high and dry before rainy season begins.

Back on June 22, 2003, resident Mark Stukey, who's lived along the Manatee River for 40 years, witnessed the tragedy water can cause.

"Everything was floating," says Stukey after a stuck gate at the dam, compounded by rain, caused excessive flooding in the area.

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Manatee County Animal Shelter overcrowded

Manatee County, Florida -- The Manatee County Animal Shelter is extremely overcrowded and having a adoption special today to give the animals a good home. 

After over 300 animals were rescued from Napier's Log Cabin Horse and Animals Sanctuary the shelter is is overwhelmed with animals. 

To help prevent animals being killed for space, the shelter is having an adoption drive Saturday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The special adoption even will be held at 305 25 Street West, Palmetto. 

Napier petitioned to forfeit custody of over 300 animals

Bradenton, Florida- The Manatee County's Sheriff's Office has filed a petition with the Clerk of Courts to have Alan Napier forfeit custody of more than 300 of his animals. 

Deputies issued a search warrant last week of Napier's Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary for poor living conditions. A judge will decide of Napier is fit to continue caring for the animals.

Driver killed in crash on I-75 at Erie Rd. overpass

Ellenton, Florida -- A man was killed after his SUV crashed into a concrete pillar on I-75 at the Erie Road overpass Friday morning.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say around 9:40 a.m., Steven Larkin's Toyota Rav4 was heading north on I-75 in the inside lane when, for an unknown reason, it drifted off the road and into the center median where it crashed into the pillars.

Larkin, 36, died at the scene.

Authorities are awaiting a toxicology report to determine of drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.