+Former employee steals $234,470 from Nokomis
Police reports found that Diana Urban had written checks to herself and forged the company ledger.
+Florida Senate committee looks at outdoor smoking
Sarasota County Commission Chairwoman Carolyn Mason will sign a Feb. 12 letter in support of Florida Senate and House bills that would allow the county to ban beach smoking.
+Manatee superintendent finalists interview one-on-one with board today
The six finalists for the superintendent of Manatee County Schools are interviewing one-on-one with the school board today.
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Mote-tagged shark swims toward Sarasota
A 14-foot, 2,300-pound great white shark is currently heading eastbound toward Sarasota.
Police get a wheel deal from anonymous citizen
An anonymous citizen recently contacted the town with an offer to buy the Longboat Key Police Department a new bicycle.
Surprise daytime turtle encounter
On his evening beach walk, Longboat Key resident Mike Haycock was in for a big surprise when he spotted a sea turtle coming out of the water Sunday.