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Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

In the addiction recovery pod at the Sarasota County Jail, large windows flood the detention unit with sunlight. Two stories of jail cells frame an open area where men in orange jumpsuits sit at tables to chat or play a game of chess.

Soon, inmates like John will gather for one of the pod's four daily meetings focused on sober living.

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If your child has a cellphone, odds are they spent a good part of their summer making videos on an app called TikTok or messaging their friends on Snapchat.  

But Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight says social media has made it easier than ever for online predators to contact kids.

Department of Children and Family Services Assistant Secretary for Economic Self-Sufficiency Taylor Hatch and Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Colonel Kurt A. Hoffman stand at a podium in the Sheriff's media room to announce a data breach.
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By Daylina Miller

Thousands of Floridians – including children - who receive public assistance benefits like food stamps and Medicaid had their personal information stolen by a Department of Children and Families employee.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

A Sarasota felon has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing nearly four tons of explosive fuses.

Sarasota County Schools

The Sarasota County School Board is holding an emergency meeting Thursday on school security.  It comes after months of debate over whether the Sheriff's Office would help pay for school resource officers.


Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

Florida homeowners beware: one big gator has been found splashing in a backyard swimming pool and it took a trapper to drag it away.

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A Southwest Florida deputy has been charged after authorities say she lied to investigators to help another deputy accused of trying to kill a woman he had been defrauding.

Sheriff: Deputy Tried To Kill Woman He Was Defrauding

Jan 24, 2017
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Authorities say a sheriff's deputy in southwest Florida tried to kill a woman he had been defrauding.

A Florida radiologist and his wife are facing child abuse charges after authorities say they routinely tied up a 12-year-old girl who lived at their home and confined her to a playhouse.