Crime

Photo provided by City of North Port

Photo provided by City of North Port

Photo provided by City of North Port

Photo provided by City of North Port

Amid North Port's vacant lots, grow houses sprout

Near the city's eastern edge and surrounded by hundreds of vacant, pre-platted lots, the house with a green roof and trim was as inconspicuous as it was isolated.

But inside, police say, a pot-growing operation was flourishing...

While it stood out for its size, the operation on Bridge Drive was not unusual in North Port, where police have uncovered at least 13 marijuana grow houses since 2011. The city of Sarasota, by contrast, has had no grow-house busts during the same period.


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Photo provided by Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

Questions swirl after second infant's death

They named him Chance, because he was their second.

After the death of her baby boy Duane in April 2014, Kristen Bury seemed ecstatic that she was pregnant again, said her former landlord Diane Wood, 54. It would be the 32-year-old's second baby with Joseph Walsh, 36.


Sarasota Herald-Tribune archive photo

Sarasota Herald-Tribune archive photo

Fentanyl-like drug involved in New College overdose deaths

A powerful designer drug that has only recently gained the attention of authorities played a role in the accidental overdose deaths of two young men on New College's campus earlier this year, a medical examiner's autopsy showed...

Completed autopsy reports released Friday show that both men had butyryl fentanyl, an analogue of fentanyl, in their blood when they died.


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Photo provided by Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

Three shot, two critically, in violent night

In what police say was the most violent night the city has seen in recent memory, three men were shot in two unrelated incidents Tuesday.
Two were shot near a playground. Another was shot across the street from a church.

Two suspects are in jail, being held without bond.


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Photo provided by Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Suspected burglar targeted North Port

He stole safes, guns and even a penny collection, police say.

And that doesn’t even scratch the surface.

Investigators report they’ve seized close to 900 items from Laquinton Hart’s home in east Bradenton. North Port Police charged the 22-year-year old man in connection to 12 residential burglaries in North Port and are determining if he was involved in more.


Courts

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Photo provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

With deal, mother gets 25 years

Just moments after Kristen Bury was sentenced to 25 years of prison for the death of her infant son Chance Walsh, a woman took the stand to chastise her.

It was her mother.


Sarasota Herald-Tribune staff photo, Michael Scott Davidson

Sarasota Herald-Tribune staff photo, Michael Scott Davidson

Judge refuses to lower caregiver's $300,000 bond

With a large white bandage covering the top of his head, a 91-year-old World War II veteran testified Thursday about how the woman entrusted to care for him instead bludgeoned him with an oxygen tank and left him for dead.