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Local man to be featured on World Fishing Network
Fri  Feb 12 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — While Captain Mike Myers was reeling in a tarpon, a 10-foot bull shark wanted it more. The massive shark ate the tarpon. Then it got hooked on Myers’ … Find out how to read more online.
Mostly sunny weather for Valentine’s Day weekend
Fri  Feb 12 2016 08:30AM
With mostly sunny skies and no rain in the forecast, the climate is right for Charlotte and Sarasota county residents looking forward to romantic picnics or walks holding hands in … Find out how to read more online.
Time to say thanks
Fri  Feb 12 2016 08:30AM
Dedeth Ford lives in a Port Charlotte house that she has turned into a warm, inviting home. Her butterfly garden is on the way to the yard. It’s where she … Find out how to read more online.
South Charlotte County manages future growth, water needs
Fri  Feb 12 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In the far southern reaches of the county, where cattle graze and wildlife still rule, the Burnt Store Water Treatment Plant sits isolated, but not apart from … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
DOJ, Miami police near settlement in civil rights case
Fri  Feb 12 2016 09:01PM
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and city of Miami are close to a settlement in a civil rights case stemming from questionable police shootings from 2008 to 2011. News of the deal emerged Friday as U.S. Attorney General … read more.

Troopers: 2 dead in wrong-way crash near downtown Tampa
Fri  Feb 12 2016 09:01PM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Two men are dead following a wrong-way crash on an exit ramp of Interstate 275 near downtown Tampa. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the crash happened at 5:45 a.m. Friday on the Ashley Drive exit. … read more.

Hospital where woman in custody died cited for deficiencies
Fri  Feb 12 2016 09:01PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The hospital where a black woman died after she was forcibly removed from the emergency room by a white police officer was cited for 10 “deficiencies,” including failing to properly exam the woman when she complained … read more.

House panel calls governor, EPA chief to testify on Flint
Fri  Feb 12 2016 09:01PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Friday he has invited Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy to testify about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of … read more.

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POLICE BEAT
Wed  Feb 10 2016 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Travis Lee Gerdon, 44, 300 block of Watham Drive, Port Charlotte. Charges: possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $3,000. • Michael John Palade Sr., 39, 20300 block of Andover … Find out how to read more online.

Reverse mortgages: More home defaults on the way?
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
It was back in October when Kristen Conti, a broker-owner of Golf Breeze Realty in Port Charlotte, received special training on reverse mortgages from Fannie Mae. As a direct broker for the government-backed mortgage giant, Conti was being prepared for … Find out how to read more online.

Rain and cold don’t stop fairgoer fun
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Bad weather didn’t stop folks from coming out to the Charlotte County Fair to get in some funnel cake, cotton candy and rides before the annual event wrapped up for the season on Sunday. Fairgoers ranged from … Find out how to read more online.

Fair auction bittersweet for some
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
It was Saturday afternoon, the next-to-last day of the Charlotte County Fair, and its agricultural program was showing both of its faces as it came to an end with its annual auction. One belonged to Alexis Burkett. She had hit … Find out how to read more online.

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