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Thunderstorms continue this week
Sun  Jun 26 2016 05:47PM
Thunderstorms are likely to continue across Southwest Florida this week, with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s near the coast and low to mid 90s farther inland, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Teen arrived at Pearl Harbor days before attack
Sun  Jun 26 2016 05:45PM
When the Japanese bombed America’s Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor shortly before 8 a.m., Dec. 7, 1941, “Bud” Whitney was a 19-year-old electrician’s helper working at the Navy Yard in … Find out how to read more online.
Coast Guard finds second body in search for missing family
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The U.S. Coast Guard found a second body and part of a sailboat during their search for the missing Kimberly family of Sarasota on Thursday, the second full … Find out how to read more online.
Teen looks to rebound after coma
Sun  Jun 26 2016 06:28PM
PORT CHARLOTTE — After nearly seven months in a coma, Deshawn “Shawnee” Thompson, 17, of Port Charlotte, woke up and started signing and mouthing some words. The next morning, he … Find out how to read more online.
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Argentina’s ‘stolen babies’ seek truth, face ghosts
Sun  Jun 26 2016 07:59PM
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pedro Sandoval stopped celebrating Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and even his own birthday after he found out the truth: The mom and dad he knew growing up had stolen him from his biological parents, who … read more.

Police: 4 stabbed trying to stop couple’s fight
Sun  Jun 26 2016 07:59PM
OCOEE (AP) — Police in central Florida say four people were stabbed while trying to intervene in a couple’s fight in a parking lot. In a statement, Sgt. Mark Bousquet says Ocoee Police officers discovered the four victims while responding … read more.

Woman dies after lightning strikes at beach
Sun  Jun 26 2016 07:59PM
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES (AP) — Authorities say a Georgia woman has died after being struck by lightning on a Florida beach. Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Capt. Tammy Marris tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that Janika Gardner died before … read more.

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli gets life sentence for 2015 gay-parade stabbings
Sun  Jun 26 2016 07:59PM
TEL AVIV, Israel — An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man was sentenced to life in prison on Sunday for stabbing a 16-year-old girl to death and injuring others at last year’s gay pride parade in Jerusalem. The court said Yishai Schlissel was … read more.

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Coast Guard finds body in search for missing family
Thu  Jun 23 2016 08:30AM
Authorities searching the Gulf of Mexico for a missing family found one person’s body late Wednesday. “At about 4:30 this afternoon one of the Coast Guard helicopters located a deceased person in the search area wearing a life jacket,” a … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda Police Department receives second Excelsior Accreditation Recognition
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Police Department has been awarded Excelsior Status by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) for a second time. The Commission convened at the ChampionsGate Resort in ChampionsGate, Florida, yesterday to review 33 Florida criminal justice … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda bank robbery suspect arrested
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A North Fort Myers man made his first appearance in court Thursday after he was arrested and charged in the Nov. 30, 2015, robbery of Busey Bank, 2815 Tamiami Trail, in Punta Gorda. Robert Joseph Percoski, 38, … Find out how to read more online.

‘They got it wrong’
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The first thing that jumped out at Tom Ireland when he read a recently released State Attorney’s Office report on the death of his son at the Charlotte County Jail is that they got his son’s height … Find out how to read more online.

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