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Accused murderer gets third trial
Sun  May 3 2015 08:30AM
The Second District Court of Appeals granted accused killer John Allen Lee a third trial after his attorneys alleged the state withheld critical evidence during his previous, second, murder trial. … Find out how to read more online.
Nesting turtles turning up in numbers
Sun  May 3 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — April turned out to be a good month for the start of local sea turtle nesting on Gulf beaches. “I believe (we’ve seen) the highest numbers of April … Find out how to read more online.
$23M malpractice verdict
Fri  May 1 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The recent $23 million award in a medical malpractice lawsuit for a mother whose daughter was born with a severe brain injury is believed to be the … Find out how to read more online.
A step toward unity
Sun  Apr 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Waving an American flag, and boasting a huge smile and youthful exuberance, 11-year-old Amy Washington led the way during Saturday’s Peace March across the Barron Collier Bridge … Find out how to read more online.
Disabled man seeks aid to fence back yard for service dog
Mon  Apr 27 2015 03:46PM
A Port Charlotte man confined to an electric wheelchair is hoping the community will help him pay for a backyard fence so his service dog-in-training has a place to run … Find out how to read more online.
As CCU director resigns, ‘big challenges’ remain
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
MURDOCK — Less than two months after receiving the results of a Charlotte County Utilities audit that was critical of several key operations in the department, director Terri Couture has … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering the ‘Forgotten War’
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Retired U.S. Navy Capt. John W. Arens told the story of an Army combat medic’s heroism during the Korean War. The medic was tending to a wounded … Find out how to read more online.
Gated communities making a comeback
Mon  Apr 20 2015 04:40PM
ENGLEWOOD — Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In … Find out how to read more online.
Special Olympians have fun at field day
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
ROTONDA — Skylar Martin lifted the golf club in celebration of making a hole-in-one in front of her friends. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Peace River Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Tern Bay development stuck in time
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Purple Emperor Way looks like any other ornately titled street in an exclusive subdivision. Fancy cars in the driveways, flowerbeds blooming with color and flags … Find out how to read more online.
‘The death of this gentleman is a tragedy’
Sun  Apr 12 2015 08:30AM

Timeline and excerpts from 911 calls obtained by the Sun in the death of a man who was having chest pains on March 20:

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Community quietly remembers Peeples
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although Vernon Peeples was passionate as a politician and historian, those who knew him well said he was a quiet man who kept to himself. As such, … Find out how to read more online.
Baptized by fire in Vietnam, Army Airborne officer planned Reagan’s 2nd inauguration
Mon  Apr 13 2015 01:01PM
The most danger Dominic Ruggerio faced during his 30-year Army career came in Vietnam — he arrived with the 101st Airborne Division just ahead of the Tet Offensive — when … Find out how to read more online.
Survey reveals support for incorporation
Sun  Apr 12 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Like many respondents to a recent Sun survey on the possible incorporation of Port Charlotte, Addie Parnell doesn’t really have a problem with the level of services … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff speaks about jail recordings
Fri  Apr 10 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell spoke on the issue of privileged recordings late Thursday, the same day the agency released about 200 pages of new documents related … Find out how to read more online.
Relay for Life inspires local survivor
Fri  Apr 10 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Breast cancer survivor Frannie Slagter recalls her son asking her about the small paper bags lit up and placed around the track after sunset at a Relay … Find out how to read more online.
Contractor controversy
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The owner of A.D. Morgan Corporation said Wednesday the Sarasota County School Board’s 4-1 decision Tuesday night to accept superintendent Lori White’s recommended change in the ranking … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte freezes Manasota Key plans
Thu  Apr 9 2015 12:20PM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County is putting a controversial Manasota Key sidewalk plan on hold. Members of the Manasota Key Street and Drainage Advisory Committee board learned of the decision Wednesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Warmer weather, slight chance of showers expected this week
Mon  Apr 6 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents may feel a little bit warmer this work week, but they may also want to carry an umbrella just in case it rains. Temperatures will rise a … Find out how to read more online.
Clarence Tuma escaped Germans’ ambush in WWII
Mon  Apr 6 2015 08:30AM
Clarence Tuma spent 31 bitterly cold days and nights just waiting in the Ardennes Forest, gun at the ready when he wasn’t sleeping in miserable foxholes, wondering when the German … Find out how to read more online.
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Drug sting yields 17 arrests
Fri  May 1 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office charged 17 individuals as part of a targeted search for suspects who sold heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription drugs locally to … Find out how to read more online.
High-speed hazard
Fri  May 1 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Ramon Merino drives every day from his home off Edgewater Drive to his job in mosquito control at the Charlotte County East Port Environmental Campus on Harborview … Find out how to read more online.
Seniors get help for complaints
Mon  Apr 27 2015 04:08PM
ENGLEWOOD — When told there’s cancer-causing mold growing inside their air-conditioning unit, most people get a second opinion. But elderly residents sometimes get scared they could die from the mold … Find out how to read more online.
Soldier fought Germans during WWII
Mon  Apr 27 2015 08:30AM
Tony Di Gregorio spent the cold, rainy winter of 1944 fighting Germans in the Appian Mountains of Italy during World War II. “We’d go out every night looking for them,” … Find out how to read more online.
Back on the job
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM

UNRESOLVED PRISON DEATHS

There are more than 200 pending prison inmate death investigations in Florida. Six of them involve Charlotte Correctional Institution:

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Charles …

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Big step forward for home sales
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
With home sales already off to a fast start this year, March sales reached even greater levels in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors reported … Find out how to read more online.
Local homeless cats find love in UK
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
Brian and Jenny Port were not looking for a cat. As a matter of fact, the two residents of the United Kingdom were not even supposed to be in Englewood. … Find out how to read more online.
Shop churns up business, despite recall
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a good month, Harborwalk Scoops + Bites ice cream shop dishes out as much as 120 gallons of ice cream a week. Two-thirds of the sweet … Find out how to read more online.
Beauty of nature, art highlight eARTh Day Celebration
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Under a blue sky and a yellow sun wearing sunglasses, the crayon drawing shows Clara Bailey and her two sisters planting a tree amidst a field of … Find out how to read more online.
Private sector eyed for primary care
Fri  Apr 17 2015 10:59AM
The state Department of Health is now beginning to make the necessary moves to transition primary care services for Sarasota County residents into the private sector. Rep. Ken Roberson, District … Find out how to read more online.
Area history marches on
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — With both the county and city history centers in transition, it will be awhile before the displays of a shared, storied past tell their tale. The Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
‘Summer weather trend’ continues
Mon  Apr 13 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect the “summer weather trend” to continue this week with warmer than normal weather and possible afternoon showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless camp fires spark concern
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — As a community policing officer with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, part of Louis Henyecz’s job is to help keep an eye on the local homeless population … Find out how to read more online.
Danger on the horizon
Fri  Apr 10 2015 04:41PM
CAPE HAZE — Stuart James enjoys the view from his condominium overlooking Lemon Bay at the Cape Haze Marina. But what should be a tranquil vista sometimes makes James, a … Find out how to read more online.

Mon  Apr 13 2015 12:31PM
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” The popular 1 Corinthians 13:13 Bible verse is almost always included in wedding ceremonies … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay High boutique eases cost of prom
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
With prom just a couple of days away, students are still scrambling to find the perfect attire. Jessica McCall found hers at the Lemon Bay High School prom boutique. “It’s … Find out how to read more online.
Flood insurance rate hikes about to hit home
Mon  Apr 6 2015 01:52PM
Any day now they’ll start to arrive — flood insurance renewal notices with premiums the likes of which most homeowners have never seen. David Dignam, president of Key Agency in … Find out how to read more online.
‘So much history here’
Mon  Apr 13 2015 12:31PM
PUNTA GORDA — Vietnam veterans Mary Lee and Lee Chalifour first met in the Air Force in 1963, serving with valor. Mary Lee, a nurse, earned three medals; while Lee, … Find out how to read more online.