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Crash claims roadside worker
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:00AM
A Port Charlotte man has been charged with DUI manslaughter after striking and killing a roadside worker Wednesday night on northbound U.S. 41, just north of the Barron Collier Bridge, … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man charged with battering woman
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was charged with battery early Thursday morning after allegedly attacking a 33-year-old woman, according to the North Port Police Department. Robert Parolisi, 43, … Find out how to read more online.
Thunderstorms on tap this weekend
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:00AM
The last few days have been drier than normal around Southwest Florida, but expect things to change heading into the weekend. According to Tyler Fleming, a meteorologist with the National … Find out how to read more online.
Districts back on North Port ballot
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Before the lines were even drawn, North Port voters will have the opportunity to nix a charter amendment that would require City Commission candidates to reside in … Find out how to read more online.
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Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have agreed to combine their broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity. The deal announced late Wednesday is the latest … read more.

US warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where … read more.

Sheriff: Baby left in van outside doctor’s office
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A doctor and nurses went to the aid of a 2-month-old baby girl after a Florida mom left the infant in a hot minivan outside a pediatrician’s office for about an hour, authorities say. The woman, … read more.

Price tag for new Tampa area expressway is $454M
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:19AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida Department of Transportation officials say a new expressway linking two major roads in the Tampa Bay area will cost about $454 million — about $116 million more than first announced. Most of the extra … read more.

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Judge: Venice burglar connected to murder
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A homeless man was sentenced to life in prison this week in connection with a string of Venice burglaries that spanned nine months between 2011 and 2012. But, in a macabre twist, a 12th Judicial Circuit judge … Find out how to read more online.

Beach bacteria claims life
Thu  Jul 31 2014 10:10AM
A middle-aged patient died in Sarasota County after contracting an ocean-borne bacterial infection through an open wound, according to the Florida Department of Health. The bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, is present in coastal waters — especially during the summer when water … Find out how to read more online.

Memorial planned for plane crash victims
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:00AM
VENICE — Corrine DeLutis is organizing a memorial service for plane crash victims Ommy and Oceana Irizarry on Saturday. She said everyone is invited to pay their respects at the crash site at Caspersen Beach in Venice from 7:30 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.

Bank robber who wore Einstein mask in holdup arrested
Fri  Aug 1 2014 01:00AM
A man who robbed a bank in Venice in November 2013 while wearing what looks like an Albert Einstein Halloween mask has been arrested, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Matthew Donald Lynch Maxwell, 29, of Tampa, came into … Find out how to read more online.

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