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Jury in child sex case deliberates late
Fri  Oct 31 2014 10:26AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The jury deliberated well past 7 p.m. Thursday in the child sexual abuse trial of HIV-positive North Port man Jose Rodriguez, after hearing several hours of closing … Find out how to read more online.
Some cry fowl over free turkeys
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Shelomie Francois waited in a line of about 110 people that snaked around the North Port Salvation Army building to get a voucher for a free turkey to feed her … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Love triangle sparked murder-suicide
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — A love triangle sparked the quarrel that led to last week’s murder-suicide at a local trailer park, officials confirmed Monday. Rosemery Martinez, 36, used a .40-caliber handgun … Find out how to read more online.
County to vote on homeless plan
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Wayne had been without a home for a decade before seeking services and emergency housing at the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. After receiving assistance to obtain deserved Social … Find out how to read more online.
Fake crash, real training
Mon  Oct 27 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Recently at the Punta Gorda Airport, Allegiant Airlines Flight 4321 was making its final approach to land at Runway 15. Suddenly, the MD-80 aircraft shuddered because of … Find out how to read more online.
Making the grade
Sun  Oct 26 2014 08:30AM
GLADES COUNTY — Through the farmlands and dusty roads lies Moore Haven, the county seat where the Glades County School District is headquartered. The entire county has three traffic lights, … Find out how to read more online.
Man who lost twins works to save lives
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Watching children grow up can bring tremendous joy to parents. Taking their first step, opening birthday and Christmas gifts, first day of kindergarten and driving home the … Find out how to read more online.
Emotional sentence
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Feb. 8 was the worst night of Amy Rachel’s life. But she took the stand Friday to recall her stabbing, and to talk about the lasting effects … Find out how to read more online.
Police catch alleged sandwich thief
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The local man accused of shoplifting a sandwich from a grocery store Wednesday was back for more the following day. And he wasn’t going to be caught … Find out how to read more online.
Winning the F18 Americas
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
For Charlotte Harbor Regatta, the journey to winning the 2015 F18 Americas Championship began with losing out on a less prestigious regional regatta in a different class. The loss reinforced … Find out how to read more online.
Prosecutors charge second murder suspect
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The State Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged Dwayne Johnson, 32, of Port Charlotte, with one count of second-degree murder with a firearm, a life felony, for allegedly killing Kello Bonhomme, … Find out how to read more online.
RV park shooting victim remains hospitalized
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The woman who was shot this week inside a trailer at Charlotte Harbor RV Park remained in the intensive care unit at Lee Memorial Hospital late Thursday, according to a … Find out how to read more online.
Gov. Scott to make stop in Punta Gorda today
Thu  Oct 23 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — In an effort to shore up early votes in a race that’s down to the wire, Gov. Rick Scott today will campaign in the city during his … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween treat for county workers: A pay raise . . . finally
Thu  Oct 23 2014 07:17PM
MURDOCK — On the last day of the month, Charlotte County employees will receive quite a Halloween treat with their first pay raise in seven years. The 3 percent pay … Find out how to read more online.
2 confirmed dead in shooting near Peace River
Tue  Oct 21 2014 03:16PM
Two are confirmed dead Tuesday in what authorities are calling a domestic disturbance. The Charlotte County sheriff’s office won’t go as far as calling it a murder-suicide at this point, … Find out how to read more online.
Murder charge reduced
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
Prosecutors have reduced the murder charge against one of the men arrested last month in relation to the shooting death of a 40-year-old Port Charlotte man. Freddie Campbell, 27, of … Find out how to read more online.
Homicide report: Driver was speeding
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The local man charged last week with vehicular homicide was driving at 61 mph when his car struck and killed a bicyclist in the Parkside area of Port Charlotte in … Find out how to read more online.
Vintage Finder’s Warehouse has ‘things worth repeating’
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
NORTH PORT — Kitchenware from the 1970s, a riding lawn mower from the ’50s and typewriters from the ’30s are just a few of the treasures stowed away in Vintage … Find out how to read more online.
Expect seasonal weather, afternoon showers
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — After a dry weekend, residents can expect mostly sunny skies again on Monday, but partly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected after … Find out how to read more online.
The Hurricane Bowl, 10 years later
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
The lights at Charlotte High School’s Tarpon Stadium never blazed brighter than they did 10 years ago — literally or figuratively. There was a reason for that. Ten years ago … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween portraits, with a heavy heart
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Tammy Grueber will carry through with her pledge to provide free photos of Halloween revelers Friday at Nickolson’s Portrait Studio, to support the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. … Find out how to read more online.
2008 sales tax projects bring rewards
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — As the 1 percent sales tax referendum approaches, arguments are being heard from both sides regarding the proposed projects’ cost, importance and financial impact on those who … Find out how to read more online.
Memory Bear Workshop builds strength
Mon  Oct 27 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home’s first-ever Memory Bear Workshop on Saturday, Laura Sauerwein is picking out what pieces will go into creating a stuffed animal to … Find out how to read more online.
Financial issues top county’s agenda
Mon  Oct 27 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — At their regular meeting on Tuesday, Charlotte County commissioners will focus on such major issues as next year’s Health Department contract, impact fees and the future of the … Find out how to read more online.
Challenges to the Charlotte’s comp plan
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
Scott on the stump in Punta Gorda
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Republican Party leaders turned out in full force Thursday to support Gov. Rick Scott who was on the stump in downtown Punta Gorda urging supporters to get … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte’s comp plan changes challenged
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
Youth football funds sacked
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Cats football season may have wrapped up last weekend, but officials are still trying to tackle an expensive off-field issue. The Englewood Area Athletic Association is … Find out how to read more online.
Beat it, clouds, the sun is back
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
OK. Sing along. Sunny days are here again. After a few cloudy days, the sun is expected to be back in full force. And yes, thank you, dryness, too. Jennifer … Find out how to read more online.
Parrot rescue a tall task
Thu  Oct 23 2014 08:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Chuckles escaped out the door Wednesday, pet-sitter Kenny Corley quickly chased after the young parrot. The two soon found themselves about 30 feet high, up a … Find out how to read more online.
Officials quiet about fatal shooting
Thu  Oct 23 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Few details were unveiled in an incident report released Wednesday by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office about this week’s fatal shooting at Charlotte Harbor RV Park. Residents … Find out how to read more online.
Study: Sunshine Lake algae due to natural causes
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
MURDOCK — An ongoing study of the Sunshine Lake/Sunrise Waterway has determined the likely cause of the algae contamination to be a natural occurrence. With more than 80 percent of … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales remain solid
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
Southwest Florida’s housing market closed September strong with year-over-year gains in virtually every category, the latest housing reports showed. In Charlotte County, there were 374 single-family home sales last month … Find out how to read more online.
Students join ukulele craze
Tue  Oct 21 2014 08:00AM
The first time music teacher Jason Osborne showed up in class with his ukulele, students had a puzzled look on their faces. They thought it was a toy. Then the … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte gets fingerprint tool
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Ron Mueller spends many a day studying bifurcations, ridge endings and pores. And he’s good at it; analyzing fingerprints is one of the crime scene technician’s specialties. But the practice … Find out how to read more online.
Man served aboard Bennington during WWII
Mon  Oct 20 2014 08:00AM
Gene Roaf of Punta Gorda Isles was a plane captain who maintained a single Corsair fighter aboard the carrier USS Bennington during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in … Find out how to read more online.
Missing woman found
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — A week ago, Katy McDonald’s mother and brother went to see her at her apartment on Sibley Bay Street. Nobody was home. According to an incident report, … Find out how to read more online.