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North Port succeeds with small business series
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:34PM
NORTH PORT — As the city continues to bring in more residents, it will also bring in new businesses — which are getting by with a little help from North … Find out how to read more online.
Killer of Charlotte County prosecutor denied parole
Wed  Aug 23 2017 07:14PM
The woman convicted in the 1982 murder of a Charlotte County prosecutor was denied parole Wednesday. Bonnie Kelly, 64, was sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of … Find out how to read more online.
Car flips, man injured
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:32PM
One person was transported to the North Port ER after a two-vehicle crash at State Road 776 and Biscayne Drive in Port Charlotte Wednesday, a Charlotte County Fire/EMS spokesperson reported. … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect arrested in domestic shooting
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:32PM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested after allegedly shooting his girlfriend Tuesday night. Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Bayfront Health Port Charlotte at 11 p.m. after receiving a … Find out how to read more online.
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Wed  Aug 23 2017 07:14PM
PUNTA GORDA — The city’s ban on medicinal marijuana will stand. In a 3-1 vote, Punta Gorda City Council moved Wednesday to pass an emergency ordinance, making its ban on medically recommended cannabis official. Councilwoman Lynne Matthews dissented and Gary … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda robbery suspect arrested in California
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:32PM
The U.S. Marshals arrested a suspect Tuesday from an armed robbery that occurred at Circle K in Punta Gorda in May. Punta Gorda Police Department officers responded to the convenience store located at 3035 Tamiami Trail, in reference to the armed … Find out how to read more online.

Local job fairs slated this month, next
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:32PM
Two career fairs this month and another next month in Charlotte County are expected to bring dozens of opportunities to people seeking work in the area. The unemployment rate in Charlotte County is estimated to be 4.6 percent — 0.3 … Find out how to read more online.

Police Beat
Wed  Aug 23 2017 06:32PM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Edward Charles Mahan, 41, 23300 block of Corrine Ave., Punta Gorda. Charge: driving without license revoked (habitual offender). Bond: $5,000. • Pierre Michael Lerou, 49, 25500 block of Terrain Lane, … Find out how to read more online.

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Stocks surge, put shaky few weeks further behind them
Wed  Aug 23 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Stocks around the world jumped on Tuesday, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 had one of its best days of the year, as markets put a shaky last couple of weeks further behind them. Shares of technology … read more.

Imam planned to blow himself up
Wed  Aug 23 2017 01:19AM
MADRID — An extremist cell in northeastern Spain was preparing bombs for an imam who planned to blow himself up at a Barcelona monument, a key suspect in the attacks that killed 15 people in northeastern Spain told a judge … read more.

Pentagon chief says militants are ‘on the run’
Wed  Aug 23 2017 01:19AM
BAGHDAD — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday he is confident that U.S.-backed Iraqi forces will finish off the Islamic State militants clinging to strongholds that are shrinking in size and number. “ISIS is on the run,” Mattis told … read more.

Italian boy helped save brother after quake
Wed  Aug 23 2017 01:19AM
MILAN — An Italian family of five was “reborn” after all three children buried in the rubble of their home by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake were pulled to safety Tuesday in a painstaking 16-hour rescue operation on the popular Mediterranean … read more.

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