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Man pleads guilty in son’s suffocation death
Fri  Jul 1 2016 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Englewood couple have both pleaded guilty in the suffocation death of the man’s 6-year-old son on Christmas Eve. On Thursday, a handcuffed and shackled James “Rick” … Find out how to read more online.
Popko out on bond, awaiting trial
Fri  Jul 1 2016 01:00AM
With a little help from social media sites and family, Nicholas Popko was released from jail while preparing for his trial. The 25-year-old North Port man is accused of killing … Find out how to read more online.
Firefighters, Motel 6 step up for victim
Fri  Jul 1 2016 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — When Lesley Hall returned home from a coin laundry Wednesday night, she smelled something burning. She opened her kitchen door and ran into a wall of billowing black … Find out how to read more online.
Face time:
Fri  Jul 1 2016 01:00AM
David Towles has been collecting antiques since he was 13 years old. Now, his journey through time has brought him something that has him — and experts — scratching their … Find out how to read more online.
106-year-old Punta Gorda man dies
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
James Spencer Dryden, M.D., Punta Gorda’s oldest living resident at the age of 106, died peacefully at home on June 14 surrounded by loved ones. He was born in the … Find out how to read more online.
Babcock Ranch breaks ground
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
“Here we are about to go vertical,” Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, said Tuesday, with shovel in hand over the construction site of downtown Babcock Ranch. … Find out how to read more online.
Diversity largely missing in school ranks
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
(Editor’s note: A racial academic achievement gap in standardized testing exists in Charlotte County schools, according to Florida Department of Education data. This is Part One of a series exploring … Find out how to read more online.
Overall crime down, violent offenses up
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Crime statistics recently released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement present a mixed bag in Charlotte County. On the one hand, 2015 saw the overall crime … Find out how to read more online.
Teen arrived at Pearl Harbor days before attack
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
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.
Teen looks to rebound after coma
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
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.
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 … 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 … Find out how to read more online.
Inmate hurt after second-tier jump at jail
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Charlotte County Jail inmate suffered minor injuries after jumping from the second tier of his housing pod to the concrete floor Thursday, according to the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Sellers take advantage of rising home sales
Thu  Jun 23 2016 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — Home prices across the region continue to climb, but their favorable impact on sellers may be curbing interest among buyers. In Charlotte County, the median sales price … Find out how to read more online.
Church welcomes Patch our Planet with open arms
Tue  Jun 21 2016 03:36PM
Murdock Baptist Church was alive with an emotional concert on June 5, when they were joined by the organization Patch our Planet, which seeks to help churches make a plan … Find out how to read more online.
Candidate with historic roots in council race
Tue  Jun 21 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Vice Mayor Kim Devine, 58, announced she will not seek re-election, but someone with deep family roots in the city, Jaha Cummings, has stepped up as a … Find out how to read more online.
Drier, less humid weather expected
Mon  Jun 20 2016 08:30AM
Early this week, Southwest Floridians will get a break from the wet season’s usual high humidity and rainy afternoons. “We’ve got a pretty good area of high pressure, and it’s … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood Dads doing it right
Sun  Jun 19 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Kale Dailey has dedicated himself to supporting his kids. But it’s not just his kids he’s working for. Over the last two decades, Dailey has given his time … Find out how to read more online.
Drop-off locations announced for Shoes For Kids
Sun  Jun 19 2016 08:30AM
The Sunrise Kiwanis Shoes for Kids Project, which runs from June 19 to July 24, collects new sneakers for local youth in the Charlotte County Public School System. The goal … Find out how to read more online.
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Dozens of cats, ‘deplorable conditions’
Fri  Jul 1 2016 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — A former North Port Citizen of the Year faces 61 counts of animal cruelty after dozens of cats were found in “deplorable conditions” with dead ones being … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff opens up the jail
Thu  Jun 30 2016 01:00PM
PUNTA GORDA — Tired, as he puts it, of “getting beat up by the press” for a string of inmate deaths at the local jail during his watch, Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
Judge denies lower bond in WWII veteran attack case
Fri  Jul 1 2016 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota circuit judge denied a lower bond to a North Port woman who allegedly hit a World War II veteran in the head and left him … Find out how to read more online.
Planners look to finalize comp plan
Fri  Jul 1 2016 01:00AM
SARASOTA — Affordable housing was a hot item recently when Sarasota County Commissioners met to discuss the adoption of the county’s comprehensive plan — encompassing land use, economic development, transportation … Find out how to read more online.
Big trash pile leads to arrest of Englewood man
Fri  Jul 1 2016 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte County Sheriff’s investigation launched into how a big pile of trash ended up getting dumped in front of a vacant lot on the 13100 block … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte OKs residential for Babcock
Wed  Jun 29 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — The Charlotte County Commission on Tuesday took another giant step forward in the development of Babcock Ranch, clearing the way for home construction to begin. “This is very … Find out how to read more online.
Local reactions mixed to ‘landmark’ abortion decision
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
As the Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas on Monday, local leaders on both sides of the issue are determined to keep fighting for their convictions. In making … Find out how to read more online.
Parents petition for new bus stop
Tue  Jun 28 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Parents are pleading with school officials to provide safe bus transportation in the city’s historic district. Janice and Paul Chupka, parents of 8-year-old twins at Sallie Jones … Find out how to read more online.
Thunderstorms continue this week
Mon  Jun 27 2016 08:30AM
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.
Coast Guard finds second body in search for missing family
Mon  Jun 27 2016 04:47PM
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.
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 … 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, … Find out how to read more online.
Fawcett hospital announces $21M expansion
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
The Fawcett Memorial Hospital has announced a $21 million expansion and renovation project to begin later this fall. The project will add 20 additional private patient rooms on the second floor, expand … Find out how to read more online.
Weekend temps may feel hotter than 100 degrees
Fri  Jun 24 2016 08:30AM
Southwest Floridians may want to get out their sunscreen for outdoor activities and try to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water this weekend, as the typical summertime … Find out how to read more online.
The Vietnam Wall arrives
Tue  Jun 21 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — For Mitch Mesenburg, the arrival of the east portion of the granite for the Southwest Florida Vietnam Memorial Wall is bittersweet. His brother Terrance Mesenburg was killed … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte auto dealers thrive
Mon  Jun 20 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Auto dealers are reaping record sales these days and Port Charlotte is accumulating a larger share of the profits, with more on the way. With a grand … Find out how to read more online.
Officials warn: Remain vigilant after gator attacks
Wed  Jun 22 2016 07:05PM
Alligators have become as synonymous with the state of Florida as sunshine and oranges, but officials say their presence is not being respected — which is causing the creatures to … Find out how to read more online.
Smartphones not helping sea turtles
Mon  Jun 20 2016 08:59PM
ENGLEWOOD — Smartphones may be discouraging nesting sea turtles. Linda Soderquist — the state primary permit holder overseeing volunteer sea turtle patrols on Little Gasparilla Island — expects “false crawls,” … Find out how to read more online.
Family-owned restaurant-bakery creates ‘sense of community’
Mon  Jun 20 2016 11:54AM
PUNTA GORDA — William Levi grew up in his parents’ restaurant and bakery in Brooklyn, where he not only learned the business but also their philosophy of taking care of … Find out how to read more online.