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No relief yet from oncoming red tide epidemic
Thu  Jul 19 2018 09:12AM
ENGLEWOOD — An ominous clump of dead fish floated onto Englewood Beach late Tuesday, but by Wednesday the beach was clean again. Mark Timchula, known as the Beach Guy for … Find out how to read more online.
‘It happened so fast’
Thu  Jul 19 2018 09:12AM
NORTH PORT — After his truck crushed an oncoming SUV and flipped, a Port Charlotte man rushed to the vehicle he’d struck — pulling out a man from it as … Find out how to read more online.
Child dies after being found in North Port canal
Wed  Jul 18 2018 03:11PM
NORTH PORT — North Port Police are investigating how a child ended up in a canal on Tuesday morning. Authorities found 20-month-old Ava Natalia Perry floating in the canal, close … Find out how to read more online.
Conviction rate disagreement dominates State Attorney debate
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
The conviction rate for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit once again took center stage in a debate between State Attorney candidates Wednesday. At a forum held by the Charlotte County Bar … Find out how to read more online.
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Whistleblower lawsuit is targeting Health Dept.
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:34AM
Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County’s former leader is mentioned in a lawsuit, which claims he intended to falsify information on federal grant applications. Dr. Frank Lepore separated suddenly from the department in March, where he had been the … Find out how to read more online.

Cops: Fleeing felon crashes into squad cars
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:34AM
NOKOMIS — Fleeing deputies, a convicted felon smashed into two squad cars and caused a head-on collision on Interstate 75, deputies reported Wednesday. At about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sarasota County Tactical Unit deputies tried pulling over Jacqueline Burge, 54, of … Find out how to read more online.

Addition of PG assistant city manager discussed
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:30AM
Punta Gorda Council Member Jaha Cummings has suggested hiring an assistant city manager. The goal of adding the position would be to ease the transition from current City Manager Howard Kunik to his successor. Kunik has been with the city … Find out how to read more online.

Finding money for beach sand
Wed  Jul 18 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Manasota Key, Knight and Don Pedro islands will learn how much money it will take to keep their beaches sandy. The Charlotte County Commission has set a public hearing 5 p.m. Thursday at Englewood’s Tringali Center where they … Find out how to read more online.

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Lyft beefing up background checks after latest driver arrest
Wed  Jul 18 2018 10:12PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ridesharing company Lyft said Wednesday that it’s beefing up its background checks after a driver arrested for rape was found to be in the United States illegally. The company’s “enhanced detection processes” will apply to new … read more.

1 dead as latest fire portends explosive Northwest season
Wed  Jul 18 2018 10:12PM
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fast-moving fire fueled by gusting winds in the Pacific Northwest killed one person, forced dozens of households to evacuate and prompted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency Wednesday. The flames near … read more.

Greene joins Democratic debate for Florida governor
Wed  Jul 18 2018 10:12PM
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The five Democratic candidates for Florida governor sped through a wealth of issues during a fast-moving debate Wednesday, but differences on the environment, education, guns, health care and standing up to President Donald Trump were … read more.

White House, State at odds over Putin’s interview proposal
Wed  Jul 18 2018 10:12PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and the State Department are at odds over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer to allow the U.S. access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin … read more.

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