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Cops: Bloodied man found in North Port neighborhood
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A man was arrested for beating a North Port man after the victim allegedly used racial slurs, according to North Port Police Department reports. Bobby Richardson, 32, … Find out how to read more online.
Peace River Botanical Gardens opens to the public today
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
After 12 years in the making, the new botanical garden opened Friday in Punta Gorda. To prepare for the opening, the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens held an invitation-only … Find out how to read more online.
Walmart launches online grocery pickup
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Cathy Peterson is excited about helping busy customers shop at the Englewood Walmart without ever getting out of their car. On Wednesday, Peterson joined co-workers Jackie Miller and … Find out how to read more online.
Home rule, opioids key issues at Legislative Delegation
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A pair of Charlotte County commissioners spoke out Thursday against state preemption, a long-running concern that local officials say restricts their ability to effectively govern at the … Find out how to read more online.
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Cops: Man stopped in razor raid
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested Wednesday after attempting to leave Walmart on Murdock Circle with more than $1,600 of electric razors and razor refills, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported. Dennis Orion Cayot, 56, of the 18200 block of … Find out how to read more online.

Man sentenced to nine years in Lakes of Tuscana rape case
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
The man accused of raping a stranger at the Lakes of Tuscana apartments in Port Charlotte in July entered a plea agreement this week and received a nine-year prison sentence. David Francis Bradley, 40, of Punta Gorda, began chatting with … Find out how to read more online.

CCSO to host Teen Driver Challenge Course
Fri  Oct 20 2017 08:30AM
Teen driving habits are being showcased this week to boost awareness and safety as National Teen Safety Driving week. To further educate teens on driving, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office hosts Teen Driver Challenge courses throughout the year. The next … Find out how to read more online.

GUILTY
Thu  Oct 19 2017 08:30AM
The man accused of killing 3-year-old Pilar Rodriguez in 1999 was declared guilty of second- degree murder by a six-person jury Wednesday afternoon after about two hours of deliberation. Keith Wilson, 46, faces up to life in prison. “Losing Pilar … Find out how to read more online.

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State, National and World News
Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after ‘Maria’
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — One man climbs 24 flights of stairs several times a day alongside dormant elevators. Street vendors hawk plastic washboards for $20. And families outstretch their hands as crews in helicopters drop supplies in communities that … read more.

Target sees new smaller Manhattan store as where it’s headed
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — Target sees its new smaller stores in mainly urban areas as a symbol of its future, hoping that shoppers will step away from online buying for trips to stores tailored to the neighborhood. The two-level store in … read more.

Last-minute rebound lifts S&P 500
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
A last-minute surge nudged U.S. stock indexes mostly higher Thursday, barely extending the market’s winning streak and milestone-setting run. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average closed higher for the fifth straight day, each posting new … read more.

US government: Inspections show Lake Okeechobee’s dike sound
Fri  Oct 20 2017 01:19AM
CLEWISTON — For the thousands of Floridians who live in the shadow of the 80-year-old dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee, there is always a back-of-the-mind fear that the earthen barrier might fail — a twitch that gets ticked up a … read more.

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