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Crash claims roadside worker
Thu  Jul 31 2014 05:55PM
A Port Charlotte man has been charged with DUI manslaughter after striking and killing a roadside worker Wednesday night on northbound U.S. 41, just north of the Barron Collier Bridge, … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man charged with battering woman
Thu  Jul 31 2014 04:51PM
NORTH PORT — A North Port man was charged with battery early Thursday morning after allegedly attacking a 33-year-old woman, according to the North Port Police Department. Robert Parolisi, 43, … Find out how to read more online.
Thunderstorms on tap this weekend
Thu  Jul 31 2014 05:55PM
The last few days have been drier than normal around Southwest Florida, but expect things to change heading into the weekend. According to Tyler Fleming, a meteorologist with the National … Find out how to read more online.
Districts back on North Port ballot
Thu  Jul 31 2014 05:55PM
NORTH PORT — Before the lines were even drawn, North Port voters will have the opportunity to nix a charter amendment that would require City Commission candidates to reside in … Find out how to read more online.
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W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:48PM
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history now has killed more than 700 people across West Africa. According to new figures released Thursday, at least 57 deaths have been reported in recent … read more.

Cassidy turns up at racetrack instead of court
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:48PM
SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy apparently was at Saratoga Race Course as his lawyer was preparing to accept a plea deal on the singer’s behalf in an upstate New York courtroom. Cassidy was charged last summer with … read more.

Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:48PM
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the military will dismantle the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip “with or without a cease-fire.” Netanyahu said Thursday he will not accept any truce that won’t allow Israel to … read more.

AP Exclusive: Study finds panthers kill livestock
Thu  Jul 31 2014 01:48PM
IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Since Florida’s frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state’s vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies. The ranchers seek to nurture and protect their calves, while the panthers … read more.

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Beach bacteria claims life
Thu  Jul 31 2014 10:10AM
A middle-aged patient died in Sarasota County after contracting an ocean-borne bacterial infection through an open wound, according to the Florida Department of Health. The bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, is present in coastal waters — especially during the summer when water … Find out how to read more online.

Memorial planned for plane crash victims
Thu  Jul 31 2014 05:17PM
VENICE — Corrine DeLutis is organizing a memorial service for plane crash victims Ommy and Oceana Irizarry on Saturday. She said everyone is invited to pay their respects at the crash site at Caspersen Beach in Venice from 7:30 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.

Bank robber who wore Einstein mask in Venice holdup arrested
Thu  Jul 31 2014 04:13PM
A man who robbed a bank in Venice in November 2013 while wearing what looks like an Albert Einstein Halloween mask has been arrested, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Matthew Donald Lynch Maxwell, 29, of Tampa, came into … Find out how to read more online.

Jail gripes gobble staff time
Thu  Jul 31 2014 08:00AM
Inmates at the Charlotte County Jail file thousands of grievances each year. But while the facility’s population has risen to record numbers this month, the amount of complaints and lawsuits filed by inmates has remained steady. Charlotte County Sheriff’s Capt. … Find out how to read more online.

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