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First local Zika case reported
Sat  Jul 2 2016 01:00AM
The Zika virus has expanded its Florida footprint to Charlotte County. A declaration of “Public Health Emergency” has been amended to include Charlotte County, the Florida Department of Health announced … Find out how to read more online.
Battle over bus, boats
Sat  Jul 2 2016 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Jody and Terry Griffith have a dilemma. The longtime Englewood couple are being penalized by Sarasota County for having two boats in their yard. However, while they own … Find out how to read more online.
Dozens of cats, ‘deplorable conditions’
Fri  Jul 1 2016 08:30AM
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.
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Wisconsin man accused of killing mother with sword committed
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:42PM
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of decapitating his mother with a sword last year has been committed to a state mental hospital. Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed with a psychiatrist’s report Wednesday that 41-year-old Matthew Skalitzky was … read more.

Woman shot by husband at Denver office building dies
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:42PM
DENVER (AP) — A man who killed his estranged wife and himself at a busy downtown Denver office building had become increasingly mentally unstable and was banned from a local airport after he threatened to fly a plane into a … read more.

US stocks claw back half of ground lost post-British vote
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:40PM
Banks and other financial companies led another broad surge in U.S. stocks Wednesday, turning the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index slightly positive for the year. It was the second rally in two days for … read more.

Sheriff: Texas woman shot daughters to make husband ‘suffer’
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:40PM
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas woman who fatally shot her two daughters did not target her estranged husband because she “wanted him to suffer” the memory of their deaths, a sheriff said Wednesday. Christy Sheats, 42, “had ample time” on … read more.

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Man pleads guilty in son’s suffocation death
Fri  Jul 1 2016 11:19AM
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” Dearman, 31, appeared before 12th Circuit Judge Thomas Krug, waiving … 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 Sheriff Bill Prummell decided to do something about it. On … read more.

Popko out on bond, awaiting trial
Fri  Jul 1 2016 08:30AM
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 Jalen Bell and shooting Travis Wright in March. Popko hired … Find out how to read more online.

Judge denies lower bond in WWII veteran attack case
Fri  Jul 1 2016 08:30AM
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 to die. An attorney for Elena Erickson, 46, argued the … Find out how to read more online.

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