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POLICE BEAT
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:00AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Travis Lee Gerdon, 44, 300 block of Watham Drive, Port Charlotte. Charges: possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $3,000. … Find out how to read more online.
Reverse mortgages: More home defaults on the way?
Tue  Feb 9 2016 08:30AM
It was back in October when Kristen Conti, a broker-owner of Golf Breeze Realty in Port Charlotte, received special training on reverse mortgages from Fannie Mae. As a direct broker … Find out how to read more online.
Rain and cold don’t stop fairgoer fun
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Bad weather didn’t stop folks from coming out to the Charlotte County Fair to get in some funnel cake, cotton candy and rides before the annual event … Find out how to read more online.
Fair auction bittersweet for some
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
It was Saturday afternoon, the next-to-last day of the Charlotte County Fair, and its agricultural program was showing both of its faces as it came to an end with its … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Bill requiring unanimous verdict for death penalty advances
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Legislation requiring a unanimous verdict from the jury to recommend the death penalty will head to the state Senate floor after passing a committee vote Monday. The Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee passed its version of a bill … read more.

Senator calls for investigation of cruise ship in storm
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. Sen. Bill Nelson has called … read more.

2015 sets record for shark attacks
Wed  Feb 10 2016 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE (AP) — Experts say 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, including 30 in Florida alone. The Florida Museum of Natural History released the numbers Monday. Scientists say the previous record was 88 attacks in 2000. International … read more.

Glass art worth $25,000 recovered
Tue  Feb 9 2016 09:47PM
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — A piece of stolen glass art by artist Dale Chihuly worth as much as $25,000 has been recovered. St. Petersburg police said in a news release that an employee of the Morean Arts Center discovered a … read more.

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Wife and community members rally to free inmate
Mon  Feb 8 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Angela Evans fears her husband will die in prison. Her husband, Jerome Platt, of Punta Gorda, is recovering from throat cancer. The chemotherapy and radiation controlled the tumor, but resulted in scar tissue, and now Platt has … Find out how to read more online.

Parents react to recent student deaths
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Three young people have died since Christmas Eve. And that’s three too many, according to a group of concerned Englewood mothers who want to take action as quickly as possible to help any children who are hurting. After … Find out how to read more online.

Grand Champion her ‘dream come true’
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — It was a couple of hours before the steer show Friday night, and Alexis Burkett was busy grooming her steer, Slugger. In fact, the area behind the barn at the Charlotte County Fair was buzzing with last-minute … Find out how to read more online.

Rotonda II court appeal fought to near draw
Sun  Feb 7 2016 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Neither the property owners who filed the “Rotonda II” suit nor Charlotte County can feel like total victors. The Second District Court of Appeal denied both of their appeals last month. “They certainly must be more disappointed that … Find out how to read more online.

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