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Police take part in torch run this week
Thu  Apr 19 2018 08:30AM
Police take part in torch run this week Motorists might have see an unusual sight on Friday in North Port: police officers running down U.S. 41. Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County Schools may create police force
Thu  Apr 19 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — After a month of debate, the Sarasota County School Board is considering creating its own police force. During its workshop Tuesday, Superintendent Todd Bowden presented a four-part plan … Find out how to read more online.
Request for funding draws Detert’s ire
Thu  Apr 19 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — There’s an old proverb that begins, “For the want of a nail...” and continues with the dire consequences resulting from that single action. Sarasota County Commission Chairwoman Nancy … Find out how to read more online.
Eric Robinson: ‘I regret my actions’
Thu  Apr 19 2018 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Following Tuesday’s Sarasota County School Board meeting, board member Eric Robinson took a moment to apologize. Robinson came under fire due to some text messages he exchanged with … Find out how to read more online.
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Charlotte superintendent touts test scores
Thu  Apr 19 2018 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Charlotte School Superintendent Steve Dionisio said the school district and local businesses share a common goal. “We’re trying to produce a product that this community can be proud of,” Dionisio told members of the Charlotte County Chamber … Find out how to read more online.

Punta Gorda nixes treatment center proposal
Thu  Apr 19 2018 08:30AM
The City Council denied a motion Wednesday that would allow a Valiant Recovery detoxification and substance abuse treatment center in Punta Gorda. The center was proposed for the medical overlay district in Punta Gorda on the corner of E. Olympia … Find out how to read more online.

Police Beat
Thu  Apr 19 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • Perry Dale Nason, 38, of Winter Haven. Charge: out of county warrant. Bond: none. • Kara Anne White, 27, of Westfield, Mass. Charges: three counts of violation of probation. Bond: … Find out how to read more online.

Report: AWOL deputy stole drugs
Thu  Apr 19 2018 08:30AM
A deputy terminated from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office earlier this year allegedly stole and attempted to purchase prescription medication from his neighbor, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Unit. Multiple homeowners nearby said Deputy First Class … Find out how to read more online.

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Regulators to require inspections after jet engine explosion
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:52PM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. airline regulators said Wednesday that they will order inspections on engine fan blades like the one involved in fatal failure that killed a woman in a plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The Federal … read more.

3 former US Army soldiers convicted in contract killing
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:50PM
NEW YORK (AP) — A former U.S. Army sniper and two other ex-American soldiers were convicted Wednesday in the contract killing of a real estate agent in the Philippines for an international crime boss who thought the woman had cheated … read more.

Japan finance official quits over alleged sexual misconduct
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:50PM
TOKYO (AP) — A senior Japanese finance ministry official resigned Wednesday after being accused of sexual misconduct in the latest embarrassment for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s embattled government, already hit by cronyism and other scandals. Vice Finance Minister Junichi Fukuda … read more.

NASA’s Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets
Wed  Apr 18 2018 09:50PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Tess spacecraft embarked Wednesday on a quest to find new worlds around neighboring stars that could support life. Tess rode a SpaceX Falcon rocket through the evening sky, aiming for an orbit stretching all … read more.

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