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Manatee could be care alternative
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:00PM
The Sarasota County Health Department says it will reapply for a $1.9 million federal grant to continue primary care services for 30,500 under- insured — unless a private provider steps … Find out how to read more online.
City: Church building unsafe after crash
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:00PM
NORTH PORT — A 65-year-old Venice man who crashed his truck into a church off Biscayne Drive Saturday night had almost twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system, … Find out how to read more online.
Toledo Blade students follow recycling project from start to finish
Mon  Apr 20 2015 05:29PM
NORTH PORT — Students at Toledo Blade Elementary who, at the beginning of the school year, began bringing in plastic bottle caps are seeing the results of their recycling project … Find out how to read more online.
Physician training program coming to Sarasota County
Mon  Apr 20 2015 02:34PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– The Florida State University College of Medicine and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has unveiled plans to create an internal medicine residency program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. … Find out how to read more online.
Special Olympians have fun at field day
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
ROTONDA — Skylar Martin lifted the golf club in celebration of making a hole-in-one in front of her friends. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Peace River Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor … Find out how to read more online.
Tern Bay development stuck in time
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Purple Emperor Way looks like any other ornately titled street in an exclusive subdivision. Fancy cars in the driveways, flowerbeds blooming with color and flags … Find out how to read more online.
Counties assail state’s primary care plan for underserved
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — One day after the Florida Department of Health confirmed that primary care services for the underserved will be switched over to the private sector in Sarasota County, commissioners … Find out how to read more online.
Commissioners discuss city fees, business tax
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — In a workshop Friday morning, North Port commissioners were presented with changes to citywide fees they requested for the upcoming 2015-16 fiscal year. City Finance Director and … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Deputies bag nuisance mall-goer
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — A man who urinated near a kiosk at the mall may have claimed he was a “king,” but the deputy who arrested him came off as the real … Find out how to read more online.
‘He’s positive, and that’s awesome’
Wed  Apr 15 2015 12:06PM
NORTH PORT —  Back in late February, 5-year-old Cohen Daveluy of North Port began suffering from headaches for which over-the-counter medications were providing little relief. When he couldn’t hold his … Find out how to read more online.
SCF Model UN team ‘Outstanding’
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
Members of State College of Florida’s Model United Nations team — including two from North Port — have reason to be proud after earning top honors at a recent conference. … Find out how to read more online.
Program allows for memorials in city
Wed  Apr 15 2015 12:06PM
NORTH PORT — City commissioners this week unanimously approved a Tribute program to place memorial items in parks and at other city-owned properties. The program will initially give residents the … Find out how to read more online.
Loss of enterprise zones could hurt counties
Wed  Apr 15 2015 04:07PM
The Florida Enterprise Zone program will end this year, causing local governments to lose some of their ability to attract new businesses. Legislation to extend the Dec. 31 deadline may … Find out how to read more online.
Former North Port mayor enters county race
Tue  Apr 14 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Former North Port mayor Jim Blucher has made it official — he wants to take Christine Robinson’s seat on the Sarasota County Commission. The 72-year-old Republican served … Find out how to read more online.
Community Health Centers changes name to show connection
Tue  Apr 14 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The Community Health Center of North Port Inc., which partners with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County to provide affordable health care to over 30,000 … Find out how to read more online.
More amenities approved for Springs
Tue  Apr 14 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — There will soon be 200 additional chairs and six tables available for usage by patrons of Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa. Commissioners unanimously approved the $10,000 purchase … Find out how to read more online.
‘Summer weather trend’ continues
Mon  Apr 13 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect the “summer weather trend” to continue this week with warmer than normal weather and possible afternoon showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. … Find out how to read more online.
Survey reveals support for incorporation
Sun  Apr 12 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Like many respondents to a recent Sun survey on the possible incorporation of Port Charlotte, Addie Parnell doesn’t really have a problem with the level of services … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County appeals FEMA zoning
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County is appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s assessment of the flood risk in several parts of the county, saying it deserves a better rating. Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
A look ahead
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — This week, 13 North Porters toured the campus of Suncoast Technical College in Sarasota to gain an idea of what will be coming to the city when … Find out how to read more online.
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Homeless update coming this summer
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:00PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County commissioners will get an in-depth report this summer on the war on homelessness. But first, more input will be gathered from the community. Last year … Find out how to read more online.
Tiny predators take on deadly swarms
Mon  Apr 20 2015 04:44PM
SARASOTA COUNTY –– Sarasota County is breeding hordes of ruthless killers who exist only to devour their enemy’s offspring. Captured in the wild and propagated in a captive breeding program, … Find out how to read more online.
North Port to host Newcomer Day
Mon  Apr 20 2015 02:34PM
NORTH PORT — The city will host North Port Newcomer Day from 10 a.m. to noon May 2 at the George Mullen Activity Center, 1602 Kramer Way near City Hall. … Find out how to read more online.
Deadline for FEMA flood map appeals is April 30
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The city is urging residents who have not yet filed an appeal for the new Federal Emergency Management Agency floodplain maps to do so before the April … Find out how to read more online.
Beauty of nature, art highlight eARTh Day Celebration
Sun  Apr 19 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Under a blue sky and a yellow sun wearing sunglasses, the crayon drawing shows Clara Bailey and her two sisters planting a tree amidst a field of … Find out how to read more online.
Gated communities making a comeback
Mon  Apr 20 2015 04:40PM
ENGLEWOOD — Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In … Find out how to read more online.
Jobless rate, season wind down
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
The waning weeks of season continue to bring the unemployment rate down across Southwest Florida. The jobless rate in Sarasota County fell to 5.1 percent in March, down from 5.3 … Find out how to read more online.
Longtime Lion Bill Nurse dies
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Bill Nurse, 86, a 48-year member of the North Port Lions Club, has died. Nurse was operated on in December 2014 for cancer of the jaw, but … Find out how to read more online.
Private sector eyed for primary care
Fri  Apr 17 2015 10:59AM
The state Department of Health is now beginning to make the necessary moves to transition primary care services for Sarasota County residents into the private sector. Rep. Ken Roberson, District … Find out how to read more online.
Community quietly remembers Peeples
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although Vernon Peeples was passionate as a politician and historian, those who knew him well said he was a quiet man who kept to himself. As such, … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Woman, 80, fled from cops
Wed  Apr 15 2015 11:52AM
NORTH PORT to PORT CHARLOTTE — An 80-year-old woman was arrested after the North Port Police Department accused her of driving under the influence and fleeing from the cops. A … Find out how to read more online.
Petition-signing event Saturday for shot dog
Wed  Apr 15 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — The Save Sami Sue Committee is planning a signing event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pet Supermarket in North Port to collect signatures on the petition … Find out how to read more online.
Upscale apartments planned for Toledo Blade-Price
Tue  Apr 14 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A development tentatively called Toledo Price Plaza is planned for about 40 acres of land at 1152 S. Toledo Blade Blvd., and, when completed, will contain space for … Find out how to read more online.
Officials weigh priorities
Sat  Apr 18 2015 04:57PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — During the Great Recession, some things got put off. New cars, family vacations and other luxuries — and necessities — fell by the wayside. The same was … Find out how to read more online.
Man on motorized wheelchair struck by car
Tue  Apr 14 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A man has been hospitalized with broken bones after he was hit by a car while crossing U.S. 41 Sunday afternoon, according to city officials. On Sunday … Find out how to read more online.
‘The death of this gentleman is a tragedy’
Sun  Apr 12 2015 08:30AM

Timeline and excerpts from 911 calls obtained by the Sun in the death of a man who was having chest pains on March 20:

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Baptized by fire in Vietnam, Army Airborne officer planned Reagan’s 2nd inauguration
Mon  Apr 13 2015 01:01PM
The most danger Dominic Ruggerio faced during his 30-year Army career came in Vietnam — he arrived with the 101st Airborne Division just ahead of the Tet Offensive — when … Find out how to read more online.
Seminar to explore tenant discrimination
Mon  Apr 13 2015 01:06PM
A recent survey of rental properties in Sarasota County yielded some alarming results: Of the 20 properties investigated, 15 were found to be violating Florida’ Fair Housing Act laws by … Find out how to read more online.
Volunteer extraordinaire Hank Chiminiello dies
Fri  Apr 10 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Hank Chiminiello, a volunteer with a big heart who gave time to multiple organizations in the city, passed away early Thursday morning. Chiminiello died at Englewood Community … Find out how to read more online.
AMVETS helps epileptic woman get service dog
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — AMVETS Post 312 has succeeded in helping epilepsy sufferer Milissa Cirillo raise enough money to obtain a seizure alert service dog. Terry Corson, post commander at AMVETS … Find out how to read more online.