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Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM

UNRESOLVED PRISON DEATHS

There are more than 200 pending prison inmate death investigations in Florida. Six of them involve Charlotte Correctional Institution:

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Charles …

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As CCU director resigns, ‘big challenges’ remain
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
MURDOCK — Less than two months after receiving the results of a Charlotte County Utilities audit that was critical of several key operations in the department, director Terri Couture has … Find out how to read more online.
Remembering the ‘Forgotten War’
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Retired U.S. Navy Capt. John W. Arens told the story of an Army combat medic’s heroism during the Korean War. The medic was tending to a wounded … Find out how to read more online.
‘Sopranos’ comment irks Italian-Americans
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
Norma Oliva is proud of her heritage. “Italians work hard for everything,” the 69-year-old Punta Gorda resident said, using her ancestors — immigrants from Sicily — as an example. “My … Find out how to read more online.
Economic chief to give up post
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Tom Patton, Charlotte County Economic Development director, has announced his intention to leave his job, citing the need for new challenges as well as a negative campaign led … Find out how to read more online.
Hop on board: ‘Try Transit Day’ today
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County will be offering free rides today as part of “Try Transit Day,” a statewide initiative for public transit services. Everyone is invited to take the transit … Find out how to read more online.
Privileged recording issues won’t go away in courts
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A murder trial that had been scheduled to start last month could be delayed for more than a year because the defendant is asking an appellate court to … Find out how to read more online.
She’s on the run
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — There was a time in Sherri Lennon’s adult life when she could barely walk, let alone run. Today, the Punta Gorda woman will be competing in her … Find out how to read more online.
Day on the water a way to say thanks
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
Lorraine Geiser, commodore of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, stood at a podium on the grounds Saturday and addressed the 20 local veterans who were about to be treated to … 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.
Charlotte County to hire 16 new employees
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County will be adding 16 full-time positions in the coming weeks, responding to a glut of capital projects on the horizon. The new positions will be added … 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.
Jobs outlook bright
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Charlotte County will be adding 16 full-time positions in the coming weeks, responding to a glut of capital projects on the horizon. The new positions will be added … 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.
Library users voice likes, dislikes
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Some residents haven’t held back in asserting what is needed to create a better library system — more books, staff and hours of operation. Forums and focus … Find out how to read more online.
Expect more showers than usual
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. But, as we know, summer is actually Southwest Florida’s rainy season. “Surprisingly, April is usually one of our driest months, and … Find out how to read more online.
Area history marches on
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — With both the county and city history centers in transition, it will be awhile before the displays of a shared, storied past tell their tale. The Charlotte … 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.
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Fire grounds sheriff’s chopper
Sat  Apr 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A fire on the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter forced the aircraft to land at the Punta Gorda Airport late Friday afternoon. The chopper landed safely, and … Find out how to read more online.
Big step forward for home sales
Fri  Apr 24 2015 08:30AM
With home sales already off to a fast start this year, March sales reached even greater levels in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors reported … Find out how to read more online.
Local homeless cats find love in UK
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
Brian and Jenny Port were not looking for a cat. As a matter of fact, the two residents of the United Kingdom were not even supposed to be in Englewood. … Find out how to read more online.
Shop churns up business, despite recall
Fri  Apr 24 2015 10:50AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a good month, Harborwalk Scoops + Bites ice cream shop dishes out as much as 120 gallons of ice cream a week. Two-thirds of the sweet … Find out how to read more online.
Fired deputy could face criminal charges
Tue  Apr 21 2015 03:20PM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is pursuing criminal charges against a deputy fired for publicly associating with criminals and potentially exposing at least one confidential informant. Elio Santana, who had … Find out how to read more online.
Man could break color barrier at local cemetery
Wed  Apr 22 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Attending last month’s dedication of a historical marker at Lt. Carl Bailey Cemetery, Mark English was impressed by the stories of the two Civil War veterans buried … Find out how to read more online.
Festival to boost local tourism
Tue  Apr 21 2015 03:20PM
PUNTA GORDA — Kelly Williamson handles marketing for the waterfront hotel, Four Points by Sheraton, in the city’s downtown. Normally, the popular hotel has no problem accommodating guests this time … Find out how to read more online.
Rain, thunderstorms possible this week
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents experiencing weather in spring that feels more like summertime can expect more of the same this week. Based on temperatures at the Charlotte County Airport, meteorologist Rodney … Find out how to read more online.
Incorporation push goes public
Mon  Apr 20 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — About 50 residents and business people turned out Thursday for the initial public meeting regarding a possible incorporation drive for Port Charlotte. And many were as anxious … 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.
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.
Delivering smiles for 36 years
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Ask any of the hundreds of residents who live within the Old Sailboat section of Punta Gorda Isles, and they’ll say U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Sharon Winesett … 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 Charlotte County fell to an even 6 percent in March, down from … Find out how to read more online.
Prison inmate to remain behind bars
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A local prisoner will remain behind bars for violating his parole, after an appellate court said he failed to prove the state Parole Commission was required to … Find out how to read more online.
Fishermen’s Village hooked
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — In a unanimous move that drew rounds of applause from several local residents and business owners, the City Council on Wednesday agreed to sell two parcels of … Find out how to read more online.
Warbirds use PGD for flight practice
Fri  Apr 17 2015 08:30AM
Wondering what all that buzzing is in the skies above Charlotte County? The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has received several 911 calls this week from curious or concerned residents near … Find out how to read more online.
County adopts new impact fee schedule
Wed  Apr 15 2015 12:06PM
MURDOCK — After years of delay and debate, the County Commission on Tuesday approved a new impact fee rate schedule, one brought forth by the building industry. In reviewing a … Find out how to read more online.
Morgan Stanley cleans up space
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Work has started on financial powerhouse Morgan Stanley’s new digs downtown. After years of negotiations, the company last month signed a deal with the city to lease some … Find out how to read more online.