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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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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.
Last weekend to see The Story of Jesus — ‘Experience of a lifetime’
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
You have only one more weekend to see The Story of Jesus this year. The popular passion play is held annually in Wauchula, in Hardee County, and is a spectacular … Find out how to read more online.
Aviation company hopes to land in Arcadia
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
Visiting the Sebring airport, it’s easy to miss Eagle Vistas’ headquarters nestled between rows of hangars in the property’s commercial district. A quick glance overhead reveals a seemingly non-stop flow … Find out how to read more online.
Suspected pseudorabies case seen in a dog in DeSoto
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
When a hog-hunting dog was brought to Dr. Adam Sorrells on Tuesday, the Animal Ark veterinarian suspected the animal may have had a case of pseudorabies. Although it is quite … 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.
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.
DeSoto students earn scholarships
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
April 7 marked the start of a bright path for six DeSoto County students who all signed contracts enrolling them into the Take Stock in Children Program. Locally, this program … Find out how to read more online.
RV Parks compete in blood challenge, everyone wins
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
Seasonal residents once again rallied to save lives with SunCoast Blood Bank during the 16th Annual RV Challenge. Twelve RV parks and communities in DeSoto County competed to see which … Find out how to read more online.
Lake Katherine improvements take shape
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
With the installation of new signs recently, Phase I improvements at Lake Katherine are virtually complete. Team Arcadia, with funding assistance from the Mosaic Foundation, has accomplished significant changes to … 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.
Sheriff speaks about jail recordings
Fri  Apr 10 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell spoke on the issue of privileged recordings late Thursday, the same day the agency released about 200 pages of new documents related … Find out how to read more online.
Relay for Life inspires local survivor
Fri  Apr 10 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Breast cancer survivor Frannie Slagter recalls her son asking her about the small paper bags lit up and placed around the track after sunset at a Relay … Find out how to read more online.
Contractor controversy
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The owner of A.D. Morgan Corporation said Wednesday the Sarasota County School Board’s 4-1 decision Tuesday night to accept superintendent Lori White’s recommended change in the ranking … Find out how to read more online.
CNN Top Stories
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.
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.
School to start earlier in 2015-16
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
The new school year will start a little earlier for 2015-16, thanks to Gov. Rick Scott who signed House Bill 7069 into law on Tuesday. Under the new law, schools … Find out how to read more online.
City chooses five administrator finalists
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
Nearly six months after former administrator Tom Slaughter was fired, the Arcadia City Council is poised to hire its next city administrator. The council gathered for a one-item special agenda … Find out how to read more online.
Alexia Clark raising funds to attend journalism conference
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
Alexia Clark, 17, says she has always known what career she wants after school — she wants to be a journalist. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” the DeSoto … Find out how to read more online.
Arcadia business opening doors for future growth
Thu  Apr 23 2015 08:30AM
Although Arcadia’s newest business came to town with barely a whisper, it hopes to make a big splash in the near future thanks to a host of innovative products that … 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.
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.
County OKs Lettuce Lake grant extension
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to extend a grant agreement with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to finish construction projects as part of the Lettuce … 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.
April events raise awareness of sexual assault
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
The Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center will be at SeaCoast Bank April 29 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. to educate and raise awareness of sexual assault. Not only is it … Find out how to read more online.
Carrying a torch for Special Olympics
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
On April 21, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, Arcadia Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and Department of Corrections officers will be joining more than 300 law enforcement agencies across the … Find out how to read more online.
Live Oak residents help Center for the Needy
Thu  Apr 16 2015 08:30AM
The Live Oak RV Park and Golf Course community came out to help the Center for the Needy on March 27 with their annual end-of-season auction. Led by auctioneer Gary … 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.
Homeless camp fires spark concern
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — As a community policing officer with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, part of Louis Henyecz’s job is to help keep an eye on the local homeless population … Find out how to read more online.
Danger on the horizon
Fri  Apr 10 2015 04:41PM
CAPE HAZE — Stuart James enjoys the view from his condominium overlooking Lemon Bay at the Cape Haze Marina. But what should be a tranquil vista sometimes makes James, a … Find out how to read more online.
City enters into talks with new airport FBO
Thu  Apr 9 2015 08:30AM
The Arcadia City Council voted 3-2 to begin negotiations with fixed based operator Eagle Vistas LLC for future management of the airport. FBOs are airport service centers responsible for aircraft … Find out how to read more online.