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Sheriff: ‘I’m not hiding anything’ about jail death
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Officials are still conducting a criminal investigation to determine if there was any wrongdoing surrounding an incident that left jail inmate Gregg Ireland unresponsive Monday, and later … Find out how to read more online.
crisis
Sat  Aug 29 2015 07:03PM
While like-minded politicians in Tallahassee shrug off proposals for health care solutions, there are patients in the tricounty area dying of curable diseases. “It’s heartbreaking to watch a 21-year-old with … Find out how to read more online.
Closing in on Fishermen’s Village deal
Thu  Aug 27 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — After months of lengthy negotiations, Fishermen’s Village and the city finally settled on language Wednesday that spells out the conditions of a complicated land deal that, if … Find out how to read more online.
AMIkids Crossroads moving to charter school status
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A residential group home and on-site school for foster boys located on 20 acres of land in eastern Charlotte County is close to becoming a charter school. … Find out how to read more online.
Gleason to leave Sun for county position
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
Award-winning Sun editorial page editor Brian Gleason is leaving the newspaper to accept a job as communications manager with Charlotte County. County Administrator Ray Sandrock said Gleason will fill a … Find out how to read more online.
Slain firefighter’s family posts ‘call for action’
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The family of Charlotte County firefighter Sam Presley Dreher will not quit until they see Danielle Dreher, Sam’s ex-wife, behind bars for good. Danielle, a 43-year-old North … Find out how to read more online.
Wrongly jailed man says he’s not alone
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
A Punta Gorda man who spent four days in the Charlotte County Jail last week after police arrested him on a false warrant may not be the only one being … Find out how to read more online.
Area rates among highest in FLORIDA
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. Rebecca L. Edwards said she was 6 when her stepfather began to sexually abuse her — a crime Edwards said … Find out how to read more online.
Child Protection Center notes growing needs of North Port
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
A butterfly garden and bronze statue of children swinging from tree limbs welcomes families into the Child Protection Center in Sarasota who feel less than welcome in their own homes. … Find out how to read more online.
Bailey Brothers Park to debut soon
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The new Bailey Brothers Park in the Trabue Woods section of Punta Gorda is nearing completion. The park, which is funded through community development block grant funds … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Danny develops, but no threat to Florida expected
Fri  Aug 21 2015 07:00PM
The National Hurricane Center upgraded tropical storm Danny to the first hurricane of the Atlantic season at 11 a.m. Thursday with sustained winds of 75 mph and higher wind gusts … Find out how to read more online.
Fishermen’s Village deal delayed
Thu  Aug 20 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — After more than four months, 13 different contract iterations and a tense debate between city officials and staff, the City Council took another tiny step toward finalizing … Find out how to read more online.
Dangerous bacterium reported in Charlotte
Tue  Aug 18 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Bill Mango didn’t think much of the cut he got while unloading the kayak from his truck before a day on the water. Now he’ll never forget … Find out how to read more online.
State wraps up sales tax holiday
Wed  Aug 19 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — When Judy Smith opened her shop on Saturday morning, she received several phone calls from people asking if she still had Birkenstock shoes for sale. Smith, owner … Find out how to read more online.
Grand juror breaks silence
Fri  Aug 21 2015 03:47PM
A local grand juror in the Matthew Walker case says she’s been silent too long. “It has really bothered me all this time,” said Louise Salcedo. “We all knew they … Find out how to read more online.
It’s D-Day for Peace River Wildlife Center
Mon  Aug 17 2015 08:30AM
Wednesday at the Punta Gorda City Council meeting will be D-Day — Decision Day — for the future of the city’s iconic Peace River Wildlife Center in Ponce de Leon … Find out how to read more online.
Rocky roads ahead
Mon  Aug 17 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Despite a unanimous Charlotte County Commission vote to move ahead with the repaving of more than 160 miles of roads in Northwest Port Charlotte, prompting a 75 … Find out how to read more online.
Shoppers stocking up during sales tax holiday
Thu  Aug 27 2015 11:21AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The 2015 Sales Tax Holiday is in full swing and shoppers are taking advantage of the savings for themselves and their family. Once again, the General Tax … Find out how to read more online.
‘Gather round for justice’
Fri  Aug 14 2015 06:57PM
PUNTA GORDA — Justice. Accountability. Fair treatment. The phrases on handmade signs scattered about the crowd were simple, but sent a message about what the group gathered outside the local … Find out how to read more online.
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CCSO: Bank robber sought
Sat  Aug 29 2015 03:23PM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit currently is investigating a bank robbery at the Charlotte State Bank, 1100 Tamiami Trail, Murdock. At approximately 11:20 a.m. Saturday, a suspect … Find out how to read more online.
Residents deal with incinerator business
Fri  Aug 28 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — At least one resident grabbed the microphone and said she didn’t want a business like Charlotte Organix in her neighborhood. However, others at a recent meeting … Find out how to read more online.
Inmate sent to hospital; jail investigation underway
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed there is an investigation underway at the local jail, after a 47-year-old inmate was rushed to the hospital Monday. A … Find out how to read more online.
Animal deaths remain a mystery
Wed  Aug 26 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Authorities are still trying to decide who or what is to blame for a bizarre incident that left eight deer and a dog dead. Charlotte County Animal … Find out how to read more online.
City mulls wildlife center options
Tue  Aug 25 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders all agree that the Peace River Wildlife Center should remain at Ponce de Leon Park. How to accomplish that, though, is still very much a … Find out how to read more online.
Life after child abuse
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series. Blame. Guilt. Isolation. All three negative feelings are commonly felt by victims of child abuse — or any abuse — … Find out how to read more online.
Danny weakened, no threat to area expected
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Hurricane Danny weakened to a tropical storm over the weekend, and is now unlikely to have any impact at all on Southwest Florida. “It just won’t effect this area,” said … Find out how to read more online.
Airman helped woman recapture world speed flying record
Mon  Aug 24 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts of French’s story. George E. French of Venice Golf & Country Club was a B-24 “Liberator” bomber pilot in the Pacific … Find out how to read more online.
Now Showing: Safety first at Regal Cinemas
Sun  Aug 23 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Duewa Zimbi hasn’t been to the movies in years. But she was ready for some big-screen entertainment Saturday at the Port Charlotte Town Center mall. And that’s … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales rise and shine
Fri  Aug 21 2015 08:30AM
Typically sleepy movement in the summer housing market awakened in July, when single-family home sales shot up 9.9 percent in just one month and 37.7 percent from a year ago in the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Turtle nests keep on hatching
Mon  Aug 24 2015 03:03PM
ENGLEWOOD — Linda Soderquist had a welcomed surprise this week. “A couple of new nests and ‘surprise hatches’ this week boosted our numbers,” she said. She’s the primary permit holder … Find out how to read more online.
Former hospital CEO arrested
Fri  Aug 21 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy arrested a man early Thursday who allegedly snooped around the scene of a recent car burglary and then tried to duck the … Find out how to read more online.
County widens Burnt Store Road push
Wed  Aug 19 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — At the turn of the century, motorists veered into hazardous territory when traveling Burnt Store Road. Cruising a high-speed, two-lane road, with major curves and no street … Find out how to read more online.
Leader to ‘Take Stock in Children’
Wed  Aug 19 2015 08:30AM
It’s the job she always wanted. It combines communication, marketing, community relations, fundraising and, more importantly, making a difference in the lives of at-risk children. The job is the executive … Find out how to read more online.
Judge sends negligent pet owner to prison
Tue  Aug 18 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A judge has sentenced a local man to 18 months in prison for failing to seek proper care for his 10-year-old pit bull, which was suffering from … Find out how to read more online.
‘Construction Madness’ hits Fishermen’s Village
Mon  Aug 17 2015 04:46PM
PUNTA GORDA — Olivier Huber and his family arrived early at Saturday’s “Construction Madness” event at Fishermen’s Village. Two hours before the 11 a.m. start time, Huber was in The … Find out how to read more online.
WWII pilot survived 45 bomber missions in the Pacific
Mon  Aug 17 2015 08:30AM
Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part story on George French’s military service. George French piloted a four-engine, B-24 “Liberator” bomber in the Pacific during World War II, … Find out how to read more online.
Judge denies more motions in homicide case
Thu  Aug 27 2015 11:21AM
A North Port man charged in the shooting death of a Port Charlotte drug dealer last year is trying to get his case dropped. The problem, a judge recently pointed out, … Find out how to read more online.
Group looking for a change in climate
Sat  Aug 15 2015 04:24PM
They are few in number, but they have an agenda, and a plan, and they’re part of a bigger picture. The Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby … Find out how to read more online.