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FPL replacing power poles on River Road
Thu  Jul 19 2018 07:44PM
ENGLEWOOD — For months, electrical crews will line River Road replacing power poles — so expect delays at times. “The project in Englewood is part of our continued investments in … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide bad for business
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:59PM
PLACIDA — Patsey Smith of Patsey’s Blue Crabs at the Fishery expects this time of year to be slow — but not as slow as it has been. She blames … Find out how to read more online.
Report: After home euthanasia failed, Englewood woman killed dog with crowbar
Thu  Jul 19 2018 08:59PM
An Englewood woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating her dog to death with a crowbar in January. According to the affidavit from Charlotte County Animal Control, Tammy Lyn Ewing, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte’s Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan postponed
Thu  Jul 19 2018 07:38PM
For pedestrians and cyclists in Charlotte County, the road to better pathways may be just around the corner. Proposed adoption of the Charlotte County Regional Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan has been … Find out how to read more online.
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Community struggles to cope
Thu  Jul 19 2018 09:14AM
NORTH PORT — Neighbors, volunteers and emergency responders were among those coping with the loss of Ava Natalia Perry a day after she was pronounced dead. Ava, a 20-month-old girl living in the 8500 block of Alam Avenue, was apparently … Find out how to read more online.

No relief yet from oncoming red tide epidemic
Thu  Jul 19 2018 09:12AM
ENGLEWOOD — An ominous clump of dead fish floated onto Englewood Beach late Tuesday, but by Wednesday the beach was clean again. Mark Timchula, known as the Beach Guy for his rental umbrella and beach chairs on the public beach, … Find out how to read more online.

‘It happened so fast’
Thu  Jul 19 2018 09:12AM
NORTH PORT — After his truck crushed an oncoming SUV and flipped, a Port Charlotte man rushed to the vehicle he’d struck — pulling out a man from it as a fire began. Deep black gouges are now left from … Find out how to read more online.

Child dies after being found in North Port canal
Wed  Jul 18 2018 03:11PM
NORTH PORT — North Port Police are investigating how a child ended up in a canal on Tuesday morning. Authorities found 20-month-old Ava Natalia Perry floating in the canal, close to a mile away from her home. Ava Perry was … Find out how to read more online.

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Appeals court hears Florida lawsuit seeking FBI 9/11 records
Thu  Jul 19 2018 09:48PM
MIAMI (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments in a Florida lawsuit seeking disclosure of FBI files that might uncover a U.S.-based support network for some of the 9/11 hijackers. The case being heard Thursday in Miami by … read more.

Woman hospitalized after stingray attack in Florida
Thu  Jul 19 2018 09:48PM
NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a woman was hospitalized after being stung by a stingray at a Florida beach. The Pensacola News Journal reports that the 18-year-old woman suffered a puncture to her foot Tuesday at Navarre Beach. … read more.

Toddler dies after being left in car for 8 hours
Thu  Jul 19 2018 09:48PM
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say they’re investigating the death of a toddler who was left in a car for more than eight hours. The Sun Sentinel reports that 17-month-old Eli Bird died Friday. Pembroke Pines Police … read more.

Police: Vandals damage tombs at historic Florida cemetery
Thu  Jul 19 2018 09:47PM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida police say vandals have attacked multiple tombs at a historic Tampa graveyard. The Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday that Tampa Police say 18 tombstones and statues at the Centro Espanol de Tampa cemetery have been … read more.

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