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Deputy suspended after satanic curse allegation
Thu  Feb 23 2017 05:02PM
A corrections deputy at the Charlotte County Jail was disciplined after an inmate claimed the deputy put a satanic curse on him, according to an internal affairs investigation from the … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda police chief placed on leave pending shooting investigation
Thu  Feb 23 2017 05:25PM
PUNTA GORDA — Police Chief Tom Lewis has been placed on paid administrative leave following a misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence from the State Attorney’s Office. City Manager Howard Kunik … Find out how to read more online.
Where are the cooks?
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Sooner or later, conversation with local restaurant owners turns to the employment picture, and it’s not pretty. “It’s hard to find good help,” they complain. “They don’t show up if … Find out how to read more online.
Housing sales slow to take off in 2017
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — The new year got off to a slow start across the region, with January home sales falling off considerably from the previous month. In Charlotte, single-family closed … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida may make it easier to sue doctors over abortions
Wed  Feb 22 2017 11:20PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Women who have abortions in Florida would find it easier to sue the doctors who performed the procedure, under a contentious bill now moving through the state House. But it’s unclear if the legislation — which … read more.

SpaceX aborts approach to space station, delivery delayed
Wed  Feb 22 2017 11:20PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A navigation error forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station on Wednesday, following an otherwise smooth flight from NASA’s historic moon pad. SpaceX’s supply ship, the Dragon, was less than a … read more.

United, American begin selling cheaper economy-class fare
Wed  Feb 22 2017 11:20PM
DALLAS (AP) — American and United have started selling cheaper “basic economy” fares as they battle discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travelers. American announced early Tuesday that it began selling the new fares for flights starting March 1 on … read more.

Drop in Florida home ownership but gains in Fort Myers area
Wed  Feb 22 2017 11:20PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Homeownership dipped slightly in Florida statewide last year, but there were gains in southwest Florida. New Census figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the home ownership rate in Florida dropped from 64.8 … read more.

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The future of solar is in young hands
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
Florida Power & Light formally commissioned its three new solar power facilities in ceremonies before an audience of dignitaries in Manatee County Monday. The event officially welcomed one million solar panels and 225 megawatts of new, clean electricity to the … Find out how to read more online.

Englewood residents charged with manufacturing cocaine
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Two Englewood individuals were arrested Tuesday for manufacturing and trafficking cocaine, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Andrea Gluschenko, 26, and Evan Colby Thomassen, 25, were taken into custody after a search warrant was carried out by … Find out how to read more online.

Englewood woman dies after being hit by SUV
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Linda Zoellner died doing something she enjoyed. While gardening at noon Tuesday near her Lemon Bay Breeze Condo, witnesses say Zoellner was likely bent down near the corner where she was planting flowers. That’s when she was struck … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota School Board celebrates Lori White’s legacy
Thu  Feb 23 2017 02:44PM
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board meeting Tuesday had its standard approvals, but also focused on a farewell for Lori White. White, who retires March 1, has worked for the district since 1977, and was appointed superintendent in 2008. … Find out how to read more online.

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