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Sports Authority space gets filled
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:02PM
NORTH PORT — The long-vacated store front in Cocoplum Village along U.S. 41 is getting a present this holiday season — a new tenant. The space was previously filled by a … Find out how to read more online.
Free fraud prevention service available
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:02PM
Charlotte County Clerk & Comptroller Roger D. Eaton would like to inform Charlotte County citizens of a new fraud prevention measure available to them for free. Anyone can sign up … Find out how to read more online.
North Port Police: Officials investigating Grinch-like crime
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:02PM
NORTH PORT — Officials are searching for a suspect who allegedly stole presents, wallets and a mini-van from a North Port home, according to North Port Police Department reports. According … Find out how to read more online.
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Legacy Trail extension set to close
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:02PM
SARASOTA — With the removal of some minor legal issues, Sarasota County is ready to proceed to a closing to purchase the first segment of the Legacy Trail extension. As part of their consent agenda this past Tuesday, commissioners unanimously … Find out how to read more online.

K-9 Edo remembered as questions remain
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:20PM
When a suspect wanted for DUI with property damage ran from Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies in April this year, he climbed a tree to hide. But the suspect wouldn’t win this hide-and-seek game. K-9 Edo grabbed the suspect by the … Find out how to read more online.

Kids ‘Shop with a Cop’ for the holidays
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:31PM
Around 30 kids went shopping with law enforcement officers at the Kings Highway Walmart on Wednesday for the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office last Shop With a Cop event of the year. Held at four different Walmarts throughout the county during … Find out how to read more online.

CCSO seeking information on suspicious residential fire
Fri  Dec 15 2017 08:02PM
The residential fire that destroyed a home at 1377 of Kensington St. in Port Charlotte has been declared suspicious by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. The agency is seeking information from the public about the incident. Anyone with a tip … Find out how to read more online.

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AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — “Net neutrality” regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission passed a proposal … read more.

Health care companies, banks drive lower close for US stocks
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:19AM
Health care companies and banks drove U.S. stocks lower Thursday, pulling major indexes below their recent highs. The afternoon slide, which erased gains from earlier in the day, came on news that some Republican senators’ support for the GOP’s proposed … read more.

Florida Supreme Court tosses petition to block appointments
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court tossed out a petition Thursday that was attempting to stop Republican Gov. Rick Scott from appointing three Supreme Court justices on the day he leaves office. The court said it couldn’t rule on an … read more.

Wife to run for seat of Kentucky lawmaker who killed self
Fri  Dec 15 2017 01:19AM
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The wife of a Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself after a sexual assault allegation surfaced this week defended her husband Thursday and said she will run for his seat because “these high-tech lynchings based on lies and … read more.

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