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Police chief, cop charged in death
Thu  Feb 23 2017 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Both Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis and Officer Lee Coel have been criminally charged in the Aug. 9, 2016, fatal shooting of Mary Knowlton. State Attorney … Find out how to read more online.
Front brings slightly cooler weather, no rain
Fri  Feb 24 2017 01:00AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect mostly sunny weather this weekend with temperatures remaining above normal until a front comes through the area. The normal high this time of year is … Find out how to read more online.
Save-A-Lot customer finds razor blade in banana
Fri  Feb 24 2017 01:00AM
ARCADIA — A boy cut himself on a razor blade embedded in a banana that his mother purchased at a Save-A-Lot grocery store Monday. Elizabeth Coberly, the boy’s mother, said … Find out how to read more online.
One seriously injured in truck collision in Punta Gorda
Fri  Feb 24 2017 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Fort Myers woman was seriously injured in a collision with a truck on Wednesday morning in Punta Gorda. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the … Find out how to read more online.
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Fri  Feb 24 2017 01:19AM
Florida begins process of issuing medical marijuana ID cards TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida health officials who oversee the medical marijuana program have started processing identification card applications for patients and caregivers. The cards, which are issued through the Office of … read more.

Disabled vet beaten by accused animal abusers given car
Fri  Feb 24 2017 01:19AM
DAYTONA BEACH (AP) — A disabled Navy veteran has a new ride a week after authorities said he was beaten by three men he confronted as they were torturing a turtle in Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach Kia-Mitsubishi gave Garry Blough, … read more.

2024: A tale of two cities and an uncertain Olympic future
Fri  Feb 24 2017 01:19AM
Olympic leader Thomas Bach’s grand plan was to streamline the Olympics, cut costs and encourage more cities to try to host the games. Judged by the first round of bidding since the revamp, the plan, titled “Agenda 2020,” has not … read more.

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.

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Red tide is here to stay for now
Fri  Feb 24 2017 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Red tide remains a persistent nuisance in Gulf waters off Manasota Key and areas to the north and south — and Wednesday was no different. “It’s coming in bursts,” said Mark Timchula, the “Beach Guy” who rents umbrellas … Find out how to read more online.


Community groups share resources for homeless, impoverished
Fri  Feb 24 2017 01:00AM
A new partnership between the New Paradigm Foundation and Catholic Charities opens new doors to families facing homelessness in South Sarasota County. In the past, the New Paradigm Foundation only served residents in Charlotte County with affordable transitional housing. Struggling … Find out how to read more online.

Community Night set for Stone Crabs game
Fri  Feb 24 2017 01:00AM
NORTH PORT — Spring training brings baseball back to fans across the nation and also the annual Community Night back to North Port. North Port’s eighth annual Community Night will be held May 13 for the Charlotte Stone Crabs game … Find out how to read more online.

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