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Robinson: ‘Allegations are offensive’
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Former North Port city attorney Robert Robinson, facing allegations he abused his position to create new government jobs for himself, admitted Friday that according to city charter verbiage he was … Find out how to read more online.
Dance star charged with murder
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Former Port Charlotte resident and 32-year-old Broadway dancer Marcus Bellamy was arrested after confessing to the murder of his boyfriend Aug. 19. Law enforcement told the New York Daily News … Find out how to read more online.
Chance of tropical storm decreases
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Chances of a tropical storm impacting Southwest Florida are steadily decreasing. According to the National Hurricane Center, chances of formation in the next two days are 20 percent, with a … Find out how to read more online.
Judge finds dog owner in contempt for disobeying
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Friday’s second custody hearing for dogs previously removed from a home for neglect, but are now unlawfully back with their owners, wasn’t about the love two sisters … Find out how to read more online.
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Judge who saw escape of Florida murder suspect stays on case
Thu  Aug 25 2016 09:22PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge who watched the escape of a murder suspect from his courtroom says he intends to stay on the case even though he might be on a defense witness list. Broward Circuit Judge … read more.

Couple loses suit to end town ban on front yard gardens
Fri  Aug 26 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida couple has lost a lawsuit seeking to overturn a town’s ban on front yard vegetable gardens. A Miami-Dade County judge on Thursday upheld a Miami Shores zoning ordinance prohibiting such gardens. Hermine Rickets and … read more.

Virginia boy drowns while vacationing in Florida with family
Thu  Aug 25 2016 09:21PM
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a 14-year-old Virginia boy drowned while vacationing with his family in the Florida Panhandle. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Ted Pecot told the Northwest Florida Daily News Joquis Levano of Centreville, Virginia, died Wednesday … read more.

Florida Army vet gets Purple Heart 66 years after injury
Thu  Aug 25 2016 09:21PM
PARKER, Fla. (AP) — It took 66 years, but Joe Hutchinson finally got his Purple Heart. In August 1950, the Army veteran was wounded by shrapnel while serving in Korea. The belated recognition came Wednesday, thanks to the efforts George … read more.

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Owner of animal hoarding house will clean up property
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
The house that was home to 35 cats, including nine that ended up dead, has been ordered to be cleaned, before foreclosure, due to the public nuisance the stench is causing, according to officials. “I rule that there is a … Find out how to read more online.

CCSO staff inspector’s daughter receives $1,000 scholarship
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Karis, the daughter of James Lilly, a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office staff inspector and retired major from Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is one of nine winners of its scholarships to students studying law enforcement and criminal justice, … Find out how to read more online.

Zika Hope screen project spreads awareness
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — John Neely is concerned about preventing a homegrown case of Zika in Charlotte County. Neely, a retired vector-borne disease epidemiologist with decades of experience in federal, state, local and private sector health and mosquito management organizations, gave … Find out how to read more online.

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