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Dilaudid a problem; heroin use on rise
Sun  Dec 28 2014 12:54PM
It’s not uncommon, even in the sleepy city of Venice, to come across an arrest for someone illegally possessing dilaudid painkiller pills. It happens weekly. What makes this derivative of … Find out how to read more online.
City attorney takes on election ‘gap’
Sun  Dec 28 2014 12:54PM
When is a three-year term not a three-year term? In Venice, the end of a city council term in office and the beginning of a new one hasn’t always matched. … Find out how to read more online.
Bat colony in Venice park to be removed
Sun  Dec 28 2014 12:54PM
City officials are standing by as county maintenance crews deal with a problem they don’t come across that often. Bat colonies have invaded the pavilions at Maxine Barritt Park next … Find out how to read more online.
SMH, WellCare ink new pact
Sun  Dec 28 2014 12:54PM
WellCare Health Plans Inc. and Sarasota Memorial Heath Care System announced this week they have signed a new agreement allowing WellCare’s Florida Medicaid members to continue their in-network coverage at … Find out how to read more online.
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Police boss: Less rhetoric, more dialogue needed
Mon  Dec 29 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — A day after the funeral of one of two police officers gunned down in their patrol car, the city’s police commissioner called Sunday for a “lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue” to defuse the … read more.

Key decisions on drones likely from Congress
Mon  Dec 29 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year. Federal … read more.

Victims of Florida sex predator sue after he wins lottery
Mon  Dec 29 2014 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two victims of a sexual predator have filed a lawsuit after he won more than $2 million in a Florida Lottery jackpot. Television station WFTV in Orlando reports that the lawsuit was filed in Orange County … read more.

Suspect fatally shot by police who believed he was armed
Mon  Dec 29 2014 01:19AM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man wanted in a double shooting was fatally shot Sunday by Jacksonville officers who incorrectly believed he was pointing a gun at them as they attempted to serve an arrest warrant. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director … read more.

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SMH suit withdrawal sets up new hearing
Sun  Dec 28 2014 12:52PM
As far back as July, the Venice Gondolier Sun announced the two-year-old lawsuit filed by Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, owner of Sarasota Memorial Hospital, against the city of Venice would be withdrawn, per an agreement. That quietly happened in … Find out how to read more online.

Bob Porter survived a direct hit on a landing craft at Iwo Jima
Sun  Dec 28 2014 12:52PM
Bob Porter of Venice served as a sergeant with the 5th Marine Division in World War II. He was with the first U.S. Marines killed or wounded at the Battle of Iwo Jima during the closing days of the Second … Find out how to read more online.

Man tries to steal car, sentenced to 60 years
Sun  Dec 28 2014 12:52PM
A 40-year-old Valrico, Fla., man was essentially given life in prison recently for his role in a series of Venice burglaries that spanned six months between 2012 and 2013. But what made the burglaries unique, was that Kevin Michael Hunter … Find out how to read more online.

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