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At trial, young victims recount alleged abuse At trial, young victims recount alleged abuse
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The alleged 14-year-old victim of HIV-positive North Port man Jose Rodriguez testified Wednesday that he was sexually abused on a weekly basis by Rodriguez, including every single … Find out how to read more online.
Youth football ref awarded $275K settlement
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The referee who was attacked during a 2011 North Port Huskys youth football game in Sarasota reached a settlement last year with four organizations who were cited … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Thief flees into pond with baby
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
MURDOCK — A 29-year-old man was jailed Friday after reportedly fleeing from Walmart security, and swimming through a pond, all while carrying his 18-month-old daughter with him. Witnesses said the … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo to host veterans at ‘South Pacific’
Fri  Oct 31 2014 02:48PM
Asolo Rep is proud to host military personnel, veterans and their families at the first preview performance of “South Pacific” Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. This special event will feature … Find out how to read more online.
Park named for state legislator
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY — In the shade of tall trees along the bank of the Myakka River, about 40 people gathered Tuesday morning to express their thanks to former state … Find out how to read more online.
Jury in child sex case deliberates late
Fri  Oct 31 2014 10:26AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — The jury deliberated well past 7 p.m. Thursday in the child sexual abuse trial of HIV-positive North Port man Jose Rodriguez, after hearing several hours of closing … Find out how to read more online.
Freedom Boat Club docks at Skip’s Marina
Fri  Oct 31 2014 02:13PM
ENGLEWOOD — Skip’s Placida Marina is ready to serve boaters. “Customer service is what a number of people say about our marina,” Adam Hetherington said. “Our willingness to go out … Find out how to read more online.
Halloween portraits, with a heavy heart
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Tammy Grueber will carry through with her pledge to provide free photos of Halloween revelers Friday at Nickolson’s Portrait Studio, to support the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. … Find out how to read more online.
Extrication team learns from competition in England
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — They didn’t win first place. But the Englewood Fire Department Extrication Team did take away from their London experience a haul of new techniques to apply in local … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Love triangle sparked murder-suicide
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — A love triangle sparked the quarrel that led to last week’s murder-suicide at a local trailer park, officials confirmed Monday. Rosemery Martinez, 36, used a .40-caliber handgun … Find out how to read more online.
Two die in shooting
Wed  Oct 22 2014 08:00AM
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Authorities have been dispatched to a small trailer park off Tamiami Trail more than two dozen times since the beginning of the year. But none of the … Find out how to read more online.
County commissioners pushing for new I-75 signage
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
Sarasota County commissioners who sit on a regional transportation planning board want signage along Interstate 75 that alerts motorists about Nathan Benderson Park and a new visitors center located inside the … Find out how to read more online.
Calusa Bank plans expansion
Tue  Oct 28 2014 01:43PM
It’s been part of a strategic plan for more than a year, Todd Katz, Calusa Bank’s vice chairman and president, soon to be its chief executive officer, said Thursday. “We’re … Find out how to read more online.
2008 sales tax projects bring rewards
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — As the 1 percent sales tax referendum approaches, arguments are being heard from both sides regarding the proposed projects’ cost, importance and financial impact on those who pay. … Find out how to read more online.
Ziegler battles union over emails
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Sarasota County School Board member and candidate Bridget Ziegler insists she did nothing wrong by sending emails to school principals and teachers regarding her campaign. On Thursday, the Sarasota Classified/Teachers … Find out how to read more online.
Gymnast tumbling into success
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
Small in stature with bright blue eyes, 9-year-old Faith Deacetis’ shy demeanor doesn’t give outsiders an inkling of her powerhouse skills when she steps on a gym mat. Faith, who … Find out how to read more online.
Challenges to the Charlotte’s comp plan
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
Winning the F18 Americas
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
For Charlotte Harbor Regatta, the journey to winning the 2015 F18 Americas Championship began with losing out on a less prestigious regional regatta in a different class. The loss reinforced … Find out how to read more online.
New courts bolster pickleball craze
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pickleball saved John Foard’s life. Diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer in late 2013, Foard had two goals. He wanted to attend his daughter’s wedding and win a … Find out how to read more online.
Bus stop safety questioned after second student struck
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Port Charlotte High School freshman who was hit by a car while walking to the bus stop Friday morning is expected to make a full recovery, … Find out how to read more online.
Compassion for the sick drives medical marijuana initiative
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Robin Montesano suffers from multiple sclerosis — and bad timing. Ten years ago, Montesano offered testimony in favor of medical marijuana during a legislative hearing in Massachusetts. … Find out how to read more online.
Zombie U to rock Englewood
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Zombie University loves to play its brand of energetic dance music all year round to a loyal and growing group of followers. But for only a brief moment … Find out how to read more online.
Reset clocks, check smoke alarms
Sat  Nov 1 2014 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — While resetting clocks this weekend to Eastern Standard Time, the Englewood Area Fire Control encourages residents to check their smoke alarms. “Make sure they are properly working and … Find out how to read more online.
Reprieve for race group
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Jerry York bore the ire of Charlotte County commissioners Tuesday over unpaid bills resulting from the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix in April. “I am ready … Find out how to read more online.
Some cry fowl over free turkeys
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Shelomie Francois waited in a line of about 110 people that snaked around the North Port Salvation Army building to get a voucher for a free turkey to feed her … Find out how to read more online.
Lawyers paint 2 pictures of defendant at trial
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Attorneys told two different stories about Jose Rodriguez, the HIV-positive North Port man accused of sexually abusing his two step-grandsons for a number of years. One was … Find out how to read more online.
Bondi and the beast
Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — With her beloved Saint Bernard Luke in tow, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi hit the campaign trail Tuesday, making a stop in the city’s downtown where she … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Oct 30 2014 08:30AM
Correction A column by Vic Poitras published in Saturday’s Sun was credited to a different writer. … Find out how to read more online.
Sexual battery trial underway for North Port man
Wed  Oct 29 2014 05:41PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Jury selection in the trial of an HIV-positive North Port man accused of sexually abusing two boys got underway Monday at the Sarasota County Justice Center and … Find out how to read more online.
Former commission candidate quits Charlotte County job
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Jason Stoltzfus, a one-time candidate for District 4 county commissioner, is resigning his post with Charlotte County. A county employee for six years, Stoltzfus launched an abbreviated and … Find out how to read more online.
South Gulf Cove to decide on paving costs
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — More than 200 South Gulf Cove residents turned out to a recent community meeting to hear what assessment hikes they could face to repave their roads. … Find out how to read more online.
County to vote on homeless plan
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Wayne had been without a home for a decade before seeking services and emergency housing at the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. After receiving assistance to obtain deserved Social … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota school district email system back up
Tue  Oct 28 2014 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — According to Sarasota County Schools staff, computer problems that plagued the district last week have been resolved. Early Friday afternoon, district spokesman Scott Ferguson said teaching applications … Find out how to read more online.
Man who lost twins works to save lives
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Watching children grow up can bring tremendous joy to parents. Taking their first step, opening birthday and Christmas gifts, first day of kindergarten and driving home the … Find out how to read more online.
Police catch alleged sandwich thief
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The local man accused of shoplifting a sandwich from a grocery store Wednesday was back for more the following day. And he wasn’t going to be caught … Find out how to read more online.
Redneck Yacht Club stabber gets three years
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — February 8 was the worst night of Amy Rachel’s life. But she took the stand Friday to recall her stabbing, and to talk about the lasting effects … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte’s comp plan changes challenged
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
MURDOCK — Local environmental groups are taking legal action to block proposed changes to Charlotte County’s 2050 comprehensive plan. Charlotte County commissioners voted unanimously last month to follow county staff … Find out how to read more online.
‘Ladies in Retirement’ pulls plug on retirement plans
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The Lemon Bay Playhouse gives a new twist, and twisted view, on retirement planning in its latest play, “Ladies in Retirement,” running through Nov. 9. The actors in this melodrama had … Find out how to read more online.