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Deputy: Girl Scout officer stole $85,000
Thu  Sep 1 2016 01:00AM
SARASOTA — Stephanie Mary Person is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from several Girl Scout troops whose young members had sold cookies and had fundraisers for their clubs, according … Find out how to read more online.
Prummell determined to help with recovery efforts
Thu  Sep 1 2016 01:00AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has embarked on a new program to potentially help save lives of individuals seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. The sheriff’s office recently became … Find out how to read more online.
Davidson was driven by passion for racing
Thu  Sep 1 2016 01:00AM
Friends remembered LeRoy Davidson as a man driven by a passion for auto racing. Davidson, 69, who helped define local stock-car racing as the founder and owner of the Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Labor Day closures
Thu  Sep 1 2016 01:00AM
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all Charlotte County government business offices and Punta Gorda city offices will be closed Sept. 5. All post offices will be closed as … Find out how to read more online.
North Port man revived after 47 minutes of CPR
Wed  Aug 31 2016 09:08AM
Joe Sauer, of North Port, said he always thought stories about people who had visions of deceased relatives were “a load of ....” But he changed his mind after his … Find out how to read more online.
3 run-off races for North Port City Commission
Wed  Aug 31 2016 09:02AM
NORTH PORT — Three pairs of candidates will be listed on the ballot come Nov. 8, as Districts 1, 2 and 3 primaries all ended in a run-off Tuesday in the … Find out how to read more online.
Zucker retains District 2 seat
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:58AM
It was a close race for the District 2 Sarasota County School Board seat, but longtime board member Caroline Zucker turned away challenger Teresa Mast. Zucker, with 17 years of experience … Find out how to read more online.
YouTube prankster banned from Lemon Bay High
Tue  Aug 30 2016 10:24AM
ENGLEWOOD — Local YouTube video blogger Danny Duncan recently found himself in some hot water with his alma mater Lemon Bay High School. The 2010 LBHS graduate is well-known in … Find out how to read more online.
Watching, waiting for tropical depression
Tue  Aug 30 2016 10:16AM
The system that became Tropical Depression 9 on Sunday was moving westward Monday into the Gulf of Mexico, where warm water and low wind shear provide the ingredients necessary for … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Warrant issued for attempted murder after North Port stabbing
Mon  Aug 29 2016 09:04AM
NORTH PORT — A man survived after suffering multiple stab wounds Friday night. The North Port Police Department’s investigation led to a warrant issued for Joseph Herrick, 25, on attempted … Find out how to read more online.
Panacea edges closer to ownership
Mon  Aug 29 2016 09:08AM
NORTH PORT — Panacea Boulevard is one step closer to having a rightful owner. At a Code Enforcement Hearing Officer meeting Thursday, the city and a representative for Woodlands Community … Find out how to read more online.
Jail officer fired
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County Corrections Deputy Michael Burnette was fired Friday following an internal investigation into allegations he bullied and mistreated an inmate. Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell said Saturday that, although … Find out how to read more online.
No easy fix for affordable housing shortage
Wed  Aug 31 2016 10:10AM
Justin Willis grew up in North Port and owned a few businesses there before taking his family out of state to “see if the grass was greener.” Living in Washington, … Find out how to read more online.
The place is smoking
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
The new Fedora’s Cigar Bar, 209 Wood St., in Punta Gorda, held a recent grand opening celebration. The newly renovated establishment has an assortment of wine, beer and cigars, catering … Find out how to read more online.
Allegations of torture in jail surface
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office may be facing litigation stemming from the alleged torture of an inmate at the county jail. The allegedly abused inmate, 57-year-old Mark … Find out how to read more online.
Got a slogan?
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Much like “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” or “Orlando makes me smile,” Punta Gorda will be constructing its identity through city branding in future months. The City Council … Find out how to read more online.
Mural Society dedicates 28th installment in Punta Gorda
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Historical Mural Society dedicated its 28th mural painted by Charles Peck on the Amberg Insurance Agency in Punta Gorda on Thursday. The mural, Bayshore Lodge, was owned … 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.
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.
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 … Find out how to read more online.
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Johnny’s Dream Foundation raises $15,000
Thu  Sep 1 2016 01:00AM
Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell told a standing-room-only crowd his department is doing more now for residents who want help with drug and alcohol recovery. “We understand that rehab is … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Sep 1 2016 01:00AM
Statewide website blunder slows voter tally
Thu  Sep 1 2016 01:00AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — A delay in reporting election night results Tuesday by the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections Office was caused by an issue with the statewide website provider. After … Find out how to read more online.
Soft opening planned for memorial Wall
Thu  Sep 1 2016 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — With the exception of a few amenities — flagpoles, lighting, etc. — the Southwest Florida Vietnam Memorial Wall, a 50 percent replica of the one in Washington, … Find out how to read more online.
Police capture fugitive wanted in stabbing case
Tue  Aug 30 2016 10:16AM
NORTH PORT — Authorities have caught a man after he allegedly attempted to kill a North Port man by stabbing him. Joseph Herrick, 25, stabbed 24-year-old Randal Casady on Friday … Find out how to read more online.
Steube wins GOP primary for state Senate
Wed  Aug 31 2016 09:00AM
In what proved to be one of the more interesting and closer races in this year’s Florida primary, state Rep. Greg Steube edged former state Rep. Doug Holder on Tuesday and … Find out how to read more online.
Moran wins GOP primary for Sarasota County Commissioner seat
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:58AM
After a landslide victory, Mike Moran is the new kid on the county commissioner’s block. In a race of Republican newcomers, Moran bested Frank DiCicco by a sizable margin, winning … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County recoups funds from defunct entity
Tue  Aug 30 2016 10:18AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County’s two-year legal battle with the defunct Sanborn Studios to recover economic development incentives came to an end early this month. County officials announced Friday that Sanborn, … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte home sales down from last month and last year
Tue  Aug 30 2016 10:16AM
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA — With inventory drying up during the hot summer season, home sales and prices in Charlotte County are receding as well. In Charlotte, the median sales price and … Find out how to read more online.
Cat hoarding site to be cleaned
Mon  Aug 29 2016 09:08AM
NORTH PORT — 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 … Find out how to read more online.
Robinson counters: Ethics ‘allegations are offensive’
Mon  Aug 29 2016 09:08AM
SARASOTA — 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 … Find out how to read more online.
Low pressure area south of Florida Keys monitored; Election Day to be wet
Mon  Aug 29 2016 08:30AM
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure between the Florida Keys and Cuba for tropical storm development this week. The low-pressure area is likely to move … Find out how to read more online.
Airport wants better public relations
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Punta Gorda Airport is an airport on the move, enjoying growth that may become more than a spurt if its low-cost offerings continue to draw ultra-low-cost flights. But some on … Find out how to read more online.
Prummell’s statement
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Editor’s Note: This is the complete statement issued by Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell Saturday. “I don’t usually respond to articles in the Sun, but because it was so egregious … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Man, 70, injured in two-car crash
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Englewood man was seriously injured in a Saturday morning crash at U.S. 41 and Ortiz Boulevard. Robert J. Havard, 70, was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, … Find out how to read more online.
Understanding a complex primary ballot is just a few clicks away
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County voters will face a complex list of 15 different primary election ballots awaiting Republican, Democrat and Libertarian party members, as well as those with no party affiliation, on … Find out how to read more online.
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.
Zika Hope screen project spreads awareness
Sun  Aug 28 2016 02:40PM
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, … Find out how to read more online.
Attorney: ‘Robinson took advantage of his role’
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:42AM
SARASOTA — Counsel for Florida Commission on Ethics argued Thursday that former North Port city attorney Robert Robinson was a public officer, not a local government attorney, when he allegedly … Find out how to read more online.