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IDs released in Venice murder-suicide
Mon  Jun 29 2015 07:19PM
VENICE — The identities of the family found dead Friday in what authorities say was a double homicide and suicide at the Fairfield Inn & Suites have been released, but … Find out how to read more online.
An ‘adventure called family’
Mon  Jun 29 2015 07:19PM
The first seven months in her mother’s womb, Jasmine was motionless. Doctors told her mother that even if she lived, she would be in a persistent vegetative state. They urged … Find out how to read more online.
Marauders’ mission: Blow Po River bridge
Mon  Jun 29 2015 10:46AM
The target: a major bridge over the Po River near Pavia in northern Italy used by the Germans in World War II to move men and equipment south to the … Find out how to read more online.
Area ham operators have Field Day with purpose
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — When Hurricane Charley blew through in August 2004, Dave Hanson was prepared. With not one, but two, solar-powered radio systems at his home, the ham operator was … Find out how to read more online.
Court decision: Win for some; others not so sure
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
Judy Schnabel considers herself one of the lucky ones. After 20 years as a legal assistant at a large pharmaceutical company, she retired at the age of 50 with a “good … Find out how to read more online.
Child molester sentenced to life in prison
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A judge on Friday denied a convicted child molester’s motion for a new trial, and sentenced him to a mandatory term of life in prison. Jose Almodovar-Chaparro, … Find out how to read more online.

Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM

In Sunday’s edition of the Sun

It’s been more than a decade since environmentalists and the Charlotte County Commission fought the phosphate industry over perceived dangers to the health of …

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Forecast: Hot and humid with a chance of rain storms
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect the usual hot and humid summer weather this weekend with afternoon rain showers. The weekend forecast shows highs in the lower 90s and lows in … Find out how to read more online.
Scott budget cuts hurt local free clinics
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
Gov. Rick Scott’s budget cut of $9.5 million to charitable clinics will hurt locally. State legislators supported a $9.5 million allocation to the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. The association … Find out how to read more online.
‘Operation Vittles’
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — At the end of World War II, defeated Germany was divided into four sectors — the American zone, the British zone, the French zone and the Russian zone. Although … Find out how to read more online.
Vietnam Wall receives state grant but fundraising continues
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Bill Akins, fundraising chairman for the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida Committee, could not have been happier Tuesday when he received news the $150,000 grant from the … Find out how to read more online.
New info made public in murder case
Mon  Jun 22 2015 08:30AM
New information has been made public in Charlotte County’s only murder case since May 2012 in which the suspected murderers did not kill themselves. Kello Bonhomme, 40, of Port Charlotte, … Find out how to read more online.
County to discuss becoming ‘better partner’
Tue  Jun 23 2015 08:30AM
Charlotte is weighing a decision that one county commissioner says would make it “better partners” with some nearby counties like it. At a pre-agenda meeting Monday, the Charlotte County Commission … Find out how to read more online.
Grandpa provides ‘Poppa Day Care’
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — Tim Ainscoe sings Kenny Rodgers’ song “The Gambler” to two of his grandchildren, Finnley, 19 months, and Blaine Faris, 9 months, to get them to calm down. … Find out how to read more online.
‘We can’t live our lives in fear’
Fri  Jun 19 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Rev. Sharon Hobbs of Punta Gorda’s Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church interrupted her Vacation Bible School camp for kids on Thursday to lead a prayer for … Find out how to read more online.
Convicted killer rolls the dice
Thu  Jun 18 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A man imprisoned for his role during a double homicide in Englewood is seeking to withdraw the guilty plea that has landed him behind bars until 2032. … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda starts bid process for cut-through
Sat  Jun 20 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — City leaders have taken a big step forward on a controversial plan to dredge a new waterway in Punta Gorda Isles that would connect the community’s canal … Find out how to read more online.
Killer: Dreher ‘obsessed’ with spying on husband
Wed  Jun 17 2015 05:46PM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Thirty-year-old Michael Minor testified Tuesday about a burglary that occurred a month before he murdered his girlfriend’s husband — a crime that Minor said happened because Danielle … Find out how to read more online.
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US 41 drainage project winds down
Mon  Jun 29 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — After 19 months of construction, creating huge engineering challenges and major inconvenience for business owners, the U.S. 41 microtunneling drainage project is wrapping up. The process of … Find out how to read more online.
Protecting the Peace
Sun  Jun 28 2015 08:30AM
There are times when the Peace River trickles at a pace. Fishermen don’t need anchors as their vessels float in place. Gators can bask along the banks without even the … Find out how to read more online.
Keeping the passion alive
Mon  Jun 29 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — While watching the 1998 film, “Saving Private Ryan,” a little lightbulb went off in Elaine Johns’ head. She recalled her grandfather telling her about his experiences in … Find out how to read more online.
EARS complies with Sarasota County regulations
Sun  Jun 28 2015 03:01PM
ENGLEWOOD — EARS Animal Rescue Sanctuary had until today to relocate more than 40 cats following a zoning complaint that made it stop taking in new felines. Although EARS, at … Find out how to read more online.
FWC: ‘Criminal’ investigation into possible brass theft
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Inspector General Mike Troelstrup said Friday his office is conducting a “criminal investigation regarding the possible theft of large amounts of … Find out how to read more online.
Roberson offers mixed review on budget
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — State Rep. Ken Roberson said the recently concluded legislative session was marked by discord and compromise, but eventually achieved many of its goals. Even viewed through the … Find out how to read more online.
Big Food merger suit helps Cheney
Sat  Jun 27 2015 08:30AM
A federal judge this week issued a preliminary injunction blocking the planned acquisition of US Foods by Sysco Corp. The Federal Trade Commission had filed suit to stop the purchase … Find out how to read more online.
Budget ups and downs
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
Punta Gorda officials had plenty to celebrate Tuesday after Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a state budget that includes $4 million for a water project the city has tried … Find out how to read more online.
Gasparilla Road construction moving fast
Fri  Jun 26 2015 08:30AM
SOUTH GULF COVE — The expansion of Gasparilla Road is cruising. The 2.5-mile road project calls for the two-lane road to be expanded to four lanes from the Gasparilla Road … Find out how to read more online.
State agrees to pay $135K in local whistleblower case
Wed  Jun 24 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The state has agreed to pay $135,000 as part of a settlement with a man who claimed he was fired from the Charlotte Correctional Institution for exposing … Find out how to read more online.
Home sales are hot
Tue  Jun 23 2015 08:30AM
Home prices sizzled across the region as Southwest Florida’s real estate market continued to heat up in May. According to the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Realtor Association, Charlotte County saw … Find out how to read more online.
Serious boat crash still under investigation
Tue  Jun 23 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — State authorities haven’t confirmed what caused the operator of a 16-foot Wellcraft boat to lose control and hit a concrete piling under the Barron Collier Bridge (U.S. … Find out how to read more online.
Danger in the water
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
There have been about a dozen shark attacks off the waters of Florida this year, but health officials recently warned there is something else potentially more dangerous in the water. … Find out how to read more online.
Summertime heat hits with some afternoon showers likely
Mon  Jun 22 2015 08:30AM
It may feel like it’s over 100 degrees some mornings this week, so Southwest Florida residents could be grateful for afternoon showers. Temperatures in the lower 90s are only a … Find out how to read more online.
Sunshine State Games help kids stay on track
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Track coach Jonathan Terry can be heard far and wide across Tarpon Stadium, shouting out encouragement to one of his own sprinters in the 100-meter event at … Find out how to read more online.
Marbut to present final plan
Sun  Jun 21 2015 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — In a community report card on homelessness, Sarasota County received one failing grade for not providing or protecting homeless individuals. Tuesday, Dr. Robert Marbut, a Texas-based consultant … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota seeks input on future planning
Fri  Jun 19 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — Sondra Guffey wanted to learn how to incorporate ideas from Sarasota County’s Comprehensive Plan into a realistic business model. As the marketing coordinator for the new gated community … Find out how to read more online.
Summer starts Monday: The heat’s here to stay
Fri  Jun 19 2015 08:30AM
With the first official day of summer coming Sunday, you’d think that maybe, just maybe, the National Weather Service would give us a glimmer of hope for a cooler than … Find out how to read more online.
Fast and Furious
Tue  Jun 16 2015 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Some days, usually during peak season, Stephen Baker feels like a prisoner in his own front yard. “I have waited as much as 10 minutes trying to … Find out how to read more online.