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More cold fronts start to hit as Florida fall pattern begins
Fri  Oct 9 2015 08:30AM
Southwest Florida residents can expect cold fronts to come through every three to five days as they enter the fall season, but these fronts are usually mild, so it still … Find out how to read more online.
Ousted cop is subject of pending lawsuit
Fri  Oct 9 2015 08:30AM
The main defendant in a pending defamation lawsuit in Charlotte County has resigned from his role as a police sergeant with the city of Venice. Public records show David Wyrick … Find out how to read more online.
Outdoor Channel ‘Reels in’ Englewood guide
Fri  Oct 9 2015 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Many hours of footage featuring local Captain Chris O’Neill was edited into a half-hour fishing program that will air Saturday. In July, O’Neill, 48, owner of Tail Chaser … Find out how to read more online.
Police end baby burial probe
Wed  Oct 7 2015 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — The Punta Gorda Police Department has suspended a 10-month investigation stemming from a tip that a woman and/or her significant other buried a baby behind a local … Find out how to read more online.
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First lady honors new class of student poets for bravery
Fri  Oct 9 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is honoring the new class of National Student Poets for their bravery to be vulnerable and sharing their deepest thoughts. The first lady hosted a White House event Thursday for the five teens, who each … read more.

No charges against Orlando officers who kicked suspect
Fri  Oct 9 2015 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Two Orlando police officers will not face criminal charges for the arrest of a South Florida banker who was kicked repeatedly while sitting on a street curb as they tried to subdue him. State Attorney Jeff Ashton … read more.

Panther killed in southwest Florida
Fri  Oct 9 2015 01:19AM
NAPLES (AP) — Officials say a Florida panther was killed by a vehicle on a southwest Florida road. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 3-year-old female was found Thursday after being hit by a vehicle on … read more.

Former deputy charged with stealing, lying on timecard
Fri  Oct 9 2015 01:19AM
FORT MYERS (AP) — A former southwest Florida deputy is facing charges after authorities say he lied on his timecard and received pay for time he wasn’t actually working. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports that 46-year-old Michael Schlosser was … read more.

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Invasive plants cover Lake Niagara
Tue  Oct 6 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Since moving from Tallahassee to Charlotte County 13 years ago, Magdalena Young has come to cherish the diverse flora bestowed on Southwest Florida. So much so that she has added to it, raising an array of purple … Find out how to read more online.

Bar owners avoid jail in gambling case
Tue  Oct 6 2015 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — The owners accused of offering illegal gambling at the popular hangout formerly known as Boomers will avoid jail time. Gus Kontos reached a plea deal on Monday, becoming the last of three proprietors who was facing criminal … Find out how to read more online.

Plan B: Airport officials want WMU
Tue  Oct 6 2015 08:33PM
PUNTA GORDA — Though much is still unknown about the possibility of Western Michigan University opening an aviation program in Charlotte County, one thing’s for sure: The Punta Gorda Airport wants them. At a recent meeting of the Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.

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