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Local dogs found dead in animal traps
Tue  Jul 17 2018 01:00AM
They were meant to catch something much larger, and much more dangerous. Two dogs in the Cleveland area of Punta Gorda were found dead in a privately owned snare, Charlotte … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda meeting to further master plan process
Tue  Jul 17 2018 01:00AM
The Punta Gorda City Council had a special meeting Wednesday to potentially move forward with the development of the Citywide Master Plan. The master plan is a revamp of the … Find out how to read more online.
Woman, 75, dies from June crash injuries
Tue  Jul 17 2018 01:00AM
A 75-year-old Englewood woman succumbed to injuries after being struck by a car on June 22, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Monday. Louise Hoffman was walking east across Ceres Street … Find out how to read more online.
Six arrested in counterfeit currency investigation
Tue  Jul 17 2018 01:00AM
Inside a Port Charlotte residence on the 1400 block of Woodlawn Avenue, investigators found all the items needed to counterfeit U.S. currency. Those items included a scanner, printer, modem, latex … Find out how to read more online.
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Forecast: More rain, more thunder, more heat
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Not to any surprise, another hot and rainy week is in the weather forecast. According to the National Weather Service, Southwest Floridians should expect more showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon throughout the week, as well as in the evening. … Find out how to read more online.

Bay scallops and septic tank removal paid for by Deepwater Horizon settlement
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Some of the first projects to be funded by Deepwater Horizon settlement funds have begun in Charlotte Harbor. Drawing from an initial $1.1 million fund, Charlotte County has already removed 197 septic tanks and twice released bay scallop larvae near … Find out how to read more online.

Local marijuana arrests on the rise
Mon  Jul 16 2018 08:30AM
Despite growing acceptance of marijuana use across the country, Southwest Florida law enforcement are still cracking down on the drug. In fact, local agencies have reported growing numbers of misdemeanor marijuana arrests over the last few years. The Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.

Fear of AIDS drove family from schools, town
Sun  Jul 15 2018 08:30AM
In 1986, three young Arcadia brothers with hemophilia since birth tested positive for HIV. An ugly battle, complete with international headlines, ensued with the school system and many townsfolk who didn’t want them going to class alongside other kids. But … Find out how to read more online.

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’Come on, grandpa,’ deputy says while following tortoise
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
DUNNELLON, Fla. (AP) — The tortoise walking down the middle of a Florida road was racking up numerous traffic infractions. “Come on, grandpa” Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Bowman says on his video of the tortoise takedown Sunday. He explains … read more.

Dog bites Florida girl while her family was pet-sitting
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old Florida girl was severely bitten by a dog her family was watching while its owners were on vacation. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that the child was unresponsive when first … read more.

2 officers injured in melee at teen detention center
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two detention officers were injured after a fight broke out between teens at a facility in Florida. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Laura Williams says deputies responded to a “riot situation” at the Volusia Regional Juvenile … read more.

Man behind bars for failing to unlock cell phones for police
Mon  Jul 16 2018 09:34PM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is behind bars for failing to unlock his phones following a traffic stop. Fox 13 News reports that William Montanez was pulled over in June for improper yielding in Tampa. He wouldn’t allow … read more.

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