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Islanders to help pay for sand
Sat  Jul 21 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Charlotte County commissioners approved new taxing units Thursday to ensure Gulf beaches stay sandy. “We need to get this program going,” said Damian Ochab, president of the South … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Baby’s broken bones lead to her mom’s arrest
Sat  Jul 21 2018 01:00AM
A Port Charlotte mother was arrested Thursday after investigators learned she allegedly caused head trauma and multiple fractures to her 4-month-old baby. The girl’s father brought the baby into the … Find out how to read more online.
Surprise inspection
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
One of Florida’s largest medical marijuana treatment centers had to stop processing cannabis this week because of a food-safety inspection deadline. The Miami Herald reported Thursday that Surterra halted its … Find out how to read more online.
FPL replacing power poles on River Road
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — For months, electrical crews will line River Road replacing power poles — so expect delays at times. “The project in Englewood is part of our continued investments in … Find out how to read more online.
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Red tide bad for business
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
PLACIDA — Patsey Smith of Patsey’s Blue Crabs at the Fishery expects this time of year to be slow — but not as slow as it has been. She blames the persistent bouts of red tide. The Florida Fish and … Find out how to read more online.

Report: After home euthanasia failed, Englewood woman killed dog with crowbar
Fri  Jul 20 2018 08:30AM
An Englewood woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating her dog to death with a crowbar in January. According to the affidavit from Charlotte County Animal Control, Tammy Lyn Ewing, 55, first attempted to euthanize her dog, Sophie, by overdosing … Find out how to read more online.

Community struggles to cope
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:45PM
NORTH PORT — Neighbors, volunteers and emergency responders were among those coping with the loss of Ava Natalia Perry a day after she was pronounced dead. Ava, a 20-month-old girl living in the 8500 block of Alam Avenue, was apparently … Find out how to read more online.

‘It happened so fast’
Fri  Jul 20 2018 03:45PM
NORTH PORT — After his truck crushed an oncoming SUV and flipped, a Port Charlotte man rushed to the vehicle he’d struck — pulling out a man from it as a fire began. Deep black gouges are now left from … Find out how to read more online.

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Puerto Rican evacuees get another extension on housing
Sat  Jul 21 2018 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico who are living in hotels around the nation have been given more weeks to use temporary housing vouchers, after a federal judge extended a temporary restraining order. U.S. … read more.

Florida father charged with stuffing wipes in baby’s throat
Fri  Jul 20 2018 10:43PM
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida father is facing attempted first-degree murder charges after his 5-month-old son was found with wipes stuffed in his throat. Authorities in Tarpon Springs, Florida say the baby is in critical condition on a … read more.

Accident leaves truck dangling over Gulf Coast bridge
Fri  Jul 20 2018 10:43PM
ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — A traffic accident left a truck partially dangling over a Gulf Coast bridge and backed up traffic for miles on one of Florida’s busiest highways. The accident on Friday morning left the cab of the truck … read more.

Florida school shooting survivors’ dad killed during robbery
Fri  Jul 20 2018 10:43PM
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The father of two survivors of a Florida high school shooting where 17 people were killed was shot to death during a robbery of the convenience store he owns. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office says 61-year-old … read more.

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