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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.
More sea turtles, two dolphins found dead
Sat  Jul 21 2018 01:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Coastal Wildlife Club volunteers hope the loggerhead sea turtle they found will survive. Sea turtle patrol volunteers Jodi Knottingham and Steve Warner discovered a large female loggerhead in … Find out how to read more online.
Doctor’s wife pleads guilty to health care fraud
Sat  Jul 21 2018 01:00AM
The wife of a local doctor pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of health care fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Lisa McLaren Janick, 47, of Port Charlotte, faces … Find out how to read more online.
Supply drive underway for Charlotte’s nearly 100 new teachers
Sat  Jul 21 2018 01:00AM
Charlotte County Public Schools is hiring almost 100 new teachers to make up for last school year’s losses. District data shows 36 instructional staff members retired between July 2017 and … Find out how to read more online.
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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 emergency room at Fawcett Memorial Hospital on June 24 because … 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 production of new items last week after it was notified … 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 making the energy grid stronger and more storm-resilient,” Richard Beltran, … Find out how to read more online.

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.

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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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