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Fate of police K-9 team hangs on inquiry
Thu  Aug 25 2016 02:59PM
PUNTA GORDA — The tragic shooting of a civilian during a public training demonstration two weeks ago has the city’s police K-9 team on the sidelines. Since pulling the trigger … Find out how to read more online.
Teen tests positive for travel-related Zika after trip
Fri  Aug 26 2016 01:00AM
A Southwest Florida teenager received positive test results this week for Zika after a trip to Nicaragua this summer and developing tell tale symptoms of the mosquito-based illness, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Tropical wave likely to cause heavy rainstorms
Fri  Aug 26 2016 01:00AM
The seventh named storm of the hurricane season, Gaston, is not expected to be a threat to Florida, but forecasters are watching another tropical wave closely in the next few … Find out how to read more online.
‘Surprise’ findings helped save officer’s job
Fri  Aug 26 2016 01:00AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although city and police officials came under intense pressure from the public to terminate officer Lee Coel earlier this summer after the officer’s K-9 mauled a suspect, … Find out how to read more online.
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Judge who saw escape of Florida murder suspect stays on case
Thu  Aug 25 2016 09:22PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge who watched the escape of a murder suspect from his courtroom says he intends to stay on the case even though he might be on a defense witness list. Broward Circuit Judge … read more.

Couple loses suit to end town ban on front yard gardens
Fri  Aug 26 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida couple has lost a lawsuit seeking to overturn a town’s ban on front yard vegetable gardens. A Miami-Dade County judge on Thursday upheld a Miami Shores zoning ordinance prohibiting such gardens. Hermine Rickets and … read more.

Virginia boy drowns while vacationing in Florida with family
Thu  Aug 25 2016 09:21PM
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a 14-year-old Virginia boy drowned while vacationing with his family in the Florida Panhandle. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Ted Pecot told the Northwest Florida Daily News Joquis Levano of Centreville, Virginia, died Wednesday … read more.

Florida Army vet gets Purple Heart 66 years after injury
Thu  Aug 25 2016 09:21PM
PARKER, Fla. (AP) — It took 66 years, but Joe Hutchinson finally got his Purple Heart. In August 1950, the Army veteran was wounded by shrapnel while serving in Korea. The belated recognition came Wednesday, thanks to the efforts George … read more.

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Area residents recall Italian region hit by quake
Fri  Aug 26 2016 01:00AM
The earthquake that hit Italy this week struck a region that may struggle to recover from the devastation, say area residents familiar with that section of the country. Julie Glenn, who a decade ago visited the small town of Amatrice … Find out how to read more online.

Dogs removed by Animal Control return home
Fri  Aug 26 2016 01:00AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Linda Maggi has been taking care of others her entire adult life. For 33 years, Linda provided daily support to her father, who was diagnosed with throat cancer when she was just 18 years old. Later she … Find out how to read more online.


North Port in Top 10 Forbes’ list for job growth
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:44AM
NORTH PORT — North Port is receiving some national recognition for job growth, even if many feel discontent with the types of jobs that are being brought in. Forbes named North Port No. 10 in a list of “Best Cities … Find out how to read more online.

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