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Report: Fireman accused of molesting relative
Thu  Oct 2 2014 08:00AM
EAST OF PUNTA GORDA — A local man who works for the Boca Grande Fire Department has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an underage relative, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Master gardeners offer help to growers
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — In a few weeks, snowbirds will arrive, and will begin asking questions about their Florida yards. Volunteers at the Sarasota County Master Gardener Extension are prepared to answer … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte leads the state in vocational performance
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
Mary Curby cries tears of joy when her students graduate. “When you see them walk across that stage, all the blood, sweat and tears go away, and they’re ready to … Find out how to read more online.
Peggy Huber retires after 29 years
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
Peggy Huber loads roses into a tub to take home on her last day of work as the administrative secretary at Lemon Bay High School. Huber began her career with … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Fla. officer on leave after using stun gun on woman
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE — A Florida police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation after he fired a stun gun into a 61-year-old woman’s back during an arrest in a Tallahassee neighborhood. Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo … read more.

Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama … read more.

Ebola patient sent home at first
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:19AM
DALLAS — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday … read more.

US stocks drop sharply
Thu  Oct 2 2014 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a rough start to October for financial markets Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping more than 200 points as investors reacted to a round of negative economic news in the U.S. and … read more.

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Fired correctional officers begin appeals
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Correctional officers who recently were fired for their alleged roles in the death of a local prison inmate are beginning to appeal the Florida Department of Corrections’ decision to terminate them before a death investigation … Find out how to read more online.

Golf to benefit Englewood youth, YMCA
Wed  Oct 1 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pete Mason’s commitment to Englewood’s youth and the YMCA lives on. The 2014 Pete Mason Memorial Golf Tournament tees off at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Lemon Bay Golf Club on Placida Road. The benefit has raised … Find out how to read more online.

The wet weekend could be followed with cold snap
Tue  Sep 30 2014 08:00AM
Rainfall this weekend totaled more than 8 inches in areas of Sarasota County, but the precipitation is expected to taper off by Wednesday in advance of a cold front. Thunderstorms moving in from the Gulf Saturday afternoon could cause a … Find out how to read more online.

Englewood’s homeless population on the rise
Tue  Sep 30 2014 08:00AM
ENGLEWOOD — Pat Knox spent part of Monday tallying up the 30 or more families who, since January, gave up on Englewood and left. “Some have stopped by and said they lost their jobs and don’t have the money to … Find out how to read more online.

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