Nokomis Squatter Faces Charges

A man who had been running a flophouse in Nokomis has been arrested. 53-year old Theodore White faces a charge of maintaining a nuisance dwelling. Police say the home hasn’t had running water or electricity since White and three others began squatting there. Since the start of the year, Sarasota sheriff’s deputies have been called […]

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Punta Gorda Officer Fired Despite Appeal

The Punta Gorda Police Officer who shot and killed an elderly woman during a Citizens Training Academy in August will not be getting his job back, after all. The city manager handed down his decision this week, saying Punta Gorda’s HR manager was correct in firing Officer Lee Coel. He had been off the force […]

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Caspersen Beach Off-Limits to Swimmers

Caspersen Beach is off limits to wading and swimming until further notice. The beach has been tested for bacteria and officials deemed the amount of enterococcus bacteria unacceptable. That type of bacteria can come from a number of natural and man-made sources. Those include pet waste, livestock, birds, wildlife (land-dwelling and marine), stormwater runoff, and […]

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