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Charlotte Harbor Businessman Arrested On Drug Charges

Charlotte County Sheriff’s under cover detectives arrested a Charlotte Harbor businessman this morning for trafficking and selling drugs out of his place of business. Arrested was Anthony M.Bellino, 46, 4537 Prime Terrace, North Port, the owner of Value Self Storage, on Main Street, Charlotte Harbor. Narcotics detectives said they purchased Xanax from Bellino on Oct. […]

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Snake Island Erosion Plan

Concerns about erosion on Snake Island in Venice are prompting a major relief plan. Snake Island is a popular spot for boaters. It’s also the site of a Native American archaeological mound that is wearing away. In an effort to stem the erosion and restore some of the island, the West Coast Inland Navigation District […]

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Fake Doctor Faces Jail Time

She posed as a doctor for years. Now, she faces a stretch behind bars. Prosecutors say 57-year-old Mira Matchin of North Port posed as a medical doctor and billed the government more than $723,000 for procedures she didn’t perform. Matchin was charged with 10 counts for filing fictitious Medicare claims for injections, physical therapy and […]

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Sarasota Co. Education Foundation Leadership Change

The Edu­ca­tion Foun­da­tion of Sara­sota County has a temporary new leader, following the resignation of Cindy Kaiser, who had been the organization’s exec­u­tive direc­tor since 2007. Car­lotta Coo­ley, a well-known area edu­ca­tor and past mem­ber of the foundation’s board of direc­tors, was appointed interim exec­u­tive direc­tor to head the orga­ni­za­tion dur­ing its tran­si­tion to new […]

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Safe Stolen from Punta Gorda Gas Station

Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives continue their investigation into a safe that was stolen from a Raceway gas station on U.S.17 East of Punta Gorda after burglars smashed a hole in the rear of the cement block building. The theft was discovered Sunday morning as the gas station was opening. Employees discovered the safe missing and […]

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