The Venice City Council voted yesterday to spend $995,000 to purchase a vacant office building on Tamiami Trail and the Intracoastal Waterway to provide more, if temporary, parking space for the island. The purchase is also expected to provide public access to the Legacy Trail, which previously required trespassing on the building’s property after the […]
Tropical Storm Erika continues to move slowly westward about at 17 miles-per-hour with maximum sustained winds at around 45 miles-per-hour, according to the National Weather Service. Much of the Leeward Islands along with Puerto Rico are now under a tropical storm warning with the eye of the storm just under 250 miles east of Antigua. […]
The state plans on auditing five more hospitals in the area. It all happens under the governor’s investigation of contracts between hospitals and insurance companies that cover Medicaid recipients. The Herald-Tribune has identified the local hospitals as Englewood Community, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Blake Medical, Fawcett Memorial in Port Charlotte, and Bayfront Health Port Charlotte. […]
CCSO sheriff’s deputies have shut down two pot grow houses, and arrested two people on drug charges. http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/WENG-082615-Jennings-CCSO Grow Houses VO.mp3 A sheriff’s department spokesperson says members of the Narcotics, Street Crimes and Warrants Unit had the two homes, one in Port Charlotte, the other in Punta Gorda, under surveillance for over 2 months. They […]
A man accused of robbing a Bank of America in Punta Gorda last summer has been sentenced to 17 years behind bars. 31-year-old John Robert Haldermann of Naples stole over $14,000 from three banks in June and July of last year. He pleaded guilty to the crimes back in March.