Fewer Out of Work in Area

Jobless numbers in Sarasota and DeSoto counties are below 10-percent for the first time in a long while. Charlotte county’s unemployment rate is poised to drop below doulble digits as well. Sarasota and Charlotte counties both saw their figures drop 0.3 percentage points from November to December, with Sarasota sliding from 10.1 percent to 9.8 […]

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CCSO NARCS ARREST FOUR DRUG DEALERS

(CHARLOTTE COUNTY) Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit detectives Thursday arrested four known drug dealers involved in undercover drug buys last November or December. Arrested were: Michael Randall Campbell, 51, 4375 Laura Street, Charlotte Harbor Melissa Rochel Lanier, 43, 7465 Ebro Road, Englewood Matthew Allen Ward, 25, 1208 Sultana Street, Port Charlotte Rachel Dawn Searle, 18, […]

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Venice Needs New City Manager Now

The city of Venice needs its city manager in place NOW! That’s why mayor John Holic said he and the council are on the fast track to get Edward Lavallee in place. He’s the retired city manager from Newport, Rhode Island, so he’s no novice, and the mayor says if he’s a go, Lavallee will […]

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Man Sentenced In Charlotte Bank Robberies

A Tampa man sentenced after a guilty plea in the armed robbery of two Charlotte County banks. 49-year-old Kevin Stone sentenced to twenty-four years in federal prison. Investigators say Stone held a teller hostage at gunpoint as he robbed an R-D-C Bank branch on Peachland Boulevard in Port Charlotte in July, 2010. Then, wearing a […]

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Motorcycle Death Caused By Wheelies

Police now say they know what a motorcycle rider was doing last weekend that caused his death. 22-year-old Henry Salem died in a Sarasota hospital after an accident while he was riding a dirt bike on Dixie Avenue near 29th Street. Witnesses have now told investigators that Salem was doing wheelies at the time. They […]

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