Faulty Machine Means DUI Cases Dropped

Last week, we told that concerns had been raised about the effectiveness of breath tests conducted at some Sarasota and Manatee County sobriety checkpoints. New today: word that the 12th Circuit State Attorney’s Office is dropping a number of D-U-I charges that were based on results from a specific time of breath analysis machine. At […]

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Sarasota County Funds Human Services Groups

The Sarasota County Board of Commissioners has decided to go ahead with funding a number of community organizations despite shrinking county revenues and the uncertain economy. The Board handing out grant money to thirty organizations and agencies. The funding is part of the Commission’s annual contracted human services program. Among the largest recipients was the […]

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Funds Stil Absent For Punta Gorda Air Controllers

If you build it, will they staff it? That’s the question airport authorities in Punta Gorda are asking today after more questions have arisen about when Federal Aviation Administration funding for air traffic controllers will come through. The Punta Gorda airport recently completed construction of a new four-million-dollar air traffic control tower. Airport officials had […]

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Charlotte Deputy Resigns Under Fire

A Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy has resigned under fire, accused of faking traffic stops and lying to a superior. Thirty-two-year-old deputy Timothy Hamula was being investigated by the internal affairs unit on allegations that he logged traffic stops he never actually made — then withheld information from a superior when questions arose. Hamula was a […]

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Follow the Blue to the Stolen Copper

Just follow the copper wire… and you’ll find the alleged thief. That’s what Charlotte County detectives did in Punta Gorda this week. The law arrested 34 year old Eddie Johnson of Dundee road, charging his with burglary and grand theft. Officials say Johnson is already a convicted felon. The owner of Reed’s Rides called CCSO […]

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