Man Arrested in Act of Breaking In

Sarasota County Sheriffs Deputies arrested one burglar yesterday in the act. 19-year old Matthew Benvenuto was collared by deputies arriving at a burglary-in-progress call on Colonial Drive. But they’d been called to the 6-thousand block of Colonial, and found Benvenuto breaking into a home on the 65-hundred block. Deputies investigating the crimes found several other […]

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Charlotte County Crash Kills SC Man

A South Carolina man is dead following a crash yesterday in Charlotte county: The state patrol reports 24-year old Montavalo Santos of Ruffin, SC was killed when he lost control of a 1999 Mitsubishi Galant on State Road 31 at Farabee Road yesterday morning. According to a crash report Santos was southbound on State Road […]

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FDIC Sues Law Firm

The feds are going after a prominent local law firm. The FDIC, or Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation filed a malpractice suit against Icard Merrill because of a nearly five and a half million dollar loan made by First Priority Bank,which is now defunct. The suit claims Robert Messick did not tell the bank’s board of […]

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Arrest In Punta Gorda Distraction Burglaries

A suspect in custody today in a string of so-called “distraction burglaries” in Punta Gorda. Police say they arrested 48-year-old Rocky Thompson of Oakland Park and that other arrests may be in the offing. A “distraction burglary” typically involves someone coming to your door and distracting your attention while an accomplice enters the house to […]

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Repo Man Shot, Pot Operation Discovered

He shot a repo man in southwest Charlotte County and now deputies are on his trail. The Charlotte Major Crimes Unit today looking for 36-year-old Raul Romero, who they say shot a two truck driver who was trying to repossess his girlfriend’s car. The truck driver not seriously injured. The incident happened in the 40-thousand […]

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