Rock Star Art Dealer Sentenced For Art Theft

He’s been referred to as “Sarasota’s Rock Star of the International Art World” but now he’s headed to prison. Forty-seven-year-old Robert Preiss, former owner of Saint Armand’s Gallery, sentenced to two years in prison for art theft. Preiss convicted of selling consigned art without telling the owners or paying them the proceeds. He maintained his […]

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Charlotte High School Students Arrested As Vandals

It started as a Halloween prank, four teenage boys throwing eggs at parked cars in Deep Creek. But it escalated to throwing hard objects that damaged vehicle and smashed a window on an oncoming truck containing a couple and their one-year-old daughter. They weren’t hurt but now, four Charlotte High School students have been charged […]

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Issues Raised With Sarasota Administrator Finalists

Five of the eight finalists for the Sarasota County Administrator job have come under fire this year from their respective commissions and two have survived firing attempts. The short list prepared for County Commissioners does not include any women or minority candidates, and critics say there are other qualified applicants that should be on it. […]

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Red Tide Diminishing

We haven’t had a Red Tide story to report for several days, which is good news. Even better is word now that with the exception of very low concentrations at Gasparilla Sound in Charlotte County, the organism that creates Red Tide was not detected in samples collected along the southern Florida Coast over the last […]

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Port Charlotte Crash Injures Two

A Port Charlotte man was seriously injured in a crash on Westchester Boulevard Wednesday afternoon. Florida Highway Patrol, in a release late yesterday, reported that 42-year old Dominic Rapisardi suffered serious injuries in the crash, while his passenger, 28-year old Gabriel Reyes Mendoza of North Port, was critically injured. Troopers say a northbound GMC Pickup […]

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