FIRE COMMISSIONERS DROP THE DROP PLAN

ENGLEWOOD FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS VOTED WEDNESDAY TO DROP A CONTROVERSIAL DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN THAT WOULD HAVE GIVEN FIREFIGHTERS THEIR THIRD PENSION INCREASE IN AS MANY YEARS.  OVER FIFTY RESIDENTS SHOWED UP AT... Read More.

BAY HAVEN TEACHER NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR

MELISSA OWENS, A THIRD GRADE TEACHER AT BAY HAVEN SCHOOL OF BASICS PLUS IN SARASOTA HAS BEEN NAMED THE SARASOTA COUNTY TEACHER OF THE YEAR.  SHE WAS PRESENTED THE AWARD AT THE TEACHER OF... Read More.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY AND BEATING

A PORT CHARLOTTE MAN WAS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ENTERING A HOME WITH A GUN.  DEPUTIES WERE CALLED TO A HOME IN THE 21000 BLOCK OF OLEAN BOULEVARD JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON MARCH 13TH... Read More.

MAN FOUND DEAD IN A PUNTA GORDA PARK

AUTHORITIES SAY A MAN WAS FOUND DEAD ON A BOAT RAMP AT HATHAWAY PARK IN PUNTA GORDA YESTERDAY.  CHARLOTTE COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY THE NAME OF THE 66 YEAR OLD MAN IS BEING WITHHELD PENDING... Read More.

ARMED ROBBERY OF DOLLAR GENERAL STORE

SARASOTA COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE LOOKING FOR THREE PEOPLE THEY SAY WERE INVOLVED IN AN ARMED ROBBERY OF A DOLLAR GENERAL STORE IN SARASOTA YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.  DEPUTIES SAY TWO OF THE SUSPECTS ENTERED THE STORE... Read More.

FORMER BUSINESS OWNERS CHARGED WITH STEALING

TWO PEOPLE WHO OWNED A BOAT SALES BUSINESS IN ENGLEWOOD WERE ARRESTED FRIDAY ON WARRANTS FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE.  AUTHORITIES SAY 48 YEAR OLD BRETT HYDE OF NAPLES AND 24 YEAR OLD... Read More.

LAND SWAP A DONE DEAL

CHARLOTTE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ON TUESDAY VOTED 4-1 TO COMPLETE THE LAND SWAP WITH SOUTHWEST LAND DEVELOPERS.  THE COMPANY WOULD GET 137 ACRES OF MURDOCK VILLAGE LAND, WHILE THE COUNTY WOULD GET 33 ACRES OWNED... Read More.

VENICE MAN INJURED IN BRADENTON ACCIDENT

A VENICE MAN WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT IN BRADENTON.  THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS 76 YEAR OLD ROCCO PACE WAS EASTBOUND ON STATE ROAD 70 IN THE LEFT LANE WEST OF 35TH... Read More.

FRIAR SUED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE

A CARMELITE FRIAR ARRESTED EARLIER THIS YEAR FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE OF A NOKOMIS TEENAGE BOY HAS BEEN SUED.  PUBLISHED REPORTS SAY 53 YEAR OLD WILLIAM WERT OF VENICE WAS PICKED UP IN FEBRUARY... Read More.

FOUR ARRESTED IN TWO RAIDS

FOUR PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AS CHARLOTTE COUNTY NARCOTICS DETECTIVES RAIDED TWO HOMES IN PORT CHARLOTTE MONDAY MORNING.  DEPUTIES SAY THE FIRST RAID WAS AT 168 DEERFIELD AVENUE, WHERE DETECTIVES FOUND FOUR 30 OUNCE PLASTIC... Read More.