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Donations sought for victim’s son
Thu  May 5 2016 05:04PM
Services have been set for both Antoinette “Ann” Gordon and Hugh Gordon, who died in an apparent murder-suicide Friday in Port Charlotte. A site has also been created to … Find out how to read more online.
Mega truck race set for this weekend
Thu  May 5 2016 12:50PM
Dozens of mega trucks will jump through a pro motocross track at Florida Tracks and Trails on Saturday in a race for $10,000 cash, which organizers hope will draw thousands … Find out how to read more online.
Local Publix employee wins $500,000 lottery
Tue  May 3 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Debra Maletich, 53, of Port Charlotte, couldn’t believe her eyes when she scratched off a $5 Flamingo Multiplier ticket purchased at the store where she works and … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda Council tackles food trucks, pickleball, Alligator Creek
Thu  May 5 2016 08:30AM
It was a win for food trucks, a setback for pickleball, extra innings for the Peace River Wildlife Center and another step forward for the Punta Gorda Isles Alligator Creek … Find out how to read more online.
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Florida Supreme Court considers overturning death sentences
Fri  May 6 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Supreme Court wrestled with whether an inmate sentenced to death under a system found to be unconstitutional should have his punishment reduced to life in prison, and the lives of nearly 400 other condemned prisoners … read more.

St. Pete delays simply ticketing pot possession violators
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — St. Pete delays vote on ticketing pot possession violators The St. Petersburg City Council has a delayed a vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana until a diversion program is created. The council voted 8-0 … read more.

Florida detective fired for sending explicit video to woman
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — A Plantation police detective has been fired after an investigation found he took an explicit video of himself and sent it to a woman who had reported a crime he was investigating. Media outlets report that … read more.

Florida doctor convicted of 162 counts of health care fraud
Thu  May 5 2016 09:28PM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a north Florida doctor of 162 counts of health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Christopher Canova said in a news release that 59-year-old Dr. Ona Colasante defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross … read more.

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Body found in harbor identified as missing boater
Tue  May 3 2016 08:30AM
A body pulled from the waters at Burnt Store Marina near Punta Gorda was identified late Monday as a missing boater who had not been seen since last week, authorities said. The body was discovered near the last known location … Find out how to read more online.

School in mourning
Mon  May 2 2016 01:56PM
NORTH PORT — Students, staff and residents gathered Sunday at North Port High School to remember Antoinette “Ann” Gordon, who was gunned down Friday in Port Charlotte in what police deemed a murder-suicide. Gordon’s estranged husband, Hugh, turned the gun … Find out how to read more online.

Edgewater widening faces delays
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — From their home on Edgewater Drive, Jamie and Rich Stone have a front-row seat to the long-running saga of the road-expansion project. And there has been plenty of drama to capture their attention. They have seen work … Find out how to read more online.

Construction impacting drivers
Mon  May 2 2016 08:30AM
Denise Ellis of Port Charlotte Florist said the business — at 900 Tamiami Trail — has been “in the zone” of the U.S. 41 widening project for a while. “There were a couple of days where they had to tear out … Find out how to read more online.

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