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Drones quietly becoming part of the environment
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
It rises vertically, buzzing like a beehive. But before long, you can’t hear the quadcopter drone: The sound of hundreds of nesting birds it’s surveilling is more powerful. The drone, … Find out how to read more online.
Former PCHS teacher returns to prison
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
A Charlotte County man was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Kenneth Swencki, 48, was adjudicated guilty in … Find out how to read more online.
Port Charlotte man gets life
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
A Port Charlotte man was sentenced to life in prison Monday for capital sexual battery on a victim under 12 years of age, the State Attorney’s Office reported. The case … Find out how to read more online.
Drones take insurance industry by storm
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Southwest Florida companies are among those on the forefront as drones take the insurance industry by storm in the state and beyond. Hurricane Irma, which slammed into the region seven … Find out how to read more online.
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Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: • James Giles, 58, 12100 block of Poindexter Ave., Punta Gorda. Charge: violation of condition of pretrial release. Bond: none. • Brian Gene Harper, 39, 21200 block of Hawthorne Ave., Port … Find out how to read more online.

Prison inmate sentenced for setting fire in cell
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
A former inmate at the Charlotte Correctional Institution was sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting a fire in his prison cell in 2015, the State Attorney’s Office reported. Ismail Tisdale, 42, was incarcerated at the time for burglary … Find out how to read more online.

Venice coach fired after Twitter ‘like’
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
VENICE — Fresh off a 7A state championship run, Venice High School fired its head football coach Wednesday morning after a rival team’s coach said an exchange on Twitter that Peacock had “liked” was encouraging racism. Though now relieved of … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte approves beach taxing units
Thu  Apr 26 2018 01:00AM
Charlotte County commissioners have approved a taxing methodology to pay for beach renourishment and management. “(Manasota Key) will continue to erode to a point that will drastically change our shoreline,” said Damian Ochab, South Manasota/Sandpiper Key Association president, on Tuesday. … Find out how to read more online.

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State, National and World News
Federal court sides with Florida in voting rights battle
Wed  Apr 25 2018 09:38PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With time running out, a federal appeals court late Wednesday sided with Florida in an escalating battle over the state’s process for restoring voting rights for former prisoners. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker had given Florida … read more.

Bipartisan bill to protect Mueller headed for crucial vote
Wed  Apr 25 2018 09:38PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators pushing legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job is trying to win over reluctant Republicans ahead of a crucial committee vote. The Senate Judiciary Committee was expected to vote Thursday on … read more.

House member seeks to stop turkey drop at Arkansas festival
Wed  Apr 25 2018 09:38PM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Concerned that federal regulators don’t have the power to stop the dropping of live turkeys over an Arkansas festival, a lawmaker from Las Vegas is suggesting that Congress step in to ban the practice. Democratic … read more.

Waffle House gunman’s erratic behavior began years before Tennessee restaurant attack
Wed  Apr 25 2018 08:30PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Travis Reinking’s erratic behavior began years before police say he showed up without pants at a Waffle House restaurant and killed four people with an assault-style rifle. The onetime construction crane operator bounced between states and … read more.

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