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DeSoto Sheriff: Probation officer arrested on child porn charges
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
A DeSoto County probation officer is accused of having child pornography on his work computer. Ruben Martinez, 53, of Arcadia, was arrested Friday on six charges of possessing child pornography. … Find out how to read more online.
Charlotte approves new storm shutter ordinance
Thu  May 24 2018 08:30AM
This year, homeowners have just 30 days after the end of hurricane season to take down any unpermitted storm shutters before incurring a code violation. The new ordinance was approved … Find out how to read more online.
Crime rate drops locally, statewide
Wed  May 23 2018 04:02PM
From 2016 to 2017, crime in Charlotte County decreased by more than 12 percent, according to the Uniform Crime Report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tuesday. Likewise, … Find out how to read more online.
Police adding 2 positions for ‘hot spots’
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
Punta Gorda Police Chief Pam Davis wants to hire two new officers to patrol “hot spots” with the goal of stopping trouble before it happens. Davis said the department often … Find out how to read more online.
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‘Twisted Fork’ restaurant coming to Harley-Davidson dealership
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson has announced the name of the new restaurant which will be going up as part of its new entertainment complex later this year. Twisted Fork will be a rustic, automotive/motorcycle-themed restaurant serving up a variety of … Find out how to read more online.

Charlotte County lifts burn ban
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Commission voted to lift the burn ban Tuesday which has been in place since the start of April. The ban prohibited all open burning and the discharge of fireworks or incendiary devices, but is no longer necessary … Find out how to read more online.

Former chief sends public corruption complaint to FBI
Tue  May 22 2018 02:23PM
Former Punta Gorda police chief Tom Lewis is bringing in the feds — or at least trying to. Claiming the Punta Gorda Police Department refused to investigate his allegations of unethical and criminal conduct, Lewis sent a letter to the … Find out how to read more online.

Animal Welfare League searches for new director
Wed  May 23 2018 08:30AM
The Charlotte County Animal Welfare League and its one-time executive director, Sharon Thomas, have parted ways after 10 years. “We were all in a good position. It was an amicable parting of ways,” said Aggie Aguila, operations manager at the … Find out how to read more online.

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Kentucky judge candidate dies 1 day after primary victory
Wed  May 23 2018 10:48PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A 43-year-old Kentucky lawyer running for judge collapsed and died the day after he got the most votes in a primary election. Danny Alvarez was described as “a true public servant, a humanitarian, and a champion … read more.

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves
Thu  May 24 2018 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The Food and Drug Administration said … read more.

FBI may have disrupted major cyberattack on Ukraine
Wed  May 23 2018 10:06PM
LONDON (AP) — The FBI has put a spoke in the wheel of a major Russian hacking operation potentially aimed at causing havoc in Ukraine, evidence pieced together from researchers, Ukrainian officials and U.S. court documents indicates. On Wednesday, network … read more.

Trump launches probe into auto imports, possible tariffs
Wed  May 23 2018 10:06PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled. President Donald … read more.

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