Archive For April 30, 2016

Man, woman found dead following Port Charlotte murder-suicide | WINK NEWS

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Man, woman found dead following Port Charlotte murder-suicide | WINK NEWS

  Man, woman found dead following Port Charlotte murder-suicide | WINK NEWS PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Two people were found dead Friday night following a murder-suicide outside a fast food restaurant. Authorities responded to McDonalds, 3232 Tamiami Trail, at about 7 p.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls regarding an active shooter and shots being fired,…

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Venice seeks to improve relations with Sarasota County | HeraldTribune.com

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Venice seeks to improve relations with Sarasota County | HeraldTribune.com

    Venice seeks to improve relations with Sarasota County | HeraldTribune.com VENICE — Improving relationships with Sarasota County and other area governments was a major theme of Venice City Council’s two-day Strategic Planning workshop, hosted Thursday and Friday at Village on the Isle. Council Member Rich Cautero noted that many items the council discussed…

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Boat found, but the North Port boater still missing in Charlotte Harbor – Fox 4 Now  

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Boat found, but the North Port boater still missing in Charlotte Harbor – Fox 4 Now  

    Boat found, but the North Port boater still missing in Charlotte Harbor – Fox 4 Now   CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater in Charlotte Harbor. The Coast Guard tells Fox 4 that the boater was last seen fishing in Charlotte Harbor after leaving from…

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County loosening food truck rules | HeraldTribune.com

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County loosening food truck rules | HeraldTribune.com

  County loosening food truck rules | HeraldTribune.com Sarasota County is crafting new rules to loosen restrictions on area food trucks, but some owners want them relaxed even further. Next week the county’s Planning Commission will consider updating its street vendor codes to eliminate restrictions that food trucks must be 800 feet from an established…

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SCAT starts two new Sunday test routes | Mysuncoast 

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SCAT starts two new Sunday test routes | Mysuncoast 

SCAT starts two new Sunday test routes | Mysuncoast SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) has launched two new Sunday test routes. Route 1S travels from Cattlemen Station west on Fruitville Road to downtown Sarasota. Route 15S will serve Gulf Gate, Cattlemen Road, Clark Road and University Parkway. The routes run every hour. Read more:…

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Sections of Legacy Trail to closed for mowing | Mysuncoast 

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Sections of Legacy Trail to closed for mowing | Mysuncoast 

Sections of Legacy Trail to closed for mowing | Mysuncoast SARASOTA COUNTY — Some portions of The Legacy Trail will be closed in May to allow for crews to mow the area. The estimated closing dates are as follows: Beginning on May 2: Sections north of Central Sarasota Parkway   Read more: Sections of Legacy…

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Mobile health screening services in Sarasota County offered during May | Mysuncoast 

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Mobile health screening services in Sarasota County offered during May | Mysuncoast 

  Mobile health screening services in Sarasota County offered during May | Mysuncoast SARASOTA, Fla — The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County’s Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) staff will provide free and low-cost public health services during May. The Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff provides health screenings, some adult…

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SCSO: Homicide Suspects Convicted, Sentenced to Prison

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SCSO: Homicide Suspects Convicted, Sentenced to Prison

    Homicide Suspects Convicted, Sentenced to Prison A Sarasota County jury today convicted Byron Jones and Aenri Ellis of 1st Degree Murder in connection with the death of Jonathan Jeffery during a home invasion robbery in December 2014. Jones, of St. Petersburg, and Ellis, of Clearwater, were two of seven people charged by the…

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NPPD:  Quick response time leads to quick apprehension of robber.

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NPPD:  Quick response time leads to quick apprehension of robber.

  NPPD:  Quick response time leads to quick apprehension of robber. 8:01am Friday morning NPPD got the call of man with a scarf around his face and a hoodie over his head holding up the Winn Dixie at 14275 Tamiami Trl. The suspect then fled the area with an undisclosed amount of cash. Officer Brian…

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Man convicted in Sarasota home invasion, sexual battery | HeraldTribune.com

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Man convicted in Sarasota home invasion, sexual battery | HeraldTribune.com

  Man convicted in Sarasota home invasion, sexual battery | HeraldTribune.com SARASOTA – A man was found guilty Friday in a 2015 home invasion and sexual battery, police say. According to the Sarasota Police Department, Herbert Earl Stilley III, now 28, entered a couple’s home on Feb. 10, 2015 and pointed a firearm at the…

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Quick response time leads to quick apprehension of robber – North Port Police Department

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Quick response time leads to quick apprehension of robber – North Port Police Department

  Quick response time leads to quick apprehension of robber – North Port Police Department Quick response time leads to quick apprehension of robber. 8:01am Friday morning NPPD got the call of man with a scarf around his face and a hoodie over his head holding up the Winn Dixie at 14275 Tamiami Trl. The…

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My bitchy guide to turtle nesting season | unRavel

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My bitchy guide to turtle nesting season | unRavel

  My bitchy guide to turtle nesting season | unRavel Turtle nesting season starts Sunday until Oct 31, so listen up folks, there are a few rules you’re going follow at the beach in Florida. Pick up your garbage on the beach. I’m tired of cleaning up after you when you leave. You’re gross. Juice…

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SCSO:  #FugitiveFriday – Shalishea Sellers

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SCSO:  #FugitiveFriday – Shalishea Sellers

  SCSO:  #FugitiveFriday – Shalishea Sellers It’s #FugitiveFriday and we need your help finding 20-year-old Shalishea Sellers. She was featured back in July and in less than two weeks, our Fugitive Apprehension Unit tracked her down. She eventually bonded out and recently failed to appear at her court date. She’s now wanted on a Failure To…

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Sarasota state Senate candidate accuses opponent of “baseless personal attacks”- HT Politics

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Sarasota state Senate candidate accuses opponent of “baseless personal attacks”- HT Politics

  Sarasota state Senate candidate accuses opponent of “baseless personal attacks”- HT Politics Accusing one of his GOP opponents in a state Senate race of “dirty politics and baseless personal attacks,” former Sarasota state Rep. Doug Holder sent a letter Thursday calling for the two men to sign a “Clean Campaign Pledge.” Holder says in…

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Principal and assistant retiring from K-8 school | HeraldTribune 

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Principal and assistant retiring from K-8 school | HeraldTribune 

  Principal and assistant retiring from K-8 school | HeraldTribune.com NOKOMIS – After more than three decades as an educator, Nancy Dubin still has a place in her heart for school cafeterias. “It’s just a great way to talk to the kids in an informal way,” she said. “You can watch their little interactions.” Dubin’s…

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Children get a taste of what it takes to run Sarasota County | HeraldTribune 

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Children get a taste of what it takes to run Sarasota County | HeraldTribune 

    Children get a taste of what it takes to run Sarasota County | HeraldTribune.com On Thursday, two dozen children received an insider’s look at what their parents and more than 2,000 other Sarasota County employees do to keep the county running during Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.   gave the…

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Major accident with at least 1 fatality on University Parkway  

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Major accident with at least 1 fatality on University Parkway  

MANATEE CO — A major accident has been reported at University Parkway and Lorraine Road at 10:47 p.m. Thursday. Read more: Major accident with at least 1 fatality on University Parkway – Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: Local News

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City officials again exploring paid parking for parts of Sarasota | Mysuncoast 

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City officials again exploring paid parking for parts of Sarasota | Mysuncoast 

    City officials again exploring paid parking for parts of Sarasota | Mysuncoast SARASOTA, Fla. —  The City of Sarasota is once again exploring an option that would force residents to pay to park downtown and in other shopping districts.  The move comes almost four years after the city removed paid parking meters from…

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PGT to build daycare facility | Inside Real Estate

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PGT to build daycare facility | Inside Real Estate

  PGT to build daycare facility | Inside Real Estate PGT Industries Inc. has purchased land to build an 8,100-square-foot daycare facility. The Venice-based manufacturer of residential impact-resistant windows and doors bought a 2.5-acre lot at 101 Triple Diamond Boulevard.   Read more: PGT to build daycare facility | April 28, 2016 | John Hielscher…

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Tactical and Fugitive Apprehension Units Apprehends Two Fugitives – SCSO

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Tactical and Fugitive Apprehension Units Apprehends Two Fugitives – SCSO

Tactical and Fugitive Apprehension Units Apprehends Two Fugitives – SCSO Shout out to our Tactical and Fugitive Apprehension Units who worked together to locate the men seen here after they absconded from community control. Francis Jerauld and Mackenzie Dailing were on the run for nearly two weeks and refused to turn themselves in. Thanks to…

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Paul Blackketter resigns as CEO of Nathan Benderson Park | HeraldTribune

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Paul Blackketter resigns as CEO of Nathan Benderson Park | HeraldTribune

  Paul Blackketter resigns as CEO of Nathan Benderson Park | HeraldTribune.com The CEO of the nonprofit that operates Nathan Benderson Park is stepping down, according to a news release posted Thursday. Paul Blackketter has served as the president and CEO of the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA), the nonprofit behind the 600-acre county-owned…

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Sarasota Police & Brookside Middle School Host Student Anti-Bullying Meeting — Sarasota Police Department

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Sarasota Police & Brookside Middle School Host Student Anti-Bullying Meeting — Sarasota Police Department

Sarasota Police & Brookside Middle School Host Student Anti-Bullying Meeting At Brookside Middle School, Sarasota Police School Resource Officer Todd Perna works with students twice a month to hold a KAB meeting = Kids Against Bullying.  The KAB acronym was created by Officer Perna.  On Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., members of the…

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Workshop on Food Truck code changes | Mysuncoast 

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Workshop on Food Truck code changes | Mysuncoast 

  Workshop on Food Truck code changes | Mysuncoast Sarasota County will host two public workshops on proposed changes to regulations regarding food trucks and street vendors. The county code currently requires a separation of 800 feet between a street vendor and an established restaurant, unless notarized consent is given by the restaurant operator, as…

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UPDATE: Judge’s funding request for jail diversion program approved| Mysuncoast 

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UPDATE: Judge’s funding request for jail diversion program approved| Mysuncoast 

  UPDATE: Judge’s funding request for jail diversion program approved| Mysuncoast UPDATE: Sarasota county commissioners are pitching in to help with a local judge’s proposed initiative that would keep those who are mentally ill, out of jail. Commissioners approved Judge Erika Quartermaine’s funding request of $42,000 on Wednesday. The program is called “comprehensive treatment court”….

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SNN: Safely Dispose Of Prescription Medications To Prevent Abuse 

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SNN: Safely Dispose Of Prescription Medications To Prevent Abuse 

SNN: Safely Dispose Of Prescription Medications To Prevent Abuse  

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Retiring clerk may stay as consultant | HeraldTribune.com

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Retiring clerk may stay as consultant | HeraldTribune.com

  Retiring clerk may stay as consultant | HeraldTribune.com After 24 years working for North Port and more than a decade as city clerk, Helen Raimbeau will retire this July. But the city is moving toward keep her on the payroll as a consultant for at least six months after that, even though she will…

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Unlicensed contractors in Sarasota Co. face face $1k fine per day | Mysuncoast 

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Unlicensed contractors in Sarasota Co. face face $1k fine per day | Mysuncoast 

  Unlicensed contractors in Sarasota Co. face face $1k fine per day | Mysuncoast SARASOTA, Fla. — “The fine seems very steep, but it’s definitely the right way to go,” said Michael Bente, President and CEO of Atlantis Constructors. What Bente is talking about is an amendment Sarasota County Commissioners adopted on Tuesday, that will…

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To those frustrated about towering condos downtown: we asked for it, say city officials | Mysuncoast 

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To those frustrated about towering condos downtown: we asked for it, say city officials | Mysuncoast 

    To those frustrated about towering condos downtown: we asked for it, say city officials | Mysuncoast SARASOTA, Fla. — Sandra and Gary Harvey prefer tennis shoes over tires while traversing Sarasota, but say they avoid walking U.S. 41 at all costs. “It’s not the construction so much, as the traffic and large trucks…

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North Port to conserve more land in new Parks Master Plan | Mysuncoast 

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North Port to conserve more land in new Parks Master Plan | Mysuncoast 

  North Port to conserve more land in new Parks Master Plan | Mysuncoast As the largest City in Sarasota County, North Port has a big job in conserving lands.As the largest City in Sarasota County, North Port has a big job in conserving lands. “The master plan gives a framework for trails, connectivity, our…

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Four men arrested in undercover operation targeting prostitution — Sarasota Police Department

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Four men arrested in undercover operation targeting prostitution — Sarasota Police Department

Four men arrested in undercover operation targeting prostitution On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Narcotics Unit and Patrol Division, conducted a prostitution operation targeting individuals soliciting prostitutes.  These individuals are known as “Johns.” The operation was conducted in the 4700 block of North Tamiami…

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City of North Port:  Solid Waste’s new recycling pilot program was a success!

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City of North Port:  Solid Waste’s new recycling pilot program was a success!

City of North Port:  Solid Waste’s new recycling pilot program was a success! Coming Soon: Starting in early 2017, all North Port residents will be receiving two recycling totes with wheels! One for paper materials and one for commingle materials. The program will improve efficiency and save taxpayers money in the long run. It will…

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NPPD: Grand theft auto suspect nabbed

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NPPD: Grand theft auto suspect nabbed

NPPD: Grand theft auto suspect nabbed You may have noticed several police units on scene this morning at Morandi Ave and Crittendon St. Officers were looking for a grand theft suspect who fled from a traffic stop. 32-yr-old Tristan Royer was quickly captured coming out of the woods. Royer had stolen a boat motor the…

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National Drug Turn-In Event Saturday

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National Drug Turn-In Event Saturday

    National Drug Turn-In Event Saturday Law enforcement agencies throughout Sarasota County will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) national event to properly dispose of turned-in prescription medication on Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has permanent drop boxes at the Criminal Justice Center, 2071…

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Murder trial begins in Sarasota home invasion case | HeraldTribune 

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Murder trial begins in Sarasota home invasion case | HeraldTribune 

    Murder trial begins in Sarasota home invasion case | HeraldTribune.com SARASOTA – Prosecutor Karen Fraivillig argued on Tuesday that one of two men on trial for first-degree murder orchestrated the home invasion robbery that resulted in the shooting death of Jonathan Jeffery more than a year ago. In her opening statement in the…

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Venice will put $43 million bond referendum to voters | HeraldTribune 

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Venice will put $43 million bond referendum to voters | HeraldTribune 

  Venice will put $43 million bond referendum to voters | HeraldTribune.com VENICE – City voters in November will be asked to approve the issuance of $43 million in bonds to pay for a new Public Safety Complex and a variety of roadway and sidewalk improvements. Tuesday, the Venice City Council received updates on both…

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Parks, recreation plan may make North Port eco-tourism destination spot | HeraldTribune 

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Parks, recreation plan may make North Port eco-tourism destination spot | HeraldTribune 

  Parks, recreation plan may make North Port eco-tourism destination spot | HeraldTribune NORTH PORT – City leaders approved a plan Tuesday that they hope will put North Port on the path to become an eco-tourism destination. The new Parks and Recreation Master Plan aims to make the most of the city’s 104 square miles,…

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Venice Fire Department to get new fire truck | Mysuncoast 

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Venice Fire Department to get new fire truck | Mysuncoast 

Venice Fire Department to get new fire truck | Mysuncoast VENICE, Fla. — “(There are) things that are more beneficial than they had 17 years ago,” says firefighter Jerry Collins. The 1999 Pierce will run her last call soon. Tuesday, the Venice City Council voted to spend upwards of half a million dollars to purchase…

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Community gives input regarding Sarasota County’s next school superintendent | Mysuncoast

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Community gives input regarding Sarasota County’s next school superintendent | Mysuncoast

  Community gives input regarding Sarasota County’s next school superintendent | Mysuncoast NORTH PORT, Fla. — Who will lead Sarasota County’s 42,000 students? A public forum Tuesday night was another step in getting an answer to that question. Lori White is retiring in February after an eight-year run as superintendent. The school district is now…

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Tranquilizer darts will be used to remove peacocks on Longboat Key | Mysuncoast

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Tranquilizer darts will be used to remove peacocks on Longboat Key | Mysuncoast

Tranquilizer darts will be used to remove peacocks on Longboat Key | Mysuncoast From traps to tranquilizers, longboat key officials hope a new method will rid them of their peacock problem for good. The decision to use tranquilizer darts on the remaining peacock residents comes after a four-hour meeting where town manager told commissioners that…

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North Port limits campaign donations | HeraldTribune 

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North Port limits campaign donations | HeraldTribune 

  North Port limits campaign donations | HeraldTribune.com NORTH PORT – Effective after this year’s election, donations to future North Port City Commission candidates will be restricted to $250 per candidate per election. City commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance setting the donation cap at their meeting this morning. It was the ordinance’s second and final…

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Sarasota prosecutor resigns after showing up late to court | HeraldTribune 

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Sarasota prosecutor resigns after showing up late to court | HeraldTribune 

  Sarasota prosecutor resigns after showing up late to court | HeraldTribune.com Assistant State Attorney Hagen Brody, who actively practiced law for weeks this month even though the Florida Bar had suspended his law license, has resigned. Brody was assigned to cover first appearances at 9 a.m. Sunday, but he arrived 45 minutes late. His…

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Venice Fire Rescuewill be attaching evacuation “collars” to stop signs within the city limits – Venice, Florida Municipal Government

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Venice Fire Rescuewill be attaching evacuation “collars” to stop signs within the city limits – Venice, Florida Municipal Government

    Venice Fire Rescuewill be attaching evacuation “collars” to stop signs within the city limits – Venice, Florida Municipal Government Venice Fire Rescue, in coordination with city employees and voluntary organizations, will be attaching evacuation “collars” to stop signs within the city limits beginning Monday, May 2. The purpose of the collars is to…

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Minority Business Owners Meet With Vern Buchanan | Mysuncoast 

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Minority Business Owners Meet With Vern Buchanan | Mysuncoast 

  Minority Business Owners Meet With Vern Buchanan | Mysuncoast According to the U.S Small Business Association, almost half of businesses survive at least five years and about one-third make it 10 years or more. Business owners locally got an opportunity to discuss some of their concerns with Congressman Vern Buchanan. Congressman Vern Buchanan made…

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Video Report: Talks underway to bring Atlanta Braves to Sarasota County

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Video Report: Talks underway to bring Atlanta Braves to Sarasota County

  Talks underway to bring Atlanta Braves to Sarasota County | Mysuncoast     Read more: Talks underway to bring Atlanta Braves to Sarasota County – Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: Local News  

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Chapman’s case arrives in court; taxpayers’ legal bill over $250,000 and counting | Mysuncoast 

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Chapman’s case arrives in court; taxpayers’ legal bill over $250,000 and counting | Mysuncoast 

    Chapman’s case arrives in court; taxpayers’ legal bill over $250,000 and counting | Mysuncoast SARASOTA, Fla. — Two-and-a-half years after the “incident,” one of the most watched legal cases in recent Suncoast history has made it to the courtroom. Attorney Andrea Mogensen and the group Citizens for Sunshine are suing Sarasota City Commissioner…

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Sarasota County judge pushing for mentally ill to get help instead of jail time| Mysuncoast 

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Sarasota County judge pushing for mentally ill to get help instead of jail time| Mysuncoast 

  Sarasota County judge pushing for mentally ill to get help instead of jail time| Mysuncoast SARASOTA, Fla. – It’s a problem Judge Erika Quartermaine experiences firsthand in her courtroom far too often. “We are seeing repeated incarcerations of the mentally ill on low level offenses,” said Quartermaine. “Often times they are homeless and they…

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Three in fatal crash exceeded alcohol limit | HeraldTribune 

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Three in fatal crash exceeded alcohol limit | HeraldTribune 

  Three in fatal crash exceeded alcohol limit | HeraldTribune.com SARASOTA – The driver and two passengers who died in a recent single-car accident on University Parkway all had blood alcohol levels that far exceeded the legal limit, according to autopsy results released Monday. Two of them also had traces of cannabis in their bodies….

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The City of Venice has a palm tree infection problem, on the island

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The City of Venice has a palm tree infection problem, on the island

The City of Venice has a palm tree infection problem, on the island Francesco Abbruzzino, The Scoop News WWSB is covering the disease that is ravaging the palms on the island. This has been an ongoing issue for the past couple of years. I think some people came on and said that they did not…

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Charlotte to decide fate of ‘Beach Guy’ | HeraldTribune 

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Charlotte to decide fate of ‘Beach Guy’ | HeraldTribune 

  Charlotte to decide fate of ‘Beach Guy’ | HeraldTribune.com ENGLEWOOD BEACH — The way Charlotte County officials see it, Mark Timchula, aka “The Beach Guy” should be celebrating after Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. That’s because commissioners are going to consider both a change in Charlotte County’s beach protection ordinance that would allow him to…

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Public input sought as Sarasota school administrator search begins | HeraldTribune 

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Public input sought as Sarasota school administrator search begins | HeraldTribune 

  Public input sought as Sarasota school administrator search begins | HeraldTribune.com North Port residents will have the chance to comment on the Sarasota County School District’s search for a new superintendent Tuesday. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County will host a Superintendent Search Forum at 7 p.m. in North Port High School, 6400 W….

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