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Dozens of cats, ‘deplorable conditions’
Fri  Jul 1 2016 08:30AM
NORTH PORT — A former North Port Citizen of the Year faces 61 counts of animal cruelty after dozens of cats were found in “deplorable conditions” with dead ones being … Find out how to read more online.
Man pleads guilty in son’s suffocation death
Fri  Jul 1 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Englewood couple have both pleaded guilty in the suffocation death of the man’s 6-year-old son on Christmas Eve. On Thursday, a handcuffed and shackled James “Rick” … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff opens up the jail
Thu  Jun 30 2016 01:00PM
PUNTA GORDA — Tired, as he puts it, of “getting beat up by the press” for a string of inmate deaths at the local jail during his watch, Charlotte County … Find out how to read more online.
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Wisconsin man accused of killing mother with sword committed
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:42PM
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of decapitating his mother with a sword last year has been committed to a state mental hospital. Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed with a psychiatrist’s report Wednesday that 41-year-old Matthew Skalitzky was … read more.

Woman shot by husband at Denver office building dies
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:42PM
DENVER (AP) — A man who killed his estranged wife and himself at a busy downtown Denver office building had become increasingly mentally unstable and was banned from a local airport after he threatened to fly a plane into a … read more.

US stocks claw back half of ground lost post-British vote
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:40PM
Banks and other financial companies led another broad surge in U.S. stocks Wednesday, turning the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index slightly positive for the year. It was the second rally in two days for … read more.

Sheriff: Texas woman shot daughters to make husband ‘suffer’
Wed  Jun 29 2016 10:40PM
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas woman who fatally shot her two daughters did not target her estranged husband because she “wanted him to suffer” the memory of their deaths, a sheriff said Wednesday. Christy Sheats, 42, “had ample time” on … read more.

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Popko out on bond, awaiting trial
Fri  Jul 1 2016 08:30AM
With a little help from social media sites and family, Nicholas Popko was released from jail while preparing for his trial. The 25-year-old North Port man is accused of killing Jalen Bell and shooting Travis Wright in March. Popko hired … Find out how to read more online.

Judge denies lower bond in WWII veteran attack case
Fri  Jul 1 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — A Sarasota circuit judge denied a lower bond to a North Port woman who allegedly hit a World War II veteran in the head and left him to die. An attorney for Elena Erickson, 46, argued the … Find out how to read more online.

Firefighters, Motel 6 step up for victim
Fri  Jul 1 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — When Lesley Hall returned home from a coin laundry Wednesday night, she smelled something burning. She opened her kitchen door and ran into a wall of billowing black smoke. The Englewood firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire quickly, … Find out how to read more online.

Planners look to finalize comp plan
Fri  Jul 1 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA — Affordable housing was a hot item recently when Sarasota County Commissioners met to discuss the adoption of the county’s comprehensive plan — encompassing land use, economic development, transportation and public utilities. After reviewing the plan for a month, … Find out how to read more online.

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