Port Charlotte man arrested for setting fires in Charlotte Co.
Feb07

Port Charlotte man arrested for setting fires in Charlotte Co.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY – A Port Charlotte man suspected of setting several recent fires in Charlotte County is now in custody. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s office arrests 21-year-old Brandon Wilson after witnesses and other evidence connected him to the scene. Wilson is facing several arson and violation of probation charges. Wilson became a person of interest in the investigations after a witness came forward and provided detectives with...

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Man crashes stolen vehicle, found in mangrove island

SARASOTA COUNTY – A man faces possible felony charges after crashing a stolen vehicle and then fleeing to an island. The City of Venice reports 53-year-old James Stansberry, Jr. was found in a mangrove island after ditching a van reported stolen from a Venice company he worked at. According to the City of Venice, Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies and later Venice Police responded to a call of a crashed vehicle at Albee Farm Road and...

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3 suspicious Charlotte County fires being investigated as arson

CHARLOTTE COUNTY – Charlotte County is on high alert after a suspicious number of fires occur in 72 hours. More than a dozen brush fires and three structure fires in Charlotte County in just two days. Fire Chief Bill Van Helden says this is not an accident. “At one of them I actually smelt gasoline when we arrived on scene.” Fire crews worked overnight to extinguish two homes under construction on Esplanade Avenue and an abandoned...

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Body found in Charlotte Harbor retention pond

CHARLOTTE COUNTY – A deceased male is found in a retention pond in Charlotte County. Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the 4000 block of Tamiami Trail in Charlotte Harbor at around 10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 1. According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Twitter account, the deceased male was found in a pond behind the Publix at the above location. We are currently on scene of a deceased male located...

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Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida’s longtime CEO retires
Jan31

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida’s longtime CEO retires

SARASOTA – It’s a bittersweet goodbye. On January 31st, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida‘s CEO Barbara Zdravecky retired. After 24 years of leadership, Zdravecky reflects on the strife. “It’s not easy to come to work every day whenever you’re crossing the picket line,” she said. Along with the battles conquered. Zdravecky spearheaded the affiliate’s merge with Naples and Orlando group in 2015, which expanded to...

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Man attempts lighting camper on fire with woman inside
Jan30

Man attempts lighting camper on fire with woman inside

CHARLOTTE COUNTY – A suspect is in custody on multiple charges, including attempted murder, after Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputies respond to the 41000 block of Cook Brown Road in Punta Gorda for a domestic disturbance. At around 11:00 P.M. Monday, January 29, deputies responded to a reported domestic disturbance on Cook Brown Road. The victim advised 911 dispatcher that Joshua Tanner, 43, was attempting to enter her camper....

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