Suncoast buses will transport residents for free on Friday

SARASOTA – This Friday on the Suncoast, you’ll be able to ride area transit buses for free. It’s all part of the regional ‘try transit day’ as Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte county transit will be offering free bus rides. The buses will take you anywhere you need to go free of charge. MCAT will offer free rides throughout the service day, including route 99 service into Sarasota and the Skyway express service to Pinellas County.  ...

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An alert citizen helps nab a burglar

On April 14 Charlotte County Deputies received a call about suspicious activity at a residence on Stonecrop Ave., in Englewood. Around 8:40 p.m., deputies responded after the caller reported seeing two subjects break into the rear of the home. When deputies arrived, they found a burglary in progress. Cole Wilson darted out the back and tried to flee. Further investigation led Detectives to a juvenile female who had accompanied Wilson...

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Widespread service outage for Verizon Wireless customers

FLORIDA – Verizon Wireless customers in Southwest Florida were impacted by a widespread service outage Thursday (April 12) night. The outage was affecting cellular users from the Tampa Bay area south to at least as far as Punta Gorda, including Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Area police departments and sheriff’s offices were unable to send or receive calls or messages to affected Verizon customers. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s...

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SUV crashes into nail salon, woman injured

PORT CHARLOTTE – An SUV plows into a nail salon in Charlotte County on Tuesday, April 10. One woman, who was inside the building at the time of the crash, was taken to Bayfront Port Charlotte with a leg injury. The incident happened just before noon at Fancy Nail Salon on Tamiami Trail. The driver drove into the front of the building after jumping the curb. The vehicle could be seen deep into the salon after the crash. Tow truck...

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Living facility fire in Charlotte County

CHARLOTTE COUNTY –  Residents from an assisted living facility were evacuated Sunday morning after a fire at Courtyard Retirement Center on Rampart Boulevard, Charlotte County Fire and EMS said. Crews were dispatched around 7:35 A.M. to the facility on 26455 Rampart Blvd., according to Fire and EMS officials. No injuries were reported and all residents were accounted for during the evacuation period. An appliance -potentially a dryer-...

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Sarasota County is a top-5 place for kids

SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota is the fourth–best place to be a kid in Florida, according to the Florida Kids Count Child Well–being index released Thursday. The index ranks Florida’s 67 counties on 16 metrics indicating how well off children are based on economic, educational, health and community data. Manatee finished in the top half, ranking 28th statewide, and Charlotte ranked 24th. DeSoto County came in last, ranked 67th. The...

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