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What’s open, closed Labor Day in Charlotte County

Trash pickup will not be affected.

Trash pickup will not be affected.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte County 

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Char­lotte County Gov­ern­ment offices and facil­i­ties will fol­low these sched­ules on Mon­day, Sept. 7, in obser­vance of Labor Day:

Char­lotte County Gov­ern­ment Busi­ness Offices, includ­ing Mur­dock Admin­is­tra­tion Cen­ter — Closed.

Char­lotte County Util­i­ties cus­tomer ser­vice will be closed. Standby staff will be on call for util­ity emer­gen­cies at 941−764−4300.

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What’s open, closed Monday in Sarasota County

Trash collection will not be affected fr Waste Management customers.

Trash col­lec­tion will not be affected fr Waste Man­age­ment customers.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. –  Sara­sota County gov­ern­ment offices, includ­ing libraries, recre­ation cen­ters and His­tor­i­cal Resources will be closed Mon­day, Sept. 7, for the Labor Day holiday.

  • Sara­sota County Area Tran­sit (SCAT) bus ser­vice, includ­ing the Long­boat Key Trol­ley, a joint oper­a­tion of SCAT and Man­a­tee County Area Tran­sit (MCAT), will not oper­ate on Labor Day.

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Englewood man charged with stealing from elderly

Scott Shanahan

Scott Shana­han

Sub­mit­ted by Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 50-year-old man after he allegedly promised home main­te­nance to an elderly man and never com­pleted it.

The 90-year-old Engle­wood vic­tim told detec­tives that Scott Shana­han of South Florida Pres­sure Clean­ing talked him into power wash­ing his roof and pool cage for $650. The vic­tim agreed and made the pay­ment assum­ing the work had been completed.

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Englewood biker killed in Wednesday night crash

Alcohol may have been a factor, and charges are pending.

Alco­hol may have been a fac­tor, and charges are pending.

Cor­rec­tion: The acci­dent hap­pened at 10:23 p.m. Wednes­day, not a.m. as FHP reported to us.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – An Engle­wood man was killed Wednes­day night when the motor­cy­cle he was dri­ving was struck by a com­pact SUV mak­ing a left turn off Engle­wood Road.

Accord­ing to one res­i­dent, it was the third acci­dent there in the past four weeks.

John Mar­tin, 59, of Engle­wood was taken to Engle­wood Memo­r­ial Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal with fatal injuries fol­low­ing the 10:23 p.m. crash. Mar­tin was not wear­ing a hel­met, accord­ing to the report.

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FHP seek South River Road hit-and-run driver

Contact FHP at 239-938-1800.

Con­tact FHP at 239−938−1800.

The Florida High­way Patrol is seek­ing infor­ma­tion about a vehi­cle involved in a Tues­day evening hit-and-run acci­dent on South River Road near U.S. 41.

There were no injuries, but there was dam­age to a vehi­cle being dri­ven by an older cou­ple from Dav­en­port, who did stop.

Accord­ing to the FHP report, at 5:40 p.m. Sept. 1, an uniden­ti­fied vehi­cle was headed south on River Road in the right merge lane south of U.S. 41, and a 2008 Chevy Trail­blazer dri­ven by Charles Arthur Hen­dricks, 71, of Dav­en­port was also headed south in the through lane. As the vehi­cles approached the lane drop, the report stated, the uniden­ti­fied vehi­cle sped up to merge in front of the Trail­blazer and side­swiped it. That vehi­cle then left the scene headed south on River Road.

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Sex offender registers at Englewood address

William Alvarado

William Alvarado

Sub­mit­ted by Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office is advis­ing the pub­lic that 30-year-old William Michael Alvarado has reg­is­tered as a sex­ual offender liv­ing in Englewood.

Alvarado was con­victed of Lewd or Las­civ­i­ous Molesta­tion on a Vic­tim Under 15 in Char­lotte County in 2013 and sen­tenced to four years in prison. He has a his­tory of Lar­ceny and Burglary.

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North Port crash victim killed in when FHP cruiser is hit by truck

The crash in under investigation.

The crash in under investigation.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. – The Sat­ur­day night crash that closed I-75 North for sev­eral hours involved a Florida High­way Patrol trooper, a dri­ver involved in a pre­vi­ous crash who was being looked at as pos­si­bly under the influ­ence of alco­hol, and a auto trans­port truck.

The man sus­pected of DUI, 63-year-old Michael Stephen Thome of North Port, was killed in the bizarre crash.

Accord­ing to the FHP report:

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Erika who? Drippy storm droops in mountains, falls apart.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Trop­i­cal Storm Erika ran into the moun­tains of His­panola Fri­day night/Saturday morn­ing. The result? No more Erika.

What had been a small but threat­en­ing storm car­ry­ing a whole lot of water dis­si­pated, accord­ing to the National Hur­ri­cane. cen­ter, and is now jut a trough of low pressure.

The upshot for Engle­wood and the rest of Florida?

Just go about your busi­ness. Noth­ing to see here…