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Search for missing Englewood boater extends from Naples to Boca Grande

 Jeffrey J. Reinhart

Jef­frey J. Reinhart

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Search and res­cue crews from the U.S. Coast Guard are search­ing Gulf of Mex­ico waters for Jef­frey J. Rein­hart, 48, of Englewood.

Rein­hardt, a con­trac­tor and owner of Rein­hardt Con­struc­tion Inc., has been miss­ing since late Fri­day when he did not return from a boat­ing trip, accord­ing to pub­lished news reports.

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Englewood man facing mutliple charges after Thanksgiving crash

Four-car crash results in arrest.

Four-car crash results in arrest.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – A Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office deputy was injured and an Engle­wood man is fac­ing charges fol­low­ing a four-car crash Thurs­day night on South McCall Road at Edi­son Drive, near Mama’s Ital­ian Restaurant.

Deputy Eric Knapp, 58, of Venice was taken to Bayfront Health Port Char­lotte with what was described as a seri­ous injury.

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Charlotte Co. Commission re-elects Truex as chairman

Charlotte County Commission Chairman Bill Truex

Char­lotte County Com­mis­sion Chair­man Bill Truex

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte County

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The Char­lotte County Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers on Tues­day re-elected Com­mis­sioner Bill Truex as its chair­man and Com­mis­sioner Chris Con­stance as its vice chair­man for 2015–2016.

Both com­mis­sion­ers have served in the same capac­ity since Novem­ber 2014. The votes were unanimous.

Truex, who rep­re­sents the Engle­wood area Dis­trict 3), was elected to the Char­lotte County Com­mis­sion in 2012 and served as vice chair­man from Novem­ber 2013 to Novem­ber 2014. Con­stance, the Dis­trict 2 com­mis­sioner, was elected to the County Com­mis­sion in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He served as chair­man from Novem­ber 2011 to Novem­ber 2013.

Englewood convicted felon indicted for possessing a firearm

Ernest L. Chambliss

Ernest L. Chambliss

Sub­mit­ted by U.S. Attorney’s Office

          TAMPA, Fla. – An Engle­wood man is fac­ing a long term in fed­eral prison after being charged with pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon.

United States Attor­ney A. Lee Bent­ley III said in a Tues­day press release that Ernest L. Cham­b­liss, 44, has been indicted and faces a manda­tory min­i­mum penalty of 15 years to life in fed­eral prison.

The indict­ment also noti­fies him that the United States intends to for­feit the firearm used in the offense.

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ID needed from Waterfest burglaries

One of the suspects in Englewood burglaries, credit card thefts.

One of the sus­pects in Engle­wood bur­glar­ies, credit card thefts.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte Co. Sheriff’s Office

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Char­lotte County detec­tives are attempt­ing to iden­tify two peo­ple who used credit cards stolen in vehi­cle bur­glar­ies dur­ing the weekend’s Water­fest event at the Engle­wood Walgreen’s store.

Four vehi­cles were bro­ken into Sat­ur­day after­noon, Nov. 21, while they were parked at Ann Den­ver Regional Park, located at 6791 San Casa Drive. The park was des­ig­nated as off-site park­ing for the Water­fest event being held at Engle­wood Beach.

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Charlotte County sets Thanksgiving holiday schedule

Many county offices, libraries closed Thursday and Friday.

Many county offices, libraries closed Thurs­day and Friday.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte County

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Char­lotte County gov­ern­ment offices and facil­i­ties will fol­low these sched­ules on Thurs­day, Nov. 26 and Fri­day, Nov. 27 for the Thanks­giv­ing Day holiday:

Char­lotte County gov­ern­ment busi­ness offices, includ­ing Mur­dock Admin­is­tra­tion Cen­ter – Closed.

Char­lotte Har­bor Vis­i­tor & Con­ven­tion Bureau Offices – Closed. Vis­i­tors with ques­tions on things to do can visit the web­site  or call 800−652−6090.

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

Garbage Col­lec­tion – No col­lec­tion ser­vice Thurs­day, Nov. 26.

  • Make-up ser­vice for Thurs­day will occur Fri­day, Nov. 27.
  • Make-up ser­vice for Fri­day will occur Sat­ur­day, Nov. 28.

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Sarasota County offices closed for Thanksgiving

County offices closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

County offices closed Thurs­day and Fri­day for Thanksgiving.

Sub­mit­ted by Sara­sota County

​SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. –  Sara­sota County gov­ern­ment offices, includ­ing libraries, Sara­sota County His­tor­i­cal Resources and recre­ation cen­ters, will be closed Thurs­day, Nov. 26, and Fri­day, Nov. 27, for the Thanks­giv­ing holiday.

Libraries will be open Sat­ur­day, Nov. 28, and other county offices will reopen Mon­day, Nov. 30.

There will be no Sara­sota County Area Tran­sit (SCAT) bus ser­vice on Thanks­giv­ing Day; how­ever, full ser­vice will resume on Fri­day, Nov. 27. The SCAT admin­is­tra­tion office and the Down­town Trans­fer Sta­tion cus­tomer ser­vice win­dow will be closed Thurs­day and Friday.

Payne Park is closed Thurs­day but will be open for reg­u­lar hours, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fri­day. Arling­ton Park and the Knight Trail Park gun range are closed Thurs­day and Friday.

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CCSO detectives seek information in stolen trailer probe

Charlotte County detectives are looking for this stolen trailer.

Char­lotte County detec­tives are look­ing for this stolen trailer. (See videos at end of story)

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte Co. Sheriff’s Office

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Char­lotte County detec­tives are look­ing for infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing the theft of a trailer that appar­ently occurred just before mid­night Tuesday.

Accord­ing to the vic­tim, some­one removed his 14-foot sil­ver 2005 box trailer from the park­ing lot of 2705 Placida Road some­time between about 9 p.m. Tues­day, Nov. 10, and about 11:30 a.m. Wednes­day, Nov. 11. The trailer hitch had a pad­lock on it.

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