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Ken Kleinlein

Ken Klein­lein

By Ken Kleinlein

Crime Scene

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – My wife, Kathy, received two phone calls in the space of 10 min­utes from crooks attempt­ing to take con­trol of her com­puter. After telling her there were prob­lems with her com­puter they asked for the ser­ial num­ber so they could make repairs. She rec­og­nized the calls as scams and hung up.

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S. Gulf Cove Non-Urban Street & Drainage Unit special meeting May 3

South Gulf Cove entryway sign

South Gulf Cove entry­way sign

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte County

SOUTH GULF COVE, Fla. – A spe­cial meet­ing of the South Gulf Cove Non-Urban Street and Drainage Unit Advi­sory Board is sched­uled for 9 a.m., May 3 in Room 119 of the Char­lotte County Admin­is­tra­tion Cen­ter, 18500 Mur­dock Cir­cle, Port Char­lotte, Fla.

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Charlotte Co. Sheriff: Lock your cars to stop rash of thefts

Crime is up in Charlotte County for the first quarter of 2016.

Crime is up in Char­lotte County for the first quar­ter of 2016.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte Co. Sheriff’s Office

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Char­lotte County has seen an increase in crime for the first quar­ter of 2016, accord­ing to Sher­iff Bill Prummell.

The major­ity of the increase, he said in a news release, are thefts from motor vehicles.

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Drop off your unused meds Saturday in Venice

Turn in unused or expired drugs Saturday.

Turn in unused or expired drugs Saturday.

Sub­mit­ted by Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. – Law enforce­ment agen­cies through­out Sara­sota County will par­tic­i­pate in the Drug Enforce­ment Admin­is­tra­tion (DEA) national event to prop­erly dis­pose of turned-in pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat­ur­day, April 30.

The Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office has per­ma­nent drop boxes at the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Cen­ter, 2071 Rin­gling Blvd., Sara­sota, which is open 24-hours a day; and the South County office, 4531 Engle­wood Road, Venice, where the hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Charlotte Co. Sheriff’s office warns of boat motor thefts

Among the thieves' targets: Yamaha 250 HP motors.

Among the thieves’ tar­gets: Yamaha 250 HP motors.

Sub­mit­ted by CCSO

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – The Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office is advis­ing busi­nesses of a recent crime trend. In the past sev­eral months, there has been an increase in thefts involv­ing boat motors and their com­po­nents (lower units) from stor­age and main­te­nance facilities.

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Young mother killed, baby hurt in South Gulf Cove accident

The incident remains under investigation.

The inci­dent remains under investigation.

SOUTH GULF COVE, Fla. – A Pitts­burgh, Pa., mother was killed and her infant son was seri­ously injured Fri­day morn­ing when they were struck by a sport util­ity vehi­cle on Apple­ton Boulevard.

Accord­ing to the Florida High­way Patrol, Mariah Kline­fel­ter, 35, was push­ing her 5-month-old son, Noah, in a stroller on the east­bound side of Apple­ton at the inter­sec­tion with Bay State Drive when they were struck by an east­bound 2004 Kia Sor­rento dri­ven by Allen J. Peter­son, 55, of Port Charlotte.

Noah was taken to Bayfront Hos­pi­tal in Port Char­lotte with what FHP termed seri­ous injuries, while his mother was taken to Engle­wood Hospital.

Alco­hol was not a fac­tor, accord­ing to the FHP report.

The inci­dent remains under investigation.

High-speed biker video, arrest put motorcylce crashes in spotlight


SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. – This video and inci­dent did not hap­pen in Engle­wood, but, with the num­ber of bik­ers here, what it reveals, along with the infor­ma­tion pro­vided by the Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office regard­ing motor­cy­cle acci­dents, is important.

The video comes after 84 reported traf­fic crashes involv­ing motor­cy­cles in Sara­sota County alone since Jan­u­ary 1, 2016. Here is the break­down by inves­ti­gat­ing agency:

•    Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office – 14
•    Sara­sota Police Depart­ment – 21
•    Florida High­way Patrol – 37
•    North Port Police Depart­ment – 6
•    Venice Police Depart­ment – 6

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Part of Chardon Road closed for 10 days

Temporary road closing in South Gulf Cove.

Tem­po­rary road clos­ing in South Gulf Cove.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte County

SOUTH GULF COVE, Fla. –  Chardon Road, from CR 771 (Gas­par­illa Road) to Anchor Road, will be closed for approx­i­mately 10 days start­ing Tues­day, April 19. This clo­sure is nec­es­sary to facil­i­tate the recon­struc­tion of Gas­par­illa Road.

Traf­fic is detoured via Ingra­ham Boule­vard; traf­fic con­trol devices and mes­sage boards are in place to assist trav­el­ers through the con­struc­tion area.  This work is being con­ducted in con­junc­tion with the Gas­par­illa Road Widen­ing Project.  More infor­ma­tion about this project is avail­able at www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov.