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Sarasota Co. Sheriff announces top employees, promotions

2014 Employees of the Year

From left: Dep. Jeff Doyle, Kris­ten Lit­tle, Dep. John May, Tia DuFrane and Sher­iff Tom Knight

Sub­mit­ted by SCSO

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. – Sara­sota County Sher­iff Tom Knight announced the 2014 Employ­ees of the year Fri­day, along with a cou­ple of promotions.

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Temporary S. McCall Road lane closures begin March 30

Expect lane closures on South McCall Road March 30-April 3.

Expect lane clo­sures on South McCall Road March 30-April 3.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte County

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The  east­bound and west­bound inside lanes on South McCall Road from Ori­ole Boule­vard to Wilm­ing­ton Boule­vard will be closed for median work dur­ing busi­ness hours Mon­day, March 30, through Fri­day, April 3.

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Charlotte Co. Sheriff’s Englewood business phone not working

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. — The busi­ness phone num­bers that Engle­wood res­i­dents would nor­mally use to con­tact the Sheriff’s Office have been out most of the day and may con­tinue to be out for much of the evening.  This out­age does not affect call­ing 9−1−1 for emergencies.

Any­one who lives in the Engle­wood area who needs to con­tact the Sheriff’s Office should use either (941) 639‑2101 or (941) 639‑0013.

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Compliance operation for second-hand dealers nets 3 Englewood arrests

Operation results in Englewood arrests.

Oper­a­tion results in Engle­wood arrests.

Sub­mit­ted by Sara­sota Co. Sheriff’s Office

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Three Englewood-area pawn shop cus­tomers were arrested recently dur­ing a Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office oper­a­tion to ensure pawn shops, gold buy­ers and sec­ondary metal recy­cling cen­ters are in com­pli­ance with the Second-Hand Dealer Ordi­nance that Sara­sota County adopted in 2012.

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Brush fire in area of Gillot causes several road closures

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte Co. Sheriff’s Office

GULF COVE, Fla. – As the result of a brush fire, sev­eral roads have been closed off in the area of Gillot Boule­vard in Gulf Cove.  The Sheriff’s Office Mobile Com­mand Post is set up at Gillot and Quin­lan. Other roads affected include Stone, Hol­comb and Mont­gomery.  If you are going into that area, expect delays.  There is no manda­tory evacuation.

Online sex predator dragnet snares Englewood suspect

Jameson Fahey

Jame­son Fahey

Sub­mit­ted by SCSO

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – An Engle­wood man was among a dozen peo­ple caught in a Sara­sota County sting aimed at sus­pected online sex predators.

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Water pressure advisory for Rotonda West

Rotonda West may experience some water pressure drops Tuesday.

Rotonda West may expe­ri­ence some water pres­sure drops Tuesday.

Sub­mit­ted by CCU

ROTONDA WEST, Fla. – Cus­tomers of Char­lotte County Util­i­ties (CCU) in the Rotonda area are likely to expe­ri­ence slightly lower water pres­sure on Tues­day, March 24, accord­ing to util­ity officials.

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Tom Adams Bridge malfunctions, maintenance underway

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte County

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Bridge Main­te­nance is cur­rently under­way on Beach Road at the Tom Adam’s Bridge. As of 1:43 p.m. Tues­day, the bridge is open to vehicular/pedestrian traf­fic, but the Coast Guard has been noti­fied that the draw bridge is not operational.

The draw­bridge is being eval­u­ated to deter­mine if cor­rec­tive action is needed. If cor­rec­tive action is needed, the Bridge may need to be closed tem­porar­ily to affect repairs. More infor­ma­tion will be pro­vided as necessary.