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Charlotte County Utilities business office closure July 29

Closure planned for meeting.

Clo­sure planned for meeting.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Char­lotte County Util­i­ties (CCU) located at 25550 Har­bor View Road, Port Char­lotte, will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 29. As part of the county’s cam­paign to improve com­mu­ni­ca­tions, all CCU staff will be in atten­dance for a busi­ness meeting.

The office will reopen to the pub­lic at 1:30 p.m. For emer­gen­cies call 941−764−4300; on-call staff will be avail­able to respond to any emergencies.



Englewood pilot lands on Caspersen Beach, kills man on ground

A 1972 Piper Cherokee similar to the one show in this file photo crash-landed on Caspersen Beach Sunday, killing a man on the beach.

A 1972 Piper Chero­kee sim­i­lar to the one show in this file photo crash-landed on Caspersen Beach Sun­day, killing a man on the beach.

Updated 2:04 p.m. Mon­day with addi­tional infor­ma­tion.

VENICE, Fla. — A single-engine plane piloted by an Engle­wood man plowed into a father and daugh­ter Sun­day after­noon while mak­ing an emer­gency land­ing on Caspersen Beach, killing the man and crit­i­cally injur­ing the girl.

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U.S. 41 South lanes closed between Harbor Boulevard and Easy Street

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte County

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – U.S. 41 South lanes are closed between Har­bor Boule­vard and Easy Street, includ­ing the U.S. 41 South Access Road, due to a crane acci­dent. Elec­tri­cal power is out wide­spread, there­fore traf­fic sig­nals are not work­ing through­out the area.

Emer­gency response per­son­nel have been noti­fied to direct trav­el­ers through the affected inter­sec­tions. The road­ways will be re-opened to traf­fic as soon as emer­gency response teams restore safe dri­ving con­di­tions. Please uti­lize alter­nate routes to avoid this area if possible.


I-75 crash sends Engewood woman to Hospital

A Sarasota school bus driver was cited in the crash.

A Sara­sota school bus dri­ver was cited in the crash.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – An Engle­wood woman suf­fered minor injuries Wednes­day after­noon when her Jeep UT was struck from behind by a school bus on Inter­state 75.

There were no chil­dren on the bus at the time.

Accord­ing to the Florida High­way Patrol report, Nancy E. Paulsen, 57, of Engle­wood was headed north in the right lane of I-75 at 3:13 p.m. July 23 dur­ing a rain storm when she slowed to avoid another vehi­cle block­ing the lane. That vehi­cle had appar­ently hit the guardrail earlier.

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Suspects sought in series of Walmart thefts

Charlotte deputies are seeking these two men for questioning.

Char­lotte deputies are seek­ing these two men for questioning.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte Co. Sheriff’s Office

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – The Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office is request­ing the public’s assis­tance in iden­ti­fy­ing two men who have allegedly been involved in mul­ti­ple instances of shoplift­ing at local Wal­mart stores.

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Sarasota sheriff promotes corrections personnel

From left: Sgt. Eleni Koenig, Capt. Brian Meinberg, Lt. Jay Doyle, Sgt. Michelle Gilbert and Sheriff Tom Knight.

From left: Sgt. Eleni Koenig, Capt. Brian Mein­berg, Lt. Jay Doyle, Sgt. Michelle Gilbert and Sher­iff Tom Knight.

SARASOTA, Fla. – Four Sara­sota cor­rec­tions work­ers have been pro­moted by Sara­sota County Sher­iff Tom Knight.

Lt. Brian Mein­berg was pro­moted to cap­tain and becomes the Cor­rec­tions Oper­a­tions Bureau Commander.

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Englewood teens charged in thefts from boats

Kyle Montalbano, left, and Charles Caspolich

Kyle Mon­tal­bano, left, and Charles Caspolich

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte Co. Sheriff’s Office

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – What started with a traf­fic stop by an alert deputy wound up on Tues­day evening with the arrests of four Engle­wood area teens on mul­ti­ple charges stem­ming from thefts from boats over the past few months.

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Board OKs Nov. 4 referendum to extend the 1 percent local option sales tax

To tax, or not to tax: The voters will decide.

To tax, or not to tax: The vot­ers will decide.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte County

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Vot­ers will get a chance to end or extend a local sales tax when they go to the polls in November.

At a spe­cial meet­ing held July 15, the Char­lotte County Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers approved an ordi­nance to place a ref­er­en­dum on the Nov. 4 bal­lot to extend the exist­ing 1 per­cent local option sales tax. If passed by the vot­ers at the gen­eral elec­tion, the tax would be extended for an addi­tional six years to fund projects through­out Char­lotte County.

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