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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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Sarasota capt. graduates from Commanders Academy

Florida Sheriffs Memorial

Florida Sher­iffs Memorial

Sub­mit­ted by Sara­sota Co. Sheriff’s Office

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. – Capt. Char­lie Thorpe, com­man­der of the Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office Inves­ti­ga­tions Bureau, has grad­u­ated from The Florida Sher­iffs Insti­tute Com­man­ders Acad­emy in Tallahassee.

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Voter registration deadline nears for Aug. 26 primary

Register now to vote.

Reg­is­ter now to vote.

Sub­mit­ted by Sara­sota Co. Super­vi­sor of Elections

SARASOTA, Fla. – Sara­sota County res­i­dents must be reg­is­tered to vote by Mon­day, July 28, to be eli­gi­ble to vote in the Pri­mary Elec­tion on Aug. 26, accord­ing to Super­vi­sor of Elec­tions Kathy Dent.

To reg­is­ter, one must com­plete a Florida Voter Reg­is­tra­tion Appli­ca­tion. Appli­ca­tions are avail­able at super­vi­sor of elec­tions’ offices, city halls, county libraries, county offices, and social ser­vice agen­cies and may be down­loaded from the super­vi­sor of elec­tions (SOE) web­site.

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