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I would like to apol­o­gize to our read­ers for the  lack of con­tent over the past sev­eral weeks. I have been quite ill, includ­ing an emer­gency hos­pi­tal­iza­tion. I was dis­charged  Wednes­day night. I will be work­ing on get­ting my strength back.

Thank you for your patience.

Mark Chap­man, editor

Registered sex offender moves to Englewood

Christopher McMullen

Christo­pher McMullen

Sub­mit­ted by SCSO

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office is advis­ing the pub­lic that Christo­pher Keith McMullen, 30, has reg­is­tered as a Sex­ual Offender liv­ing in Englewood.

McMullen was con­victed of Lewd or Las­civ­i­ous Molesta­tion on a Vic­tim under 15 in Sara­sota County in 2003 when he was 19 and sen­tenced to six years of pro­ba­tion. In 2012, he was sen­tenced to three years in prison for Fail­ure to Reg­is­ter as a Sex Offender.

McMullen has just been released and reports that he will live at 847 S. Broad­way in Engle­wood. Because he was con­victed prior to 2004, res­i­dency restric­tions do not apply.

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Charlotte ruse: Check scam could cause double damage

This check scam has surfaced in Charlotte County.

This check scam has sur­faced in Char­lotte County.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte Co. Sheriff’s Office

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – You open your mail and find a check for a fairly sub­stan­tial sum made payable to you. It looks like a legit­i­mate check from a major cor­po­ra­tion.  You skim through the accom­pa­ny­ing let­ter and it seems to make sense.  With the hol­i­days just around the cor­ner, a lit­tle extra cash would be nice, so you deposit the check as instructed.

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Englewood Bank hires trust business development officer

Kerry Hunter

Kerry Hunter

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Kerry Hunter has returned to Engle­wood Bank & Trust as a trust busi­ness devel­op­ment offi­cer. Hunter will be respon­si­ble for devel­op­ing new client rela­tion­ships, assist­ing them with liv­ing trusts, IRA rollovers, invest­ment man­age­ment ser­vices and char­i­ta­ble giv­ing strate­gies, accord­ing to a bank press release.

Hunter received a B.A. degree in com­mu­ni­ca­tion stud­ies from Rowan Uni­ver­sity in Glass­boro, N.J.  She has 22 years of cus­tomer ser­vice and 13 years of bank­ing expe­ri­ence, includ­ing man­ag­ing the bank’s Boca Grande office.

She has served as trea­surer and two-term pres­i­dent of the Boca Grande Area Cham­ber of Com­merce. She also chaired the Chamber’s Ladies Day Tar­pon Tour­na­ment, the Boca Grande Christ­mas Walk and the Engle­wood Bank & Trust United Way com­mit­tee.  She has been involved with numer­ous other com­mit­tees sup­port­ing both the Boca Grande and Engle­wood communities.

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Rotonda man facing multiple charges after wild chase

Christopher Wayne Sherrod is being held without bond on multiple charges after leading Charlotte County deputies on a high-speed chase through two counties.

Christo­pher Wayne Sher­rod is being held with­out bond on mul­ti­ple charges after lead­ing Char­lotte County deputies on a high-speed chase through two counties.

By Deb­bie Bowe

Char­lotte Co. Sheriff’s Office

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – A stolen vehi­cle.  A stolen gun.  An armed bur­glary to a busi­ness.  Attempts to ram patrol cars.  A pur­suit across the county.  And, finally, an arrest.

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FHP seeking information on 2 hit-and-runs, one a fatal

FHP is seeking a vehicle that struck and killed at 74-year-old woman.

FHP is seek­ing a vehi­cle that struck and killed at 74-year-old woman.

A Sara­sota woman was killed Fri­day morn­ing by a hit-and-run dri­ver a she walked in the bike lane on Hon­ore Avenue in Sarasota.

Joyce Niemeier Sanders, 74, was pro­nounced dead at the scene of the inci­dent that was reported to FHP at 7:18 a.m.

Police are look­ing for a brown or gold Ford pickup, 2010 or newer, with right front cor­ner dam­age (mir­ror, head­light, bumper).

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Rotonda driver injured, cited after crash with bus

The bus driver suffered minor injuries, but two passengers were unhurt.

The bus dri­ver suf­fered minor injuries, but two pas­sen­gers were unhurt.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – An Engle­wood woman was injured Mon­day after­noon when she failed to stop at a stop sign and drove into a bus on South McCall Road, accord­ing to the Florida High­way Patrol.

Pamela Ann Dodrill, 65, was taken to Venice Regional Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment of her unspec­i­fied injuries, clas­si­fied as seri­ous in the FHP report.

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Sex offender registers as Englewood resident

Nathaniel Ray Barrett

Nathaniel Ray Barrett

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – A reg­is­tered sex­ual offender has taken up res­i­dent in Englewood.

Nathaniel Ray Bar­rett, 21, has reg­is­tered with the Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office as a res­i­dent at 501 South McCall Road.

Accord­ing to the Sex­ual Offender Reg­istry, Bar­rett was found guilty in Char­lotte County May 21, 2012, of sex­ual battery/injury not likely. He is clas­si­fied as released, sub­ject to reg­is­tra­tion. Accord­ing to the web­site, that means “No longer under any form of con­fine­ment, super­vi­sion or any other court imposed sanc­tion. Still required to reg­is­ter in accor­dance with Florida law.”