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Police: Four people arrested for drug charges in Punta Gorda

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.-- Police in Punta Gorda have arrested four people, on multiple drug related charges. On Sunday, March 18th, 2018, police arrested Robert Nicholas, Joanne Dacus, Deborah Stakenas, and Willie Jones. They were all charged with possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Nicholas and Dacu

FOX4NOW.COM - 2018-03-20 11:35:03

3 arrested in Sarasota County on human trafficking, drug charges

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - Three people from Orlando were arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office on Friday in connection with human trafficking and drug charges. Detectives began the investigation on March 8 after getting information from an inmate at the Sarasota County Jail about pos

WFLA.COM - 2018-03-19 21:40:28

Cops: Man Dealt Meth from North Port Hotel Room

North Port, Fla. (970 WFLA) - A Nokomis man already well-acquainted with the justice system entered it again after his arrest on drug trafficking charges. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says that Dylan Woodward, 26, sold drugs out of a North Port hotel room. Detectives say they caught Woodward

IHEART.COM - 2018-03-20 09:30:22

Man who threatened suicide shuts down Skyway Bridge for several hours

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge was closed for more than two hours Sunday until a reported suicidal person was taken into custody and authorities investigated a minor crash, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Officials received a call reporting the person around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Sgt. Steve Gaskins, a

BRADENTON HERALD - 2018-03-19 14:02:00

Skybolt plane crashes near Punta Gorda Airport; sole occupant's condition unknown

A small aircraft crashed in a wooded area while on a 4-mile final approach to Runway 22 at Punta Gorda Airport at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The condition of the pilot, the only person on board, wasn't known as of 6 p.m. The FAA's written confirmation


Manatee County men arrested for soliciting prostitutes in Sarasota, police say | Bradenton Herald

Sarasota police arrested men from Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota after a prostitution operation last week. The undercover operation targeted individuals soliciting prostitutes along North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, according to Sarasota police. Five men were arrested and charged with soli

BRADENTON HERALD - 2018-03-19 19:28:00

Residents frustrated by abandoned sunken boat on Fort Myers Beach

A sinking boat finally went under after it had been taking on water for weeks and became an eyesore for homeowners on Fort Myers Beach. Lee County says the sheriff's office notified them about the sunken boat Monday. Right now, it's deemed derelict and it's under investigation. But the process could

WINKNEWS.COM - 2018-03-19 21:19:30

Man arrested after FWC officers find him with 9 sharks on his boat

FWC officials arrested Bryan Becker, 35, on multiple charges of illegally catching sharks after discovering him with the animals on his boat. The incident occurred near Porto Bello Street in Bokeelia on Feb. 15 around 4 a.m. An FWC officer was patrolling the area when he heard the motor from a boat

WINKNEWS.COM - 2018-03-18 21:36:09

Port Charlotte sex offender arrested for sexual battery

A Port Charlotte man was arrested Friday during a sexual battery investigation, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. Deputies responded to a home early Friday after a female caller contacted them about forced intercourse. The victim says a man she had met days prior forced himself on


Part of I-75 shut down after rollover crash in Venice

At least four people were injured in a rollover crash in Venice, authorities say. According to Sarasota firefighters, a pickup truck rolled over I-75 Saturday morning and went into an embankment. The fire department confirms four people were injured, and say two of them were trapped and had to be r


Fire breaks out at Punta Gorda sports bar

A fire broke out Friday morning at Emil's Sports Bar and Grill in Punta Gorda. There are no active flames at this time, but crews are going to the restaurant to look for hot spots. Sandhill Boulevard is closed from Capricorn Boulevard to Kings Highway so fire crews can move in and out. No injuries a


Aircraft makes abrupt landing in Punta Gorda pasture

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Officials say a small aircraft made an unexpected landing in a pasture and caused a brush fire, Saturday afternoon. It happened between Bermont Rd and Washington Loop Rd in Punta Gorda. Charlotte County EMS say they received a call about the landing at approximately 2:27 p.m. Whe


Good Samaritan stops attempted kidnapping of teen in Fort Myers

A witness says he was at work when he heard a girl screaming in a back alley. "She was basically telling them to get away and to leave her alone and she was just trying to get away from the scene so she wouldn't get hurt anymore," the man said, who wishes to remain anonymous. He said he saw men grab


Shopping plaza fire closes roadway in Punta Gorda

Deputies say that the fire has closed Sandhill Boulevard as crews work to extinguish the flames. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes. (Source: ABC 7 WWSB) PUNTA GORDA, FL (WWSB) - The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is assisting firefighters at the scene of a fire at the Deep Creek Commons


Local restaurant celebrates St. Patrick's Day in Fort Myers

It was a full house at Clamcey's restaurant on St. Patrick's Day. We spoke to event goers to hear how they're enjoying the festivities. FORT MYERS, Fla. - Putting together a St. Patrick's Day celebration at Clancey's Restaurant in Fort Myers, means a lot of extra help and double the normal orders of


Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing four people, crushing cars

MIAMI - A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing at least four people, officials said. First responders recovered at least four bodies from the scene, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Do


4 local Winn-Dixie stores closing in bankruptcy

The chain's other 11 stores in Sarasota and Manatee counties will remain open during the restructuring, parent company says Four Winn-Dixie grocery stores will close of the 11 in Sarasota and Manatee counties as the chain's parent company, Southeastern Grocers, files for bankruptcy protection and re


Man accused of hiding in women's bathroom to take photos

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- A Charlotte County man is accused of hiding inside a women's bathroom stall to secretly take photos of women in a Port Charlotte Publix. Deputies say 23-year-old Erik Sockwell was seen on surveillance cameras entering the women's room of the store on S. McCall Road back on Ja


Vehicle crashes into pond in North Port

NPPD is reporting that the vehicle drove off the roadway and into the pond. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. NPPD is reporting that the vehicle drove off the roadway and into the pond. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. (Courtesy: North Port Police) NORTH PORT, FL (WWSB)


FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Price Blvd. in North Port cleared after crash

The North Port Police Department is reporting a three-vehicle crash has closed all lanes of West Price Boulevard. The crash occurred just after 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. NORTH PORT, FL (WWSB) - Police have cleared a multi-vehicle crash at West Price Boulevard and Glenallen Boulevard. The North Port