Category: Punta Gorda, Florida

Grace Community School shuts doors indefinitely

PORT CHARLOTTE — Parents to about 70 kids expecting to go to daycare Tuesday weren’t allowed in. The only notice they got was a note taped to a locked door. Grace Community School in Port Charlotte closed Tuesday morning for an “undetermined amount of time,” according to the letter. Acting manager Renee Hodge received a

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Mass shooting threat suspect was Baker Acted here

Charlotte deputies handled calls years ago about Punta Gorda man in FBI case A Punta Gorda man had his mental health evaluated three times and was Baker Acted five years before making alleged threats to conduct a mass shooting at a church in Memphis, Tenn. Thomas McVicker, 38, was arrested Monday in Indianapolis for the

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Life after death

How organ donation turned one woman’s grief into hope On the third floor of Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Lenny Sanderlin was dying. It was unexpected and sudden. Sanderlin, 54, had been working his usual night shift at the North Port Walmart on a Saturday. By the time he returned home Sunday morning, the day before New

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‘He looked depressed, lethargic’

A dozen residents stood quietly on the dock, pointing at a flipper in the fogged water. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) staff members and volunteers churned along a shallow Punta Gorda canal, pulling a bobbed net that was anchored across the water. The area between the two ends of the net progressively got

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