Category: Punta Gorda, Florida

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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Did wrong meds cause man’s stroke?

PUNTA GORDA — On Dec. 23, 2017, Robert Bolssen picked up what he thought was his anti-stroke medication from a Punta Gorda Walmart, according to a lawsuit filed this month in Charlotte County. A month later, he suffered from a stroke, according to the suit. Bolssen allegedly received the wrong medication, which had been mislabeled

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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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Measuring Red Tide: Was 2018 really the worst?

Does it seem like red tide has never been worse in Charlotte and Sarasota counties? With lots of publicity and political overtones, the situation may have seemed especially dire this year during an election season. But that perception does not exactly depict reality — at least according to years’ worth of data analyzed by the

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A sought after job. Really.

Horse in Christmas parade requires human pooper scooper True Holiness Church Pastor Clifton McNealy followed closely behind a horse on Saturday with a stroller, his 8-month-old triplets, his son and a shovel. John Lloyd, or ‘Big John,’ cracked his bull whip and guided his golden buckskin quarter horse, Kitty, sideways, frontwards and towards awed children

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