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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How one resident is escaping opioid addiction

Amanda Kinsolving had been in and out of jail for years. The 31-year-old Port Charlotte resident experienced her first arrest in Charlotte County when she was 16, with a list of charges growing as she became more dependent on opioids. Last year, she was held in Charlotte County Jail for grand theft auto. And the

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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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