Missing 10 and 11-Year-Old Siblings Found Driving Their Mother’s Car on Florida InterstateRachel PerkinsNewsBreak Contributor
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Weekly Safety Report: House Fire, Stolen Car Joyride, and Shooting Incident in North Port, Florida
This week in North Port, Florida, there were three incidents of concern. A house fire resulted in the death of two dogs, but the occupants, two adults, and three children, were unharmed. The fire was caused by a lightning strike and was contained to the garage. In another incident, two children from North Port took their mother's car and drove three hours away before being found by deputies in Alachua County. The children were reported missing, and their mother chose not to press charges. Lastly, there was a shooting at a Circle K convenience store, where a man's car was attempted to be stolen, leading to a confrontation and the firing of five bullets. No injuries were reported, and all parties involved fled the scene.
North Port home catches on fire after being struck by lightning
NORTH PORT, Fla. – A house caught on fire after being struck by lightning in North Port on Thursday afternoon. According to North Port Fire Rescue, there were no visible flames coming form the home when they arrived. However, when firefighters went inside, the home was covered in heavy...
Missing Florida kids, 10 and 11, drove car their mom reported stolen 3 hours from home
Florida siblings who are 11 and 10 years old were discovered in their mother's stolen car early Thursday hundreds of miles away from their home.
Florida Man Caught on Camera Pooping While Trying To Rob a Boat
The 75-year-old man apparently didn’t take anything from the boat but did leave something behind
Sunseeker Resort still seeking employees to staff resort
CHARLOTTE HARBOR — Without a firm opening date, Sunseeker Resort continues hiring for vacant positions at the 785-room luxury resort on Charlotte Harbor.
Alleged fake contractor collects $118,000 in deposits from 31 hurricane victims
An unlicensed contractor is on the run. Sarasota County detectives filed for Justin Hoover's arrest after homeowners said he collected more than $100,000 in deposits for work he never performed.
Venice High teacher dies
VENICE — Venice High School social studies teacher John Bone has died.
Dagger-wielding Punta Gorda man accused of threatening to kill mother
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — The Punta Gorda Police Department said a 41-year-old man threatened to kill his mother with a sai weapon inside the Verandas of Punta Gorda Senior Apartments. On Wednesday night, police received a call from a woman who said her son was punching holes inside the...
PREP FOOTBALL: Venice outmuscles River Ridge in blowout win
VENICE — Coming off of a bye week, the Indians returned home to face River Ridge within the friendly confines of Powell-Davis Stadium after nearly a month away.
Trial begins in 'Take Care of Maya' case, attorneys lay out what to expect
More than a year after the Kowalski family expected to go to trial and almost five years after they filed their lawsuit against Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, their day in court finally arrived. Every seat at the four tables, two per side, before the judge was filled Thursday with both attorneys and...
One person dead after I-75 crash
PUNTA GORDA — A two-vehicle crash resulted in a fatality Thursday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Sarasota County Residents: Get Assistance at North Port's Mobile Disaster Recovery Center for Hurricane Idalia Aftermath
Sarasota County residents impacted by Hurricane Idalia are eligible to apply for Individual Assistance. Florida state agencies, FEMA, and the U.S. Small Business Administration have collaborated to establish this aid. A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be located in North Port. The center will assist in applying for federal assistance, disaster loans, and provide information on recovery resources.
New Home Needed: Meet the Latest Adorable Pets Up for Adoption in Englewood, FL
Interested in adopting a pet — or just looking at some adorable pets near you up for adoption? There are dozens of endearing pets up for adoption at animal shelters in and around Englewood.
Cody carries it home: Teen with cerebral palsy scores his first touchdown
Angela Walker has seen her son do almost everything. Ziplining through West Virginia, hiking the Grand Canyon, traversing the Sedona vortexes by jeep: Walker-Wright exposed Cody, 19, to every possible activity to quench his thirst for exploration. Despite his adventures — and a knack for beating the odds — there was something Walker-Wright never thought she’d see Cody do: score a touchdown on a football field.
Sarasota County Commission cuts childcare, homeless services, Boys and Girls Clubs funds
Amid ongoing crises in housing and childcare, thousands of local children, working families, and residents facing homelessness will be hurt by major cuts to social service programs approved by the Sarasota County Commission, several nonprofits say. Ahead of a new budget year starting Oct. 1, the commission voted last week...
Woman killed crossing road in Charlotte County
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — A Punta Gorda woman was hit and killed while trying to cross Lake Babcock Drive Thursday morning. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the incident occurred around 7:48 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. A 46-year-old woman was driving east in an SUV on Lake...
Call for cards of encouragement
ENGLEWOOD — Debbie Casares recently found out that a close family friend, Dean Thompson, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
Concerns raised over stolen trailers in Charlotte County
This video is either unavailable or not supported in this browser. No compatible source was found for this media. Session ID: 2023-09-23:59075f55827ca161228ab5f3 Player Element ID: 6337648248112. Nearly a year after Hurricane Ian, hundreds of trailers are waiting with nobody inside. Driving past Airport Road in Punta Gorda, you’ll see trailers...
Elderly pedestrian dies on Punta Gorda crosswalk
PUNTA GORDA — A 73-year-old woman died Thursday after she was hit by a car while crossing a street, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The club that rocks (and collects them, too)
VENICE — People say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but kunzite is probably one of the most sought after gemstones since the early 20th century. Even the Smithsonian has a display featuring kunzite.