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One arrested, two on the run in blundered Charlotte County burglary

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – One man has been arrested and two others are on the run after a botched Charlotte County home burglary Saturday. A driver and two others accused of burglarizing a Charlotte County home Saturday cut off a deputy in a stolen car before running away, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Brent Kern, 37, was arrested after being seen in the passenger seat of the stolen car that was taken from a home that had been burglarized on Basel Lane in Englewood, deputies said. The other two suspects Destiney Nickell, 23, the accused driver of the stolen vehicle...

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Security camera captures moment 2 Charlotte County burglars realized they were on tape

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — Deputies are looking for two burglars who broke into an empty Englewood home on Monday. The pair are accused of going into a home on Grafton Avenue around 2 a.m. and stealing valuables and other items from inside the house. A surveillance camera captured the moment the two suspects realized they were being recorded. If you recognize either suspect, get in touch with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-0013 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting...

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FOOTAGE: Casual candle thieves nab $1,200 in merchandise

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — Surveillance cameras filmed two candle thieves as they stole more than 50 three-wick candles from a retail store in Charlotte County. Security footage shows the thieves casually placing the candles one by one into their bags directly in front of store employees. Soon after, the duo leaves the store without paying for their haul. WATCH: The duo is accused of stealing more than $1,200 in candles from the store. RELATED CONTENT: Accused Bath & Body Works thieves tied to other grand theft investigations Detectives with the Criminal Investigations...

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DNA identifies long-unknown victim found during Hog Trail Killer investigation

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — The identity of a murder victim has been revealed 27 years after their death thanks to modern DNA technology. The victim who was known for years as John Doe #1 has now been identified as Gerald (Jerry) Lombard. In 1994, two hunters in Charlotte County found the body of Gerald that was decomposing, but at the time investigators were unable to identify the person who had died or their cause of death. The body was given the temporary name of John Doe #1. Two years later, on April 17, 1996, two county workers found human body parts dissected and decomposed,...

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Charlotte County Lyft incident was misunderstanding, deputies say

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – A scary situation for a Charlotte County mother in a Lyft ride with her children ended up just being a case of miscommunication, deputies said. The mother had been taking a Lyft to Fort Myers to pick up her vehicle from the shop with her two children on Monday when she claimed her driver had started to ignore his GPS directions. The woman said the driver claimed he needed to stop at his house to get a different credit card to pay for gas after they had already stopped at a gas station. She said she felt uncomfortable doing so and said she asked him to stop the...

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Charlotte County mother escapes Lyft ride with her children after driver ignores GPS

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.– A Charlotte County woman was taking a Lyft to Fort Myers on Monday to pickup her vehicle up from the shop with her two children.  She said her Lyft driver stopped for gas shortly after picking her up. After filling up his vehicle, they drove on the highway for less than 10 minutes. The woman said the driver claimed he needed to stop at his house to get a different credit card so he could buy more gas. The woman told him multiple times she didn’t feel comfortable doing that. She also asked him to stop his vehicle multiple times but he ignored her. The...

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Kings Highway construction could cause delays in Charlotte County through June 23

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — Motorists in Charlotte County might notice some delays until June 23. Construction is happening in the southbound Kings Highway from Midway Boulevard to Olean Boulevard every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Warning signs for the construction will be posted, so plan ahead if you’re traveling through the area. The work being done will improve manholes in linear ponds. The road closure is necessary and will give the contractor safe access to the area. The post Kings Highway construction could cause delays in Charlotte County through June 23 appeared first on NBC2...

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Charlotte County boy burned by scalding hot water flown to hospital

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – An 18-month-old boy was flown to a Tampa hospital after being burned by scalding hot water in Charlotte County. The incident happened around 11:40 a.m. Thursday at a Rotonda West home on Broadmore Lane, according to Charlotte County Fire and EMS. The child had second-degree burns on his right shoulder and back. The child was in stable condition and flown to Tampa General Hospital. The post Charlotte County boy burned by scalding hot water flown to hospital appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Crash damages gas line, forces some evacuations in Punta Gorda

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — About 22 Punta Gorda homes had to be evacuated after a car crash on US 41 damaged a gas line Wednesday night, officials said. Two cars collided on US 41 near Acline Road around 8:30 p.m. A car involved in the crash swerved off the road and ran over a pressurized natural gas main. The damaged line started spewing out natural gas and was making a noise that sounded similar to a jet engine, rescue crews with Charlotte County Fire & EMS said. Because the damaged gas line had a risk of exploding, 22 homes had to be evacuated, rescue crews...

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Two Charlotte County men busted with MDMA, Meth and Fetanyl in car

CHARLOTTE COUNTY. Fla.– Two men were arrested in Charlotte County early on Tuesday morning when drugs were found in their car. A deputy pulled over a Silver Corolla that was swerving in and out of lanes and braking suddenly. The driver George Bankuti told the deputy he did not have a Florida driver’s license but he did have a valid license in another state. Officials said the man in the passenger seat, James Haney, was “noticeably jittery and repeating himself”. George Bankuti After running a check on both men, the deputy found an active Lee County warrant for Haney....

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