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DeSoto County infant youngest to die from COVID-19 in Florida

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. [WPTV] – An infant under died from coronavirus in DeSoto County, the Florida Department of Health reported Tuesday. The agency’s county report lists the child, with no sex given, as from DeSoto County, a population of 184,945. Ninety-five people have died from the virus in the county. Twelve juveniles have died from COVID-19, according to the DOH. Before the infant’s death, a 4-year-old girl from Hardee County was the youngest reported death in the state. She passed away in March. The post DeSoto County infant youngest to die from COVID-19 in Florida...

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DeSoto County home to new FPL solar energy center

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. — When it comes to renewable energy, DeSoto County is the solar power host with the most. Florida Power & Light Company recently finished construction of the new Rodeo Solar Energy Center. The completion of the project makes DeSoto County home to more FPL solar energy centers than any other county in the state. The new energy center adds nearly 300,000 solar panels to the Sunshine State’s power harnessing grid. DeSoto County was the birthplace of solar energy in Florida when FPL installed its first energy center “DeSoto Next Generation” in 2009....

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Man dead in fiery DeSoto County crash

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. – A man died just before 1 a.m. Sunday after a DeSoto County crash that caused the pickup truck he was driving to go up in flames, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said a man driving south on NW Eucalyptus Avenue near NW Sycamore Street when he ran off the road and hit a tree. The pickup truck then caught fire and became engulfed in flames on the shoulder of Eucalyptus Avenue, investigators said. The man was pronounced dead on scene. Trooper said the identity of the man is still unknown as crews work to investigate. This is a developing...

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Buried beneath the Peace River: fossil hunting in DeSoto County

The tranquil water of the Peace River recently made national headlines when a fossilized Mammoth bone was pulled from the water.   “Instantly, I knew, I was like ‘Oh my God, I’ve found something awesome!” Henry Sadler said when recalling his experience of discovering the fossil to NBC2 News.  Related article: Mammoth bone found by scuba divers in the Peace River  Though finding a giant bone from an animal that lived thousands and thousands of years ago doesn’t happen every day, you might be surprised to hear how often people are finding ancient remains...

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DeSoto County hit-and-run driver leaves two with serious injuries

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for a driver that ran a pickup truck off the road and injured two including a 12-year-old Sunday. The crash happened at County Road 760A and Mosely Terrace around 11:40 a.m. when a driver cut off a pickup truck with three child passengers and caused a rollover crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the pickup truck, a 44-year-old Fort Myers man was traveling with a 15-year-old Fort Myers girl, a 10-year-old boy, and a 12-year-old girl both from Lehigh Acres, troopers said. The 15-year-old girl and 10-year-old...

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