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

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — Surveillance cameras caught two candle thieves stealing 3-wick candles from a retail store in Charlotte County. Security footage shows the thieves casually placing multiple candles 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 Division are trying to identify...

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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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Closed Charlotte County hockey rink may reopen after two years

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Kids in Charlotte County have been shut out of a park rink for two years. Now thanks to one organization, the county is going to fix and reopen the amenity. The locks have kept kids away from the multi-purpose rink at Tringali Park in Englewood for more than two years. The county thought they needed to demo the rink and rebuild it for $1.5 million. In reality, the fix is only estimated to be $50k. Robert Kruzel and the Tringali Sports League are pushing to get the rink fixed. They were willing to pay for the $50,000 fix themselves but the county commissioners...

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One person taken to hospital after Charlotte County crash

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.– One person was transported to the hospital following a crash on Friday afternoon. The wreck happened near a Goodwill on US 41 between Midway and Ellery Street. Charlotte County fire and EMS crews responded to the scene. One person involved was transported to the hospital for treatment according to officials. The southbound lanes were congested while crews responded. The post One person taken to hospital after Charlotte County crash appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Pickup truck sparks brush fire in Charlotte County

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – A pickup truck caught fire Tuesday afternoon sparking a nearly half an acre brush fire in Charlotte County. According to the Charlotte County Fire Department, the truck caught fire while the driver was taking a lunch break and clearing brush along a fence line. The flames quickly spread throughout a wooded area on the property of the Burn Store Water Treatment Plant. Fire crews were able to safely contain the blaze. The post Pickup truck sparks brush fire in Charlotte County appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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