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The Arcadia Police Department reported the arrest of Cecil Vaughn Richardson, 23, of Bradenton, on charges of burglary with assault or battery and grand theft between $300 and $5,000.

Todd Michael George, 50, was sentenced to two years in state prison on charged of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and grand theft between $300 and $5,000.

Heather Ranae LaFeve, 35, was sentenced to serve three years in state prison on charges of grand theft, petty theft, obtaining property by fraud or swindle, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

Gas prices rose 2 cents nationwide last week, as prices in the southeast face upward pressure. Wholesale gasoline prices rose 8 cents in Florida and Georgia, and 7 cents in Tennessee.

Arcadia Rotary is hosting a first-ever exchange student. Frida Hartmann arrived Sunday from Oelde, Germany. She will be staying the entire school year and will attend 10th grade at DeSoto County High School. She is being hosted by four families this year, starting with Sara and Robbie Walker…

Applications are available for the 2019 Miss Rodeo Florida Pageant to be held Sept. 27-29 in Osceola County. This is open to Florida girls wishing to promote rodeo. Contestants compete for:

DeSoto County Animal Services is at 2048 NE McKay. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 12:30-6 p.m. You are encouraged to visit these adoptable dogs and cats. Volunteers are also wanted to walk, socialize and play with the cats.

The Arcadian is featuring pets, livestock, exotic wildlife and their keepers in this occasional series. This week’s guests are Mark Slaba and Vicki Verbanic, partners who started Airport Ranch. They raise llamas and alpacas (some dwarf goats) on a farm moved from Punta Gorda to Arcadia in la…

Election season is here. The Arcadian is featuring those seeking office in DeSoto County. This week’s profile is of candidates for the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners District-4 race.

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The Arcadian profiles workers and entrepreneurs in occasional Business Spotlight profiles. This week’s visit is with DeSoto County’s Jeremy Block, owner of JB Heavy Equipment Services Inc., a professional stunt rider and a social activist.

When you hear the words “property taxes,” you might immediately think of our friends over at the tax collector’s office. That office is indeed responsible for collecting yearly property taxes. But when taxes are not paid and become delinquent, the clerk’s office becomes involved.

A friend once told me how he carried a pistol around in his car for six weeks, planning to kill himself. In his book, “Out of Confusion,” he writes, “I was broken and hurting badly. I had failed in everything. There was nothing to look forward to and nothing to comfort me. I remember the tim…

I guess I ask for it sometimes. Last week I did my column on telephone solicitors, and after it came out, the phone was jumping off the hook for two days. Yes, of course it was solicitors calling and no, I didn’t buy anything.

Doesn’t it feel good to do battle with someone with whom you don’t agree behind the safety of a screen? We jump on Twitter on our smartphones to call someone a loser in all caps. We hide inside our anonymous online identities, rapidly re-sharing the outrage du jour. Our TV pundits aren’t eve…

Buck Roan, 41, was sentenced on July 10 to two years and four months of probation under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, for multiple drug charges.

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

Gas prices declined for the ninth consecutive day on Sunday. Gas prices in Florida dropped 5 cents during the past week. The average price for gasoline in Florida is averaging $2.75 per gallon. Sunday’s state average is 3.5 cents more than a month ago, 55 cents more than this time last year.

Because the Arcadian publishes on Thursdays and was unable to document the DeSoto commission’s final vote yesterday, observations and photographs from Tuesday’s opening round of Mosaic rezoning hearings are recorded in this issue.

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

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