UPDATE May 8, 2023 Layni Carver, aged 55, has been identified as the deceased individual. The cause of death is yet to be determined, pending the availability of toxicology results which are expected in the coming weeks. As soon as the results are obtained, they will be promptly released. Punta Gorda, FL - May 6,... Continue Reading →
Kayvon A. McGuinness (11/15/2001) Port Charlotte, FL - April 4, 2023 The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office including our Major Crimes Unit, Intelligence Unit, and Road Patrol deputies, assisted the FBI Task Force with a search warrant at 3322 Easy Street early this morning. After receiving an online tip, via the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC),... Continue Reading →
The holiday season can elicit feelings of anxiety and/or depression due to an increase of the expectations and levels of stress that are associated with the season. There are steps one can take to manage anxiety and depression during the holidays:
Canines at the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office are learning to use a new piece of equipment - one that can significantly reduce injuries while improving overall mental and physical vitality. The Canine Unit recently purchased a Dog Trotter, best described as a dog powered treadmill, through the Lillian J. Adams Fund for Animal Welfare. The fund, which provides annual support for the CCSO Canine Unit, is administered by the Charlotte Community Foundation.
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Economic Crimes Unit has ended a long-term investigation into organized counterfeiting this month. A total of six suspects face charges on various economic crime charges that stemmed from the investigation, which began last October.
The FBI Fort Myers Child Exploitation Task Force arrested William Henry Thomas (11/26/49), on new charges Thursday. He was previously adjudicated guilty on December 20, 2002 in Charlotte County for Possession of Child Pornography. A Charlotte County Sheriff's Office deputy, DFC Woelke, serves on this task force and participated in the investigation. The investigation began... Continue Reading →
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office has been awarded CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation. This accomplishment, presented by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, marks the 5th consecutive recognition for the agency. The award was presented at CALEA's Spring Conference on March 24th, 2018, to Sheriff Bill Prummell and members of the Professional Compliance team. The... Continue Reading →
On April 5, the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit served a search warrant on Eppinger Drive in Port Charlotte, concluding a lengthy investigation with an arrest of suspect Michelle Lynn Barham (3/28/74) on multiple drug charges. The investigation was a partnership between the Sheriff's Office and the North Port Police Department. During a search... Continue Reading →
A drug investigation during a traffic stop on March 25th in Punta Gorda led to the arrest of a suspect at another location for trafficking amphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell. At approximately 7:00pm on Sunday evening, a CCSO Deputy stopped Joshua Matzen (8/29/75) for a seatbelt violation, as well as the... Continue Reading →
On March 17, Sergeant Gail Gamble and Lieutenant Tabbatha Carter were recognized at the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated Finer Womanhood Brunch. Each year, the Ladies of the Eta Alpha Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta honors minority women who are doing positive works in their community. In the past they have honored women in... Continue Reading →