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Michael Hirsh

The sale of medical marijuana is banned in all of Charlotte County. After county commissioners voted to do so Tuesday, the Punta Gorda City Council voted today to follow suit. But council members agreed the city’s ban would only last a year at most. And then they’d revisit the subject.

The discussion was low key, and it ended with Mayor Rachel Keesling calling for the vote, which was unanimous.

Michael Hirsh

Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunik is waiting for the results of an internal affairs report before he decides whether suspended Police Chief Tom Lewis keeps or loses his job. Lewis was acquitted of culpable negligence the last week of June in the death of 73-year-old Mary Knowlton during a shoot/don’t shoot demonstration at police headquarters last August.

Michael Hirsh

Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis is not guilty of culpable negligence stemming from the shooting death of 73-year-old Mary Knowlton while participating in a shoot/don’t shoot scenario at police headquarters last August. The jury reached a verdict Thursday afternoon. 

It took three hours of deliberation for the jury of four men and two women to find Chief Lewis not guilty.

Michael Hirsh

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday in the trial of suspended Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis. He’s charged with culpable negligence in the shooting death of 73-year-old Mary Knowlton during a shoot/don’t shoot scenario conducted as part of a Citizens Academy at police headquarters last August.

Michael Hirsh

Five present or former Punta Gorda police officers took the stand Tuesday at the trial of suspended police chief Tom Lewis. He’s charged with culpable negligence in the shooting death of 73-year-old Mary Knowlton during a shoot/don’t shoot scenario during a Citizens Academy at police headquarters last August.  

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