Collier County EMS adds another ambulance in Naples in effort to decrease arrival times
Updated 04/21/2011 at 8:02 p.m.
Call it subtraction by way of addition. Collier County EMS, which has been under fire for slow response times in the city of Naples, added another ambulance unit within city limits on Thursday to decrease on-scene arrival times.
Fire crews contain 26-acre brush fire in Golden Gate Estates
Updated 04/21/2011 at 3:25 p.m.
The brush fire near the intersection of Shady Hollow Boulevard and Immokalee Road temporarily closed Immokalee Road in both directions earlier this afternoon.
Bus stopped: Collier schools' cost-cutting move upsets some parents
Published 04/19/2011 at 12:46 p.m. 1 Comment
To cut costs, the Collier County School District eliminated seven bus routes last week, putting more riders on fewer buses.
Complaint that Coyle, EMS chief used recording illegally has been referred to state investigators
Published 03/25/2011 at 12:44 p.m.
A criminal complaint against Collier County Commissioner Fred Coyle and EMS Chief Jeff Page has been passed on to state investigators.
PHOTOS: Fire destroys grocery store in Immokalee
Updated 03/25/2011 at 10:59 a.m.
An early morning fire today at an Immokalee supermarket has caused significant damage to the store.
Criminal complaint says Collier commissioner, EMS chief used recording illegally
Published 03/22/2011 at 3:32 p.m.
Richard Gonzalez claims EMS Chief Jeff Page and Collier County Commissioner Fred Coyle used an illegally intercepted cell phone conversation as the basis for cheating allegations against his Medical Career Institute.
NEW PHOTOS: Woman talks about 600-pound dolphin jumping in boat; spraining her ankle
Published 03/14/2011 at 1:30 p.m.
An East Naples women said she is happy to be alive after a Sunday boat outing on the Marco River brought an unexpected guest onboard – a fully-grown bottlenose dolphin.
Planned Parenthood protesters mark the start of 40 Days of Life
Updated 03/09/2011 at 2:17 p.m.
Roughly 150 demonstrators including Catholic Bishop Frank Dewane stood and prayed outside Planned Parenthood in Naples today in opposition to the clinic’s abortion procedures.
Firefighters find suspected marijuana at scene of Golden Gate Estates house fire
Updated 03/04/2011 at 7:54 p.m.
What started as a house fire suppression call in Golden Gate Estates turned into a crime scene investigation Friday afternoon after firefighters suspected they found marijuana at the scene of the fire, according to Chief Robert Metzger, of the Golden ...
North Naples fire district gearing up to reintroduce advanced life support program
Updated 03/04/2011 at 6:55 p.m.
After a nearly two-year hiatus, North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District is now just weeks aways from reintroducing its advanced life support program.
Collier County, fire districts find tepid agreement on public safety overhaul
Published 03/03/2011 at 5:16 p.m.
At a public workshop Thursday, the Collier Commission directed county staff to begin drafting an ordinance to create a new public body to set standards for a uniform pre-hospital emergency medical system in Collier County.
Fire consolidation in South Lee not dead - for now
Published 03/02/2011 at 8:44 p.m.
If the issue of fire district consolidation in south Lee County is not dead, then it’s at least on life support.
Collier to tackle emergency care in workshop
Published 03/01/2011 at 6:05 p.m.
Calling public safety its top priority, the Collier County Commission made a New Year’s resolution in January to begin overhauling the current pre-hospital emergency care system.
South Lee fire district merger meeting is Wednesday
Published 03/01/2011 at 2:07 p.m.
Fifteen commissioners from three south Lee County fire districts are meeting Wednesday night to discuss whether to merge into one district. Don’t expect those numbers to add up to a clear consensus.
Deputies arrest 2 teens, 2 adults in connection with drive-by shooting in East Naples
Updated 02/26/2011 at 6:51 p.m.
Two teens and two adults were charged with an East Naples drive-by shooting on Thursday, according to a Collier Sheriff’s arrested report.
28-year veteran firefighter named interim chief of East Naples Fire
Published 02/22/2011 at 7:55 p.m.
Keith Teague, 51, was promoted from assistant chief to the indefinite interim chief by the East Naples fire board by a unanimous vote at an emergency meeting Tuesday.
East Naples Fire Chief Doug Dyer says he's retiring for good this time
Published 02/18/2011 at 12:25 p.m.
East Naples Fire Chief Doug Dyer announced his retirement for the second time in less than three months amidst complaints of inappropriate behavior from his staff.
Collier County’s Medflight adds new safety feature to air ambulance helicopters
Published 02/18/2011 at 8:55 a.m.
To ensure a safer landing with no surprises, Collier County’s Medflight program has added a new safety feature to its air ambulance helicopters.
Everglades restoration project breaks ground Friday in Collier
Published 02/17/2011 at 7:38 p.m. 1 Comment
Restoration is underway in the Picayune Strand, a stretch of 55,000 acres between Alligator Alley and U.S. 41 East, to reverse the effects of construction of a subdivision that began decades ago but was abandoned before the project was finished.
PHOTOS: Early morning fire damages vacation home Monday in Bonita
Updated 02/14/2011 at 2:03 p.m.
An early morning fire severely damaged a vacation home Monday in Bonita Springs.
PHOTOS: Despite rescue, owl dies after being hit by car on I-75
Updated 02/11/2011 at 5:16 p.m.
An owl got a second today chance when Bonita Springs firefighters pulled it from the grill of a car after it was struck on Interstate 75.
East Naples firefighter union plans to file EEOC complaint against fire district
Published 02/09/2011 at 10:11 p.m. 1 Comment
The East Naples firefighter union is claiming the East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District is not doing enough to investigate discrimination complaints made against the fire chief.
County commissioners conditionally support fire consolidation bill
Published 02/08/2011 at 6:06 p.m.
Officials from the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District said they tried to address every last controversial element in a legislative bill that would allow for fire district consolidation in Collier County.
Collier Medical Director Tober denied a 5 percent raise
Published 02/08/2011 at 1:45 p.m.
The Collier County Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to not increase Dr. Robert Tober’s consulting fees for 2011 Tober, a nationally celebrated yet controversial figure in the ongoing discussion of altering the county Emergency Medical Service system, was seeking a 5 ...
Drunken driver smashes into deputy's car during DUI stop, Collier Sheriff's Office reports
Published 02/04/2011 at 11:06 a.m.
A parked Collier County Sheriff’s cruiser was struck by a drunk driver early Thursday morning in North Naples, according to a Collier County Sheriff’s Office report.
Collier’s fire service leaders look to become more effective
Published 02/03/2011 at 9:57 p.m.
After three-and-half hours of discussion there was a tepid agreement that the Fire Service Steering Committee should aim to become more effective.
North Naples fire destroys truck, damages warehouse early Thursday
Updated 02/03/2011 at 1:20 p.m.
Firefighters battled flames early Thursday morning at a warehouse in North Naples.
60 RSW flights cancelled due to massive storm across nation
Updated 02/01/2011 at 6:25 p.m.
Winter storm conditions in the Midwest and Northeast are once again ruining plans for travelers hoping to arrive and depart from Southwest Florida.
VIDEO: Fallout continues after Collier commissioners Fred Coyle and Georgia Hiller spar at meeting
Updated 01/26/2011 at 8:52 p.m.
Less than 12 hours after a Collier County commission discussion led to a war of words between two commissioners, the fallout continues.
Fire district consolidation bill delayed as Collier commissioners take more time for feedback
Published 01/25/2011 at 9:18 p.m.
A legislative bill that could provide the framework for future Collier County fire district consolidation down the road approached its first red light on Tuesday.
Commission allows North Naples Fire’s advanced life support program
Updated 01/25/2011 at 5:28 p.m.
The County Commission voted to grant the fire district the ability to increase its level of care at on-scene medical emergencies, reversing an October vote that denied the request
Getting back to work: Collier, Lee counties see unemployment drop
Published 01/21/2011 at 7:28 p.m.
There is good news for Southwest Florida job seekers — but it’s not that good of news, labor leaders report. Southwest Florida’s unemployment rate declined in December, but remains in the double digits and higher than the national average, labor ...
Fundraiser planned to help Kenny Slusser, Gulf Coast High grad struck down by hit-and-run
Published 01/18/2011 at 3:40 p.m.
Slusser has made great strides since he was struck, then abandoned, by a vehicle in a hit-and-run pedestrian collision in October 2009 that left him in a coma.
Human bones, clothes found in North Naples off Immokalee Road
Updated 01/13/2011 at 6:23 p.m.
The remains, which were found in a densely vegetated area south of Immokalee Road near the North Naples Walmart, were initially discovered early Wednesday evening by someone who was walking through woods, Roberts said.
East Naples Fire Chief Doug Dyer decides not to retire amid complaint over ‘inappropriate comment’
Updated 01/11/2011 at 8:51 p.m.
Dyer had initially told East Naples Fire Commissioners last week that he would retire. “I’ve changed my mind,” he said at the meeting.
Collier to explore creating public safety authority to look at pre-hospital EMS care
Updated 01/11/2011 at 4:30 p.m.
After a citizen-based panel presented a report recommending changes to the pre-hospital emergency care model, the Collier County Commission agreed to move forward in examining how to implement alterations.
Report: East Naples Fire Chief Dyer expected to retire
Published 01/06/2011 at 4:03 p.m.
East Naples Fire Chief Doug Dyer will announce his intent to retire from the department at Tuesday’s East Naples Fire Commission meeting, according the meeting’s agenda.
PHOTOS Whatever happened to? Estates man whose hand was bitten off by alligator
Published 12/26/2010 at 2 p.m.
Tim Delano expected his life to change in 2010, but not for the reasons it did. Delano, of Golden Gate Estates, graduated from Palmetto Ridge High School in June with plans to find a job and pursue a career as ...
Two Collier County firefighter unions to merge
Published 12/23/2010 at 1:26 p.m.
While the discussion of Collier County fire district consolidation carries over into 2011, two firefighter unions have already agreed to merge.
Donors find ways to help quadriplegic as bank forecloses on his Naples home
Updated 01/03/2011 at 10:31 a.m.
Phil McKee, 42, lost his main source of income — stock dividends that came from his inheritance — when the market fell in the recent economic collapse.
Tourism businesses feel the cold temperatures, wait for season to heat up
Published 12/16/2010 at 8:14 p.m.
While Southwest Florida produce growers are still tallying the losses from this week’s freezing temperatures that killed or damaged much of the crops, the tourism industry seems to have weathered cold relatively unscathed.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Farmers survey damage today after temps dip to high 20s
Updated 12/14/2010 at 9:13 a.m.
Another freeze threatened Southwest Florida’s crops early this morning, and initial reports show mixed results.
Abnormally cold December a threat to crops, plants
Published 12/13/2010 at 8:37 p.m.
Robert Molleda, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Miami/South Florida Forecast Office, said these kinds of back-to-back cold snaps are rare in South Florida, especially for the first half of December.
Power outage affects North Naples businesses
Updated 12/09/2010 at 3:42 p.m.
Power was lost for more than an hour in businesses around Naples Boulevard and Hollywood Drive.
PHOTOS: Southwest Florida farmers worry about winter ahead after early freeze hits crops
Updated 12/08/2010 at 7:19 p.m.
For a second straight morning on Wednesday, Southwest Florida farmers endured freezing temperatures at a time of year when frost is typically rare.
Freeze update: 'Thank goodness we didn’t get a deep freeze'
Updated 12/07/2010 at 12:45 p.m.
Area farms and packing houses in Southwest Florida relieved, but not letting guard down with two more mornings of cold temperatures forecast
Estates man accused of killing bear after it fought with his dog
Published 11/30/2010 at 1:23 p.m. 12 Comments
A Golden Gate Estates man was arrested on suspicion of brutally killing a black bear near his home Monday after he reported the animal clashed with his pit bull.
UPDATE: Man charged with killing bear in Estates neighborhood
Updated 11/30/2010 at 10:55 a.m. 3 Comments
A Golden Gate Estates man was arrested by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials and charged with killing a black bear that was on his property Monday night.
PHOTOS: Black Friday draws big crowds in Collier, South Lee
Published 11/26/2010 at 1:20 p.m.
Just after midnight, Nghia Doan stepped up to the blue tape stretched in a line across the sidewalk. He was more than four hours early, just the way the 23-year-old had planned it.
POLL: HOT TICKET: More than 100 line up for tickets to Naples-South Fort Myers football game
Updated 11/24/2010 at 11:58 a.m.
More than 100 fans turned out this morning to buy tickets to the Naples-South Fort Myers football game Friday night.