Former Collier Manager Don Lusk remembered for professionalism, sense of humor
Published 01/08/2013 at 7:36 p.m.
Lusk, who held the post from April 1984 to April 1987, died Dec. 28 in a Pinellas Park hospice after a fight with prostate cancer. He was 66. He was well liked for his pragmatic style, strong intellect and sense ...
Tennis pro gets 9 years in prison for defrauding investors of $3.3M
Updated 01/07/2013 at 8:11 p.m.
A federal judge Monday sentenced a North Naples real estate flipper convicted of tax and wire fraud to nine years in federal prison for a $3.3 million fraud on more than a dozen people from Pennsylvania and Southwest Florida.
Defense seeks house arrest, probation for North Naples man convicted of fraud
Published 01/05/2013 at 8:30 a.m.
After two days of arguments and testimony, a federal judge on Monday is expected to decide the fate of a North Naples real estate flipper convicted of wire and tax fraud involving $3.3 million in Southwest Florida real estate deals.
North Naples man faces up to 27 years in real estate fraud case
Published 01/04/2013 at 7 a.m.
A North Naples real estate flipper convicted of wire and tax fraud faces anywhere from house arrest and probation to 27¼ years in a federal prison when he's sentenced today.
Young couple's first baby, Collier's first in 2013
Published 01/01/2013 at 12:01 p.m.
About a half-hour after his parent’s ginger ale New Year’s toast, Levi Charles Marais arrived at NCH Birth Place in North Naples, making him Collier County’s first baby of 2013.
Collier, Lee merchants find nuisance lawsuits an increased cost of doing business
Published 12/28/2012 at 5:38 a.m.
A Lee County woman told jurors this month that scalding hot water spewed from a defective McDonald's cup lid and burned her breasts, permanently scarring her. It took jurors less than an hour to find McDonald's wasn't negligent and decide ...
East Naples park residents see ownership hope dashed again, 14 years into lawsuit
Published 12/25/2012 at 9 a.m.
More than two dozen senior citizens from Naples Estates mobile home park filled a Collier County courtroom last week, hoping for a Christmas gift: An end to their 14-year legal battle.
North Naples couple caught in tangled web of lawsuits involving 9/11 widow
Published 12/23/2012 at 8 a.m.
Marie and Ronald Rotunda were eating lunch at Olde Cypress golf club in North Naples one day in January 2006 — at the time a lawsuit says he was in an office more than 1,200 miles away, signing a lease-back ...
Plea deal means Marco Island doctor spends holidays behind bars
Published 12/20/2012 at 5 a.m. 2 Comments
A suspended Marco Island doctor jailed last month will spend Christmas in the county jail for violating probation and a restraining order after his estranged wife walked into his home twice.
Fiscal cliff: Employers, Naples defense contractors anxious for deal
Published 12/18/2012 at noon
If Congress doesn't halt the impending fiscal cliff, Florida could lose up to 140,000 jobs, with the defense sector and its 82 Naples defense contractors among those hit.
Collier authorities investigate shooting of 10-pound dog in Goodland
Published 12/11/2012 at 5:10 a.m.
Authorities are investigating the shooting of a 10-pound dog last week in a Goodland mobile home park. Hotkee, a white Shih Tzu-Chihuahua mix, underwent surgery at Big Cypress Animal Clinic after the 12:45 p.m. Wednesday shooting and survived. However, officers ...
Get the message? Companies with Naples ties among those in spam-texting lawsuits
Published 12/09/2012 at 8:30 a.m.
With texting now more prevalent, junk mail has gone from the mailbox and emails to cell phones. There are 321.7 million cell phone users nationwide and 184.3 billion texts are sent monthly, according to CTIA-The Wireless Association.
Getting toxic texts? Here's what to do
Published 12/09/2012 at 4:30 a.m.
Under FCC rules, texts and commercial email messages may be sent to your mobile phone if you previously agreed to receive them.
Judge denies bond to suspended Marco Island doctor
Published 12/06/2012 at 7:10 a.m. 1 Comment
A suspended Marco Island doctor jailed for three weeks will remain behind bars after a prosecutor objected to releasing him on bond Wednesday.
In tough economic times, non-compete agreements are ending up in Collier courts
Published 12/01/2012 at 7:45 a.m.
When the owners of a Bonita Springs meal delivery service returned from vacation, they discovered that a trusted employee had entered their computer system, tapped into the customer list and set up a competing company in Naples.
State suspends license of Marco Island doctor jailed since Thanksgiving
Published 11/30/2012 at 5:20 a.m. 11 Comments
A Marco Island doctor charged with violating probation after his estranged wife came to his house twice has been behind bars for two weeks and this week had his license suspended by the state.
Naples man fined $500,000 for housing code violations in Cleveland
Published 11/29/2012 at 7:15 p.m.
A Naples man who still faces criminal fraudulent house-flipping charges in Ohio was fined $500,000 this week for housing code violations involving 15 dilapidated properties in Cleveland.
Post-election, Ticket Clinic law firm focuses on getting Judge Carr off its cases
Published 11/25/2012 at 9 a.m.
Now, The Ticket Clinic is continuing its fight against another incumbent Collier County judge who held his seat, Judge Mike Carr, asking a circuit judge to preclude Carr from hearing cases handled by Ticket Clinic lawyers.Early this year, Carr had ...
Whatever Happened to? Sentencing nears for Naples man accused of fraud
Published 11/25/2012 at 8:30 a.m.
It's been two months since a North Naples businessman accused of money laundering avoided a possible return to federal prison in an alleged money-laundering scheme.
Naples’ Vernon Healy law firm has made tracking down investment scams its primary mission
Updated 11/26/2012 at 1:49 p.m.
How do you protect your investment? Here are some steps to take before you put your money down.
Earliest holiday shopping season in five years starts tonight
Published 11/22/2012 at 8 a.m.
With many stores and malls opening tonight — some Coastland stores open at midnight and the rest at 6 a.m. Friday — shoppers can get a head start whittling off the pounds by joining the crowds of early shoppers.
Collier jury awards neighbors $1.6 million for Goodland man's taunting of them
Published 11/21/2012 at 5:15 a.m. 5 Comments
For years, Richard "Blinkie" Karnes of Goodland taunted his neighbors, cursed at them, antagonized children, sprayed chemicals on a senior citizen, ran over a handyman and threatened to kill neighbors with a gun or by tossing them in the canal, ...
Collier mom whose infant died in her hospital bed sues, alleges lax care
Published 11/20/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Twenty-one-year-old Eva Chavez was tired and on painkillers after delivering her baby girl during a cesarean section less than 24 hours earlier.
National trend toward meth problems not seen in Collier, Lee
Published 11/19/2012 at 8 a.m. 1 Comment
It's been seven years since Collier County has seen a large methamphetamine bust that sent two Immokalee brothers to prison, one for 15 years.
Attorney: 94-year-old lost $55,000 from fake papers for Sam Snead's Tavern
Published 11/18/2012 at 9 a.m.
Verna Reiff is 94 and lives in a Pennsylvania assisted living community.
Court: Valet not liable for letting drunken driver leave
Updated 11/09/2012 at 9:20 a.m.
However, the case — which underscores a driver's personal responsibilities — may not be over because the woman's attorney plans to ask the state Supreme Court to consider his appeal.
Lee elections boss apologizes for Tuesday's voting problems
Updated 11/07/2012 at 9:10 p.m.
The Lee County elections supervisor choked up as she apologized Wednesday for problems at some voting precincts Tuesday.
Former Daily News editor George Cecil dies at age 74
Published 10/30/2012 at 8 p.m.
He was considered a home-grown editor at the Naples Daily News, an old-school newsman who ended an era of community journalism before the newspaper was sold to E.W. Scripps Co.
Workplace deaths: Florida second in nation, region has a dozen or more yearly
Published 10/29/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
A five-story Miami-Dade College parking garage under construction collapsed on Oct. 10, with a fourth victim's body pulled from the rubble in mid-October.
Naples couple entwined in product lawsuits over fizzling home soda machine
Published 10/17/2012 at 7 a.m.
It was expected to be a top Christmas gift, a countertop home soda machine that would enable families to save hundreds of dollars by making their own sodas, sparkling fruit, tea and energy drinks.
Security officer, formerly of East Naples, cleared of child porn charges
Published 10/12/2012 at 5:15 a.m.
A 35-year-old former East Naples man was acquitted of 39 counts of possessing child pornography after admitting to jurors he'd downloaded adult porn, but had no idea child porn files were attached.
Bonita Springs lawyer ends legal spat with Samsung over its smartphone
Published 10/06/2012 at 8 a.m.
The lawsuit filed in December by attorney Kenneth Gilman was among several across the nation that alleged Galaxy S cellphones, including the Captivate, Fascinate, Vibrant and Epic 4G, had numerous defects, including random shutdowns; the inability to shut off calls; ...
Naples man sees the light and turns his inspiration into decorative bollard business
Published 10/02/2012 at 7 a.m.
When Dick Metchear saw metal lights at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando corroding from the sprinkler system's reclaimed water, a light bulb went off in his head.
Marco Island man in battle over need for service dog in no-pet condominium
Published 09/30/2012 at 7 p.m. 12 Comments
When Larry McKay gets up in the morning, he reaches for Kane to brace himself and walk through his Marco Island condo.
Indiana firm wiggles out of doggy day care lawsuit filed by Wigglebutt Inn of Naples
Published 09/30/2012 at 8:30 a.m.
It's a dogfight over the word "wigglebutt" — and The Wigglebutt Inn of Naples lost the first round. In an order signed Thursday, the Florida-based judge also said there was no evidence that Ben Bierlein, who owns The Wigglebutt Doghouse ...
Hedge fund swindler Mobley of Stadium Naples era could be returned to prison
Published 09/24/2012 at 5:36 a.m.
Thirteen months after convicted hedge fund swindler David Mobley Sr. was released from federal prison, he's facing a possible return for not paying a dime of his $77.3 million restitution to investors.
Appeal court says Fort Myers shock jock's ex-girlfriend has privacy invasion claim
Published 09/22/2012 at 8 a.m.
A state appeal court ruled Friday that former shock jock Joe Scott's ex-girlfriend proved she suffered from depression, anxiety and a rash due to his on-air tirades, overturning a Lee judge's ruling in favor of 96 K-Rock and Beasley Broadcast ...
Court cases transferred to Collier in 2010 tire blowout deaths of two teens
Published 09/17/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Two years after Naples teen cousins died in a Ford Explorer rollover crash after a tire blowout on Alligator Alley, their lawsuits are heading toward a possible trial in Collier Circuit Court.
Jury: Company negligent in '07 drop-off of Naples dementia patient found in woods
Published 09/14/2012 at 5:40 a.m.
A Collier circuit court jury on Thursday found a medical transport company negligent for leaving an 88-year-old Naples dementia patient at the wrong assisted living home in 2007, ending in him walking off and disappearing in scorching, rainy weather for ...
State withdraws case against embattled East Naples mechanic who closed up shop
Published 09/09/2012 at 7:30 a.m.
A state consumer agency that attempted to slap an East Naples auto mechanic with a cease-and-desist order and fine has dropped its lawsuit after discovering he'd shut down.
Federal appeal court upholds $1.2 million jury award to man paralyzed in Lee jail
Published 09/08/2012 at 8 a.m. 1 Comment
A federal appeals court has upheld a $1.2 million award to a Lee County man who became paralyzed while held in the jail, agreeing the jail medical provider was "deliberately indifferent" to repeated pleas for help.
Noted Collier texting-while-driving court case ends in out-of-court settlement
Published 09/04/2012 at 7 a.m.
The widow of a 62-year-old North Naples bicyclist killed by a texting driver four years ago has settled her lawsuit with the driver and his employer for an undisclosed sum.
Naples real estate flipper convicted of fraud in several property deals
Published 08/18/2012 at 7 a.m.
A federal jury on Friday convicted a Naples real estate flipper on charges he defrauded 14 investors out of $3.3 million in property deals, involving a $1.2 million beachfront Naples mansion and other Gulf Coast properties.
Radel declares victory in Southwest Florida race for Congress
Updated 08/14/2012 at 11:14 p.m.
Trey Radel is the winner of the six-way GOP race for Southwest Florida’s District 19 congressional seat, in a contest so close experts admitted it was hard to call between four top challengers.
Coattails: Will Paul Ryan selection by Romney affect area's congressional race?
Published 08/14/2012 at 7 a.m.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's announcement that U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is his running mate could shrink the margin in a heated race by six GOP candidates for Southwest Florida's congressional District 19 seat.
Billboard wheel business rolling along for Naples men
Published 08/08/2012 at 6:30 a.m.
Don't reinvent the wheel, they say. But five Naples men have done just that — and expect to make millions with Billboard Wheels, lighted, non-moving hubcaps featuring ads and door panels that match.
Former Naples immigration lawyer indicted on visa fraud charges
Published 08/01/2012 at 7 a.m.
A former Naples immigration attorney has been indicted on visa fraud and conspiracy charges, accusing her of forging letters and submitting fraudulent lease agreements and financial information, to help six foreign nationals in Naples obtain permanent residency.
Region's Congressional GOP candidates: Where they stand on providing health-care
Published 07/22/2012 at 8 a.m.
The six Republicans vying for the District 19 congressional seat support some tenets of the Affordable Health Care Act, but vary on how to improve health-care coverage for Americans.
Whatever happened to?: Craig Wolf returns to area, lawsuit against NBC-2 continues
Updated 04/12/2013 at 5:17 p.m.
Former NBC-2 anchor Craig Wolf has returned to Southwest Florida to work in the real estate industry in Collier and Lee counties.
Tomato grower settles suit with two former Immokalee workers
Published 07/20/2012 at 5 a.m.
A Florida tomato grower has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by two former Immokalee farm workers and take steps to prevent harassment at its farms nationwide.