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. 15 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.
Marco Island drugstore closes after 43 years in business
Published 07/19/2012 at 5 a.m. 3 Comments
A Marco Island drugstore has closed after nearly 43 years. Island Drug store left its shelves empty and a vacant store in Marco Town Center Mall.
Lee Judge Simpson says he's still effective justice despite Parkinson's disease
Published 07/15/2012 at 9 a.m. 1 Comment
A Lee circuit judge who hasn't presided over a hearing for a year, but reviews cases and signs orders in an office, contends Parkinson's disease doesn't prevent him from working as a judge and calls his critics misinformed or swayed ...
Naples man on U.S. probation faces three years in prison, accused of hiding money
Published 07/14/2012 at 8:30 a.m.
A Naples businessman serving probation for tax evasion and a cover-up involving more than $150 million in federal security contracts now faces three years in federal prison for not disclosing he had more than $300,000 in accounts.
14-year-battle over East Naples mobile home park ownership takes new twist
Published 07/07/2012 at 7:30 a.m.
After a 14-year legal battle, senior citizens at Naples Estates mobile home park were surprised Friday to hear that a tactic they suspect was used to fight their attempt to purchase the park may have backfired.
Stepped up holiday patrols set for Naples Bay after ruling strikes speed zone law
Published 07/04/2012 at 8 a.m.
When boaters cruise along Naples Bay on the Fourth of July, there will be more marine officers patrolling the waters.
Late boomer bloomers: Older workers carve out new careers to stall retirement
Published 07/01/2012 at 6 p.m.
There is a a growing trend of baby boomers returning to new careers after retirement, partly due to the economic downturn. A study released this spring shows roughly 31 million people ages 44 to 70 want "encore careers" that blend ...
City weighs next step in wake of ruling that invalidated Naples Bay boat speeds
Published 06/30/2012 at 8 a.m.
Boaters on Naples Bay won't have to come to a crawl to adhere to weekend speed limits, but a judge's ruling invalidating the bay boat speed ordinance doesn't mean law enforcement officers won't be ticketing this weekend.
South Fort Myers doctor acquitted of illegally prescribing pain killers
Published 06/28/2012 at 6 a.m. 1 Comment
A federal jury has acquitted a south Fort Myers doctor charged with illegally prescribing more than a half-million pain killers to 10 patients over a decade.
Collier judge strikes down city's Naples Bay boat speed ordinance
Published 06/26/2012 at 6:45 a.m.
A Collier County judge has struck down a Naples boating ordinance, ruling extended weekend and holiday speed zones along Naples Bay are invalid because city officials never erected "appropriate" signs after passing a 2004 law.
Retired dream: Naples businesswoman loses nest egg, now embroiled in legal maze
Published 06/25/2012 at 8 a.m.
Helen Valent's dreams were shattered after a banker introduced her to a real estate agent and she got involved in land deals that court papers allege were set up by the agent, the loan officer and bank vice president. From ...
Appeal court overturns malice claim against Bonita Springs fire commissioner
Published 06/22/2012 at 7:30 p.m.
A state appeal court has overturned a ruling that a 2010 Bonita Springs fire commission candidate acted with reckless disregard or malice when he claimed the incumbent fire commissioner had wasted taxpayer money by going to seminars in Paris and ...
No hurricanes in a few years but insurance rates remain center of storm
Published 06/20/2012 at 6 a.m.
There hasn't been a major hurricane in the Sunshine State since 2005, yet Floridians are getting hit with hefty, ever-increasing insurance bills - and some are being dropped by Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
No hurricanes in a few years but insurance rates remain center of storm
Published 06/19/2012 at 6 a.m.
There hasn't been a major hurricane in the Sunshine State since 2005, yet Floridians are getting hit with hefty, ever-increasing insurance bills — and some are being dropped by Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
Class-action suit moves forward against TECO Peoples Gas over 2010 blast
Published 06/18/2012 at 9:15 p.m.
A class-action lawsuit against TECO Peoples Gas System survived a hurdle Monday when a judge denied a request to dismiss a complaint filed by eight restaurants in Collier and Lee counties that lost service after a 2010 gas explosion.
Florida jobless rate down, Collier and Lee rates slightly up in May
Published 06/15/2012 at 8 p.m.
Florida's unemployment rate continued its decline in May, dropping to 8.6 percent, the lowest jobless rate since December 2008, but Collier and Lee counties both saw slight increases due to the loss of seasonal residents.
Bubble bursts: Loft 59 Night Club owner says he won't host any more foam parties
Published 06/04/2012 at 8:30 p.m.
After a foam party that sent at least 40 people to the emergency room and doctors' offices for burns to their eyes, the owner of Loft 59 Night Club has decided he no longer will hold foam parties.
East Naples foam party that injured dozens draws attention of health department
Published 06/02/2012 at 6 p.m. 1 Comment
A foam party at a popular East Naples night club last weekend ended in at least 40 people seeking treatment for eye injuries or temporary blindness — and some heading to lawyers' offices to ask about possible lawsuits.
Collier's assessed property values show increase, first time in 5 years
Published 06/01/2012 at 6:30 a.m. 8 Comments
Collier County's taxable property values are up, ending a four-year decline during the recession. Though county officials are calling this year's increase minimal, some government officials had predicted the 2012 total assessed value of properties would decline by 5 percent.
Lee clerk, other government agencies add advertising to their public websites
Published 05/29/2012 at 6:30 a.m.
Faced with budget cuts, governments across the nation are searching for ways to generate money — and some are turning to advertising on their websites. Lee County Clerk of Courts Charlie Green just added national advertising to his office's website ...
Class of '12: Lely graduate had good chemistry with school studies
Published 05/28/2012 at 7 a.m.
When Katie Hogan took chemistry during her junior year at Lely High School, she was hooked. Katie, who has a 3.869 gpa, is Lely's 2012 Graduate of Distinction. She juggled a full course load in addition to being an award-winning ...
Too tough? State ed board may lower passing grade after fewer students pass FCAT writing part
Updated 05/14/2012 at 8:37 p.m. 6 Comments
The State Board of Education has set an emergency meeting for Tuesday to consider lowering the passing grade on the writing portion of Florida's standardized test, after preliminary results indicated only about a third of students would pass this year's ...
Lee judge who doesn't hear cases runs again, 'complete shock' to opponent
Published 05/13/2012 at 8 a.m.
Colleagues said Lee Circuit Judge Joseph A. Simpson was expected to retire for health reasons after this year, so the race for his Southwest Florida judicial seat prompted two magistrates and three attorneys, at various times, to announce plans to ...
Theft charge dismissed against former manager of Marco-area marina
Published 05/11/2012 at 9 p.m. 3 Comments
A Collier judge threw out a criminal fraud case against Cedar Bay Yacht Club's former general manager after his lawyer proved he didn't steal a club member's 21-foot powerboat, sell it and pocket the money.
Woman gets 3 years probation for cashing dead mother's government checks
Updated 05/01/2012 at 6:04 p.m.
"I just want to re-emphasize I am very, very sorry," Andrews told the judge, crying again after learning she wasn't going to prison. "I dishonored my family's name. I wish all this had not happened, but it was just not ...