POLLS: Illegal immigrants in Collier, Lee jails generate federal money for counties
Published 07/28/2010 at 7:32 p.m.
When it comes to getting federal money to pay for illegal immigrants’ stay in local jails, Southwest Florida has been getting a share for years. Both Collier and Lee counties have been longtime participants in the state Criminal Alien Assistance ...
David Rivera holds meet and greet at Naples Chamber
Published 07/23/2010 at 6:47 p.m.
In spite of Tropical Storm Bonnie’s swing by Florida, more than 20 people turned out to meet U.S. District 25 candidate David Rivera at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Friday morning.
Collier sheriff renews push to solve 2007 Immokalee arson fire that killed five
Published 07/19/2010 at 3:51 p.m.
More than three years after someone started an Immokalee trailer on fire, killing five of the 10 people inside, the case is stalled. The Sheriff’s Office is featuring the arson fire as part of a renewed effort to raise awareness ...
Collier’s Haitian community prays for quake-stricken relatives living in streets
Published 07/18/2010 at 1 p.m.
More than six months have passed since an earthquake devastated Haiti, but for many in Southwest Florida’s Haitian community, the shock and pain of the disaster remains. That’s because many still have family members in the island nation.
Marco Island man charged with assault after police say he threatened to kill landlord
Published 07/12/2010 at 11:29 p.m. 4 Comments
Michel Carillo, 32, of the 200 block of Sandhill Street, Marco Island, was arrested by Marco Island police Sunday at home. He was charged with aggravated assault.
RESULTS: Politics in the Park’s straw poll runs out of ballots as 600 vote
Updated 06/24/2010 at 8:41 a.m.
In total, 600 votes were cast — nearly twice the 340 ballots cast during 2008’s “Politics in the Park.”
Collier School Board candidates face off in forum
Published 06/22/2010 at 10 p.m.
FCAT testing, school safety, obesity and civics were among several issues covered by nine candidates vying for three vacant Collier County School Board seats during a candidate forum at The Hilton Naples on Tuesday.
East Naples house fire leaves three homeless
Updated 06/21/2010 at 9:40 p.m.
According to East Naples Fire spokesman Greg Speers, the fire in the 5000 block of Catts Street has been contained. However, the home is uninhabitable.
Dave Neill named publisher of Naples Daily News
Updated 06/15/2010 at 7:12 p.m.
Dave Neill, the paper’s acting publisher, was named president and publisher of the Naples Daily News as well as a regional publisher for the E.W. Scripps newspaper division in Southwest Florida.
Census count moves ahead, Collier, Lee illegal immigrants and inmates included
Published 06/11/2010 at 9:09 p.m.
Five weeks into its door-to-door campaign, U.S. Census officials say the work is ahead of schedule and under budget.
Oil spill sparks Southwest Florida protesters to speak out against dependence on fossil fuels
Published 06/08/2010 at 9:18 p.m. 3 Comments
The rain dampened their plans, but it didn’t stop Southwest Florida residents from protesting against the country’s dependence on fossil fuels in Naples and in Estero Tuesday night.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Connie Mack reiterates his stance against Arizona's illegal immigration law
Published 06/01/2010 at 7:46 p.m.
My concern isn’t that its too hard on illegal immigrants,” Mack said of the law he called ant-American. “My concern is ‘What does it do to American citizens that don’t quite look like me?’”
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Mack: BP should get bill for oil spill cleanup
Published 06/01/2010 at 4:11 p.m. 1 Comment
Hurricane preparedness was the phrase of the day at Collier County's 2010 Hurricane Season kick-off briefing today.
Is Gulf oil spill another nail in coffin of disappearing South Florida fishing industry?
Published 05/09/2010 at 3 p.m. 1 Comment
Between hurricanes trashing the shallows, the economy tanking and the recent cold winter, fishing guide Steve Huff said the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could be another nail in the coffin for those who make their living off ...
Suspected mobile meth lab behind bomb scare that shut down street in Collier
Published 05/06/2010 at 6:56 p.m.
After a routine traffic stop escalated a car chase Wednesday, Collier County deputies learned they may have something even more dangerous on their hands — a fuel spill and possible mobile methamphetamine lab.
Full house on primary ballots for Collier’s Congressional District 25
Updated 04/30/2010 at 8:44 p.m.
According to the Florida Division of Elections’ website, as of Friday seven candidates had qualified for the District 25 race.
Mack: Arizona immigration law a blow to freedom
Updated 04/29/2010 at 9:37 p.m.
In an unexpected move U.S. Congressman Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers, blasted Arizona’s new immigration law as a blow to freedom and the ability of Americans to live their lives as they see fit.
Many happy returns as Collier, Lee census response tops 2000 totals VIDEO/POLL
Published 04/28/2010 at 7:31 p.m.
When the mail-in deadline to return the 2010 Census survey came and went, Southwest Florida and the nation topped what was done for the 2000 Census. Both Collier and Lee counties showed an increased in their mail-back response rates: Collier ...
Edwin Meese touts military tribunals for terror suspects in Naples speech
Updated 04/23/2010 at 8 p.m.
If former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III is unapologetic about one issue, it’s that the U.S. Constitution is the nation’s keystone and deserves respect.
Parents get help with underage drinking advice as prom and graduation season begins
Published 04/21/2010 at 9:30 p.m.
With prom and graduation season starting up in Southwest Florida, the problem of underage drinking is one that parents need to take seriously, experts say.
Joe Garcia will run for Collier congressional seat he narrowly lost in 2008
Published 04/14/2010 at 3 a.m.
Democrat Joe Garcia — who faced off with U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, for the District 25 seat in 2008 — officially announced today that he will run for the seat.
Conservative Naples businessman Rick Scott running for governor
Published 04/13/2010 at 7:55 p.m.
Scott made national headlines recently by opposing President Barack Obama’s health care plans.
Naples man charged with aiding teen runaway
Updated 04/12/2010 at 5:17 p.m.
A 16-year-old Connecticut teen who ran away from home last week, was found in Naples Friday— and she was not alone. Naples Police reports said that detectives learned on Friday that a teenaged runaway from Connecticut was in Naples and ...
Youth Haven co-founder Bea Harper dies
Updated 04/08/2010 at 8:05 p.m.
Harper was the last surviving member of a trio of leading advocates for the children's shelter that included Collier Circuit Judge Richard Stanley and Naples Star newspaper editor Judy DeTurk.
U.S. 41 reopens after head-on collision that killed at least 1 in east Collier
Updated 04/05/2010 at 8:43 p.m.
A head-on collision on U.S. 41 resulted in a three-vehicle crash and claimed one person’s life.
POLL: U.S. Census wants to put 2,000 Southwest Floridians to work
Published 04/03/2010 at 4:17 p.m.
Help count and get paid. The U.S. Census Bureau is in the midst of hiring more than 2,000 Southwest Florida residents to help canvas local communities starting May 1.
VIDEO: Mercato officials announce task force to deal with tainted drink concerns
Published 04/02/2010 at 5:28 p.m.
About 50 people have come forward over the past few weeks to report they believe their drinks were drugged while patronizing establishments in the Mercato.
Bus transporting inmates involved in accident, 10 injured
Updated 03/29/2010 at 4:42 p.m.
A bus carrying 20 inmates has rolled over in Immokalee, according to scanner reports.
‘Tis the season for distraction burglars to return to Lee, Collier neighborhoods
Published 03/26/2010 at 7:13 p.m.
Winter and spring in Naples usually mean seasonal residents. But over the years, it’s also become the time when distraction burglaries crop up in Collier and Lee counties.
VIDEO: East Naples man faces 75 charges of child porn
Updated 03/24/2010 at 6:17 p.m.
Collier County Sheriff's Office Detectives arrested a 36-year-old East Naples man Tuesday and charged him with 75 counts of possession of child pornography.
Conservative radio host Paul Crespo to run for Congress
Updated 03/23/2010 at 6:29 p.m.
A new player has jumped into the Republican primary for the Florida’s U.S. Congressional District 25 seat being vacated by U.S Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25).
Four Immokalee residents arrested in drive-by shooting
Published 03/22/2010 at 5:33 p.m.
An early morning drive-by landed four Immokalee residents in jail Sunday, Collier County Sheriff’s officials said.
D.C. march, promoting change in immigration policies, is personal for local mom
Published 03/19/2010 at 8:16 p.m.
National Immigration Forum spokeswoman Katherine Vargas said the message of the demonstration is simple: the time for talk, promises, and waiting is over.
State of the Census: Where do snowbirds, students count?
Published 03/19/2010 at 6:22 p.m.
“When it comes to snowbirds, we understand that it’s an issue,” said Bill Pendergast. “We want people to be counted where they are consider from.”
Immigration status not a question on 2010 Census, despite push by some to ask it
Published 03/19/2010 at 6:21 p.m. 1 Comment
With the continually brewing immigration debate, there’s been a growing movement to exclude those in the U.S. illegally from the Census.
Seat of any office holder no place for antisemitism, others say
Published 03/17/2010 at 8:51 p.m.
Whether the allegations were true or not, reactions to racial allegations against Naples councilman Sam Saad weren’t limited to City Hall.
Pregnant teen dies after hit-and-run crash in Naples
Updated 03/15/2010 at 7:24 p.m.
Murphy's mother said her daughter, who was four months pregnant, sustained bleeding to the brain, and a broken neck and pelvis. On Monday, Lee Memorial Hospital confirmed that Murphy had died.
POLL: Census may seem like a nuisance, but it’s a very powerful, important tool
Published 03/14/2010 at 6:13 p.m.
Why all the hoopla over the Census? For starters, it’s the reason behind the distribution of billions of federal funds to local and state governments. In addition, the Census helps establish legislative districts and determine how many representatives are needed ...
Golden Gate man charged with shooting, robbing an acquaintance
Published 03/09/2010 at 5:45 p.m.
Freddie Junior Torres, 20, of the 2000 block of 55th Terrace S.W., Golden Gate, was arrested by Collier deputies Monday near the intersection of Davis Boulevard and Heritage Trail.
VIDEO: Collier County deputy killed in fiery truck crash
Updated 03/09/2010 at 7:08 p.m.
Leroy Rahmings, a Community Service deputy, died this morning in an accident in Lee County, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Karie Partington. Rahmings had been with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office since 1995.
Immokalee man charged with smuggling girl into country, forcing her to work
Published 03/08/2010 at 6:03 p.m.
An Immokalee man, who federal prosecutors say had someone smuggle a girl over the border and then forced her to work as a farmworker, was arraigned Monday.
PHOTOS: Chilly weather keeps Panther road rally participants to a minimum
Published 02/28/2010 at 9:13 p.m.
The chill may have put a damper on Sunday’s Panther Prowl Road Rally, but it didn’t stop volunteers for the ride. “It’s as much fun to volunteer as it is to participate,” said Mary Crawford, 60, who volunteers with the ...
VIDEO: Census, law enforcement officials advise residents to know who is on official business
Published 02/28/2010 at 7:07 p.m.
Pretty soon, there will be knock at the door. But it’s not a door-to-door salesman. Rather, many Southwest Florida residents can expect to be greeted by a U.S. Census worker. However, federal officials and local law enforcement agencies are urging ...
East Naples Middle School teacher charged with punching, kicking wife
Published 02/28/2010 at 4:23 p.m.
An East Naples Middle School social studies teacher found himself in jail Saturday after Collier County deputies said he punched and kicked his wife. William Brian Heck, 53, of the 4000 block of Mohawk Place, East Naples, was arrested at ...
VIDEO:The Biggest Loser Naples edition: Naples police, fire and city employees compete in fitness challenge
Published 02/26/2010 at 7:32 p.m.
What started as a 30 person fitness challenge at the Naples Police and Fire Departments last year has gone citywide, with 108 city employees — including City Manager Bill Moss — taking part in a 12-week contest to improve their ...
Off-duty Collier deputy bit by water moccasin at kids fishing event
Updated 02/22/2010 at 7:25 p.m.
A day of fishing fun was cut short for an off duty Collier deputy Saturday, after he was bitten by a water moccasin at Florida Sports Park in East Naples.
Florida hasn’t complied with new sex offender tracking law yet, but is getting there
Updated 02/22/2010 at 8:50 a.m. 4 Comments
One. That’s how many states in the U.S. have fully complied with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act of 2006. The nationwide law is aimed at creating an across-the-board ...
Tomato farmworkers to get wage increase, but some say more is needed
Updated 02/17/2010 at 7:53 p.m.
Florida's tomato growers have decided to do their part to pass on increased wages to the migrant workers who pick the tomatoes.
Mario Diaz-Balart to run for his brother's U.S. House seat
Updated 02/11/2010 at 8:41 p.m.
A shift of political power unfolded in Miami today that will affect Collier County as well as Washington.
Estates man caught in the act of selling suspected stolen motors
Published 02/10/2010 at 3:52 p.m.
Ernesto Saul Montano Jerez, 43, of the 100 block of 39th Street, Golden Gate Estates, was arrested by Naples Police outside of Garden Street Iron and Metal, 355 Riverside Circle.