Naples officer under investigation for striking pedestrian
Published 01/25/2013 at 5:05 a.m.
Ryan Schickfus, an officer on day shift patrol, was making a right turn on U.S. 41 East from 10th Street South just before noon when he hit pedestrian
Fire forces family from Golden Gate home
Published 01/24/2013 at 8:37 p.m.
A couple at 1900 42nd St. S.W. returned home around 7 p.m. and found black smoke coming from the home, said Golden Gate fire Batallion Chief Andy Krajewski.
Gov. Scott proposes pay raises for all full-time teachers
Published 01/23/2013 at 3:40 p.m.
Gov. Rick Scott says his budget will call for a $2,500 pay raise for every full-time classroom teacher in Florida public schools.
National TV show to feature disappearances of two Collier men
Published 01/21/2013 at 5:45 a.m.
The shows producers interviewed several friends and family members of Williams, providing details that may be new to some viewers.
Am-bear alert: Deputies search for pet grizzly lost in Golden Gate Estates
Updated 01/15/2013 at 9:17 p.m. 1 Comment
A 125-pound grizzly bear cub escaped Tuesday morning from the Golden Gate Estates property of its licensed owners.
Authorities: Former Collier man stabbed acquaintance, dismembered body before fatal standoff
Published 01/15/2013 at 5:15 a.m.
Following a Friday standoff in which Chad Moretz held his wife Kimberly hostage, detectives were given information that there might be a body inside the residence.
Toddler drowning death in Estates first in over a year
Published 01/11/2013 at 10:45 p.m.
Its sad. When we hear stories like that, it breaks our hearts, said Paula DiGrigoli, executive director of the Safe and Healthy Childrens Coalition of Collier County, which works on drowning prevention initiatives.
Bottoms up: Naples' first local brewery open for business
Published 01/11/2013 at 6:13 p.m.
The East Naples brewery was licensed about six weeks ago. Owner Will Lawson is now giving twice-weekly brewery tours and working on getting his beers on tap at even more venues.
Fort Myers Police giving more reward money to help solve homicides
Published 01/11/2013 at 5 p.m.
In hopes of generating more tips, Fort Myers police are offering up to $25,000 for information leading to any arrest and conviction in the city's unsolved homicide cases.
Detectives investigating tips about missing men after Tyler Perry press conference
Updated 01/11/2013 at 8:41 p.m.
At an East Naples library, actor Tyler Perry, the Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP president Ben Jealous pleaded for tips about Felipe Santos and Terrance Williams, two men who were in their 20s.
Turning up the heat: Tyler Perry offers $100K for leads in mysterious disappearances
Published 01/10/2013 at 7 p.m.
This is injustice and we have the power to change this, said Perry, who learned about the cases while watching a cable series featuring the men last January. We have the power to see someone brought to justice."
Little progress toward consolidation during joint Golden Gate, East Naples fire meeting
Published 01/09/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Officials on either side say they are still unclear about how consolidation would affect their respective bottom lines. Still, each district has something to offer that the other is missing, they said.
Investigator believes missing teen, grandfather may be in Southwest Florida
Published 01/08/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Victor Ortino, who was hired by Zachary Byrds mother, Stephanie, said he has seen the boys grandmother and other relatives frequently switching vehicles and engaging in strange behaviors, like circling the block before going home.
Fort Myers police working to reduce record homicide rate
Published 01/04/2013 at 6 p.m.
Last year, there were 24 homicides in Fort Myers, the city's highest number since officials began keeping track about 20 years ago.
Jump on Express adjusts hours, pickups after city scraps public stops
Published 01/04/2013 at 6 p.m.
A Naples City Council decision to stop the service from picking up riders on public roads has halted ridership, said owner Shannon Livingston. Instead, they are picking up riders in private parking lots.
Officials: More surviving shootings because of medical advances, Lee trauma center
Published 01/02/2013 at 5 a.m.
Doctors at Lee Memorial Hospital now are saving 8 percent more patients with penetrating wounds than they were 11 years ago, said Dr. Ernst Vieux Jr., medical director for the hospitals trauma unit.
Fatal crashes down slightly on local roads in 2012, authorities report
Published 01/01/2013 at 5:05 a.m.
Robin Wallace was one of 35 people killed this year on Collier County roads, according to data from the Florida Highway Patrol and the Collier County Sheriffs Office. The number was on par with last years death toll of 36.
Whatever happened to? Collier County's unsolved homicides of 2012
Published 12/30/2012 at 5:10 a.m.
Six people were killed in homicides in 2012 in Collier County; Konnie Bedells death remains one of three in which an arrest has not yet been made.
Double take: ‘Limo’ bus worth a 2nd look
Published 12/26/2012 at 5 a.m.
At first glance, its a limousine; on second look, a bus. Upon closer inspection, youll find a Busozene a black party bus plastered with a decal that tricks the eye and elevates the mode of transportation.
Red-light running crashes down since cameras installed, data shows
Published 12/24/2012 at 5:25 a.m. 1 Comment
In the three years after the county installed the cameras, there were about 25 percent fewer crashes caused by red-light runners than in the three years before, according to Sheriffs Office statistics.
Naples officer faces DUI charge, placed on administrative leave
Published 12/17/2012 at 6:46 p.m. 1 Comment
While the deputy was requesting backup, Little ran from the car up to his girlfriends apartment and tried to unlock the door, according to a report.
Fiscal cliff: Florida officials urge Congress to avoid cuts to law enforcement grants
Published 12/16/2012 at 5:45 a.m.
Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker and 20 other Florida law enforcement officials signed a letter to congressional leaders, pleading lawmakers not to cut their federal funding.
Collier Chief Salley to retire in January; no successor named
Published 12/16/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Chief Scott Salley became head of the countys jails in 2004 after 23 years with the Sheriffs Office. Most recently, he has served on the Sheriffs Advisory Reintegration Board.
Teen murder-suicide a 'tragic situation' for Immokalee community
Published 12/13/2012 at 8:07 p.m.
Thats the saddest thing, no matter what, is when we lose a young person, Collier Superintendent Kamela Patton said. The young lady was trying to break up with him. He didnt like that, ended up shooting and killing her and ...
Estates grow house used in drug trade for 'quite some time,' officials say
Published 12/12/2012 at 9:32 p.m.
Lt. Harold Minch, of the Sheriffs Offices Vice and Narcotics Bureau, said the house had been used in the drug trade for quite some time, adding that detectives had been watching the house for months.
Collier deputies perform 'gangnam style' holiday safety video - POLL
Published 12/11/2012 at 5:25 a.m. 1 Comment
The Sheriff's Office's two-and-a-half minute "Gangnam Style" parody was part of its annual holiday safety video.
Two corrections officers fired for improper conduct; both say they were targeted
Published 12/10/2012 at 7:53 p.m.
One deputy is accused of touching his genitals and encouraging a female inmate to disrobe, while the other two are accused of having an inappropriate relationship that caused tension and discomfort for other jail employees.
Jump on Express to move customers between downtown Naples, Mercato for free
Published 12/06/2012 at 5:50 a.m.
Its a way to not have to drive to all three hot spots in town, said JOE spokeswoman Nicole Angelo. Taxis can get very expensive, so they stay in that one little area and dont venture out where theres a
Fort Myers business owners hope downtown trolley will free up parking, attract customers
Published 12/05/2012 at 5:37 p.m.
City officials have high hopes for the system: An overwhelming 86 percent of downtown residents and 68 percent of city employees who were surveyed said they would use a trolley if it were available to them.
Overdose prevention task force warns FGCU students of taking, mixing drugs
Published 12/05/2012 at 5:05 a.m.
There was no clapping or laughter in the auditorium for the two-hour-long presentation last week, aptly titled Sometimes, You Never Sleep It Off. The tone was somber, and understandably so.
Collier deputy fired for deactivating dashboard camera, deceiving investigators
Published 12/02/2012 at 5:15 a.m. 1 Comment
Because Cpl. Michael Skalas camera was deactivated, investigators had zero video evidence in two crashes, one of which was fatal. Skalas appointment was withdrawn not in good standing in a decision made final in October.
Collier Sheriff's Office collecting toys for abused, abandoned children
Published 11/30/2012 at 5:33 p.m.
Gifts donated to the Sheriffs Office Celebrate With a Star program will go to children assigned to the 20th Judicial Circuits Guardian ad Litem program in connection with the Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida program.
Poker run planned for family of Golden Gate mother who died of breast cancer
Published 11/29/2012 at 5:10 a.m.
She did everything she was supposed to do, but it was a really aggressive kind and nothing they did really worked, Lynn Deffet said. They have insurance, but a lot of things she did over the three years
Deputies seek suspect accused of running down, shooting acquaintance
Published 11/27/2012 at 8:58 p.m.
Cummings then turned the car around and fired one shot at James, injuring his right hand and the side of his face, reports said. James was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital in serious condition but was stabilized that night.
Warrant issued for suspect in Immokalee shooting
Updated 11/26/2012 at 8:53 p.m.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Aldrice Cummings, 29, a suspect in a Monday shooting in Immokalee.
Survey: More law enforcement agencies requiring officers wear body armor
Published 11/26/2012 at 5:15 a.m.
We want to keep our officers safe, and we have an agency responsibility through policy to do that, said Capt. Dave Baer, assistant chief of police in Marco Island.
North Naples BistroMD shipping gourmet diet food to thousands nationwide
Published 11/23/2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Ed Cederquist watches videos of customer testimonials the way youd imagine he would watch one of his four children at a Christmas pageant. It brings tears to my eyes, he says.
LPGA: Bright lights shine on Tour's best during Rolex Awards/PHOTOS
Published 11/16/2012 at 10 p.m.
Lots of things twinkled Friday night at the LPGA Rolex Awards Reception, from the crystal chandeliers above the red carpet, to the lights strung outside the ballroom, to the blue sparkles on Rookie of the Year So Yeon Ryu's tiny ...
Deputy fired for taking razors from market without paying
Updated 11/15/2012 at 8:48 p.m.
Detectives began investigating Andrew Sargis, a corrections deputy, after a loss prevention officer at Publix said she saw a uniformed deputy sticking two packages of razors in his pocket.
Panel examines link between chronic pain, prescription drug abuse
Published 11/13/2012 at 5:05 a.m.
At first it was a lifeline. Now it is a noose around my neck. Steve Rummlers addiction to pain pills started out innocent enough.
Mother of crash victim to advocate for ban on texting and driving
Published 11/12/2012 at 5:05 a.m.
Kristin Murphy admits it: Before her daughter was killed by a distracted driver in 2010, she used to use her phone while driving, too.
Man shot by deputies clings to faith amid depression, homelessness
Published 11/11/2012 at 5 a.m.
On that Friday morning, Duane Gregory found himself a few drinks deep and the new owner of a fake gun he said hed found underneath a bridge behind a DMV. I think at that time, I wished it was real, ...
Bigelow says 'differences of opinion' with sheriff behind traffic stop, criminal citation
Published 11/09/2012 at 6:11 p.m.
Within a very short time after my rental vehicle was pulled over, my position within county government was brought to Sheriff Mike Scotts deputys attention, after which at least 10 or more Sheriff Office
Collier jail officials step up efforts to identify veterans; Diversion program possible
Published 11/09/2012 at 5:15 a.m.
About 9 percent of U.S. veterans reported being arrested upon their return home, mostly for nonviolent crimes, according to a national survey of more than 1,300 Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans released ea
Papa John's CEO: Obamacare likely to raise costs, result in employee's hours being cut
Published 11/07/2012 at 9:06 p.m.
Thats what you do, is you pass on costs," John Schnatter told Edison State College students on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, I dont think people know what theyre going to pay for this.
Election 2012: Incumbent sheriffs win in Lee, Collier
Updated 11/06/2012 at 9:22 p.m.
Incumbent sheriffs Kevin Ramosk in Collier County and Mike Scott in Lee County retained their seats as expected Tuesday, crushing their no-party affiliated challengers.
Prescription drug deaths rise in Southwest Florida, drop statewide
Published 11/06/2012 at 5:05 a.m.
Forty-one people died in accidental prescription pill deaths last year in Collier, compared to 35 in 2010. The 14.6 percent increase was slightly higher than Miamis increase of 14.5 percent.
Angiolillo plans upset in Collier sheriff's race, says crazy talk 'working 100 percent'
Published 11/04/2012 at 5:30 a.m. 2 Comments
Vinny Angiolillo knows people think hes crazy, and hes OK with that. He likes it, in fact. The second-time candidate for Collier County sheriff says its part of his campaign strategy.
Naples International Film Festival opens with red-carpet arrival, record-breaking documentary
Published 11/01/2012 at 9:03 p.m.
The Naples festival runs through Sunday, with most films being shown at the Silverspot Cinema in Mercato. Franklin, the executive director, said the event has continued to grow since 2009, allowing organizers to be more selective in their film choices.
Crime drops in Southwest Florida, statewide during first six months of 2012
Published 11/01/2012 at 6:27 p.m.
The Justice Departments National Crime Victimization Survey, based on interviews with more than 143,000 people, showed a 17 percent increase in violent crimes and an 11 percent rise in property crimes from