Photos by KELLY FARRELL

  • The GNC at 5014 Airport-Pulling Road remained closed Sunday morning following a robbery there around 4 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses said a man wearing a black shirt, black shorts and a black baseball cap entered the store, displayed a gun and demanded money. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, said Collier County sheriff's deputies.
The suspect was described by the Sheriff’s Office as a Caucasian in his late 20s. Witnesses said he had facial stubble.
  • A masked individual robbed the CVS at 5585 Golden Gate Parkway about 8:20 a.m. July 10, 2011. The robber jumped over the counter and grabbed money.
  • A masked individual robbed this Walgreens at knifepoint the morning of Sunday, July 10, 2011.
  • In this 2009 file photo, Jennifer Hecker of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida addresses the Marco island City Council. Kelly Farrell/ Staff
  • Firefighters are responding to multiple small brush fires on the block of 1st Avenue NW and Weber Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates.
  • Firefighters are responding to multiple small brush fires on the block of 1st Avenue NW and Weber Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates.
  • Stephen Vanalphen, 43, unrolls a petition on his kitchen counter that includes about 100 signatures advocating for non-violent drug offenders not to be imprisoned. Vanalphen moved out of that apartment on the 1500 block of Curlew Avenue in Naples on Thursday, Feb. 24, declining to share where he was moving to next. (iPhone)
  • Fiancés Silviu Balaban, 28, and Julie Burroughs, 22, of North Naples offer reward for engagement ring lost in the shops at Mercato just before Valentine's Day.
  • Central Bark, the city of Naples Dog Park, is scheduled to open by the end of February. Donations paid for the approximate $250,000 park and fundraising events such as Pets on Third scheduled 1 p.m. Sunday are to continue paying for operations.
  • Construction began in the fall of 2010 on the City of Naples Dog Park and it is scheduled to be complete by the end of February. The park, located on Goodlette-Frank Road near Central Avenue in the city government complex, cost about $250,000 to build and was paid for by donations only.
  • City of Naples Dog Park, dubbed Central Bark, remains under construction but is to open in late February without user fees as long as donations and fundraisers continue to cover operational expenses. The park, located on Goodlette-Frank Road near Central Avenue in the city government complex, cost about $250,000 to build and was paid for by donations.
  • The main structures are complete at Central Bark, the city of Naples Dog Park, located in the city's Government Services Complex on Goodlette-Frank Road across from Central Avenue. The off-leash dog runs for large and small dogs are scheduled to open near the end of February, officials said.
  • Marco Island police report the New York man who survived jumping off Marco's Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge in the predawn hours Tuesday morning swam out of the Marco River to this home on the 1400 block of  Butterfield Court.
  • The Collier County Sheriff's Office and Isles of Capri Fire Rescue responded to a call of a vehicle in a canal Thursday afternoon.  The initial response was to an area off U.S. 41 and Collier Boulevard, but was quickly corrected to SR 92, near U.S. 41 and found the vehicle in the canal, but no one was inside,
  • he Collier County Sheriff's Office and Isles of Capri Fire Rescue responded to a call of a vehicle in a canal Thursday afternoon, Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Natalie Felber said.

Responders arrived to the area of U.S. 41 and Collier Boulevard and found the vehicle in the canal, but no one was inside, Felber said.

'Responders are still on scene and investigating,' Felber said.

Divers from the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department and the East Naples Fire Department are in the water performing search and rescue operations, according to the Marco fire department.
  • he Collier County Sheriff's Office and Isles of Capri Fire Rescue responded to a call of a vehicle in a canal Thursday afternoon, Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Natalie Felber said.

Responders arrived to the area of U.S. 41 and Collier Boulevard and found the vehicle in the canal, but no one was inside, Felber said.

'Responders are still on scene and investigating,' Felber said.

Divers from the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department and the East Naples Fire Department are in the water performing search and rescue operations, according to the Marco fire department.
  • he Collier County Sheriff's Office and Isles of Capri Fire Rescue responded to a call of a vehicle in a canal Thursday afternoon, Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Natalie Felber said.

Responders arrived to the area of U.S. 41 and Collier Boulevard and found the vehicle in the canal, but no one was inside, Felber said.

'Responders are still on scene and investigating,' Felber said.

Divers from the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department and the East Naples Fire Department are in the water performing search and rescue operations, according to the Marco fire department.
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A Marco woman, later identified as Clare Tucker, 90, was found dead in her car in a canal near Sand Hill Street, Marco, at about 12 p.m. on Friday. Bald Eagle Towing, Collier County Emergency Medical Services, along with Marco Island police and fire personnel, assisted in pulling the car from the canal. Tucker was reported missing to police on Thursday night, having last been seen by friends on her way driving home in the rain from dinner on Wednesday night. View the full story, photo gallery and video of the car being plucked from the canal online.
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  • Lauren Feinman stands at the entrance of the family restaurant, Chefs' Express, where patrons leave dollar bills to show support for the owners struggling to pay a utility impact fee bill as large as $64,000  from the city of Marco Island.
  • Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gives a keynote speech on the importance of developing a Christian-based legal system in the U.S. at Ave Maria School of Law's 10th Anniversary celebration held at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010.
  • Former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and wife Callista share the stage at Ave Maria School of Law's 10th Anniversary celebration held at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples on Friday night, Nov. 19.
  • Jackson Lab discussion during the Oct. 12, 2010, Collier County Commission meeting.
  • An overpass may be in the longterm future for U.S. 41 and State Road 951.
  • Marlene Messam, Collier County's senior project manager, reviews a proposed longterm overpass at U.S. 41 and Collier Boulevard at a public workshop held at Habitat for Humanity on Thursday night.
  • About 100 residents, primarily from southern Collier County, packed the Habitat for Humanity building in East Naples on Thursday night to view options for expanding the U.S. 41 East and Collier Boulevard intersection.
  • Collier County transportation officials are considering a long term goal of elevating a portion of Collier Boulevard with an approximate $41 million overpass at U.S. 41 East to relieve any traffic congestion in case of the need to evacuate the nearly 15,000 full-time Marco Island residents as well as address growth anticipated by 2030. A shorter term project, costing about $17 million, could address the skewed lanes at the intersection as early as 2013-14.
  • Four vehicles crash at a traffic light on Goodlette-Frank Road near Moorings Park at about 4 p.m. Sunday.
  • North Naples Fire Rescue personnel respond to a house fire in Palm River Estates, North Naples, on Sunday afternoon.
  • Marco Island Fire Rescue officials evacuate Starbucks in the Esplanade when sparks and smoke wafting from a ceiling vent closes the coffee shop from about 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. No one was injured.
  • Fernando Ode, who was living at the home destroyed by fire on Saturday night, returns on Sunday to take another look at the devastation. Ode pointed to the center of the home, where the fire is believed to have started in the family room.
  • The rear of the home at 4712 25th Ave. SW, Golden Gate City is devastated. While the front of the home looks bad from the street with the garage door and roof torn open in the fire on Saturday night, the worst is what happened to the rest of the house owned by Hublar Lopez.
  • Fernando Ode becomes temporarily homeless following a fire Saturday night at 4712 25th Ave. SW in Golden Gate City. Ode returned Sunday taking one last look at the devastation.
  • Gerry Paolini, 25, of Isles of Capri, awaits the successful retrieval of his brother Mike's pickup truck from the Fiddler's Creek lake on Monday night. Gerry slid off the pavement of Collier Boulevard in a rainstorm after 6 p.m.  and two members of the Collier County Sheriff's Office dive team geared up and jumped in the manmade lake to hook the Chevy Silverado onto a tow truck.
  • Mike Paolini, 28, stays by his younger brother's side on Monday night after Gerry Paolini, 25, crashed Mike's pickup truck into the Fiddler's Creek lake. There were no passengers riding with Gerry, who escaped through his driver's side window that was open at the time.
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Judy Sandler shows off her 'I voted today' sticker after casting her votes in the primary election on Tuesday at Marco Island's Mackle Park. The high turnout during early voting and the large number of precincts for the small island may be the reason for the low numbers of people found throughout the day at each of the poll sites, rarely forming a line or creating a wait on Election Day, poll deputies said. 
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  • It's all smiles as Marco Island City Council names interim-City Manager Jim Riviere, center, the permanent city manager effective Tuesday at Monday night's council meeting. Utility Director Rony Joel and City Clerk Laura Litzan grin along with him.
  • Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere
  • Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere
  • A Marco Marine Construction employee wades through the water for hours working to correct a sinking construction barge and toppled-over 17-ton capacity crane that came crashing down into the canal along Sea Court on Marco Island at about 4 a.m. on Sunday.
  • A small boom in the middle of the night leads to the need for oil containment boom to be placed in a canal along Sea Court, Marco Island on Sunday. A barge owned by Marco Marine Construction partially sank and a 17-ton capacity crane that sat on that barge fell into the water, destroying a residential dock along the way at about 4 a.m. on Sunday.
  • Contractors from Marco Marine Construction work all day Sunday to correct a sinking barge with a 17-ton capacity crane that toppled over at about 4 a.m. crashing into a residential boat dock on Sea Court. Marco Island and U.S. Coast Guard officials continue investigating the cause, as well as the amount of oil and fuel that spilled. Contractors used two 70-ton cranes, attempting to correct the seawall construction vessel and fallen crane, which blocked the canal along Amazon Court throughout the day.
  • A small boom in the middle of the night leads to the need for oil containment boom to be placed in a canal along Sea Court, Marco Island on Sunday. A barge owned by Marco Marine Construction partially sank and a 17-ton capacity crane that sat on that barge fell into the water, destroying a residential dock along the way at about 4 a.m. on Sunday.
  • A half-sunken barge spills oil and fuel in a canal on Marco Island on Aug. 15, 2010.
  • Sea Tow gets a 22-foot Seacraft upright and to the docks at Caxambas Park on Sunday after the boat nearly capsized following crashing into some rocks. The group of six Golden Gate Estates boaters were brought back to land safely by officials.
  • It was a rocky day on the waters near Marco Island on Sunday for six boaters from Golden Gate Estates when their 22-foot Sportcraft began taking on water after being slammed into some rocks. Other boaters and officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Marco Island Police Department, Collier County Sheriff's Office and Sea Tow quickly came to their aid bringing the group to safety at Caxambas Boat Park.
  • Marco Island Finance Director Patricia Bliss keeps a tally of items City Council members wish to add to the 2011 budget during a six-hour special-called meeting with department directors on Monday.
  • Joe Whitehead, candidate for Collier County School Board District 5, supports the proposed Marco Island charter middle school and discusses some logistical concerns with the bald eagle and traffic flow if built on Tract K while talking to residents at the forum hosted by the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on Wednesday night.
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  • Joe Whitehead, candidate for Collier County School Board District 5, supports the proposed Marco Island charter middle school and discusses some logistical concerns with the bald eagle and traffic flow if built on Tract K while talking to residents at the forum hosted by the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on Wednesday night.
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Collier County School Board candidate and two-term District 1 incumbent Pat Carroll speaks to Marco Island Charter Middle School dean Mark Calabrese on Wednesday night at a candidates' forum hosted by the Jewsih Congregation of Marco Island.  Carroll changed her mind about not selling school-owned Tract K and said the property should rest in the hands of City Council. 
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  • Joe Whitehead, candidate for Collier County School Board District 5, supports the proposed Marco Island charter middle school and discusses some logistical concerns with the bald eagle and traffic flow if built on Tract K while talking to residents at the forum hosted by the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on Wednesday night.

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