Photos by MATT CLARK

  • Some of the more than 15,000 toys collected by the Collier County Toys for Tots Campaign to be distributed to needy children Dec. 18, 2010. In all, 4,000 boys and girls were each registered to receive 3 toys and stocking stuffers.
  • From left, Collier County Toys for Tots Campaign volunteers Susan Johnston, Marian Bray, Pat Abdo and Erika Kemp play with a Sing-A-Ma-Jig toy donated for the campaign. In all, the volunteers sorted more than 15,000 toys donated for 4,000 boys and girls of all ages.
  • Volunteers sort a truckload of toys donated at Oakridge Middle School in Naples for the Collier County Toys for Tots Campaign. In all, more than 15,000 donated toys were slated to be given to 4,000 boys and girls of all ages on Dec. 18, 2010.
  • Some of the more than 400 bicycles collected by the Collier County Toys for Tots campaign to be distributed to area needy children Dec. 18, 2010. In all, the campaign collected more than 15,000 toys for 4,000 boys and girls of all ages.
  • Dozens line up for the Collier County Toys for Tots campaign gift giving Dec. 17, 2010 on the grounds of a former Devoe Automotive dealership at 2601 Airport Road in Naples. The campaign collected more than 15,000 toys, including 400 bicycles, for 4,000 children registered to receive them. Some arrived more than 24 hours before the doors opened.
  • Dozens line up for the Collier County Toys for Tots campaign gift giving Dec. 17, 2010 on the grounds of a former Devoe Automotive dealership at 2601 Airport Road in Naples. The campaign collected more than 15,000 toys, including 400 bicycles, for 4,000 children registered to receive them. Some arrived more than 24 hours before the doors opened.
  • Volunteers sort a truckload of toys donated at Oakridge Middle School in Naples for the Collier County Toys for Tots Campaign. In all, more than 15,000 donated toys were slated to be given to 4,000 boys and girls of all ages on Dec. 18, 2010.
  • Some of the more than 15,000 toys collected by the Collier County Toys for Tots Campaign to be distributed to needy children Dec. 18, 2010. In all, 4,000 boys and girls were each registered to receive 3 toys and stocking stuffers.
  • Volunteers sort a truckload of toys donated at Oakridge Middle School in Naples for the Collier County Toys for Tots Campaign. In all, more than 15,000 donated toys were slated to be given to 4,000 boys and girls of all ages on Dec. 18, 2010.
  • Collier County Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinator Joe Johnston, right, and Veteran Marine John Marsh show off some 400 bicycles to be distributed to area needy children Dec. 18, 2010. In all, the campaign collected more than 15,000 toys for 4,000 boys and girls of all ages.
  • From right, Theologian, Author and Ave Maria University Professor Michael Waldstein, Jackson Labs Vice President for Advancement and External Relations Mike Hyde, and Barron Collier Companies President of Real Estate and Minerals Blake Gable take questions during a forum on the proposed Jackson Laboratory genetics research facility in Eastern Collier County during a forum Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 at The Bean at Ave Maria Coffee Shop. Roughly 100 attended the about three hour event.
  • From left, Theologian, Author and Ave Maria University Professor Michael Waldstein, Jackson Lab Vice President for Advancement and External Relations Mike Hyde, and Barron Collier Companies President of Real Estate and Minerals Blake Gable take questions during a forum on the proposed Jackson Laboratory genetics research facility in Eastern Collier County during a forum Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at The Bean at Ave Maria Coffee Shop. Roughly 100 attended the about three-hour event.
  • Notepads - SKU 268671; State's cost: $15.07; State purchased: 160; 2009 catalog price: $7.99; Purchased today for: $8.49
  • Pens - SKU 664409; State's cost: $7.31; State purchased: 233; 2009 catalog price: $6.19; Purchased today for: $2.72
  • Batteries - SKU 909403; State's cost: $6.05; State purchased: 266; 2009 catalog price: $3.99; Purchased today for: $3.99
  • Envelopes - SKU 330902; State's cost: $19.62; State purchased: 88; 2009 catalog price: $14.69; Purchased today for: $18.99
  • Following the shots fired, deputies performed a felony traffic stop on a Cadillac Escalade at a gas station near the intersection of County Road 846 and East Main Street soon after. Collier deputies shut down County Road 846 eastbound as they searched the area between the club and where the Escalade was pulled over. No additional information on whether anyone was arrested was available Sunday night.
  • A crowd waits for former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney to arrive at the Naples Barne's & Noble Tuesday evening.  Matt Clark/Staff
  • Nearing the border of Haiti in the Dominican Republic, trucks lined up to go into Haiti. Matt Clark / Staff
  • Julio Osegueda, 19, got a gig as color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Zach Spear, 23, during the Fort Myers Miracle Game at Hammond Stadium, April 10, 2009. The Miracle won 7-1. Osegueda scored the hook-up after gaining nationwide attention for the enthusiasm he displayed during a town hall meeting President Barack Obama held in February.
  • Julio Osegueda, 19, got a gig as color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Zach Spear, 23, during the Fort Myers Miracle Game at Hammond Stadium, April 10, 2009. The Miracle won 7-1. Osegueda scored the hook-up after gaining nationwide attention for the enthusiasm he displayed during a town hall meeting President Barack Obama held in February.
  • Julio Osegueda, 19, got a gig as color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Zach Spear, 23, during the Fort Myers Miracle Game at Hammond Stadium, April 10, 2009. The Miracle won 7-1. Osegueda scored the hook-up after gaining nationwide attention for the enthusiasm he displayed during a town hall meeting President Barack Obama held in February.
  • Julio Osegueda, 19, got a gig as color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Zach Spear, 23, during the Fort Myers Miracle Game at Hammond Stadium, April 10, 2009. The Miracle won 7-1. Osegueda scored the hook-up after gaining nationwide attention for the enthusiasm he displayed during a town hall meeting President Barack Obama held in February.
  • This Bonita Springs home, at 26726 Token Court, holds the current title for largest total in  outstanding code enforcement fines. The property's owners, listed as Jody  Skinner and Tammy Ortengren of 1034 Capri Drive in Naples, have been told to  clean the property up or pay fines totaling $443,322.94 to Bonita. The Lee  County property appraiser places the value of the building and lot at $92,160.  Foreclosure proceedings on the property began in June and are  ongoing.
  • This is an example of what Lee County School District support personnel employees' salaries might look like if an agreement passed by the district's contract negotiation team is approved by the school board. This table was prepared by adding 3 percent to the salary schedule from the support employees' current contract.
  • This is an example of what Lee County School District teachers' salaries might look like if an agreement passed by the district's contract negotiation team is approved by the school board. This table was prepared by adding 3 percent to the salary schedule from the teacher's current contract.
  • The scene of a fatal car accident Saturday afternoon in Bonita Springs at the intersection of Bonita Beach Road and Arroyal Road.
  • Bonita Springs Fire Rescue officials work to remove the roof of a car in order to remove the body of a fatal crash victim. The crash occurred Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Bonita Beach Road and Arroyal Road.
  • Bonita Springs Fire Rescue officials work to remove the roof of a car in order to remove the body of a fatal crash victim. The crash occurred Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Bonita Beach Road and Arroyal Road.
  • Officials from Bonita Springs Fire Rescue and the Florida Highway Patrol on the scene of a fatal crash Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Bonita Beach Road and Arroyal Road.
  • Officials from Bonita Springs Fire Rescue and the Florida Highway Patrol on the scene of a fatal crash Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Bonita Beach Road and Arroyal Road.
  • Southwest Florida supporters of Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama disembark the bus they took from North Fort Myers to Tampa on Wednesday morning. Obama held his first Florida rally in over a year at the St. Pete Times Forum and 92 local supporters took the two hour bus ride for a chance to see him speak.
  • Bus expedition organizer Laura Griffin exits a bus outside of St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa on Wednesday afternoon. Griffin and 91 other Southwest Floridians traveled two hours to Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama's first Florida rally in over a year.
  • Bus expedition organizers Laura Griffin and Steve Sherman sit at the front of Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama supporters on their way to a rally in Tampa on early Wednesday afternoon. The rally, which was held at the St. Pete Times Forum, was the first time Obama had been to Florida in over a year. Griffin and Sherman joined 90 other Southwest Floridians in the two mile journey to the rally.
  • Event organizer Steve Sherman, left,  of Fort Myers,  prepares to place a  sign supporting Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama against the bus he and 91 other Southwest Floridians took to Obama's Wednesday afternoon rally in Tampa. The rally held at the St. Pete Times Forum was Obama's first visit to Florida in over a year. An Obama supporter, middle, revs her engines for the two hour trip while the bus operator makes final preparations for departure around 7:45 a.m.
  • Bonita Springs Elementary fourth-grader Sofia Mucha, 10, is given a hug by her teacher, Jamie Robinson, in the school's main office after telling her mother, Alaina Mucha, 33, left, that she got a perfect score on her Writing+ Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Her mother broke into tears after hearing the news. Also pictured is Sofia's brother, Sal Mucha, 4.
  • Gregg Cross was driving last week for a late dinner, his wife Sandra by his side, when he was involved in an unusual accident that totaled his 2001 Honda Civic.
  • Arizona Pizza Kitchen Team Member Jessica Brown signs the dodge ball adorning a trophy her first-place team won in a hospitality restaurant dodge ball tournament held Sunday afternoon at the Estero Recreation Center.
  • Members of Estero's Arizona Pizza Kitchen Dodge Ball Team pose with the trophy they won for taking first place in a tournament held Sunday morning at the Estero Recreation Center. Team members said they practiced for a month and a half before the tournament, which was organized by Bonita Middle School Physical Education Instructor Gregg Cross.
  • Members of Estero's Arizona Pizza Kitchen Dodge Ball Team pose with the trophy they won for taking first place in a tournament held Sunday morning at the Estero Recreation Center. Team members said they practiced for a month and a half before the tournament, which was organized by Bonita Middle School Physical Education Instructor Gregg Cross.
  • Firefighters exit an ambulance where an accident victim was receiving medical attention Wednesday afternoon. The person was put in the ambulance for transport as a precautionary measure, a Lee County Sheriff's official said. The accident, which appeared to be a head-on collision, occurred at the intersection of Strike Lane and Old 41 Road in Bonita.
  • A Chevrolet Impala damaged from an accident at the intersection of Strike Lane and Old 41 Road sits, while three accident victims fill out statements and comfort each other nearby. The accident occurred Wednesday afternoon.
  • Roberto Aguilar, 22, sent his Ford Focus flying over an embankment and into a sludge-filled ditch on Christmas day. The accident occurred around noon about 14 miles east of Interstate 75 on Corkscrew Road near the Old Corkscrew Plantation.
  • Roberto Aguilar, 22, sent his Ford Focus flying over an embankment and into a sludge-filled ditch on Christmas day. The accident occurred around noon about 14 miles east of Interstate 75 on Corkscrew Road near the Old Corkscrew Plantation.
  • Roberto Aguilar, 22, sent his Ford Focus flying over an embankment and into a sludge-filled ditch on Christmas day. The accident occurred around noon about 14 miles east of Interstate 75 on Corkscrew Road near the Old Corkscrew Plantation.
  • Roberto Aguilar, 22, sent his Ford Focus flying over an embankment and into a sludge-filled ditch on Christmas day. The accident occurred around noon about 14 miles east of Interstate 75 on Corkscrew Road near the Old Corkscrew Plantation.
  • Tony Beougher pauses after placing a rose on the coffin of Daniel Beougher, his brother. Staff Sgt. Daniel Beougher was a three-tour, War on Terror veteran and was killed in a hit-and-run, head-on collision in North Fort Myers last Saturday while driving home on leave to visit friends and family.
  • The family of Daniel Beougher mourns his death. With roses from left to right are sister-in-law Ashlee Beougher, brother Tony Beougher, mother Gidget Beougher, brother Andy Beougher and brother Billy Beougher. Staff Sgt. Daniel Beougher was a three-tour, War on Terror veteran and was killed in a hit-and-run, head-on collision in North Fort Myers last Saturday while driving home on leave to visit friends and family.
  • The mother of Lauren Beougher, Lynne Witmer, clasps the flag from the coffin of her daughter's husband, Daniel Beougher. Staff Sgt. Beougher was a three-tour, War on Terror veteran and was killed in a hit-and-run, head-on collision in North Fort Myers last Saturday while driving home to visit friends and family. Lauren Beougher was severely injured in the crash and was under doctors orders not to attend the funeral while she is recovering.

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