MUGSHOTS: Four women arrested in Punta Gorda prostitution stings
Published 05/19/2012 at 6:15 p.m.
Charlotte County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit detectives, assisted by the Street Crimes Unit, set up a sting operation at a Punta Gorda motel and made four arrests Thursday, May 17.
City of Naples warns residents of nighttime burglaries
Published 03/30/2012 at 9:24 a.m.
The City of Naples has been experiencing nighttime residential burglaries. Analysis of reported crimes show the burglaries are occurring to residences between 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM.
Deputies seek help finding Golden Gate Estates teen
Published 03/19/2012 at 7:30 a.m.
Deputies are searching for a Golden Gate Estates teenager who has been missing since early Monday morning.
MUGSHOTS: Seven men arrested in Cleveland Avenue prostitution sting
Published 02/28/2012 at 6 a.m.
Seven Southwest Florida men were arrested Friday after the Fort Myers Police Department conducted a prostitution sting along Cleveland Avenue.
Ave Maria changes football coach, athletic director
Published 01/06/2012 at 1:30 p.m.
Mr. Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University, today announced a reorganization of the athletics and conferences program areas of the University. These changes conclude a nearly year-long review by the new president in his effort to streamline operations and ...
A 28-year-old career criminal was sentenced to 15 years in prison
Published 12/14/2011 at 2:50 p.m.
A 28-year-old career criminal was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday in connection with a 2009 residential burglary in East Naples in which deputies had him in custody before the homeowner was even aware of the break-in.
Miss Florida to discuss Everglades issues with Gov. Scott and Cabinet
Published 12/06/2011 at 9 a.m.
Miss Florida 2011 Kristina Janolo will speak about restoring the Everglades during a meeting this morning with Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet.
December brings closure of snook season in Atlantic state, federal waters
Published 12/06/2011 at 8:47 a.m.
The recreational harvest of snook will close in all Atlantic coastal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, beginning Dec. 15. The season will reopen in Atlantic state and federal waters Feb. 1.
Edison State College Collier Campus opens Student Services building
Published 12/02/2011 at 12:46 p.m.
Edison State College Collier Campus students now have a one-stop location for their needs. The new, 23,700 square-foot Student Services building is open and ready.
Brutal winter ahead for Midwest, but mild and dry for Florida, AccuWeather predicts
Published 12/01/2011 at 12:50 p.m.
Expect a brutal winter for the U.S. with the worst in terms of snow and cold targeting the Midwest and interior Northwest, but expect mild, dry conditions in Florida, according to the long-range forecasting team at AccuWeather.com.
Poll: Majority of likely voters rate GOP field negatively
Published 11/30/2011 at 2:13 p.m.
Nearly 70 percent of all likely voters rate the 2012 Republican field for president negatively, with nearly half (46 percent) saying it is poor and nearly a quarter (23 percent) characterizing it as fair, according to a new IBOPE Zogby ...
Fifth Avenue South to host annual Christmas Walk, tree lighting Thursday
Published 11/28/2011 at 1:43 p.m.
Fifth Avenue South will host the 37th Annual Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Naples Chamber calls for immediate leadership change at Edison State College
Published 11/22/2011 at 1:57 p.m.
Now sadly Edison State College, according to all reports, is in a crisis that seems to have no end. We are all hurt as Edison College daily continues to be bruised
Tammy Hall to run for Connie Mack's congress seat
Published 10/27/2011 at 12:55 p.m.
Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall has officially filed to run in the Republican Primary for the now open 14th District Congressional seat being vacated by Congressman Connie Mack.
Gov. Rick Scott announces biotech firm's relocation, more jobs for Florida
Published 10/20/2011 at 1:14 p.m.
Gov. Rick Scott announced today the relocation of IRX Therapeutics Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company, to St. Petersburg from New York City by the year’s end.
Florida angler lands record flathead catfish
Published 10/19/2011 at 10:33 a.m.
Milton resident Eric Auston Jr. now holds the distinction of having landed the largest flathead catfish ever caught with a rod and reel in Florida waters.
MUGSHOTS: Five arrested in Fort Myers prostitution bust
Published 10/14/2011 at 6:10 p.m.
On Thursday, October 13, 2011 the Fort Myers Police Department’s Special Investigations Group conducted a prostitution sting on the Cleveland Avenue corridor. Undercover male officers posed as “johns” and arrested five individuals for various prostitution-related offenses:
Third quarter home sales remain strong in Naples, NABOR reports
Published 10/14/2011 at 10:40 a.m.
Real estate sales activity continues to increase with single-family home sales, and the Naples Beach area is leading the way, according to a report released Friday by the Naples Area Board of Realtors.
Can you identify? Man accused of hotel room scheme
Published 10/13/2011 at 12:53 p.m.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying a man they suspect is linked to a hotel fraud case.
Deputies search for missing North Naples woman
Published 10/08/2011 at 4:07 p.m.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a 26-year-old North Naples woman missing since Wednesday.
Gov. Rick Scott reappoints Avow Hospice nurse Lavigne Kirkpatrick to Board of Nursing
Published 10/05/2011 at 2:39 p.m.
Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday announced the appointments of Lavigne A. Kirkpatrick of Naples to the Florida Board of Nursing.
Lee deputies need help finding missing bonsai
Published 10/03/2011 at 7:38 p.m.
Lee County deputies are looking for the man who stole a $5,000 tree Sunday from the entrance of the Lee County Election Center.
Nurse accused of stealing thousands in jewelry from senior living resident
Updated 09/30/2011 at 5:49 p.m.
A 56-year-old nurse faces felony charges after deputies say she stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a resident of a North Naples senior living community.
Missing East Naples man found safe
Updated 09/24/2011 at 3:29 p.m.
Collier County sheriff's deputies are searching for an 86-year-old East Naples man who has been missing since Friday morning.
Humane Society rescues 64 dogs in regional hoarding case
Updated 09/21/2011 at 8:55 a.m.
Gulf Coast Humane Society rescued 64 dogs Tuesday afternoon from a hoarding case in Clewiston.
45-year-old Estero man reported missing
Published 09/02/2011 at 2:51 p.m.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a 45 year old man.
Sheriff Rambosk lauds community's role in GNC robbery arrest
Updated 08/26/2011 at 2:46 p.m.
Collier County Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk on Friday praised the anonymous community member who helped solve a recent robbery at a North Naples store.
MUGSHOT: Deputies shoot at driver in night club parking lot
Published 08/26/2011 at 12:23 p.m.
A Coral Springs man is facing multiple charges after deputies say he struck a car in the parking lot of a North Naples nightclub early Friday and then drove directly toward two Collier County Sheriff's Office deputies as he fled ...
Georgia man sentenced to 2 years probation for killing Florida panther
Published 08/24/2011 at 2:54 p.m.
An endangered Florida panther from Southwest Florida turned up dead in rural Georgia in 2008.
Viral honey badger video may get new footage at Naples Zoo
Published 08/19/2011 at 2:25 p.m.
Odds are if you’ve heard of a honey badger this year, it was through a You Tube video posted by Randall’s Wild Wild World of Animals. With over 14.5 million views so far, the honey badger video and Randall’s fame ...
Tugging at heartstrings: Don’t be a victim of con calls
Published 08/15/2011 at 11:19 a.m.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office fraud line recently received a dozen calls from area churches reporting phone calls they received from a man claiming to need money so he could travel north to be with his dying child.
U.S. 41 East now open after being closed because of brush fire smoke
Updated 08/03/2011 at 8:30 a.m.
U.S. 41 East is now open after being closed overnight and earlier this morning because of smoke from a brush fire in Miami-Dade County.
South Lee County man accused of selling fake Kentucky basketball tickets
Published 07/29/2011 at 2:33 p.m.
A South Fort Myers man is accused of writing bad checks to refund money given to him for University of Kentucky basketball season tickets that never existed.
Collier inmates paint jail, big savings for taxpayers
Published 07/28/2011 at 12:02 p.m.
The Collier County jail is looking brighter thanks to inmates who are sprucing up the facility and saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Health warning lifted, advisory added for Lee waters
Published 07/26/2011 at 1:39 p.m.
FORT MYERS-The Lee County Health Department’s warning not to swim, fish or allow pets and livestock to use fresh untreated open waters in Lee County has been replaced by an advisory to use caution before utilizing these water bodies.
Social Security offices to close daily at 3 p.m., effective Aug. 15
Published 07/25/2011 at 10:30 a.m.
Because of congressional budget cuts, Social Security offices in Naples, Fort Myers and Port Charlotte will reduce public hours and close at 3 p.m. daily – a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday.
June traffic numbers down at Southwest Florida International Airport
Published 07/25/2011 at 10:18 a.m.
During June, 473,332 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, a decrease of 0.7 percent compared to June 2010.
Poll: Most Americans don't plan on vacationing this summer
Published 07/21/2011 at 10:56 a.m.
Most Americans don't plan to take a vacation this summer, and those who do plan to spend less, according to a new national poll.
Spiny lobster seasons begin soon in Florida
Published 07/20/2011 at 9:48 a.m.
Recreational and commercial harvest seasons for spiny lobster in Florida are set to reopen soon.
Online romance scams heating up in Southwest Florida
Published 07/14/2011 at 12:16 p.m.
In the old Waylon Jennings song "Looking for Love," the songwriter tells a story about his attempt to find true love; only to discover that he’s been looking for love in all the wrong places. This familiar song describes the ...
St. Matthew's House food pantry in need of donations
Published 07/12/2011 at 2:02 p.m.
Without significant nonperishable food donations, St. Matthew's House will be forced to drastically scale back their assistance programs that help over 100 families weekly who cannot afford to buy groceries.
South Florida’s largest least tern colony lands on Rookery Bay Reserve sand bar
Published 06/21/2011 at 10:53 a.m.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced Monday a record number of least terns, a threatened species, nesting on an isolated sandbar near Marco Island. Each spring, migratory least terns (Sterna ...
Crash closes southbound lanes of Interstate 75 at Alico Road
Published 06/21/2011 at 8:59 a.m.
All southbound lanes of Interstate 75 are closed at Alico Road due to crash Tuesday morning, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies: Another convicted sex offender accused of soliciting sex from 14-year-old online
Published 06/20/2011 at 2:58 p.m.
A Golden Gate man was arrested and charged after he tried to solicit sex from an undercover Collier County Sheriff's Office detective who was posing as a child online.
Average gas prices in Naples fall more than 6 cents per gallon
Published 06/20/2011 at 5:59 a.m.
Gasoline prices in Naples fell more than 6 cents per gallon last week.
Dad's Day: Florida offers half-off admission at state parks Sunday and license-free fishing
Published 06/17/2011 at 12:49 p.m.
In honor of Father’s Day, the Florida Park Service will offer 50 percent off day-use admission for any group that visits a state park with their father this Sunday.
Career criminal gets 30 years for attempted robbery of undercover Collier deputy
Published 06/14/2011 at 1:42 p.m.
A man who held a gun to an undercover deputy's head during an attempted robbery in 2009 was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday, according to a news release from the Collier County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies: Convicted sex offender tried to arrange sex with 14-year-old
Updated 06/10/2011 at 6:42 p.m.
A Golden Gate man was arrested Friday afternoon after arranging online to meet an undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl.
Auto dealer bookkeeper accused of embezzling more than $375,000
Published 06/01/2011 at 11:58 a.m.
The former bookkeeper for an auto dealership in East Naples is charged with embezzling more than $375,000 from the business.
Rash of auto parts thefts reported in Collier County
Published 05/27/2011 at 3:04 p.m.
Catalytic converters have become popular targets for thieves eager to cash in on climbing metal commodity prices across the country, and Collier County is no exception.