About RYAN MILLS
Due to an overall lack of talent, Ryan never achieved his lifelong goal of playing second base for the Minnesota Twins.
Some would say that Ryan displays that same overall lack of talent in his current job as the cops and crime reporter for the Naples Daily News, where he was hired, for reasons that remain unclear, in May 2006. If there is a significant crime story in Naples or Collier County, there is a good chance you’ll find Ryan at the scene badgering bystanders, and bugging the cops.
If for some reason you wanted to introduce yourself, he’s probably the guy wearing the shirt and tie with a satchel over his shoulder. Ryan thinks the satchel makes him look like Indiana Jones, but the difference, of course, is that Indiana Jones looked cool.
Ryan graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in marketing communications and art from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, which is well-known as the Harvard of the Wisconsin state schools (at least in River Falls it is). UWRF is also known as Moo-U, because of its agricultural programs and dating prospects.
After a few years of cubicle life while working in marketing for a large electronics retailer, Ryan chose to pursue a career in the lucrative field of journalism. After a year selling ads for a weekly newspaper in a Twin Cities’ suburb, Ryan headed south for the University of Miami, where he earned a graduate degree in journalism.
In addition to the Naples Daily News, over his six-year journalism career Ryan has written for the Miami Herald, the Panama City News Herald and the Birmingham News.
When he’s not working, Ryan enjoys sampling micro-brews, reading books on history and politics, playing softball, going to the beach, watching the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays on television, and doing other things that exceedingly untalented people do.
And so as not to get himself in any trouble, Ryan also likes spending time with his lovely fiancee, Megan.
If you know of a good cops, crime or public safety story, Ryan would appreciate it if you’d send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (239) 263-4784. It beats having to dig up stories on his own.
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EXCLUSIVE: Boat crash survivor finds peace through fitness
Published 04/16/2014 at 8:15 p.m.
It clicked one day a few years back when Jennifer Molter saw a picture of herself: she looked heavy — not huge, but not healthy and not good.
Animal abuse suspect grabs suitcase, speeds off
Published 04/05/2014 at 8:24 p.m.
Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said Adam Redford was producing similar animal snuff videos in Estero; films Scott described as “Bizarre. Really weird.”
Nine Collier, Lee Winn-Dixies open in former Sweetbay stores
Published 03/28/2014 at 2:55 p.m.
Winn-Dixie continued to re-up its game in Southwest Florida on Friday when nine former Lee and Collier county Sweetbays reopened under the Winn-Dixie name. The Sweetbay stores closed last weekend.
Police: Former NFL running back Javarris James had pot in car, admitted smoking
Updated 03/25/2014 at 1:41 p.m.
Former NFL running back and Immokalee star Javarris James was arrested by Collier County sheriff’s deputies on Monday on a warrant out of Hillsborough County.
Dude, where's my car? Naples police investigating theft of $71K Mercedes
Updated 03/12/2014 at 4:50 p.m.
The thief, using an apparently stolen identity and a $71,495.85 loan from SunTrust Bank, purchased a black 2011 Mercedes E63 four-door from the dealership via an internet/phone transaction last July, according to a police report.
Toddler killed by uncle backing out of Bonita Springs driveway
Updated 03/08/2014 at 8:52 p.m.
Saturday turned into a day of mourning for a Bonita Springs family after authorities and friends say Juan De Rios Zavala-Zamarripa accidently backed into his 20-month-old niece with a pickup, killing her.
Holocaust survivor, Naples educator and author Abe Price dies
Updated 02/27/2014 at 1:35 p.m.
When he was 16, Nazi’s occupied Abe Price’s hometown of Kielce, Poland. Price died on Tuesday of a suspected aortic aneurysm, said his son, Dr. Herb Price. He was 91. “He was passionate about sharing with people and teaching them ...
Former PGA Championship winner Hal Sutton suffers heart attack, withdraws from ACE Classic
Updated 02/15/2014 at 9:06 p.m.
“I had blockage in my heart, so yeah it was a heart attack,” Sutton said when reached at the hospital. “They put a stent in and I’m fine now.”
Two-week system flush to blame for funky tasting water in Collier
Updated 02/14/2014 at 3:43 p.m.
Collier County utilities customers may have noticed something, well, funky about their water this week. The Collier water department is in the middle of an annual free chlorine flush of the county’s water distribution system.
A pair of matching bookends: Cousins born 7 minutes apart at North Naples center
Published 02/09/2014 at 8 a.m.
"I just think that the moment is going to forever connect the two of them, and that they're always going to share that by having the same birthday and having the same last name," Tim Biswurm said. "It will just ...
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