Red Sox pitcher facing DUI charges after pursuit
Updated 03/05/2013 at 6:35 p.m.
The driver, later identified as John Drake Britton, 23, of Magnolia, Texas, continued toward Three Oaks Parkway and crossed a bridge over Interstate 75, reaching speeds of up to 111 mph, according to an arrest report.
Proposed Bonita Springs ambulance service winning some support
Published 03/04/2013 at 7:19 p.m.
At Monday's Management and Planning meeting, Commissioners John Manning and Cecil Pendergrass spoke in favor of allowing Bonita to provide its own transport services for critical patients.
Scott pitches $5 million per year to retain spring training teams
Published 02/27/2013 at 5:28 p.m.
Gov. Rick Scott is pitching a proposal to set aside $5 million a year in the state budget to help keep major-league baseball teams from fleeing the Sunshine State to Arizona.
On the road: Mobile vets bring services to clients
Published 02/20/2013 at 5:45 a.m.
In addition to responding to emergencies, they travel the community in high-tech mobile clinics targeting customers who are home bound, have difficulty driving or have timid or aggressive pets.
Lee County picks private company to run air ambulance service
Updated 02/19/2013 at 8:41 p.m.
At Tuesday's commission meeting, the board unanimously voted on allowing Air Methods to take over what was a county-run program under Medstar.
Commissioners flooded with emails opposed to impact fee moratorium
Published 02/11/2013 at 5 a.m.
Some residents are terrified the moratorium would lead to pay cuts, firefighters being fired, and dirt roads remaining unpaved.
Bonita Springs fire officials take another shot at providing ambulance services
Published 02/04/2013 at 5 a.m.
Senior staff that initially balked at the idea are now on board with that request, Commissioner John Manning said.
FAA declines to fine Lee County for improper Medstar billing
Updated 01/25/2013 at 6:23 p.m.
The Federal Aviation Administration is exonerating Lee County for improperly billing patients more than $3 million without having federally a mandated certification for its Medstar air ambulance program, according to an FAA letter.
Mother 'numb' after daughter's body discovered in Bonita Springs
Updated 01/22/2013 at 7:04 p.m.
Were numb. I dont know what to say because I dont know whats happened myself, said Denise Miller, the mother of Darla Miller, 22, whose body was found near a trailer Saturday at 27966 Oakland Drive in Bonita Springs.
Former Lee County commissioner arrested on cocaine charges
Updated 01/18/2013 at 7:42 p.m. 1 Comment
Former Lee County Commissioner Brian Bigelow had 11 small bags of cocaine on him when he was arrested Friday morning, according to arrest reports.
Kottkamp departure from VR Labs raises concerns for Lee commissioners
Updated 01/17/2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp has left his position as CEO of a health drink company that so far isn't fulfilling commitments to create jobs after taking a $5 million grant from Lee County.
At least three Lee commissioners leaning toward impact fee moratorium
Published 01/15/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
I am certain folks will want to do this, Commissioner John Manning said. I am optimistic, but we will go through the necessary steps and hopefully we can reach a conclusion in 30 days.
Lee commissioners to discuss temporary impact fee moratorium
Published 01/13/2013 at 5:15 a.m.
The proposal, spearheaded by Commissioner John Manning, is intended to spur new growth. Impact fees are imposed on new construction and used for new development in schools, roads, parks and emergency services.
Man killed after shootout with Lee deputies
Updated 01/04/2013 at 6:20 p.m.
Lee County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a 21-year-old man early Friday after a shootout in south Lee.
Saving Face: Local agency helps companies manage online reputations
Published 12/28/2012 at 6:25 p.m.
The first step is to make sure the client is addressing the negative comments, Begg said. Then its about letting people know the good things they do. The goal is to make those negative comments be furthe
Santa, helpers, toss candy canes to Golden Gate kids during annual warm-up act
Published 12/24/2012 at 2:23 p.m.
As kids in neighborhoods spotted the fire truck, they ran behind it screaming and grinning. Parents came out to catch a glimpse. Like I always say, Zimmerman said. Youre never too old to believe.
Lee cops go shopping with student winners of holiday-themed essay contest
Published 12/21/2012 at 6:38 p.m.
The project is a holiday community outreach effort aimed at helping local children get to know local law enforcement. I want kids today ... to feel comfortable with police, that were here to help them, said Sgt. Brian Przespolewski.
Shakedown artists: Jail team specializes in finding illicit contraband
Published 12/21/2012 at 5 a.m.
Six correction officers tear apart mattresses, dig through drawers, turn over tables, fish through hollowed-out table legs and scour shower partitions. Not even toilet paper rolls are safe from suspicion. They are looking for contraband.
Gun store owners report spike in sales after Conn. killings
Published 12/18/2012 at 8:15 p.m. 2 Comments
The phone is ringing off the hook. People are buying guns before theyre even out of the boxes, said Craig Wendel, an employee at Centennial Arms, an East Naples gun shop on Airport-Pulling Road.
Trailblazer: Female deputy continues to climb Lee sheriff ranks
Published 12/17/2012 at 5:05 a.m.
Kathy Rairden's promotion from captain to major on Nov. 11, made her the first female in Lee Countys 125 year history to earn that rank. Ive definitely gone a lot father that I thought I would when I first started, ...
Naples area seeing all-organic business boom
Published 12/14/2012 at 11:58 p.m.
In America, people are developing diabetes, disease in older people, childhood obesity," said Jason Chang of Truly Organic Pizza. "Thats all gotta be a reflection of what were putting in our bodies on a regular basis.
Lee County commissioners discuss plan to find new county manager
Published 12/11/2012 at 11:55 a.m.
At the last Lee County Commission meeting of the year, the board worked on developing a timeline for hiring a new county manager.
Medstar audit confirms violations, 'toxic' morale issues
Published 12/07/2012 at 3:01 p.m.
An audit of the Lee County MedStar program released on Friday only confirmed a mismanaged public safety department with a “toxic” morale issue.
Man sues Sheriff's Office; claims he was falsely arrested and endured gay taunts
Published 12/02/2012 at 5:30 a.m. 1 Comment
While in the holding cell Jeffrey Caccamise, 59, was not only denied toilet paper but the guards sang Follow the Yellow Brick Road,which references the slang term for a gay man, a friend of Dorothy, the lawsuit said.
Man arrested in Texas traffic stop linked to Naples jewelry heist by DNA
Published 11/28/2012 at 7:34 p.m.
Jose Cabezudo-Gomez was one of at least five men associated with the armed robbery outside Thalheimers Jewelers in Naples, authorities said. He was also linked to an armed robbery of a jewelry salesman in Palo Alto, Calif.
Lee County poll workers getting extra cash
Updated 11/28/2012 at 6:15 p.m.
Poll workers in Lee County are getting a little extra hardship pay.
Medstar to be turned over to private company
Published 11/20/2012 at 1:52 p.m.
In their first move as Lee County Commissioners, Cecil Pendergrass and Larry Kiker joined Commissioners John Manning, Frank Mann and Tammy Hall in unanimously agreeing to relinquish some control over Medstar to a private company.
Gun sales, background checks soar after President Obama's reelection
Published 11/20/2012 at 5:40 a.m. 1 Comment
Both the sales surge in late 2008 and post-2012 election were the result of fears that the president would seek, and Congress would pass, new restrictions on certain types of semi-automatic firearms, Dunn said.
Bigelow says drug allegations 'simply not true,' releases statement
Published 11/08/2012 at 9:34 p.m.
Lee County Commissioner Brian Bigelow released a one-page personal statement Friday morning in response to the citation he was issued.
Election 2012: Republicans win big in Lee Commission races
Updated 11/06/2012 at 9:48 p.m.
Republicans swept the Lee County commission races, leaving their non-party affiliated and write-in opponents in the dust.
Lee County commissioners approve 30-year lease with Twins
Updated 11/07/2012 at 6:49 p.m.
Lee County commissioners approved a new lease Tuesday with the Minnesota Twins, keeping the team's spring training in Fort Myers for 30 more years.
Lee County Manager Karen Hawes resigns
Published 10/23/2012 at 11:05 a.m.
Karen Hawes left her seat in Lee County commission chambers moments after the board agreed 4-1 Tuesday to accept her resignation as county manager.
Lee manager prepares possible exit from county government
Updated 10/22/2012 at 7:15 p.m.
Hawes spent Monday briefly meeting with commissioners, although Commissioners Brian Bigelow and Tammy Hall were absent. Deputy County Attorney Andrea Fraser and John Turner, also a county attorney, sat in the meetings. “It wasn’t easy,” Manning said. “I’ve known Karen ...
Music stops on Naples-based Senior Prom reality TV show; producer faces legal problems
Published 10/22/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
A series of financial and logistical missteps since rehearsals and shooting began in July has left the cast of "Senior Prom" in limbo, with at least one backing out of the show.
Sheriff’s Office investigating deputy-involved shooting of man with fake gun
Published 10/19/2012 at 9:11 p.m.
Witnesses said the shots came from a Collier County sheriff’s deputy who fired three to seven times at Duane Alan Gregory, 49, just before 9 a.m. as Gregory held a gun to his own head outside the 7-Eleven at Estey ...
New Metro Parkway Extension set to open Sunday
Published 10/18/2012 at 12:55 p.m.
Drivers get ready, the new Metro Parkway Extension opens to traffic on Sunday.
Lee County commissioners turn to employee expectations after poor evaluations
Published 10/16/2012 at 12:21 p.m.
With the county manager controlling her own departure instead of being considered for termination and a slew of staffer resignations, Lee County Commissioners turned Tuesday to employee expectations.
PrinterNet Cafe offers business center, conference room and Italian home cooking
Published 10/16/2012 at 5 a.m.
In my community I have a lot of friends that work out of their car, truck or home, and a lot of them dont like having customers to their house, Peterocelli said. They said, I wish there was a place ...
Lee commissioner calls for county manager's resignation
Updated 10/09/2012 at 7:01 p.m.
Citing inadequate leadership in the wake of the recent meltdown of the county’s Medstar air ambulance program, Commissioner Frank Mann said County Manager Karen Hawes either failed to properly oversee the program or was part of a cover-up.
Attorney: Lee County manager had authority to shutdown Medstar
Updated 10/08/2012 at 6:32 p.m.
The Lee County Manager didn't violate the county charter when she grounded Medstar in August, the county attorney said.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers receiving more tips via social media
Published 10/05/2012 at 10:01 p.m.
Authorities have made 22 arrests utilizing social media tips since Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers began employing the technology early this year, program coordinator Trish Routte said.
Naples entrepreneurs connecting parents, teachers with new software
Published 09/17/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
The software allows teachers to create a profile for each student, which parents can access with a secure password. It sends real-time updates to parents on their smart-devices, and if necessary translates t into one of 50 languages.
Lee County manager admits she knew about Medstar violations
Updated 09/11/2012 at 6:07 p.m.
The Lee County manager admitted Tuesday she knew about the Medstar safety violations and the improper billing of more than $3 million before the operation was shutdown.
Chilling out: Longtime customers swap memories as A-frame Dairy Queen closes
Published 09/03/2012 at 7:40 p.m.
As the community said goodbye Monday to the 1950s-era Naples landmark, people swapped stories of first dates, first solo bike rides to get ice cream, and of course, the convenience of leaving the beach to get a quick cup of ...
Nats still interested in relocating spring home to Fort Myers; Can county afford them?
Updated 09/04/2012 at 4:15 p.m.
County Manager Karen Hawes and Assistant County Manager of Public Works Doug Meurer traveled to Washington D.C. This week to meet with the Major League Baseball team's executives in person today.
Documents: Deputies interviewed murder suspect before killing
Updated 08/24/2012 at 9:04 p.m.
The new documents show that a Lee County paramedic alerted law enforcement to Thomas after responding to a potential cocaine overdose, transporting Thomas to Lee Memorial Hospital and getting a "general uneasy feeling" about him.
Isaac may be nothing compared to expected social media storm
Published 08/24/2012 at 5 a.m.
Isaac is going viral. As the expected hurricane nears Southwest Florida, it's also causing a social storm as smartphone users prepare to use Facebook, Twitter and other methods to tell the world about it.
Dance delayed: Will 'Senior Prom' reality show go on?
Published 08/17/2012 at 5:15 a.m.
The need to reschedule Debbie Reynolds’ appearance is but one of several missteps that have caused the show’s production to stumble. “Senior Prom” has endured disputes with its film crew, a theatrical labor union has issued a “no work” advisory ...
Collaboration overshadows rivalries in local hip hop scene
Published 08/06/2012 at 6:10 a.m.
Squeezing between a bed, a computer desk and a couch are seven members of the hip-hop group Hygher Level.
Local women breaking trend of male-dominate hip hop culture
Published 08/06/2012 at 6:05 a.m.
With nearly 5,000 views on YouTube, rapper Kim Cartelle's lesbian-themed music video is breaking down boundaries in a male-dominated industry.In her "Ballin' Remix" video, the power character is a woman.