Debate rages over hip hop's correlation with crime
Published 08/06/2012 at 6:01 a.m.
A bouncer was stabbed twice as he ushered fans out of a Plies concert in 2009 in Fort Myers.As a result, some city officials unsuccessfully attempted to ban hip hop concerts from the Harborside Events Center and other Fort Myers ...
SPECIAL REPORT: Local hip hop artists fueled by desire to make it
Published 08/06/2012 at 6 a.m.
Unlike the Philharmonic orchestra or the singer-songwriter hotel acts, hip hop is an obscure local culture populated by people with monikers such as Klynn, Big Goon and Gutta Slim.
Lee County still working to lure Nationals for spring training
Published 08/06/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Lee County has extended negotiations with the Washington Nationals in hopes of luring the Major League Baseball team to Southwest Florida for spring training.
Not Chick-fil-A to take a stand: Supporters create feeding frenzy
Published 08/02/2012 at 5:41 a.m.
Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day created a feeding frenzy resembling a free-food giveaway.
Stadium naming rights can mean millions to spring training teams, communities
Published 07/28/2012 at 5 p.m.
The naming rights to a stadium can be a strong source of revenue for both the team and the county. Of the 15 teams in the Grapefruit League, only two the Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies control ...
Local vets outraged by ruling allowing lies about military accolades
Published 07/13/2012 at 5:20 a.m.
It may be abominable, but lying about military accolades and achievements is no longer illegal.
Player dorms, naming rights points of contention in Twins stadium negotiations
Updated 07/12/2012 at 7:28 p.m.
I adamantly oppose dorms on the site, Commissioner Ray Judah said, for the simple reason that the tourist industry funds the upgrades to the complex and we in no way want to undercut the tourism industry."
Falling gas prices mean more travelers on July 4th holiday
Published 07/03/2012 at 7 a.m.
Average retail gasoline prices in Naples fell more than 9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.24 per gallon Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.6 cents per gallon in
A step too far? Jabs between commissioners sometimes seem vindictive
Published 07/02/2012 at 5 a.m.
In a recent Lee County Commission meeting last week, Commissioner Ray Judah referred to Commissioner Brian Bigelow as the Prince of Darkness. Judah later defended the comment.
Rash of gators found dead along Immokalee Road
Updated 06/22/2012 at 6:44 p.m.
Despite the rains, Southwest Florida is experiencing a drought and wildlife officials said thats putting alligators on the hunt for a new habitat.
Lee County agrees to conditional 30-year lease with Minnesota Twins
Updated 06/19/2012 at 7:55 p.m.
Lee County Commissioners voted Tuesday 4 -1 with Commissioner Brian Bigelow dissenting to sign the 30-year conditional lease with the Minnesota Twins.
Police: Sex offender kidnapped, raped Naples massage employee at gunpoint
Updated 06/14/2012 at 7:43 p.m.
A 30-year-old registered sex offender is accused of a walking into a Naples massage business on Monday, raping a woman at gunpoint and leaving her naked in the downtown area.
New BP claims office opened in North Naples
Updated 06/08/2012 at 6:08 p.m.
The office is opened to help individuals and businesses who were either part of a class action lawsuit but opted out of the settlement, or were impacted by the spill but were not part of the lawsuit.
Scott: Pay increases unlikely for Sheriff's Office employees next year
Published 06/06/2012 at 5 a.m.
Lee County Sheriff Mike Scotts $139 million proposed budget for next year doesnt include merit pay or cost of living increases. But there is still a chance Sheriffs Office employees could see a bump in pa
Final frontier: Naples man's ashes launched into space aboard SpaceX rocket
Published 05/24/2012 at 12:01 p.m.
Early Tuesday — about six years after his death in a motorcycle crash — Bruce Thalheimer's lifelong wish was fulfilled when some of his ashes were launched into the cosmos aboard the SpaceX company's Falcon 9 rocket.
Southwest Florida slogs through day without Starbucks fix
Updated 05/23/2012 at 5:13 p.m.
No water. No coffee. No service. Maintenance on a water filtration system in Starbucks stores temporarily closed nearly all Starbucks locations in the Naples area on Wednesday.
Residents to vote on introducing slot machines at Bonita greyhound track
Updated 05/22/2012 at 9:03 p.m.
Lee County commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday, with Commissioner Frank Mann dissenting, to allow the the issue of slot machines to go to referendum and get on the November ballot.
Disco queen, North Naples resident Donna Summer dies at 63
Updated 05/17/2012 at 6:04 p.m.
Donna Summer — the Queen of Disco — died this morning after a battle with cancer. She was 63.
Lee commissioner to resign in November
Published 05/15/2012 at 3:19 p.m.
Lee County Commissioner Brian Bigelow submitted revised documents to the Lee County Supervisor of Elections Tuesday that he will resign from his District 2 commission seat in November when another commissioner is elected.
Remains found in Bonita identified as missing waiter
Published 05/15/2012 at 2:16 p.m.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office say the remains found in Bonita Springs last week are those of a waiter who disappeared months ago.
40 non-citizens in Collier and Lee registered to vote, state says
Published 05/11/2012 at 7:30 a.m. 3 Comments
As part of a statewide crackdown on illegal voters, the Department of State announced Wednesday there are 2,600 people in the process of being removed from the voter rolls across Florida. That includes 27 people in Collier and 13 in ...
MLB: Lee County seeks grant for Twins spring training site, to extend lease
Updated 05/01/2012 at 4:33 p.m.
The Minnesota Twins are being asked to extend their lease with Lee County so the county can qualify for a $15 million grant from the state to make improvements on the Major League Baseball team’s spring training facility.
Gas prices lower than they were year ago, expected to stabilize, experts say
Published 04/30/2012 at 5:30 p.m.
The early morning call from the Petro Tollgate Shell’s owner made Ken Powers smile: He told Powers he could lower prices at the pump.
Struggle to survive: Single mom in battle with advanced breast cancer, unpaid bills
Published 04/07/2012 at 6 p.m. 1 Comment
Susan Alderman, 40, was diagnosed in November but couldn't start treatment for a month. Financial instability and a lack of insurance meant the South Fort Myers mom had to make choices — pay rent or receive treatment. There aren't countywide ...
Lee County tax collector dies, remembered as innovator
Published 04/04/2012 at 6 p.m.
She was remembered as someone who put customer service first, her colleagues said.
Attorney: Plea deal in the works for teen accused of killing parents
Updated 03/21/2012 at 8:58 p.m.
Alex Crain’s attorney, Brian Bieber, filed a stipulation with Collier Circuit Judge Fred Hardt yesterday containing confidential medical evaluations that were previously performed on Crain, along with a report from a probation officer regarding the 15-year-old’s background.
Lee County agrees to pursue Nationals for spring training
Published 03/20/2012 at 10:09 a.m.
Lee County Commissioners unanimously voted to enter into negotiations with the Washington Nationals for use of the City of Palms park in Fort Myers for spring training.
Bonita man faces DUI manslaughter charge after fatal crash
Updated 03/13/2012 at 9:24 p.m.
Michael Thomas Jucksch, 21, turned himself in to the Fort Myers Police Department today after a warrant was issued for his arrest earlier this month on the charge of DUI manslaughter, according to a Florida Highway Patrol release.
Water rage: Airboat captain rams competing boat, attacks captain, deputies say
Updated 02/29/2012 at 8:40 p.m. 1 Comment
Passengers on an airboat tour caught more than alligators on video. They witnessed a boat captain ramming his boat into another filled with passengers and starting a fight with a competing captain, deputies say.
Estates man crushed, killed while working on car in driveway
Updated 02/22/2012 at 9:36 p.m.
A Golden Gate man was killed in his driveway Wednesday night after his car fell on him while he was working on it. Eulacio Gilberto Cruz Nosti, 39, of 2192 44th Street Southwest, was underneath his white Mercedez-Benz E350 when ...
4 Pennsylvania residents killed in Wednesday afternoon crash near Everglades City
Published 02/08/2012 at 11:52 p.m.
A Ford Taurus was driving north on State Road 29, leaving Everglades City, when it drove through the intersection with U.S. 41 East without stopping for the flashing red light
4 killed in U.S. 41 crash near Everglades City
Updated 02/08/2012 at 10:22 p.m. 1 Comment
Four people were killed in a two vehicle crash on U.S. 41 East this afternoon, according to authorities.
Nationals treasure Lee County as potential spring training home
Published 02/07/2012 at 6 p.m.
The Washington Nationals have their eye on Lee County’s City of Palms park.
Nelson to continue as Bonita mayor; Simmons joins council
Updated 01/31/2012 at 10:10 p.m.
Incumbent Bonita Springs Mayor Ben Nelson will keep his title, at least for another four years. And the Bonita Springs City Council is getting a fresh perspective as Peter Simmons won his seat as District 4 councilman on Tuesday.
Lee County to put slot machines to a vote
Published 01/24/2012 at 12:45 p.m.
Lee County voters may decide whether to install slot machines at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track. County commissioners voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to let the people weigh in the decision for slot machines being installed that the greyhound race ...
Federal rule means Collier starts early voting today, five days before Lee
Published 01/15/2012 at 4:30 p.m.
By order of a federal agency, early voting must begin in Collier County today, Jan. 16, when most government office buildings are closed. However, in Lee County, early voting for the presidential preference primary and Bonita Springs City Council election ...
Local man reunited with lost kitty, Waylon, found 2,000 miles away
Published 01/04/2012 at 11:51 a.m.
Even though Daniel Johns’ adventurous cat Waylon was grumbling in his cage at the Denver, Colo. airport, Johns couldn’t help but smile.
2011 not a record year for homicides in Collier, but it was a brutal one
Published 12/31/2011 at 3:30 p.m.
For the second year in a row, the homicide rate declined in Collier County. But the stories behind many of the homicides elevated them to startling, even gruesome. In some cases, the deaths remain unsolved.
Year passes, three Collier juveniles accused in killings still await their fate
Published 12/30/2011 at 7:02 p.m.
More than a year after Thomas and Kelly Crain were shot to death in their Golden Gate Estates home, the teenage son accused of killing them could learn his fate in 2012. So could two other teenagers accused of killing ...
41-year-old man charged in DUI crash death; family wants justice
Published 12/22/2011 at 6 p.m.
Even though the man accused of killing Phyllis France in a head-on crash is facing criminal charges more than a year later, the woman's only daughter does not feel peace.
Lost cat found more than 2,000 miles from Collier County home
Published 12/22/2011 at 5 p.m. 3 Comments
An embedded microchip enabled an animal shelter in Golden, Colo., to reconnect Johns and Waylon.
Naples man accused of BUI falls off boat, which then crashes into dock
Published 12/22/2011 at 12:17 p.m.
A Naples man was arrested Wednesday night after he fell off his boat, which then crashed into floating docks at the Charter Club Resort of Naples Bay causing damage.
2 communities asked to pay share of new Bonita Springs sewage plant
Published 12/21/2011 at 11:12 a.m.
Fountain Lakes and Marsh Landing residents are being asked to pay more for utilities.
Detectives: Woman's story attributing baby's injuries to a fall 'not plausible'
Published 12/16/2011 at 10:22 p.m.
Brooke Darnell Nelson, 26, is facing aggravated child abuse charges after authorities asked her to re-enact the accident and determined the childs injuries could not have been caused by such a fall.
Woman surrenders 69 cats to DAS; state takes away her son
Updated 12/14/2011 at 6:22 p.m.
A San Carlos Park woman, “with a good heart” surrendered the cats after saying she became “overwhelmed” from rescuing too many.
Report: Fatal stabbing suspect told police he suffers from post-traumatic stress
Updated 12/08/2011 at 8:54 p.m.
A 37-year-old Naples man charged in an October fatal stabbing told detectives he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from his service in the Army.
Firestorm splits Isles of Capri community as ex-chief fights his firing
Published 12/04/2011 at 6:30 p.m.
Banners and signs bearing the name of Emilio Rodriguez hang here and there in Isles of Capri, where some of the residents are rallying to the cause of the recently fired fire chief. County personnel records, more than 70 pages ...
Woman accused of shooting roommate to claim self defense in Wednesday trial
Published 11/29/2011 at 8:25 p.m.
Margaret Johnson-Burton, 63, will be in Collier Circuit Judge Franklin Bakers courtroom this morning arguing she needed to protect herself from her belligerent roommate, Ronald A. Carrubba, 64. However, at
North Naples store was booked up for meet, greet with Newt Gingrich
Published 11/26/2011 at 4:30 p.m.
A North Naples bookstore sold out of Newt Gingrich's new book Saturday, but the line of supporters waiting for a moment with the GOP presidential candidate kept growing.
Holiday shopping season starts with ‘doorbusters’ and long lines - PHOTOS
Published 11/25/2011 at 2:48 p.m.
“We’re gonna drop mad cash tonight,” said Raymond, who started the night at Walmart, and moved on to Bealls, Kohl’s, and Toys“R”Us. Bargain hunters in Southwest Florida and across the country hit the stores early Friday — late Thursday in ...