About STEVEN BEARDSLEY
Steven Beardsley is a staff writer for the Naples Daily News covering crime and criminal courts. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he joined the Daily News in summer 2008 as a crime reporter in the Bonita Springs bureau.
His coverage includes the 2009 Damas family slayings, where he reported from both Naples and Haiti; the three-week trial and conviction in St. Petersburg of Fred Cooper for the murders of Steven and Michelle Andrews; and the conviction and ongoing appeal of former Fort Myers real estate agent Samir Cabrera on federal fraud and money laundering charges.
Earlier this year, Beardsley reported again from Haiti for the anniversary of the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country. The trip followed his article on local earthquake survivors in Collier County and their struggles to find work and legal status in the U.S.
Beardsley is originally from Commerce, Georgia. He graduated the University of Georgia in 2005 and has reported for the New York Post, the Albany Times Union and weekly newspapers in Georgia and the South Bronx.
Naples FHP station shutting down on July 1
Updated 06/20/2011 at 2:17 p.m.
The Florida Highway Patrol will shutter its Naples station in July, following legislators’ decision to cut funding for the office and nine others in the state.
Is Mesac Damas competent for trial? 2 of 3 doctors say yes
Published 06/16/2011 at 3:57 p.m. 2 Comments
In a Thursday hearing to determine Damas’ competency to stand trial in the murder of his wife and five children, two psychologists and a pscyhiatrist offered differing depictions of the 34-year-old Naples cook. In one, he’s a sick man who ...
BLOG: Mesac Damas' competency hearing ends, judge says he'll release decision next week
Updated 06/16/2011 at 12:32 p.m.
The Mesac Damas competency hearing today concludes with the end of psychologist Frederick Schaerf's testimony, and Collier County Circuit Judge Franklin Baker promises to release a decision next week.
Juez: Samir Cabrera omitió hacerse pruebas de drogas, deberá permanecer bajo libertad restrictiva
Published 06/14/2011 at 3:01 p.m.
Un juez federal le denegó una libertad menos restrictiva a Samir Cabrera, el ex inversionista de Fort Myers, mientras que su apelación está pendiente, citando que faltó a múltiples pruebas de drogas y en repetidas ocasiones no se reportó con ...
Judge: Samir Cabrera skipped drug tests, must remain on restrictive bond
Published 06/13/2011 at 8:03 p.m.
A federal judge denied former Fort Myers investor Samir Cabrera a less restrictive release during his pending appeal, citing multiple skipped drug tests and several failed check-ins with his probation officer.
Sheriff's Office refuses to take DNA swab from deputy accused of drug setup
Published 06/10/2011 at 8:51 p.m.
Commander Mike Williams told Collier Circuit Judge Fred Hardt the agency would not take a cheek swab from Cpl. Johnny Joe Cisnero, a patrol deputy accused by the defense in a case that hinges on Cisnero’s discovery of illegal oxycodone ...
Tables turned: Bank pays up in mistaken foreclosure case
Published 06/03/2011 at 6:41 p.m.
Warren and Maureen Nyerges know how difficult it can be to get Bank of America’s attention. When the lending giant mistakenly attempted to foreclose on the couple’s cash-purchased Golden Gate Estates home in 2010, they spent weeks on the phone ...
David vs Goliat: Bank of America le paga cheque a pareja de los Estates por ejecución hipotecaria equivocada
Published 06/03/2011 at 4:11 p.m.
Cuando Bank of America trató de ejecutar la hipoteca de la casa totalmente pagada de Warren y Maureen Nyerges, en Golden Gate Estates, fue por un error.
Bank of America cuts check for Estates couple in mistaken foreclosure case
Updated 06/03/2011 at 1:53 p.m.
When Bank of America tried to foreclose on Warren and Maureen Nyerges' fully-paid, Golden Gate Estates home last year, it was a mistake. When the couple's attorney arrived at a Bank of America branch Friday morning with deputies, a moving ...
Judge rules in favor of Beasley Broadcasting in Joe Scott/K-Rock case
Updated 05/31/2011 at 8:40 p.m. 1 Comment
A judge has ruled in favor of a Naples broadcasting company in a lawsuit against radio station 96 K-Rock for the actions of its former shock jock, Joe Scott.
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