Hearing set for Samir Cabrera's appeal
Published 03/08/2011 at 9:30 p.m. 1 Comment
Oral arguments in the federal appeal of convicted Fort Myers businessman Samir Cabrera are scheduled to be held in Jacksonville in April. Judges from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case, an appeal of Cabrera’s 2009 conviction ...
Orena found guilty of attempting to slit son's throat
Published 03/08/2011 at 7:49 p.m.
Thirteen-year-old Adrian Orena did a difficult thing on Tuesday. Standing in a Naples courtroom, the small boy pulled aside the collar of his button-down shirt and showed jurors where his father cut his throat, twice, during an attack in 2007. ...
Naples teen Rivas receives year in jail for vehicular homicide
Updated 03/08/2011 at 8:57 p.m.
A teenager charged with vehicular homicide in a 2009 chain-reaction car crash that killed a young mother pleaded to the charge on Tuesday, receiving a sentence that included a year of jail and four years of state probation, the first ...
European banking giant halts foreclosures in U.S.
Published 03/02/2011 at 7:19 p.m.
A decision by a European banking giant to temporarily suspend its foreclosures in the U.S. could affect hundreds of cases in Southwest Florida.
Arraignment postponed again for teen accused of shooting parents in Golden Gate Estates
Published 02/28/2011 at 10:22 a.m.
Attorneys again postponed the arraignment of a Naples teenager accused of shooting his parents in their Golden Gate Estates home.
Legality of suspect's confession of killing Immokalee teen debated in court
Published 02/25/2011 at 10:19 p.m.
Some 16 months later, attorneys on Friday argued whether Osceola’s confession should be admitted in his approaching trial, or if it’s tainted by police misconduct. A pair of detectives spoke with the suspect 90 minutes before reading him his rights ...
Teen will be tried as juvenile in stabbing death of Palmetto Ridge classmate
Published 02/23/2011 at 4:34 p.m.
Jorge Saavedra has been charged with manslaughter and as a juvenile in the stabbing death of Dylan Nuno.
Case postponed against teen accused of stabbing fellow Palmetto Ridge High student
Published 02/23/2011 at 9:36 a.m.
Attorneys postponed an arraignment for a teenage boy accused of fatally stabbing a Palmetto Ridge High School classmate.
Bing bank boom: Foreclosed homeowners say they don’t get their day in court
Published 02/22/2011 at 8:19 p.m.
For the past few years, Lee County’s busiest court docket has also been the most notorious in the state. Dubbed the ‘rocket docket’, the county’s foreclosure track cruises through several hundred cases daily, many ending in judgments for the lender ...
April trial date set for former Gulf Coast High band director accused of having sex with student
Updated 02/21/2011 at 5:57 p.m.
Former Gulf Coast High School band director Robert Hamberg's sexual battery case is now slated for trial in April.
Deputy cited for careless driving in causing 4-vehicle accident
Published 02/18/2011 at 4:39 p.m.
The Collier County Sheriff's deputy blamed for last week's multi-vehicle accident on Airport-Pulling Road has been cited for careless driving.
Man arrested after asking for nude photo of teenage girl, showing her pornography
Published 02/16/2011 at 6:16 p.m.
A Naples man faces child abuse charges on allegations he requested a nude photograph of a 15-year-old girl and showed her pornography on a computer.
Details released in drowning of 15-month-old toddler; investigation continues
Updated 02/16/2011 at 6:40 p.m.
Randi MacLeod met deputies with her lifeless child in her arms, according to an incident report in yesterday's drowning death of a 15-month-old girl.
Collier deputies investigating toddler drowning death in Estates
Published 02/15/2011 at 9:26 p.m.
Ava’s grandmother, Pamela Slaby, said on Tuesday that MacLeod told her the child drowned in the home’s bathtub. She recalled receiving a frantic phone call from MacLeod early Tuesday morning, before the arrival of paramedics.
Charges pending for Collier deputy involved in multi-car crash
Published 02/15/2011 at 3:36 p.m.
Charges are pending in the case of an on-duty Collier County Sheriff's deputy blamed for Friday's multi-car crash on Airport-Pulling Road, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
James Menard sentenced to life in prison for killing Gulf Coast student Jake Couture
Published 02/11/2011 at 1 p.m.
Convicted killer James Menard will spend his life in prison for the murder of Jake Couture, a Collier Circuit Judge decided today.
Fort Myers man accused of stealing campaign funds from Lee Commissioner Frank Mann, capital funds from 3 Rotary Club accounts
Published 02/10/2011 at 10:41 a.m.
State agents have arrested a Fort Myers man on allegations he stole funds from the campaign coffers of Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann, in addition to three Rotary Club funds in the city and a capital funds account in the ...
Southwest Florida’s justice system braces for hit after eyeing Rick Scott’s budget proposal
Published 02/08/2011 at 9:50 p.m.
In a budget proposal released Monday, Gov. Rick Scott requested a 6.8 percent funding cut at the Public Defender’s Office and a 5.1 percent decrease in the State Attorney’s Office budget. He would also axe 7 positions from the former ...
Statewide immigration law could undermine community policing efforts, one of state’s top cops says
Published 02/04/2011 at 7:11 p.m. 2 Comments
During a question-and-answer session at the end of his keynote address, Statewide Prosecutor Nick Cox said his prior experience with the Department of Children and Families taught him that mistrust of authority is deeply ingrained in some minority groups.
Murder defendant Mesac Damas ignores judge, tries to control his death penalty case - VIDEO/PHOTOS
Updated 02/04/2011 at 7:37 p.m.
Murder defendant Mesac Damas ignored the protests of a judge to speak directly to TV cameras in a hearing today, the latest sign the defendant is bent on controlling his death penalty case.
Facebook bullies: With 6 arrests in 2 incidents, nothing virtual about cyberstalking
Published 02/03/2011 at 9:37 p.m.
With several recent Facebook-related arrests in Lee County, authorities are mapping the boundaries between normal activity online and evidence of a crime or bullying.
Donald Day to represent student charged with school bus stop stabbing
Updated 01/31/2011 at 7:11 p.m.
Naples attorney Donald Day will represent the Palmetto Ridge High School student charged with fatally stabbing another student, according to Day's law partner, Jerry Berry.
Taunts, insults posted on Facebook pages created for stabbing victim
Published 01/27/2011 at 7:50 p.m. 1 Comment
More than 500 Facebook users planned to attend a Saturday candlelight vigil in Golden Gate Estates, according to a page for the event on Thursday. More than 150 indicated they wanted a T-shirt honoring victim Dylan Nuno, offered by another ...
Witnesses describe stabbing death of Palmetto Ridge student and history that led to it
Published 01/25/2011 at 9:50 p.m. 1 Comment
Some described the victim as the aggressor. Others suggested the two students, both at Palmetto Ridge High School, arranged the fight.
PHOTOS: 14-year-old held on manslaughter charge in stabbing death of Palmetto Ridge High classmate
Published 01/25/2011 at 9:42 a.m.
The 14-year-old suspect in the stabbing death of a Palmetto Ridge High classmate will be held 21 days on a negligent manslaughter charge, a judge ruled this morning.
Judge should go, says Riccardo Rivas, teen defendant in vehicular homicide case
Updated 01/24/2011 at 8:35 p.m.
Naples teenager Riccardo Blas Rivas II wants to disqualify the judge in his vehicular homicide case, claiming in a motion that actions by Collier Circuit Judge Fred Hardt have come across as “prosecutorial.”
Band director's past affair with teen, his current wife, will not be heard in trial
Updated 01/24/2011 at 7:43 p.m.
Evidence of a relationship between Robert Hamberg and his current wife, Diane Hamberg, while she was a minor at a Georgia high school and he a band director, will not be admitted into the trial.
PHOTOS: Trial begins Monday for band director accused of relationship with student
Published 01/23/2011 at 4:33 p.m.
Nearly 11⁄2 years after his arrest roiled the Gulf Coast High School community, former band director Robert Hamberg faces trial on accusations of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.
Looker's strip club shooting suspect hires top attorneys, bail set at $500,000
Updated 01/20/2011 at 4:52 p.m.
Prosecutor Rich Montecalvo requested a high bond, saying Campos was backed by the “vast financial resources” of the Seminole tribe.
Surveillance video records fight, shooting deaths of two outside Lookers strip club
Published 01/19/2011 at 8:23 p.m.
An Immokalee man faces murder charges as one of two suspects in the shooting deaths of two men outside a Fort Myers strip club on Tuesday night.
Collier man arrested in fatal shooting at Lookers, a Fort Myers strip club
Updated 01/19/2011 at 1:45 p.m.
A fight between customers at Lookers nightclub early Wednesday morning ultimately ended with a shooting in the strip club's parking lot that left two dead and two Collier County men jailed, Fort Myers Police reports show.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Accused killer Mesac Damas again seeks permission to represent himself
Updated 01/18/2011 at 3:22 p.m.
Accused killer Mesac Damas again pushed for permission to represent himself in his death penalty case, making the request during a brief hearing today.
PHOTOS/VIDEO: Naples-based Hope for Haiti aids parts of country beyond earthquake zone
Published 01/14/2011 at 5 a.m.
Hope for Haiti has subsidized teachers in 40 schools and installed water purifiers in 12. The clinic expanded earlier this year, from a staff of one doctor and one nurse operating out of the nonprofit’s headquarters, to a stand-alone building ...
Haitians flock to cathedral to mark earthquake anniversary
Published 01/12/2011 at 12:39 p.m.
One year after a devastating earthquake partially collapsed the national cathedral here, thousands flocked to the site to mark the anniversary of the tragedy.
Alex Crain, accused of killing parents, to undergo psychiatric testing
Updated 12/29/2010 at 12:44 p.m.
Naples teenager Alex Crain will remain in juvenile custody an additional two months as prosecutors decide how to charge him in the slayings of his parents.
Charges not filed against brothers accused of holding worker at Coastland Center mall
Published 12/27/2010 at 6:56 p.m.
Two brothers arrested in a Coastland Center mall dispute originally dispatched to police as a “hostage situation” will not face formal charges. Prosecutors filed notices last week that they would not charge Iyad Ibrahimm 30, and Ali Ibrahim, 27, with ...
PHOTOS: Wildfire consumes 90 acres at Big Cypress
Published 12/23/2010 at 1:06 p.m.
Firefighters at Big Cypress National Preserve are inspecting land near U.S 41 after they contained a wildfire in the area late Wednesday.
Local Haitian leaders uneasy as immigration officials prepare to resume deporting illegals
Published 12/20/2010 at 7:23 p.m.
Immigration officials are preparing to resume deportations of Haitian nationals from the U.S., nearly one year after a devastating earthquake crippled the country and at a time when the threat of disease and political unrest remains high.
Memorial service pays tribute to Crain couple
Published 12/18/2010 at 9:33 p.m.
At a brief service for Thomas and Kelly Crain on Saturday evening, mourners were asked to set aside the difficult questions and remember the lives of a husband and wife, a mother and a father.
Sheriff's report: Two deputies Tasered man who died in custody
Updated 12/14/2010 at 5:12 p.m.
The 26-year-old Golden Gate Estates man who died Sunday after a violent confrontation with Collier County sheriff’s deputies was struck at least twice by two deputies’ Tasers, according to an incident report released Tuesday.
Man, 26, dies after being Tasered during violent confrontation with Collier deputies
Updated 12/13/2010 at 8:07 p.m.
A Golden Gate man died Sunday night after a Taser stun by Collier deputies sparked a medical emergency, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Out-of-town attorneys hired for teen accused of killing parents
Updated 12/13/2010 at 6:39 p.m.
"This is obviously a very traumatic event, and as everyone could see by his appearance on Friday, he's a very young, emotional, scared little boy," Rankin said..
Samir Cabrera's federal appeal set for March
Published 12/12/2010 at 3:09 p.m.
Oral arguments in Samir Cabrera’s federal appeal are tentatively scheduled for March 2011.
Family, friends search for answers as teen is accused of killing parents
Updated 12/10/2010 at 10:33 p.m.
And so it went on Friday, one day after the discovery of the Crains’ bodies in their Golden Gate Estates home and the subsequent arrest of their 14-year-old son on murder charges. As family turned away from the spotlight, friends ...
Another Lee middle school boy arrested after officials say he failed to follow orders
Updated 12/10/2010 at 8:46 p.m.
This time a boy at Lexington Middle School cursed at a teacher on Wednesday, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report.
Judge denies Stand Your Ground motion in Couture slaying
Updated 12/08/2010 at 8:44 p.m.
The suspect in the shooting death of Gulf Coast High student Jake Couture remains on a path toward trial after failing to gain immunity under the state’s Stand Your Ground law on Wednesday.
Suspect in Jake Couture death seeks dismissal under Stand Your Ground law
Published 12/06/2010 at 6:03 p.m.
The man who fatally shot Gulf Coast High student Jake Couture will seek to bar his prosecution under a state law permitting the use of lethal force in self defense.
Lee deputy retires after investigation concludes he mishandled evidence
Published 12/01/2010 at 9:12 p.m.
A Lee County deputy with a lawsuit against Sheriff Mike Scott has retired from the agency, following an internal investigation that concluded he mishandled evidence in several cases.
Bail reduced for mother charged in scalding of 3-year-old boy
Published 11/29/2010 at 6:23 p.m.
An Immokalee woman charged in the scalding of her 3-year-old son was to bond out of jail on Monday, following a judge’s decision to reduce her bail.
Human trafficking charges not filed against woman accused of prostituting daughter
Updated 11/23/2010 at 8:51 p.m.
Prosecutors declined to pursue human trafficking charges against a Fort Myers woman accused of forcing her daughters to buy drugs and, in the case of one child, forcing her to prostitute herself.