Warrant served leads to 'marijuana tent' found in Lee home
Updated 01/28/2011 at 12:21 a.m.
A man wanted on a misdemeanor warrant was charged with felonies after he denied being Alan Keith Collins Jr. and a Lee County Sheriff's deputy found 10 suspected marijuana plants Wednesday growing in a tent inside the house.
Deputies: Purse snatching turns into road rage chase and crash in Fort Myers Beach
Published 01/26/2011 at 12:22 p.m.
A reported purse snatching late Tuesday in a parking lot at Fort Myers Beach resulted in a high speed pursuit and ultimately a head-on crash in South Fort Myers.
Victim in San Carlos home invasion shooting charged with selling drugs
Updated 01/24/2011 at 9:11 p.m.
A victim of a San Carlos Park shooting on Jan. 15 has been released from hospital and faces a drug charge.
Lee County corporal resigns after sexual harrassment investigation
Published 01/18/2011 at 11:07 a.m.
A Lee County Sheriff’s Office corrections corporal resigned this month after allegations of conduct unbecoming an officer and sexual harassment were substantiated against him.
Driving without headlights: San Carlos woman charged with DUI, blood alcohol level more than twice legal limit
Published 01/14/2011 at 12:01 p.m.
A 20-year-old San Carlos Park woman driving a car without its headlights on early Thursday was arrested for driving with a breath test of more than twice the legal limit.
Home invasion: 3 men steal drugs at gunpoint in Bonita Springs
Published 01/14/2011 at 11:57 a.m.
Two Bonita Springs residents who are disabled told Lee deputies their medications were taken at gunpoint by men wearing bandanas across their faces late Thursday.
South Fort Myers woman crashes Lexus into bus bench, charged with drunken driving
Published 01/14/2011 at 11:27 a.m.
A South Fort Myers woman who crashed her Lexus into a bus bench and head-on into a concrete culvert was charged with drunken driving late Thursday.
VIDEO: Facebook prank ends with two Estero teens arrested
Updated 01/13/2011 at 10:03 p.m.
Two Estero High School girls face charges of creating a Facebook page of a third girl and posting nude photos and disparaging comments.
PHOTOS: 10-year-old Estero girl helps mom give birth to baby brother
Published 01/08/2011 at 2:07 p.m. 1 Comment
A 10-year-old Estero girl helped her mother give birth to her baby brother Friday night.
Naples man accused of stealing limos, Jaguar of man in jail
Published 01/06/2011 at 2:40 p.m.
A Naples man has been arrested in connection with the theft of two limousines and a Jaguar that were stolen from a San Carlos Park man while he was in jail.
2 kids hide in closet while men break into Fort Myers home to steal TV
Published 01/05/2011 at 2:57 p.m.
As two young children hid Tuesday in a closet in their Fort Myers home, two men broke in, took a television and fled.
4 men arrested in connection with South Lee County auto burglaries
Updated 12/03/2010 at 5:10 p.m.
Four people were arrested Thursday in connection with auto burglaries at three South Fort Myers businesses.
Walmart decreases building size for proposed Estero location
Published 11/22/2010 at 8:50 p.m.
The planning for the store at U.S. 41 and Estero Parkway began in 2003 and has had to go through several hurdles to come to fruition.
Estero's future: From downtown to river district group discusses possibilities
Published 11/13/2010 at 1:57 p.m.
Ideas on how to better plan for Estero’s future for the next 10 years were abundant during a Saturday meeting of community members.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Restaurants across Southwest Florida shut down due to gas line break in Fort Myers
Updated 11/12/2010 at 8:08 a.m.
Thursday’s gas line explosion in Fort Myers impacted roughly 8,000 customers throughout Southwest Florida, including several restaurants.
PHOTOS: Leadership Marco — The Class of 2010, Part 3
Published 08/27/2010 at 9 a.m. 2 Comments
Editor’s note: Leadership Marco, involves a three-month commitment attending sessions every other week to learn about all aspects of the Island. Participants will be featured in a three-part series. This is the final installment.
PHOTOS: Leadership Marco — The Class of 2010, Part 2
Published 08/23/2010 at 9:39 a.m. 3 Comments
The Leadership Marco, class of 2010, part 2
PHOTOS: Leadership Marco — The Class of 2010, Part 1
Published 08/19/2010 at 9:33 a.m.
Editor’s note: Leadership Marco, involves a three-month commitment attending sessions every other week to learn about all aspects of the island. Participants will be featured in a three-part series. This is the first installment.
Lee deputies cleared in shooting death of Lehigh Acres man with Uzi
Published 08/02/2010 at 8:41 p.m.
Two Lee County deputies were cleared recently in the April shooting death of a Lehigh Acres man who opened fire on them with an Uzi submachine gun after shooting and killing his brother as his elderly, invalid mother watched.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: San Carlos Park fire destroys several office trailers
Updated 07/27/2010 at 8:15 p.m.
Firefighters are working to put out a structure fire off Alico Road in San Carlos Park.
Father whose daughter died in hot car described as loving, caring man, documents show
Published 07/21/2010 at 10:49 p.m.
A Cape Coral man charged in connection with his young daughter’s March death after she was left in a hot car is described by co-workers, friends and day care personnel as a loving, caring man, documents released Wednesday show.
Hailed heroes: Neighbors save handicapped 68-year-old woman from burning home
Updated 07/19/2010 at 6:06 p.m.
Two neighbors are being called heroes after saving a handicapped woman from a burning townhouse in South Fort Myers on Sunday.
Two county pursuit highlights differences between Collier/Lee chase policies
Published 07/08/2010 at 6:48 p.m.
A traffic stop turned into a two county chase that reached speeds of 90 mph and ended with the suspect crashing into a Bonita Springs ditch. The pursuit, initiated by Collier County sheriff’s deputies, who were later assisted by Lee ...
Lee deputy suspended after state senator says he paced him at more than 90 mph on I-75
Updated 07/02/2010 at 4:37 p.m.
A Lee County deputy got into trouble after a state senator and former sheriff saw him and at least one other law enforcement vehicle speeding in May on Interstate 75 in Columbia County as he returned from the Fallen Officer ...
VIDEO: Lee sergeant suspended after deputy initially let off on DUI arrest
Published 07/01/2010 at 4:03 p.m.
A Lee County Sheriff’s Office sergeant has been put on administrative leave with pay after a fellow deputy was not arrested for drunken driving until he was stopped a second time Wednesday night.
Body found tentatively identified as missing boater Paul Taefi
Updated 05/29/2010 at 6:15 p.m.
A body has been recovered near where Paul Taefi went missing Thursday after trying to save a friend off Fort Myers Beach. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Gary Morse confirmed the information Saturday morning.
VIDEO: Victim in hotel shooting handcuffed, shackled and gagged
Updated 05/18/2010 at 7:11 p.m.
One bullet went through his torso and another lodged in the back of the man’s neck, said Barry Trice, vice president of Guest Services that manages The Inn at the Springs, 8901 Highland Woods Blvd., where the shooting occurred.
Inside job: Son, friends accused of stealing $100,000 in guns, coins from father's safe
Updated 05/13/2010 at 10:39 p.m.
A North Fort Myers man told deputies several guns and rare coins valued at more than $100,000 had been stolen from a safe and he suspected his son.
Nearly 600 criminal aliens arrested in nationwide sting; 19 from Lee/Collier counties
Published 04/30/2010 at 6:39 p.m.
Nearly 600 criminal aliens including 19 in Lee and Collier Counties were taken into custody in the past three days by local and federal law enforcement officers throughout the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.
Lee sheriff’s deputy suspended after chase that violated policy
Published 04/15/2010 at 10:41 p.m.
A Lee County Sheriff’s Office sergeant who used a “PIT” maneuver to apprehend a suspect accused of trying to ram a Cape Coral Police officer’s cruiser was suspended and put on probation for violating policy.
Lee deputy hospitalized after fugitive attempts to drown him, K-9, according to reports
Published 02/24/2010 at 3:03 p.m.
Deputy Michael Hollow, 33, and his K-9 partner Maverick were tracking Stephen Junior Mattias, 27, of the 10000 block of Tulip Tree Court, Lehigh Acres. Mattias ran from a car crash, spurring a manhunt near Daniels Parkway.
Former Estero tennis coach accused of fondling student agrees to plea deal, faces deportation
Published 02/17/2010 at 12:06 p.m.
A German national who taught tennis at the Bella Terra community in Estero is awaiting deportation after a plea agreement today on a child abuse charge.
Super Bowl burglaries: $300,000-plus in jewelry reported stolen during weekend festivities
Published 02/08/2010 at 2:49 p.m.
Nearly a third of a million dollars in jewelry went missing this past weekend from at least four Bonita Springs houses – three of whom reported the thefts occurred while they attended Super Bowl related events.
Legendary singer Jose Feliciano complains of harassing calls at Lehigh home
Updated 02/05/2010 at noon
Singer Jose Feliciano has filed a complaint that he is being harassed at his Lehigh Acres home.
Birthday bust: 71-year-old Bonita Springs man jailed on grand theft auto charge
Published 02/02/2010 at 2:58 p.m.
A 71-year-old Bonita Springs man celebrated his birthday in the county lock-up, accused of stealing a truck from an impound lot while the owner also was in jail.
Cape Coral man accused of threatening Bonita Springs human-trafficking victim
Published 02/01/2010 at 3:46 p.m.
A Cape Coral man was arrested Friday, accused of threatening a victim of a human trafficking case.
Neiman-Marcus employee accused of stealing $6,000 worth of gift card refunds
Published 01/22/2010 at 3:46 p.m.
A Nieman-Marcus former employee was charged Thursday by Lee deputies after an investigation revealed more than $6,000 in false returns were generated into refund gift cards and the man converted them to his own use.
Immokalee man, whose license had been suspended 11 times, charged with DUI manslaughter
Updated 01/22/2010 at 6:57 p.m.
Alejandro Garcia Miranda, 45, who also has the first name of Arturo, lists address in the 100 block of Vorios Way and 600 block of Delaware Street, both in Immokalee.
VIDEO: Bonita Springs prostitution sting nets 2 arrests on human trafficking charges
Published 01/20/2010 at 12:32 p.m.
An undercover prostitution sting in Bonita Springs has resulted in the arrest of two people on human trafficking charges.
Manatees on the move so boaters better beware, law enforcers say
Published 01/15/2010 at 7:46 p.m.
A mass migration is underway on the Orange and Caloosahatchee Rivers in Lee County, prompting boaters and kayakers to take to the waters to see the hundreds of manatees heading downriver to feeding grounds. But law enforcement and wildlife officials ...
Bad brakes: Wife says she didn't crash head-on into husband, knocking him out, on purpose
Updated 01/11/2010 at 2:07 p.m.
A San Carlos Park couple say deputies are wrong about an incident in which the wife’s SUV hit her husband’s parked truck head-on, with him in it, knocking him unconscious. The SUV had mechanical problems.
Sunshine Kids get fashion show
Published 11/18/2009 at 4:27 p.m.
Kids who have cancer will benefit from a fashion show and silent auction Thursday, where the actor who played Captain Harris in the “Police Academy” movies will make an appearance.
Emergency personnel confront Friday the 13th
Published 11/18/2009 at 4:20 p.m.
Friday the 13th is unlucky for some people, but for nine firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians with an instructor whose last name is Grim, the opposite is true.
Going green a cost saving measure for businesses, homeowners
Published 10/29/2009 at 9:17 p.m.
About 50 people attended Thursday’s League of Women Voters of Collier County symposium at the county’s first green hotel, The Naples Hilton.
Trial begins for Cape Coral mother charged with manslaughter after boyfriend beat son to death
Published 10/27/2009 at 9:55 p.m. 2 Comments
Nicole Brewington is charged with manslaughter in the May 29, 2007, death of the 3-year-old. She’s accused of not seeking medical treatment for her youngest son who died after being beaten by her boyfriend.
Black bears becoming more prevalent in Southwest Florida’s urban settings
Published 10/19/2009 at 9:29 p.m. 1 Comment
With recent sightings from the Lely area to a gated-community in Estero, state wildlife officials say people need to learn to live with bears and follow advice, especially when it comes to securing garbage cans, bird feeders and pet food.
POLL: More than 100 protest mainstream media's message at local broadcasting studio
Published 10/17/2009 at 7:52 p.m.
“Can you hear me now” is a well-known clip from a commercial for a cellular telephone company. On Saturday afternoon it took on a whole new meaning for more than 100 people who rallied against mainstream corporate media outside of ...
Two weeks left in sea turtle nesting season and numbers not looking good
Published 10/14/2009 at 9 p.m.
Specific data of how many turtles have nested this year along Southwest Florida’s coasts will not be available until January or February, but indications at index beaches – select beaches throughout the state — show fewer nested this year.
Brazen home invasion: Teens smoking drugs robbed at gunpoint
Published 08/17/2009 at 12:08 p.m.
Two men robbed four teenagers and a 20-year-old man who were smoking marijuana at a house Friday night in San Carlos Park at gunpoint of a safe and Xbox game, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s office.
Advocates want animal shelter to add ‘adoption’ to its mission statement
Published 08/16/2009 at 7 p.m.
The addition of one word could help save the lives of countless abandoned pets, animal advocates in Collier County believe. Members of a group called Friends of the Animals is pushing Collier County Domestic Animal Services to add the word ...