Farmworker coalition signs Chipotle to higher-wage agreement for tomato pickers
Published 10/04/2012 at 7:30 p.m.
If a "fair food" agreement were edible, on Thursday it would have been wrapped in a flour tortilla and topped with salsa, as Chipotle Mexican Grill signed on with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to improve working conditions for tomato ...
Some say immigrant-owned businesses boosting U.S. economy
Published 09/25/2012 at 5 a.m.
It was a gym in North Naples that made Liz Anderson, born in England and raised in Spain, part of a growing national statistic: immigrants outpacing native-born entrepreneurs at a rate of 2-to-1 in starting businesses.
Paralyzed Ryan Duffy returns to Naples for reunion with Barron Collier buddies
Published 09/22/2012 at 9:30 p.m.
At the head of a table packed with a dozen buddies from his high school baseball team, Ryan Duffy held court Saturday afternoon. It was the 26-year-old Duffy's first public event in Naples since an August 2010 diving accident paralyzed ...
Census report: Incomes dropped 4 percent in Collier in past year, at 5-year low
Published 09/20/2012 at 5:33 a.m.
Mirroring a national trend, median income in Collier and Lee counties dipped to a five-year low in 2011, according to statistics the government is releasing today.
Rambosk plans to renew detention agreement with U.S.; petition urges cancellation
Published 09/16/2012 at 7:30 a.m.
Despite dissent from local activists, Collier County's sheriff says an agreement between his agency and federal authorities to continue detaining undocumented immigrants will be renewed in October.
Collier, Lee law officers tackling a real problem with sale, use of fake IDs
Published 09/09/2012 at 8 a.m.
A review by the Daily News of Collier and Lee county arrest records since Jan. 1, 2011, shows that the people purchasing IDs like the ones Hermilo Solis-Fernandez is accused of producing are 15 times more likely to be arrested ...
Collier sheriff's sergeant plays key role in annual Keewaydin cleanup
Published 09/08/2012 at 6 p.m.
For one day a year, Sgt. Dave Bruening moonlights as a trash collector. While the south end of the barrier island, which stretches from south Naples to Marco Island, sees some occasional volunteer cleaning, he wanted to see more of ...
Southern Poverty Law Center's report lists two hate groups in Lee
Published 08/28/2012 at 6 a.m. 1 Comment
The fatal shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple in early August by a man with supremacist affiliations sent communities around the country scrambling to learn which hate groups have roots in their own neighborhoods.
Most Collier government offices will be open Monday
Updated 08/26/2012 at 8:48 p.m.
Emergency shelters will open in Collier and Lee counties this morning as a precaution ahead of the expected development of Tropical Storm Isaac into a hurricane that could strafe Southwest Florida beginning late tonight and Monday.
Ave Maria law clinic aids youths seeking right to stay in U.S. under new program
Published 08/24/2012 at 7 a.m.
Only two weeks into their legal studies, two first-year law students stood in an East Naples office lobby this week before 50 undocumented youths, many still in high school.
Immigration experts: New U.S. policy could backfire on some, lead to deportation
Published 08/20/2012 at 5:40 a.m.
Young undocumented immigrants who want to apply under a new federal policy for a reprieve from deportation could be inadvertently turning themselves in to authorities for deportation if they are deemed ineligible, several immigration experts are warning.
Fire marshal rules fire that killed Bonita Springs man was accidental
Published 08/18/2012 at 7:30 a.m.
A San Carlos Park house fire that killed a Bonita Springs man in June was accidental, the state fire marshal has concluded.
Policy will grant immigrants temporary reprieve from deportation
Published 08/13/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
A new policy granting some undocumented young immigrants temporary reprieve from deportation goes into effect Wednesday.
Clothing, shoes left at some drop boxes sold for profit
Published 08/13/2012 at 5 a.m.
In a smattering of Collier County parking lots, white steel bins with red lettering beckon for used clothing and shoes.
Collier sheriff: 3 homicides in 1 week not related
Published 08/09/2012 at 5:05 a.m.
I think the first question on everyones mind is, are they related in any way? Evidence obtained so far indicates that there is no relationship between the three cases, Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said.
Person of interest sought in North Naples homicide
Published 08/08/2012 at 9:43 p.m.
As of late Wednesday, the Collier County Sheriffs Office had not named any formal suspects but was calling 44-year-old Lawrence Joseph MacDonald a person of interest.
Victim in North Naples homicide identified
Updated 08/08/2012 at 3 p.m.
Detectives found the woman on the back porch of a single-family home at 115 Flame Vine Drive, off Piper Boulevard, following a call to emergency dispatchers around 6:45 a.m.
Shooting death of 25-year-old Golden Gate man shocks neighbors, friends
Published 08/04/2012 at 8 p.m.
"They put a gun through the window and shot him. He's dead," Whitaker said she cried out to him.
Homeland Security: Collier deportation program could be phased out
Published 07/27/2012 at 5:43 p.m.
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said he had been given no indication that his agencys program would be removed. Were very fortunate that we do have a very productive unit, he said.
Deputies: Man caught smuggling immigrants from Texas to Miami
Updated 07/27/2012 at 6:20 p.m.
Driving east on the highway, Armando Valdes-Rodriguez, 49, hit 82 mph in a red Dodge van with six male passengers, including a 13-year-old boy, according to an arrest report.
Southwest Floridians root, root, root for their home Olympic teams
Published 07/27/2012 at 5 a.m.
If there's a way to safely do a javelin toss inside a downtown Naples restaurant, Tony Wood wants to figure it out by today's Olympic opening ceremonies.
Grant allows Collier Legal Aid lawyer to represent children in court cases
Published 07/17/2012 at 7 a.m.
As of the first week of July, a new program in Collier County provides free legal services to children who are entangled in a courtroom dispute, from obtaining restraining orders for minors in domestic violence situations to looking out for ...
Naples Bath and Tennis new owners set to match club's past success
Published 07/16/2012 at 8 a.m.
The once-storied tennis center near the intersection of Airport-Pulling and Pine Ridge roads, with its 38 courts and clubhouse residents who speak of the "good-old days," has been largely out of commission for nearly two years.
Burned Bath and Tennis Club condo getting stripped and rebuilt, not torn down
Published 07/07/2012 at 7 a.m. 1 Comment
It's more than a month after fire destroyed the top floor of the nine-unit Naples Bath and Tennis Club condo building in the 1800 block of Bald Eagle Drive. Demolition crews are a daily presence, tearing melted and scorched parts ...
Ave Maria not backing down from challenging federal contraceptives rule
Published 06/29/2012 at 7 p.m.
A U.S. Supreme Court health-care ruling this week won't directly affect lawsuits filed by religious-affiliated employers like Ave Maria University over a controversial contraception mandate earlier this year.
Storm damage reported in East Naples, related to Tropical Storm Debby - PHOTOS
Updated 06/23/2012 at 10:02 p.m.
Authorities responded around 4 p.m. to a report of a tornado touching down in East Naples in the vicinity of Rattlesnake Hammock Road and U.S. 41 East. Damage is reported to a handful of roofs.
Region's immigration experts call new federal policy for children 'a huge relief'
Published 06/16/2012 at 8 a.m.
The government labeled Friday's reprieve for some young illegal immigrants in the U.S. as "deferred action" and an extension of "prosecutorial discretion." For many Southwest Florida families, it will simply mean "relief," local immigration activists and experts said.
Extradition: Arrest of Lee slaying suspect in Mexico doesn't guarantee his return
Published 06/10/2012 at 7:30 a.m.
In conjunction with the State Attorney's Office, law enforcement agencies issue an arrest warrant and an unlawful flight warrant and submit the information to the U.S. State Department. If a fugitive is located abroad, as Smith and Gonzalez were, a ...
Area marketers plot strategy around Hispanics' draw to mobile devices
Published 05/27/2012 at 7 p.m.
Latinos are part of the demographic highlighted in an April Nielsen Co. study that shows Hispanics in the U.S. are attached to their digital devices in ways non-Hispanics aren't.
Canoe races are Collier law enforcement's big event; eight arrested Saturday
Published 05/12/2012 at 9:20 p.m.
During the "Super Bowl" of local events for law enforcement officers, canoe race revelry was cut short Saturday for at least eight people, who ended up behind bars
Collier County hosting Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier
Published 05/11/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
The Mustard Belt is up for grabs, and two Collier County men are hungry for a spot in the nation's top hot dog eating competition.
Woman accused of critically injuring former boyfriend with sledgehammer
Updated 05/08/2012 at 8:08 p.m.
An East Naples man is in critical condition Tuesday afternoon and his long-time live-in partner is behind bars, accused of hitting him in the head with a sledge hammer.
Lawn equipment thefts on the rise
Published 05/03/2012 at 7:34 p.m.
The pattern observed by law enforcement is that equipment starts to disappear more frequently as the rainy season kicks off: business picks up, people look for work, and the demand for equipment stolen or not goes up.
Family, friends ‘devastated’ after 3 killed in head-on crash
Published 05/02/2012 at 7:28 p.m.
Christopher Shubert was supposed to be celebrating the six-month anniversary of his wedding this weekend. Now his family and those of two other Naples-area residents are trying to piece together what happened late Tuesday, when a Golden Gate Estates crash ...
Naples man deals with DMV denying gay marriage license
Published 04/27/2012 at 5 p.m.
Hoping to snip through the red tape of getting a driver license, new Collier County resident David Scott Duseau showed up at the Department of Motor Vehicles well prepared.
Bonita attorney: regulations could guide homeless shelter operations
Updated 04/18/2012 at 8:20 p.m.
As long as the paperwork is in order, "I don't think we can tell them no," the city's attorney Audrey Vance said of St. Matthew's House. What would influence the shelter are any regulations enacted during the moratorium.
Popular fishing show host killed in Everglades City plane crash
Published 04/06/2012 at 10:26 p.m.
Jose Wejebe, who hosted Spanish Fly, a saltwater fishing show on the Outdoor Channel and formerly on ESPN, died when his kit plane plummeted into a field near the runway shortly after takeoff from Everglades Airpark.
Man killed in Immokalee is Collier's first homicide of 2012
Updated 03/27/2012 at 9:15 p.m.
When the usually punctual and dependable Flores Monroy didnt come home from a trip to the store Monday night, then failed to show up for work early Tuesday, his house mates and employers grew worried.
Early morning crash and fire closes hotel, uproots vacationers
Published 03/13/2012 at 7:11 p.m.
A Naples man was arrested in connection with the crash that caused the fire, which shot molten metal 30 feet from the transformer and set nearby woods on fire, DiMaria said.
Hopes fading: Father searches for sailor son missing in Mexico
Published 03/10/2012 at 4 p.m.
A 27-foot sailboat washed up on Mexicos west coast in late February, stripped and empty, with no sign of its captain. Now a Collier County man is there in search of his 43-year-old son.
Five years after family died in Collier fire, survivor will 'make it right' for mom
Published 03/03/2012 at 9 p.m.
Screams could be heard from inside Trailer #18 when firefighters and deputies arrived at 713 2nd Ave. in Immokalee on March 4, 2007. Five of the 11 people inside died.
Defense requests judge remove himself from violent rape-turned-murder case
Published 02/27/2012 at 6:44 p.m.
Hardt rejected 30 years in prison for Rosales-Trejo a number negotiated with Messers family because it was not even close to enough time for what he did to the victim, he said during a conference call
Group wants Lee Sheriff's Office to absorb Fort Myers police force
Published 02/26/2012 at 7:30 p.m. 2 Comments
Amid rising crime numbers, a political action committee in Fort Myers is looking to fold the city's police force in with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
FHP plans crackdown on aggressive drivers in coming days -- POLL
Published 02/25/2012 at 4:30 p.m.
The Florida Highway Patrol plans to crack down on aggressive driving on Monday through Wednesday, when troopers around the state will be on the lookout for speeders, weavers and sign-runners.
Deputies: Barron student brought knife to school to 'protect himself'
Published 02/21/2012 at 7:14 p.m.
The 16-year-old boy was arrested at 7:45 a.m. after an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers alerted the Collier County Sheriffs Office, according to an arrest report. The arrest comes barely a year after a 14-y
Ave Maria files federal suit over contraceptives, health plan
Updated 02/21/2012 at 6:37 p.m.
Ave Maria University officials have filed a federal lawsuit in Fort Myers against the federal government over a contraception mandate that has riled Catholic institutions.
Private psychologist denied for teen accused of killing parents
Published 02/17/2012 at 8:57 p.m.
The request for face-to-face, unmonitored therapy for Alex Crain, 15, was initially declined by the Naples Jail Center and the Collier County Sheriffs Office.
Two Collier corrections deputies injured in jail attack
Updated 02/17/2012 at 7:24 p.m.
Detectives are investigating an incident at the Collier County jail that sent one corrections deputy to the hospital and another to an urgent care center Thursday.
RSW getting first full-body scanner
Updated 02/15/2012 at 8:11 p.m.
Some passengers at Southwest Florida's main airport will soon be getting a different once-over by security.
East Naples teen takes plea deal in 2009 killing of Lely grad
Updated 02/14/2012 at 5:44 p.m.
An East Naples teen involved in the 2009 killing of a Lely grad during a drug deal gone bad reached a plea agreement Tuesday. He'll testify against his alleged partner in crime as part of the deal.