1. Final suspect tied to armed robberies arrested
The last person tied to a string of armed robberies has been arrested, Collier County Sheriff's Office reported.
Melvin Presley, 32, of East Naples, was arrested Sunday morning and charged with armed robbery, grand theft, aggravated battery and grand theft with a firearm in two armed robbery cases.
Four armed robberies, two in Golden Gate and two in East Naples, were reported in June. Two people — Jeremiah Jesus Vasquez, 34, of East Naples, and Crystal Pages, 28, of Golden Gate — were arrested June 30 and charged with armed robbery.
Deputies can link the three to robberies at Roses Food Market on June 30 and 7-Mart on June 18, a release states. Both businesses are along Santa Barbara Boulevard in Golden Gate.
2. Full slate of city meetings
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee will meet at 3 p.m. today in the community room to discuss the youth council, Veterans Community Park 2009 Master Plan update and adding pathway lights near the Veterans Memorial. Also happening today is a meet-and-greet with city manager finalist Joshua Gruber at 5:30 p.m. at Mango’s Dockside Bistro.
The City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in the community room to select the next city manager.
On Thursday, the Waterways Advisory Committee will meet at 9 a.m. in the community room, and the Hideaway Beach Tax Advisory Board will meet at 2 p.m. in City Hall’s Lower Conference Room.
Finally the Planning Board will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, in the community room to continue its update of the city’s Land Development Code (LDC.)
3. Astronauts help corals grow on the ocean floor off Florida
Astronauts are helping coral grow on the ocean floor off Florida.
Marine scientists at Florida International University are studying corals growing in deep waters. The Miami-area school reported recruiting NASA astronauts to plant a coral nursery 90 feet (27 meters) below the ocean's surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
NASA trains astronauts at FIU's Aquarius Reef Base, an underwater laboratory in the sanctuary. FIU researcher Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty said dives from the surface would be too short and risky to accomplish much in the nursery. But divers living in the pressurized lab for days or weeks at a time can work longer in deeper waters.
Astronauts planted the endangered corals on tree-like structures made from plastic pipes in 2015. They've continued working in the nursery during NASA training missions over the last two years. -- Associated Press