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1.  Former city manager Lee Niblock faces second battery allegation in Gainesville

Former Marco Island City Manager Lee Niblock is currently being investigated by the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) for battery. Niblock is still the subject of a Collier County Sheriff’s Office battery investigation.

According to the complaint received by GPD, Niblock inappropriately touched a woman while interviewing her for a job in June. At the time, Niblock was the Alachua County manager. He was fired by county commissioners two months later.

On Monday the Marco Island City Council unanimously voted to fire Niblock for unethical behavior, including interviewing a female job candidate at a restaurant and ordering wine.

2.  Islander killed in Thursday morning car crash

A 30-year-old Marco Island man died early Thursday when his car left the road, hit a light pole and overturned, state police say.

Anthony Britt was driving east on San Marco Road just east of Sunset Street South on the island about 2:30 a.m. when he entered into westbound lanes and onto a north grass shoulder, Florida Highway Patrol troopers report. 

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer that Britt was driving continued in a northeasterly direction until it hit the pole and flipped, FHP says. The car ended on its roof.

3. Mail stolen from Marco Island Post Office drive-through mailboxes

The drive-through mailboxes at the Marco Island Post Office were broken into late Monday or early Tuesday, according to a spokesman from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS.) The Everglades City Post Office mailboxes were also targeted.

The incidents are currently under investigation, so no additional details are being released at this time, the spokesman said.

To report any mail concerns, call USPIS at 877-876-2455. Residents who mailed a check within the time frame of the break-ins are encouraged to keep an eye on their bank accounts and report any suspicious activity to their banks. 

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