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Bonita Springs man wanted for raping stepdaughter

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Federal officials are searching for a Lee County man accused of raping his 10-year-old step-daughter in 2007. 36-year-old Carlos Arias is believed to be living in North Florida now.


Bonita Springs suspect wanted for sexual battery on a child

A Bonita Springs man is wanted by SWFL Crime Stoppers for sexual battery on a child. The suspect, Carlos Arias, 38, is wanted for Sexual Battery on a Child Less Than 12 Years Old.


Jimmy Buffett's medical marijuana line is budding in Southwest Florida

SOUTHWEST Fla. - Jimmy Buffett has rolled out a new medical marijuana line called Coral Reefer. The prescription cannabis is being sold at Surterra Wellness stores, with two locations in Southwest Florida.


2 Florida middle school girls accused of plotting to murder students on 'hit list'

Two middle school girls in Avon Park, Florida, allegedly plotted to kill other students they had placed on a "hit list." The two students were taken into custody at Avon Park Middle School at the end of the day Wednesday, the Highlands County School Board said. A teacher had informed law enforcement


Severe weather to arrive on Friday in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Severe weather is coming to Central Florida on Friday. Fox 35 meteorologist Jayme King says to expect big weather changes on Friday afternoon and evening, as Central Florida has been outlined for severe weather risk.


Crime Stoppers looking for possible sexual predator

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers are looking for a Bonita Springs man wanted for sexual battery on a child. Carlos Arias, 38, has been wanted for sexual battery on a child less than 12-years-old since Wednesday, April 10.


Great White Shark Weighing More Than 1,600 Pounds Spotted Off Florida Coast

Researchers say they have spotted Miss Costa, a 1,668-pound female great white shark, swimming in the Gulf Coast waters earlier this week. On Monday, the massive great white shark “pinged” near the Big Bend vicinity of the Gulf of Mexico at 10:34 a.m., OCEARCH, a global great white shark research or


Florida Grandma Uses Her Softball Skills To Bash Half-Naked Burglar's Head With Bat

A would-be burglar is in jail in Florida, with a gash on his head, after a 65-year-old slugger named Clarese Gainey whacked him on the dome with a baseball bat when he tried to break into her car early Sunday morning. WMC Action News 5 had the story:


14,000 pounds of marijuana, 3,660 pounds of cocaine offloaded in South Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded marijuana and cocaine with an estimated street value of $62.5 million dollars at Florida's Port Everglades on Thursday morning.


Severe weather threat for northwest Florida

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) - Severe weather is possible in the panhandle late Thursday night and Friday morning. The SPC has place most the panhandle in an enhanced risk for severe weather. The main threat with this storm system will be strong wind gusts up to 50 mph, but an isolated tornado or


South Florida "Cold Front" to Bring Bone-Chilling Temps in the High 70s

Elsewhere in the country, people haven't touched a bathing suit or exposed their toes to sunlight in months. But April in Florida is different. The fourth month of the year signals a few things: the official end of spring break, a mass exodus of snowbirds, and the return of the dreaded swamp ass.


Alta Resources wants to bring more jobs to Lee County

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A well known customer service company wants to bring more jobs to Lee County. In a joint effort, Lee County commissioners and Alta Resources are aiming at bringing jobs to the area.


Crash closes part of I-75 in Naples

NAPLES, Fla. - A crash on I-75 in Collier County is causing delays Wednesday. The two left lanes of I-75 southbound are blocked. The crash occurred beyond Exit 107 at Pine Ridge Road.


Man stole $40,000 diamond ring from Bonita Springs jewelry store

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Deputies are looking for a man accused of stealing a $40,000 diamond ring from Tiara Fine Jewelry inside the Coconut Point Hyatt Monday. Investigators said the man asked to see the ring from an employee, and while the employee was busy, the suspect took off with the ring.


Mine-blasting could be causing holes in Golden Gate Estates homes

NAPLES, Fla. - Residents in Golden Gate Estates say mine-blasting nearby is damaging their homes. Once every two months, 846 Mine LLC blasts dynamite to break limestone near Immokalee Road in Golden Gate Estates. The mine is allowed to blast up to 100 holes with no more than 100 pounds of dynamite.


Naples woman accused of repeatedly calling 911 for non-emergencies

A Napes woman is accused for repeatedly calling 911 for non-emergency issues. Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kathryn Helene Deal, 55, for misusing 911. Deal called 911 five times, clocking over 21 minutes on the phone with a dispatcher.


Cape Coral man identified as victim in Collier crash Wednesday

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- Troopers have identified a Cape Coral man as the victim in a rollover crash on Interstate 75 Wednesday afternoon. According to Florida Highway Patrol, 68-year-old Tony Perolio died in the single-vehicle crash at 3:37 p.m.


Man Arrested Outside Olive Garden For Eating Spaghetti "Belligerently"

Police in Naples, Florida were called to a local Olive Garden after several reports of a man harassing patrons. When they arrived at the scene, they found 32-year-old Ben Padgett, shirtless, "shoveling spaghetti into his mouth using his hands." He was shouting a customers both inside and outside the


Fishingcast: Conditions for Southwest Florida, April 19-25

Week starts out with a bang! Look for this Friday to contain the conditions that will dump rain and whipping winds throughout the Paradise Coast. Velocity during the afternoon will have switched southwest and tear through here at 17-22 mph will certainly foul the fishing water right through Easter S


FGCU softball star grateful to play in her hometown

ESTERO, Fla. - As the FGCU softball team's regular season comes to a close in the coming weeks, one of the most consistent weapons the team has had in 2019 just happens to have grown up mere miles from the FGCU Softball Complex.