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Student smiles in his mugshot after threatening to shoot up Lee County school

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A student at Lexington Middle School was arrested, accused of making several school shooting threats on Snapchat. Deputies arrested Oscar Rivera Torres, 13, when multiple students came forward saying he talked about a school shooting and having a gun on the popular social media ap


Video shows Lee County deputy elbowing handcuffed teen in the head

FORT MYERS SHORES, Fla. - A Lee County deputy has been placed on administrative leave, after someone recorded him elbowing a teen boy in handcuffs in the head. Deputies tried arresting Bienvenido Roman, 17, near Fifth Street in Fort Myers Shores Tuesday, but he took off. The Sheriff's Office put a B


Florida man gets $980,000 tax refund, feds say he shouldn't have

Tampa,Fla (WFLA) - A Florida man received a huge IRS refund by falsely claiming he paid $1 million in taxes, authorities said Friday. According to NBC News, the IRS has recouped much of the $980,000 refund from Tampa resident Ramon Blanchett, who prosecutors said lied on his 2016 tax return.


Appeals court agrees that Florida’s signature rules on mail votes are ‘serious burden’

Upholding a judge’s decision that sided with former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and national Democrats, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that a Florida law requiring voters’ signatures on mail-in ballots to match the signatures on file with elections officials imposes “a serious burd


Amazon set to open Lee County facility in February

A technology giant has committed to Southwest Florida, as Amazon has chosen Lee County as the location for its newest distribution center. CareerSource says Amazon will open its doors to the new distribution center Wednesday, Feb. 27 on Bavaria Road in Lee County.


Dustin Pedroia determined as ever to contribute for Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The first thing you need to know about Dustin Pedroia's left knee is that it will never be 100 percent again. "It ain't even my knee. It's somebody else's, bro," the Red Sox second baseman said Friday, speaking with the media from spring training camp, where he had arrived early


Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 found in Florida high school

(WBBH) - Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 people, along with cocaine and marijuana, were found in a student's book bag at Florida's Lehigh Senior High School on Tuesday.


Teen found with pants unzipped after stalking woman at Estero mall

ESTERO, Fla. - A Fort Myers teen said he was cutting class but got arrested for stalking and taking pictures of a woman while she shopped. Lee County deputies arrested 18-year-old Eugenio Gonzalez Friday afternoon at the Coconut Point Mall.


Florida motorcyclist dies after falling 100 feet off interstate in hit-and-run

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida man was killed Friday when the motorcycle he was driving on an interstate highway clipped a motorcycle in front of him, sending him over a concrete barrier and 100 feet to his death, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.


Florida reacts to Trump’s national emergency on border security

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the southern border and said he plans to divert $8 billion to build a barrier and “the wall” between the United States and Mexico.


South Florida cop accused of selling police-issued weapons, laser sights to pawn shop

A South Florida officer has been arrested after department brass accused him of selling two police-issued weapons and other police equipment to a pawn shop. Hallandale Beach cop Yan Kleyman, 33, was arrested Friday on a charge of dealing stolen property, according to reports.


Naturipe Farms to pack more 2-pounders

After a soggy start to the season, Estero, Fla.-based Naturipe Farms LLC expects to pack a lot of 2-pound trays out of California during March, said Jerry Moran, senior director of sales.


Jenna Persons Kicks Off State House Bid in Lee County With Prominent GOP Supporters

With state Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, facing term limits in 2020, Republican Jenna Persons, an attorney and GOP leader, is kicking off her campaign to replace her with some big name supporters.


Hickey on girl's neck leads to arrest of South Florida man

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - A man accused of inappropriately touching a teenage girl at a South Florida park last summer, giving her a hickey, was arrested on Valentine's Day. Terrence Wilkins, 28, faces a charge of lewd or lascivious battery on a 13-year-old girl.


Brisk sales reported in luxury condo development

ESTERO — Three of the first four buildings under construction in the luxury condominium community of Genova have been sold out with the fourth nearly sold out, according to developer Jim Wallace and Genova Partners. Located at the corner of Corkscrew Road and Via Coconut Point, Genova will have 205


Monkey encounter near Florida state park

MARION COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - A monkey was captured on camera charging at some guests who were visiting Silver Springs State Park in Marion County, Florida. JC Castillo and Janee Masciarelli of Ocala said they were visiting the park this week, as they do multiple times a week, when a woman


Estero Island churches come together against crime after library stabbing

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Church leaders on Fort Myers Beach are creating a new way to document suspicious incidents. The six churches on Estero Island are now sharing what goes on during their weekly assistance programs for the homeless. This new push for a safer community comes less than a month after th


El Niño is here, what it means to Florida

El Niño spent the fall and early winter flirting with the Earth, warming up the equatorial Pacific but not making the connection with the atmosphere above. The coupling, however, is now complete, and the Climate Prediction Center declared Thursday that the global pattern often responsible for wetter


Lee County man wins $15.5 million Florida Lottery jackpot

ESTERO, Fla. — TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announced that a man in Estero, Florida claimed the $15.5 million FLORIDA LOTTO® jackpot from the drawing held on February 6, 2019, at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.


New legal fight emerges over HIV/AIDS health care in Florida

An ongoing legal battle over which managed-care plan should be picked by the state to provide care to low-income AIDS and HIV patients in South Florida has triggered a new round of litigation that pits two competitors.