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2019 Miss Hendry County contest is Saturday

CLEWISTON — The final pageant in the run-up to the 2019 Miss Hendry County Scholarship Pageant, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the main stage under the pavilion on the fairgrounds.


Weekned rewind: Family says two bikers involved in fatal I-4 crash were friends; Steven Tyler cancels on Strawberry Festival; Florida senator secures $1 million of state budget for wife's employer; and more

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com you may have missed over the weekend. The two bikers involved in fatal I-4 crash were friends, victim's family says.


A Veteran’s Story: MSgt Richard J. Reynolds

I recently sat down for an interview at the Barron Park House Gallery, with Richard Reynolds, a USAF veteran who has grown up in LaBelle. One of his sisters, Vicki Reynolds, half of the two peas at Two Peas Café, had told me all about Richard, and suggested him for the veteran series I have been wri


Homeless man carrying massive snake rattles Florida beach town

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - Talk about a scary -- and scaly -- visitor. A rattlesnake was thrown into the back of a Florida police car Monday morning after a homeless man was spotted carrying the nearly 8-foot reptile around Jacksonville Beach.


Florida man accused of pointing red laser at sheriff’s helicopter

A Florida man was arrested early Sunday after authorities said he shined a red laser at a sheriff’s helicopter that was circling overhead to observe a controlled fire. Brian Harting, 48, allegedly admitted to pointing the device at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office helicopter but claimed he did n


Little Toot visits LaBelle Elementary

Little Toot, the boat that was rescued by Captain Christopher Robin after being found abandoned and forgotten in a barn, right here in LaBelle, has returned home after traveling the country. “Remember, when we go, we always take you with us, and we always come back home,” the Captain told the studen


A Florida boy was arrested after refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class

An 11-year-old boy in Florida was arrested after he refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class and allegedly refused to listen to orders from school officials and a resource officer.


WGS Jr Beta Club makes valentines

West Glades Jr. Beta Club recently made valentines for Oakbrook Health and Rehabilitation Center in LaBelle. The students created over 30 valentines to send out to brighten up the residents’ day. Thanks to WGS students who continue to Pay It Forward to make a difference for others.


Florida Inmates Use Carjacking Skills to Rescue Baby From Locked Car

A.k.a. "The Redemption of Florida Man." A couple in Florida experienced every parent's worst nightmare when they realized that they locked both their 1-year-old child as well as their keys inside their Chevrolet Tahoe, reports ABC 11. Fortunately for them, some of the inmates working on a nearby med


Former Florida Lt. governor testifies in VR Labs fraud case

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A key government witness taking the stand Tuesday at the VR Labs Trial in downtown Fort Myers. Prosecutors are building their case against Robert and Kay Gow of Naples who accepted nearly $4.7 million in grant money from Lee County with the promise of bringing a start up company w


Deputy under investigation for elbowing video is identified

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Lee County Sheriff's Office has identified Blake Grossi as the deputy placed on administrative leave after a violent act was caught on camera. Cell phone video surfaced last week showing what looks like an officer helping a person in custody get a drink of water.


Farm Credit of Florida opens an office in LaBelle

Farm Credit of Florida officially opened their new LaBelle location on Friday, February 1 at 870 W. Hickpochee Ave, Suite 800. The event hosted a gathering of folks from Farm Credit of Florida offices from Arcadia to Vero Beach, as well as members of the Greater LaBelle Chamber of Commerce, local cu


Helicopter finds body of missing Florida mom

COCOA, Fla. (WESH) - The body of a missing mother of four has been found in a remote area of Osceola County, deputies confirmed. "She didn't deserve this at all. She was the most innocent of souls. She was always willing to help. She was always just naturally bubbly," Sh'Mika Scott-Devoe said.


Disney World offering 'Discover Disney' deal for Florida residents

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) - Walt Disney World has brought back a popular deal for Florida residents that allows them to "Discover Disney" at a cheaper price. The "Discover Disney" ticket deal lets Florida residents purchase a three-day ticket for just $175 plus tax - that's about $59 a day. You can add a


Florida Correctional Officer arrested on multiple charges

GRACEVILLE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Florida correctional officer is behind bars according to the Florida Department of Corrections. They say correctional officer Holly Haessig was charged with multiple counts of unlawful compensation as a public servant, the introduction of contraband into a correction


Florida father shot in neck while throwing house party for his children, deputies say

OAK HILL, Fla. - A Florida father was shot in the neck early Sunday morning during a house party he was throwing for his teenage children, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.


Lee County deputy, one other hospitalized after crash

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A Lee County deputy was injured, along with another driver, in a crash on Sunday morning. The driver of a gray sedan and the deputy collided at the intersection of SR-82 and Lee Boulevard around 3:30 in the morning.


JetBlue passenger gives birth to baby boy on flight from Puerto Rico to Florida

JetBlue has a surprise in store for its “youngest customer to date.” On Saturday, the airline confirmed that a passenger had given birth to a baby boy aboard Flight 1954 between Puerto Rico to Florida, and even hinted that the aircraft – which is coincidentally named “Born to Be Blue” – will soon be


Lack of sidewalks in Fort Myers causes pedestrian safety concerns

In an area like Fort Myers that has a large amount of pedestrians walking around, enjoying the warm sunshine, a lack of sidewalks in the area is causing concerns. Residents say the lack of sidewalks is very concerning to them, because it isn’t safe when out walking dogs or riding bikes.


Two women robbed within 2 miles of each other in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Two women had their purses stolen in back-to-back robberies in Fort Myers on Saturday afternoon. The first robbery happened on Matthew Drive around 12:48 p.m. when a woman was approached by a man who demanded her purse, police said.