FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer is seeking millions of dollars in damages for four children who were fostered or adopted by a couple accused of child abuse in Alabama and Florida.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A video of three men playing cards at a folding table while waiting for the traffic light to change at a Florida intersection has gone viral.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Two Floridians have been charged with starving their 18-month-old son to death.
The child weighed only 17 pounds (8 kilograms), according to a Cape Coral police...
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A convicted murderer has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in the separate slaying of a Florida woman he met on the internet nearly 16 years ago.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida is seeking the death penalty against a man indicted on first-degree murder charges in the deaths of two women.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Police in South Florida are investigating what caused a series of Thanksgiving night explosions aboard a boat that forced people to jump ship.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman has been hospitalized following a crash with a police vehicle.
The News-Press reports the collision occurred Monday night in Cape...
MOORE HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man and a Texas man were killed when their motorcycles collided on a Florida road.
A Florida Highway Patrol report says 26-year-old Steve...
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who was found nude inside a plumbing business is facing charges after being accused of using a forklift and a hammer to wreak havoc before taking a shower...
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a person of interest in a suspicious death may have been involved in the case of a missing bartender who disappeared while on her way to...
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a man shot his dog while he was intoxicated.
News outlets report 23-year-old Korey James Potts was arrested Monday and faces several charges...
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida firefighter is recovering after exposure to the synthetic opioid fentanyl.
The News-Press reports that the Cape Coral rescue worker was...
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Investigators say they've arrested a 19-year-old man who they say drove away after his pickup truck struck and killed an 8-year-old girl at a school bus stop in southwest...
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two men are dead and a third is facing charges after an alcohol-related, wrong-way crash.
The News-Press reports that the crash happened Monday night...
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old Florida girl was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking to a school bus stop.
The News-Press reports that Layla Aiken was rushed...
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — It wasn't the Grinch who stole Christmas. It was a man who screamed "there's no Santa Claus" over and over during a recent holiday festival in Florida.
A southwest Florida woman shared cellphone footage with Fort Myers television station NBC-2 of the man yelling during the Cape Coral Festival of Lights on Saturday night.
BYHALIA, Miss. (AP) — Two Florida women are accused of leading Mississippi authorities on a fatal car chase through several counties.
News outlets report Tae'ona Edmondson, of Cape Coral, Florida, and Tanairy Portal, of Miami, appeared in court Monday. Edmondson is charged with second-degree murder and Portal is charged as an accessory. They face other charges by several jurisdictions.
BYHALIA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman is dead and two Florida women are in custody after a police chase across north Mississippi led to a fatal wreck.
WREG-TV reports the Mississippi Highway Patrol says Lisa Gay of Batesville, Mississippi was killed in the crash in Byhalia.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two Florida men have been charged with destroying the nests of burrowing owls while building a house.
The News-Press reports that 39-year-old Joaquin Bernal was arrested Friday and charged with a felony count of damaging the nest of a protected species.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida man jumped into a canal while fleeing a traffic stop, was overcome by algae in the water and swam back to the officer who stopped him.
A Cape Coral police news release says 22-year-old Abraham Duarte fled from a traffic stop for speeding Saturday. The officer who stopped him gave chase and realized Duarte had jumped into the canal.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has been arrested for allegedly kicking, punching and ripping out the hair of staff at a Florida hotel.
Cape Coral Police say 23-year-old Tara Hegarty became enraged when she couldn't prove she was a guest at the Hampton Inn on Friday.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Construction workers in southwest Florida uncovered a mammoth or mastodon bone that could be 2 million years old.
The News-Press in Fort Myers reports that workers found the upper arm bone earlier this summer while digging for a utility extension.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Crews who were working on an underground utilities extension project in southwest Florida uncovered a bone fragment that could be 2.6 million years old.
Cape Coral City Manager John Szerlag told the city's council on Monday that the bone found in June likely formed part of the upper arm of either a mammoth or mastodon.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mikayla Zariske's new abnormal stinks. And it gives her headaches. But that's not what worries the Cape Coral liveaboard most about the toxic algae slick surrounding her floating home.
"I'm just really scared about what this might be doing to the baby," says the seven-months-pregnant Zariske, who stays with her husband, Will, on their sailboat "Hello Sunshine," moored in the 19-slip Rosen Park marina.
PINE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Residents of one southwest Florida community will protest the continuation of releases from Lake Okeechobee and the spread of blue-green algae throughout the region.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a utility worker died while working beneath a manhole in Florida.
The News-Press reports that man, whose name wasn't immediately released, died Friday afternoon in Cape Coral. The Southwest Utilities employee had been installing a new water and sewer line.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a Florida man who died after becoming trapped underneath a piece of machinery that was being removed from the pressroom of a Pennsylvania newspaper.
The Lehigh County coroner says 32-year-old Ruben Ocasio-Fernandez, of Cape Coral, became trapped at The Morning Call in Allentown on Tuesday afternoon. Crews have been dismantling the printing press after the paper's printing operations moved to Jersey City, New Jersey.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A contractor became trapped underneath a piece of machinery that was being removed from the pressroom of a Pennsylvania newspaper, suffering fatal injuries.
The Lehigh County coroner says the man became trapped at The Morning Call in Allentown on Tuesday afternoon. Crews have been dismantling the printing press after the paper's printing operations moved to Jersey City, New Jersey.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida fire department says a school bus driver safely evacuated 25 students when the bus caught fire.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've identified the body pulled from a retention pond near a Florida hospital as a city parks and recreation employee.
The News-Press reports that 27-year-old Ryan Rogowski's body was found Sunday near Cape Coral Hospital.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man who was taking target practice in his home was arrested after bullets went through the wall into his neighbors' apartment.
A Cape Coral police news release says 61-year-old Ivan Bakh was arrested Sunday and charged with firing a weapon in public and shooting into a dwelling.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy who was beaten on a Florida interstate more than a year ago has died.
The News-Press reports that Cape Coral police found 48-year-old Lee County Deputy Dean Bardes dead in his home Tuesday.
Police say no foul play is suspected in Bardes' death. A cause of death hasn't been released.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A fire near a fire station in Florida has left one man dead.
The News-Press reports Cape Coral Fire Department public information officer Andrea Schuh says the Tuesday morning fire occurred at a home behind fire station 10. Schuh says firefighters heard two explosions, and put the fire out quickly.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A toddler was pronounced dead three days after being pulled from a backyard pool in Florida.
The News-Press reports that the 2-year-old boy died Monday at a Fort Myers hospital.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A foster father in Florida has been arrested in the death of a 13-month-old child.
Cape Coral police Capt. Tony Sizemore announced that U.S. marshals arrested 38-year-old Gregory Dustin Todd on Tuesday. He's charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child. He's accused in the death of Mackenzie Fewox, who died Jan. 29.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Before she starts her workday, Dr. Susan Hook gathers with her staff at Samaritan Health & Wellness for a morning devotional.
"Lord, whoever is supposed to be our patient, we know you're going to bring them," they say.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida couple stole thousands of dollars in fireworks and tried to sell them online.
News outlets report 25-year-old Michael Naple and 20-year-old Ashley Lyall were arrested Thursday. They face several charges including grand theft and dealing stolen property.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A New York man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his father in Florida.
The News-Press (https://goo.gl/gBm4H7) reports that 59-year-old Leroy James Taylor Jr. was sentenced Wednesday. He was convicted in January of second-degree murder.
Taylor's father, Leroy James Taylor Sr., was found beaten to death in his Cape Coral, Florida, home in May 2012. Authorities say his son also tried to set the older man on fire.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two southwest Florida cities were among the nation's fastest-growing last year.
The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday said Bonita Springs and Fort Myers respectively had the 8th and 15th fastest growth rates in the nation.
Both cities are located in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metro areas, and both had growth rates just under 5 percent.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Police in southwest Florida say they arrested a naked man who was attacking mailboxes with a machete.
The News-Press (https://goo.gl/qEUkn2 ) reports that 36-year-old Yudier Duenas-Sosa was arrested Saturday night in a Cape Coral neighborhood.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A utility worker has died after being electrocuted while working on power lines in Cape Coral.
Fire rescue officials said the unidentified victim was working on power lines near city hall Tuesday morning when he inadvertently touched a high-voltage line.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard wants to find the source of what authorities say are hoax distress calls coming from Florida's Gulf coast.
Coast Guard crews in St. Petersburg say they've regularly received fake calls for help along southwest Florida over the last year. Officials say most calls came from the Cape Coral area.
The Coast Guard says the calls were made on a radio channel designated for distress calls.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Lance Erving had 20 points to lead Leesburg to a 57-53 win against Cape Coral Mariner in the Florida class 6A boys' basketball championship game Saturday.
Leesburg (23-6) stormed out to a double-digit lead in the first half before holding off Mariner down the stretch. The Yellow Jackets scored the first 14 points of the game and pushed their lead to 38-21 by halftime.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — The Lee County Sheriff's Office will pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a teen killed by a deputy's patrol car.
Local media outlets report that the settlement was reached in October, but the amount couldn't be disclosed previously because of a confidentiality agreement.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Southwest Florida sports bar and restaurant is asking a Republican club to hold its meetings somewhere else.
The Fort Myers News-Press reported Saturday (http://newspr.es/2h5Zr8N ) that the management of Duffy's Sports Grill asked the Cape Coral Republican Club to move the location of its regular meetings.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his father and then dismembering the body.
The News-Press (https://goo.gl/Dv7QX8 ) reports that 34-year-old Matthew Marshall was sentenced Monday. He was convicted last month of second-degree murder, abuse of a body and tampering with evidence.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Christian Diggs walks the hallways of Ida Baker High like a teenager who knows his place.
High-fives, handshakes and arms around the shoulder are the norm for the 16-year-old with Down syndrome, known to most around the school as "Mr. Bulldog."
Only, the mother who used to walk the halls as an assistant principal, and the brothers who used to welcome him into their groups, and the classmates whom he spent years connecting with, are no longer there.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida man has been indicted on charges related to the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl and her mother's roommate 26 years ago.
The News Press (https://goo.gl/LXUB6y ) reports that a grand jury formally charged 54-year-old Joseph Zieler on Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder. He also faces sexual battery and burglary charges.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — State wildlife officials want to know what caused the death of several burrowing owls in southwest Florida.
The News-Press (http://newspr.es/2fy8BtX) reports that Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say there is an investigation into the death of the owls but could not provide further details because the investigation is ongoing.
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida man has been charged with raping and killing an 11-year-old girl and her baby sitter 26 years ago.
The Cape Coral Daily Breeze (https://goo.gl/9g8Yuj) reported Wednesday that Cape Police Chief David Newlan says detectives learned last week that a recent arrestee at the Lee County Jail matched DNA from the old crime scene. State officials confirmed the evidence matches 54-year-old Joseph Zieler.