FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A 10-year-old Florida fifth grade student has been arrested after making a school threat, sheriff's officials said.
Investigators learned of the threats made by the boy on Saturday and arrested him, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a social media post.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida state prison guard has been sentenced two years and six months in federal prison for participating in a scheme to smuggle drugs into a facility.
Leslie Samuel Spencer, 49, of Port Charlotte, was sentenced Friday in Fort Myers federal court, according to court records.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Three endangered Florida panthers have died after being struck by vehicles over the past week.
They're the 12th, 13th and 14th panther deaths attributed to fatal collisions, out of 14 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman was convicted Tuesday for her part in a 2016 Florida nightclub shooting that left two teenagers dead and 14 other people injured.
A Lee County jury found Kierra Kashayla Russ, 24, guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit crime, according to court records.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ NeoGenomics Inc. (NEO) on Wednesday reported a loss of $49.4 million in its first quarter.
The Fort Myers, Florida-based company said it had a loss of 40 cents per share.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they were able to rescue a woman by helicopter after she was stuck in the vast marshland of a Florida state park.
Various agencies were deployed to the 11,000-acre (4,450-hectare) Estero Bay Preserve State Park on the Gulf Coast south of Fort Myers.
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking the public for helping finding the person who impaled a dolphin that was found dead on a Florida beach last month.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A 29-year-old man is accused of filming two young girls as they tried on clothes in a fitting room at a southwest Florida Walmart store, sheriff's officials said.
The girls, ages 4 and 12, told their father, who confronted the man as he fled the store near Fort Myers, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said during a news conference on Thursday.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida airport shut down for about a half-hour over the weekend after a woman crashed her car through a secured gate and drove across a runway, officials said.
The 42-year-old Clewiston woman sped through a marked and restricted gate Saturday afternoon at Southwest Florida International Airport near Fort Myers, according to an airport police report.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Right-hander Chris Archer and the Minnesota Twins agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract on Monday, a potential boost for their rotation with a two-time All-Star who's coming off an injury-ruined season.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Correa has declared October “his time.” It certainly hasn't been Minnesota's.
The Twins hope Correa can fix that, even if his stay in Minneapolis is short.
“I want to build a championship culture in this organization,” Correa said.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A bunch of Red Sox players reached out to recruit longtime Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story when he was considering whether to sign with Boston.
Even Xander Bogaerts, the man he might soon replace.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. won’t see game action in spring training, even as a designated hitter, as it becomes increasingly likely he will miss at least the first month of the regular season.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Correa met his new Minnesota teammates on Monday morning — and wasted no time making new friends.
Two days after agreeing to a deal that makes him the highest-paid infielder in baseball, Correa walked into the Twins clubhouse and introduced himself to almost everyone inside.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said Monday he's considering all options, including a six-man rotation or an opener, as he looks for answers in his starting rotation.
The Braves, who open the season on April 7 at home against Cincinnati, are scheduled to play 14 consecutive days before their first off day.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Red Sox have reportedly agreed to terms with Rockies All-Star shortstop Trevor Story on a six-year, $140 million contract that would bring him to Boston to play second base.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and right-handed reliever Joe Smith finalized a one-year contract on Sunday, adding a veteran arm to a bullpen in need of more depth.
Smith pitched in 50 combined games last season for Houston and Seattle, posting a 4.99 ERA in 39 2/3 innings.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox wore St. Patrick's Day green for their spring debut. Baseball fans might feel luckiest of all.
“I’m glad we’re finally starting," said Red Sox supporter Jeremy Porter, down from Maine for the exhibition opener.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Tavian Dunn-Martin had 33 points as Florida Gulf Coast topped Detroit Mercy 95-79 in the first round of The Basketball Classic on Wednesday night.
Austin Richie had 17 points and seven rebounds for Florida Gulf Coast (22-11).
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $900,000 in COVID-19 relief funds.
Amber Bruey, 35, of Lehigh Acres, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Fort Myers federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and illegal monetary transactions, according court records.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The baseball lockout ended, and Red Sox manager Alex Cora was finally able to call his players.
That’s when Chris Sale gave them the bad news: He was injured again.
“'Hey how’s it going?’ Well, not so good, actually,” Sale said, recalling the conversations he had with Cora and chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom last week.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Sonny Gray needed a few more steps than normal to get through his first workout of spring training with his new team.
Once the veteran right-hander got there, Gray discovered he’s just where he wants to be.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gulf Coast has hired Pat Chambers as its men's basketball coach.
His hiring was announced Monday night and FGCU planned to introduce him Tuesday at a news conference.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Gary Sánchez is ready to move on from the New York Yankees.
The power-hitting catcher reported to Minnesota Twins camp on Monday morning with teammate Gio Urshela about 12 hours after they were included in a three-for-two trade that sent third baseman Josh Donaldson and short-lived shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa to New York.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Kierstan Bell scored 18 of her 26 points in the second half to lead No. 23 Florida Gulf Coast to its sixth-straight NCAA Tournament berth with a 69-54 win over Jacksonville State in the championship game of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament on Saturday night.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Kierstan Bell had a double-double and Kendall Spray and Kerstie Phills combined for all 21 of their points in the second half as No. 23 Florida Gulf Coast pulled away from Stetson in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament semifinals on Wednesday night.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Breeze Airways is announcing four new nonstop flights from Charleston International Airport in South Carolina.
The Utah-based airline on Tuesday announced that it will add flights from Charleston to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Syracuse, New York, and Fort Myers, Florida.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Kendall Spray scored a season-high 24 points, Kierstan Bell added 22 and No. 22 Florida Gulf Coast defeated North Florida 71-60 on Sunday in a quarterfinal of the women's Atlantic Sun Championship.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gulf Coast fired men's basketball coach Michael Fly on Saturday after four seasons.
Fly went 21-11 this season, by far the best record of his tenure. He was 55-59 in his four years and will have the chance to coach if the Eagles are chosen for one of this month's postseason tournaments such as the College Basketball Classic.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Tavian Dunn-Martin had 26 points as Florida Gulf Coast defeated North Alabama 81-72 in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament on Tuesday night.
Kevin Samuel had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Florida Gulf Coast (21-10).
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Tavian Dunn-Martin had 18 points and six assists as Florida Gulf Coast defeated Jacksonville 76-69 on Saturday.
Kevin Samuel had 12 points and five blocks for Florida Gulf Coast (20-10, 10-6 Atlantic Sun Conference), which earned its fourth straight home victory.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ NeoGenomics Inc. (NEO) on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $41.8 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.
The Fort Myers, Florida-based company said it had a loss of 34 cents per share.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Kendall Spray scored 15 points to lead No. 25 Florida Gulf Coast to a 64-48 victory over Kennesaw State on Thursday night.
Spray sank two of her three 3-pointers and scored eight as the Eagles grabbed an 18-9 lead after one quarter and never looked back.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Austin Richie and Tavian Dunn-Martin scored 19 points apiece as Florida Gulf Coast defeated Kennesaw State 82-76 on Wednesday night.
Dakota Rivers added 12 points, Caleb Catto scored 11 and Kevin Samuel had 10 for the Eagles.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Yazz Wazeerud-Din scored 15 points, Kiya Turner added 14 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds and Stetson beat No. 22 Florida Gulf Coast 58-55 on Saturday to snap the Eagles' 33-game win streak in ASUN play.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy is facing charges that he conspired to arrest an innocent person on drug charges in exchange for sexual favors and a trip to Paris.
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said Friday that Deputy Niko Irizarry, 25, had been fired and charged with falsifying an official document.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Tishara Morehouse scored 13 of her 19 points in the third quarter and No. 22 Florida Gulf Coast beat North Alabama 63-53 on Wednesday night for its 15th straight victory.
FGCU trailed 21-20 at halftime after an eight-point second quarter.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Leona Maguire became the first Irish winner in LPGA Tour history Saturday, closing with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory in the LPGA Drive On Championship at Crown Colony.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Leona Maguire and Marina Alex shared the lead Friday in the LPGA Drive On Championship after another windy round at Crown Colony.
Maguire birdied the par-5 18th for a 7-under 65, and Alex closed with birdies on the par-4 eighth and par-5 ninth for a 66.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Marina Alex closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th for a 7-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Nasa Hataoka on Thursday in the windy LPGA Drive On Championship at Crown Colony.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Darius McGhee scored a school-record 48 points, 37 in the second half, and Liberty edged Florida Gulf Coast 78-75 on Saturday night.
McGhee's 48 points are the season high in Division I.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl from Tennessee was killed early Friday when a 30-year-old driver slammed into traffic on Interstate 75 in southwest Florida, officials said.
The little girl was riding in a sports utility vehicle that was knocked into an empty gas tanker in front of it, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A tornado smashed pool cages and toppled trees onto cars as it tore through southwest Florida on Tuesday, authorities said.
The storm moved through the area early Tuesday morning, the News-Press reported.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Abby Meyers scored 18 points and her basket with 20 seconds left helped Princeton to a 58-55 road win against No. 22 Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday night.
It was the Tigers' first win against a ranked opponent since 1978.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Tyree Appleby hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and No. 23 Florida beat Ohio State 71-68 in the Fort Myers Tip-Off championship game on Wednesday night.
The entire Gators bench stormed on the court for a wild celebration after Appleby's shot went in.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Jared Rhoden scored 21 points as No. 21 Seton Hall beat California 62-59 on Wednesday night in the third-place game at the Fort Myers Tip-Off.
Kadary Richmond had 12 points, while Alexis Yetna and Tyrese Samuel each scored 10 for Seton Hall (4-1).
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Colin Castleton scored 16 points, Tyree Appleby added 15 and No. 23 Florida handled California 80-60 in an opening game of the Fort Myers Tip-Off on Monday night.
Myreon Jones added 13 points and Phlandrous Fleming Jr.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Meechie Johnson Jr. made a game-winning 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left and Ohio State beat No. 21 Seton Hall 79-76 on Monday night in the Fort Myers Tip-Off.
Seton Hall guard Jamir Harris stole it and raced for a fast-break layup to tie it at 76 with 15.9 seconds left.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Just like old times. Dunk City was rocking. Fans were packed into every seat.
And Andy Enfield walked out happy — although this time, he did so from the visiting side of the court.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Could the Lee County Sheriff’s Office have its very own Deputy Doolittle?
On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office’s unofficial animal whisperer, Sergeant Dave Drum, once again came to the rescue of one of Southwest Florida’s animal residents.