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Man faces sex crime charges for alleged incident involving child under 12

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — A 30-year-old man accused of sexually battering a child under 12 years old was arrested on Wednesday, officials said. Deputies were dispatched to a home in Lehigh Acres after a sex crime was reported, a spokesperson for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said. The suspect, Johnny Jackson, fled the scene before deputies arrived. Deputies eventually caught up with Jackson and arrested him on probable cause. Jackson faces a sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation charge, deputies said. The post Man faces sex crime charges for alleged incident involving child...

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Cape Coral neighborhood frustrated by flooding, drainage woes

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Heavy rain across Southwest Florida left standing water in several neighborhoods, especially for one area in Cape Coral.  “Obviously, yesterday with that rain we got, it rained a couple of inches for about 20 minutes and there’s no place for water to go. They (city) made an attempt to fix it and obviously, they haven’t been able to fix it. Unless somebody comes out and tries to fix it again, and I’m not exactly sure what they need to do it,” said resident Scott Nally.  Residents described the intersection of Southwest 16th terrace and Southwest 11th avenue...

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COVID-19 tests become harder to find

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Options for getting a COVID-19 test in Florida have shifted in recent months but they are still available. Many pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens, as well as local health departments, offer PCR tests by appointment. Your best bet at receiving a rapid test is getting one over the counter at a pharmacy. It’s a stark contrast from earlier this year, when thousands of people got rapid test results from sites in southwest Florida, including CenturyLink in Fort Myers and Curative in Cape Coral. The post COVID-19 tests become harder to find appeared first...

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Pedestrian killed in a Fort Myers crash

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Crews responded to a deadly crash on Tuesday night on Cleveland Avenue. Traffic was shut down in both directions between Winkler Avenue and Hill Avenue. According to officials, a pedestrian was killed in the crash. Count on NBC2 to bring you the latest info once it is released. The post Pedestrian killed in a Fort Myers crash appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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DeSoto Memorial Hospital on partial lockdown

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. – Arcadia police officers swarmed DeSoto Memorial Hospital Saturday evening. DeSoto Memorial Hospital confirmed that the facility is under a partial lockdown. Hospital officials and law enforcement have not confirmed what they are investigating. This is a developing story. The post DeSoto Memorial Hospital on partial lockdown appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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How Collier officials say you can save yourself from a canal crash

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.– Bystanders watched as a woman in a red car careened off the road into a pond Tuesday forcing first responders to jump in and save her. This is one of at least three cars submerged in the water this week around Collier County. Meghan Cooper and her family are staying at a vacation home on St. Andrews Blvd in Naples. They were eating lunch Tuesday afternoon when they looked outside and saw a red car underwater with an elderly woman stuck inside.  “We saw the car in the water and we were like oh my gosh! I hope whoever is in there is okay!” Cooper said. The...

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96-year-old Venice grandmother skydives in honor of late grandson

VENICE, Fla.– When 96-year-old Betty Weiblinger was asked recently about a dream she had yet to fulfill in her life, she didn’t have to do much thinking. Betty had always wanted to skydive.  Everyone in Betty’s Venice senior living community laughed at the idea, except for Tanja Kociski. “I had to do this for her,” Tanja, who serves as the healthy lifestyles director at Elmcroft of Bella Vita, said.   Tanja learned that Betty had plans to skydive for her 90th birthday with her grandson, Devin. Bad weather forced their trip to be canceled and...

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FMHS softball star wins historic Gatorade Player of the Year

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Fort Myers sophomore Julia Knowler capped off a dream season by being named the Florida Gatorade Player of the Year. Knowler became the only winner from Lee County in the award’s history and the youngest to ever win. Rewind back to the start of the spring softball season and if you asked Knowler to choose between a state title or the Gatorade player of the year she would have said she wanted the state championship. She checked that off the list as she helped the Greenies win their second state title in team history and a few weeks later she received...

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Pet microchip initiative aims to cut down on invasive iguana species in Florida

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – The state of Florida is hoping that a new chipping plan will help them cut back on invasive species. Chipping a pet can help reunite pets with their owners when they get lost, but now could help determine whether an animal is a pet or a pest. John Paeno of Bonita Springs has a pet green iguana that he found when he was a baby. “I reached out an a grabbed it, and brought it, up and said it’s a little baby iguana!” Paeno said. That was months ago when FWC was considering adding them and Tegus to the state’s prohibited species list...

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Millions spent to protect Manasota Key from Erosion

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.– Every storm that hits the shores of Southwest Florida could cause beach erosion. Officials in Charlotte County are working to protect their beaches by surveying the sand before and after major storms. Before the Manasota Key Restoration project, the beach was basically non-existent. Residents said the waves were practically knocking at their back doors. “There was significant erosion. In some cases actually impacting structures on the beach, houses, and condos,” public works director, John Elias said. These waves could have caused major...

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