CCSO warns residents of smoke from large, northern fire

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is advising motorists and residents that a huge 35,000-acre fire in the northern part of Florida is starting to move a..
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Desoto teacher accused of sexual battery on a student

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla.- A Desoto County High School teacher was arrested Wednesday for sexual battery on one of his female students from 2009 through 2010. Luis Alvarez was arrested i..
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N. Ft. Myers father fights to keep daughter's killer in jail

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: David Bodden

LEE COUNTY, FL - Anthony Montelaro made his way out of the Justice building in downtown Fort Myers yesterday with his son by his side. Both had just taken part in a tele conference..
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Charges dropped against Occupy protester

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped all charges against an Occupy Sarasota activist arrested for writing chalk slogans on the sidewalk in a city park.    ..
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4 Arrested in Army/Navy store burglary & home invasion

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit detectives have made four arrests in the Feb. 8 burglary and theft of 25 weapons from the Army/Navy store, 273..
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2 Pt. Charlotte teens arrested for home invasion

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives have arrested two teens in connection with the Apr. 8 armed home invasion robbery in the 18400 block of Robinson Avenue,..
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K-9 bites suspect during arrest in Lakeland

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Police officers say a K-9 named Quanto did what he was supposed to when he saw a suspect struggling with his handler during an arrest. He bit the suspect.&nbs..
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Martin's mom says Fla. shooting was an accident

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

MIAMI (AP) - The mother of an unarmed teen killed by a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer is saying she thinks the shooting was an accident.    Sybrina Fulton was ..
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Prosecutors face hurdles in Trayvon Martin case

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors face steep hurdles to win a second-degree murder conviction against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed ..
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Florida CFO Jeff Atwater stops by WINK studios

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Melinda Zinni

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Florida legislature passed several  key initiatives this spring that should increase transparency on how your tax dollars are spent. You also now have be..
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Coast Guard tests oil spill response plans

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Jessica Whelan

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - The Coast Guard is practicing its response to a future oil spill off the Florida Keys. Coast Guard officials say Thursday's exercise will test updates to thei..
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Fla. killer Gore set to die by lethal injection

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: maggie delmore

STARKE, Fla. (AP) - David Alan Gore was set to be executed Thursday nearly 29 years after murdering 17-year-old Lynn Elliott, whose attempted escape ended a string of rapes and mur..
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Second-degree murder charge in Trayvon Martin case

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was arrested and charged with second-degree murder Wednesday after months of mounting..
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Naples sailor competing in 2012 Olympics

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Colby Robertson

NAPLES, Fla -- This summer, Southwest Florida will have the chance to cheer for one of their own in the Olympics. Trevor Moore, of Naples, has qualified for the US Olympic Sailing ..
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Tufano home after accident involving Tampa Bay Rays player

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Genevieve Judge

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- A Charlotte County man is now recovering at home after being in the hospital for several weeks.Tony Tufano was riding his motorcycle when he was hit and left wi..
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What does 2nd degree murder charge against Zimmerman mean?

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Genevieve Judge

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- George Zimmerman will have a bond hearing, where his attorney plans to ask for his release.  WINK News wanted to know what the difference is between first ..
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Current drought shrinks Cape Coral's canals

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Rachael Rafanelli

CAPE CORAL, Fla -- The hot, dry weather is shrinking Cape Coral's canals. The city is fighting the dry weather to keep those canals full and is taking steps to make sure they don't..
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Semi-truck rollover blocks I-75 NB on ramp at Luckett

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

FORT MYERS, Fla.-  A tractor trail has rolled over on the I-75 northbound ramp at Luckett Rd. in Fort Myers. Drivers should seek an alternate route.
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Prison offsets costs by growing hydroponic food

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Howie Grace

CHARLOTTE COUNTY Fla.- Two years ago, Colonel Derek Snider knew he wanted to put in a hydroponic food garden at the prison. There was just one small problem, he had no money to do ..
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Businesses get second chance at BP payout

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Erin Maloney

FORT MYERS, Fla.- It's been almost two years since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Business owners like John Paeno say they're just now beginning to recover. We first met Paen..
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