A new insect invasion hits SWFL

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- An insect invasion across Southwest Florida isn't just damaging your plants...it's also wreaking havoc on cars, boats and patios! It's called whitefly and it's le..
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Edison State gets community input in search for president

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The search is on to find a new president for Edison State College. Tuesday, local business leaders met with the company charged with filling the position to give ..
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The battle over Zander McCready continues in Lee Co.

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Our cameras are inside a Lee County courtroom for a custody hearing for Zander McCready, the son of country singer Mindy McCready. In November, WINK News broke th..
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CCSO investigates shooting and slashing incidents

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives continue their investigations into two incidents, one a stabbing and the other a shooting early Saturday morning i..
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Veteran's service dog stolen from backyard

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- The Lee County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect who stole a veteran's service dog. Police were called to the 3300 block of Unice Avenue S. after the ..
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Florida Book Awards winners announced

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Book Awards has announced its 2012 winners.    Winners were announced earlier this month.    Margaret Cardillo wo..
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Elderly woman left in car outside S. Fla. casino

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (AP) - Police say a caretaker left a 95-year-old woman in a car for almost two hours while she went gambling in a South Florida casino.    Author..
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Fla. deputies searching for gasoline thieves

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A hazardous material team and the bomb squad are at the scene of an attempted gasoline theft in the Tampa Bay area.    Hillsborough County Sheriff..
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FHP asks public's help in locating witness to a car crash

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla.- The Florida Highway Patrol is requesting assistance in locating a witness to a serious vehicle accident in Desoto County. A vehicle crash involving serious bod..
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Fla. teacher dies during Pres. Day fishing outing

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Police say a 54-year-old elementary school teacher died during a President's Day fishing trip.    Sarasota police spokesman Paul Sutton says Ca..
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Pastor found dead 5 months after church shooting

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A Florida pastor has been found dead in his home five months after he was shot at a central Florida church.    Polk County Sheriff's officials ..
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Man tries to pass $9,659 tax refund check with fake license

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

ENGLEWOOD, Fla.- A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy arrested a Deep Creek man for trying to pass a $9,659 tax refund check with a fake driver’s license at an Englewood busin..
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FMPD arrests 4 in bust

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Four Lee County residents were arrested on various drug charges after several neighbors complained about ongoing drug activity. Over the weekend, police conducted..
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FL Budget panel considering texting and driving ban

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Caroline Hayden

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Senate's budget panel is expected to consider a statewide texting-while-driving ban that has eluded passage for several years. The Budget Committe..
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Ave Maria University files federal suit

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Melinda Zinni

NAPLES, Fla.– Ave Maria University announced today that the University is seeking declaratory and injunctive relief from a federal court in Florida, because the U.S. Departme..
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Spring Break camps at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Melinda Zinni

FORT MYERS, Fla.     We're Kickin' it with Kyle at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium.   The Nature Center has the perfect after school program ..
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2 Universities could have power to decide state tuition

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Jessica Whelan

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Two Florida universities could soon have wide power to decide how much to charge students. Florida lawmakers are pushing ahead with a plan that would allow..
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WINK News uncovers more victims in Naples Real Estate scam

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Colby Robertson

NAPLES, Fla -- WINK News uncovers a Naples Real Estate broker arrested for stealing rent money from clients is now accused of ripping off contractors too. 41-year-old Theresia Helt..
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Banks paying homeowners to move out, avoid foreclosure

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Jeremiah Jacobsen

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Some of the nation's biggest banks are starting to pay homeowners to move out. It's the latest strategy by the country's largest lenders to avoid the long and co..
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Fans frustrated after Jet Blue Park tours sell out early

Updated 2 yearss ago   
By: Genevieve Judge

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Major league frustration.  Hundreds went to Jet Blue Park on Monday for the first day of public tours only to be met with a sign saying sold out.  The..
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