2011 Crime Report out for Southwest Florida

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Rachael Rafanelli

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- We're learning 2011 was a bad year for crime in Fort Myers. The city's overall crime rate jumped up nearly 12% last year compared to 2010. But at the same time Ca..
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GOP candidates make stops in SWFL

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

The GOP candidates will be making stops across Southwest Florida on Tuesday, January 24th and Wednesday, January 25th. Below are the details for the respective candidates. Tuesday,..
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Prison privatization bills move forward in Senate

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Senate committee has cleared two bills allowing for the privatization of prisons in South Florida.    The rules committee approved the bil..
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Social Security to resume statements for some

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Social Security Administration says it will resume sending some annual benefits statements that is had halted as a way to cut costs.    Last y..
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CCSO seek suspect in credit card fraud case

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives are again asking the public to help identify new surveillance photos of a credit card fraud and grand theft suspect. The..
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Disney will allow park workers to have beards

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Workers at Disney's theme parks will be allowed to grow beards and goatees for the first time ever.    A Disney spokeswoman said Monday that the..
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World War II widow gets free home makeover

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Amanda Hall

NAPLES, Fla.- Builders in Collier County are helping an East Naples widow regain her independence. Janice Bronstein, whose late husband served in World War II, is living with Multi..
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Out-of-business bookstore donates books

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Lauren Pastrana

ESTERO, Fla.- Most of the shelves at Book Warehouse in Estero were empty when WINK News stopped by early Monday, as the growing e-book trend continues to force brick and mortar sho..
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Only on WINK:Teen talks about fighting off alleged kidnapper

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Genevieve Judge

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -- A warning for parents after a 15-year-old is nearly kidnapped in broad daylight outside her own home.  The teen said a man tried to grab her and take h..
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Sen. Rubio aide resigns after being arrested in Lee Co.

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- One of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio's top aide's has resigned after being arrested for allegedly attacking his wife. A statement has been released from Michael Brenna..
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Reaction to report on possible Edison State firing

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Mike Walcher

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Reaction is coming in to the law firm report that finds many grounds to fire suspended Edison State College President, Dr. Kenneth Walker. He dismisses the report..
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Fla. Civil Rights Hall of Fame inductees announced

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A pioneering teacher, a Baptist preacher and a U.S. congressman have been named inaugural inductees of Florida's new Civil Rights Hall of Fame.  ..
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Meth fills hospitals with burn patients

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsur..
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New waterfront property in downtown Ft. Myers' future

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

FORT MYERS, Fla.- After nearly a decade of planning, construction is set to begin on the re-development of downtown Fort Myers. In just a matter of months, the area will all be wat..
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Commissioner defends Fla. school grade rankings

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson says ranking the state's school districts is designed to start a conversation, not stigmatize those at the b..
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FPL, Progress Energy Fla. nuke charges appealed

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A clean energy group is appealing $282 million in nuclear plant costs being passed on to customers of Florida's two largest electric utilities.  ..
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Pro teams could be forced to return millions

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Professional sports teams in Florida may have to return millions in tax money under a proposal now moving in the Florida Legislature.    A S..
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CCSO makes 2nd arrest for selling illegal 'bath salts'

Updated 1 years ago   
By: Chel Bell

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's Narcotics detectives arrested the owner/manager of Charlotte Convenience Store, located at 3651 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte, fo..
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Officers seek suspects in Lehigh shooting

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- On Sunday, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Lee County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call to 818 Crystal Avenue S. in Lehigh Acres, in reference to a shoot..
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NPD and CCSO team up to arrest 8 on drug charges

Updated 3 yearss ago   
By: Chel Bell

NAPLES, Fla.- The Naples Police Department and Collier County Sheriffs Office joined forces in a narcotics investigation resulting in the arrest of eight individuals. Investigators..
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