Naples retiree on 2nd cross country trek

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Phillip Woods isn't one to take retirement sitting down. For the second time in four years, the 72-year-old Naples man is on a mission to walk across th..
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Lee Co. ponders future for prime gulf-front property and shopping village

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Lee Co. has closed on some prime real estate on Ft. Myers Beach. The county has bought a huge vacant lot, fronting the Gulf of Mexico, and also the mostly s..
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Crime scene for love gets 3 FMPD employees fired

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

FORT MYERS, Fla. - An officer and 2 dispatchers have been fired after they plotted a fake crime scene to get a pair of ex-lovers back together. Officer Jason Moore and dispatchers ..
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National recession over, but what about SWFL?

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Jeremiah Jacobsen

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Economists announced Monday the U.S. recession officially ended in June of 2009.  The National Bureau of Economic Research says the economy has been growing..
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The good and the bad for jobless in Collier

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Renee Stoll

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Unemployment concerns in Collier County. The jobless rate, more than 13 percent. However, a special forum on jobs held by the Collier County Democratic Party..
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ONLY ON WINK: Family of runaway teen speaks

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Erin Maloney

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - "This is basically kidnapping. And they took her out of the country," said Robert Hernandez. Samantha's father is relieved to know his daughter Samantha is at a ..
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Samir Cabrera released from prison

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirms Samir Cabrera was released Monday on bond. Cabrera will have to resign his original 100,000 bond. The defense wants all ch..
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Company moving 100 jobs out of SWFL because of local government

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A company is taking 100 jobs out of Southwest Florida because of a recent decision by the local government.   Last week, Collier commissioners refused t..
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Crime spree leaves businesses without A/C; stolen units found in bed of suspects truck

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - In Vicky Cross' Vegas Queen Arcade, the action on the video screens is always red hot. But late last week something was different. Vicky's shop and several..
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Possible child abduction in Port Charlotte

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Is there or isn't there a child in trouble in Port Charlotte? A call reporting a possible child abduction sent cops scrambling for clues Monday, but hours la..
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South Fort Myers home likely to be demolished, dead body kept inside for 1+ year

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Haley Hinds

SOUTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - A condemned South Fort Myers home will likely be torn down. In June, authorities found the remains of  Gail Andrews' mother amid piles of garbage and ..
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Connie Mack visits SWFL, blames White House for bad economy

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Congressman Connie Mack is blaming the White House for slowing down the economic recovery. Republican Connie Mack toured the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center ..
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Lee County Schools Dr. James Browder takes job at Edison State College

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Lee County School District Superintendent Doctor James Browder has accepted a position at Edison State College. Next year, Edison plans to open a K-8 school. Dr...
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Charlotte County detectives arrest Nashville man wanted on 10 counts of rape

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Fugitive Apprehension Squad was responsible for the arrest of a man wanted on 10 counts of rape in Nashville, Tennesse..
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Bonita Springs babysitter arrested for molesting 2 kids

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - A Bonita Springs man is in jail after deputies said he molested a pair of young relatives while he was babysitting them. 21-year-old Nicholas Lacombe is accu..
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Lynyrd Skynyrd inspiration dies in north Florida

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Leonard Skinner, the basketball coach and gym teacher who inspired the name of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died in Jacksonville. He was 77. Skinner's da..
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Deputy who had gun stolen could be disciplined

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - WINK News has learned a Collier deputy who's gun was stolen out of his unlocked vehicle could face administrative discipline. Deputy Jason Slapp wrote his su..
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Fishing pro sentenced for firearms trafficking

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An Orlando bass tournament pro, who authorities say was involved in international firearms trafficking, was sentenced to just over two years in prison in Orlan..
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US Reps fighting Fla. redistricting amendments

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Two members of Congress have launched a campaign to defeat a pair of redistricting proposals designed to stop gerrymandering that favors incumbents and the..
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Arcadia police officer fired after hitting man

Updated 4 yearss ago   
By: Christina Hernandez

ARCADIA, Fla. - An Arcadia police officer has been terminated after hitting a man. According to documents obtained by WINK News, Sergeant William Metcalf punched a man twice in the..
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