Military surplus equipment to police: Program 1033 in SWFL

Updated 1 week ago   
By: Haley Hinds

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - We have a follow-up to a WINK News investigation on military surplus equipment being transferred to police officers. It's a program that's been around since the..
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Military equipment used by police:necessary for protection?

Updated 1 week ago   
By: Haley Hinds

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - Protests marred by violence in Ferguson, Missouri are causing police to roll out military surplus vehicles and equipment to hold crowds back.Some groups are now..
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National vs. state vs. local: where your charity money goes

Updated 1 week ago   
By: Haley Hinds

FORT MYERS, Fla. - People all around the country are pouring buckets of ice water on their heads, hoping to raise money for the ALS Association. And, they are - millions, in fact. ..
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Charity check: know who you're donating to

Updated 1 week ago   
By: Haley Hinds

FORT MYERS, Fla. - You can't turn on a computer without coming across another ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The viral fundraiser has raised millions of dollars for ALS, also known as L..
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Soldier fights IRS for money he is owed

Updated 3 weeks ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

FORT MYERS, Fla.- A soldier has waited months for his tax return due to an error with the IRS and Treasury Department. Sgt. Thomas Stauber is stationed at Fort Drum; however, his m..
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Gas station threatens move or be towed during floods

Updated 3 weeks ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

NAPLES, Fla.-A Naples' woman said her car may have suffered flood damage, after a gas station told her she had to move her car during Monday's record rainfall or it would tow her c..
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Comcast technician fired after caught stealing from his boss

Updated 4 weeks ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Lehigh Acres, FL.-A Comcast technician is accused of pocketing labor fees, instead of documenting them. Joe and Jan Kirkup have been working on a home they purchased in Lehigh Acre..
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Consumer Reports: The dangers of painkillers

Updated 4 weeks ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Prescriptions have climbed 300 percent in the past decade, and drugs containing the narcotic hydrocodone are the most commonly prescribed medications, according to a recent Consume..
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Make telemarketers pay you

Updated 4 weeks ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

FORT MYERS, Fla.- WINK News found you can sue telemarketers up to $1,500 per call. According to the Telephone Consumers Protection Act or TCPA, it is illegal for a telemarketer to ..
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WINK News anchor fights to clear name after ID theft

Updated 1 month ago   
By: Cayle Thompson

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country, according to the FBI, with a new victim every two seconds.And it can happen to anybody.WINK News aske..
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Woman out $17,000 after company files her taxes incorrectly

Updated 1 month ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A Port Charlotte woman claimed H&R Block filed her taxes wrong for the last six years, costing her thousands of dollars. Suzanne Kyre told WINK News when ..
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Laser strikes: "A real threat to aviation safety"

Updated 1 month ago   
By: Haley Hinds

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - It's a prank that can send you to prison: aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.In the last few years, reports of laser strikes have gone up at alarming levels ..
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Consumer Report: How to find the best freebies

Updated 1 month ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Lee County, FL.- If you think there is no such thing as a free lunch, think again. WINK News found the best ways to hunt down a 'freebie.' Kalyn Brooke, author of CreativeSavingsBl..
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Customer: Mail delivery stops because carrier can't U-turn

Updated 1 month ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

ARCADIA, Fla.- An Arcadia man claimed his mail has ceased for several days in the last two months because the postal deliverer refused to U-turn in his driveway. Hendrik Dolleman l..
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Consumer Alert: New tool that fixes clogged drains

Updated 4 weeks ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Consumer Reports has tested a mechanical tool that fixes clogged drains affordably and without using harmful chemicals. Between plumbers and drain cleaners that are purchased at th..
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Consumer Alert: Laundry detergent pods could be dangerous

Updated 1 month ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Consumer Reports found there have been more than 20,000 calls to poison control centers since the laundry detergent pods became mainstream in 2012. Michelle Rohde's toddler Alex bi..
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The answer to payment security may be in a 'token'

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Tokenization is a practice where a random number or barcode replaces a credit card number in order to protect a person's payment information. The practice has been around for a num..
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Tow truck dumps woman in empty parking for better call

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

CAPE CORAL, Fla.-A Cape Coral towing service is being investigated for 'double dipping' on calls after it dropped a woman in a Publix parking lot to respond to a higher paying call..
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Consumer Alert: What your phone's apps are tracking

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Your smartphone’s apps may be tracking your location, contacts and other personal information. The average American has 32 apps on their phone, but many are not aware of what..
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You could be sued for a bad online review

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Companies are using certain clauses in contracts to prevent consumers from writing negative online reviews. From wedding vendors to plumbing services, you need to watch for certain..
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