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Gopher tortoise found branded in North Port

Investigators are looking into who branded an animal listed as threatened in the state. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said a large hand print...
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Teens caught on cam entering private dock, spraying fire extinguishers

Investigators say a large group of teens were caught up to no good. Last Friday, Naples Police Department says it received reports from the Mangrove...
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Collier County in talks with Great Wolf Resorts about future lodge

Another large resort could be developed in Southwest Florida in the future. It’s would cater to families. What could become a future Great Wolf Lodge...
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Family says 15-year-old daughter held at gunpoint during Cape Coral home robbery

Cape Coral Police Department is investigating a recently reported armed robbery at a home in Cape Coral. Family members called police after they said an...
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Fire destroys mobile home in Suncoast Estates in North Fort Myers

North Fort Myers Fire Control & Rescue Service District responded to a fire that destroyed a double-wide mobile home in the Suncoast Estates community...

Suspect led Fort Myers police on chase into North Fort Myers before arrest

Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested suspect Rodrick Kanrad Campbell, 24, in North Fort Myers Wednesday in an effort to assist Fort Myers Police Department...
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Questions remain after Florida COVID-19 vaccines delayed by winter storm

Many people are wondering about vaccine distribution in Southwest Florida after a winter storm across the U.S. held up the supply. When the first shots...
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Teachers over 50 are hopeful they can receive the COVID-19 vaccine soon

Teachers have renewed energy knowing those who are 50 and over will get the COVID-19 vaccine soon. But that won't take the strain off the...
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Bayfront Health Port Charlotte closes a COVID-19 unit with cases trending down

The number of positive coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are down so much a Southwest Florida hospital is closing one of it COVID-19 units. The CDC...
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Police association supports former FMPD officer in quest to get job back

An officer accused of neglecting a 3-year-old girl after pulling over her mother with drugs in the car is no longer employed by a...
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FGCU students hope school will offer in-person graduation

A couple of Florida schools have announced in-person ceremonies with changes for this year, but that's not the case for one Southwest Florida school. The...
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Inspiring People: Harry Chapin Food Bank volunteer

While WINK News has raised over $400,000 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank to turn into 1 million meals, it still need volunteers. One...
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Waters releases continue to Caloosahatchee due to Lake O levels high for this time...

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday Lake Okeechobee is nearly three feet higher than it was this time last year. It all comes...

Choices expand for safety-conscious consumers, as 90 vehicles earn IIHS awards

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is recognizing 49 models for providing the highest level of safety — more than double the number that...
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Minnesota couple finds missing cat in Collier County

A cat that went missing has been found. It took three weeks and one day for Cody Dornbusch and Samantha Racine to find their lost...
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Proposed bill aims to rein in property insurance costs, curb abuse

Homeowners' insurance prices are climbing, with one report saying Florida's property and casualty industry is "spiraling toward collapse." Now, Florida lawmakers are trying to make...
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Top three unemployment system issues plaguing jobless in SWFL, explained

Nearly a year into the pandemic, issues continue to plague jobless people across the state. Despite doing exactly what the Department of Economic Opportunity recommends,...
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Southwest Florida Lee County Fair opens Thursday

The Southwest Florida Lee County Fair is back but with some changes thanks to the pandemic. The organizers for the fair put the finishing touches...

DEO launches ‘Chat with Us’ feature for live representative assistance

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the department that handles unemployment claims, launched an online "Chat with Us" feature on Tuesday to help claimants...

Florida man charged with trying to join Islamic militants

A Florida man traveled to Turkey and attempted to enter Syria so he could help Islamic State militants, according to an indictment by a...

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