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Fake Uber driver gets 30 years for sexually assaulting teen

Jun. 18, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who pretended to be an Uber driver to sexually assault a college student has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Willie Foust pleaded guilty to sexual battery after the victim testified at his trial. The woman was an 18-year-old Florida Gulf Coast University freshman...

Ex-Florida player charged with murder in wife's 2016 death

Jun. 9, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A former University of Florida football player, Earl Antonio "Tony" Joiner, has been arrested and charged with killing his wife in a case dating to 2016, police said. A former safety at Florida under then-Coach Urban Meyer, Joiner was arrested Saturday on a charge of second-degree...

Nursery wants southwest Florida's first marijuana license

May. 26, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Fort Myers nursery owner is competing for one of Florida's coveted full-service medical marijuana licenses and facing one challenge after another — even suing the state for a license he says he's owed. The owner of FTG nursery, John Allen, and his partner William Reese, a...

Minnesota woman indicted in husband's fatal shooting

May. 23, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

MANTORVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A grand jury in Minnesota indicted a 57-year-old woman who authorities allege fatally shot her husband before fleeing to Florida and killing a woman there. The Dodge County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Lois Riess on first- and second-degree murder charges. Riess is accused of...

Impossible Foods debuts meatless sausage at Little Caesars

May. 20, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Plant-based burger maker Impossible Foods is debuting its second product — meatless sausage crumbles — on Little Caesars pizza. Little Caesars will start testing the Impossible Supreme Pizza on Monday at 58 restaurants in Fort Myers, Florida; Yakima, Washington; and...

After suicide attempt, teen finds help and fairy tale ending

May. 18, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Lizandra studied the paper on her desk, but her mind was not on freshman math. She was thinking of ways to commit suicide. Maybe she could use scissors. A pencil. A knife. Later she searched online for information on the anti-depressant she was taking; she has forgotten the name,...

After regular Baker Act committals, program helps teen

May. 11, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Caleb Caldwell's delicate peace with himself wavered earlier this year when a violent outburst nearly led to a mental health evaluation under Florida's Baker Act — yet again. The 19-year-old from Naples had skipped some of the medications he takes to treat symptoms of his bipolar...

Florida man gets life for fatally stabbing girlfriend

May. 10, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing his girlfriend, who was in bed with her young child at the time of the attack. Court records show that 51-year-old Freddie Harris was sentenced Thursday. He was convicted of second-degree murder, child abuse and...

Man guilty of fatally shooting son, faces life sentence

May. 7, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been convicted of fatally shooting his 20-year-old son during an argument. Court records show 41-year-old Jonathan Brunelle was found guilty Saturday of second-degree murder. He faces a possible life sentence at a June 10 hearing. Prosecutors say Brunelle and his...

2 killed in wrong-way DUI crash

May. 1, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two men are dead and a third is facing charges after an alcohol-related, wrong-way crash. The News-Press reports that the crash happened Monday night in Cape Coral. Police say 35-year-old William Frederick Bohl V was driving his pickup truck east in a westbound lane...