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Winners of 2018 Florida AP Broadcasters Association awards

Apr. 17, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Winners of the 2018 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Association Pro Contest have been announced in Orlando, Fla. Thirty-seven radio and television stations submitted 581 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories from 2018. A list of the winners announced...

State doesn't charge sheriff accused of threatening woman

Apr. 13, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have closed an investigation against a sheriff after a woman said he threatened her when she refused to abort a baby she says he fathered. The News-Press reports that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Friday it won't charge Lee County Sheriff Carmine...

Sheriff: Florida man caught on video abusing alligator

Apr. 9, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a 19-year-old Florida man after finding videos of him hitting a young alligator and placing a cigarette in its mouth. Lee County Sheriff's officials say they received numerous complaints during a crime spree on Fort Myers Beach in March, which led...

1 dead after being ejected from boat off Florida coast

Apr. 4, 2019 4:14 AM EDT

PINE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Officials say one person was killed in a boating accident off Florida's Gulf coast. The News-Press reports that the crash happened Wednesday morning in the Pine Island Sound, near Captiva Island and Cayo Costa. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says three people...

14-yr-old Florida boy killed, 2 teens charged with murer

Apr. 1, 2019 3:51 AM EDT

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. (AP) — Deputies say an arrangement between three Florida teens to buy a tactical vest ended with a 14-year-old boy dead and two charged with murder. Lee County Sheriff's officials say the three teens met Saturday and that J'Martin Hixon had planned to buy the vest he'd seen on an online...

Florida man charged in 2012 cold case killing

Mar. 30, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been charged in the cold case killing involving a 28-year-old woman. A U.S. Marshall's Task Force says Jonathan Adolfo Espinosa has been charged with second-degree murder and sexual battery in the 2012 death of Shirley Zerna. The victim was found dead in an...

Girl killed by hit-and-run driver on way to bus stop

Mar. 26, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old Florida girl was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking to a school bus stop. The News-Press reports that Layla Aiken was rushed to a hospital Monday morning and later died. Cape Coral police say the driver who hit Layla fled the scene. School...

Price, boosted by big October outings, aims for Bosox repeat

Mar. 24, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — It wasn't an offseason weight-loss program, but pitcher David Price is entering the 2019 season much lighter. A tremendous burden has been lifted from his shoulders. The Boston Red Sox lefty has finally gotten rid of the postseason demons that had been haunting him for much of his...

Sale, Red Sox agree to deal adding $145 million from 2020-24

Mar. 23, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — After winning a World Series with the Red Sox, Chris Sale preferred to stay in Boston rather than find out what he would be worth as a free agent after this season. "When half the league isn't trying to win anything, and we have a team that's trying to win every year? That says a...

Pedroia on missing another opener: 'It is what it is'

Mar. 21, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia feels ready for opening day. Considering what it took to get to that point, the Boston Red Sox are erring on the side of caution. Pedroia will miss Boston's opener for the second straight season, staying in extended spring training to rehab his left knee, on which he...