Latest Fort Myers News

Man accused of bludgeoning father on boat gets 9 years

Sep. 16, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man accused of bludgeoning his father to death aboard a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Mexico has been sentenced to nine years and seven months in prison. Court records show that 32-year-old Casey Hickok was sentenced Monday in Fort Myers federal court. He pleaded guilty in...

Ex-UAW official pleads guilty in broad corruption probe

Sep. 4, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A former United Auto Workers official accused of taking about $2 million in kickbacks from vendors has pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy charges. Mike Grimes, of Fort Myers, Florida, entered the pleas Wednesday in a Detroit federal court. He faces roughly four years or more...

Florida man gets life in prison for death of Wisconsin wife

Aug. 30, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A 79-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of his wife, whose body has never been found 40 years after she disappeared in Wisconsin. John Bayerl received a mandatory life sentence Friday after jurors in Waukesha County found him guilty of first-degree...

AP Was There: Hurricane heads for Florida coast

Aug. 30, 2019 1:39 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, which hit the Florida Keys, was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the United States, based on barometric pressure. The hurricane killed 408 people and was one of the 10 deadliest storms in U.S. history. The Associated Press was there and published this...

Autonomous vehicle company Waymo to test in Florida rain

Aug. 20, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google autonomous vehicle spinoff Waymo says it will start testing on public roads in Florida to better experience heavy rain. The Mountain View, California, company says tests will begin this month in the Miami area and include highway driving to Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers....

Florida governor asked for no storms in Western Wall prayer

Aug. 19, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor says when he visited the Western Wall in Israel in May he followed tradition by sticking a slip of paper with a written prayer in between crevices of the ancient structure. Gov. Ron DeSantis revealed Monday that his prayer said, "Good Lord, spare us hurricanes...