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Hearing delayed for vegan mom in starvation death of son

Aug. 08, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A vegan woman convicted of murder in the malnutrition death of her young son must wait a bit longer to learn her sentence. Sheila O'Leary, 38, whose family followed a strict vegan diet, was convicted in June on six charges — first-degree murder,...

Experts: SW Florida to see daily tidal floods by 2100

Aug. 07, 2022 03:15 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — There will only be one day in the year 2100 where nuisance high tide flooding isn’t an issue in the Fort Myers area. Naples will be flooded by incoming tides every day, according to the latest tide predictions coming from the National Oceanic and...

‘The Birds’ attempts world record at Fort Myers’ Lab Theater

Jun. 25, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Every night, the audience throws things at actor Steven Michael Kennedy. And it’s not just the theater audience: The cast and crew throw things, too. They’re not attacking Kennedy with rotten tomatoes, though. They’re throwing Peeps —...

2 taken to hospital after emergency landing on golf course

Jun. 01, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

WAYNE, Pa. (AP) — Two people were taken to a hospital after a small plane made an emergency landing on a golf course in eastern Pennsylvania, authorities said. Police in eastern Chester County responded just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday following reports of a crash at St. David's...

Florida 5th grader accused of making school shooting threat

May. 30, 2022 13:22 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A 10-year-old Florida fifth grade student has been arrested after making a school threat, sheriff's officials said. Investigators learned of the threats made by the boy on Saturday and arrested him, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a social media...

Former prison guard sentenced in drug smuggling scheme

May. 23, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida state prison guard has been sentenced two years and six months in federal prison for participating in a scheme to smuggle drugs into a facility. Leslie Samuel Spencer, 49, of Port Charlotte, was sentenced Friday in Fort Myers federal court,...

Officials: 3 Florida panthers struck and killed by vehicles

May. 16, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Three endangered Florida panthers have died after being struck by vehicles over the past week. They're the 12th, 13th and 14th panther deaths attributed to fatal collisions, out of 14 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife...