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Cooks' 25 points leads NJIT past Florida Gulf Coast

Jan. 25, 2020 9:17 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Zach Cooks scored 25 points including the go-ahead basket with 75 seconds left and NJIT beat Florida Gulf Coast 56-54 on Saturday. Jalen Warren's off balance jump shot fell through but the officials waived it off as time expired to end the game. The Eagles'Zach Scott tied it at 54...

Florida Gulf Coast beats Kennesaw State 73-51

Jan. 16, 2020 9:48 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gulf Coast held Kennesaw State to 51 points on 20.9% shooting and had 10 blocks en route to a 73-51 win on Thursday night. Both marks represented season bests for the Eagles. Caleb Catto had 11 points for Florida Gulf Coast, and Zach Scott added 10 points and six rebounds....

In this Jan. 7, 2020 image from video, a small eaglet, known as E14 rests in its nest in Fort Myers, Fla. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam said in a Facebook post that the eaglet has died. The reproductive cycles of the eaglet's parents have been viewed across the globe through a live webcam. (Dick Pritchett Real Estate via AP)

Offspring of popular eagle cam birds dies in Florida ranch

Jan. 15, 2020 3:13 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The offspring of two bald eagles observed on a popular live webcam has died in a Florida ranch. The Southwest Florida Eagle Cam said Wednesday in a Facebook post that an eaglet of Harriet and M15 died. The post did not specify how the eaglet named E14 died, but it said the bird was...

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2018 photo made available by the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Fla., shows Jose Raul Bonilla under arrest. Bonilla, who shot several people, killing one, at a zombie-themed festival in Florida more than four years ago, was sentenced on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, to 30 years in prison. (Lee County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Shooter at Florida zombie festival gets 30 years in prison

Jan. 13, 2020 8:30 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The man who shot several people, killing one, at a zombie-themed festival in Florida more than four years ago was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in prison. Jose Raul Bonilla, 24, was sentenced after pleading no contest to second-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and...

5 teens rescued in Florida river after boat capsizes

Jan. 12, 2020 11:37 AM EST

FORT MYERS (AP) — Five teens were rescued after their boat capsized in a Florida river and threw them into the water, officials said. The Lee County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that a good Samaritan called for help and assisted crew members in the rescue in the Caloosahatchee River of Fort...

Popular carousel finds new home at The Shell Factory

Jan. 12, 2020 3:00 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — For 25 years, the antique carousel entertained kids and families at St. Augustine’s Davenport Park with its painted horses and cheerful calliope music. Now the restored 1927 carousel has a new home at The Shell Factory & Nature Park in North Fort Myers, where it quietly...

Troopers: 2 men die when car slams into tree in Fort Myers

Jan. 8, 2020 9:12 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Two men are dead following a car crash early Wednesday morning in Fort Myers, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Porter Danforth White, 19, apparently lost control of his Volkswagen Golf, ran off the road and hit a concrete median and then slammed into a tree., troopers said....

Duck with blow-gun dart stuck in the head spotted in Florida

Jan. 5, 2020 3:13 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A female Muscovy duck has been spotted wandering near a Florida city's downtown with what looks like a blow-gun dart stuck through her head and wildlife officials are investigating. The Fort Myers News-Press reported the most recent sighting was Sunday. "She seems more skittish,"...

Final season of greyhound races signals end of an era

Jan. 5, 2020 3:00 AM EST

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — “Oh, here comes Sparky.” Bob Heskin sat with his wife, Nancy, along the track at Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Racing and Poker. The electric bait rabbit, referred to as Sparky, sped along the rail during a Wednesday afternoon dog race. The gates opened, and eight...

Florida Gulf Coast holds off Lipscomb rally, wins 68-61

Jan. 4, 2020 10:15 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Sam Gagliardi posted 14 points as Florida Gulf Coast defeated Lipscomb 68-61 on Saturday night. Lipscomb trailed by 11 points at halftime then drew within 65-59 on a 3-pointer by Andrew Fleming with 2:04 remaining in the second half. However, the Bisons' only points after that came...