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‘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...

Florida woman guilty in nightclub shooting that killed 2

May. 03, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman was convicted Tuesday for her part in a 2016 Florida nightclub shooting that left two teenagers dead and 14 other people injured. A Lee County jury found Kierra Kashayla Russ, 24, guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of...

Stuck in Florida wetlands, woman is rescued by helicopter

Apr. 24, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they were able to rescue a woman by helicopter after she was stuck in the vast marshland of a Florida state park. Various agencies were deployed to the 11,000-acre (4,450-hectare) Estero Bay Preserve State Park on the Gulf Coast south of...

NOAA seeks person who impaled dolphin found dead in Florida

Apr. 16, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking the public for helping finding the person who impaled a dolphin that was found dead on a Florida beach last month. The bottlenose dolphin was impaled with a spear-like object just above its...

Miami-Dade mayor declares housing affordability crisis

Apr. 09, 2022 13:05 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of Miami-Dade County has declared a crisis in South Florida when it comes to housing affordability. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava on Friday said that Miami-Dade has become one of the most unaffordable places to live in the U.S. Rents in the...

Florida man accused of filming 2 girls in store fitting room

Apr. 08, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A 29-year-old man is accused of filming two young girls as they tried on clothes in a fitting room at a southwest Florida Walmart store, sheriff's officials said. The girls, ages 4 and 12, told their father, who confronted the man as he fled the store near...