Southern Baptists takes steps to address future sex abuse allegations

Leaders with the Southern Baptist Church met this week in order to vote on how to prevent future sexual abuse in the church. The vote comes after a 300-page report detailing the mishandling of multiple sexual abuse allegations. The report details stories of sexual abuse and stonewalling in the Southern Baptist Convention for decades. David […]

Emerito Marquez

Man charged with animal cruelty after dog is found with legs, mouth taped

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man who is accused of taping up a dog and leaving them alone on a busy road in North Fort Myers. Sheriff Carmine Marceno said Emerito Marquez, 25, is facing a felony animal cruelty charge after a dog was found with its mouth and legs bound with […]


SWFL activists want to know if local politicians support Senate’s gun safety reform

Lawmakers are working on getting gun safety reform through the Senate. Over the weekend, Senators from both sides of the aisle reached an agreement. The law hasn’t been written yet, but it is filibuster-proof because 10 Republicans have already agreed in initial support of the framework. The framework includes money to help states create, implement, […]

ATP Flight School trains the next generation of pilots

Having a cockpit for an office has been Zachary Klauser’s dream for as long as he can remember. And he’s on track to do just that with 250 hours of flight time and even more study time under his belt, he’s inching closer and closer to his dream every day. “As a kid, I would […]

Now under scrutiny, social-emotional learning once hoped to stem school violence

A week after a gunman killed 19 kids and two teachers inside a Texas elementary school, a school safety bill sits on Gov. DeSantis’ desk. The bill attempts to improve transparency around school emergencies. It increases school safety officer requirements, increases youth mental health training and more. It’s an update to legislation passed back in […]

Semitruck falls off I-75 overpass at Alico Road after fiery crash

A semitruck was hanging off the side of the I-75 overpass at Alico Road in Lee County for hours after a fiery crash around 8:30 Friday morning. Northbound I-75 was closed for more than five hours while the fire was extinguished, the truck was removed and debris from the trailer’s load was cleaned up. Westbound […]

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SWFL students reflecting on a school year that returned to normal

The school year is ending in Southwest Florida, and students are looking back fondly on a year when things returned to normal after the pandemic. As they get ready to start their summer, they also can’t help but think about the lives lost in Texas. One student said he couldn’t help but think of his […]

How to talk to your child about school shootings

The Uvalde school shooting that killed 19 students and two adults is difficult to understand for grown-ups. But it’s even harder for children to grasp. A child psychologist at Lee Health said it’s better to speak to children about what’s happening before they begin to learn about it on their own. The question is not […]


Community want change to dangerous intersection after couple dies

A dangerous intersection has a Lee County community pushing for change. The intersection is off of Palm Beach Blvd. and River Hall Pkwy. Last week a couple died in the intersection when a dump truck ran a red light and hit their car. A petition is circulating asking the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for more […]