Help wanted: 1 kitten dead, 2 abandoned in Lehigh Acres

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers wants the public’s help to find someone who was seen throwing kittens out of a car window in Lehigh Acres recently, killing one of them. According to the Crime Stoppers Facebook post, around 3 p.m. Tuesday, a witness says they saw someone tossing kittens out of a car in the area […]

New CDC guidelines come down hard in favor of opening schools

New US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on education and child care come down hard in favor of opening schools, saying children don’t suffer much from coronavirus, are less likely than adults to spread it and suffer from being out of school. But the new guidelines posted Thursday do recommend that local officials should consider closing […]

First COVID-19 vaccine tested in US poised for final testing

The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had hoped, researchers reported Tuesday — as the shots are poised to begin key final testing. “No matter how you slice this, this is good news,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, told The […]

Collier County health department encourages back-to-school immunizations

Florida Department of Health in Collier County is encouraging parents and guardians of students in Collier County to get refreshed on immunization status and school requirements for their children. The health department says appointments to visit your local health department or private health care provider should be made as soon as possible for student immunizations. […]

Travelers from Florida, other states, entering or returning to Chicago must self-quarantine

In a move similar to other cities and states throughout the country, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants anyone traveling into the city from experiencing COVID-19 surges to self-quarantine for 14 days when they return starting Monday July 6. The emergency health order was issued by Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Public […]

SWFL nurse returns from responding to COVID-19 in New York

A Southwest Florida nurse who was helping those on the front lines of the coronavirus in New York has returned home. Naples Nurse Taylor Olson volunteered to help patients battling COVID-19 up north. With Florida becoming an epicenter of the pandemic, Olson is back in our region to respond. We spoke to Olson about the […]

Small protest outside President Trump’s golf resort in Doral

About 100 protesters gathered Saturday at President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Doral, just outside Miami. The protest was organized by Latinos for Black Lives Matter. Many carried signs saying such things as “Vote Him Out” and “Don’t Be A Bunker Boy,” the latter a reference to reports that Trump went into the White House […]

Saturday: George Floyd protests spread nationwide

At least 8 states call out National Guard. Police vehicles torched. More cities under curfew. Here’s what’s happening now. What to know: Protests have erupted in at least 30 US cities over the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protesters say they want to […]

Ex-congressman Allen West of Florida injured in Texas crash

Former U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida was injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday in Texas. The former congressman was in stable condition after having been airlifted to a hospital, according to a Saturday night post on West’s Facebook page. The Facebook post said West was on his motorcycle when a car cut him off, […]

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000 Americans. Sheriff’s deputies and beach patrols tried to make sure people kept their […]