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Driver wanted after spitting at injured cyclist in Naples

news-press.com — Florida Highway Patrol has requested a warrant for the arrest of a driver who plowed into a bicyclist in North Naples and fled after reportedly spitting and cursing at the broken and bleeding 25-year-old. Angela Licciardi, 42, of Naples was listed as the driver of the Honda Accord that hit Griffin Shallow from behind around 11 p.m.
Nov 26, 2014

"Driver wanted after spitting at injured cyclist in Naples" | newspr.es/1rlrYqZ via @thenewspress #swfl #sharetheroad

Nov 26, 2014

RT @craigtimes: Oh #Florida! Driver hits bicyclist, stops car, checks if he's alive, then cusses him out, spits on him & flees. http://t.co…

Nov 26, 2014

Oh #Florida! Driver hits bicyclist, stops car, checks if he's alive, then cusses him out, spits on him & flees. news-press.com/story/news/cri…

Nov 26, 2014

Lots of bike haters out there. Driver wanted after spitting at injured cyclist in Naples newspr.es/1rlrYqZ via @thenewspress

Nov 26, 2014

Driver wanted after spitting at injured cyclist in Naples newspr.es/1rlrYqZ via @thenewspress #sharetheroadflorida

Island Coast coach Wayne Blair returns home

news-press.com — The Island Coast Gators are going on the road, while their first-year head coach is heading home on the very same trip. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Island Coast High School football coach Wayne Blair, a 39-year-old, Canadian-born music buff and one-time NFL prospect hopes to continue one of the best coaching debuts in Lee County history.
Nov 26, 2014

The @ichighschool Gators are on the road, which suits coach Wayne Blair just fine. He's returning home.: newspr.es/1vOWP0e

Nov 26, 2014

Island Coast coach Wayne Blair returns home newspr.es/1zYwI5J via @thenewspress @ichsfootball @ichighschool @FlaHSFootball

10 Things to do Thanksgiving weekend

news-press.com — Last year's event featured 16 sculptors from three continents and this year's Championship promises to be even more exciting and will be the largest sand sculpting competition in the State. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Nov. 30. $5 for adults and children over 12. Children under 12 are free.

UConn women’s basketball gives tournament credibility

news-press.com — The next three nights will go a long way to determine the long-term viability of the Gulf Coast Showcase. It's one thing to draw fans when one of the FGCU teams is playing in your tournament. It's another thing entirely to draw 3,000 fans nightly when they are not.
Nov 26, 2014

UConn women’s basketball gives tournament credibility newspr.es/1rmzG48 via @thenewspress @uconnwbb @uconn @uconnathletics

Florida man accused of making meth in public bathroom

news-press.com — NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a 20-year-old man is accused of trying to set up a meth lab in a restroom at a park in New Smyrna Beach. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports a construction worker called 911 on Tuesday to report smoke that smelled of chemicals and acid coming from the men's bathroom at Detwiler Park.
Nov 26, 2014

This dude is breaking bad - Florida man accused of making meth in public bathroom newspr.es/1rkp8CK via @thenewspress

Boat stolen in Cape Coral

news-press.com — Cape Coral police are looking for a stolen boat. The boat, a 2009 Grady White 330 Express, was taken from a boat lift along 449 Bayshore Drive sometime between 6 p.m. on Nov. 16 and the following morning, according to a police statement.

Lehigh Acres roads to be resurfaced

news-press.com — An additional 58 Lehigh Acres roads will soon be resurfaced under a contract that is expected to be approved Tuesday. Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann announced that the Board of County Commissioners will approve the contract funded by local option gas taxes.

UConn women's basketball practice

news-press.com — The UConn women's basketball team practices at Alico Arena on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
Nov 26, 2014

.@UConn women's Wednesday basketball practice from Fort Myers, Fla newspr.es/1zYs4EF via @thenewspress @UConnWBB @UConnHuskies

Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams Jr. will perform at SWFL fest

news-press.com — Country stars Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams Jr. and Billy Currington will perform at Florida Tracks and Trails adventure park this April, the new Charlotte County attraction announced today. More major acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks for the three-day Country Life Music Festival.
Nov 26, 2014

Hank Williams Jr. and Charlie Daniels have just been announced for April's country fest at Florida Tracks and Trails. news-press.com/story/entertai…

Tell Mel: Buy, don't lease, FPL surge protectors

news-press.com — You don't remember my 2008 column in praise of surge protectors? I don't blame you. Neither did I. My memory was jogged after I received an email from Carole Farrington of Fort Myers, who wrote to ask: "Is there any nice way you can caution readers to investigate the possibility of buying equipment before being persuaded to pay a monthly fee for it?"

Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson helps homeless

Nov 26, 2014

RT @SteveBacon1: Greenfield's own. RT "@DavidADorsey: Twins Kyle Gibson gives back in adopted home Fort Myers. Nice video interview. newspr.es/1xCn0mq

Nov 26, 2014

RT @34badger34: Good guy "@DavidADorsey: @MikeBerardino Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson gives back in his adopted hometown of Fort Myers. newspr.es/1xCn0mq"

Nov 25, 2014

RT @DavidADorsey: @LaVelleNeal Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson gives back in his adopted hometown of Fort Myers. newspr.es/1xCn0mq

Nov 25, 2014

RT @DavidADorsey: @MikeBerardino Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson gives back in his adopted hometown of Fort Myers. newspr.es/1xCn0mq

Nov 25, 2014

@kgib44 Thanks for making a difference in our adopted hometown. Helps make up for going to #Mizzou. #RockChalk newspr.es/1xCn0mq

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FGCU smothers Dons to reach Showcase title game

news-press.com — Showing its capacity yet again to win with different styles, the FGCU men's basketball team continues distinguishing itself among mid-major programs. The Eagles can climb another rung tonight. Dominating the middle 20 minutes Tuesday night with suffocating defense and a 42-13 run, FGCU routed San Francisco, 62-47, in the Gulf Coast Showcase before a crowd of 3,027 in Germain Arena to advance to tonight's title game against Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Nov 26, 2014

Hicks: "My purpose coming back was to show I rebounded from the injury. I’m getting a lot of fulfillment." newspr.es/11Tvr4L

Nov 26, 2014

Hicks: "I know what keeps me on the floor: defense, rebound, screens. I take pride in that, just trying to have fun." newspr.es/11Tvr4L

Nov 26, 2014

Lots of toughness to go around from @FGCU_mbb, but none more than @Capta1nRedBeard in return from ACL tear in March. newspr.es/11Tvr4L

Small Business Saturday puts spotlight on local stores

news-press.com — Jennifer Williams doesn't intend to compete with doorbusters or online lightning deals, but she does hope her regulars and newcomers alike will make room on their holiday shopping lists for locally owned small businesses like hers. Williams owns Jennifer's, the Fort Myers women's boutique celebrating 32 years in business this month as she encourages customers to "shop small."

Rain, winds hitting SWFL this afternoon

news-press.com — A string of severe thunderstorms will work their way down Florida today, bringing heavy rains and possible flooding conditions to the Fort Myers area. The National Weather Service is calling for upwards of 4.5 inches of rain just north of Lake Okeechobee and an inch or more for Southwest Florida.

Family-friendly events this Thanksgiving weekend

news-press.com — There's the sand sculpting championship on Fort Myers Beach, "A Christmas Carol" and "The Nutcracker" at Broadway Palm and holiday events all over Southwest Florida. For many families, this is one of the longest weekends of the year. We've got you covered with things to do.

New ambulances ready to roll on Lee County roads

news-press.com — Two new ambulances for Lee County EMS were unveiled today, part of a fleet of 11 that should be in place by early next year. The new ambulances will replace the oldest and most costly trucks in the 55-vehicle fleet. Read or Share this story: http://newspr.es/1vK5zof
Nov 25, 2014

From @MichaelBraunNP: New ambulances ready to roll on Lee County roads newspr.es/1vK5zof via @thenewspress

Trailer: 'Penguins of Madagascar'

news-press.com — Four penguins named Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with an undercover organization to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it in 'Penguins of Madagascar.'

Fired animal services employees sue Lee County

news-press.com — Two fired Lee Domestic Animal Services employees are suing the county. Former DAS Director Donna Ward and Operation Manager Glenn Johnson filed a lawsuit Monday against Lee County. The 102-page complaint states that Ward and Johnson were protected under the state's Whistle-blower's Act, but were fired because of complaints sent to county commissioners.

Fort Myers High's Brunson does his best Sammy Watkins impression

news-press.com — James Brunson has Sammy Watkins on his mind. The Fort Myers High School senior wide receiver also has displayed glimpses of the Fort Myers native in his game. Like Watkins, a Buffalo Bills wide receiver and a 2011 South Fort Myers High graduate, Brunson wants to attend Clemson University.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @JimattheBank: JMU! He would be a good get RT @DavidADorsey: In which James Brunson does his best impression of @sammywatkins. newspr.es/1ybFEEi

Nov 26, 2014

@larryblustein In which Fort Myers High WR James Brunson does his best impression of Sammy Watkins. newspr.es/1ybFEEi

Nov 26, 2014

@FlaHSFootball In which James Brunson, a Fort Myers High WR, does his best impression of @sammywatkins newspr.es/1ybFEEi