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Fort Myers girl, 1, injured when car backs over her

A moment of fun outside turned into a moment of horror for a Fort Myers family. 

A mother said a family member accidentally ran over her one-year-old daughter Friday afternoon while they were having an outdoor cookout. 

“They were just having a good time, good family time,” said one neighbor. 

The neighbor says she saw the family suddenly crowd around the one-year-old. 

“I was pulling out of my driveway when I saw everybody run to a little girl, but I thought they were just playing around,” the neighbor said. 

The girl's mother said a relative was backing out of the driveway in his truck when her one-year-old ran behind it. She fell, and her arm was run over. She was rushed to the hospital. 

“Accidents do happen, but I don't know what to say,” the neighbor said. “I'm still traumatized.”

KidsandCars.org reports at least 50 children in the United States are being backed over every week.

In 70 percent of incidences, a family or close relative is the one behind the wheel. 

“People got to watch out, and they just got to pay attention to their kids. Keep an eye on your eyes 24/7,” the neighbor said. 

Despite the scary accident, the young girl's mother said her daughter is okay. 

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New details in case of teen accused of killing mother

A woman who took a North Fort Myers teen into her home before he was accused of killing his mother spoke with NBC2 on Thursday.

Deborah Coe said she still can't believe Tyrese Landrum is sitting in jail, charged with the gruesome murder of his mother, Tamara Davis.

Coe said Landrum is an abused child who never had a chance.

She took Landrum, who was 15 at the time, into her home when Davis was reported missing. Davis' body was found a week later inside their North Fort Myers home.

Coe said Landrum was well-behaved and never gave her problems. They even handed out flyers around town informing of her disappearance.

Coe has visited Landrum twice in jail and he told her he couldn't tell her the truth about what happened because he didn't want to disappoint her.

Meanwhile, Davis' boyfriend Marcus Casano moved back into the home where Davis' body was found. Neighbors said he still lives there.

As for the gruesome murder, neighbor Walter McElhone said he doesn't think Landrum is guilty.

“I don't truthfully think he did it, but that's just me. I don't think the kid did it. I think there was more involved.

Coe said she still visits Casano, who she says set up a monument to Davis in the home they shared. She also said she'll continue to support Landrum, no matter what because he shouldn't go through it alone.

Landrum is due in court next week for pre-trial conference.

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Fort Myers girl, 1, injured when car backs over her

A moment of fun outside turned into a moment of horror for a Fort Myers family. 

A mother said a family member accidentally ran over her one-year-old daughter Friday afternoon while they were having an outdoor cookout. 

“They were just having a good time, good family time,” said one neighbor. 

The neighbor says she saw the family suddenly crowd around the one-year-old. 

“I was pulling out of my driveway when I saw everybody run to a little girl, but I thought they were just playing around,” the neighbor said. 

The girl's mother said a relative was backing out of the driveway in his truck when her one-year-old ran behind it. She fell, and her arm was run over. She was rushed to the hospital. 

“Accidents do happen, but I don't know what to say,” the neighbor said. “I'm still traumatized.”

KidsandCars.org reports at least 50 children in the United States are being backed over every week.

In 70 percent of incidences, a family or close relative is the one behind the wheel. 

“People got to watch out, and they just got to pay attention to their kids. Keep an eye on your eyes 24/7,” the neighbor said. 

Despite the scary accident, the young girl's mother said her daughter is okay. 

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Lawsuit seeks to halt return of bear hunting

Conservation groups want a judge to shoot down the return of bear hunting in Florida and to halt the pending sale of bear-hunting permits.

With permits for this fall's hunt going on sale Monday, the Seminole County-based group Speak Up Wekiva filed a lawsuit in Leon County circuit court Friday challenging the constitutionality of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-approved bear hunt.

“There is no evidence to support the supposition that hunting bears in remote wildlife management areas will reduce conflicts in suburbia,” the lawsuit contends.

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Susan Smith defended the commission's ability to approve rule changes. However, she said the agency had yet to receive a copy of the lawsuit and doesn't discuss the merits of pending litigation.

“I can say the commission validly adopted rules allowing for a limited bear hunt based on sound reasoning and with careful consideration of the issues involved,” Smith said.

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The lawsuit doesn't ask for a judge to halt the commission from offering the permits. However, Speak Up Wekiva and groups supporting the lawsuit — the Sierra Club, the Massachusetts-based Environmental Action, the League of Women Voters of Florida and the Center for Biological Diversity — want the state agency to suspend permitting until the lawsuit is settled.

“If they do sell the permits, and the hunt is ruled unconstitutional, they'll have to pay everyone back, and that could be very time-consuming,” said Chuck O'Neal, a Longwood resident and member of Speak Up Wekiva whose name also appears on the lawsuit.

Smith said permitting remains on schedule to begin Monday.

Supporters of bear hunting derided the lawsuit as hindering efforts to reduce human-bear conflicts.

“The FWC is a constitutional body charged with 'managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people,' “National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer said in an email Friday. “Political organizations that try to second guess the professionalism of the commission and the agency are interlopers who obviously put bears before the safety and lives of children.”

Opponents of the hunt have argued that Florida's increased human population is expanding into wildlife habitat and that the state should further implement non-lethal rules, such as bear-proofing trash containers, prohibiting people from feeding wild bears and cracking down on the illegal harvesting of saw palmetto berries, which is a staple of a bear's diet.

On Friday, those opponents pointed to ongoing efforts by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to get a better count of black bears in areas where the hunt will occur and said that opposition to the hunt stood around 75 percent during the public debate on the proposal.

“We welcome today's lawsuit challenging the wildlife commission's unconstitutional, unnecessary, and immoral black bear hunt,” the Sierra Club's Florida Staff Director Frank Jackalone said in a release. “The commission must suspend the hunt immediately and work with scientists to protect Florida's black bears, not kill them.”

The lawsuit contends the rules for the hunt go against the 1998 voter-approved constitutional amendment that created the commission as an independent body “to conduct management, preservation and conservation decision-making based upon sound science.” The complaint also claims the bear hunt is not based upon sound science and won't reduce growing conflicts between bears and humans.

“The FWC is acting against the interests of Floridians, science, and Florida black bears,” said lawsuit supporter Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director for the Center for Biological Diversity. “It is not too late for it to hit the brakes on this ill-conceived plan.”

The hunt is scheduled to begin Oct. 24 and will last from two to seven days, depending upon the number of bears killed.

The commission approved the hunt in June as a step in managing the growing bear population in Florida.

The state agency expects about 300 bears to be killed in the four regions of the state where hunting will be allowed. The state isn't putting a limit on the number of special-use bear permits being sold, but hunters will be limited to killing a single bear during the week.

The cost for a permit is $100 for Florida residents and $300 for non-residents. The permits will be available through 11:59 p.m. onOct. 23. People who purchased a Lifetime License prior to July 1, 1998 — when those licenses still covered bear hunting — must still obtain one of the new permits, but are exempt from the cost.

Black bears were placed on the state's threatened list in 1974, when there were between 300 and 500 across Florida. At the time, hunting black bears was limited to three counties. In 1994, the hunting season was closed statewide.

The bears were taken off the list in 2012.

Florida now has an estimated 3,150 black bears in four regions — the eastern Panhandle, Northeast Florida, east-central Florida and South Florida — where the hunts are planned. The numbers are based on 2002 estimates for the eastern Panhandle and South Florida and a 2014 count in the Northeast Florida and east-central Florida regions.

The hunt will be halted in each region — the FWC intends to communicate daily with hunters via text and email — once quotas for the areas are reached.

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Latest trend in fitness means less time in gym

We all want to look great, but who's got the time?

Now the latest trend in fitness has you spending fewer hours in the gym – as long as you make your workouts count.

Gyms are tweaking interval training, changing your body in just minutes a day.

You're not alone if you don't like spending countless hours in the gym, but newer fitness trends are saying less is more – when it comes to your time, that is.

High intensity interval training classes are popping up at local gyms. Some newer studios, like South Florida-born “Orange Theory Fitness” are built entirely around interval training.

At Around the Clock Fitness, they're also using interval techniques and monitor your heartrate in real time.

“Usually because time is such an issue for most of us, it is designed to get the best bang for your buck, the best output in the shortest period of time,” said Rich Kline, Crossfit ATC instructor.

The techniques are built on the science of “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption” or “epoc.”

“Do a short burst of intensity with the recovery time in between,” Kline said.

Experts say you'll burn more calories during and even after your workout, because you're keeping your heart rate in a zone that revs up your metabolism and uses more oxygen to recover.

“We all want twice the results in half the time, so we look for intensity,” Kline said.

Kline said if you want to see significant results, you should still aim for 30 minutes to an hour of this type of daily workout, but he says even an interval workout that's five or 10 minutes is better than no workout at all. The key is getting those short bursts of intensity.

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Fort Myers shooting sends man to hospital

A shooting at a barbecue in Fort Myers sent one man to the hospital and another to jail. 

The shooting happened at the Bay Park Villas in the 2700 block of Central Avenue around 7 p.m. 

When Fort Myers Police arrived on scene, they found Adriel Strong suffering from a gunshot wound.  

Strong gave officers the description and nickname of the person who shot him.  Strong was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital.  Friends tell us the bullet is sitting behind his spine.  

Witnesses say the shooting stemmed from an argument. 

During preliminary investigations, James Moreland approached officers and admitted to shooting Strong. 

Moreland was taken into custody and booked into the Lee County Jail for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

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Cut in funding puts free clinic in jeopardy

Doctors at a free clinic in Charlotte County say they are running on credit since the state cut their funding.

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This jeopardizes the care of hundreds of patients at the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic.

Dr. David Klein, a volunteer doctor, sees patients from all walks of life and who suffer from all kinds of problems.

“We're seeing more and more patients every day we are opened. More and more people falling through the cracks without Medicaid expansion,” Klein said.

Rickey Willis started visiting the clinic after treatments for a liver problem became too expensive.

“I may be on my way to the morgue if it weren't for the funding,” he said.

Governor Rick Scott vetoed more than $9 million in funding for free clinics, many who are strapped for cash already.

The county stepped in with a combined $65,000 for the clinic and one in Englewood to get them through the next six months. Doctors are working with hospitals for extra help and will continue to see patients.

Charlotte commissioners will meet again in December to decide what to do about future funding issues.

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Trio Win Henke/Berg Junior Masters

Alva – The Nolan Henke/Patty Berg Junior Masters golf tournament is always a big hit with the Southwest Florida youth and the 3-day event once again didn't disappoint in 2015.  Three local players now get to call themselves champions winning on Friday at River Hall Country Club in Alva.

On the girls side, 14 year old Cape Coral resident Brittany Chin won for the second time firing a 3-day score of 216.  St. John Neumann senior Sydney Schrader finished a couple shots back to finish in 3rd place.

For the boys, they were split into 2 age divisions.  For the youngsters ages 13 to 15, Luke Farmer of Estero won for the first time.  Farmer making a big putt on the final hole to seal the deal.  In the age bracket 16 to 18, Eric Grimes of Naples was in control most of the event and held on to defeat Tommy Mott of Daytona Beach by 3 shots.

This event is one of the biggest and is nationally recognized for youth golfers.  The Southwest Florida Junior Golfers Association or (SWFJGA) is a program that sponsors the tournament and develops many of our area's most talented competitors.  Their mission is to teach golf under tournament conditions. Using the rules of golf, they build individual character, integrity, sportsmanship and lifelong friendships.

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Man attempts to chew off fingerprints while in patrol car

A man tried to chew off his fingerprints in an attempt to not be identified by Lee County Sheriff's deputies. 

It started with a traffic stop on SR-82.  Detectives noticed a 2015 Mercedes that had been reported stolen. 

Detectives learned the driver of the Mercedes, identified as Kenzo Roberts, was using a fake ID, had a concealed firearm and possessed three fraudulent credit cards. 

While Roberts was in the back of a patrol vehicle, he tried to remove his own fingerprints by chewing them off. 

A fingerprint scanner identified Roberts and showed two felony warrants for his arrest out of Broward County for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

Roberts was charged with possession of counterfeit credit cards, grand theft auto, possession of a concealed firearm, possession of similitude of a driver's license, driving with a suspended license, and giving law enforcement false identification. 

Border Patrol was contacted, and authorities learned Roberts is in the U.S. illegally. 

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Trio Win Henke/Berg Junior Masters

Alva – Each summer the best youth golfers in the area get together for the Nolan Henke Patty Berg Junior Masters tournament.  The 2015 edition once again didn't disappoint as 3 young stars won in Alva on Friday. 

The girls were all in one division with 14 year old Brittany Chin of Cape Coral the winner.  Chin will be a freshman at Ida Baker and won the tourney for the second time.  Chin fired a 3 day score of 216, 2 strokes better than the competition.

On the boys side, they were split up into 2 divisions.  Ages 13 to 15 and then ages 16 to 18.  Luke Farmer of Estero won by a single stroke on the 13-15 division making a big putt on the 18th hole to seal the deal.  Eric Grimes of Naples was in control for most of the event and held on to win the 16-18 division by 3 strokes.  Defending champ Landon Weber of Fort Myers High started slow and couldn't recover, Weber was 15 shots off the pace.

The tournament is one of many for the SWFJGA.  That's the Southwest Florida Junior Golfers Association.  Their mission is to promote character building, sportsmanship, and instruction to the numerous youngsters that compete in the sport of golf in our area.