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Alva school employees caught in fight at school

Two Lee County school employees were caught yelling and pushing each other inside an elementary school.

It happened at the Alva School, and now sheriff’s deputies are investigating the fight.

The fight was between two women. One of them told deputies she has been having problems with the other woman at the school, and that during a mediation session, the problem escalated. 

The news surprised parents who thought school staff was supposed to set a positive example for kids.

“I’ve never had any problems with the school,” said Danielle Mullins.

“Sometimes things get out of hand,” she said.

“Get a life, get educated, be educators and grow up,” said LeAnn Vanover.

“I don’t think they should still work here,” said Lydia Rivera.

“That’s not what this county needs. That’s not what this state needs,” Vanover said.

Kristin Hagan, a cafeteria worker at the school, told deputies she was trying to resolve an ongoing dispute with another employee. She went to a manager and told them she was being bullied and was the victim of intimidation.

“Nobody deserves to be bullied by anybody, let alone staff. That’s ridiculous,” Vanover said.

Hagan later tried to confront the other employee about the problems, and a loud argument started.

“I can see people getting like that,” Mullins said.

Hagan told deputies her co-worker put her finger in her face, eventually pushing her head back. That’s when a manager had to step in between the two women to break up the fight and Hagan called the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

“I think the school itself will handle it the right way because it’s been a great school system,” Mullins said.

The school district has not replied to our questions about whether the two employees are being disciplined for the fight.

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FGCU baseball begins conference play with win

With a 23-3 record so far, FGCU baseball team is putting itself in position for an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

There’s only one way to guarantee a spot in the dance, and that’s by winning the A-Sun Tournament.

The Eagles began their journey Friday night to the #1 seed in that event when conference play began with the first of three against Jacksonville.

FGCU won its tenth in a row, 4-0.

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Alva school employees caught in fight at school

Two Lee County school employees were yelling and pushing each other inside the Alva School, and deputies are now investigating the incident.

The fight was between two women. One of them told deputies she has been having problems with the other woman at the school, and that during a mediation session, the problem escalated. 

Kristin Hagan, a cafeteria worker at the school, told deputies she was trying to resolve an ongoing dispute with another employee. She went to a manager and told them she was being bullied and was the victim of intimidation.

Hagan later tried to confront the other employee about the problems, and a loud argument started.

Hagan told deputies her co-worker put her finger in her face, eventually pushing her head back. That’s when a manager had to step in between the two women to break up the fight and Hagan called the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

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Estero woman charged with huffing while driving

A woman huffing chemicals is accused of causing a crash in Lee County.

Deputies said she was inhaling from air dusters behind the wheel.

Experts say it’s becoming more popular with adults — inhaling chemicals found in household items to get high.

Investigators say Michele Moreno, 45, of Estero, did just that Sunday while driving and now she’s behind bars. 

“I thought I’ve seen it all, but I guess… I guess I haven’t,” said Mary Olcikas.

Olcikas lives on Fountain Lakes Boulevard in Estero where deputies said Moreno went on her dangerous drive Saturday, driving off the road, running over a large bush and eventually hitting another vehicle.

No one was seriously hurt, but residents said the incident could have turned deadly on the busy road.

“It’s tricky as it is, under the influence, that’s the next show,” said Frank Olcikas.

“It’s getting crazy. Why can’t we just drive!” exclaimed Mary Olcikas.

Investigators said they found three bottles of air dusters inside Moreno’s car. They said she was “huffing,” spraying the bottles into her nose to inhale the chemicals to get high.

“I have never heard anything like that in my life. Oh my God,” said Mary Olcikas.

Southwest Florida substance abuse providers said they’ve seen cases of people inhaling household chemicals. While reports of teenage usage have gone down, it’s spiked for adults over 26. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health said reported usage had gone from 11,000 in 2002 to 84,000 in 2014.

“What people think of, what they do, how to use it, it’s surprising,” said Frank Olcikas.

Experts said that using computer dusters or canned whipped cream cans are also being used. They say it could cause hallucinations, blackouts, even death. 

“It’s terrible; it breaks my heart,” said Mary Olcikas. “I can’t even think that people would do this.”

Deputies said Moreno tested positive for being under the influence of inhalants. She remains in the Lee County Jail and is charged with several counts of DUI that include causing property damage.

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Birth control delivery now available

Birth control delivery is now an option for women in Florida.

The service is called Nurx, and women who want to stay out of the doctor’s office say, “Sign me up!”

Nurx service is brand new to Florida and only exists in six other states.

“It makes it a lot more convenient for a working woman or a single mom,” said Kaylie Komray of Fort Myers.

“Especially someone who has a busy schedule or is in school or is working where you can’t find time to go to the doctor,” said Kelsey Craft.

Patience is out the window now that women can get the pill faster.

“It’d be really easy and I don’t have to like go to a doctor and pay money to see a doctor and get my birth control,” said Alla Yanpolskaya.

Nurx online subscriptions require shoppers take a health questionnaire, then that info goes to a state-certified doctor.

“As much as we all want to diagnose ourselves, they’re the ones with the degrees so it’s better that they have some control over it,” Komray said.

The doctor writes a prescription, and within a matter of days, the meds show up at your home.

“It would be nice that it would just be coming to your mailbox.” Craft said.

“I honestly would love to sign up wherever it is because it’s really cool, like I want to use this,” Yanpolskaya said.

The service includes delivery of emergency contraceptives like Plan B. Women say they want privacy when buying that drug.

“Definitely think there’s a stigma attached to it, unfortunately,” Komray said.

“Women should have that option without the embarrassment of what other people are going to say and do,” Craft said.

A subscription for Nurx costs $15 a month. It does not deliver IUDs, only birth control pills and Nuva ring.

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Alert issued for missing Charlotte County baby

An alert has been issued for a 14-month-old Charlotte County boy reported missing.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said Liam Hunt is considered endangered and is believed to be in the custody of his mother, Marsha Y. Needham.

Deputies say there was an attempt to locate Needham in reference to an Order to Take into Custody of her son, but she and the child couldn’t be found. She is aware law enforcement is looking for her, CCSO said.

Needham’s last known address was 21127 Midway Blvd., and she is driving a silver/gold, older model GMC Jimmy with Florida tag 0923UQ. Authorities believe they’re headed out of the state, possibly to the North Carolina area.

An Amber Alert has been requested, CCSO said.

ABC7 will post more as information develops.

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Alert issued for missing Charlotte County baby

An alert has been issued for a 14-month-old Charlotte County boy reported missing.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said Liam Hunt is considered endangered and is believed to be in the custody of his mother, Marsha Y. Needham.

Deputies say there was an attempt to locate Needham in reference to an Order to Take into Custody of her son, but she and the child couldn’t be found. She is aware law enforcement is looking for her, CCSO said.

Needham’s last known address was 21127 Midway Blvd., and she is driving a silver/gold, older model GMC Jimmy with Florida tag 0923UQ. Authorities believe they’re headed out of the state, possibly to the North Carolina area.

An Amber Alert has been requested, CCSO said.

Anyone who has information or sees the pair is asked to call the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101.

This is a developing story. Count on NBC2 for updates.

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Tiger Woods decides to sit out another Masters

AP — Tiger Woods won’t play in the Masters for the third time in the last four years, announcing Friday night on his website that rehabilitation on his back didn’t allow him enough time to prepare.

“I did about everything I could to play, but my back rehabilitation didn’t allow me the time to get tournament ready,” Woods said on his website.

He still plans to be at Augusta National, but only for dinner with past Masters champions on Tuesday night, just like last year.

Augusta National checked on Woods’ status Thursday before sending out its press conference schedule for Masters week. Woods did not know if he could play, so the club held onto his 1 p.m. Tuesday spot just in case.

Woods missed the Masters for the first time in 2014 because of the first of what would be three surgeries on his back. He played in 2015 despite taking off two months with chipping problems, and he tied for 17th.

He missed the cut in the other three majors that year, had two more back surgeries and missed 15 months of competition to let it heal. But after an upbeat return in the Bahamas at his unofficial Hero World Challenge, Woods curiously signed up for four tournaments in a five-week stretch, including going to Dubai.

He missed the cut at Torrey Pines, a place where he has won eight times as a pro. And after a 77 in easy conditions at Dubai in early February, he withdrew the next day, citing back spasms. Woods also cited back spasms for withdrawing from his own tournament at Riviera — he even withdrew from a press conference at the Genesis Open, which supports his foundation — and from the Honda Classic.

Woods also missed the Arnold Palmer Invitational. And now the wait continues for Woods, once golf’s dominant force, now its biggest mystery.

“I think injury has a lot to do with it, but the injury is not just his body, but his mind,” Jack Nicklaus said in an interview last month.

“Mentally, I think he’s had a hard time with what’s happened, because every time he turns around, he hurts himself,” Nicklaus said. “And instead he’s saying, ‘When am I going to get over this?’ … He may physically be hurt. You guys don’t know. I don’t know. I really don’t have an answer. I just know that the guy looks great, talks great, mentally he sounds sharp. So what’s happening?”

Woods said there was no timetable for a return to competition.

“But I will continue my diligent effort to recover, and want to get back out there as soon as possible,” he said.

Woods has signed endorsement deals over the last four months with Monster Energy (on his golf bag), and equipment deals to play with TaylorMade clubs and Bridgestone golf balls. He still has an apparel contract with Nike.

Woods said he was particularly disappointed because this is the 20-year anniversary of his first victory at the Masters, a record-shattering, game-changing, 12-shot victory at age 21.

He was in New York last week to promote a book he wrote about the 1997 Masters.

Woods won the Masters four times, most recently in 2005 in a playoff over Chris DiMarco. The Masters remains the only major where he has never missed the cut as a pro.

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Illegal dump site neighboring Lehigh community

Trash is piling up all over a Lehigh Acres neighborhood, and while some neighbors say this has been common, one man is taking matters into his own hands.

In the last couple weeks, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, a boat and a Jetski were both found in brushy areas in that eastern Lehigh Acres neighborhood.

While the Florida Forest Service was bulldozing brush between Wells and Hines avenues near East 12th Street, the man working the machine came across the Jetski and boat.

Both were towed away, and the owner of the boat was tracked down but said she hadn’t been in possession of the boat for some time after she couldn’t pay a service charge.

“Beer bottles, water bottles, cigarettes… that’s the most common things,” said Richard Georgian, who lives nearby.

Georgian and his dog Sarge walk the neighborhood every day and try to help with the mess.

“It’s been kind of one of my things wherever I live, I pick up the trash,” Georgian said.

And he’s well known for that. They appreciate it because, in certain parts of the neighborhood, the trash is out of hand.

“It’s embarrassing as an American to think that people are that ignorant of the law,” Georgian added.

Though the boat and Jetski have been towed away, NBC2 was able to find at least five different locations in that area with a wide range of trash, all of which looked to have been dumped illegally.

Mattresses, televisions and household garbage were all part of the mess. Many of these items can be disposed of at home just by leaving it at the curb for pickup.

A representative with Lee County said that in cases of illegal dumping, the sheriff’s office will work with the county’s code enforcement to find a solution.

Georgian, who has reported illegal dumping multiple times, said the county has been quick with cleanup, but he still said he and Sarge won’t be slowing down with their own.

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‘Fake check’ scam costs Cape man $1,300

Cape Coral man loses more than $1,300 in “fake check” scam

A Cape Coral man is out more than $1,000 when he was actually trying to make money.

He was selling outdoor gym equipment on Craiglist but quickly became a victim of a check-cashing scam.

Lars Krantz lives in Sweden but spends his winters in the Cape. He’s been trying to sell his weight training gear online for almost a month. So when he got a bite, it turned out to be too good to believe.

“I got this text message that, ‘Hey I want to buy your stuff, but I want to pay you more than you want,'” he said.

Lars only asked for $280, but the check he got in the mail was worth more than $1,600.

“Something is wrong here, so I texted him back and I said there must be something wrong,” Krantz said.

The mystery man assured him it was a simple mistake.

“He said, ‘Could you just cash it in for me and send the rest back? But I want you to have $300 for your inconvenience,'” Krantz recalled.

So that’s what Lars did. A few days later, the check bounced and he realized he’d been scammed out more than $1,300.

“I didn’t know that my account was hold hostage if the check bounces.”

This scam may be new to him, but not to the Better Business Bureau.

“The fake check scam is the second most risky scam where people are more likely to fall victimized by it, and they can lose lots of money in this case because it presented self in many different ways and varieties,” said Bryan Oglesby, PR director at BBB of West Florida.

So here’s where Lars went wrong.

“Anytime someone sends you more money than you expect, especially someone that you do not know, do not deposit the check, and if you do, do not send any monies until you confirm with your bank that the check is cleared and that it’s verified money.”

Lars may have lost more than $1,000, but he hasn’t lost faith in humanity.

“And I’m still going to believe in the people I meet in the streets. I’m still going to be friendly and try to help people because this will not diminish my life.”

The Better Business Bureau offers an online scam tracker. It’s a free interactive tool where you can report scams and fraud to help warn others of suspicious activities.