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Dunbar native boxing his way to the top

While many in the neighborhood of Dunbar struggle to get out and better themselves, one young man is looking to make his name known on a national level.

Brian Cannady has been boxing since he was young and has turned the sport into his passion.

In recent weeks, Cannady was able to claim a Golden Gloves state championship. Now, he is looking to take the next step and become a Golden Gloves national champion.

Cannady will be traveling to Lafayette, Louisiana to compete in the national tournament this week.

He certainly does not lack confidence, saying that one day he wants his name to be mentioned with the greats like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather.

In fact, Brian believes that one day he could be better than those legends.

He has many people to thank for his recent success, including his family for keeping him on the right path, but also the Willis Boxing team that has helped shape him not only into the fighter he is today but also the man that he’s become.

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Dunbar native boxing his way to the top

While many in the neighborhood of Dunbar struggle to get out and better themselves, one young man is looking to make his name known on a national level.

Brian Cannady has been boxing since he was young and has turned the sport into his passion.

In recent weeks, Cannady was able to claim a Golden Gloves state championship. Now, he is looking to take the next step and become a Golden Gloves national champion.

Cannady will be traveling to Lafayette, Louisiana to compete in the national tournament this week.

He certainly does not lack confidence, saying that one day he wants his name to be mentioned with the greats like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather.

In fact, Brian believes that one day he could be better than those legends.

He has many people to thank for his recent success, including his family for keeping him on the right path, but also the Willis Boxing team that has helped shape him not only into the fighter he is today but also the man that he’s become.

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Closing of Naples City Dock worries business owners

A $6.5 million city renovation project on Naples City Dock is forcing charter boats to pack up and move out.

Sunday was the last day visitors could hop aboard the tour and fishing boats in the area.

“Moving three boats is a lot of work, all the gear and the parts and the stuff we have,” said Captain Gene Luciano, who runs Dallas Fishing Charters.

All boats need to be moved by the end of the day Monday. The new temporary location, Naples Landings, has some charter companies nervous.

“It’s going to definitely be challenging, it is just a boat ramp,” said Chase and Tails Captain, Geoff Crouse.

Construction of the new dock is expected to be complete by December — right when the season starts picking up.

“We all know how construction in Florida goes, and especially during our rainy season, fingers crossed that everything goes well,” said Sweet Liberty Catamaran Captain Susan Chaplin.

A total of 14 charter boats will have to be out by the end of the day Monday. 

The city has put up signs to tell guests how to get to the new location.

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8,000+ nuisance gators nabbed in Florida in 2016

There are roughly 1.3 million gators in Florida, so residents weren’t too surprised when they heard more than 8,000 nuisance of the reptiles were caught and removed in 2016.

Those numbers come from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

An alligator may be deemed a nuisance if it’s at least four feet long and could be a threat to people, pets, or property. Once a gator meets that qualification, FWC sends out a contracted trapper and will authorize the removal, according to FWC’s website.

Gators less than four feet long aren’t big enough to be dangerous unless someone is handling it. Officials say they’ll eat fish, frogs, and other small animals, but aren’t large enough to be a threat to small pets.

“Southwest Florida is pretty gator heavily oriented. I mean, we have a lot of gators down here because we have a lot of water down here,” said Andy Gundell of Eastwood Golf Course.

“Some people would call it a nuisance, others would just call it wildlife. I mean, that’a just kind of how it is,” Gundell said.

Golfers we spoke with said they weren’t moved by the statistic considering they’ve seen plenty on the course.

In 2016, the Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program had nearly 13,000 nuisance alligator complaints.

Fort Myers resident Mark McKinney thinks that’s a little excessive.

“It’s one thing if it’s in somebody’s yard or something, but out here on the golf course, it’s not much of a nuisance at all,” he said.

McKinney said he doesn’t sound the alarm when he spots a gator.

“Just follow the law. You don’t feed them and generally, if you don’t antagonize them, you won’t have any problems.”

People with concerns about an alligator may call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).

FWC: Cape community feeding gator leads to its death

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3 crime scenes taped off along Lee Boulevard

Three businesses along Lee Boulevard that are all wrapped in crime scene tape are all connected, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

An Advanced Auto Parts, a Dollar Tree, and a Subway where employees tell us they were robbed by a masked person.

Deputies have also surrounded a home off Leonard Boulevard along 21st Street. We heard them asking someone to come out of the house with their hands up.

Subway scene

A man who implied he had a gun robbed a Subway store in Lehigh Acres, according to an employee.

It happened at the corner of Lee Boulevard and Hanna Avenue North.

According to surveillance video from the manager, the suspect put on a white ski mask behind the Subway and then walked through the front door.

Employees behind the counter saw the person walk in and knew something wasn’t right, the manager said.

The suspect then walked up and placed a bag on the counter and implied he had a gun, according to the manager. The employee handed the money over and the suspect walked out.

No one was hurt.

A family was inside the building ordering sandwiches while this all happened.

Deputies have also told us that this is an active investigation.

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Closing of Naples City Dock worries business owners

A $6.5 million city renovation project on Naples City Dock is forcing charter boats to pack up and move out.

Sunday was the last day visitors could hop aboard the tour and fishing boats in the area.

“Moving three boats is a lot of work, all the gear and the parts and the stuff we have,” said Captain Gene Luciano, who runs Dalis Fishing Charters.

All boats need to be moved by the end of the day Monday. The new temporary location, Naples Landings, has some charter companies nervous.

“It’s going to definitely be challenging, it is just a boat ramp,” said Chasin’ Tales Captain, Geoff Crouse.

Construction of the new dock is expected to be complete by December — right when the season starts picking up.

“We all know how construction in Florida goes, and especially during our rainy season, fingers crossed that everything goes well,” said Sweet Liberty Catamaran Captain Susan Chaplin.

A total of 14 charter boats will have to be out by the end of the day Monday. 

The city has put up signs to tell guests how to get to the new location.

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Armed robber targets 3 Lehigh businesses within 1 hour

An armed robber stormed into three different businesses in Lehigh Acres on Sunday, right before the SWAT team surrounded a nearby home.

All three businesses that were targeted are located off Lee Boulevard.

It all started just before 1 p.m. when the robber hit a Subway restaurant near Hanna Avenue North.

About an hour later, a man with a similar description robbed a Dollar Tree about five miles away.

Four minutes later, the same man barged into a nearby Advance Auto Parts store, where he was seen leaving in a dark-colored pickup truck.

“We are worried because there are a lot of things going on in Lehigh,” said Angelina Jauregui, who owns a hair salon next door to the targeted Subway. “We have four people working here, full and part time. They’re worried.”

Moments after the last robbery, neighbors living off 21st Street Southwest noticed deputies, and later the SWAT team, surrounding a nearby home.

“I swear, there were 50 cop cars down at the end of the block,” said neighbor Jeff Rivenburgh.

“Then they had the SWAT team van come out there. And they were on the bullhorn, telling him, ‘We know you’re in there, come out with your hands up,’ over and over,” he said.

When deputies eventually entered the home, neighbors say the suspect was not there.

In all three cases, the robber was seen wearing a white ski mask and holding a gun.

He was last seen driving away in a dark-colored Ford F-150. 

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‘Blades bounce back to tie playoff series

If nothing else, the Florida Everblades are resilient.

Despite losing a double-overtime heartbreaker in the first game of the Division Finals, Florida bounced back to beat the Stingrays 5-2 on Saturday night at Germain Arena.

The best-of-seven series is now even at a game apiece.

The Blades raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first six minutes of game two.

Levko Koper scored his second and third goals of the postseason in that flurry, then completed the hat trick with another goal late in the third period.

Alex Nedeljkovic made his first start between the pipes for Florida in five games and responded with 21 saves.

Game three is Monday night in North Charleston, South Carolina.

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Fort Myers Miracle hosts baseball clinic for kids with disabilities

For the 12th consecutive year, The Dave Clark Foundation teamed up with the Fort Myers Miracle to put on a clinic for families with kids that have disabilities.

The Dream and Do Baseball Clinic has always been a huge success, but this year may have been the biggest one yet with over 65 families taking part in the morning of fun.

The kids rotated through five stations of hitting, catching, and throwing that was all taught by the Miracle players.

For Dave Clark and Dave Stevens, this is one of their favorite days of the year. Both of them have dealt with physical handicaps for most of their lives. 

Dave Clark battled polio in his early years leaving him without the use of his legs, but that did not stop him. Despite using crutches, he became a pitcher in the minor leagues. 

Saturday was an opportunity for Dave to teach the game he loves to kids that may otherwise never have the chance to play baseball.

Stevens was born without legs, but once again that would not stop him from excelling at both football in college and pitching in the minors. He said he wishes he could do more clinics like this one.

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Fort Myers Miracle hosts baseball clinic for kids with disabilities

For the 12th consecutive year, The Dave Clark Foundation teamed up with the Fort Myers Miracle to put on a clinic for families with kids that have disabilities.

The Dream and Do Baseball Clinic has always been a huge success, but this year may have been the biggest one yet with over 65 families taking part in the morning of fun.

The kids rotated through five stations of hitting, catching, and throwing that was all taught by the Miracle players.

For Dave Clark and Dave Stevens, this is one of their favorite days of the year. Both of them have dealt with physical handicaps for most of their lives. 

Dave Clark battled polio in his early years leaving him without the use of his legs, but that did not stop him. Despite using crutches, he became a pitcher in the minor leagues. 

Saturday was an opportunity for Dave to teach the game he loves to kids that may otherwise never have the chance to play baseball.

Stevens was born without legs, but once again that would not stop him from excelling at both football in college and pitching in the minors. He said he wishes he could do more clinics like this one.