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Cape Coral women turn clothes hamper into owl shelter

Some women in Cape Coral put out a clothes hamper as an alternate shelter for burrowing owls.

Other people called it in to police afraid it might not be a good idea.

Florida Fish and Wildlife showed up Thursday afternoon to investigate the make-shift shelter to make sure no violation occurred. None had.

The blue hamper is currently still sitting next to at least two burrowing owl nests on Southwest 8th Court.

The FWC officer initially seized the hamper, but then put it back after the women who put it there agreed not to touch the birds or interfere with their natural habitat in the future.

“My concern is that they’re going to drown and they have nowhere to go. I want to be able to save them from this water. The officer said that we can have the shelter here, and we can have the boxes in there but we cannot, if it fills up with water…if the holes fill up with water, we cannot pick them up. We cannot touch them, and we cannot move the shelter.” said Isabella Wagner.

Wildlife conservationist Pascha Donaldson secured and marked the site as a burrow to make sure even well-meaning citizens don’t get too close to the owls.

“Sometimes by helping nature we do more harm than good. The heart’s in the right place but sometimes it doesn’t always work out.” Donaldson said.

Touching, attempting to relocate or injuring a burrowing owl without permission is a felony.

If you are worried about an owl nest flooding, or the birds being hurt, you should call an expert with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to report it.

 

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Cape Coral women turn clothes hamper into owl shelter

Some women in Cape Coral put out a clothes hamper as an alternate shelter for burrowing owls.

Other people called it in to police afraid it might not be a good idea.

Florida Fish and Wildlife showed up Thursday afternoon to investigate the make-shift shelter to make sure no violation occurred. None had.

The blue hamper is currently still sitting next to at least two burrowing owl nests on Southwest 8th Court.

The FWC officer initially seized the hamper, but then put it back after the women who put it there agreed not to touch the birds or interfere with their natural habitat in the future.

“My concern is that they’re going to drown and they have nowhere to go. I want to be able to save them from this water. The officer said that we can have the shelter here, and we can have the boxes in there but we cannot, if it fills up with water…if the holes fill up with water, we cannot pick them up. We cannot touch them, and we cannot move the shelter.” said Isabella Wagner.

Wildlife conservationist Pascha Donaldson secured and marked the site as a burrow to make sure even well-meaning citizens don’t get too close to the owls.

“Sometimes by helping nature we do more harm than good. The heart’s in the right place but sometimes it doesn’t always work out.” Donaldson said.

Touching, attempting to relocate or injuring a burrowing owl without permission is a felony.

If you are worried about an owl nest flooding, or the birds being hurt, you should call an expert with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to report it.

 

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Tampa man points pellet gun, moons drivers on I-75

A man was arrested during a traffic stop on I-75 because he reportedly was mooning people on the highway.

Florida Highway Patrol received a call saying people were driving recklessly in a blue BMW while flashing a weapon and exposing their butts to other drivers.

When they pulled the car over, a loaded pellet gun was found.

Passenger Andrew Ramirez, 22, was arrested and taken to Lee County jail on charges of aggravated assault, careless display of a firearm, and disorderly conduct.

 

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Deputies searching for masked man who robbed Lehigh Acres 7-Eleven

A man deputies are calling armed and dangerous was caught on camera robbing a Lehigh Acres 7-Eleven.

Deputies are looking to see if the man is connected to a string of unsolved convenience store robberies.

The gas station on Lee Boulevard and Gunnery Road was robbed early Thursday morning.

Investigators said a man wearing a mask with teeth printed on it and armed with a chrome semi-automatic gun demanded cash from a worker and ran off.

In January, 10 Lee County convenience stores were robbed in 11 days.

The guys connected to eight of those robberies were wearing masks and red gloves.

Investigators are worried it could be the beginning of a new string of robberies.

They’re comparing notes to see if there are any more connections to this crime and the others.

In this case, the suspect is described as a black male, 5’10” and approximately 20-years-old.

Anyone with information on the suspect or his current whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

 

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Deputies searching for masked man who robbed Lehigh Acres 7-Eleven

A man deputies are calling armed and dangerous was caught on camera robbing a Lehigh Acres 7-Eleven.

Deputies are looking to see if the man is connected to a string of unsolved convenience store robberies.

The gas station on Lee Boulevard and Gunnery Road was robbed early Thursday morning.

Investigators said a man wearing a mask with teeth printed on it and armed with a chrome semi-automatic gun demanded cash from a worker and ran off.

In January, 10 Lee County convenience stores were robbed in 11 days.

The guys connected to eight of those robberies were wearing masks and red gloves.

Investigators are worried it could be the beginning of a new string of robberies.

They’re comparing notes to see if there are any more connections to this crime and the others.

In this case, the suspect is described as a black male, 5’10” and approximately 20-years-old.

Anyone with information on the suspect or his current whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

 

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Tampa man points pellet gun, moons drivers on I-75

A man was arrested during a traffic stop on I-75 because he reportedly was mooning people on the highway.

Florida Highway Patrol received a call saying people were driving recklessly in a blue BMW while flashing a weapon and exposing their butts to other drivers.

When they pulled the car over, a loaded pellet gun was found.

Passenger Andrew Ramirez, 22, was arrested and taken to Lee County jail on charges of aggravated assault, careless display of a firearm, and disorderly conduct.

 

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Zika virus researcher says conditions are right for another outbreak

This year there have already been more than 40 travel related Zika cases in Florida – 15 of those were found in Southwest Florida.

On top of that, local researchers say conditions are right for another outbreak.

“You don’t have to wait many years in between these outbreaks,” said biology professor, Scott Michael. “Sometimes they [the outbreaks] catch us by surprise.”

Michael teaches at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and is also one of the leading researchers in the fight against Zika.

“Studying viruses is my way of helping,” Michael said. “These things are global as well as local.”

The work being done in his lab will go beyond Florida – it is going to reach parts of the world that need it.

Michael said the Zika virus is still a big issue for people in the Caribbean.

He said it not only takes an economic toll but also an enormous amount of human suffering, especially with children.

Right now, he and his team of researchers are working with different cells from women, who were pregnant, and caught Zika.

“That could help to develop a vaccine, that could help develop into medicines, and that could help to understand the epidemiology, which is the study of how these viruses travel and get to new places and spread,” he said.

As for another outbreak like the one we saw a couple years ago, Michael said it’s possible.

“This is not the first time it happened, and it’s probably not the last time. You know, it’s difficult to predict for any one summer what we’re going to see. But, you can bet that these things will be back at some point.”

 

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Find out if you could be held liable if your gun is stolen

A discussion that stemmed from a Facebook community page sparked a debate, saying someone who leaves a gun unsecured in an unlocked car should hold some responsibility.

The argument centered around a story we first reported Wednesday.

We did some digging to learn if this hypothetical person could face consequences.

In Florida, there’s no law that would get you in trouble if you left your unsecured gun in your unlocked car, and then someone stole it, but Fort Myers-based criminal defense attorney Joe Viacava said you could still be in some hot water.

“If a person doesn’t use reasonable care and lets their gun be used by somebody that causes harm to somebody else, of course you can be held responsible,” said Viacava.

It’s called culpable negligence.

Depending on the situation, your lack of securing your firearm in your car could lead to five years in prison if someone was hurt or killed.

This is why gun experts say it’s so important that if you leave your gun in your car, make sure it’s properly secured.

“We have a moral obligation to secure our firearms,” said Aaron Forum.

Forum operates Shoot Center in Cape Coral.

He said yes, always be responsible with your guns; however, he doesn’t think a theft victim should be held responsible if a criminal does them wrong.

“If someone stole the actual vehicle and used the vehicle in the crime,” said Forum, “is that person going to be held liable for someone stealing the car? So, it’s a similar analogy.”

Corporal Philip Mullen with Cape Coral police hammer home law enforcement’s repeated message: secure your guns.

“We don’t want people like that running around with guns that don’t belong to them that they’re going to use for god knows what purpose,” said Cpl. Mullen.

At last check, CCPD was working to get us its tracked number of gun thefts from vehicles.

We reached out to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for that same information.

The agency reports 190 gun thefts from cars between June 2016 and Tuesday.

We also contacted the Collier Collier Sheriff’s Office for this story, but they told us they don’t track this data.

 

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16-year-old boy suspected of 11 car thefts in Lee County

Cape Coral Police said three cars were stolen from a Cape Coral apartment complex all connected to Shaundre Johnson.

Johnson is now connected to 11 car thefts and several car burglaries throughout Lee County. 

According to a Cape Coral police report three vehicles were reported stolen missing from an apartment complex on Southwest 17th Place on Wednesday morning. 

On Tuesday night the cars with five teens included Johnson were seen at a seven eleven gas station on Burnt Store Road. 

The report said the teens abandoned one of the vehicles because the parking break was on. 

Police said they are still investigating and could make more arrest. 

Police said the vehicles were unlocked. 

 

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16-year-old boy suspected of 11 car thefts in Lee County

Cape Coral Police said three cars were stolen from a Cape Coral apartment complex all connected to Shaundre Johnson.

Johnson is now connected to 11 car thefts and several car burglaries throughout Lee County. 

According to a Cape Coral police report three vehicles were reported stolen missing from an apartment complex on Southwest 17th Place on Wednesday morning. 

On Tuesday night the cars with five teens included Johnson were seen at a seven eleven gas station on Burnt Store Road. 

RELATED: 16-year-old boy arrested for stealing at least 8 cars

The report said the teens abandoned one of the vehicles because the parking break was on. 

Police said they are still investigating and could make more arrest. 

Police said the vehicles were unlocked. 

 

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