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North Fort Myers alum, NFL’er Tre Boston hosts first ever football camp

For the second consecutive weekend, a Red Knight alum returned to North Fort Myers to host a free football camp.

This week it was Tre Boston’s turn.

The safety has spent four years in the NFL after staring at North Fort Myers High School. Boston was excited to be able to host his first free football camp at the school where he got his start.

“I love just being back here man, stories going on with friends reminiscing about what we used to do on this field. To get it out here, to give the kids something to do on a Saturday [and] really educate them on the game of football [and] in life, I had a great time out here,” said Boston.

He wasn’t the only NFL player in attendance. Cape Coral alum and Super Bowl champion Jaylen Watkins made it a point to help Boston with his camp because of their long past together.

“My whole career I’ve played with Tre or against him. So I’ve been rooting for him the whole time. It’s just good to come back and see him giving back to his high school. I went right across the water, so it’s all good vibes.”

The motto of Boston’s camp was “live your life beyond belief,” and that was what he was trying to get across to the campers.

“It’s about educating. It’s about building those strong core values, the integrity of a young man and woman. We wanted to really lift people up, and you just got to think beyond belief.”

Boston is currently an NFL free agent. In his first and only year in L.A., Boston set a career high with five interceptions. He turned down a veteran minimum contract with the Arizona Cardinals and is hoping other opportunities will open up for him during training camp.

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North Fort Myers alum, NFL’er Tre Boston hosts first ever football camp

For the second consecutive weekend, a Red Knight alum returned to North Fort Myers to host a free football camp.

This week it was Tre Boston’s turn.

The safety has spent four years in the NFL after staring at North Fort Myers High School. Boston was excited to be able to host his first free football camp at the school where he got his start.

“I love just being back here man, stories going on with friends reminiscing about what we used to do on this field. To get it out here, to give the kids something to do on a Saturday [and] really educate them on the game of football [and] in life, I had a great time out here,” said Boston.

He wasn’t the only NFL player in attendance. Cape Coral alum and Super Bowl champion Jaylen Watkins made it a point to help Boston with his camp because of their long past together.

“My whole career I’ve played with Tre or against him. So I’ve been rooting for him the whole time. It’s just good to come back and see him giving back to his high school. I went right across the water, so it’s all good vibes.”

The motto of Boston’s camp was “live your life beyond belief,” and that was what he was trying to get across to the campers.

“It’s about educating. It’s about building those strong core values, the integrity of a young man and woman. We wanted to really lift people up, and you just got to think beyond belief.”

Boston is currently an NFL free agent. In his first and only year in L.A., Boston set a career high with five interceptions. He turned down a veteran minimum contract with the Arizona Cardinals and is hoping other opportunities will open up for him during training camp.

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‘It’s Un-American’: Collier residents unite to protest separated families

Chanting, singing, and holding signs, more than 300 people gathered around the Collier County Court House Saturday morning in protest of President Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy, pushing for a reunion between children and their parents.

Ramierez’ father immigrated from Mexico when she was only 12-years-old to get a better job and help her mom with money.

“As a parent, you want to do what’s best for your kid,” she said.

Luckily, Ramierez became a US citizen and now she can provide a good life for her young daughter who is almost 3-years-old.

Now, she’s advocating for other people trying to immigrate.

“Whatever happens to them in detention centers, there’s no way for us to know. Who knows if they’ll ever tell the truth about what happened to them,” Ramierez said.

Ramierez wasn’t the only parent who got choked up talking about the sensitive, hot-button topic.

“Whatever your status is, for someone to take a mother’s child from her arms, being ripped away and to not know when you’re going to get this child back is disheartening. My heart is completely shattered. It’s Un-American,” Daniella Hua of Naples said.

Several of the people who showed up to protest said their goal is to have their voices heard. They said if they can make a difference, no matter how small, they’ll be happy.

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WastePro, Goodwill help Cape residents say goodbye to bulk

If you’ve driven through the streets of Cape Coral in the past few weeks, you may have noticed bulky trash or even furniture sitting near the road.

Recently, WastePro trash services have taken heat from Cape Coral residents, claiming they’re not removing trash quick enough.

Today, WastePro stationed two garbage trucks in different parts of the Cape for four hours to collect trash. It’s the second bulk trash collection WastePro has done this year. They did this to help out the community, and today it was a success. Between the two locations, over 100 cars dropped off trash.

“We’ve had furniture that’s not reusable, [and then] we’ve had general household waste, spring cleaning kind of stuff,” says Bill Jones, division manager of WastePro.

Residents brought chairs, mattresses and even a hot tub to the collection.

June Juhnke says it makes life more comfortable to drive down the street and drop off larger items instead of leaving them as an eyesore along the roadway.

“I didn’t want to put this out and leave it there [for] a week, so that’s why we brought it,” says Juhnke.

In April, during the last bulk trash collection, WastePro noticed some items being thrown out could be reused. So, this time around they worked with the city of Cape Coral to partner with a local Goodwill store.

“People can talk to them – if it’s something that’s reusable they’ll donate it and if not it comes to us,” explains Jones.

Anyone who wishes to remove bulky or large items from their home should call WastePro and alert them.

After today’s success, WastePro said another trash collection service would be happening in Cape Coral within the next month or two.

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‘It’s Un-American’: Collier residents unite to protest separated families

Chanting, singing, and holding signs, more than 300 people gathered around the Collier County Court House Saturday morning in protest of President Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy, pushing for a reunion between children and their parents.

Ramierez’ father immigrated from Mexico when she was only 12-years-old to get a better job and help her mom with money.

“As a parent, you want to do what’s best for your kid,” she said.

Luckily, Ramierez became a US citizen and now she can provide a good life for her young daughter who is almost 3-years-old.

Now, she’s advocating for other people trying to immigrate.

“Whatever happens to them in detention centers, there’s no way for us to know. Who knows if they’ll ever tell the truth about what happened to them,” Ramierez said.

Ramierez wasn’t the only parent who got choked up talking about the sensitive, hot-button topic.

“Whatever your status is, for someone to take a mother’s child from her arms, being ripped away and to not know when you’re going to get this child back is disheartening. My heart is completely shattered. It’s Un-American,” Daniella Hua of Naples said.

Several of the people who showed up to protest said their goal is to have their voices heard. They said if they can make a difference, no matter how small, they’ll be happy.

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Dad beat mom’s skull with hammer in front of son then strangled her

A Plantation man accused of using a hammer to kill his sleeping wife as the couple’s child slept nearby is facing a first-degree murder charge, authorities said.

Marc Alan Berkowitz, 42, was arrested early Thursday in the killing of Anastasiya Savitskaya, whose body was discovered at the couple’s home in the 8800 block of Cleary Boulevard, according to a Plantation Police arrest report.

The report said Berkowitz told detectives he was upset that his wife was going to divorce him and break up the family, and said he became more mad when he discovered text messages between her and another man.

Berkowitz told detectives he would “rather have her dead than leave me,” the report said. “If I can’t have her then no one can.”

Berkowitz said he grabbed a hammer from a toolbox and hit his wife in the head while she slept in the bedroom they share with their son, the report said.

At one point, the son woke up and Berkowitz told him to “turn over” because he didn’t want his son to see what he had done to his mother, the report said.

But the son later told detectives he saw his mother had a “boo-boo” on her head and had blood in her hair, the report said. The son also said he saw his father drag his mother into the living room but “mommy wouldn’t wake up,” the report said.

Berkowitz said he dragged his wife into the living room and he could hear she was still alive so he took a cord and strangled her with it to “put her out of her misery,” the report said.

According to the report, Berkowitz’s mother said she was awakened by him. “Wake up, I killed Anastasiya,” he told her, according to the report.

Berkowitz’s mother said she called 911 and during the course of the call, Berkowitz took the phone from her. “I killed my wife,” he told the operator, according to the report. ” I didn’t use a knife. I used a hammer to kill her.”

He later told detectives he didn’t use a knife because he “hates them” and knew if he used one she’d scream, the report said.

“He stated he chose a hammer because he used to work in construction and ‘knew how powerful a hammer is’ and that a hammer would break ‘her cranium,'” the report said.

His mother told investigators that the couple had moved in with her a year ago and said their relationship was “toxic” and it was as if they were “living in a war zone,” the report said.

The mother, Barbara Waterson, told NBC 6 that officers had come to their home in the past.

“They were planning on getting a divorce like I said and the police came out three times because I don’t think my son could take rejection,” she said.

Savitskaya’s Facebook page said she was a recent graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s Osteopathic Medicine College.

Berkowitz was booked into jail and ordered held without bond at a hearing Friday. Attorney information wasn’t available.

GoFundMe has been set up to help Savitskaya’s family for funeral expenses.

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WastePro, Goodwill help Cape residents say goodbye to bulk

If you’ve driven through the streets of Cape Coral in the past few weeks, you may have noticed bulky trash or even furniture sitting near the road.

Recently, WastePro trash services have taken heat from Cape Coral residents, claiming they’re not removing trash quick enough.

Related:  WastePro says short staff, high turnover reason for Cape trash issues

Today, WastePro stationed two garbage trucks in different parts of the Cape for four hours to collect trash. It’s the second bulk trash collection WastePro has done this year. They did this to help out the community, and today it was a success. Between the two locations, over 100 cars dropped off trash.

“We’ve had furniture that’s not reusable, [and then] we’ve had general household waste, spring cleaning kind of stuff,” says Bill Jones, division manager of WastePro.

Residents brought chairs, mattresses and even a hot tub to the collection.

June Juhnke says it makes life more comfortable to drive down the street and drop off larger items instead of leaving them as an eyesore along the roadway.

“I didn’t want to put this out and leave it there [for] a week, so that’s why we brought it,” says Juhnke.

In April, during the last bulk trash collection, WastePro noticed some items being thrown out could be reused. So, this time around they worked with the city of Cape Coral to partner with a local Goodwill store.

“People can talk to them – if it’s something that’s reusable they’ll donate it and if not it comes to us,” explains Jones.

Anyone who wishes to remove bulky or large items from their home should call WastePro and alert them.

Related: Things you can do to help speed up trash service in Cape Coral

After today’s success, WastePro said another trash collection service would be happening in Cape Coral within the next month or two.

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Mom, boyfriend ‘brutally’ molest and beat 2-year-old to death

Deputies in South Carolina said they have arrested Jessica Blake Smith and her boyfriend, William Ryan Looper in the beating death of her 2-year-old son.

Deputies said they were dispatched to Country Lane in Clinton Sunday morning. When they arrived, they found the child with “apparent injuries all over his body.”

Laurens County deputies said the child had been “brutally sexually molested” before his death.

“These animals, who are possessed with pure evil, have no place in our society,” Sheriff, Don Reynolds said. “There is no rehabilitation for people this evil. I’m sure God has a place for these broken individuals, as he does for these precious children.”

“Unfortunately, I have had to work many homicide cases over the years, some of which involved children, however this by far the worst thing I’ve ever seen.” Capt. Robert Wilkie said. “This incident brought tears to the eyes of our investigators and what these individuals did to this child is unimaginable.”

 

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Thousands across US join ‘Keep Families Together’ protest

Hundreds of marches took place across the United States on Saturday as thousands of people demanded the Trump administration reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The protests, marching under the banner “Families Belong Together,” are hoping to push the Trump administration to reunite thousands of immigrant children separated from their families after crossing into the United States.

More than 600 marches occurred throughout the country, from liberal, immigrant-friendly cities like New York and Los Angeles to more conservative regions like Appalachia and Wyoming. American expats even gathered across from the U.S. consulate in Munich.

As approximately 30,000 people marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, they chanted, “Immigrants built this bridge.” When they got to the city’s ICE headquarters, protesters yelled “shame” at the building.

Closest to the situation were the thousands who gathered on the border with Mexico, particularly in El Paso, Texas. 

Thousands watched the Facebook livestream of the “Families Belong Together” rally in Washington where parents, children and faith leaders took turns to speak out against the Trump administration policy. Lin-Manuel Miranda took the stage and sang a song from his celebrated musical “Hamilton” to the protesters.

“We will not stand for a country separating children from their families,” Miranda told MSNBC. “And if you are silent on that issue, or you are somehow for that issue you’re not getting re-elected. And that’s what we need to make them understand.”

Meanwhile, civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., reminded demonstrators in Atlanta of how effective the rallies he organized in the 1960s were in combating segregation and inequality. This was another moment in which to fight back, he said.

“As a nation and a people we can do better,” Lewis said. “Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Keep marching.”

The congressman urged attendees to vote in the upcoming election to stymie the administration and future policies, and the crowd responded with a chant of “vote, vote, vote.”

More than 2,300 children were taken from their families in recent weeks under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy in which people entering the U.S. illegally face being prosecuted. But after public outcry earlier this month, President Donald Trump ordered that the families crossing into the country illegally no longer be separated.

However, more than 2,000 children still remain separated from their parents. Saturday’s marches hope to put pressure on the administration to reunify these families as quickly as possible.

Demonstrators lifted their fists and numerous, colorful signs. A 4-year-old in Washington D.C. raised one that read “I get my mommy. Why can’t she?” A New Yorker raised a sign that said “Amerikkka: separating families since 1619.” In El Paso, Texas, another said, “I really do care. Do you?” a reference to the jacket worn by first lady Melania Trump last week as she headed for the border to visit children separated from their families.

Iliana Pech Cruz came to the Washington rally because she is a DACA recipient from Mexico, who came to the United States as an infant. She drove from her home in North Canton, Ohio.

“I’m here to fight for everybody that deserves the rights in this country,” she said. “We’ll come when Trump is here, when he’s not, when he’s vacationing on his golf course, it doesn’t matter where he is because we’re here to fight. I’m not afraid of what might happen to DACA recipients. My parents taught me never to walk in fear.”

Cristina Jimenez, co-founder and Executive Director of United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country, hopes the Families Belong Together march will mobilize the fight against the administration’s criminalization of immigrant communities.

“This is the critical moment to mobilize the community, mobilize the entire country and people of conscience who are looking at the media and understanding more of what this country is doing, particularly ICE and deportation agents, and we want to take a stand together with the rest of the country,” Cristina Jimenez, co-founder and executive director of United We Dream, largest immigrant youth-led network in the country, told NBC News.

Jimenez said her organization is asking “Congress to stop Trump’s deportation force and ensuring that as the administration asks for more money to target community with ICE and border patrol agents, we say no and abolish and defund them.”

Trump was already tweeting about immigration in the hours leading up to the march, referencing a growing call from immigration advocates to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

 

 

 

Rallies against Trump’s immigration policy have sprung up in the weeks since its implementation, but Saturday’s could be among the largest yet and have received funding and support from the American Civil Liberties Union, MoveOn.org, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and The Leadership Conference. Local organizers have coordinated on-the-ground planning, and many have relied on informal networks established during worldwide women’s marches on Trump’s inauguration and its anniversary.

Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, welcomed interest in the immigration system and said only Congress has the power to change the law.

“We appreciate that these individuals have expressed an interest in and concern with the critical issue of securing our nation’s borders and enforcing our immigration laws,” Houlton said. “As we have indicated before, the department is disappointed and frustrated by our nation’s disastrous immigration laws and supports action.”

Immigrant advocacy groups say they’re thrilled — and surprised — to see the issue gaining traction among those not tied to immigration.

“Honestly, I am blown away. I have literally never seen Americans show up for immigrants like this,” said Jess Morales Rocketto, political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which represents nannies, housekeepers and caregivers, many of whom are immigrants. “We just kept hearing over and over again, if it was my child, I would want someone to do something.”

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9-month-old baby dies after choking on balloon

INDIANAPOLIS (WFLA/CNN) – A heartbroken mother in Indiana is sharing the story of her baby’s death to help prevent other families from going through the same tragedy.

Katie Chamberlain says she and her four sons were outside on a warm day this summer, playing with water balloons. When they were done, she says a stray balloon was somehow brought inside with them.

Her 9-month-old son Justin managed to get hold of the balloon and started choking on it.

When Chamberlain realized what was happening, she rushed to give him CPR. But she says it was too late and she couldn’t save him.

“It was just so fast. I couldn’t even get to him fast enough before the balloon was gone and he couldn’t breathe anymore,” she told CNN affiliate WRTV.

Doctors say balloons are the most deadly choking hazard for children. They say most accidents involve children under the age of three, specifically between the ages of one and two.

Fisher-Price.com recommends using mylar balloons instead of latex balloons to prevent children from choking. If you do use latex balloons, store them where children cannot reach them and don’t let children blow them up. Make sure to discard any deflated balloons or pieces of popped balloons.