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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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Puppy’s rescue from 50-foot hole captivates city in Alabama

The rescue of a deaf, 7-week-old puppy captivated a small town in Alabama — and a bit of the country watching online — on Friday. After 30 hours, the puppy was pulled out of a 50-foot hole in the owner’s backyard at about 1 a.m. local time on Saturday.

The puppy’s owners told Huntsville, Alabama, ABC affiliate WAAY that the puppy, named Toffee, fell into the hole at about 5 p.m. on Thursday. The hole was not big enough for a person to climb down, necessitating a rescue involving everything from cages to nets to lures involving puppy food.

 

Owner Laura Wests daughter holds Toffee after the 7-week-old puppy was rescued from a 50-foot hole in Huntsville, Ala., on Saturday, June 30, 2018.
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Owner Laura West’s daughter holds Toffee after the 7-week-old puppy was rescued from a 50-foot hole in Huntsville, Ala., on Saturday, June 30, 2018.more +

 

The group of rescuers erupted in cheers as Toffee was finally pulled up from the hole.

“This is a miracle,” owner Laura West told reporters who crowded around her and the puppy after the rescue.

Huntsville television stations WHNT and WAFF streamed much of the rescue live on social media or their websites.

 

Dozens of volunteers crowded the hole helping to pull a deaf puppy to safety after 30 hours in Huntsville, Ala., on Saturday, June 30, 2018.
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Dozens of volunteers crowded the hole helping to pull a deaf puppy to safety after 30 hours in Huntsville, Ala., on Saturday, June 30, 2018.more +

 

Rescuers had told WAAY they were unsure of how long the puppy could live inside the cold ground, and had lowered blankets into the hole to keep Toffee warm.

The crevice was surrounded by large rocks, making it hard to open the hole any larger.

 

A deaf 7-week-old puppy fell into the hole Thursday afternoon and rescued early Saturday.
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A deaf 7-week-old puppy fell into the hole Thursday afternoon and rescued early Saturday.

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Bear and 2 cubs rip lanai screen, tear through trash at Naples home

Video captured a mother bear and her two cubs snooping around a home and ripping a hole through a screen to get into the lanai.

It happened in a neighborhood off Golden Gate Boulevard East in Naples.

“Just over a week ago we had a disturbance with the trash can, and we had a feeling it was a bear,” Vanessa Hess said. “It was the second night the camera caught the mom and the two cubs. I went to the front door, and I was looking at my phone, and I looked up, and they were halfway up my sidewalk toward the front door. I made sure the door was locked, and the mother bear heard it, and she jumped, and the cubs jumped and spread out. Next minute they go strolling across my front yard.”

It was the family’s trash that attracted the bears. The family doesn’t have a garage, which forces them to leave garbage outside by their lanai.

“I don’t mind sharing my backyard with this wildlife, but you have to be safe about it at the same time, and a mother bear teaching her cubs to come to my lanai and get easy food isn’t safe. It’s been pretty cool watching them, they’re magnificent creatures, and the cubs are adorable, but I do have to watch the safety of my four children.”

Hess has since bear-proofed her trash can. So far, it has kept the bears away.

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Teens break into cars inside Fort Myers parking garage, steal guns

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested three teenagers for breaking into cars; one of them allegedly stole guns.

Deputies said Anjelica Martinez and Christian Pearson stole from cars at the Riva Del Lago Condominium parking garage. They told detectives their 16-year-old friend Jordan Wallace was also stealing from the vehicles, and he got away with two guns.

Detectives told us they found Wallace, along with the guns, at the In Town Suites across the street from Riva Del Lago. Jose Vega, a witness, said his floor at the In Town Suites turned into a crime scene on Thursday.

“I go downstairs and next thing I see somebody getting handcuffed. Next thing I know I hear something about they were breaking in cars, taking guns,” Vega said.

All three suspects are facing felony charges.

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ICE officers arrest Collier County father of 3 while on the way to work

Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested people in Collier County this week, according to Nester Yglesias, the spokesman for ICE.

Mayra Garcia said that her husband, Jesus Perez, was arrested while he was on his way to work.

“Social media and everybody was saying oh that ICE was in town and that undercover cars… but it had already had happened to my husband,” said Garcia.

She said he left early that morning and stopped to grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant with his co-workers.

“Cop cars turned on their lights…pulled him over and that’s when other undercover cars surrounded them,” said Garcia.

She said Perez came to the United States from Mexico when he was eight-years-old.

He attended Immokalee High School, and she said he is a hardworking, family man, who is honest.

They have three kids together — the youngest is four-months-old.

“They do ask me ‘when is dad going to come home. It’s already late… Why isn’t he home?’” said Garcia. “And I just tell them he is just at work far away with his friends; he’s going to be back in a couple of days.”

She said he started the paperwork for DACA a year ago, however, she said it’s a hassle.

“Start a process to be here legally, but they make that so hard for us…. paperwork. Money wise… It’s a big thing,” said Garcia.

In the meantime, he took precautionary steps like not driving and staying out of trouble to avoid getting caught, but now she has taken on the responsibility.

“It’s three kids on my own now… So when I get home, everything falls on me,” said Garcia.

She said she saw ICE in Immokalee this week and snapped a few photos to inform the public.

“They gathered at the local McDonalds here,” said Garcia.

She did it, hoping that another family won’t have to go through the same difficult situation.

“This happened to a person who was just on his way to work, just to provide for his family,” said Garcia.

She was in contact with her husband recently and has obtained a lawyer to help get him home.

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Find out what happens when deputies seize livestock from local owners

Livestock running loose in Lee County has become a big problem, especially pigs.

Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office agricultural crimes unit are seizing animals by the dozens every year — many of them as part of cruelty cases.

“They run loose on the roadways, and no one knows who they belong to, and then we get called,” said Sergeant Randy Hodges.

Hodges and three other deputies rotate working full-time, 24 hours a day, responding to calls for livestock animals in the community.

They assess the health of animals, as well as the fences, gates, and pastures many come from.

As soon as animals are captured they are taken to pens at the sheriff’s office impound yard on Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers.

Everything from goats to cows to pigs and even yaks have ended up at the facility.

“Pigs are the number one thing. Folks buy them. They’re small. They’re cute, and they get bigger and bigger,” Hodges said.

Each animal costs hundreds of dollars a month to house and feed.

State law allows individual sheriff’s offices to set their own fees for capture and care of the animals.

Hodges said it costs $15 a day to feed a large animal and $5 a day to feed small animals.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office has a fee of $75 to capture an animal and an additional $50 to dart a cow for capture.

The sheriff’s office makes some money back by auctioning off unclaimed animals or billing owners who come to collect.

Some animals stay indefinitely, as evidence in cruelty cases.

“We want folks to take care of their animals, but if they don’t, know that we’re coming and we’re going to find them, and we’re going to arrest you for it,” Hodges said.

The impound houses more than 100 animals a year.

A few years ago Hodges said a large cattle cruelty case required the agricultural crimes unit seize 118 head of cattle at one time.

So far in 2018, deputies have already captured 80 livestock animals as part of investigations or nuisance calls.

Deputies want people to call in if you suspect cruelty, but remind the public that just because an animal like a cow is standing in water or skinny doesn’t necessarily mean it’s being abused.

Still, don’t hesitate to call them if you feel otherwise.

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Consider this your warning for driving a boat drunk

Drunk boaters beware.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers will be patrolling Southwest Florida waters this weekend as part of Operation Dry Water.

The goal? Find impaired boat captains and bring them to jail.

“We make a lot more BUI (boating under the influence) arrests than we’d like,” Officer Brian Norris of the FWC said.

Officer Norris will be one of the many on the water. He says it’s not just about locking someone up – it’s about preventing accidents, and death.

Historically, July is the deadliest month to be on the water. In 2017, 11 people died while boating and stats linked alcohol to a quarter of all boating deaths during the year.

“There’s nothing worse than pulling up to a boating accident scene and then realizing that alcohol was a factor in it,” Officer Norris says. “Knowing that it could have been prevented, and [that] the people that were injured or even killed could possibly still be alive if somebody made a better choice.”

Operation Dry Water will continue through July 1.

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These are the health risks algae blooms pose to you and your pets

How do the algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee River affect your health?

The Florida Department of Health is warning people to steer clear of the algae completely. The algae are called cyanobacteria but are commonly known as blue-green algae or pond scum. Toxins from the algae can affect your nervous system and skin. People can also develop rashes or respiratory irritation if you swim in it. Experts at FGCU say the blooms are natural, rich in nutrients and form in warm, slow-moving water, but there is concern that they are getting bigger and more frequent.

“We’re going to have to think about ways to circulate water. It’s on a massive scale, so it will be hard to do, but otherwise warm water conditions, water sitting there with lots of nutrients, you’re going to get a cyanobacteria bloom,” explains FGCU Professor of Marine Science, Dr. Michael Parsons.

Experts said people should not let pets swim in the algae either. There have been cases of animals dying from consuming the cyanobacteria or the water that has these toxins in it.

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