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House to vote on $1.9 billion Capitol security bill

WASHINGTON / CNN — The House of Representatives could approve a $1.9 billion spending bill to increase US Capitol building security on Thursday. The sweeping legislation would fund a wide range of security measures as well as enact changes that would improve preparedness for lawmakers, including at their district officers, and the Capitol Police force. After House reps take up the bill, it would need to pass the Senate before going to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said at a news conference Wednesday that the...

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LCSO deputies investigating scene at Lago Del Sol Apartments

FORT MYERS, Fla.– There is an active investigation the the Lago Del Sol Apartments. Lee County deputies are investigating. A portion of the parking lot at the complex is blocked off with crime scene tape. According to a neighbors, there was a retaliation shoot out at the complex. It is unknown if there were any injuries. No further information was immediately available. Count on NBC2 to bring you the latest info once it is released. The post LCSO deputies investigating scene at Lago Del Sol Apartments appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Cape Coral

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Driver dies after leading deputies on chase in stolen dump truck in Immokalee

IMMOKALEE Fla. – The driver of a stolen dump truck is dead after leading deputies on a chase on State Road 29 in Immokalee Wednesday. Deputies responded to the call of a stolen dump truck around 7 p.m. and began pursuing the driver who was driving erratically crashing into cars and driving into Farm Workers Village, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies followed the driver into a neighborhood where they say the person continued driving recklessly. Law enforcement shot at the truck before it crashed into a canal, according to CCSO. The driver was pronounced...

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Ocala couple pleads guilty to attacking black bears with trained dogs

OCALA, Fla. (AP)–A Florida couple plead guilty to using treats to entice black bears then allowed packs of dogs to attack them, recording the gruesome incidents and posting them on social media. Charles Scarbrough plead guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering, animal baiting and fighting, unlawful use of a two-way communicating device and unlawful taking of a black bear, as reported by the AP. He agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, leading to his sentencing being deferred. He could get anywhere from five years probation to over two years of prison time. Hannah Scarbrough, his wife,...

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Man sentenced to life in prison for Glades County murder for hire case

GLADES COUNTY, Fla. – A man was sentenced to life in prison for a Glades County murder for hire case. The State Attorney’s Office said Artavistus Ware, 38, was found guilty on April 29 for one count of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation to commit murder, burglary of a dwelling, and two counts of tampering with a witness. The jury rendered the guilty verdict following a four-day trial in Glades County. Ware hired a man to murder a witness in a drug case against him, according to prosecutors. The victim was scheduled to testify just before he was shot...

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14 large lizards worth $35K stolen from Punta Gorda reptile breeding facility

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – Fourteen large lizards were stolen from a Punta Gorda reptile facility on Monday night, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The lizards, called tegus, were stolen between 11:15 p.m. – 11:35 p.m. and are worth around $35,000 combined, said Jesse Hardin, the owner of Jesse’s Jungle. Some of the reptiles measure up to 5-feet in length, like Hellboy, who is 56 inches long. Six of the tegus taken were females who are ready to lay eggs — one of them was stolen while she was in...

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DEO trying to combat scammers running unemployment scheme

Sophisticated scammers could be claiming thousands in unemployment money, in your name, even if you’re not unemployed. It’s just the latest problem plaguing Florida’s department of economic opportunity. The DEO is aware of the problem but can’t say how much money has been stolen. DEO Director Dane Eagle confirms the matter is being investigated with federal officials. Unemployment claims are being stolen right out from under people who want to claim their money.  High tech scammers are stealing what could be millions of dollars. Alex Kouse was one of...

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Police search for Marco Island credit card thieves

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. – Police are searching for two suspects accused of stealing credit cards and using them to buy gift cards at a grocery store. The suspects took credit cards from a purse at SunTrust Bank Tuesday before using them to buy the gift cards at a Winn Dixie, according to the Marco Island Police Department. The two people were captured on store surveillance cameras. Police are asking anyone with information on their identities to contact the Marco Island Police Department at 239-389-5050 or SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. The post Police search for Marco Island credit...

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Crime Stoppers search for Walgreens grand theft person of interest

FORT MYERS, Fla.– The Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers are searching for a person of interest who could be involved in a theft investigation. SWFL Crime Stoppers are looking for a black man connected to a grand theft that took place on May 14 at the Tamiami Trail Walgreens. If you recognize the man in the photo, you can report tips to Call 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). Information will be kept anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward. The post Crime Stoppers search for Walgreens grand theft person of interest appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Cape Coral

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Detectives continue search for killer in 1980 DeSoto County cold case

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. – Investigators are still searching for the killer of a 36-year-old man who was found dead in a DeSoto County creek in 1980. The body of Merritt Wheeler Sr. was found on October 8, 1980, in Horse Creek near the bridge at County Road 769, according to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. Detectives said it was clear that Wheeler had suffered injuries before being placed in the water and the case was determined to be a homicide. Over 40 years later, investigators are still asking for tips to help solve the cold case. Authorities are asking anyone with information to...

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