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Naples soldier pleads guilty to charges in wife’s murder

NAPLES, Fla.– A U.S. Army soldier from Naples pleaded guilty to premeditated murder Monday in connection to the death of his estranged wife as his trial was about to begin, reported local NBC affiliate Hawaii News Now. Raul Hernandez-Perez, 24, is accused of bludgeoning and stabbing his wife to death before dumping her body in a trash can. He previously pleaded not guilty to all charges in June ahead of the trial, court records show. The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of premeditated murder in the death of his wife Selena Roth, an Army veteran. Roth’s body was found by...

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Father of Layla Aiken pleads guilty to Fort Myers bank robbery

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The father of Layla Aiken pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a bulletproof vest on Wednesday morning. Glenn Aiken, 36, is accused of robbing a bank located at 8690 Gladiolus Drive on November 27. He got away with $960, according to an arrest report. PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Father of Layla Aiken arrested for Fort Myers bank robbery The defense team asked to postpone Aiken’s sentencing until September 20 at 1:30 p.m., which the judge granted. He was released and told that he will be given the maximum sentence if he fails to show up to his sentencing. Aiken...

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Naples man to spend 18 months in prison for investment scam

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A former Naples resident has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in an investment scam, officials said. Richard Leli is was offering investments in his Naples-based company, SW Florida’s Finest Tire and Auto, LLC, and didn’t follow through with promised returns. Leli convinced his victims to invest by persuading them that their money would supply the company with enough funds to lease a business space and purchase necessary machinery. However, an investigation found that the company was already up and running and that most of the money was used...

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Fort Myers man allegedly broke family pet’s leg with broomstick, claims ‘it’s only a dog’

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — A Fort Myers man accused of animal cruelty was arrested after allegedly injuring his family dog, officials said. Jose Hernandez-Rivera, 28, is accused of hitting his family’s dog with a broomstick because he was mad at it for barking, deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said. After getting hit, the dog was unable to put weight on her leg because it was broken, deputies said. A witness told deputies that Hernandez-Rivera said: “It’s only a dog.” The dog, named Canela, was taken to Blue Pearl veterinary hospital where she is being...

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Stabbing suspect arrested in North Fort Myers

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.– Lee County deputies arrested a man in connection to a stabbing that took place Saturday night in North Fort Myers. Ryan Armstrong, 28, is facing charges of aggravated battery, fleeing from law enforcement, and vehicle theft. Deputies tracked Armstrong using K-9 units near the intersection of Coon Road and Donald Road. Officials said the incident took place near where Armstrong was found. No further information is available at this time. Count on NBC2 to bring you the latest information once it is released The post Stabbing suspect arrested...

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Sarasota woman kicked off plane for not wearing mask tells her side of the story

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The woman that was kicked off a Delta Airlines flight at Southwest International Florida is speaking out about what took place on the plane.  Adelaide Schrowang, 23, was removed from an early morning flight on July 7 after airport police said she refused to wear a facemask. She also reportedly spit on other passengers.  PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Sarasota woman forcibly removed from plane after refusing to wear mask She was released from the Lee County Jail on Thursday after spending more than two weeks behind bars.  “That day I had been experiencing a lot of...

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Man leads Collier deputies on highspeed chase through Naples

NAPLES, Fla. — The driver of a black Toyota sedan hit the gas on Golden Gate Parkway instead of pulling over when Collier County deputies tried to pull him over. Part of the chase was caught on camera. “It seems like there’s a hot pursuit,” said Alexander Castrillo, a Naples resident, who was watching the video for the first time.  The chase started out in, of all places, morning rush hour traffic in Naples. Deputies spotted the vehicle on Golden Gate Parkway near Livingston Road. They said 22-year-old Karusse Santaella-Blanco was driving erratically and cutting people...

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Fort Myers PD searching for SUV linked to July homicide investigation

FORT MYERS, Fla.– The Fort Myers Police Department is searching for a vehicle that they believe was involved in a homicide investigation. Law enforcement is on the lookout for a dark-colored SUV that has been linked to a homicide at Maple Crest Apartments. The incident took place on July 11. If you have any information about the SUV, tips can be called into Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). Information could be eligible for a reward. The post Fort Myers PD searching for SUV linked to July homicide investigation appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Florida man convicted for stealing over $230K from relative with dementia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Tampa man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after he was convicted of stealing over $230,000 from a vulnerable elderly relative. Victor Hawkins was found guilty by a jury of stealing the money from his 77-year-old relative who had been diagnosed with dementia, according to the Office of Attorney General Ashley Moody. In addition to stealing the money, Hawkins also managed to swindle the elderly man out of his home and evict the man’s wife from it, a news release states. Hawkins was also sentenced to 10 years probation following his release from prison. ...

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Lehigh Acres man spends wedding night in jail after getting violent with guests

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — After tying the knot, a Lehigh Acres groom spent his wedding night in the Lee County Jail after getting aggressive with his guests. Jeffery Johnson, 22, was arrested on Saturday, July 10, after acting belligerent around some of his wedding guests, deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrived at Trinity Street East in Lehigh Acres and saw some wedding guests holding Johnson back from others. When deputies were taking control of the situation, Johnson is accused of kicking, hitting, and spitting on deputies. Once put into handcuffs, Johnson...

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