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Retired Immokalee teacher swims 12 miles around Key West while raising money for student’s tuition

Steven Becker and his friend from college had a big goal on their minds. They spend the weekend swimming 12 miles around Key West. “The whole purpose of the swim was to raise money for college scholarships,” said Steve Becker. “My goal was to raise about five to six thousand dollars, which is how much it costs to send a student to Florida college university for a year and we appear to be on track.” They are closer to their goal of helping students with the Immokalee Foundation, a non-profit that empowers students in the city where Becker used to teach.  “I just really have...

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200-acre brush fire sparks in Immokalee

IMMOKALEE, Fla. – A brush fire sparked near State Road 29 in Immokalee Tuesday growing up to 200 acres, according to the Florida Forestry Service. The fire is currently 95 percent contained as crews work to extinguish the blaze. Update: Immokalee Ranch fire – 95% contained at 200 acres. Dozers widening lines for brush trucks. pic.twitter.com/rpbD5l0xeg — FFS Caloosahatchee (@FFS_cafc) June 8, 2021 Witnesses said farm equipment was also damaged in the fire. This is a developing story. The post 200-acre brush fire sparks in Immokalee appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2...

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Buy a brick paver to be placed at new fire station in Ave Maria

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — The Immokalee Fire Control District is in the process of building a new facility. The new building will be on Useppa Drive in Ave Maria. It will house the fire rescue department as well as administrative employees. Rescue crews with Collier County EMS and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office will be able to share the space. Construction is expected to be complete by mid-August. The Immokalee Fire District is holding a fundraiser where they are selling pavers that will be laid in the front of the new Fire Station. If you would like to put in an order for a personalized...

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One person shot in Immokalee neighborhood

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – One person was shot in an Immokalee neighborhood near 3rd Street and Eustis Avenue Saturday evening. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the person shot was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Crime scene tape is wrapped around a home located at 407 S 3rd Street. Deputies said this started as a neighbor dispute and was called in at 6:23 p.m. Collier County deputies said they don’t have a suspect in custody. This is a developing story. The post One person shot in Immokalee neighborhood appeared first on NBC2...

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Detectives continue search for killer in 2003 Collier County cold case

IMMOKALEE, Fla. – Investigators are asking for information on an unsolved Collier County murder from nearly 18 years ago. According to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, the body of Catalina Lechuga was found near Rose Avenue and East Delaware Avenue in Immokalee in 2003. A deputy with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office discovered the 39-year-old’s body in a wooded-area after they were flagged down by someone who found the body, officials said. Investigators said Lechuga had died from multiple stab wounds. Authorities are asking anyone with information on the woman’s...

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Four arrested for involvement in Immokalee shooting

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Deputies are investigating a shooting that rang out in Immokalee on Tuesday, officials said. Kai Javier Peak, 18, Benjamin Martinez, 19, Isaiah Barrera, 17, and Alex Wilton, 16, were arrested for their involvement in the shooting at South 5th Street, arrest records show. Victims of the shooting told deputies that they were in a car in a parking lot when they noticed a grey Jeep drive by with four people inside. The two groups had gotten into a fight a few months ago, the victims told deputies. The Jeep turned around and stopped at the victim’s car....

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Cape Coral man dies in Immokalee crash

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — A 59-year-old Cape Coral man died in a crash on State Road 29, north of Oil Well Road, Wednesday night, officials said. The man was traveling south on State Road 29 when he swerved into the northbound lanes, slamming into the front of a semi-truck, troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol said. He was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. COURTESY: Florida Highway Patrol The 53-year-old semi-truck driver suffered minor injuries in the crash. The collision caused the semi-truck to catch fire. Troopers are still investigating the crash. The post Cape...

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Migrant workers receive J&J COVID-19 vaccine in Immokalee

IMMOKALEE, Fla. – The lines were packed Saturday in the Winn Dixie Plaza and hundreds of migrant workers got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in Immokalee. “I’m feeling really good,” said farm worker Jose Luis Acosta Zepeda. “I feel better that we have that defense now against the coronavirus.” In addition, due to their working and living conditions, farmworkers are at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure. The Healthcare Network held a free Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic in Immokalee for workers and their families. “Having more vaccines especially...

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