Collier County, FL

Fugitive Friday: May 20

Every Friday, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers shares information on four fugitives authorities need help finding. Anyone with information on these four is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477. 1. Pascual Francisco – wanted on burglary and battery by strangulation charges. 2. Joseph Heffley – a repeat violent offender...
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Man wanted for Pike County homicide arrested in Florida

PIKE COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – A Pike County homicide suspect was arrested in Collier County, Florida, on Tuesday, May 17. Pike County deputies said Thomas Brown was arrested in Florida on charges of fleeing law enforcement, hit and run, carrying a concealed gun and possession of marijuana more than 20 grams. He was booked into […]
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Video shows panther kitten reunited with mom in Florida

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — A video from Florida Fish and Wildlife shows a panther kitten being reunited with her mom. It happened in Collier County. According to a Facebook post, the 4-month-old kitten became separated from its mother. Biologists searched but couldn't find the mom. "Attempts to attract mom...

Florida wildlife officials help panther reunite with 4-month-old kitten

YULEE, Fla. - A 4-month-old panther was found wandering alone, and Florida wildlife officials made several attempts – including using towels with the kitten's scent – to find its mother. It worked and it was all captured on camera. The kitten was located in Collier County back in...

Heat, storms making life harsh for Collier County homeless people

The hot, rainy season is here, and homeless shelters in Southwest Florida need your help to care for people who are struggling right now. With the coming weekend’s temperatures expected to feel like they’re in the triple-digit range, our homeless population could face dehydration, sunburn, even heat exhaustion or stroke. St. Matthew’s House says donations of water bottles, sunscreen, hats and long sleeve shirts are crucial right now, because they will help many homeless people get through the hot temperatures and storms coming in the next several months.

FWC biologists reunite lost panther kitten with mother in Naples

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was able to reunite a lost panther kitten with its mother in Naples after a three-day effort in March. According to an FWC Facebook post, FWC staff learned of a female panther kitten, around four months old, in Collier County that had been separated from its mother. Biologists searched the area for signs of the mother while the kitten was taken to Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens for a health assessment. Initially, there was no sign of an adult female panther, so FWC and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists used towels with the kitten’s scent to mark nearby trails in hope of attracting her to the area to reunite her with her offspring.

Wild Florida: Florida panther kitten reunited with mother

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Florida Fish and Wildlife biologists are celebrating, after they were able to reunite a lost 4-month-old panther kitten with its mother. In March, FWC was notified that the kitten was separated from its mother in Collier County. Biologists used towels with the kitten’s scent along trails near the area where it was found. A few nights later, trail cameras showed a female panther near the kitten release site.

Video shows moment endangered Florida panther mom reunites with baby

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Biologists have reunited an endangered Florida panther kitten with her mother. The 4-month-old baby panther was found alone this past March in Collier County. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says biologists combed through the area for any signs of the mom, known as a dam, but found none.
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Florida biologists reunite mother panther and her kitten

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — A mother panther and her kitten were reunited by Florida biologists. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified about a 4-month-old kitten that had been separated from its mother in Collier County in May. The kitten was taken to Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens...

Laurel Oak Elementary students collect cereal for fellow students

Laurel Oak Elementary students in North Naples are hosting a cereal drive to get 1,400 boxes for those who are hungry. The cereal boxes are meant for students who may not have as much food to eat while school is out for the summer. The drive will help students who...

Collier checks in as second-wealthiest county in Florida

Collier County is the second wealthiest among Florida’s 67 counties, according to a study from SmartAsset, which measured the amount of investment income being generated in each county, in addition to the per capita income and median home value. Monroe County led the way with a wealth index of 50.82, followed by Collier with 42.82, Palm Beach with 34.40, Martin with 34.13 and Indian River with 31.77. Collier boasts a per capita investment income of $78,740, a median home value of $509,800 and a per capita income of $103,865.