FDLE arrests Cape Coral man in child pornography investigation; materials found on laptop

A Cape Coral man will be arraigned Aug. 31 on charges involving child pornography.

Special agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Fort Myers Regional Operations Center Cyber Squad arrested William Nimmons, 52, Thursday on one count of promotion of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

FDLE agents found a laptop computer that contained the child pornography after serving a search warrant at Nimmons’ residence.

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Nimmons remains in Lee County Jail with bond not yet set.

The FDLE said additional charges are dependent upon completion of forensic examination.

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NFL: Former Naples High star Michael Walker, workout partner Gardner Minshew placed on COVID-19 list

Former Naples High football star Michael Walker of the Jacksonville Jaguars has been placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list, along with starting quarterback Gardner Minshew and three others.

That does not mean that any of the players have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Walker and Minshew worked out together in the offseason in Naples at Coach Tumbarello Performance, which is owned by former St. John Neumann and Gulf Coast high school football player Anthony Tumbarello.

Tumbarello posted on his Instagram July 24 a sendoff to Minshew and Walker.

The NFL and its Players Association had agreed to the policy, which is for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. Clubs are not permitted to comment on a player’s medical status or say if a player is in quarantine or has tested positive.

Walker was an undrafted free agent out of Boston College, where he played mostly as a return specialist and also a wide receiver.  Walker started the 2019 season on the practice squad, and moved up to the active roster, playing seven games. He caught two passes for 15 yards.

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Minshew starred at Washington State and was a sixth-round draft pick last year. He took over as the Jaguars starter after Nick Foles was injured and went 6-6 with a 60.6% completion percentage, 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Greg Hardwig is a sports reporter for the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @NDN_Ghardwig, email him at [email protected]aplesnews.com. Support local journalism with this special subscription offer at https://cm.naplesnews.com/specialoffer/


Florida man once bitten by alligator gets bit by 8-foot lemon shark while on vacation in Keys

Justin Stuller was looking forward to relaxing in the Florida Keys, fishing, lobstering and swimming with his wife, kids, extended family and friends.

Until a shark bit him.

Stuller, 38, who along with his brothers and wife owns Estero River Outfitters kayak and canoe livery, is now sporting two dozen stitches and a small limp after he tangled with an eight-foot lemon shark Wednesday off Snipes Point in the Keys.

An experienced diver — certified since age 12 — Stuller had spotted an injured fish in the rocks under water and went to retrieve it.

“It was too small, not a keeper,” he said Sunday from Estero River Outfitters on U.S. 41. He went to put it back into the rocks and away from his wife and kids who were swimming nearby.

“I put it in a hole, and right before I surfaced, wham,” he said of the attack. “I felt the skin more than the shark. It rolled me over and I saw it swimming away.”

Stuller said nobody noticed anything at first he until he surfaced and started yelling.

Friend and coworker Jake Dorn, 24, was swimming nearby.

“I was about 50 feet away and I heard him yelling,” Dorn said.

Stuller’s first thought was for his family and friends. “My wife and kids were swimming,” he said. “So they got them out of the water.”

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On the boat, Stuller, his wife and friends got a look at the five- to six-inch bite just below his knee as well as a few other puncture marks above the knee and on the back of his leg.

He said his wife, Kristen, was looking over his shoulder when he took his hands away from the wound and let out a gasp when she saw the damage.

“We’re going to the hospital,” he said her first words were.

Until that point, Stuller said, they had been having a fantastic time, limiting out during the mini spiny lobster season.

The Estero resident said he makes sure he keeps a complete medical/first-aid kit on board and had plenty of gauze and pressure bandages to stem the bleeding.

“I tied it off and actually lost very little blood,” he said. “It was pretty deep, but no bone. I was very lucky, no tendons.”

Everyone stayed calm, he said, even his 4-month-old, 2-year-old and 10-year-old children.

“I was thinking, ‘I’ve got three kids on the boat, I have to stay calm,'” his wife said. Nobody panicked. In fact, the kids thought it was kind of cool to see a shark.

“My 2-year-old said, ‘Dad-da, boo-boo,'” Justin Stuller said. “My 10-year old said, ‘Good thing you didn’t get bit on the head, Dad, then you couldn’t wear your hat.'”

After getting stitched up at Florida Keys Memorial Hospital on Stock Island, for which Justin Stuller had nothing but kind words, he said they went back out the next day, with him as captain, not a diver.

“He was ‘Mr. Grumpy Pants’ the second day,” his wife laughed.

Stuller said he has encountered sharks before on similar trips. Some have even snatched fish he speared as he swam back to the boat, but he’s never been bit before. At least, not by a shark.

“I did get bit by an alligator,” he said. And a spider, he said, showing the scars of both on his leg.

Co-worker Dorn said they are not usually worried about the presence of a shark.

“I’ve been lobstering here for years,” he said. “You see sharks and they usually swim around you.”

Stuller said he thinks the shark was just interested in the fish he had just stowed on the seabed.

“I’ve got nothing against the shark, no ill will,” he said. “Right place, wrong time. I was more angry I couldn’t go in the water the next day.”

Stuller was back at Estero River Outfitters on Sunday, helping in the bait shack portion of the operation his parents started in 1977.

Stuller looks at the encounter with the lemon shark as just another Florida experience. “It was the best way to have a bad experience,” he concluded. 

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COVID-19 in Lee County: State reports no new coronavirus deaths, 123 more cases

Lee County on Sunday recorded 123 new cases of COVID-19 but no additional related deaths, according to Florida Department of Health data.

The total number of Lee residents who have died of COVID-19 complications remains at 300. It took just 18 days for the county to go from 200 reported deaths to 300, which it recorded Saturday. In comparison, it took 47 days for Lee to increase from 100 to 200 (May 28-July 14) and 73 days for the county to reach 100 (March 16-May 28).

The 123 COVID-19 cases reported Sunday marked the 40th consecutive day Lee has recorded at least 100 cases.

A total of 991 people in Lee County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Sunday, according to the state data, but that number does not reflect people currently in the hospital.

The Florida Department of Health is not reporting how many people have recovered from COVID-19.

Other numbers include the following demographics breakdown:


  • Age Range: 0 to 101
  • Median Age: 41


  • Male: 7,159
  • Female: 8,006
  • Unknown/No data: 227


  • Black: 1,464
  • White: 6,305
  • Other: 654
  • Unknown/No Data: 6,969


  • Hispanic: 3,449
  • Non-Hispanic: 4,676
  • Unknown/No Data: 7,267


  • Residents: 15,392
  • Non-residents: 282

City of residence (if known)

  • Fort Myers: 6,354
  • Cape Coral: 3,552
  • Lehigh Acres: 3,105
  • Bonita Springs: 1,035
  • North Fort Myers: 563
  • Estero: 333
  • Missing: 157
  • Alva: 93
  • Fort Myers Beach: 63
  • Sanibel: 37
  • Bokeelia: 29
  • Saint James City: 21
  • Tice: 15
  • Matlacha: 10
  • Boca Grande: 3
  • Buckingham: 3
  • Captiva: 3
  • Miromar Lakes: 3
  • San Carlos Park: 2
  • South Fort Myers: 1

Tests reported in Lee (through July 31)

  • Total tested: 109,260
  • Positive: 15,674
  • Negative: 93,538
  • Awaiting testing: 25
  • Inconclusive: 48
  • Percent positive: 14%

View yesterday’s report. View yesterday’s line list of cases and deaths.

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Tropical Storm Isaias: See wind and rain conditions across Florida’s Atlantic shore

As Tropical Storm Isaias approaches Florida’s east coast, parts of the state already are feeling its impact. 

Isaias is about 55 miles from Fort Pierce, Florida as of Sunday, a morning update from the National Hurricane Center said.

  • Location: 55 miles southeast of Fort Pierce, Florida; 120 miles south-southeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph 
  • Present movement: North-northwest at 8 mph

Tropical Storm Isaias is no longer predicted to regain hurricane strength as it nears Florida’s Atlantic coast. 

Lastest from NHC: Isaias nears Florida east coast Sunday

Starting as early as Saturday evening, the effects of wind and storm rain across Florida were documented in videos posted to social media.

See some of the conditions below. 

Jenson Beach, Florida

East Boca Raton, Florida

Seminole Shores, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida

St. Augustine Beach, Florida 

Tropical Storm Isaias tracker

Live webcams show current conditions

Using our data page, navigate to see live webcams across the east coast.

Live webcams: See the impact of Hurricane Isaias across Florida

Grace Pateras is a Digital Producer for the USA TODAY Network. Follow her on Twitter at @gracepateras.


Coronavirus in Florida, August 2: State adds 62 COVID-19 deaths, 7,104 cases

The Florida Department of Heath reported 7,104 new COVID-19 cases and 62 additional deaths Sunday.

The reported cases were the lowest since July 6 (6,336). The 62 verified deaths broke a stretch of five consecutive days of at least 100 and were the lowest reported since July 13 (35).  

As a result, the state’s seven-day average for reported deaths declined to 175.71 Sunday.

Sunday marked the eighth straight day the state reported fewer than 10,000 new cases, the first time that’s happened since June 24-July 1.

Florida has counted a total of 487,132 cases since the pandemic began.

The number of Florida residents hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 27,150 since the pandemic began. The Department of Health notes the total figure is cumulative and does not reflect the number of COVID-19 patients currently in hospitals.

Here’s a breakdown of the latest numbers in Florida:


  • Total cases: 487,132
  • Deaths of Florida residents: 7,084
  • Hospitalizations: 27,150


  • Total tests: 3,726,562
  • Positive: 487,132
  • Negative: 3,233,865
  • % positive: 13.07%
  • Inconclusive: 5,565
  • Awaiting testing: 3,394

Deaths in long-term care facilities

  • Total: 3,045

Top 5 cities with confirmed cases

  • Miami: 75,892
  • Orlando: 22,436
  • Jacksonville: 19,969
  • Tampa: 18,198
  • Hialeah: 18,111

View yesterday’s report

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Financial fallout from a canceled football season would be significant for Florida State

TALLAHASSEE — The coronavirus has already caused significant issues for the Florida State athletic department.

FSU announced earlier this month that it was reducing its budget by 20% with coaches taking pay cuts and the elimination of 25 full-time positions. 

Football coach Mike Norvell took a 25% pay cut, athletic director David Coburn a 20% pay cut, and basketball coaches Leonard Hamilton and Sue Semrau each took 15% pay cuts. 

But these budget cuts came before any clarification on whether or not the 2020 football season will be played.

On Wednesday, the ACC announced it was planning a 10-plus-one schedule model for its teams, meaning they would play 10 conference games and one non-conference. Whether these games actually happen depends on the decline of COVID-19 and college football being able to mitigate infections among its coaches and players.

In a recent interview with the Democrat, Coburn said those budget cuts would look “insignificant” to the cuts FSU will have to make if football isn’t played this year.

What to do those numbers look like if the Seminoles aren’t able to take the field this fall?

Football carries the weight at FSU

FSU had a total operating revenue of $152.8 million for the 2019 fiscal year, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY in partnership with Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Football accounted for 46.7% of the total revenue that year with $71.5 million. Approximately $43 million of the remaining revenue generated wasn’t attributed to any one sport.

That leaves $38.3 million in revenue generated by the 17 other sports at FSU. When men’s basketball is removed from the equation, it’s $23.2 million for the 16 remaining sports. 

The $71.5 million generated by the football program isn’t all related to football being played, but almost every source of revenue generation for the program will be affected.

Nearly $24 million of what the football program generated in 2019 came from ticket sales, concessions, conference distribution, and bowl game revenue. $17.3 million of that came from ticket sales.

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FSU played six home games in 2019 without including the Boise State game, which was moved from Jacksonville to Tallahassee two days before the game due to Hurricane Dorian. Tickets to that game were sold for $20, which decreased the number.

This season, FSU was scheduled to play six home games and a neutral site game against West Virginia in Atlanta. The payout for that game was to be $4.25 million.

The total ticket revenue would have gone up this season with Florida and Clemson on the home schedule, plus the interest generated from having a first-year head coach in Norvell. But with the SEC announcing it will only play conference games on Thursday, there will be no matchup with the Gators and FSU’s schedule is still unknown.

Florida State sent a letter to boosters and season ticket holders Thursday with details.

FSU stated that attendance for the home games this season will likely be limited and could be as low as 25% of the stadium’s overall capacity. 

Season ticket holders may also not have their normal seats due to social distancing practices that will be implemented in the stadium

Doak Campbell Stadium’s capacity is listed at 79,560. A reduced capacity to 25% would be 19,890 fans in the stadium. FSU has currently sold just over 20,000 season tickets.

FSU also stated that ticket and parking assignments for 2020 will roll over to 2021 regardless of how the ticketing changes for the 2020 season.

The letter that FSU released makes it clear that the athletic department was expecting the Gators to play the game. 

ACC Commissioner John Swofford said on Friday during an appearance on the Packer & Durham show on the ACC Network that he thinks each league school will find an opponent to play at home, or face a school at a site within the school’s home state.

In FSU’s case that would mean the Seminoles must play a game in Tallahassee or play at another school, such as UCF, South Florida, Florida International or Florida Atlantic.

“I think all of our schools are on track to have their one non-conference game,” Swofford said.

ACC schools are slated to begin football games Sept. 7-12 and play 10 league games plus a non-conference game over a 13-week schedule. Each team will have two open dates.

“We also understand that we need to be nimble,” Swofford said.

“There may be starts and backups, so to speak. we could lose certain weeks of the schedule. There could be certain teams that are unable to play for a week or two along the way. This schedule and the way it’s structured gives us flexibility to deal with those kinds of situations once we start the season. We know we’re going to have to be nimble.”

Other Revenue

FSU football received $15.9 million in revenue from media rights, which includes television, radio, internet, digital, and e-commerce rights. The football program also generated $3 million in revenue from royalties, sponsorships, and advertising.

Then there’s the contributions that FSU receives from outside sources, such as the boosters. The football program used $20 million in contributions during the 2019 season for athletic facilities and other needs.

That number changes from year-to-year so it’s difficult to evaluate. FSU football used $27.4 million in contributions during the 2018 fiscal year and $29.5 million in contributions in 2017. 

The financial impact of the coronavirus on individual families and the economy has also taken a toll on the financial contributions to the boosters. 

There’s also $5.5 million in other operating revenue that didn’t fit into any specific reporting category for FSU and was not specified. 

Add all of that together and FSU would likely be facing more than $50 million in lost revenue for the 2020 fiscal year just due to football season not being played. That was a third of the revenue generated for the entire athletic department in 2019. 

Reduced expenses

If college football isn’t played this year, the football program would still have a hefty expense report.

The FSU football program had $47.4 million in operating expenses during the 2019 fiscal year. 

FSU paid out $2.6 million to visiting teams in 2019, though that number will go down significantly in 2020 if the season is played. FSU paid Louisiana-Monroe $1.65 to play in Tallahassee in 2019 and $425,000 for Alabama State. 

This year, FSU would pay Samford $450,000 for the Seminoles’ home opener and $500,000 for in-state rival UF to come to Tallahassee. The other non-conference games are against WVU in Atlanta and Boise State in Idaho.

FSU paid $10.9 million to its football coaching staff in 2019, but that number will be reduced in 2020. FSU coach Mike Norvell’s contract states that he will make $3.54 million this season, but he is taking a pay cut of 25%. That pay cut would bring his pay to $2.7 million.

The assistant coaches at FSU combine to make $5.2 million this year, which is slightly less than the $5.7 million FSU paid its assistant coaches in 2019. 

FSU is paying its coaching staff $7.9 million for the 2020 fiscal year, which is $3 million less than it paid the previous staff. The biggest difference being that Norvell would be making half of what former coach Willie Taggart made in 2019 with the pay cut.

FSU paid $2.4 million in travel expenses for the football program in 2019, but this year’s number is unknown until the schedule is released. FSU also paid $2.7 million for game expenses.

The football program spent $1.5 million on recruiting in 2019, but FSU has not been able to recruit off-campus or bring recruits on campus for visits since the coronavirus shut down sports in March. 

With those expenses off the table, FSU would save more than $7.5 million in operating expenses for the 2020 fiscal year. 

FSU football did spent $10.9 million in unspecified operating expenses in 2020 so that number could go up significantly depending on the what those expenses were used for. 

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Storm Isaias: Tropical storm warning in effect for Florida’s east coast

Check back throughout the day for the latest updates on Isaias and how it could impact Florida.

Tropical storm Isaias continues to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the northwestern Bahamas as tropical storm conditions near Florida’s east coast according to the 5 a.m. advisory by the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC report indicates that the maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected during the next couple of days.

Isaias by the numbers at 5 a.m.:

  • Location: About 45 miles east-northeast of Fort Lauderdale and 45 miles southeast of West Palm Beach
  • Maximum sustained winds: 65 mph
  • Present movement: 9 mph
  • Next advisory: 8 a.m.

According to the latest report, Isaias is moving at about 9 mph in a northwestward motion. The storm is expected to continue that general movement today followed by a north-northwestward motion by tonight.

A turn toward the north and north-northeast is anticipated on Monday and Tuesday with an increase in forward speed. The forecast track shows the the center of Isaias will move near or over the east coast of Florida today through late tonight.

On Monday and Tuesday, the center of Isaias will move from offshore of the coast of Georgia into the southern mid-Atlantic states.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

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Returning home: Former FGCU standout Richard Bleier traded from Baltimore Orioles to Miami Marlins

Former FGCU standout Richard Bleier just got a little bit closer to his old school — and hometown, for that matter.

The left-handed relief pitcher was traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Miami Marlins Saturday morning for a player to be named later. 

The Davie native has logged a 2.99 career ERA over 177 1/3 innings with the Yankees and Orioles since he made his major league debut in 2016.

Bleier won’t have to travel far in his new colors, though. The Marlins are slated to resume play in Baltimore against the Orioles from Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Aug. 6.

“Definitely surprised,” Bleier told The Baltimore Sun. “Extremely thankful for Baltimore, the organization and everything they’ve done for the last few years for me. They gave me an extended opportunity in the big leagues and really gave me another opportunity coming off a down year to kind of get back to the status I was at before. It’s been a really enjoyable ride here in Baltimore, and I’m very, very thankful for that.”

For the Marlins, this is a move needed to fill a roster that has been crushed by the coronavirus. Dating back to Monday, there have been a total of 18 players and coaches that have tested positive for the illness. Miami hasn’t played a game since last Sunday, when they took two of three games from the Phillies to open the season. The Marlins one of six teams that has had to halt play due to the pandemic thus far.

This year, Bleier is on a prorated salary of $915K, and still has two more seasons of arbitration eligibility left.

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Sexual battery lawsuits filed against Fort Myers Hand and Stone Spa

Two women have filed lawsuits against a Fort Myers spa, saying they were sexually battered by an employee on the same day.

In the July 1 Lee County filings, the women state that Joshua Lowman, 37, of Cape Coral, touched them inappropriately and pressed his genitals against them during their massages on Jan. 4 at Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa on Daniels Parkway.

Florida Department of Health records show a similar complaint was filed against Lowman when he was working at Massage Luxe in Naples.

Each suit is demanding a jury trial and $1 million per case.

The women’s attorney, Adam Horowitz, said from the time of the incidents his office was investigating and building their case leading up to the filing of the lawsuits.

“There was a lot of back and forth with Hand and Stone, but we couldn’t come to an agreement,” Horowitz said.

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The women, from Wisconsin and California, filed incident reports with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

After speaking with the women and Lowman, deputies stated at the time that it appeared there was no probable cause a crime was committed, according to the incident report dated Jan. 9.

In the lawsuits, the women allege Lowman touched their bare breasts, touched their genital areas and thrust his genitals into their hands.

Both women stated they were in shock and did not say anything to Lowman about the alleged battery, according to the lawsuits. They also said they did not invite or consent to Lowman’s actions.

Hand and Stone denied the allegations but confirmed Lowman was the employee who performed both women’s massages, according to legal documents.

Hand and Stone also stated that they are not liable for an employee’s sexual battery of a third party and that Lowman’s alleged conduct was not within the scope of his employment. The spa in the court documents demands a jury trial.

The Florida Department of Health, citing Lowman’s alleged actions with the two women, on Tuesday issued an emergency restriction of his massage license. DOH records show a complaint was filed in January against Lowman regarding a similar incident while he was employed at Massage Luxe in Naples.

Lowman’s restriction prohibits him from practicing massage therapy on female clients.

Hand and Stone has not answered questions about Lowman’s employment status.

There are two other Hand and Stone locations in Southwest Florida, in Naples and Estero. A person who answered the phone at the Estero location on Saturday said it is independently owned and “has nothing to do with the Fort Myers location.” A phone call to the Naples location was not returned.

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