Corey Perrine | Photojournalist


JR Rementeria points to where the fire started the day before at State Road 29 and I-75 eastbound, while a forest fire is seen burning in Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier County Saturday, March 30, 2013.  The so-called Huckabee Wildfire, which started Friday afternoon, has burned through about 20,000 acres on the Big Cypress National Preserve. The resulting smoke caused the Florida Highway Patrol to shut down the Alligator Alley portion of Interstate 75 from about 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. State Road 29 also was shut down from U.S. 41 to Oil Well Road. As of Tuesday, crews had the fire 45 percent contained. Officials said 64 people with multiple agencies were committed to fighting the fire. The Huckabee fire began north of Fire Prairie Trail along Turner River Road and continues to burn to State Road 29 to the west and Interstate 75 to the north. Officials are investigating the fire as a possible arson.
KLANDESTINE -- Members of the Ku Klux Klan watch a cross burn Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 in Warrenville, S.C. Duwayne Johnson was initiated as the Imperial Wizard of the All-American Invisible Knights and announced his group would soon have a larger presence in Augusta, Ga. Johnson claims his chapter is not about white supremacy but about keeping races separate in
LaTina Harris sheds a tear while holding her daughter Makila, 3, Saturday, June 5 at friend Shontae Croft's apartment in Aiken, S.C. LaTina's brother D'Than Harris, 16, drowned Memorial Day weekend Sunday, May 30 after being dared to jump in Langley Pond. This is the second death for LaTina in a year after losing her newborn son in April due to kidney failure.
A woman is carried away after fainting from mourning by three neighbors Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 in Immokalee. First responders were dispatched at 7:30 p.m. to 501 Doak Ave. where two individuals were fatally wounded in a predominately Haitian part of town. Imokalee Police and Collier County Sheriffs are calling the incident an active death investigation at this time. Police have leads on a person of interest. Hundreds came out after word spread wailing and mourning, showing strong ties and support in the community.
Friends and family reflect on the life of Scott Craig after throwing in carnations in his honor Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at the J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake Visitor's Center. Close to 200 individuals paid their respects. A week ago Craig went missing while fishing on the lake. Only his boat was recovered. Currently, people that patrol the water, are devoting an extra hour in the morning and in the evening in his recovery. Local boaters have donated their time according to his mother, Terri Craig.
Newlyweds Tiffaney, 21, and Brendon Peterson, 18, from left, embrace while witnesses Larina Thornton, Brendon's mom, wipes a tear, and Joe Morgan, Tiffaney's dad, sign wedding documents with Terri McKay, Public Notary, May 25, 2013 at Drive-Thru Wedding & Notary on 19th St. SW in Naples, Fla.
Participants are seen lost in a sea of color during the Color Vibe 5K Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers. According to National Director Cody Williams, over 3,000 registered to participate in the most colorful athletic event of the year. Bags of environment friendly colored corn starch was thrown at athletes during duration of the outlined course. The finish line was a final dousing of magenta which lead to a post race deejayed party.
Various members of upper management are seen reflected in the glass of the first floor of headquarters Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in Park Ridge, N.J. The second largest car rental company, Hertz Global Holdings, is moving its headquarters to Estero, Fla. in the next two years. Residents and employees alike have mixed feelings on the matter. In 2012, the company had more than $10 billion in revenue after acquiring Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group in Nov.
Robert Garrett-Cole, 9, right laughs at his friend Tyler Waring, 9, after he lost his footing, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at Golden Gate Community Park in Naples. Thousands came out to celebrate an annual tradition since 1985 -- playing on 100 tons of imported snow. The event also featured, food, music, a carnival, games, Santa Claus, tobogganing and more.
Vacationers enjoy the strip at Fort Myers Beach Saturday, Feb. 10, 2013 at Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
Tonya Nelson of Augusta has hands laid on her by Kimmi Gardner of Grovetown Saturday, Aug. 14 underneath The Calhoun Express way at 15th Street in Augusta. Bridge Ministry from the New Hope Worship Center based in Grovetown have been assemblying under the bridge for the past three and a half years, providing temporal and spiritual needs for the homeless, the underprivlidged and other congragationists. They not only heal but offer prayers and help people become saved through Jesus Christ. They assemble underneath a bridge after Pastor Roger Gardner, Kimmi's husband, was inspired years ago in Nashville, Tenn. when he witnessed one.
Members of Collier County Sheriff's Office respond at the Sunshine Pharmacy after a raid was conducted earlier in the day Thursday, Jan. 17, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confiscated boxes of evidence and computers from the business. Collier County Narcotics team helped in assisting with the operation. Details are unknown why the officers arrived but stayed for about 30 minutes asking questions to those working inside. Federal investigators have not released details for the said raid either.
Santa Claus is seen boarding the elevator as he goes up to give presents to children Saturday, Dec. 25 at the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center in Augusta, Ga. Santa came to visit several children who were there for the holidays.
Ivana Varga, right, dances with partner Nicholas Altomare Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Waldorf Astoria in Naples, Fla. Hundreds competed in the Swing Into Summer Ballroom Dance Competition. Ages competing ranged from 8 years-old to 92 in the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba and more. Lunch was offered to registered participants and guests and medals were handed out to top finishers in various categories.
Derrick Greene, 27, of Quechee, Vt. jumps off a covered bridge 100 feet into the Ottauquechee River Sunday, July 10, 2011 while others look in Woodstock, Vt. In the background is Simon Pearce Restaurant at the mills where fine dining is served and glass is blown below. Temperatures in the 90's made for perfect swim weather for patrons and daredevils alike.
Tourists on the Maid of the Mist creep closer to Niagra Falls' Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side July 22 in Ontario, Canada. Two 600-passenger boats, Maids VI and VII, are each 80-feet long and have two 350-horsepower engines that carry the vessels against the powerful current to spray tourists near the base of the falls every half hour.
Pfc. Virniqua Watkins of Sparta, Ga. consoles her teary-eyed daughter Harmony, 1, after a deployment ceremony Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 at Ft. Gordon, Ga. About 100 troops from A Company, 345th Military Intelligence Battalion will deploy to Baghdad, Iraq tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. but will head first to training, for six weeks, at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Their mission, the first unit to deploy since the end of combat operations announced last month, will serve as the Corps Analytical Augmentation Element for United States Forces Iraq located at Camp Victory for 12 months.