Naples Daily News Weekend Digest Miss something this week? Catch up on a few of our big stories in this quick digest.

Red tide lingers as stone crab season begins

Just after sunrise in about 20 feet of water off Big Marco Pass, Damas Kirk and Tyler Few dropped a line of crab traps over what they knew to be a hard ocean floor. Their eyes were watching the streams of coffee-colored murky water and the lingering dead fish of a red tide that could cut down harvest numbers in the early part of this stone crab season, which began Saturday.

The red tide doesn't hurt the stone crabs, said Kirk, who runs Kirk Fish Co. in Goodland with his wife, Patty, and daughter Kelly. In fact, it helps them find free and easy meals by killing massive amounts of grunts, grouper and every other kind of fish that has been washing up to shore over the past 10 days.

"When the whole bottom is covered with food, why would they bother getting into our traps?" Kirk said. "They're opportunistic eaters. What's bad for one thing is good for another."

Another hamper to the early season is that thousands of traps in Southwest Florida haven't been soaking as long as usual before the start of this snow crab season after Hurricane Matthew kept crews in until the storm passed.

After cancer diagnosis, CCSO K-9 retires

From the day Cpl. Tom Sweeny started working with his K-9 partner Boss, the dog proved what his name suggests — that he was boss.

“He took care of everything and didn’t really need a human counterpart,” said Sweeny, a deputy with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit. “He just needed me to drive him around.”

Boss knew what to do wherever he went, and sometimes he didn’t slow down for his handler.

For almost seven years, Sweeny and Boss worked together patrolling Collier County — sniffing out bad guys, finding evidence and searching for missing children.

“You really can’t have a better partner than a dog,” Sweeny said.

Last year Boss was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that tried to take him down.

Indie band Gooding brings financial literacy to Collier students

It's never too early to learn about finance, and what better teacher than a rock band?

Many middle and high school students across Collier County got a chance to rock out during school hours and learn a thing or two about using money wisely from Gooding, a Nashville-based indie rock group touring schools across the country to turn up the volume on financial literacy.

"Raise your hand if you want to buy a car, a house or get married." the band's frontman, Steven Gooding, asked a crowd of students from Corkscrew Middle School on Tuesday in the auditorium at Palmetto Ridge High School. Most hands shot up enthusiastically.

"By saving a little bit, (you) can actually amass a good amount of money" and live a financially comfortable life, Gooding said onstage with his three bandmates.

Tuesday's performance was part of the band's three-day concert series across three area schools — Palmetto, Immokalee and Golden Gate high schools.

SW Florida reacts to third and last presidential debate

Supporters of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton watched the final presidential debate Wednesday, with some Trump supporters disappointed that he didn't take advantage of opportunities to attack Clinton's policies.

When the debate turned to Russia, Trump continued to miss his chance to challenge Clinton on foreign policy, said Mike Lyster, chairman of Collier County’s Republican Executive Committee.

“It drives me crazy,” Lyster said. “The last two debates he’s had good opportunities but he hasn’t taken them. Everytime Putin has come up, he’s failed to say, ‘Well who pushed the reset button?’ As soon as she became Secretary of State, she pushed the reset button and look what happened. It’s emboldened them on Crimea and with the EU. It’s a missed opportunity.”

Lyster joined dozens of Trump supporters in the pub and grill at the Tiburon Golf Resort in North Naples. They sat on the same sides of tables scattered throughout the room to see the screens above the bar, applauding their candidate as the debate turned early to Roe vs. Wade, the Second Amendment and open borders. Millie Schott of Naples said Trump does best when he spends more time on the issues and less on attacking Clinton.

CCSO: 3 found dead near Ochopee appear to be murder-suicide victims

The three people found shot to death in a car parked along U.S. 41 East near Ochopee on Thursday could be connected to a death case in Miami and appear to have been the victims of a murder-suicide, authorities said.

"We believe that our death investigation is related to a death investigation being conducted in Miami," said Kristine Gill, a Collier County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

Gill said the Sheriff's Office was not looking for any suspects. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten confirmed that the Ochopee case is believed to be connected to a woman who was found dead in her apartment in Miami on Thursday night.

Thursday, Collier County sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a man, woman and girl found dead in the 54000 block of U.S. 41 shortly after noon.

James Bronson, 63, of Miami, found the dead bodies in a black Chevy Malibu parked on the side of the road across from his property.

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