Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Coast Guard Announces Project At Gordon Pass Area

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is sharing this message at the request of the United States Coast Guard:

The Coast Guard Cutter VISE will be relocating the Daybeacon 1 and Light 2 at the entrance of Gordon Pass approximately 100 yards south of the shoal between Saturday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 18.

An additional eight aids for navigation will be serviced or relocated to mark the best water in these areas. This project will continue to mark the best water and meet the needs of those using the Gordon Pass and Naples Bay channels. Once the work is completed, a Coast Guard voice broadcast will relay the changes and it will be published in the “Local Notice to Mariners.”

Gordon Pass and Naples Bay Channel have been a major area of concern for its continual shoaling and impact on safe navigation. The need for future relocations may be necessary to mark best water due to the ever changing conditions.

The proposed project is expected to be completed by the Coast Guard utilizing best management practices that were developed in order to avoid and minimize any environmental impacts.

Contact the USCG for additional details.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Deputy Earns National Award For Cleanups

Cpl. Rob Capizzi is fighting crime by literally cleaning up the streets.

Cpl. Capizzi has helped organize more than 50 community cleanups, abandoned property sweeps and beautification projects as part of his duties as a certified law enforcement officer for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

His efforts recently earned him national recognition.

Cpl. Capizzi was named 2016 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year during the Keep America Beautiful national conference at the Hilton Orlando in Lake Buena Vista on Monday, Feb. 1.

“I am ecstatic and honored to be recognized nationally,” said Cpl. Capizzi. “It is a very rewarding feeling to be acknowledged by the community that I serve and support.”

Founded in 1953, KAB is a national nonprofit organization that wants every community to be a clean, green and beautiful place to live. It has also been the driving force in many timeless ad campaigns to educate the public on how to improve and beautify their surrounding environments. At the national conference the group gives special recognition to law enforcement professionals and other individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service in their approaches to enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.

KAB’s local affiliate, Keep Collier Beautiful Inc., nominated Cpl. Capizzi for the award. The 18-year CCSO veteran is the first law enforcement officer in Collier County to receive national recognition from KAB.

After joining the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Unit in 2003, he saw the need to educate and instill pride among Golden Gate residents and became instrumental in the formation of the Golden Gate Task Force – an innovative partnership made up of government agencies, local organizations, civic associations and Golden Gate residents. All of these groups work together with a common goal to focus on dilapidated neighborhoods, homes and properties through land, canal and alleyway cleanups, graffiti abatement and litter prevention.

One of Cpl. Capizzi’s most memorable cleanups was in 2010.

“We collected over 40,000 pounds (approximately 20 tons) of trash and debris all within a four-hour timeframe,” he said. “The results were so successful the Board of County Commissioners of Collier County even proclaimed April 13, 2010, as the Golden Gate Task Force Day.’’

Whether an effort collected less than a ton or 20 tons of trash/debris/hazardous material, the task force continues to be successful with increasing community involvement and property values and improving the quality of public access areas, while reducing blight which can attract crime.

Cpl. Capizzi will continue to serve as chairman of the task force.

ABOVE: Photo by Media Relations Specialist Kristi Lester/CCSO

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Deputies Seek Information In Hit And Run Investigation

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for information involving a white or silver four-door passenger car that was involved in a hit and run crash in North Naples on Friday, Jan. 15.

Reports say the victim, 50, was riding his bicycle northbound on Goodlette-Frank Road around 4:30 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle near the Vanderbilt Beach Road intersection. The vehicle was also northbound on Goodlette-Frank Road at the time.

The driver of the vehicle did not stop to assist and no emergency responders were called to the scene. Later that day friends drove the victim to the hospital for treatment.

There was a delay in CCSO receiving the report as family members did not learn how the victim received his injuries until he awoke from undergoing surgeries on Monday, Jan. 18.

The victim told deputies the vehicle that struck him was either a white or silver older model four-door passenger car driven by a Hispanic man.

The victim died of his injuries on Friday, Jan. 29.

Deputies are asking anyone with information to contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477 (TIPS).

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CCSO Partners With Nextdoor, The Private Social Network For Neighborhoods

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Nextdoor (, the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve countywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.

Led by Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, this partnership with Nextdoor will enable the Sheriff’s Office to use Nextdoor to facilitate virtual neighborhood watch and share important safety updates, emergency notifications, news, services and programs with Collier County neighborhoods. CCSO and Nextdoor neighborhoods will work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch.

“Having the ability to easily communicate with residents is vital to not only maintaining, but also increasing safety while reducing crime within our communities,” said Sheriff Rambosk. “With Nextdoor, we can empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and connected and give them the ability to collaborate on neighborhood watch efforts.”

With Nextdoor, Collier County residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The Sheriff’s Office will be able to post information such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor websites within the city.

Nextdoor is free for residents and the Sheriff’s Office. Each Collier County neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood.

Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the Sheriff’s Office will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit

CCSO Traffic Enforcement Spots

Monday, Feb. 8:

Immokalee and Rock roads – Speeding
Golden Gate Parkway at I-75 southbound exit – Red-light running
Pine Ridge Road and Napa Boulevard - Aggressive driving

Tuesday, Feb. 9:

Tarpon Bay Boulevard and Spanish Oaks Lane- Aggressive driving
Vanderbilt Beach Road and Logan Boulevard - Aggressive driving
Collier and Green boulevards - Red-light running

Wednesday, Feb. 10:

Goodlette-Frank Road and Orange Blossom Drive - Speeding
Wiggins Pass Road and U.S. 41 North – Red-light running
Hunter Boulevard -Speeding

Thursday, Feb. 11:

Immokalee Road at Gulf Coast High School - Speeding
U.S. 41 East and St. Andrews Boulevard - Speeding
Santa Barbara Boulevard and Recreation Lane – Speeding

Friday, Feb. 12:

Titan Way at Golden Gate High School Aggressive driving
Tropicana Boulevard and 32nd Avenue Southwest- Aggressive driving
Collier Boulevard and Lely Cultural Parkway - Red-light running

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Deputies To Conduct DUI Checkpoint

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in North Naples on Saturday targeting motorists who choose to drive after consuming alcohol or drugs.
This checkpoint is part of a continuing series of static sobriety checkpoints and roving operations.

CCSO’s Safety and Traffic Enforcement Bureau reminds drivers to plan for a safe ride home before heading out for the evening, or to call a friend, or take a taxi.

CCSO: Probable Murder-Suicide In North Naples

Two elderly siblings were found shot to death inside their North Naples residence Tuesday and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office is calling their deaths a probable murder-suicide.

Detectives say August Steen Jr., 85, likely shot his 92-year-old sister Edna Jarboe before turning the gun on himself.

A home healthcare worker discovered the bodies around 9 a.m. inside the residence the siblings shared at 3615 El Segundo Court in the Village Walk community.

An official cause of death will be determined after the autopsies are completed by the District Twenty Medical Examiner’s Office.

An investigation continues.