Monday, August 29, 2016

Update: Sketch Released In Suspicious Incident In Golden Gate

UPDATE: Further investigation by detectives has determined this incident was a misunderstanding between the child and the driver of the vehicle.

Detectives interviewed a woman who witnessed the exchange and determined the man did not try to lure the boy into his vehicle.

The witness told detectives that the man was standing next to his vehicle signaling with his hands at the child. The child rode away on his bike. She said she asked the man what he needed and he responded in Creole.

The man, who had a child in the back seat, showed her a parking pass and stated he was trying to find the school to drop off his child. She told him to follow her to the Golden Terrace Elementary School.

The man drove behind the woman to the school and dropped off the child. 

Original news release
Sketch Released In Suspicious Incident In Golden Gate
Collier County Sheriff's Office
Post Date:
08/24/2016 3:45 PM
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a man who deputies say tried to lure a boy into his car in Golden Gate on Wednesday morning.

CCSO has released a composite sketch of the person deputies are looking for.
Deputies responded to Golden Terrace Elementary School, 2711 44th Terrace S.W., around 8:30 a.m. in regard to a report of a suspicious incident involving a student.

Deputies say a man approached a 10-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle on 44th Street Southwest near 28th Avenue Southwest around 8:10 a.m. 

The man stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road, got out and told the boy to get into the car in both English and Creole. The boy kept on riding until he got to school, where he reported the incident to staff.  

The man was driving a black four-door vehicle and spoke with a Creole accent, deputies said.

Deputies said the man is described as black, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 200 pounds with brown eyes and short dark hair.  He was wearing a black short-sleeve shirt and shorts.


Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1.800.780.TIPS (8477)  

2 CCSO Deputies Honored For DUI Enforcement

Two Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies were recently recognized for their work to combat drunk driving.

Sgt. Timothy Cornelius and Cpl. Daniel Darren took top honors at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 16th annual Florida State Recognition Dinner in Fort Lauderdale in early August.

Sgt. Cornelius, who is assigned to the CCSO Safety & Traffic and Enforcement Bureau, was awarded the Millennium Award for more than 1,000 driving-under-the-influence (DUI) arrests during his career.

Cpl. Darren, who is assigned to CCSO Marine Bureau, was honored for Outstanding Dedication to Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Enforcement.

More than 40 Southwest Florida law enforcement officers, state attorney prosecutors, citizens and companies were nominated for one of MADD Florida’s 13 recognition honors. A total of 348 nominations were received from around the state.

“Southwest Florida was well represented at MADD’s State Recognition Dinner and deservedly so,” said Lori Burke, program director for the MADD Southwest Florida chapter. “Our law enforcement officers are dedicated to safe roads, healthy families and youth.”


MADD is the largest nonprofit organization working to guard families from drunk and drugged driving and underage drinking.  

Friday, August 26, 2016

CCSO Chief Spell Selected For Leadership Florida





Collier County Sheriff’s Office Community Engagement Chief Stephanie Spell has been selected to participate in the 2016-17 Annual Class Program of Leadership Florida.

Leadership Florida is a nonprofit organization founded in 1982 by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The bedrock of Leadership Florida is the Annual Class Program.  Each year the program selects Florida’s finest leaders to participate in an eight-month curriculum, held in six different Florida cities, to learn about statewide topics of concern and opportunities, while also encouraging interaction among the state’s leadership. Participants are chosen for their abilities, passion about Florida and commitment to help make great things happen for the Sunshine State.

Chief Spell is among 56 professional men and women selected for Leadership Florida’s 35th class that begins Sept. 14 in Howey-in-the-Hills.

More than 1,000 men and women have graduated from Leadership Florida and currently serve as chief executive officers of Florida’s top corporations, mayors of major cities, executives of pivotal nonprofit groups and leading academicians. They are also farmers, managers of high-tech consortiums, rural hospital administrators, and directors of Florida’s largest agencies. They own small businesses and are law enforcement officers in cities throughout the state. Their commitment to local and state communities is witnessed through their collective service on more than 5,000 boards of companies and organizations. 

These programs are designed to enhance the leadership skills required in a multicultural state while stimulating inquiry and analysis and development of solutions for the public interest.



Chief Spell has been with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office since 1987.  As a member of Sheriff Kevin Rambosk’s executive command staff, she provides leadership for several law enforcement bureaus, including Media Relations, Crime Prevention, Victim Advocate, Senior Services, Minority Affairs, and Volunteers.  

Chief Spell earned a bachelor’s degree in public safety management from Edison State College and a master’s degree in administration from Barry University. She is an adjunct professor at Barry University and serves on the board of directors of the Leadership Collier Foundation. She is also a member of the board of directors of United Way of Collier County and Collier Child Care Resources Inc. In addition she serves as vice president of the board of directors of Youth Haven. Chief Spell recently graduated from the FBI National Academy’s Florida Executive Development Seminar. Chief Spell was also named as one of the 2013 Women of Power by Florida Weekly.  

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Update On CCSO Aggressive Driving Initiative


Since CCSO’s aggressive driving campaign launched Tuesday morning, deputies with the agency’s Safety and Traffic Enforcement Bureau have conducted 334 traffic stops along the Livingston Road corridor. The stops have resulted in 153 warnings, 38 citations and one DUI arrest. The campaign is data-driven and focuses primarily on three stretches of road:

* Livingston Road from Immokalee Road to Golden Gate Parkway
* Collier Boulevard from U.S. 41 East to the Marco Island Bridge
* Vanderbilt Beach Road from U.S. 41 North to Collier Boulevard

The number of traffic deaths in Collier County is up 10 percent so far this year compared to the same period in 2015. There have been 19 fatal traffic crashes resulting in 22 traffic deaths during the first half of 2016 compared to 17 fatal crashes resulting in 20 traffic deaths over the same period in 2015. In 2015 Collier County followed a statewide trend of increased crashes and traffic fatalities. Fatalities increased from a total of 39 in 2014 to a total of 49 in 2015.

This campaign will continue through December.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sketch Released In Suspicious Incident In Golden Gate



The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a man who deputies say tried to lure a boy into his car in Golden Gate on Wednesday morning.
CCSO has released a composite sketch of the person deputies are looking for.
Deputies responded to Golden Terrace Elementary School, 2711 44th Terrace S.W., around 8:30 a.m. in regard to a report of a suspicious incident involving a student.
Deputies say a man approached a 10-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle on 44th Street Southwest near 28th Avenue Southwest around 8:10 a.m. 
The man stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road, got out and told the boy to get into the car in both English and Creole. The boy kept on riding until he got to school, where he reported the incident to staff.  
The man was driving a black four-door vehicle and spoke with a Creole accent, deputies said.
Deputies said the man is described as black, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 200 pounds with brown eyes and short dark hair.  He was wearing a black short-sleeve shirt and shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1.800.780.TIPS (8477)  

Join CCSO For 8th Annual Keewaydin Cleanup




Spend a day at the beach with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 10.

That’s when the CCSO Marine Bureau will hold its 8th annual Keewaydin Cleanup. The public is invited to help pick up trash on Keewaydin Island, a barrier island located between Naples and Marco Island.

Transportation to the island will be provided by the sailing vessels Sweet Liberty and Calusa Spirit.

Sweet Liberty will depart from Naples City Dock and Calusa Spirit will leave from Pelican Bend Restaurant on Isles of Capri. Both vessels will depart at 8:30 a.m. and return from the island around 12:30 p.m.

Participants will enjoy this pristine stretch of coastline while doing their part to keep it clean.

Seats are limited to 35 people aboard each vessel. To reserve a spot, please send an e-mail to keewaydincleanup@gmail.com and include the name, telephone number and e-mail of each participant and which location you would like to depart from.

Bottled water will be provided, but please bring your own sunscreen.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Immokalee Remains Identified

Human remains discovered Aug. 8 in Immokalee have been identified as Joannis Gabaud of Immokalee.

Gabaud was reported missing by family members on Dec. 21, 2011. He was 42 years old at the time. His roommate told deputies that Gabaud had moved out of their residence at 306 Adams Avenue W. in early December. The roommate told deputies that Gabaud took some of his clothing and all of his toiletries when he left. Deputies did observe some mail and tools belonging to Gabaud at the residence when they interviewed the roommate, but his toiletries and clothing were not there.


Gabaud’s family members told deputies he was a healthy adult who took no medications and had not expressed a desire to harm himself.


Detectives entered Gabaud in state and nationwide missing person databases, they conducted a background check and contacted Gabaud’s son and obtained DNA from him. No leads into his whereabouts were discovered until his remains were discovered earlier this month.



An investigation continues. There were no outwardly visible signs of trauma to the remains and the Collier County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine the cause and manner of death.