Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CCSO Traffic Enforcement Spots

Monday, Sept. 1:

Golden Gate Parkway and Airport-Pulling Road – Red-light running
Livingston and Radio roads – Stop-sign running
Orange Blossom Drive and Goodlette-Frank Road - Speeding

Tuesday, Sept. 2:

Immokalee Road and Oaks Boulevard – Stop-sign running
111th Avenue North at Naples Park Elementary – Aggressive driving
Golden Gate Boulevard and 13th Street SW - Speeding

Wednesday, Sept. 3:

Collier Boulevard and I-75 southbound exit – Red-light running
Green Boulevard and 40th Terrace SW - Speeding
Immokalee Road and Wilson Boulevard  - Speeding

Thursday, Sept. 4:

Manatee Road at Manatee Middle School – Aggressive driving
Airport-Pulling Road and Davis Boulevard – Red-light running
Thomasson Drive and Orchard Lane - Speeding

Friday, Sept. 5:

Bayshore Drive and U.S. 41 East – Red-light running
U.S. 41 North and Pine Ridge Road – Red-light running
Santa Barbara Boulevard at Calusa Park Elementary - Speeding

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Race To Benefit CCSO’s Project Lifesaver Program

WHAT: John Clay 5K Run, 2 Mile Walk and Kids Run

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

WHERE: Lowdermilk Park, 1301 Gulfshore Blvd. N., Naples

SUMMARY: Registration is underway for the John Clay 5K Run, Walk and Kids Run to benefit the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Project Lifesaver program.

Project Lifesaver is a nationwide program that uses wristband transmitters to help locate children and adults with medical or disabling conditions that may cause them to wander away. On average it takes 30 minutes to locate a person using the tracking equipment.

Adult runners may register in advance for $23, or pay $25 the day of the race. Registration is $10 for students and walk participants. Registration on Saturday begins at 6 a.m. and ends at 7:15 a.m.

Food and refreshments will be served at the finish line.

The event is coordinated by Gulf Coast Runners and sponsored by the Naples Pilot Foundation.

Registration forms are available at For more information call 239-434-9786.

Friday, August 22, 2014

CCSO Wanted Bulletin

The Collier County Sheriff's Office posts a bulletin of people wanted on active criminal warrants in Collier County. You can see their photos and charges.

If you have any information on any of these people, do not attempt to apprehend them.

Call CCSO at 239.252.9300 or our anonymous tips line at 1.800.780.TIPS (8477).

Click here to see this week's wanted bulletin.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DNA On Lollipop Stick Leads CCSO To ‘Dinner Set’ Burglary Suspect

A North Naples man with an extensive criminal history faces felony burglary and theft charges after a discarded lollipop stick led detectives to him.

The lollipop stick was discovered while Collier County Sheriff’s Office detectives were investigating a “Dinner Set” burglary at a residence in Pelican Bay in March. Dinner Set burglars are professional criminals who typically strike upscale homes while the residents are out to dinner.

Thomas Christopher Crews, 53, 1288 Grand Canal Drive in North Naples, is in the Collier County jail following his arrest Thursday on burglary and grand theft charges.

Crews is a registered felon and has spent more than 20 years in prison, according to detectives. His arrest record in Collier County dates back to 1985.

Detectives gave this account of the events leading up to the arrest:

Detectives were investigating a report of a burglary that occurred March 6 at a residence at 400 L’Ambiance Circle #103 in Pelican Bay in North Naples. The victim told detectives that she left the residence for dinner around 6 p.m. and when she returned at 10:30 p.m. she noticed the rear sliding glass door was ajar and that some of her jewelry was missing.

The victim also noticed a used lollipop stick that wasn’t hers that was on top of a bedroom dresser.

Detectives submitted the lollipop stick to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to be processed for the presence of DNA.

Forensic testing matched DNA evidence from the lollipop stick to Crews, detectives said. Crews’ DNA was already on file at a DNA data bank in Florida from a 2001 Sarasota case.

Further investigation by detectives revealed that Crews was living near Pelican Bay and had an extensive criminal history, including residential burglaries.

Detectives located Crews and he gave them permission to collect DNA evidence in order for it to be submitted for comparison to the DNA discovered on the lollipop stick. Detectives submitted Crews’ DNA to FDLE, and on Monday the results confirmed that the DNA found on the lollipop stick was from Crews.

Detectives located Crews at his residence on Thursday and arrested him.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CCSO Traffic Enforcement Spots

Monday, Aug. 25:

Golden Gate Parkway and Collier Boulevard - Red-light running
Lely Cultural Parkway at Lely Elementary - Speeding
Pine Ridge Road and I-75 southbound exit – Red-light running

Tuesday, Aug. 26:

Old 41 Road and U.S. 41 North - Speeding
White Boulevard and 29th Street SW - Speeding
Naples Boulevard and Pine Ridge Road – Aggressive driving

Wednesday, Aug. 27:

U.S. 41 North and  91st Avenue North – Improper u-turn
Santa Barbara Boulevard and Radio Road – Red-light running
Vanderbilt Beach and Livingston roads – Red-light running

Thursday, Aug. 28:

Whipporwill Lane and Pine Ridge Road – Aggressive driving
Collier Boulevard at Oakridge Middle School - Speeding
Immokalee Road and Twineagles Boulevard - Speeding

Friday, Aug. 29:

Weber and Golden Gate boulevards - Speeding
Airport-Pulling Road and Davis Boulevard – Red-light running
Sunshine and Green boulevards – Aggressive driving

Monday, August 18, 2014

MADD Honors CCSO For DUI Enforcement Initiatives

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Florida honored the Collier County Sheriff’s Office with the Outstanding Dedication To DUI Enforcement Award during the annual Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony on Aug. 1 in Fort Lauderdale. Pictured from left to right:  Lori Burke, program specialist, MADD Southwest Florida; Sgt. Tim Cornelius; Lt. Mike Dolan; Cpl. Robert Lewis III; Cpl. David Christiansen; Cpl. Dan Darren; Cpl. Darrel Kehne; and David Pinsker, executive director, MADD Florida.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Florida has honored the Collier County Sheriff’s Office for the agency’s efforts to stop impaired driving.
CCSO was recognized during MADD’s 14
th annual Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony on Aug. 1 in Fort Lauderdale.  

The ceremony recognized law enforcement officers who work daily to ensure Florida roadways are kept safe from drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.

MADD presented CCSO with the Outstanding Dedication to DUI Enforcement Award. CCSO was in the large/urban agency category, along with agencies of similar size and composition to CCSO, including the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and Coral Gables Police Department.

Since the late 1990s, with the inception of its initial state Department of Transportation grant-funded DUI Task Force , CCSO has sought out new and novel ideas to aid deputies in combating impaired driving. Since that initial grant of three vehicles and deputies, CCSO has continued to work toward eliminating impaired driving within the county. These innovations include unmarked, unconventional vehicles, nontraditional decaling, and novel public relations and educational initiatives.
“The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has been devoted to striving toward the elimination of drunk driving for over two decades through the innovative ideas of dedicated members,’’ Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said.

MADD honored CCSO for not simply developing one program but utilizing long-standing and new initiatives aimed at education and enforcement as part of the agency’s approach to reach as many people as possible to remind them of the dangers of drunk driving.

CCSO also has initiatives in place to educate not only adults but teens as well.

Additionally, the agency encourages members to work with MADD in support of the organization’s goals and the services it provides to the victims of drunk driving.    
Here’s a look at some of the initiatives CCSO is using to eliminate impaired driving in Collier County:

* A retired CCSO patrol car is being used as an educational tool to promote a DUI message. The front half is marked as a patrol car with the wording, “This ride is about $10,000.” The back half is the traditional black and yellow like a taxi cab with the words, “This ride is about $20.” The vehicle is displayed at community events, along with a CCSO-produced video that outlines the ramifications of being arrested for DUI. The car is also is displayed alongside an electronic message board when CCSO is preparing for a DUI enforcement operation.

* Three patrol cars are outfitted with all of the typical equipment including external overhead light bars and push bumpers, but the twist is they sport special “ghost” striping. This special striping is subdued in normal operation yet reflects light such as that from passing vehicles. These stealthy cars enable deputies to witness infractions and impaired drivers without being as readily identified as a law enforcement vehicle, yet still providing a visual deterrent when the striping is visible.

* The agency provides DUI education to high-schoolers through the use of the Simulated Impaired Experience (SIDNE) go-cart program. Through the use of this vehicle and other tools such as Fatal Vision Goggles, many local teens have been able to experience the perils of drunk driving first-hand and in a safe and controlled environment.

* Six CCSO members are currently certified Drug Recognition Experts (DRE), two of whom are instructors. DREs are certified to detect and identify people under the influence of drugs and to identify what drug categories may be causing the impairment. The certification requires more than 100 hours of rigorous class work and is so difficult that only a few law enforcement officers pass the course each year.

In addition to this prestigious agency award, several CCSO deputies were nominated for individual recognition at the ceremony:
* Cpl. Darrel Kehne - MADD Florida Hero
* Cpl. John Neiderhiser - Breath Technicians/Breath Test Operators
* Cpl. Daniel Darren - Underage Drinking Prevention Individuals or Agencies
* Cpl. Daniel Darren - MADD Hero for Drugged Driving Enforcement
* Cpl. Daniel Darren - Outstanding Dedication to DUI Enforcement
* Cpl. Robert Lewis III - Outstanding Dedication to DUI Enforcement
* Sgt. Tim Cornelius - MADD Hero for Drugged Driving Enforcement


Update: Deputies Search For Missing EN Man

UPDATE: Eric Leon Schwartz has been located and is safe.

Original news release
Collier County Sheriff's Office
Posted Date:  8/16/2014 1:00 PM

Deputies Searching For Missing EN Man

Deputies are asking for the public’s help in finding an East Naples man whom family and friends have been unable to contact.

Deputies say Eric Leon Schwartz, who lives in East Naples, sent a text message indicating he may harm himself to a friend in another state around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office was notified.

Deputies said Schwartz,33, is described as white, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

 A photo of Schwartz was not immediately available.

Anyone with information on Schwartz’s whereabouts is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300.