Monday, June 27, 2016

CCSO’s Free Family Safety Event to Visit Immokalee

WHAT: Hot Summer Nights

WHEN: Friday, July 1, 2016

TIME: 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Immokalee Sports Park, 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee

SUMMARY: The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its fourth Hot Summer Night event Friday, July 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Immokalee Sports Park, 505 Escambia Street.

Kids can come jump around in the police car bounce house, go rock wall climbing, play corn hole games or have an epic battle with friends at the water balloon and gun station. For the older kids, there will be karaoke and two inflatable giant screens: one to watch a movie and the other to play Wii games!

Hot dogs and popcorn will also be available.

Don’t forget – it’s all free!

Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 24, 2016

CCSO Communications Director Receives Certification



Collier County Sheriff’s Office Director of Communications Chris Gonzalez recently received certification as a communications center manager.

Director Gonzalez completed the national Emergency Number Association (NENA) Center Manager Certification Program (CMCP) following an intensive weeklong training session June 7-11 in Indianapolis.

According to the NENA website, the program is designed to equip current, new and potential public safety answering point and 911 authority managers and supervisors with the tools needed to effectively manage their agency through a rigorous 40-hour course of lecture and lab-based education. CMCP provides students with information on technical, management and leadership topics specifically as they relate to public safety communications. 

Director Gonzalez is a 23-year dual certified Corrections and law enforcement officer for CCSO. His assignments have included: communications dispatch, Naples Jail Center, road patrol, Emergency Response Team, and Special Operations Group Safety Traffic and Enforcement Bureau.

He has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Edison State College, a bachelor’s in business management from Hodges University and a master’s in business administration from North Central University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is also a graduate of the 49th session of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course at the University of Louisville.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lost Hiker Rescued In Everglades

Deputies partnered with other first responders to rescue a 38-year-old Georgia man Wednesday night after he got separated from his family and lost while playing a scavenger hunt game in the Everglades.


Deputies were dispatched to Collier Seminole State Park, 20200 U.S. 41 E., at 6:40 p.m. in response to a missing tourist who became lost on Nature Trail #3, located one mile west of State Road 92 on U.S. 41 East.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office reports gave this account:

The hiker and his family were geocaching – an outdoor game where items hidden in containers, called geocaches or caches, are hidden around the world and then located using a Global Positioning System (GPS) or mobile device and other navigational techniques.

The hiker set out onto the trail while his wife and three minor children remained in their vehicle. He walked approximately 1.5 miles into the nature trail looking for the cache.

He called his wife on his cell phone around 6 p.m. to say he was lost.

Deputies from CCSO’s East Naples and Everglades districts responded to assist. The sheriff’s K-9 and Aviation units also responded, along with a Collier County Emergency Medical Services search-and-rescue unit and firefighters from the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District. Florida Park Service rangers on all-terrain vehicles also responded.    

They searched the nature trail, but were unable to locate the missing hiker.

He made contact with deputies on his cell phone and told them he was lost along a trail. He also said he could not stay on the line for very long because his cell phone battery was below 5 percent power.

Deputies advised him to find a clearing so he could be spotted from the air. 

Around 8:30 p.m. the CCSO air unit spotted the missing hiker standing in a clearing about three miles into the nature trail. Rescuers determined they could not reach him on their ATVs.

The clearing was large enough, so the air unit landed their helicopter and picked up the hiker. He was flown to back to the area where his vehicle was parked, where he was reunited with his family.

He was treated by EMS at the scene and released.


 Click on the link to watch a video from the rescue: https://youtu.be/Aaaj6GCyz3M

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Next CCSO CommUNITY Gallery To Host A “Pawsperational” Exhibit


The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Humane Society Naples to raise awareness of its services provided to Collier’s four-legged residents.

CCSO will host a public reception for the 20th installment of the CommUNITY Gallery Thursday, June 23, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The gallery is located within the administrative offices on the second floor of CCSO headquarters, 3319 U.S. 41 E., East Naples.

The CommUNITY Gallery will feature 21 images by Michelle Woods of Paws & Prints Pet Photography and Laura Cecil of Laura Cecil Photography depicting HSN’s adoptable animals, special events, volunteers in action, educational outreach and services.

The mission of HSN is to shelter animals in times of need, locate life-long homes and promote responsible pet ownership through education, legislation and sterilization.

The exhibit will be on display to the public through September 16, 2016.

For more information about HSN visit www.hsnaples.org.

The CCSO Community Gallery welcomes any local public service organizations interested in setting up a future exhibit.

For more information about the gallery or how an organization can participate, contact CCSO Media Relations Officer Kristi Lester at 239.252.0608, Kristi.Lester@colliersheriff.org.

Update: 2nd Arrest Made In Estates Homicide


UPDATE: Detectives have arrested a second suspect in connection with the January 2015 shooting that left one teenager dead and another injured in Golden Gate Estates.


Robert Kevin Cheney Jr., 22, of LaBelle, faces charges of third-degree murder and attempted third-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 21, 2015 shootings of Marcos Aleman, 17, and Michael Stallone, 18, both of Golden Gate Estates.

Meliton Cruz, 17, of 1412 Carson Road, was already in the Collier County jail on charges of second-degree murder with a firearm and attempted second-degree murder.

Detectives say Cruz shot the victims as they were sitting in their vehicle around 10 p.m. in the 2300 block of 50th Avenue Northeast. Aleman died at the scene. Stallone was able to exit the vehicle and obtain help from nearby residents. Stallone provided deputies with Cruz’s name and a vehicle description.

During their investigation detectives obtained additional information and physical evidence linking Cheney to the crime.

On Monday the CCSO Homicide Section obtained a warrant for Cheney’s arrest. That same day Cheney was arrested on the Collier County warrant when he showed up to the state Probation office in LaBelle.

He was booked into the Hendry County Jail. His bond was set at $760,000.

Earlier news release
:
Arrest Made In Estates Homicide
Collier County Sheriff’s Office
Post Date: 01/22/2015 8:45 AM

Collier County Sheriff's Office deputies have charged a 17-year-old Immokalee resident in connection with a shooting Wednesday night that left one teenager dead and another injured in CCSO's Golden Gate Estates District.


Meliton Cruz Jr., 1412 Carson Road, is charged with second-degree murder with a firearm and attempted second-degree murder with a firearm. The shooting took place shortly after 10 p.m. on the 2300 block of 50th Avenue N.E.

Deputies say Cruz shot the victims as they were sitting in their vehicle. Victim Marcos Aleman, 17, of Golden Gate Estates, died at the scene. The surviving victim, Michael Stallone, 18, also of Golden Gate Estates, was able to exit the vehicle and obtain help from nearby residents. Stallone provided deputies with Cruz's name and a vehicle description.

A short time later deputies saw a vehicle matching the description and conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Camp Keais Road and Immokalee Road in CCSO's Immokalee District. Cruz was one of three occupants in the vehicle. Through the investigation deputies identified him as the person responsible for the shooting.

Stallone was transported to a hospital for treatment.

The investigation continues.

Cruz's arrest photo will be released when it becomes available.
  



Thursday, June 16, 2016

Yearlong Cocaine Trafficking Operation Nets 12 Arrests

A yearlong Collier County Sheriff’s Office investigation into illegal drug activity in Immokalee culminated with the arrests of 12 people Thursday morning on cocaine trafficking and state racketeering charges.

Detectives with CCSO’s Vice and Narcotics Bureau partnered with the 20th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the special operation.

“This investigation, initiated by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, has been ongoing for approximately one year and today numerous significant drug traffickers attached to multiple organizations were arrested,” Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said. “These arrests will severely impact the ability of these individuals to conduct illicit business in Southwest Florida for quite some time.”

Detectives say the investigation uncovered a drug trafficking operation that received powder cocaine from Texas via Mexico. The cocaine was supplied to Immokalee, where it was distributed in Southwest Florida as crack and powder cocaine.

During the investigation, the suspects conspired to traffic approximately 11 ½ kilograms of cocaine with a wholesale value of approximately $369,350, detectives said.

The investigation marked the second significant drug enforcement effort by CCSO in the past nine months. In September 2015, 18 people were arrested and $120,000 in heroin was seized in connection with a far-ranging drug trafficking conspiracy in South Florida following a yearlong investigation.

Sheriff Rambosk said Thursday’s operation represents the Sheriff’s Office’s  ongoing commitment to fighting drugs and taking them off the streets of Collier County.

“Today’s arrests have interrupted at least 1,000 street-level narcotic transactions which would have netted these organizations approximately $575,000,” Sheriff Rambosk said.    

Detectives say the cocaine trafficking conspiracy was not confined to any single jurisdiction. Arrests were made in Collier and Lee counties Thursday. During the course of the investigation cash and narcotics were seized at various locations.

A total of 14 warrants were obtained; 12 suspects have been arrested so far. The suspects are being held the Collier and Lee county jails on bonds ranging from $250,000 to $3.2 million.

“There are some people connected to the organization that we have yet to locate and the warrants for them will remain active until they are apprehended,” Sheriff Rambosk said.

During the investigation into these drug trafficking organizations, detectives seized or purchased over 2 kilograms of cocaine, 6 grams of heroin and quantities of Xanax and marijuana with a street value of $72,300. Approximately $180,000 in cash also was seized.

This investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected, the Sheriff said.

The 12 people arrested, their charges and bond amounts are:

Lanette Austile
DOB: 10/21/1981
Charges: Conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to sell and possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver
Total Bond $100K

Victor Cossio
DOB: 10/19/1992
Charges: Trafficking in heroin – 4 grams or more, trafficking in cocaine – 400 grams or more, conspiracy to traffic in cocaine – 400 grams or more and possession of a controlled substance
Total Bond $2,510,000

Noe DeJesus
DOB: 9/6/1982
Charge: Conspiracy to traffic in cocaine – 28 grams or more
Total Bond $250K

Fredrick Green
DOB: 11/22/1978
Charges: Conspiracy to traffic in cocaine – 200 grams or more and conspiracy to possession with intent to sell a controlled substance
Total Bond $520K

Fernando Guadarrama
DOB: 7/15/1986
Charges: Conspiracy to traffic in cocaine – 400 grams or more and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine – 28 grams or more
Total Bond $1,250,000

Michael Jackson III
DOB: 2/4/1979
Charges: R.I.C.O, trafficking in cocaine – 28 grams or more, conspiracy to traffic in cocaine -400 grams or more, conspiracy to traffic in cocaine – 200 grams or more, conspiracy to traffic in cocaine – 28 grams or more, conspiracy to possession with intent to sell a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell
Total Bond $2,790,000

Erik Martinez
DOB: 7/9/1990
Charges: R.I.C.O, conspiracy to traffic in cocaine – 400 grams or more, trafficking in cocaine – 400 grams or more and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine – 28 grams or more
Total Bond $3,250,000

Florentino Martinez-Jimenez
DOB: 11/10/1972
Charges: Conspiracy to traffic in cocaine – 400 grams or more and conspiracy to traffic in cocaine – 28 grams or more
Total Bond $1,250,000

Cordey Taylor
DOB: 10/14/1978
Charges: Conspiracy to traffic in cocaine – 28 grams or more and conspiracy to possession with intent to sell a controlled substance
Total Bond $270K

Cristobel Torres
DOB: 2/7/1993
Charge: Conspiracy to traffic in cocaine – 28 grams or more
Total Bond $250K

William Washington
DOB: 2/2/1969
Charges: Conspiracy to traffic in cocaine-28 grams or more and conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to sell
Total Bond $300K

Lee Wren
DOB: 10/19/1948
Charges: Conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to sell and possession of cocaine with intent to sell or deliver
Total Bond $100K  

Click here to view arrests.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Public Memorial Service For Deputy Killed In Crash

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 10, for Collier County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Cpl. Mark Lucente, who was killed in a vehicle crash May 26.

The community is invited to attend the 11 a.m. service at New Hope Ministries, 7675 Davis Blvd. in East Naples.

Cpl. Lucente, 48, died in a crash on Interstate 75 near the Daniels Parkway exit while on his way to work.

A funeral service and burial were held in Cpl. Lucente’s hometown of Dayton, Ohio, on June 3.

His family has planned a memorial service in Collier County with the community in mind. CCSO has been overwhelmed with support and condolences from the community since Cpl. Lucente’s death.

“His family wanted to do something for Mark’s co-workers and the community so they could say goodbye and to honor him,” said Angela Larson, CCSO Victim Services Supervisor.  

Cpl. Lucente was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He began his career with CCSO in August 1999 as a Corrections deputy trainee. He was promoted to deputy in December 1999 upon completion of training at the Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy. He was promoted to corporal and assigned to the Naples Jail Center in 2001.