Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CCSO, Starbucks Offer Coffee With A Cop


The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Starbucks to offer the community Coffee with a Cop.

Set for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Starbucks located 8867 Immokalee Road #101, Golden Gate Estates, the event will provide deputies and members of the community with the opportunity to come together to discuss community issues, build relationships and share some coffee.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the agency’s work. Coffee with a Cop also allows for relaxed, one-on-one interaction between deputies and members of the community.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing by building relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Friday, September 23, 2016

CCSO Sergeant Honored By DLC

The David Lawrence Center honored Collier County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Leslie Weidenhammer during the annual Recovery Month awards ceremony Thursday.

The DLC recognized Sgt. Weidenhammer for her involvement as a Crisis Intervention Team Trainer and Coordinator of the Mental Health Unit with the CCSO.

She is also a member of the Collier County Drug Court, Mental Health Court and Veterans Court Teams. In these capacities she tirelessly and passionately invests her time to support individuals in crisis with a mental illness and/or substance abuse problem who intercept with law enforcement. In addition, she serves as a volunteer board member for National Alliance on Mental Illness were she also works in their youth programs. She is as a steadfast mental health advocate and conveys the message of help, hope and recovery in that she does.

The DLC is a nonprofit mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults and families in Collier County. DLC joins other voices of recovery from across the nation in observing the 27th annual national Recovery Month. The event is held in September to help increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance abuse disorder. It also helps to promote the message that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective and people recover.

Thursday’s ceremony at the New Hope Community Center, 7676 Davis Blvd., East Naples, recognized individuals and organizations in Collier County for their outstanding contributions to support those in recovery.

Polly Whiting, retired EMS Chief Walter Kopka, The David Lawrence Center Young Executives group and Terry Cox were also honored at the ceremony.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Man Found In Canal Identified

A body recovered from a canal in Golden Gate by deputies Monday afternoon has been identified as Carlos Rojas, 22.

A passer-by discovered a body in the canal near the intersection of 39th Street Southwest and 13th Avenue Southwest shortly after 3 p.m. Monday and contacted the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. The CCSO dive team responded and removed the body.


Detectives used fingerprints to identify Rojas of 5570 16th Place S.W. in Golden Gate.
Detectives said his death does not appear to be suspicious at this time.

Rojas’ live-in girlfriend reported him missing around 1 a.m. Monday. She told CCSO detectives that Rojas had left their home around 5:30 p.m. Saturday to get a haircut and never returned.


She said she went looking for him and found him with friends at Bamboo Garden, 12215 Collier Blvd., Golden Gate, about 10:30 p.m. She said she returned home without Rojas, expecting he would return home later, but he never did. Rojas did not have a vehicle or bicycle and walked anywhere he needed to go.

Next CCSO CommUNITY Gallery To Host Art Of Adorable Tykes


The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with The Learning Center Preschool at East Naples United Methodist Church to raise awareness of its VPK program for preschoolers aged 2-4 years old.

CCSO will host a public reception for the 21st installment of the CommUNITY Gallery Thursday, Sept. 29, 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 created by preschoolers currently attending the center.

The Learning Center has been committed to the children and families living and working in Naples for 40 years. There are five classrooms enabling children to explore and enjoy each day. Each classroom includes learning centers for discovery in science, math, writing, manipulatives, computer, creative arts and more.

The exhibit will be on display to the public through Dec. 30, 2016.

Click here for more information about The Learning Center at ENUMC. 

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 Specialist Kristine Gill at 239.252.0604 or Kristine.Gill@colliersheriff.org.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Update: Search Continues For Golden Gate Man

UPDATE: The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has released a brief video of Jamie Curtis, who has been missing since Friday night.

The store surveillance video shows Curtis minutes before he went missing.

Click here to watch the video.

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

Earlier news release
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Search Continues For Golden Gate Man
Collier County Sheriff's Office
Post Date:09/19/2016 1:00 PM


While the physical search for 27-year-old Jamie Curtis of Golden Gate has been suspended, detectives are following up on leads and this remains an active investigation.
Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that Curtis is no longer in the area where he went missing Friday evening and may be elsewhere in the community.



Curtis, who has Asperger Syndrome, went missing around 8:30 p.m. Friday near Immokalee Road and Jones Mining Road in Golden Gate Estates after behaving in a paranoid manner and asking his mother to pull over. When she stopped the car he got out and fled into a swampy, heavily wooded area. Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched over the weekend by air, on foot, and on swamp buggies and ATVs. CCSO’s K-9 Unit and Dive Team also searched. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Collier County Emergency Management and local fire departments provided additional personnel and equipment.


Curtis is 6-feet 1-inch tall with blond hair and green eyes. He was wearing black sweatpants and a blue shirt and was carrying a camouflage backpack.


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

Search Continues For Golden Gate Man




While the physical search for 27-year-old Jamie Curtis of Golden Gate has been suspended, detectives are following up on leads and this remains an active investigation.

Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that Curtis is no longer in the area where he went missing Friday evening and may be elsewhere in the community.

Curtis, who has Asperger Syndrome, went missing around 8:30 p.m. Friday near Immokalee Road and Jones Mining Road in Golden Gate Estates after behaving in a paranoid manner and asking his mother to pull over. When she stopped the car he got out and fled into a swampy, heavily wooded area. Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched over the weekend by air, on foot, and on swamp buggies and ATVs. CCSO’s K-9 Unit and Dive Team also searched. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Collier County Emergency Management and local fire departments provided additional personnel and equipment. 



Curtis is 6-feet 1-inch tall with blond hair and green eyes. He was wearing black sweatpants and a blue shirt and was carrying a camouflage backpack.

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





Monday, September 12, 2016

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Apple IOS users must update the CCSO2go mobile app in order to receive the latest local crime and safety information.

Go to the app store and click on updates (bottom right corner),  scroll down until you see CCSO2go and click on update.

If you don’t have CCSO2go and want the latest news get the FREE app at iTunes or Google play. Here’s what you get:

- A searchable arrest log
- Push notifications to your phone for news updates
- Real time traffic with Google street maps
- CCSO-produced safety videos