Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sheriff Rambosk Thanks Student For Supporting Law Enforcement


Madison Tracy has a big heart. She donates her birthday and Christmas money to charity. She delivers stuffed animals to hospitals to be distributed to ailing children. She puts the needs of others ahead of her own.

And in recent weeks, as law enforcement agencies across the nation have suffered tension between themselves and the communities they serve, she set about to ensure that Collier County deputies and Naples police officers know they are appreciated. Madison and her mother have hand-delivered more than 60 stuffed animals to local deputies and police officers, along with a note that thanks them for their service.

This week Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk met with Madison and her mom, MaryAnn Tracy, to let them know their gestures of kindness mean a lot.

“You are doing a very good thing,” Sheriff Rambosk told Madison. “I want to thank you for all you are doing for our community and for law enforcement.”

Sheriff Rambosk presented Madison and her mom with bags containing tokens of the agency’s appreciation for their good deeds. Among the items in Madison’s bag was a shiny CCSO challenge coin. “Only very special people who do very special things receive those coins,” he told her as she gazed at the coin.

CCSO Lt. J.J. Carroll, who leads the agency’s Golden Gate Patrol District, is the recipient of one of Madison's stuffed animals – a lime-green frog.

“I was somewhat shocked to see Madison at my office and was absolutely overwhelmed by her gesture,” he said. “It’s comforting to know our community supports us with the recent events that have occurred around the country.”

Madison, 9, will be entering the fifth grade at Pelican Marsh Elementary School in August. She and her mom are challenging others to join them in their “Best Buddies In Blue” project by distributing a stuffed animal and a hug to law enforcement officers they see in their community.

“I just feel like deputies don’t get much credit for the work they do,” Madison said.

 ABOVE: Photo by Cpl. Efrain Hernandez/CCSO


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Traffic Stop LeadsTo Arrest Of Convicted Felon With Loaded Gun



Deputies arrested a convicted felon and confiscated a loaded gun from the car he was riding in during a traffic stop in Golden Gate Estates early Wednesday morning.

Deputies in a marked Collier County Sheriff’s Office cruiser were patrolling Wilson Boulevard near 12th Avenue Northeast around 12:30 a.m. when they noticed items being thrown from the passenger windows of a red Dodge four-door vehicle in front of them. Deputies immediately initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle.

The four occupants told deputies they threw out cigarette butts and a beer bottle.

Deputies received permission from the driver/owner to search the vehicle. When they asked the back seat passengers to step out of the vehicle, one of them, Yoandy Ledesma Carmona of Tampa, attempted to flee. Ledesma Carmona, 29, was quickly apprehended. He resisted handcuffing attempts, but was overpowered by deputies.

Further investigation by deputies revealed Ledesma Carmona was a convicted felon and had two active warrants for battery/domestic violence out of Hillsborough County. Deputies also discovered a black Smith & Wesson .357 handgun underneath Ledesma Carmona’s seat. The gun was fully loaded and ready to fire, according to the arrest report.


Deputies placed Ledesma Carmona under arrest for his warrants. He was additionally charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and resisting arrest without violence. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

CCSO’s Free Family Safety Event to Visit North Naples Tonight


The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its seventh Hot Summer Night event tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Seagate Elementary School, 465 Seagate Dr.

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!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

CCSO’s Free Family Safety Event to Visit North Naples


WHAT:
Hot Summer Nights

WHEN: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

TIME: 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Seagate Elementary School, 465 Seagate Dr.

SUMMARY: The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its seventh Hot Summer Night event Tuesday, July 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Seagate Elementary School, 465 Seagate Dr.

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, July 15, 2016

CCSO Response To Press Conference

Following is the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s response to a July 15, 2016, press conference alleging that the agency failed to provide language interpretation in a timely manner during a Jan. 31, 2016, 911 call relating to a knife-wielding subject at the intersection of North 3rd and West Main streets in Immokalee:

Our investigation into this incident remains active, but detectives have determined, through evidence collected and interviews conducted, that it is highly unlikely that the 911 call was related to the knife-wielding subject.

The dispatcher asked the 911 caller whether he spoke English or Spanish. The caller replied that he spoke English. When the caller did not provide the dispatcher with any comprehensible information she asked him two more times what language he spoke, but was unable to obtain a response. The caller ended the call before providing any actionable information. The dispatcher exhausted all efforts to follow up and obtain information from the caller. However, all of the responses the caller provided were unintelligible to the dispatcher and to the professional language line translator that was on the line with the caller and the dispatcher.

Detectives have determined that deputies encountered the armed subject while on proactive patrol, and despite being put in harm’s way, intervened quickly and were able to save the life of an innocent victim that was being stabbed and attacked by a subject with a knife. 

The CCSO Communications Center has a 24/7 plan to assist callers who don’t speak English. We have bilingual 911 operators, we connect callers to interpreters of a wide variety of languages and have advanced technology to locate callers as well as the capability to receive 911 text messages.  For many years our plan has met and exceeded emergency communication standards established by the Department of Justice, the National Emergency Number Association and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.




CCSO’s Free Family Safety Event to Visit Everglades Tonight


The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its sixth Hot Summer Nights event tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at McLeod Park, 208 S.Copeland Ave., Everglades City.

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!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

CCSO VIDEO: Play It Safe Playing “Pokémon Go”


The new “Pokémon Go” game is virtual fun and a great way for players to get out in their community. So as you battle, train and try to “catch em all” just remember you’re still in the real world.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office wants you to be safe while playing “Pokémon Go” and offers these tips:
* Know your surroundings and pay attention to where you are going and who is around you.
* Watch where you are going. Look both ways before crossing streets. Obey all traffic laws.
* Be respectful of private property. Do not enter areas that you normally wouldn’t go if you weren’t playing the game.
* Don’t drive a motor vehicle or ride a bike while interacting with the app.
Click here to watch the CCSO safety video