Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CCSO Traffic Enforcement Spots

Monday, Dec. 22:

Goodlette-Frank and Pine Ridge roads - Speeding
U.S. 41 East and Bayshore Drive – Red-light running
Livingston Road and Golden Gate Parkway – Aggressive driving

Tuesday, Dec. 23:

Logan Boulevard and Vanderbilt Beach Road - Speeding
Santa Barbara and Hunter boulevards - Speeding
Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road – Red-light running

Wednesday, Dec. 24:

Airport-Pulling Road and Naples Boulevard – Aggressive driving
U.S. 41 North and Vanderbilt Beach Road – Aggressive driving
Collier Boulevard and Business Circle South – Red-light running

Thursday, Dec. 25: 

Golden Gate Parkway at I-75 southbound exit – Red-light running
U.S. 41 North and Immokalee Road – Speeding
Livingston and Pine Ridge roads - Speeding

Friday, Dec. 26:

Davis and Santa Barbara boulevards - Speeding
Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach roads – Red-light running
Immokalee and Rock roads – Speeding

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shop With A Cop” Initiative Celebrates 10th Anniversary

More than 40 deserving Everglades area children purchased presents for family members during the 10th annual "Shop With A Cop" event Saturday, Dec. 13.

Susan Gentry, a Collier County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention specialist, organized the event, sponsored by the Collier County Police Activity League (PAL).

The children received $100 each to select items for their parents, siblings and a gift for themselves. Around three dozen CCSO members, along with their family members, helped the children select and purchase items.

The shopping spree began early in the morning when the CCSO members and children met at Kmart, 4995 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate. Each child was paired up with an agency member who assisted in making sure everyone in the child's family had a gift. Before checkout, each member/child pair met up with a deputy dressed up as the Buddy the Elf character for individual holiday photos at the store’s Christmas tree display.

The children and CCSO members then headed over to the Barrington Terrace Assisted Living Facility in East Naples where the kids sang Christmas carols to the residents and enjoyed a pizza lunch.

Photos by Kristi Lester/CCSO(5)

CCSO Names December “Do The Right Thing” Winners

Eight Collier County students were recently recognized for good deeds ranging from assisting at the scene of a traffic accident to calling 911 to help save a parent’s life.

The students were recognized at the third “Do The Right Thing” award ceremony for the 2014-15 school year at Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology on Monday, Dec. 15.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office adopted the "Do the Right Thing" program in January 1988, and has honored hundreds of children for acts that reinforce good behavior, positive acts and outstanding accomplishments in the community.

The following students have been recognized for December:

Gessyca Theodore, ninth grade, Barron Collier High School and Ronuald Theodore, fourth grade, Osceola Elementary School

Gessyca and Ronuald moved from Haiti to Collier County in 2010 to live with their aunt and uncle after surviving the country’s devastating earthquake. Both have persevered and have coordinated canned food drives and other donation projects to benefit families in need.

Liliana Quintanilla, fourth grade, Avalon Elementary School

Liliana called 911 because her mother was experiencing an asthma attack. Liliana stayed with her mom until emergency responders arrived and then took the time to get her younger siblings ready for school so they would not be late.

Brian Galicia, fourth grade, Golden Terrace Elementary School

One day in October while walking to school alongside his mother, Brian saw another student who was riding a bike get hit by a car. Concerned for his classmate’s well-being, he and his mother approached emergency responders to see if they could assist. Brian helped by acting as a translator because the driver did not speak English.

Tania Angeles-Perez, eighth grade, Immokalee Middle School

One day while at home Tania saw her mother and her mother’s ex-boyfriend arguing in the driveway. Fearing for her mom’s safety Tania contacted CCSO and provided a detailed description of the ex-boyfriend and the vehicle he was driving. These details helped deputies quickly locate the ex-boyfriend, who had driven away.

Catherine O’Grady, sixth grade, Manatee Middle School 

One day in class Catherine noticed another student playing with a pocket knife. As soon as she had a chance, Catherine alerted her teacher.

Monica Quevedo, sixth grade, Cypress Palm Middle School

Monica found a Navy ring one day in November while visiting Naples High School. Monica turned it in to deputies who later located the ring’s owner, an 86-year-old veteran who was originally devastated after realizing the ring was missing. The veteran was immensely grateful to Monica for finding and turning in the ring.

Derek Aguilar, fifth grade, Golden Gate Elementary School

While at school Derek was approached by another student who told him he brought several knives to defend himself against a bully. After seeing that the student did in fact have the knives in his backpack, Derek alerted his teacher. The student and his backpack were immediately removed from the classroom to ensure everyone’s safety.

Monday, December 15, 2014

CCSO Gives Child Gift Of Boat Ride, Holiday Parade

Rosio Andres, 6, with Cpl. Todd Byrns aboard a Collier County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit vessel during the annual Christmas boat parade on Naples Bay on Saturday night. Photo courtesy of Michele Fineis.  

A kindergartner got a boats-eye view of the annual Christmas parade on Naples Bay over the weekend, thanks to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

For 6-year-old Rosio Andres, the ride on a CCSO Marine Unit patrol vessel in the 25th annual lighted boat parade Saturday night marked the girl’s first time on a boat and her first time watching the parade.

CCSO has been a regular participant in the parade and has taken a child who has a special need or who has done something exceptionally well along for the ride.

Rosio, who attends Pinecrest Elementary School in Immokalee, is battling lymphoma and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for the past 10 months, said Eulalia Andres, the girl’s mother. She has two years of chemotherapy remaining.  

When Rosio learned Friday afternoon she would be watching the parade on a boat she was so excited she wanted to go right then and there, her mother said. The night of the ride, Rosio dressed for a special occasion in a shiny pink and purple party dress with pink tights, sparkly purple ballet slippers and a sparkly pink Santa hat.

“She was cold at first, but when the boat ride began and she saw all the lights, she forgot about being cold,” her mother said. “She was happy and excited to be in the parade.”

Her daughter was dazzled by all of the lights on the boats, she said.

Rosio took up Cpl. Todd Byrns on his offer to drive the CCSO boat, which was decked out in festive lights and a big red Santa hat.

“She drove for a couple of seconds and sat back down and leaned her head back like she was in awe,” said Cpl. Byrns, a member of the Marine Unit. “She’s been having a rough time with chemo. I’m glad we were able to get her mind off it for a couple of hours, at least.”

The Marine Industries Association of Collier County and its charitable arm, the Marine Industries Foundation, organize the parade. One hundred percent of the proceeds - donations from parade participants and the community – benefit the Ricky King Fund, which helps children who have a medical need.

Last year the parade raised $5,000 for the Ricky King fund, said Frank Perrucci, MIACC president and parade chairman.

More than 30 boats were registered for this year’s parade, he said.
“It’s a neat community event, a neat boater event and a neat charitable event,” Perrucci said.    

The Collier County Sheriff's Office participated in the 25th annual Christmas boat parade on Naples Bay on Saturday night. Photo by Cpl. Shawn Bogart/CCSO


Friday, December 12, 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, December 11, 2014

CCSO Deputies Help Homeless Veteran

Two Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies stepped up to help a fellow veteran in need this holiday season.

In recent days, deputies in the CCSO’s Immokalee District struggled with what to do with a longtime resident and Vietnam War veteran who suddenly found himself homeless and was living on the streets. The man was the subject of multiple 911 calls from the community for incidents ranging from trespassing to accidentally setting fire to a bus shelter bench.

Deputies evaluated whether the man was committing a crime that would allow the Sheriff’s Office to remove him from the streets.  They considered that if the man were to be incarcerated he would likely be released soon and back living on the streets.

With compassion and concern, Cpl. Charles Turner and Cpl. Kevin Hendry wanted to make sure the fellow veteran received the help that he needed. Cpl. Turner is retired from the Coast Guard, while Cpl. Hendry served in the National Guard, Army and Marine Corps.

“His situation was dire,” Cpl. Turner said, noting the man lacked sufficient clothing for the colder weather. “Something had to be done.”

“He needed a home; he needed help,” Cpl. Hendry agreed.

Both Cpl. Turner, an 18-year CCSO veteran, and Cpl. Hendry, a 14-year CCSO veteran, are graduates of the agency’s Crisis Intervention Training program, which teaches criminal justice professionals how to address situations involving persons with mental illness. Utilizing the skills he learned from the course as well as his community contacts, Cpl. Turner was able to get the man shelter and assistance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Cpl. Hendry helped the man collect his personal belongings and drove him to a Salvation Army veterans outreach shelter in Fort Myers, where the staff was familiar with the man from previous contacts.

 “Many of us think about the sacrifices our veterans made for our country one day a year,” said Lt. Andrew Prisco, who supervises the CCSO substation in Immokalee, referring to Veterans Day. “Corporals Turner and Hendry have reminded us that we should think about them much more.”  

Sgt. Marcus Carter of the Immokalee substation echoed Lt. Prisco’s comments.

“These officers made it their priority to service others before self and take care of our military personnel,” Sgt. Carter said.
Cpl. Charles Turner
Cpl. Kevin Hendry

Sexual Predator Has New Address

Name: George Lucas

Date of birth: April 3, 1972

Description: White male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 163 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes

Current address: 560 17th St. S.W., Golden Gate

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has notified the Collier County Sheriff’s Office that registered sexual predator George Lucas has moved and currently resides at 560 17th Street S.W. in Golden Gate.

Lucas is designated as a sexual predator pursuant to Section FSS 775.21. His qualifying offenses are sexual battery by adult/victim under 12, F.S. 794.011(2).

Positive identification cannot be established unless a fingerprint comparison is made.

If further information is needed, please contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender/Predator Unit at 239.530.5699, or via e-mail at Or contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Sexual Offender/Predator Unit at 1-888-FL-Predator (1-888-357-7332) from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. You may also go to the FDLE Sexual Predator/Offender website at

Click here to view the CCSO sexual predator alert.