A man drove into a house the other day in Cape Coral– police say he was under the influence of alcohol. Fortunately, nobody was home at the time, as the home sustained $50,000 in damages. The first officer on the scene was none other than interim Cape Coral Police Chief Dave Newlan. You’d think getting the big seat would have him off DUI duty, but when duty called, he responded. Turns out Newlan happened to be at a house nearby, and responded to the scene, detaining Gregory Fischer until other officers arrived. Fischer was charged with a DUI with Damage.
This calls to mind an incident a few months back in Fort Myers, when interim FMPD Chief Dennis Eads also responded to a call. As they say, cops are always on duty!
Cape Coral Police will be hosting a DUI checkpoint tonight. It’s a holiday weekend, and this serves as a good time for a reminder to be safe, don’t drink and drive!
FMPD, Making Way for Ducklings
My friend, Cameron Siggs, snapped this photo yesterday of an FMPD officer stopping traffic on 41 to allow mama duck and a dozen or so of her ducklings to safely cross the street. Kudos are in order to the patient motorists who waited for the duck family to cross and to do so safely.
from Robert McCloskey’s book
I love it, it’s a scene right of ‘Make Way for Ducklings’, the Caldecott-winning children’s book that recently celebrated its 75th anniversary.
We take for granted all the different things law enforcement are called upon to do. Just yesterday, CCSO escorted an aggregation of manatees, and CCPD recently shared this photo of Officer Keith Edinger helping a trapper remove a nuisance gator. Thank you all for your protection.
Officer K Edinger via CCPD
The Cape is conducting a DUI operation tonight, be safe, don’t drink and drive!
Screenshot of video posted by Daniel Wirka
Social media, and citizen journalists, again demonstrate their importance to the system. After a social media post that depicted an officer throwing a woman to the ground, the Cape Coral Police Department has initiated an internal review, and put the officer involved on paid leave.
They have not yet ruled that his actions were unwarranted, but the video seems to demonstrate that he may have been more violent than necessary. There did not appear to be an immediate threat, and the officer did not even appear to identify himself before flinging her to the ground. It will be interesting to see what the brass says about this one…
It should be noted, the woman is clearly committing a battery by pushing and striking the man before the cop arrives, and would have also been subject to arrest for disorderly conduct.The issue is whether he handled the arrest appropriately. Kudos to the the Cape Coral PD for acting swiftly to address what will be a contentious issue.
You can watch the video on the CCPD web page: http://www.capecops.com/newsroom/2016/3/14/p
Baby Gator in Cape Coral
A couple of unnamed Cape residents saw a baby Alligator wandering in an intersection on Halloween night, and decided to rescue the little guy. It’s clearly a baby, as it is only a foot long, and still has its baby spots, which fade after a few years. The Samaritans scooped up the little guy, only to be stopped by CCPD before they could find a safe place to release it. It’s a crime to possess an Alligator in Florida! Fortunately, Officer Pinkham was sympathetic, and called in FWC to safely relocate the little guy, without charging the Samaritans. Yay, rescued gator!
If you see a Gator in distress, or being a threat or nuisance, it is incumbent to call FWC, at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).
Alligator Warning Sign
Cape Coral is doing its 10th and 11th HVE DUI enforcement operations this weekend- Friday and Saturday.
Don’t drink and drive… smokey is watching!