Category Archives: Cape Coral / Southwest Florida

DUI Checkpoint tonight in Cape Coral

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 Helps Make Way for Ducklings

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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.

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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.

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Officer K Edinger via CCPD

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DUI operation in Cape Coral tonight

The Cape is conducting a DUI operation tonight, be safe, don’t drink and drive!

Cape Cop Placed on Leave for Flinging Woman

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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

 

So, It’s Illegal to RESCUE a Gator

Baby Gator in Cape Coral

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

Alligator Warning Sign

Cape Coral Conducting HVE DUI Enforcement Operations Friday and Saturday

capecopsCape Coral is doing its 10th and 11th HVE DUI enforcement operations this weekend- Friday and Saturday.

Don’t drink and drive… smokey is watching!

Another DUI Operation in Cape Coral Tonight

capecopsCape Coral is running their 7th DUI operation tonight. Everybody be safe out there, don’t drink and drive!

http://www.capecops.com/newsroom/2015/8/6/cape-coral-police-department-conducting-sixth-dui-enforcement-operation-saturday-night

Cape Coral is Conducting another DUI Operation Saturday

capecopsCape Coral announced they will be conducting another DUI enforcement operation on Saturday night. This is the sixth DUI enforcement by the Cape PD this year, and the third one since the start of July.

UPDATE: Four DUI arrests were made during the operation.

2nd UPDATE: There were four arrests, only three were DUI, per CCPD release.

Cape Coral Police and City Workers Save man Trapped in Canal

A man was operating a riding lawnmower today in Cape Coral, when it tipped and fell into a water-filled canal. Quick action by CCPD and public works employees were able to free the man, who had been pinned by the mower in the water. He had to be taken to the hospital. Good work Justin Cave and to the other city employees whose quick response saved the man.

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Cash Feenz Killers Resentenced to Life in Prison

Ashley Toye and Roderick Washington, who were under 18 at the time they took part in the torture and murder of Alexis and Jeffrey Sosa, were back in court yesterday for resentencing. The Supreme court ruled in 2012 in Miller v. Alabama, that mandatory life sentences for juveniles were not proper under the Constitution. Florida passed a new law providing for new sentences for such criminals, and Toye and Washington are among the first to be sentenced under the new law. The judge could have sentenced them to less time, but declined to do so based on the facts of the case that included false imprisonment and torture before the victims were shot. They will have a chance to have their sentences reviewed after 25 years, another provision of the new law that has yet to be tested.

via News-press.com