VIDEO: Man punched, pepper sprayed in Marco patrol car settles lawsuit for $50,000
Published 11/25/2011 at 4:36 p.m. 20 comments
“Certainly, putting three people in the back of a vehicle who are all combative is not a good idea,” said Chief Don Hunter, who took over this summer. “You don’t strike persons who are handcuffed or who aren’t representing a ...
Traffic tickets down sharply in Collier, Naples, south Lee during economic decline
Published 10/23/2011 at 6:30 p.m. 0 comments
The number of citations issued each year in Southwest Florida is on the decline, and while the direct cause is unknown, local law enforcement officials believe it's a combination of pinching pennies and more awareness that drove the tickets down ...
Jury: NCH hospital not negligent in bed fall death of Royal Harbor woman
Published 10/7/2011 at 10:33 p.m. 0 comments
The three-woman, three-man jury, which heard four days of testimony from 13 witnesses, checked “no” when asked if NCH was negligent and if that negligence was the legal cause of the death of 76-year-old Bernadine Minarcin on March 13, 2009. ...
Marco officer fired for role in August car crash
Published 10/7/2011 at 7:11 p.m. 63 comments
Marco Island Police Chief Don Hunter terminated Officer Ed d’Allesandro after an investigation revealed d’Allesandro was driving a police vehicle 80 mph in a 35 mph zone without emergency lights or sirens in August prior to crashing his vehicle with ...
New inmate body scanner at Collier jail so far detects no drug contraband
Published 9/23/2011 at 7:20 p.m. 0 comments
Since the Collier County jail was selected to be the pilot location for a whole-body scanner in February, more than 20,500 people and inmates have been scanned. Though the $250,000 high-tech body scanner, RadPRO SecurPASS, was given to the Collier ...
Cutting to the Chase: MIPD auxiliary Bill Miller provides time and treasure to the force
Published 8/29/2011 at 4:36 p.m. 4 comments
The saying goes, if you want to get a job done, give it to a busy man. Bill Miller certainly qualifies. The business owner and commercial landlord has a full plate of work and civic activities. But, according to Capt. ...
Collier ready to try out new guidelines for sending out EMS, fire units
Published 8/28/2011 at 4:00 p.m. 0 comments
When someone dials 911 for a medical emergency, the last thing on the caller’s mind is the process for how help arrives. That process, though, is critical in determining who responds to the patient, how fast they get there and ...
Don Hunter steps up to the plate as Marco's new police chief
Updated 8/8/2011 at 4:11 p.m. 3 comments
Marco Island's hunt for a new chief of police didn't take long as former Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter officially took the reigns of the department on Monday morning. Hunter was the only man that City Manager Jim Riviere said ...
Some Collier fire districts eye tax rate hikes, federal grants to make ends meet - POLL
Published 8/3/2011 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments
Several Collier County fire boards are considering increased tax rates to stay in the black. Cost-cutting measures like furloughs and layoffs have been part of the process to pare down budgets in light of another foreseen property value decline in ...
Thom Carr leaves as Marco chief after helping create the department in ‘99
Published 7/22/2011 at 6:15 p.m. 0 comments
Thom Carr is neither jumping for joy nor sighing with fears of an impending boredom following his retirement Friday as Marco Island police chief. The former military man has his mind on the Florida retirement classics — golf and boating.
End of an era: Marco Police Chief Thom Carr resigns, says lawsuits not part of decision
Updated 7/7/2011 at 11:43 a.m. 30 comments
“I had been thinking about it and originally thought about going another year, but been looking at it closer lately,” Carr said. “I’m in my 38th year of law enforcement and enough is enough.”
Marco Island city manager pleased with city’s code enforcement changes
Published 6/17/2011 at 8:01 a.m. 10 comments
Marco Island’s top administrator says a kinder, gentler approach to code enforcement is working. Nearly a year ago, at the behest of city manager Jim Riviere, the name of the code enforcement department was changed to “code compliance” and was ...
Wildfires: Marco, East Naples firefighters on the front lines
Published 6/3/2011 at 9:54 a.m. 1 comment
Just because the wildfires that blanketed the area with smoke earlier in the month were not on Marco, it doesn’t mean local firefighters were not in the heat of battle. This year’s wildfire season has been much more active than ...
Woman accused of forging and cashing checks, total over $14,000
Published 5/26/2011 at 3:45 p.m. 1 comment
A Marco Island woman is accused of forging and cashing her boss’s checks for a total of $14,245.40.
Marco Island may need to pay out more than $31,000 to support police pensions
Published 5/18/2011 at 4:47 p.m. 23 comments
The City of Marco Island may need to pay out more than $31,000 to support the pensions of police officers. The change is due to a more current mortality rate table that is being used to estimate pay outs.
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