PHOTOS: Marco Police Department opens its doors for appreciation day
Published 11/8/2010 at 3:00 p.m. 21 comments
The Marco Island Police Department rolled out the “blue carpet” Saturday for the their friends. The Marco Police Foundation hosted a Membership Appreciation Day, and members, prospective members and their families got the grand tour of Marco’s law enforcement HQ, ...
Federal lawsuit filed against Marco police claiming excessive force during arrest
Updated 10/5/2010 at 6:50 p.m. 28 comments
A 22-year-old former East Naples man punched and pepper-sprayed by a Marco Police officer in 2008 has filed a federal lawsuit accusing him of excessive force and the city of failing to train its officers.
PHOTOS: Leadership Marco — The Class of 2010, Part 2
Published 8/23/2010 at 9:39 a.m. 3 comments
The Leadership Marco, class of 2010, part 2
Crime down on Marco Island, historically low number of violent crime doubles
Published 7/27/2010 at 5:05 p.m. 19 comments
Overall crime rates declined slightly on Marco Island in the first half of 2010 while violent crimes doubled, reported Capt. Dave Baer in a prepared statement on Tuesday.
Some citizen concern, but Marco police taking challenges in stride
Published 7/25/2010 at 2:48 p.m. 11 comments
The Marco Island Police Department is having anything but an off-season this summer. The organization is confronting a harassment lawsuit filed by Island Drugs and the loss of two senior lieutenants, all while dealing with a spate of recent crimes ...
Letter to the Editor: When in need
Published 7/22/2010 at 2:17 p.m. 0 comments
Many of us are so fortunate to never need the services of either our police or fire personnel. After all, what a terrible time to try to get to know them while they are responding to an emergency situation. Yet, ...
Marco code enforcement chief laid off
Published 7/14/2010 at 9:54 p.m. 16 comments
The overhaul of Marco Island City Hall continues with the elimination of the chief of code compliance position on Wednesday. Eric Wardle’s layoff comes after code enforcement and the police department were combined by interim-City Manager Jim Riviere in May.
2 top Marco Island cops fall victim to city budget cuts
Published 7/13/2010 at 2:33 p.m. 28 comments
Marco Island lost two of their finest effective immediately, said Marco Island Police Chief Thom Carr on Tuesday. Lt. Cliff Morine and Lt. Mike Peña were laid off as part of ongoing attempts by the city to cut costs.
Police files: Old fashion legwork meets new age technology
Published 6/24/2010 at 3:43 p.m. 3 comments
Detective Glen Zirgibel is still a fan of old-school fingerprints, and when DNA testing first became available, he felt that there was nothing like using an individual’s one of a kind fingerprint to place a criminal at the scene. “In ...
Marco Island pharmacy files harassment lawsuit against city and police chief
Updated 6/23/2010 at 3:58 p.m. 25 comments
A Marco Island pharmacy is suing the city and police chief, accusing police of harassing and threatening to arrest customers purchasing prescriptions, searching them and stopping their cars.
Police files: Marco’s officers busier than you might suspect
Published 6/17/2010 at 1:20 p.m. 8 comments
Two Marco Island police officers walk into the Starbucks to meet two colleagues already there picking up coffee. As if on cue, one customer turns to another and gives the inevitable smart remark: “Oh look, all four police are here ...
Chief of police: Nepotism considered in Marco Island's police, code enforcement merger
Updated 5/6/2010 at 5:28 p.m. 13 comments
Marco Island merged two enforcement agencies, code enforcement and the police department, on Wednesday. The move could potentially lead to a husband-wife team coming closer together.
POLL: Arizona’s immigration law could migrate to Florida, local opponents fear
Published 4/26/2010 at 5:15 p.m. 8 comments
Arizona’s proposal for a tough immigration law has many officials debating what might migrate to Florida — a similar law or some of Arizona’s illegal population?
Marco Island man Tasered three times while trying to prevent wife's medical treatment, police say
Updated 4/21/2010 at 7:36 p.m. 7 comments
Marco police Tasered a man three times after they say he became aggressive toward police while attempting to prevent his wife from receiving medical treatment at the Sand Bar.
UPDATE: Southwest Florida grandparents beware: Hustlers striking by phone
Updated 4/16/2010 at 5:43 p.m. 0 comments
Suspects in Southwest Florida and across the nation are increasingly calling victims, saying they are their grandchild and are in an emergency, needing money.“The kids, I assume they were kids, well they were messing with the wrong grandma. I don’t ...