Deputy reprimanded for using badge to intimidate former son-in-law
Published 10/14/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
In a complaint filed in November 2011, James Potter Jr. alleged Cpl. John Bartis threatened him and used his Sheriffs Office colleagues to harass, follow and intimidate him.
Judge: Man accused in Golden Gate killing had gun residue on hands, clothes
Published 10/12/2012 at 6:55 p.m.
Judge Rob Crown also said at least two witnesses told detectives Abraham Abe Eckman, 23, had threatened to kill Torres, 25.
Arrest made in Golden Gate homicide; friend describes love-triangle gone wrong
Updated 10/11/2012 at 7:56 p.m.
A Golden Gate man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the Aug. 4 death of 25-year-old Ernest Torres Jr., also of Golden Gate.
FBI increasing focus on gang tattoos; local agencies track them informally
Published 10/05/2012 at 7:16 p.m.
With its eye on the release of a new database in 2014, the FBI is asking local law enforcement agencies for information on how they track tattoos worn by gang members, terrorists and other criminals.
Investigators search for leads, family members search for closure in fatal hit-and-run
Published 10/05/2012 at 5:10 a.m.
Unfortunately, theres not much to go on, Lt. Greg Bueno said. Troopers are asking for help piecing together a timeline from anyone who might have seen Wallace between 11 a.m. and 11:26 a.m. Saturday.
Collier Sheriff's Office files lawsuit seeking $1.78 million for non-delivery of computer system
Published 09/30/2012 at 9 a.m.
After paying $1.96 million for a records management system that failed to launch on time, the Collier County Sheriff's Office has refiled a lawsuit for breach of contract against a Michigan-based tech company.
Fundraiser tonight will benefit youth football league with depleted bank account
Published 09/28/2012 at 5:37 a.m.
A month after $17,000 was reported stolen from a youth football and cheerleading league, an East Naples organization is stepping in to help raise money for the team.
Brotherhood Ride documentary pedals to the big screen; packs theater
Published 09/26/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Even after being filmed for 22 days on a 1,600-mile bicycle trip, the founder of Brotherhood Ride figured the documentary's showing would be a small-time affair.
Brotherhood Ride documentary to hit the big screen Tuesday
Published 09/24/2012 at 5:05 a.m.
Last year, a team of 37 officers, firefighters and emergency responders rode bicycles from Naples to New York to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Sheriff's Office dismisses complaint by candidate Angiolillo
Published 09/23/2012 at 5 a.m.
In a 12-minute video on YouTube, Angiolillo claimed Leffin did not ask for his insurance information, put the incorrect address on the citation, doctored the ticket and towed his vehicle with a noncompliant tow truck.
North Naples fire lieutenant trains department's first search-and-rescue dogs
Published 09/21/2012 at 7:02 p.m.
After thousands of hours of daily training enormous amounts of time, Delaney says the dogs tested and were certified by the National Association for Search and Rescue in mid-August.
11-year-old stops school bus after driver suffers medical emergency, loses control
Updated 09/19/2012 at 8:08 a.m.
He made a strange face at me and fell against the window, the 11-year-old said. They were headed toward a palm tree when Jackson jumped out of his seat, hit the brakes and steered the bus into a chain-link fence.
Remains found near North Naples Walmart remain unidentified more than a year later
Published 09/14/2012 at 5:57 p.m.
Capt. Chris Roberts of the Sheriffs Office said the bones likely were those of a white or Hispanic man who could have died as long ago as 1994. DNA was extracted from the remains
Naples restaurant creates buzz with Romney-Ryan Rita, O'Bummer drinks
Published 09/14/2012 at 5:15 a.m.
The Romney-Ryan Rita featured 1800 Anejo, a touch of sour, fresh lime and a splash of 100-year-old Grand Marnier. And The O'Bummer?
Former Dateline "Predator" arrested after visit to Lee County library
Published 09/12/2012 at 6 p.m.
After he was busted by Chris Hansen of "Dateline: To Catch A Predator" in 2006, Lee County resident Donald Leroy Morrison thanked the television host.
Marketing experts: Spending on freebies typically a good investment
Published 09/11/2012 at 5 a.m.
Those in marketing say spending money on promotional items isnt a waste. T-shirts, koozies, pens and keychains with an organizations name stick with customers far longer than a commercial.
Missing Children's Day brings awareness to cases
Published 09/10/2012 at 6:05 p.m.
This year, Wendy Hudakoc will have been a missing person for more than half her life.
Detective: Missing owner of abandoned boat appears to be playing hide and seek
Published 09/01/2012 at 7 p.m.
Strange things happened in the weeks after the missing person report was filed. New evidence has emerged that the elusive Wayne Ball is very much alive and possibly playing a strange case of cat-and-mouse with relatives and authorities.
Designer drugs increasingly prevalent in Southwest Florida
Published 08/31/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
At a presentation Thursday, Emily Castillo said eight out of every 10 children being treated by the David Lawrence Center has tried synthetic marijuana.
Deputies arrest homeless man after DNA links him to bank robbery
Updated 08/29/2012 at 5:55 p.m.
A 28-year-old homeless man was arrested early Wednesday morning by Collier County Sheriff's Office detectives after DNA tests linked him to an April armed robbery at an East Naples bank.
Isaac brings flashbacks for Hurricane Katrina survivors who relocated to Southwest Florida
Published 08/29/2012 at 5:10 a.m.
I got physically sick, said Herberger, who temporarily moved to Naples in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. It brought back so many memories. I could even smell that terrible smell that came from the city.
Most Collier government offices will be open Monday
Updated 08/26/2012 at 8:48 p.m. 1 Comment
Emergency shelters will open in Collier and Lee counties this morning as a precaution ahead of the expected development of Tropical Storm Isaac into a hurricane that could strafe Southwest Florida beginning late tonight and Monday.
Records: North Naples homicide victim twice called 911 on ex before killing
Published 08/25/2012 at 5 p.m.
In each case Bedell was ultimately uncooperative with responding Collier County sheriffs deputies, preventing them from pursuing an arrest.
Youth football league reports theft of $17,000, left with negative balance
Published 08/24/2012 at 5:10 a.m.
Pretty much its all gone and we have to start all over, he said. Were asking the community to come out and support the kids. Theyre in desperate need.
Arrests in economic crimes can steal time
Published 08/23/2012 at 5:45 a.m.
It is frustrating for us. We do want to put suspects in jail and make the victims whole, said Cmdr. Rod Bishop, of the Collier County Sheriffs Office. But if you want us to get your money back and put ...
Affidavit: Inmate, homicide victim had been arguing about woman
Published 08/17/2012 at 10:56 p.m.
Abraham Eckman said he and Torres had been in verbal altercations over the woman, who is the mother of Eckmans child and at the time was in a relationship with Torres, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Report: More than half of U.S. violent crimes unreported
Published 08/15/2012 at 5 a.m.
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said underreporting of crimes limits law enforcements ability to accurately map out where crimes take place. If we dont have that information, we cant properly assess where we can be," Rambosk said.
Incumbent sheriffs win big in Lee and Collier
Updated 08/14/2012 at 9:21 p.m.
Collier's race looks almost exactly the same as the last time voters picked a sheriff: Kevin Rambosk, a Sheriff’s Office veteran, against Victor Ortino, a private investigator with three years under his belt as a highway patrol trooper in the ...
Chief Hunter restructures Marco police department
Published 08/13/2012 at 5 a.m. 6 Comments
The new organizational structure streamlines operations and will bring about more efficiency, while maintaining excellent supervision, City Manager Jim Riviere said.
Detectives make contact with person of interest in North Naples homicide
Published 08/10/2012 at 8:55 p.m.
Concetta Konnie Bedell was found dead on her back porch by her teenage son on Wednesday morning. Since then, detectives have been trying to reach Lawrence Joseph MacDonald, 44.
Person of interest in killing: Homicide 'not pretty' but 'feels pretty good'
Updated 08/10/2012 at 2:55 p.m.
This is absurd, she wrote in an application for the injunction. I am terrified of Lawrence. I just want him to leave me and my children alone.
Collier sheriff: 3 homicides in 1 week not related
Published 08/09/2012 at 5:05 a.m.
I think the first question on everyones mind is, are they related in any way? Evidence obtained so far indicates that there is no relationship between the three cases, Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said.
Person of interest sought in North Naples homicide
Published 08/08/2012 at 9:43 p.m.
As of late Wednesday, the Collier County Sheriffs Office had not named any formal suspects but was calling 44-year-old Lawrence Joseph MacDonald a person of interest.
Police union files lawsuit against Sheriff Scott over bonuses for non-union personnel
Published 08/07/2012 at 5 a.m.
In a suit filed July 31, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott is accused of unfair labor practices by the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA).
911 call from San Carlos Park killing reveals gruesome scene
Published 08/03/2012 at 9 p.m.
When Russell Myers got back to his San Carlos Park home last week after a trip to the store, he knew immediately that his longtime girlfriend, Debra Striano, had been killed.
North Naples homicide remains a mystery; suspect or cause of death not released
Published 08/03/2012 at 4 a.m.
A day after a North Naples man was found killed inside his condominium, Collier County detectives continue to search for suspects.
North Naples man killed in home; found by son
Published 08/02/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Joe Godcharles and his only son had breakfast together every Wednesday morning.
Arrest in San Carlos Park killing puts face to horrific crime for family
Published 08/01/2012 at 6 a.m.
In his nightmares, Russell Myers hears voices calling out to him. Strange people come crashing through a wall, or a window. He wakes up shaking.
Arrest made in San Carlos Park killing
Updated 07/31/2012 at 5:53 p.m.
A 23-year-old man has been arrested for the death of 55-year-old Debra Striano.
Sheriff's candidates: Illegal immigration a "major issue" in 2012
Published 07/27/2012 at 5:51 p.m.
There is no question that we have got to improve border security in this country, Rambosk said. I also believe 287(g) should be expanded to more law enforcement agencies across the nation"
Homeland Security: Collier deportation program could be phased out
Published 07/27/2012 at 5:43 p.m.
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said he had been given no indication that his agencys program would be removed. Were very fortunate that we do have a very productive unit, he said.
Sheriff's Office corporal reprimanded for failing to fingerprint, saying he did
Published 07/26/2012 at 5:05 a.m.
Cpl. Curtis Fussell of the North Naples patrol division also was given a letter of final warning and suspended for two days without pay, according to internal affairs documents.
Detectives seek clues into south Lee killing
Published 07/25/2012 at 9:31 p.m.
Late Tuesday, deputies found Debra Strianos body inside the home she shared with her boyfriend and their border collie, Scruffy, in the Three Oaks community, just west of Insterstate 75.
Ortino files elections complaint against Sheriff Rambosk
Published 07/20/2012 at 5:10 a.m.
Rambosks campaign called the allegations unfounded and noted that Ortino had a history of filing complaints against Rambosk that have not been upheld by the Florida Commission on Ethics.
Mystery surrounds abandoned $50,000 boat; owner nowhere to be found
Published 07/18/2012 at 5:45 a.m.
Some time in June, someone sailed Wayne Ball's boat to the Naples City Dock and tied up the 34-foot catamaran. Since then, no one's come back for the $50,000 vessel, and no one has seen its owner.
Invasion of privacy? Florida law permits cell phone searches by law enforcement
Published 07/16/2012 at 5:15 a.m.
Text messages, emails, photos and Facebook activity all of these now are accessible to law enforcement. While not substantial, existing case law in Florida allows officers to search a persons cell phone after he or she has been arrested.
Study: 'Stand your ground' laws don't deter crime, may lead to more murders
Published 07/13/2012 at 5:15 a.m.
The study found no evidence the laws deterred crimes like burglaries, robberies and aggravated assaults, and showed states that had adopted such laws saw a 7 percent to 9 percent increase in murders and manslaughter.
Solo sleuths: Local P.I.s say their jobs are misunderstood
Published 07/11/2012 at 5:15 a.m.
Victor Ortino, who is running for the top post in county law enforcement for a second time, has often cited his experience as an investigator as a qualification for the job.
Reported crimes down 6 percent in Collier
Published 07/09/2012 at 6:57 p.m.
The number of reported homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated assaults and larcenies dropped, while burglaries and motor vehicle thefts increased.
Fire officials investigating fires that destroyed two Collier homes
Published 07/06/2012 at 7:57 p.m.
The two fires do not appear to be connected. Theyre not related in any way, said Corey Nelson, another Golden Gate fire battalion chief.