Lee County Sherriff’s Office celebrates recent promotions

On Wednesday this week, Sheriff Carmine Marceno proudly promoted some well-deserving members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in a special ceremony to mark the event. After a short speech, Sheriff Marceno awarded John Morgan the rank of Sergeant, William Richard the rank of Lieutenant, and Brian Kyle the rank of Captain. The Sheriff’s Office stated, “Each and every one of them have gone above and beyond for the residents of Lee County. We would also like to congratulate Captain Kyle and Lieutenant Richard on their retirement at the end of this month. We’re thankful for their hard work, dedication and wish them the best in retirement!” DSC03377 DSC03381

Crash in Estero leaves four teenagers seriously injured

A collision between a minivan and a Honda civic has left four teens were seriously hurt after a crash on Three Oaks Parkway and Estero Parkway on Saturday night.
It is understood that the four occupants of the Honda Civic were all taken to hospital with serious injuries. Most seriously injured was the driver of the Civic, 18-year-old Herrera Mateo.
Cruz Milan Milenis, 44, was the driver of the minivan also involved in the crash and she received minor injuries, according to police sources. It is believed that the crash was caused by the driver of the Honda Civic disregarding a red traffic signal.

Military to jam GPS signals in Florida during military exercises starting tomorrow

GPS reception may be unavailable or unreliable over a large portion of the southeastern states and the Caribbean during offshore military exercises scheduled between January 16 and 24. The FAA has posted a flight advisory for the exercises that will require jamming of GPS signals for periods of several hours each day of the event. Navigation guidance, ADS-B, and other services associated with GPS could be affected for up to 400 nautical miles at Flight Level 400, down to a radius of 180 nm at 50 feet above the ground. The flight advisory encourages pilots to report any GPS anomalies they encounter. Reports may be submitted using this online form. Similar exercises have generated hundreds of reports of interference to aircraft during, and concerns have been raised about the safety impact of testing. The upcoming dates for the exercise will be as follows:
  • Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 24 from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Estero Student Arrested for Bringing Taser to School

An Estero High School student was charged Friday with offences relating to weapon possession on school property and smuggling contraband into a detention facility. On January 10th, 2020, at 7:57 a.m., detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Division responded to Estero High School in reference to a student in possession of a weapon on school grounds. Upon the detectives arrival, school administration advised that a vehicle belonging to student, Samuel Kenney, was on school property with a Taser and ammunition inside. During the investigation, detectives were able to confirm that Kenney’s vehicle did indeed contain a small, Ruger 650 volt stun gun and six (6) Tulammo brand .380 caliber rounds. Detectives subsequently arrested and charged Samuel Kenney with Possession of a Weapon on School Property. On arrival at the Lee County Jail, deputies discovered a small baggy of white powder residue concealed in Kenney’s clothing.  The white powder residue tested positive for cocaine.  Kenney was additionally charged with Smuggling Contraband into a Detention Facility. “We will continue to strictly enforce all laws regarding weapons on school property,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “I have made it crystal clear that if you bring a weapon to school – we will arrest you.”

Vice President Pence wraps up Sanibel Island trip with visit to Sanibel Community Church

Vice President Pence has wrapped up his New Year Sanibel trip with a visit to the island’s Community Church. Pence and his security detail were seen at Sanibel Community Church, coming in for the 11 a.m. service. Pence is a regular at the church and congregants are not surprised to see him. Unsurprisingly given the security detail that surrounds the Vice President and the current Iranian security situation, travel delays were to be expected, The temporary flight restrictions lasted until 2:30 p.m., which is a couple of hours later than initially planned. Sanibel’s busy weekend traffic also struggled to cope with the extra roadblocks and security convoys. Pence is known to frequent Cheeburger Cheeburger, which is a 1950s-style burger restaurant chain that owes its origins to Sanibel, along with the Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market and Sanibel’s Best Homemade Ice Cream. However, there were no sightings on this visit. No word yet as to whether the Vice President will be repeating an Easter trip to Sanibel this year.