15th Annual Fill The Boat Toy Drive was a Resounding Success

15th Annual Fill The Boat Toy Drive was a Resounding Success

The results for the 15th Annual “Fill the Boat” Toy Drive are in and, the boat was overflowing with toys!

The 15th annual “Fill the Boat” Toy Drive was a resounding success! The Cape Coral Police Department collected toys to provide to local children in Cape Coral in hopes to brighten their Holiday Season. 

We also raised over $2,600 in monetary donations and $100 in gift cards, which will be used to purchase additional items for families with teenagers.  

We would like to thank the community for its outstanding support. The generosity of the citizens of Cape Coral will truly make a difference in the lives of many children.

Some of the donated loot!

“Do The Right Thing” Winners for November 2021

“Do The Right Thing” Winners for November 2021

Please join us in congratulating our November 2021 “Do The Right Thing” recipients. These students exemplified what it means to “Do The Right Thing.”

Samuel Foster, Oasis Middle School – 6th Grade

A small group of students were pushing and shoving as they exited the classroom.  A wreath was accidentally damaged. Sam volunteered to take the wreath home to fix it and returned it back to its original condition. 

The Cape Coral Police Department’s Do The Right Thing Program would like to commend Samuel for his empathy and for being a great role model.

Zachary Arthur Cape Elementary School – 2nd Grade

During the medical emergency of a beloved family member, Zach was extremely helpful to his Nana and demonstrated a high level of maturity and bravery in a very emotional and chaotic situation.

During the chaos, Zach was able to maintain his composure and provide address information which was crucial to emergency responders. He called his parents and he also helped with his 3-year-old sister as the medical team provided assistance. Although the outcome was not what they had hoped, his family is extremely proud of him. 

The Cape Coral Police Department’s Do The Right Thing Program would like to recognize Zachary for his heroic efforts.

Presley Gibson Caloosa Middle School – 7th Grade

A student brought potentially harmful contraband to school. On the way home on the bus, the student started talking about having it with him. 

Presley heard him and poured water on herself so that she could go to the front of the bus to “get a towel”. While up there, she told the bus driver about the potentially harmful contraband. The driver phoned the incident to the police. The police showed up and took possession of the harmful contraband and no one was hurt. Thankfully, Presley chose to do the right thing and keep everyone safe.

The Cape Coral Police Department’s Do The Right Thing Program would like to recognize Presley for her bravery.

Kalel Hernandez Caloosa Middle School – 7th Grade

One morning before school, two students got into an argument and then started pushing each other. 

Kalel quickly got in between them and prevented them from having any further contact. 

Kalel acted in a mature manner and did the right thing by preventing anyone from getting hurt. 

The Cape Coral Police Department’s Do The Right Thing Program would like to recognize Kalel for his commitment and good character.

Lionel McGriff Caloosa Middle School – 8th Grade

Lionel found a baby rabbit at the bus stop.  He brought the rabbit to school to ask for help. They contacted the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) and got them to come to school to pick up the baby rabbit.  Lionel did the right thing to ensure the rabbit’s safety.

The Cape Coral Police Department’s Do The Right Thing Program would like to commend Lionel for his empathy and for being a great role model. 

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Crash

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Crash

The Cape Coral Police Department responded to a serious crash last evening on NE. Pine Island Road.

Major Crash Investigators responded to the scene.

DATE: December 1, 2021 
TIME:  7:11 pm
LOCATION: 1700 block of NE Pine Island Rd

VEHICLE 1: 2016 Blue Toyota Corolla, Florida tag, driven by Juvenile 17 years old, of Cape Coral. Juvenile driver suffered no injuries in the crash.

VEHICLE 2: 2001 Blue Harley Davidson Road King, Florida tag, driven by Donald J Bomba, DOB 2/8/1961, of North Fort Myers. Bomba suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash.

VEHICLE 2 PASSENGER 1: Linda M Schaub, DOB 8/17/1958, North Fort Myers. Schaub suffered serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries in the crash.

SYNOPSIS:

Vehicle 1 was traveling southbound in the parking lot of Lowes (1651 NE Pine Island Rd) approaching the business entrance/exit at NE Pine Island Rd. 

Vehicle 2 was traveling westbound on NE Pine Island Rd approaching the same business entrance/exit.

Vehicle 1 pulled out onto westbound NE Pine Island Rd at the same time Vehicle 2 entered the intersection. 

The left front quarter panel of Vehicle 1 struck Vehicle 2 on the right rear side causing Vehicle 2 to lay over on its left side. Vehicle 2 began sliding and then began tumbling westbound, and Vehicle 2’s occupants were ejected from the vehicle. 

The driver of Vehicle 2 suffered a life-threatening head injury. The passenger of Vehicle 2 suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Neither occupant of Vehicle 2 was wearing a helmet.

The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered no injuries in the crash.

Major Crash Investigators J. Barkley and P. Wilson responded due to the life-threatening injuries with the assistance of Officer Schwigk. V.A. M. Pena also responded. 

Alcohol/drugs are NOT a factor in this crash. Speed is not a factor in this crash. Next-of-kin HAVE BEEN notified. 

The Traffic Homicide Unit deployed the Leica RTC360 scanner and laser mapped the scene of the incident. 

3H Exchange and CCPD Collecting Food/Toys for Eighth Year

3H Exchange and CCPD Collecting Food/Toys for Eighth Year

The Cape Coral Police Department is proud to announce it is once again partnering with the 3H Exchange for the eighth consecutive year.

The 3H Exchange (High Schools Helping the Homeless) is a program committed to providing goods to homeless, in need students and their families throughout the Lee County School District.

Starting now and running through Friday, December 10th, 2021 the Cape Coral Police Department will have donation bins in the lobby of the Cape Coral Police Department headquarters (1100 Cultural Park Boulevard) where people can drop off donations for the 3H Exchange.

The 3H Exchange is asking for donations of the following:

  • Canned food
  • Non-perishable foods
  • New, unwrapped children’s toys 

As always, we thank the community for their incredible generosity during the holiday season.

2021 Holiday Heroes Food Drive

2021 Holiday Heroes Food Drive

The results of our 10th annual Holiday Heroes Food Drive benefiting the Harry Chapin Food Bank are in, and once again the incredible generosity of our city has come through.

Cape Coral Police Officers were stationed at the city’s two Neighborhood Walmart locations on November 18th. From these two locations, we collected 2,673 pounds of food and $2,239.59 in cash for the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

These donations will go directly to those in need right here in our area.

Over the ten years, the Cape Coral Police Department has held this event, which brings our food collection total to approximately 25 TONS of assistance for the needy.

We thank our amazing citizens for their kindness and generosity in making this possible.

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Crash

Motorcyclist Severely Injured in Traffic Crash

A vehicle traveling southbound on NE 5th Place pulled out in front of a motorcyclist on Diplomat Parkway East. The motorcyclist was ejected and suffered life-threatening injuries. 

DATE: November 17, 2021 
TIME:  8:42 pm
LOCATION: Diplomat Pkwy Ease and NE 5th Place

VEHICLE 1: 2017 Nissan Altima, Florida tag, driven by Yolanda Bon, DOB 03/07/1992, North Fort Myers. Bon suffered no injuries in the crash. Two juvenile passengers suffered no injuries in the crash. One juvenile passenger complained of head pain. Medics refused on scene.

VEHICLE 2: 1987 Suzuki LS650, Unregistered, driven by Frank E Sangster, DOB 04/9/1988, Cape Coral. Sangster suffered life-threatening injuries and is undergoing major surgery at the time of this press release. 

VEHICLE 3: 2019 Toyota Rav 4, Florida tag, driven by Ysienay Lopez-Diaz, DOB 03/30/2002, Cape Coral. Lopez-Diaz suffered no injuries in the crash. Three passengers in the vehicle suffered no injuries in the crash.

SYNOPSIS

Vehicle 1 was traveling southbound on NE 5th Place, stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Diplomat Pkwy E.

Vehicle 2 was traveling westbound on Diplomat Pkwy E in the outside travel lane approaching the intersection of NE 5th Pl.

Vehicle 3 was traveling westbound on Diplomat Pkwy E in the inside travel lane approaching the intersection of NE 5th Pl several hundred feet behind Vehicle 2.

The driver of Vehicle 1 stated that she did not see Vehicle 2 approaching and entered Diplomat Pkwy with the intention of turning left (eastbound) and pulled out directly in front of Vehicle 2.

Vehicle 2 applied heavy braking and skidded approximately 50 feet and laid the motorcycle on its left side and slid an additional 28 feet. While sliding on its side, Vehicle 2 struck the left side front quarter panel of Vehicle 1. Vehicle 2’s rider was ejected from the vehicle and came to final rest in the paved portion of the center median. Vehicle 2 came to final rest on its left side taking up the two westbound travel lanes facing north.

As Vehicle 3 approached the crash scene, the driver did not see Vehicle 2 laying in the middle of the roadway and struck Vehicle 2 with the front right quarter panel of Vehicle 3. 

The driver of Vehicle 2 suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital via ambulance. While at the hospital the driver of Vehicle 2’s injuries was upgraded and he was transported to another hospital for emergency surgery. One juvenile passenger in Vehicle 1 complained of head pain but refused medical treatment. The remaining occupants of Vehicle 1 did not sustain any injuries in the crash. The occupants of Vehicle 3 did not sustain any injuries in the crash. 

Alcohol/drugs are not a factor in this crash. Speed is not a factor in this crash. Next-of-kin HAVE BEEN notified. 

The Traffic Homicide Unit deployed the Leica RTC360 scanner and laser mapped the scene of the incident. 

If you witnessed this traffic crash or have information about this traffic crash, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department by calling 239-574-3223, submitting an anonymous tip at www.capecops.com/tips, or new.tipsubmit.com/en/create-report/anonymous , sending us a message through our social media platforms or calling Crime stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.

Please reference Case Report # 21-025269.

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