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Police Volunteer Unit is Seeking Applicants for Upcoming Academy

(June 29, 2015)-  There will be a Police Volunteer Unit Academy class the week of September 14 through September 18, 2015  at Cape Coral Police Department headquarters.

Upon successfully completing the classes, our volunteers will have the opportunity to serve their community in any one, or all of the three divisions of the Police Volunteer Unit.

Patrol Division – This division patrols the streets of Cape Coral, assisting with the enforcement of non-moving violations such as handicap parking, parking in a fire lane, median parking, etc. They do vacation house checks, direct traffic at crashes, etc. They work special events and other events as assigned.

Marine Division – This division patrols the canals of Cape Coral, watching for safety hazards, etc. They also patrol the parks that feature boat launching ramps.

Administrative Division – This division works the information desks at the Cape Coral Police Department headquarters and at City Hall. They also do fingerprinting and some clerical work.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, go to the Cape Coral Police Department at 1100 Cultural Park Blvd., and fill out an application. You will be interviewed, fingerprinted, and subject to a background check. Applicants must be over 21 years of age, a resident of Lee County and possess a valid Florida driver’s license.

Deadline for applications is July 31, 2015.

For more information, call 239-242-3346.


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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Man Smashes Phone and Injures Roommate's Dog During Argument Over Rent Money; Arrested

(June 29, 2015)-  A Cape Coral man was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of Animal Cruelty, Criminal Mischief, and Grand Theft.

Just before 3:00 PM on Friday afternoon, Cape Coral Police responded to 1409 NW 7th Place on a disturbance call.

Investigation revealed that two roommates got into a heated verbal argument.  During the argument, one of the roommates, identified as 20 year old Paolo Melendez,  took a cell phone from his roommate's hand and smashed it on the floor, causing damage.  He also caused injury to his roommate's dog by holding his roommate’s Pit Bull by its choke collar and allowing his Pit Bull to attack it, causing numerous punctures to its legs. 

Melendez committed the offense of Grand Theft since he knowingly and unlawfully obtained the iPhone 5C, belonging to his roommate, by removing it from her hand.  Melendez did so with the intent to temporarily deprive his roommate of her right to the phone or any benefit from it. Melendez refused to return the phone and hid it from his roommate while they were inside the residence and involved in a verbal argument.

Melendez committed the offense of Criminal mischief since while in possession of the phone, Melendez intentionally damaged the iPhone 5C, belonging to his roommate, by cracking the screen. The damage was done willfully and maliciously when he threw the phone onto the floor (which is concrete) and the screen shattered.

Melendez committed the offense of Cruelty to Animals since Officers determined that Paolo Melendez, while in control of 8 year old pit bull "Mike," intentionally exposed "Mike" to excessive and repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering by allowing his 2 year old Pit Bull "Sky" to repeatedly bite Mike's front legs while pulling his choker chain up, causing Mike's front legs to be lifted off the ground, leaving him defenseless.

Melendez was placed under arrest and transported to Lee County Jail.

ARRESTED:  Paolo Melendez, W/M, DOB: 02-23-95, of 1409 NW 7th Pl., Cape Coral. CHARGES: Felony Cruelty to Animals, Criminal Mischief, and Grand Theft

ARRESTED:  Paolo Melendez, W/M, DOB: 02-23-95, of 1409 NW 7th Pl., Cape Coral.
CHARGES: Felony Cruelty to Animals, Criminal Mischief, and Grand Theft

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Wild Ride on a Suspended License Lands Cape Coral Man Behind Bars

(June 29, 2015)-  A Cape Coral man is behind bars today after a wild ride in SE Cape Coral ended in a crash.

Yesterday afternoon, Cape Coral Police responded to the area of SE 24 Avenue and Viscaya Parkways after receiving multiple calls regarding a reckless driver.  The driver of the vehicle stuck a street sign, drove into a vacant lot, and got his truck stuck.  The driver then fled on foot.

Officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter.  LCSO aviation assisted as well.  Investigation revealed that the driver was Craig R. Banister, W/M, 10-08-1961, of 1719 NW 18th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL.  Banister was located in the 90 block of 900 SE 23rd Place and was taken into custody.  Banister currently has a suspended driver’s license with four (4) active suspensions.

ARRESTED: Craig R. Banister, W/M, 10-08-1961, of 1719 NW 18th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL. CHARGES: Hit and Run (w/Property Damage) and Driving While License Suspended.

ARRESTED: Craig R. Banister, W/M, 10-08-1961, of 1719 NW 18th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Hit and Run (w/Property Damage) and Driving While License Suspended.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341