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Cape Coral Police Department Investigating July 4th Traffic Fatality

(July 5, 2015)-  Cape Coral Police are investigating a fatality crash that occurred last night.

At around 10:30 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to a two vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Skyline Boulevard. All occupants of both vehicles sustained injuries that resulted in them being transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Cape Coral Police Department Patrol, Major Crash Investigator, Forensics, and Victim Advocates responded to assist.

During the overnight hours, one of the passengers, Paul Ortiz, 84, died at the hospital.  Preliminary investigation revealed that this crash is alcohol related.  Criminal charges are pending the completion of the investigation.

The preliminary synopsis of the Major Crash Investigator is below:

DATE: July 4, 2015
TIME: 10:33 pm
LOCATION: Intersection of Veterans memorial Parkway and Skyline Boulevard
CR: 15-0010840
MCI ASSIGNED: M/Cpl. Andrew Satterlee

VEHICLE 1: 2014 blue Kia Forte 2 door car.
DRIVER 1: Montaigu A. Moselle, W/M, 36, of Pawtucket, RI.
DRIVER 1 INJURIES: Moselle suffered serious injuries in the traffic crash (transported to a local hospital).

VEHICLE 2: 2015 grey Chevrolet Impala car.
DRIVER 2: Paul WE. Ortiz, W/M, 55.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: Ortiz suffered life threatening injuries (transported to a local hospital).

PASSENGER 1: Kathleen Ortiz, W/F, 57, of, New Jersey.
PASSENGER 1 INJURIES: Ortiz suffered minor injuries (transported to a local hospital).

PASSENGER 2: Joan Ortiz, W/F, 78, of Salem, SC.
PASSENGER 2 INJURIES: Ortiz suffered major injuries (transported to a local hospital).

PASSENGER 3: Paul Ortiz, W/M, 84, of Salem, SC.
PASSENGER 3 INJURIES: Ortiz suffered fatal injuries (died later at the hospital).

SYNOPSIS: Vehicle 1 was east on Veterans Memorial Parkway approaching Skyline Boulevard in the outside north turn lane.  Vehicle 1 came to a stop.  Vehicle 2 was west on Veterans Memorial Parkway in the inside straight lane approaching Skyline Boulevard.  According to several witnesses, east and westbound traffic had a solid green light for straight traffic, and solid red turn arrows for the north and south turn lanes.

According to witnesses, Vehicle 1 entered into the intersection to turn north and drove directly into the path of Vehicle 2 that was traveling at normal speed (approximately 50 mph).  Vehicle 1 struck Vehicle 2 head on.  Vehicle 2 was forced to the northwest and came to rest against the curb, facing northwest.  Vehicle 2 was forced to the West and came to rest in the median on the West side of Skyline Boulevard, still on Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Officers arrived on scene immediately and located the driver of Vehicle 1 in the driver’s seat.  The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered multiple serious injuries and was trauma alerted by ambulance to a local hospital.  The two rear passengers of Vehicle 2 suffered life threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital.  The driver and front passenger of Vehicle 2 suffered what were initially believed to be minor injuries.  However, a passenger in vehicle 2 died at the hospital overnight.

This traffic crash IS ALCOHOL related.  The next of kin HAS BEEN notified.  This case is pending further criminal investigation.

PHOTO:  Cape Coral Police car outside a crime scene at a traffic fatality.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Cape Coral Police car outside a crime scene at a traffic fatality.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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

News of the Weird: Drunk and Disorderly Call Begins at House and Ends in a Storm Drain

(July 3, 2015)-  A drunk Cape Coral man made led Police Officers and Firefighters on a wild chase that ended in a storm drain with the man under arrest.

Yesterday, Officers responded to an open 9-1-1 call at 614 SE 2nd Avenue where a male said over the phone, “Do you want me to just kill myself?” Officers made contact with a subject, identified as Mark Pierce, W/M, 38, of Cape Coral, who appeared intoxicated and several other people outside the residence near the lanai area.

Officers confirmed that Pierce was the one who owned the phone and when he started asking Pierce questions about what was said to CCPD Communications? Pierce began yelling at Officers that he was not going to answer any questions and that he was afraid of Officers. Pierce then walked to the front of the residence. Officers confirmed with the other people that Pierce was not a threat to himself and they apologized for the way Pierce was acting. Officers went back to their patrol car and found Pierce sitting on the hood.

Pierce got off of the car and began yelling obscenities. Pierce would not stop yelling and several neighbors came outside to see what was happening. Officers attempted to place Pierce under arrest for disorderly intoxication. Pierce employed a colorful metaphor using his fingers and then ran to Saratoga Lake Park where he jumped into the canal. Additional Police Officers and Cape Coral Fire Department responded to the scene.

Several Officers got onto a boat and tried to talk to Pierce into exiting the canal but he refused. Pierce would not take any floatation devices that were offered to him and would not listen to Officers. Pierce then entered into a storm drain and refused to come out. K9 Officer Jason Matyas, Officer Hugh Esterle, Officer Kevin Aley, and Officer Brian Dennis, all went into the canal and entered the storm drain to take Pierce into custody, which they did without further incident. A marijuana pipe was found inside of Pierce’s pocket.

Pierce was arrested for Disorderly Intoxication, resisting Officers (without violence), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was transported to Lee County Jail.

ARESTED: Mark Pierce, W/M, DOB: 11-01-1976, of 614 SE 2 Avenue, Cape Coral, FL. CHARGES: Disorderly Intoxication, resisting Officers (without violence), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

ARESTED: Mark Pierce, W/M, DOB: 11-01-1976, of 614 SE 2 Avenue, Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Disorderly Intoxication, resisting Officers (without violence), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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

Cape Coral Police Make Arrest in South Cape Stabbing

(July 3, 2015)-  A Cape Coral man is behind bars after slashing another man with a knife.

Lat night around 9:10 PM, Cape Coral Police were investigating a disturbance in the 4900 block of York Street, when they heard another disturbance in progress nearby in the east parking lot of the Parker House Apartments located at 808 Miramar Street.  Officers heard a loud argument followed by observing a dark colored SUV, revving its engine and pumping its breaks before departing the area and out of view.

An Officer who was responding to the second disturbance was almost hit by the SUV near Cape Coral Parkway and Coronado.  The officer made an evasive maneuver, and got behind the car, making a traffic stop on the SUV in the CVS parking lot.  The SUV was driven by Michael Loeffel, 50, of Cape Coral.

Additional Officers who responded to the second disturbance were flagged down by the victim, who stated he'd just been stabbed by a white male who drove off in an SUV.  The victim suffered a laceration to the arm.

Investigation revealed that Loeffel came to that location and got into a verbal altercation with the victim in the parking lot.  The altercation became physical and Loeffel armed himself with a knife and slashed at the victim, striking the victim in the arm and causing a laceration.  Witnesses also reported that Loeffel attempted to strike the victim with his SUV as he was fleeing the scene.

A knife matching the description of what the victim said was used was located in the SUV's center console. 

Based on the victim's statement and injury, corroborating witness testimony, and physical evidence, Loeffel was placed under arrest for Aggravated Battery and transported to the Lee County Jail.

ARRESTED: Michael Loeffel, W/M, DOB: 06-29-1965, of 4914 Triton Court W., Cape Coral Charges: Aggravated Battery

ARRESTED: Michael Loeffel, W/M, DOB: 06-29-1965, of 4914 Triton Court W., Cape Coral
Charges: Aggravated Battery

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

Cape Coral Neighborhood Watch Quarterly Citizens Meeting

(July 1, 2015)-  Cape Coral Neighborhood Watch Quarterly Citizens Meeting

When: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Where: Cape Coral Police Department, 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard (across from Cape Coral City Hall)

Your Neighborhood Watch Board of Directors introduces: Cape Coral Police Captain Tony Sizemore, who will present "COPSTAR" - Community Oriented Policing Strategic Tracking Analysis & Reporting.

Come meet and mingle with fellow residents, learn more about the efforts of our Police Department, and how you can participate in and strengthen your Neighborhood Watch group.  A Q&A session will be held and District Resource Officers will be present.  Light refreshments provided.

Contact Person: Jim Niehaus, President

Phone: 239-573-3048

PHOTO:  Neighborhood Watch sign.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Neighborhood Watch sign.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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

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