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Do The Right Thing for December 2014

Do The Right Thing for December 2014 

(December 17, 2014)- The next "Do The Right Thing" ceremony for December 2014 will be held today, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM in City Council Chambers.  This ceremony is open to the public and we encourage our community to come out and show their support to these outstanding young men and women who "did the right thing."

Thirteen Cape Coral students will be recognized.  The winners’ nominations are after the break.

PHOTO:  Do the Right Thing logo.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  Do the Right Thing logo.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

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Bailee Dechristopher- 7th Grade, Challenger Middle School 
Donovan Souppa – 7th Grade, Challenger Middle School

Bailee and her friend Donovan decided to take a suitcase to school instead of using their back packs to support one of their friends that was being taunted by other children.  Their friend has a medical condition which requires the use of a suitcase with wheels at school to carry her books and supplies.  The next morning, all three walked to school together with their suitcases in tact ready to face the world.  It took courage for these two children to stand up for their friend.  

Isabella Cauceglia- 1st Grade, Christa McAuliffe Elementary School
Emma McWilliam – 5th Grade, Christa McAuliffe Elementary School
Emma Harvey – 3rd Grade, Christa McAuliffe Elementary School
Riley Kerper- 1st Grade, Cape Elementary School

These students have donated their hair to a progam called “Locks of Love”.  Locks for Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to finacially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any dianosis.  Their donated beautiful long hair will make wigs and be provided to underprivileged children who have suffered an illness to help restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.  

Jared Eckerle, Oasis Middle School
When school started in August Jared had long blonde hair that came down to his shoulders.  One day a couple of weeks into school, Jared came to school with a short haircut.  You could barely recoginze him.  When asked about why he cut his hair he told us that he donated all of it to “Pantene Beautiful Lengths” so that it could be made into a wig for women with cancer.  

Tyler Nord –8th Grade, Challenger Middle School
Tyler is a generous young man.  He sincerely cares about other people.  His grandparents belong to a motorcycle club called the Lost Riders.  This club has many service activities which Tyler gladly volunteeres to be involved with.  Tyler participated in a “March of Dimes Bikers for Babies” activity.  There was a group of club members wearing diapers and bibbs.  His Mom was dressed as a “biker nanny”.  Tyler wore a diaper and held a sign for this program on the corner of Cape Coral Parkway and DelPrado Streets.   At the traffic light he collected contributions using his sign.  They raised $8000 for the March of Dimes.  The group created a bikeparade with the signs in his Grandfather’s truck and presented the money to the agency.  In December Tyler will be dressed as an elf as part of the club’s Toys for Tots activity.  Grandpa will be dressed as Santa and Grandma as Mrs. Clause.  They will hold a BBQ for the children and present each with a toy.  Tyler commitment to others should be commended.

Shannon Keyser– 11th Grade, Oasis High School
Shannon Keyser has volunteered and donated many items to the Art Department for her junior class and for the homecoming dance.  While her classmates complained that things were not getting done, Shannon stepped up to the plate and volunteered her time.  Because Shannon and her grandfather (a retired correctional officer) offered to drive students home, many of the art club students were able to stay after school and help out.   Although Shannon has had some obstacles in her life, it has not deterred her from her dedication to her school and to the arts.   

Duval Kelly – 11th Grade, Oasis High School
One evening Duval was on his computer in his room when he came across a message from a friend he knew from his school.  This friend seemed to be talking in a way that they were about to or had harmed themselves.  Duval approached his mom in the kitchen and told her what he had just read and that they needed to call 9-1-1.  Duval’s mom told him if he was sure what he read and that perhaps this person could just be joking around.  Duval after rereading the message felt that this sounded very serious and it was necessary to call 9-1-1.  An ambulance was sent out to the home and indeed that person had tried to harm themselves and was taken to the hospital.  A few days later Duval spoke to the parents and told them it was he who had called 9-1-1 and expressed his further concern for this person.  After receiving medical attention the student returned back to school and is currently a healthy teenager.

Erika Ekstrom-8th Grade, Gulf Middle School
Erika volunteers with the Lost Riders once a month on a Saturday for three hours picking up trash, car parts and everything else that impacts our environment off of the side of the road. She does this rain or shine on Veterans Memorial Parkway both the north and south bound sides of the road as well as the median strip from Santa Barbara Blvd. to Country Club.  In addition to this, she works with the club to adopt needy families at Christmas.  This young lady not only works to improve our environment but also thinks of others less fortunate than she is at Christmas.  

Vicente Macias-7th Grade, Oasis Middle School
Vicente is one of the most helpful and polite students.  Every day he stays in the cafeteria after breakfast and after lunch and cleans up the mess left by others.  Vicente does not do it to be rewarded and states that he just wants to help make the school cleaner.  One afternoon several students knocked over a garbage can on their way out of the cafeteria.  All of them stood around the trash can with the garbage on the floor and said it was not their fault and they were not going to clean it up.  After Vicente was finished cleaning the garbage off the tables he went and picked up the trash can and all the garbage that fell out of it.  His teacher offered Vicente a treat for being so helpful, and Vicente being Vicente accepted the treat stating, “Sure, I know my little sister would really like to have one of those cookies after school today.”  Vicente is a role model for other kids at school and is constantly going out of his way to help.

Savannah Harmon-7th Grade, Oasis Middle School
Fashion designer, Savannah Harmon is a student at Oasis Middle School and the founder for StellaPINK, a website to help girls have more confidence when it comes to fashion, friendship and fun.  StellaPINK launched on October 10, 2010 with Savannah’s first ever fashion show at the age of 8 years old.  Savannah uses her platform to help spread breast cancer awareness through annual fashion shows held at different businesses.  She has had over 3700 hits on her website and her donations to breast cancer research have exceeded over $1200.  Her fashion shows have given girls ages 6-16 the opportunity to model for the very first time.  This October marked the fifth StellaPINK fashion show to date.  Savannah is a remarkable young lady and has continued to touch the lives of many with her fashion show.


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

UPDATE: Body Found in SW Cape Coral Field Identified

(December 16, 2014)-  A body found in a vacant lot in SW Cape Coral has been identified.

Cape Coral Police Detectives have identified the man found deceased in a vacant lot in the 3100 block of SW 15 Place on December 8th as Juan Manuel Hernandez Baldemira, 47, of North Fort Myers.

Cape Coral Police Detectives  are still waiting for the official cause of death from the Medical Examiner.  However, foul play is not suspected in this case.

Link to original news release below:

http://www.capecops.com/newsroom/2014/12/8/cape-coral-police-on-scene-of-death-investigation-in-sw-cape

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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 Release Updated Sketch in TJ Maxx Shooting; Reward Increased

(December 15, 2014)-  Cape Coral Police Detectives have released two new artist renderings of the suspect in the shooting death of Alfred E. Griffiths, outside of a TJ Maxx store on November 18th, 2014.

A short news briefing was held at Cape Coral Police Department headquarters this afternoon.  Detectives and representatives from SWFL Crimestoppers made themselves available to reporters to discuss the case and talk about the new sketches.

Thus far, Cape Coral Police Detectives  have followed up on over 160 leads and have devoted in excess of 1,000 man hours to the investigation.  Despite this effort, no suspect has been developed.

An anonymous donation has also been received in this case, increasing the reward to $6,000.

"We want to reignite public interest in this case and generate additional investigative leads.  This is not a cold case.  Our work is not done."- Detective Alisha McDonald, Cape Coral Police Department Investigative Services Bureau.

If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department at 239-574-3223. You can also submit an anonymous tip. Go to www.capecops.com/tips or text a tip- text CCPD+"Your Message" to CRIMES (274637). Finally, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.

Raw video of the news briefing and new sketches are below:


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