Traffic Tuesday - Traffic Control Patterns

Traffic Tuesday - Traffic Control Patterns

Traffic Tuesday! For this Traffic Tuesday we will be focusing on traffic control patterns with traffic cones, traffic barrels, and traffic channelizers.

We have a lot of construction in the north end of Cape Coral with the Utility Expansion Project (UEP). With that comes different traffic control patterns that must be obeyed. While the UEP work continues everyone that lives in the area, or at least traveled through, have seen the major traffic pattern changes. Be aware of these changes and take extra time to get to your destination. If you don’t have to go through that area, avoid it until the construction is completed.

The picture below may look like a screenshot from a late 80’s arcade game but in reality the different types of traffic control devices used are NOT worth points if you hit them. It may seem like it by them getting hit and knocked over so frequently. There is only a high score if you get to your destination safely without hitting anything or anyone! Please use caution, slow down in construction areas, be aware of your surroundings, watch for workers and pedestrians in the area, and as always….DON’T drive impaired.

Speeding in a work zone has enhanced penalties under 316.183, and is a violation as a noncriminal traffic infraction punishable as a moving violation.

Driving around, through, or over a traffic control device is under State Statute 316.074 and a violation is a noncriminal traffic infraction punishable as a moving violation.

Traffic Crash weekly summary:

Monday June 3rd through Sunday June 9th, 2019, there were 85 traffic crashes worked by the Cape Coral Police Department.

REMINDER: If you have traffic concerns, you can submit them here: www.capecops.com/traffic. Your concern will be routed directly to the Traffic Unit for follow-up. Please be as detailed as possible to include things like days of week, times you are seeing the issue, or specific cars (if it is a particular vehicle with which you are having an issue).

This is NOT a game. Drive safely!

This is NOT a game. Drive safely!

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

Man Who Tried To Cover His Tracks By Setting House On Fire Is Caught

Man Who Tried To Cover His Tracks By Setting House On Fire Is Caught

On May 22, 2019, Cape Coral Police responded to a call for service on SW 33rd Ter in reference to a burglary.

A neighbor noticed the front screen door was open, that there was a broken window in the rear, and two window screens removed.

When Cape Coral Fire Department personnel entered the home, they discovered clothing and papers had been ignited in the master bedroom, which created a fire.  The fire appeared to have extinguished itself due to lack of oxygen or lack of an accelerant.  They also noticed shoe prints throughout soot on the floors as they made entry.  Officers entered to ensure that a suspect was not still in the residence.  They noticed that the residence appeared to have been ransacked prior to the fire being set. 

Detective Kurt Grau of the Property Crimes Unit arrived on scene and took over the investigation. Cape Coral Police Department Forensics arrived to process the scene, a Fire Inspector with the Cape Coral Fire Department and the State Fire Marshall also came to the scene to investigate.

The victims had been in another state about a week before this incident. A 1997 Mazda Miata convertible had been stolen from the garage, a television, DVD player and costume jewelry were also discovered stolen.  

The original release can be found here.

The license plate for the stolen Mazda Miata was entered into the License Plate Reader system and was recorded on downtown Cape Coral stationary cameras along SE 47th Terrace at 3 different times on May 21st.  The license plate readers did not record the vehicle again after that date. 

On May 31st, Cape Coral Police released information to the public through a News Release that we were attempting to locate the vehicle.  Several anonymous tips were received that the vehicle had possibly been seen coming/going from 1005 SW 33rd Street and was parked in the garage of the residence. Detective Kurt Grau began to investigate Mateo Arias-Hernandez (W/M, DOB: 09/17/1994, 1005 SW 33rd ST) as the suspect for the crimes.  

On June 3rd, the stolen Mazda Miata was located at a construction site a half mile from Mateo’s residence, by the construction foreman.  Forensic Specialists obtained several latent fingerprints that were recovered from the inside of the Miata which was a match to Mateo.  

On June 8th, Detective Grau developed probable cause to arrest Mateo and met him at his residence where he was placed under arrest.

Arias-Hernandez was charged with Burglary of a Dwelling, Arson, Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft, and Criminal Mischief over $1,000.

He was later transferred to Lee County Jail.

ARRESTED: Mateo Arias-Hernandez, W/M, DOB: 09/17/1994, 1005 SW 33rd ST

CHARGES: Burglary of a Dwelling, Arson, Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft, and Criminal Mischief over $1,000

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

CCPD, Police Athletic League & Walmart Team Up to Host Youth Football Camp

CCPD, Police Athletic League & Walmart Team Up to Host Youth Football Camp

(June 7, 2019) - The Cape Coral Police Department, Police Athletic League (PAL) and Ida Baker High School hosted a youth football camp, made possible in great part by the generosity of a local Walmart.

From June 3-5th at Ida Baker High School, CCPD School Resource Officers, Ida Baker Football coaching staff and players ran the camp, which consisted of drills, relays, scrimmages, and more football fun. The Neighborhood Walmart Store #5451, located at 3920 Skyline Blvd, was a HUGE contributor! Store #5451 contributed:

  • $2,500 for equipment for the camp

  • 800 bottles of water

  • 288 bottles of Gatorade 

  • 216 packs of chips 

  • 3 coolers 

The Cape Coral Police Department and Police Athletic League would like to thank Walmart and Ida Baker High School for their enormous contribution to the success of this enriching and entertaining camp for Cape Coral’s youth.

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