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Aggressive Driving

November 3, 2022

By: Sheriff Carmine Marceno In a short time, the county population will swell as visitors from the North migrate to...

Property Fraud Alert

September 8, 2022

By: Sheriff Carmine Marceno Property fraud has become an increasingly common criminal matter across the entire nation. As most property...

Vehicular Burglaries In East District

August 2, 2022

By Sheriff Carmine Marceno Within the confines of our more densely populated areas in our East District, the Lee County...

Back to Campus!

August 2, 2022

By Alina Gonzalez-Dockery, Esquire; Life Law Planning August is here which brings the excitement of wrapping up the summer vacation...

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Animal Cruelty Task Force Arrests

June 28, 2022

By Sheriff Carmine Marceno One of our recent arrests involving the death of a canine caught the attention of local news agencies. The individual locked his one-year-old Doberman inside of a scalding hot vehicle and left him for an inexcusable amount of time resulting in fatal heatstroke. Sadly, this is...

Ongoing Construction-Site Theft

June 8, 2022

By Sheriff Carmine Marceno Last August, I reached out to a number of areas in our county regarding the theft of materials, tools and appliances from new construction sites. In response to this growing nationwide issue, I formed the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Construction Theft Unit and dedicated significant resources...

Yay! He’s Talking About Insurance Again!

June 8, 2022

By Butch Swank Listen, I know not everyone is passionate about insurance like I am but everybody, and I mean everybody, likes saving money. Well, in the homeowner’s insurance world everything has been going the wrong direction regarding dollar bills, so, in my mind, that means everybody will be interested...

Construction Site Thefts

April 6, 2022

By: Sheriff Carmine Marceno Construction sites are appearing all over the Lee County Sheriff’s Office East District.  Undeveloped properties have increased in value and the demand for new homes has grown beyond expectation. New home sites are particularly vulnerable to theft as the properties are vacant during the evening hours. ...

March Wrap-Up

April 6, 2022

By: Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass March has been a busy month for Lee County with a lot of great news to report. Public safety is always a top priority and it is crucial that we continue to work with our legal and law enforcement counterparts to ensure our community is protected....

Rising In The East: A Message From Sheriff Carmine Marceno

March 2, 2022

By: Sheriff Carmine Marceno The SW Florida senior population is substantial and growing.  While many seniors live on their own, a good number of them are not security-savvy and could use a bit of help from others. Many seniors have come here from rural and/or sparsely populated areas and grew...

Rising In The East: A Message From Sheriff Carmine Marceno

February 1, 2022

By: Sheriff Carmine Marceno Nationwide, law enforcement is receiving a growing number of reports regarding stolen catalytic converters. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office East District has, similarly, been receiving an increased number of calls for service regarding these thefts. The catalytic converter is a component of a vehicle exhaust system...

Representative Roach Files Bill To Require Disclosure Of Financial Interests For Municipal Officials

November 3, 2021

Representative Spencer Roach filed HB 301 to increase transparency in local government by requiring municipal elected officials to publicly disclose their financial interests and assets. Currently, mayors and city council members are not required to file a full and public disclosure of financial interests. Instead, they file a statement with...

Montage Women’s Club

November 3, 2021

The Montage Women’s Club is a social and philanthropic club open to all women residing in Lee County. We meet on the fourth Thursday of each month at The Landings Yacht, Golf, and Tennis Club (community entry off McGregor Blvd between Cypress Lake Drive and College Pkwy). Meetings begin at...

Rising In The East: A Message From Sheriff Marceno

October 5, 2021

By: Sheriff Carmine Marceno At times, I believe that people forget that driving a motor vehicle is a privilege…not a right granted by the Constitution. As a privilege granted to those who demonstrate the skills and abilities necessary to operate a multi-ton piece of machinery, this privilege comes with a...

School Zones: A Message From Sheriff Carmine Marceno

September 1, 2021

By: Sheriff Carmine Marceno As school begins, traffic violations become exponentially disconcerting to parents and guardians, to school staff, and, of course, to law enforcement. At the start of the school year, we remind drivers of the increased presence of children and our concerns regarding speeding, distracted driving, and the...


July 7, 2021

While most adults are able to assess risk, young children often lack the wherewithal to protect themselves and to avoid dangerous locations and situations. In addition to keeping our children safe, it is our obligation, as guardians, to teach our children to make safe choices and to avoid potentially perilous...

Rising In The East: A Message From Sheriff Carmine Marceno

July 1, 2021

By: Sheriff Carmine Marceno Many hard-working residents residing in the Lee County Sheriff’s Office East District park their work trucks…pickups, vans, cutaways, chassis cabs, etc. in their driveways and side yards.  These vehicles and their contents are their livelihoods and, without them, these individuals are financially crippled. The Lee County...

Career Connections: The Value of Community in a Pandemic

July 1, 2021

By: Rita Davis In February 2020, there were over 36,000 Career & Technical Education course enrollments in over 80 programs across 15 high schools and 20 middle schools in the School District of Lee County. From Agritechnology to Welding, classrooms were buzzing with face-to-face, hands-on learning. Students were acquiring the...

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner attorney, P.J. Scheiner, earn board certification in civil trial law, joining a select group across the state

June 16, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 3, 2021) – Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, are pleased to announce that attorney Preston J. “P.J.” Scheiner recently earned board certification in Civil Trial Law from the Florida Bar. Board certification identifies lawyers with specialized knowledge, skills, and proficiency, as well as a reputation for...

Malware Hidden In Job Search Links

May 3, 2021

By: Sheriff Carmine Marceno The last year has been challenging in many ways.  Many, if not most, Lee County residents struggled, in one way or another, as the pandemic raged. Sadly, a good number of our friends and neighbors found themselves out of work and unable to find employment. If searching for...

Rising In The East: A Sheriff Carmine Marceno Message

May 3, 2021

By: Sheriff Carmine Marceno Southwest Florida mornings are generally sensational.  The temperature is cooler.  The birds have begun their day and their sounds fill the air. There’s nothing more pleasant than a Lee County morning…unless you left your vehicle unlocked overnight.  LCSO East District reports continue to include incidents of...

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Sheriff Carmine Marceno’s April Safety And Security Tip: Reducing The Likelihood Of Becoming A Victim Of Crime

April 30, 2021

Criminals are opportunistic.  An easy target, a lack of witnesses, a dimly-lit location, a distracted victim all dramatically improve a criminal’s ability to easily commit a crime. One’s best defense is to eliminate, or significantly reduce, one’s vulnerability! Criminals scout locations and conditions where the likelihood of being detected is...


April 30, 2021

Scammers always adapt to the ever-changing environment, and we want to remind you to be on high alert for some of the new ways these thieves are working to steal your information. It is important to be vigilant with your personal information year-round; however, with the recent economic stimulus packages...

Safety At The Gas Station

March 31, 2021

By Sheriff Carmine Marceno Thefts at gas stations, across the United States, appear to be increasing. Like many other crimes of opportunity, an unlocked vehicle with personal items in sight makes for a quick and easy target. Whether you are simply distracted while pumping gas or inside paying, thieves wait...

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Traffic and Tee Ball

By: Butch Swank I stumbled upon some interesting relationship advice recently. It’s from a couple that introduced a clever system for the end-of-day talk that

Preventing Tool Theft

By: Sheriff Carmine Marceno With the enormous volume of construction and repair being done following Hurricane Ian, the demand for tools has increased exponentially. Both

Lock It Or Lose It

By: Sheriff Carmine Marceno Using the Lee County Sheriff’s Office social media platforms, speaking at numerous community gatherings and asking the media to share the

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