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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...

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...

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...

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,...

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SHERIFF CARMINE MARCENO’S JULY SAFETY & SECURITY TIP: PROTECTING YOUR CHILD DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS

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...

Be On HIGH Alert For SCAMMERS

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...

Pavese Law Firm Adds Capps And Thompson As Managing Partners

March 26, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 1, 2021) – The Pavese Law Firm is proud to announce Partners Chad Capps and Chene’ Thompson will join current Managing Partner Charles Mann to form a three-person Management Committee effective immediately. Capps and Thompson were selected to serve with Mann for 2021, to ensure continuity as Mann intends to step down as...

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Lee County Sheriff’s Office: Credit Report FYI

March 22, 2021

Credit reports are a detailed account of your credit history. They are a measure of your financial reliability and often determine your ability to secure loans and financing, are often used for employment inquiries, rental applications and much more. Ensuring their accuracy in a world of identity theft is YOUR responsibility. You...

United Way Of Lee, Hendry, Glades, And Okeechobee Offers Online Tax Filing Tool For Free

March 9, 2021

More than 1.2 Million MyFreeTaxes® Filers Have Used MyFreeTaxes since 2009 Fort Myers, FL (Feb 1, 2021) – Today, United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee announced the launch of this tax season’s MyFreeTaxes.com site. For the 12th year, United Way is providing online tax filing software, accessible through...

Vaccination Cards

March 2, 2021

By Sheriff Carmine Marceno The receipt of one’s COVID-19 vaccination…be it the first or the second dose…brings relief and joy to many who have spent the last year in fear of contracting the virus. Lehigh Acres residents, having received their vaccination(s), may be inspired to express their excitement by sharing...

Family Dollar Store Fire Determined to be Arson; Investigators Seek Tips From Public

March 1, 2021

On February 26, 2021, at approximately 1:01 am, a 911 caller reported observing smoke coming from a building in the 3500 block area of Lee Blvd. We responded to investigate the reported fire and observed smoke coming from the Family Dollar Store located at 3519 Lee Blvd. Crews began an attack on the...

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Beware Of Scammers On Dating Sites

February 2, 2021

By Sheriff Carmine Marceno Every day thousands of people looking for companionship join online dating sites and forget to take precautions against con artists who use clever tactics to form a bond, right before breaking their heart and their bank account. Sadly, scammers are targeting individuals over the age of...

Protect Yourself Against COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

January 21, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution begins, Sheriff Carmine Marceno wants you to be aware of emerging fraud schemes: You are asked to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine. You are asked to pay to put your name on a vaccine waiting list or to get early access. Advertisements for...

Pavese Law Firm Welcomes Attorney Ryan Swick

January 21, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 30, 2020) – Pavese Law Firm is pleased to announce that Ryan Swick has joined the firm as an associate and will be practicing in the areas of Community Association and Planned Development Law, Construction Law, and Real Estate Development Law. Prior to joining Pavese, Mr. Swick...

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Grandparent Scam On The Rise

January 18, 2021

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has had several “Grandchild in Jail” scams reported over the past few months. Here’s what you need to know should you receive one of these suspicious phone calls: In this scam, the suspect contacts the victim posing as a grandchild or the grandchild’s attorney and...

Michael Versnik Named Partner At Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A.

January 18, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2020) – Michael Versnik, a seasoned personal injury lawyer who joined Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. in 2019, has been named a partner of the nearly 60-year-old firm. Versnik, rated “AV Preeminent” Civil Trial Attorney, the highest ranking under the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review...

Special Delivery: Sheriff’s Deputies Bring Gifts, Smiles To 160 Children

January 6, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 10, 2020) – It will be a Merry Christmas indeed for 160 students attending early learning programs at Child Care of Southwest Florida. A unique partnership between the nonprofit education provider and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office led to deputies playing the role of Santa in...

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Montage Women’s Club

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

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