Police Make Two Arrests Over Weekend

Sanibel Police made two arrests this past weekend.

A golf cart operated by Niki Zarikos of Toronto, Canada exited the parking lot of Tipsy Turtle on Periwinkle Way at 11:24 p.m. Friday, April 8 in front of a police vehicle. The officer observed the golf cart did not have rear lights and initiated a traffic stop, during which Zarikos showed signs of impairment.

Zarikos was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. She was booked into the Lee County Jail and released the next morning on a $1,000 bond.

Officers were called to a unit on Nerita Street at 10:32 p.m. Saturday, April 9 for a female refusing to leave the property. The two male occupants told officers they had invited Leslie Caplan of Hilton Head, S.C. to the unit, but when they asked her to leave, she refused.

Officers also asked Caplan to leave the property, but she continued to refuse. While she was being placed into a patrol car, Caplan became combative with officers. She was charged with battery on an officer and trespassing. Caplan was booked into the Lee County Jail and she remains in custody as of April 15.

Police responded to the scene of a two-vehicle crash at 11:46 a.m. Wednesday, April 13 at Sanibel Captiva and Rabbit roads. Matthew Vallis of Gloucester, Maine was traveling west on Sanibel Captiva Road when he slowed for traffic and the back of his vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Steven Chance of Sanibel. Chance was issued a citation for careless driving.

Animal Reports

Police responded to a home on San Carols Bay Drive Friday, April 8 for a bird which flew into the residence. It was captured and released.

A coyote was sighted Thursday, April 7 on Nerita Street.

Two coyotes were sighted Saturday, April 9 on Bailey Road walking towards Pond Apple Trail.

Two iguanas were reported Monday, April 11 sighted almost daily near the canal in the Shell Harbor neighborhood.

A coyote was sighted Monday, April 11 in the area of Old Trail and Casa Yble roads.

Three coyotes were sighted Tuesday, April 12 in the Seaspray neighborhood. The coyotes followed a resident walking her dog, but she reported they did not growl, bark or make threatening movements towards her or her dog.

A coyote was signed Thursday, April 14 at Sanibel Captiva and Tarpon Bay roads.

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