Woman Arrested After Fleeing Scene of Accident, Eluding Police

A driver fled the scene of an accident and eluded officers on Captiva and Sanibel. Rachel Bergman of Portland, Oregon was arrested Saturday, Dec. 11 and charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and two counts of resisting officers by fleeing. She was released from Lee County Jail on Dec. 13 on a $10,500 bail.

Chelsea Cranford of Fort Myers was arrested Saturday, Dec. 18 and charged with driving under the influence, drug possession and trafficking, and probation violation. She remained in custody at the Lee County Jail without bail on two of the charges.

Chilufya Kangwa of Fort Myers was cited for careless driving Saturday, Dec. 18, after his vehicle struck the back of a vehicle operated by Thomas Powers of Cape Coral on Periwinkle Way. No injuries were reported.

Richard Lindloff of Stonington, Maine was backing his vehicle out of a parking space Monday, Dec. 20 at Sanibel Center, 1506 Periwinkle Way, when his vehicle struck the parked vehicle of Clifford Bridges of Greensboro, N.C. No injuries were reported.

Animal Reports

An officer on patrol spotted a 10-foot alligator Friday, Dec. 17 on the Shared Use Path near the entrance to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Captiva Road. Two officers were able to redirect the alligator into its natural habitat.

An alligator was reported in the grassy area between Sanibel Captiva Road and the Shared Use Path on Friday, Dec. 17 near the refuge. An officer was able to get the alligator to walk back into the brush.

Officers received a second report on Friday, Dec. 17 of an alligator near the refuge entrance blocking the Shared Use Path. It was moved into the tree line and a trapper was contacted.

Two large iguanas were reported Friday, Dec. 17 behind the Blue Giraffe restaurant in the Periwinkle Place shopping center on Periwinkle Way.

A cormorant was found at Bowman’s Beach Park Saturday, Dec. 18 and was transported to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife for treatment of possible red tide sickness.

A cormorant was found Saturday, Dec. 18 in Sanibel Estates on East Gulf Drive and transported to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife with possible red tide sickness.

An injured bird was found on the Tarpon Bay Road beach Saturday, Dec. 18 and transported to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife.

A sick bird was found on Algiers Lane Monday, Dec. 20 and transported to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife. CROW staff was unable to identify the type of bird.

A pelican diving for fish on Monday, Dec. 20 near Lighthouse Point collided with the police boat and was transported to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife for assessment.

Three coyotes were sighted Monday, Dec. 20 walking on Bunting Lane in the Gumbo Limbo neighborhood.

Two coyotes were sighted Tuesday, Dec. 21 in a yard on Pyrula Avenue in the Beachview neighborhood.

A coyote was sighted Tuesday, Dec. 21 limping in the area of Casa Ybel Road and Sand Pebble Way.

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