Update 3:30 pm Alabama Rd is now back open
Shots fired on Alabama Road. Lee County Sheriff’s Office has Alabama Road blocked from Palm Avenue to Kaza court they’re investigating deputies and detectives are on scene. Stay tuned to Acres Acres Gazette for further details.
Last year, children got stuck on a ride for more than ninety minutes. Now, parents are using an on-line petition — asking festival organizers to pick a different company.
For three years in a row, a ride has malfunctioned at the Lehigh Acres Spring Festival. Luckily, this time around no one was hurt.
Lehigh Acres parents are banding together asking Spring Festival planners to consider bringing in a different ride operator. About 48 people already support the petition, some saying things like “we shouldn’t have to be scare to have fun.” Click here for petition
Some parents told us they refuse to bring their kids to the Spring Festival. In 2013, the Ring of Fire sent two children to the hospital when witnesses say a wheel fell off. Then last year, Modern Midways told us high winds caused a gate to fly off a ride and smash into a nearby windshield.
We asked the organizers at the Lehigh Acres Spring Festival if they would consider the petition. They would comment at this time.
Parents say they would be willing to ride, if there were more safety precautions. Otherwise, they’ll keep avoiding the fair until a new company comes in.
A Lehigh Acres woman is accused of driving under the influence, hitting another car and leaving the scene, all with a five-year-old child in the backseat.
Lyndsey Woolf, 22, is in the Lee County jail. The sheriff’s office reports Woolf hit a car while driving on Colonial Boulevard, kept driving, and swerved in and out of traffic. Several witnesses reported the driver to deputies.
Her 5-year-old child in the back seat was not injured and was placed in the care of family. Deputies reported finding marijuana throughout the car– and Woolf told deputies they’d find the drug in her system.
Wolfe is charged with child neglect, DUI, DUI involving property damage and drug possession of marijuana less than 20 grams.
Elected Fire Board promised and voted in a resolution # 14-09-05 (Click Here to read); that they the fire board would not include Not-For-Profit (501c3) organizations such charitable, religious, scientific or literary and these organizations would be exempt from the fire assessment.
NOW FOR THE GREAT LIE …….. Their Attorney Richard Pringle stated for the record that everything was included in the NEW Initial Assessment Resolution and the Fire Board authorized it on March 24, 2015. (Click here to download and listen)
Note that on NONE of the 27 pages of the new Resolution, does it state anything about any organizations such charitable, religious, scientific or literary to be exempt for the Fire Assessment.
And now on page 14 (Click Here) of the Resolution which was voted on and duly authorized by the elected fire board on March 24, 2015, It states the Institutional Property will be charge by the usage of the property, so if Institutional Property is owned by a charitable, religious, scientific or literary and they runs for example a retail store on the property that property will be charged the fire assessment fee. This is the same if a Church has a daycare on the property according to the Pringle the church will be charged the fire assessment fee. . (Click here to download and listen to Fire Attorney Richard Pringle and the board agreeing with him)
The ballot question did not have a usage clause in it, so how can the Elected Fire Board change it? According to Pringle the board consultants said that it can be done that way.
Since 2006 Robert Briggs has been running Modern Midways, but before that he worked for his father Frank Briggs owner of Midwest Midways, based at the same address in Steger, Ill
The Lehigh Acres Spring Festival Committee has been during business with Midwest Midways or Modern Midways for nearly 30 years
But Between 2005 and 2006 Midwest Midways closed and equipment was sold to Modern Midways.
Midwest Midways according Florida records they had three accidents 2002, 2003 and 2005.
The 2003 accident was it the Lehigh Acres Spring Festival – News clipping — (Friday, March 29, 2003) – At the Lehigh Spring Fest in Lehigh Acres, Florida, a Tornado ride collapsed, injuring 4 children. The Tornado features eight spinning 4-person gondolas which rotate about a central column. Witnesses say that one of the gondolas clipped the ground, causing the central column to break off its axis.
The children’s injuries were “seat belt-type” injuries, and none appeared to be serious.
The Tornado is owned and operated by Midwest Midways.
The same records show that Midwest Midways received 7 warnings and or fines between 2002 and 2006.
It’s funny when people do not like the truth and try to use attorney’s to bully their cause.
This attorney also has been bullying other local media outlets all day.
The Lehigh Acres Gazette received this email from Kristian Dunn from Dunn & Miller in Tallassee that represented Modern Midways in the 2013 Ring of Fire case.
To the Lehigh Acres Gazette
Lee County deputies are conducting an investigation along Flamingo Avenue in Lehigh Acres, but are staying tight lipped about details.
A Lee County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with serious injuries after being stabbed on a call Monday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.
Public Information Officer Scott Lineberger says the deputy’s injuries are not life-threatening.
Lineberger tells the Gazette, deputies went to a disturbance call at 706 Arianne Court at 6:20 a.m. That’s off Maple Avenue South.
Right now, one person is in custody, Lineberger said, there is no danger to the community.
By Dick Allen
The much anticipated rematch between the # 7 seeded FGCU Eagles and the 10th seeded Oklahoma State Cowgirls is finally ready to tip off. Ever since last Monday’s announcement of the matchups, expectations have been building. Not only with the team members and the coaching staff but with the fans who traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana last year and had their hearts broken by the same Oklahoma State girls.
Hope springs eternal, and there was not a single fan who doesn’t believe that the FGCU women were the better team that day and should have won the game in regulation. The Eagles lost in overtime and Oklahoma State took on playing Purdue University on their home floor with a trip to the sweet 16 at stake. What hurts even more, was that the Cowgirls beat Purdue and we’re making that trip to the sweet 16 to face Notre Dame. “It should have been us”, said season ticket holder from day one Bill Kuzbyt who has traveled to every Atlantic Sun and NCAA tournament game FGCU has ever played.
Around 8 p.m. witnesses told Lehigh Acres Gazette (which was already on scene covering the festival) a carnival ride was stuck in the air, trapping eight riders
The ride, known as the Power Surge was stuck in the air for more than an hour Saturday night. Lehigh Acres Fire fighters used a ladder truck to rescue the passengers on the ride. Fortunately, no one was injured, but one did go to the hospital as a precaution.
Last person off the ride at around 9:30, meaning rides were stuck on that ride for about an hour and a half.
The Lehigh Acres Spring Festival is no stranger to controversy and terror like this.
One year ago, in 2014 a piece of metal flew out the ride called “Tap Out” and broke a window of a car.
2013 a similar rotating ride, called “The Ring of Fire”, came to an abrupt stop.
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Five people are hospitalized after a fight broke out at a party in Lehigh Acres Saturday night, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident happened around 11:45 p.m. on 7th St. W. Deputies were investigating for about five hours this morning. Deputies couldn’t tell us what started the fight. Eyewitness that spoke to the Lehigh Acres Gazette stated three teens were shot and were taken to the hospital.
Neighbors called Lehigh Acres Gazette saying they heard gunshots, but deputies couldn’t confirm that. According to LCSO, when they arrived there was a large amount of people there and were involved in a pretty large fight. Five people were wounded during this disturbance.
No arrest have been made in connection to what happened and the community is not in any danger.
Anyone who has any information on this incident is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at239-477-1000, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).
On the strength of 26 points from Kaneisha Atwater and a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds from Whitney Knight, the No. 7 FGCU women’s basketball team used a 12-0 run late in the second half to pull away from No. 10 Oklahoma State and earn its first Division-I NCAA Tournament win in program history with a 75-67 victory over the Cowgirls in the First Round Saturday afternoon. With the win at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, the Eagles move on to the Second Round with a record of 31-2, while OSU ends the season at 20-12.
The win avenged a 61-60 overtime loss to Oklahoma State in last year’s NCAA Tournament and extended the Eagles’ winning streak to 26 in a row. The Green and Blue advance to play No. 2 Florida State, who defeated No. 15 Alabama State Saturday afternoon. The Sunshine State matchup is slated for 6 p.m. Monday on ESPNU, with the winner earning a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.
“This is a very exciting time for us,” said 13th-year head coach Karl Smesko. “We get our first Division I NCAA Tournament win. We beat a very good team and I’m definitely proud of the way we started the game. Oklahoma State posed a lot of challenges for us, but we had a lot of players step up. Kaneisha and Whitney had huge scoring games, but the whole team had to step up at different points and make plays and it was such a great team effort. I’m proud of our team and look forward to the opportunity to keep playing.”
By Dick Allen Special Correspondent
Yesterday at the team practice and shoot around at the Donald L . Tucker Center in Tallahassee, the mood was both loose and focused at the same time. As Coach Smesko barked out formations and plays, the girls responded and executed. Although one might have thought coach was trying out to be an A-Sun referee with the many whistles he blew stopping play again, again, and again, he ran those same formations and plays for the better part of 90 minutes. In the shoot around the girls counted off successful three point baskets each were making – 7, 8, 9, 10, in a row nearly every single girl.
The coaching staff had done there work. The girls were ready to be turned lose.
Tip off is in 30 minutes and the FGCU women are back on the floor, not quite is loose as yesterday in practice, but that can be expected. The anticipation was huge. Perhaps now the girls were beginning to feel the weight of the last 2 appearances in the NCAA tournament. Both losses, both in overtime. So much is expected this time.
The students who left campus at 4 am have arrived, the stands in back of the FGCU bench were beginning turn all blue. The band with blasting the FGCU fight song and the “Voice” could be heard in the stands leading the crowd in … Go Eagles!
The stage is set.
The power surge ride trapped 8 people vertically for over an hour at the Lehigh Acres Spring Festival. Lehigh Acres Fire Department was called and the ladder truck was used to rescue the rides. No injuries what were reported.
Story number one by Dick Allen special correspondent
Deja Vu … All Over Again
In a rematch almost to the exact day – a year later, the number 7 seeded FGCU Lady Eagles will face off against the number 10 seeded Cowgirls of Oklahoma State University. The only difference is that we are not at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana but rather on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
The rematch has a bit of irony attached to it as last year FGCU was seeded 12 while Oklahoma State was seeded 5. The Eagles took the Cowgirls into overtime before dropping a one point Heartbreaker while the Cowgirls went on to play in the sweet 16.
Tomorrow’s game finds the roles reversed with the Eagles being the higher seed and the favorite to win.
But you can’t convince the Eagle players that they are the favorites. At the pre game press conference senior captain Jenna Cobb said quite plainly “they beat us last year. We are clearly the underdogs.” The sentiment was echoed by A-Sun player of the year junior Whitney Knight, “We are going to play like the underdogs!”, she said. A-Sun coach of the year Karl Smesko praised the Oklahoma State team “They are a very, very good team”, he said several times during the press conference. When asked how he had prepared his team for the big size advantage that Oklahoma State will have, he brought smiles to the press corps and to his two players sitting next to him on the dias when he replied, “I asked the scout team to look bigger.”
Confident and focused are both Cobb and Knight. They are resolved to win the team’s first NCAA Tournament game. That’s what they came to do. We suspect the rest of the Eagles are on the same mission.
The Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres and East Lee County High School Athletic Department have teamed up with The Comedy Machine to present A Comedy Extravaganza on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 7:30- 9:00 p.m. in the East Lee County High School Auditorium, 715 Thomas Sherwin Ave, Lehigh Acres. General admission is for ages 16 and over. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance or $25 at the door.
The Comedy Machine is a “Comedy Club” on wheels and has performed over 1,000 shows for a wide assortment of groups and organizations that include colleges, military shows and Kiwanis Clubs all over the country. Three comedians will provide an unforgettable experience in a ninety minute show.
The event will provide funds to the East Lee County High School Athletic Department to purchase replacement uniforms for student athletes. By attending this event, your support provides an opportunity for East Lee County High School students to continue to develop through academics, athletics, community service, and to show off their Jaguar Pride. So come on out to laugh, cheer, and/or jeer for what is sure to be an evening of hilarity.
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit the Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres website at http://lehighacreskiwanis.info/site/events/ . You can also purchase tickets in person at the Kiwanis Thrift Store located at 15 Homestead Rd S, Lehigh Acres.