Fort Myers boys basketball team only won by 3 points playing against Lehigh mostly JV team, this shows character of these young athletics.
As Lehigh Senior heads to Regional’s as the nine players that were suspended will be back Monday to practice and then play in the first game. Lehigh will be on the road to face the winner of the District 6A-12 championship between either Golden Gate or Palmetto Ridge. If Lehigh wins its first region game on Thursday, it could face the Green Wave again on Feb. 16 in the region semifinals, pending the Green Wave win their first round region game.
Lehigh Senior’s coaching staff is still suspended.
At approximately 8:37 am the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a vehicle located in a Canal at the end of North Avenue in Lehigh Acres. The vehicle was identified as a 2008 silver Dodge Caliber which was submerged with just the roof showing.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded and assisted in securing the vehicle.
Due to the nature of the incident Lee County Sheriff’s Traffic Homicide Investigators responded to the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed on February 4, 2016 between 9 and 10 pm, the 2008 Dodge Caliber was traveling south on North Avenue, left the roadway, and entered the canal. There are no indications of any other vehicles involved and at this time and the incident is being investigated as a traffic crash.
Located in the vehicle were husband and wife, Marie A. Oszust DOB 05-02-1952, and Chester G. Oszust DOB 10-13-1952 both of Lehigh Acres.
The deceased were turned over to the Lee County Medical Examiner’s Office. This
remains an active investigation by the LCSO Traffic Homicide Unit.
Two bodies have been discovered in a submerged Dodge Vehicle pulled from a canal near North Avenue and East Jasmine Road.
Neighbors stood by, watching as investigators pulled the Dodge out of the Able Canal just after noon on Friday.
“There are no barricades right here, so you can just drive right off the end of the street because there’s nothing there to stop you,” said Debbie Walcott who lives nearby.
Residents add that this isn’t the first car to fall in.
Lehigh Senior High School had three football player sign letters of intent to play.
Austin Paraison signing with University of North Carolina
Chris Matheus signing with Tusculum College in Tennessee
Matt William signing with Applalachian State
Lee County deputies are investigating a submerged vehicle discovered inside the Able Canal Friday morning.
Dive crews are in the water checking if there are any occupants inside the vehicle. The area around the canal, near North Avenue, has been roped off while deputies investigate.
At this point, deputies only know it could have gone in the water anytime within the last 24 to 48 hours.
A Lehigh Acres teenager died in the hospital after she was hit head-on by a vehicle Thursday night on Leeland Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers said Maria A. Ortiz Fuentes, 19, was heading east when she was hit by a Chevy Camaro traveling in the wrong direction near the intersection of Greenwood Avenue just before 7 p.m. on Thursday evening
Fuentes was transported to Lehigh Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the Camaro, Jose Castaneda, 60, was also taken to the hospital in critical condition.
A third vehicle a Hyundai Elentra was also involved in the crash, but the driver was not injured.
Troopers said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Castaneda will be charged with driving on the wrong side of the roadway, according to the incident report. FHP shut down the road for nearly four hours while they investigated.
Nearly a month after two adults and five children were held at gunpoint during a Lehigh Acres home invasion, detectives are still on the hunt for the men responsible.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down three men who held a family of seven at gunpoint Saturday morning during the course of a home invasion robbery.
Detectives say the trio entered the Manuel Street E. home just after 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 9. Over the course of a few hours, the men scoured the house, while two adults and five juvenile children were contained at gunpoint. The men left in a dark colored four door vehicle.
Two of the suspects are described as black males, in their 20s, roughly 6’0”, with one of them possibly having a tattoo around his left eye. The third suspect is a lighter skinned male.
Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of these suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.
By BILL LEVY
There is a good chance that Lehigh Acres Gazette owner/editor Robert Anderson could not have picked a better game to sponsor, than the game his publication sponsored on Thursday night. Behind a career high 16 points from Katie Meador, FGCU rolled past Jacksonville 58-39 before 2,011 at the Alico Arena. Kaneisha Atwater also had 16 for the Eagles and Whitney Knight was also in double figures for FGU with 11.
This was the first ASun loss for Jacksonville who is now 14-8 overall and 6-1 in the conference. FGCU meanwhile remains unbeaten in ASun play at 7-0 and is 14-8 overall.
It was the third time FGCU held an opponent to under 40 points this season.
“Our defense was excellent,” Eagles coach Karl Smesko said. “It was a whole team effort of everyone doing their job. Everyone understood the game plan.”
FGCU actually fell behind 4-0 near the start of the game, but tied it on Knight’s four point play as she was fouled, while connecting on a 3-pointer. That was the start of a 12-0 run as the Eagles took a 12-4 lead. They then closed out the first quarter with a 16-10 advantage and outscored the Dolphins 13-6 in the second quarter to take a commanding 29-16 lead into halftime, as well as complete control of the game, with Meador getting 13 of her points in the first 20 minutes.
The nine basketball players suspended at Lehigh Senior High School can return to class and the basketball court on Monday.
But the coaches are still temporary suspended from coaching duties, according to School District.
The players initially faced a five-day school suspension and were banned from athletics for the rest of the school year.
The eligibility of the players changed again Thursday afternoon after the parents of three of the nine players, along with an attorney representing one of the parents, met with Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins and other district staff Thursday morning.
“The Superintendent has thanked the parents and Attorney Joseph North for their input and has indicated to all that he believes we are a better school district as a result of the dialogue that has occurred this week,” district spokeswoman Amity Chandler said in a statement.
The meeting resulted in the restoration of the nine basketball players’ eligibility, orders for them to complete 40 hours of community service and to create a presentation about social media awareness.
A Lehigh Acres woman was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for stabbing a Lee County deputy.
Tiffany Garcia (DOB 11-17-88) pled in court to charges of Aggravated Battery on a law enforcement officer and Aggravated Assault on a law enforcement officer.
Last March, two deputies responded to a disturbance call at 706 Arianne Court in Lehigh Acres. Upon arrival, they encountered Garcia in the bathroom, wearing only her undergarments and behaving erratically. The female deputy, Corporal R. Shott, asked the female to get dressed so they could go out into the living room and talk. As Garcia reached into the drawer for clothes, she grabbed a knife and began slashing at Corporal Shott’s face and chest area before stabbing her in the leg. Garcia was taken down and arrested.
Garcia’s 13-year prison sentence will be followed by 12 years of probation. She must also undergo substance abuse and mental health evaluations.
For Corporal Shott, the road to recovery was a painful one and included more than three months of intense rehabilitation. Corporal Shott has since returned to full time duty and says she’s hasn’t let the incident keep her down. ”I’m still working,” she says with a smile. “Working to serve and protect.”
A fatal head-on crash occurred in Lehigh Acres Thursday evening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The crash happened at the intersection of Leeland Heights Boulevard and Greenwood Avenue.
The eastbound lanes of Leeland Heights Blvd. have been blocked.
One witness on the scene says that one of the drivers had to be extricated by Lehigh Acres Fire Dept with the Jaws of Life.
Editorial by Robert Anderson Publisher
Has the Lee County School Administrators lost their XXXXXXX minds? Who is kidding who?
The most respected basketball coaching staff that Lehigh Senior has ever had, and now they are suspended until further notice!!!!!!
A group of nine teenage boys suspended from school for five days and from all sports for the rest of the school year.
For what? Please tell me somebody actual broke law or did something to someone.
No. Well then, So what the Fxxk!
Nine Lehigh Senior boys basketball players produced a profane and sexually explicit two-minute rap video last Thursday night then posted on social media. Not to make light of the video because it embarrassed the kids, their families, the team and the school. But that’s it!!!!
That’s all it was and that’s all they did. It was not illegal and it harmed no one. It was in VERY poor taste, inappropriate and VERY embarrassing.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in putting a halt to a recent rash of car burglaries by reminding residents that vehicle burglary is most often a “crime of opportunity” that can lead to expensive consequences if we aren’t careful. To minimize the chances of becoming a victim, we must first take away the thief’s opportunity by practicing the preventative safety tips listed below:
• Lock your vehicle. Half of all vehicles burglarized or stolen are left unlocked. This includes both day and night and in your own home driveway.
• Do not leave valuables in plain view. This includes your wallet/purse, cell phone, laptop, GPS system, shopping bags, cash, credit card, garage door opener, keys, tools, etc.
• Park in well-lighted areas. Two things burglars don’t like – lights and witnesses.
• Do not leave personal identifying papers in car. This includes driver’s license, social security card, motor vehicle registration, car title, credit card and bank statements as these items can be used by the burglar to commit identity theft. While vehicle registration papers must be presented when asked for by a law enforcement officer, you do not need to store the originals in your car. Instead, keep a copy in your wallet next to your driver’s license.
In a surprise announcement last week, Lehigh Acres Fire Chief John Wayne says he will not attempt to renew his job contract when it ends later this year.
The announcement was made at the end of the fire district board of commission meeting.
His announcement came at the first meeting that was conducted by Cathy Kruse, who was elected by her peers on the board at the last meeting to be chairman. During that time, Kruse has found many issues with Wayne’s decision making
Earlier, new board member Matt Smith, has asked for discussion by the board about having a job evaluation for the chief.
After very heated exchange between members of the board, it was agreed upon that the board either hold a workshop or take it up during a regular meeting in April.
Now the board will have to form a search committee to find a new chief.
Wayne oversaw the conversion of the way Lehigh Acres taxpayers pay their fire taxes. Now it’s an assessment fee that funds the fire department, which was facing so-called financial disaster due to the economic recession.
Now community leaders are now facing their own financial disaster due huge taxing bills for the fire dept. An unnamed source said, “Just maybe we can fix the fire now and lower these exorbitant fire taxes.” Other source said, “Glad that XXXXX is leaving so the board doesn’t have to waste the time to fire him.”
Voters went to the polls a year ago and voted for an assessment fee to levy against the rate holders in Lehigh. Had it not passed, some of the department would have been forced to close and new equipment, including fire trucks and ambulances, would not be replaced.
While the board supported the new assessment fee, it was Wayne whose work included speaking before the public on behalf of the new assessment fee and lying at the community leaders that we have spoken to.
The five-day school suspension and a playoff ban for 9 Lehigh Senior High School basketball players benched for a controversial video has been upheld, Lee County School District officials said.
Despite the suspensions, Lehigh Senior beat Estero High School 61-53 Wednesday night to advance to the district final.
The teenagers were initially given a two-day suspension after a video of them rapping explicit lyrics in the school practice room after hours surfaced online. The punishment was then upgraded to five days and included being banned from team activities.
There was a “procedural error” in stating the two-day suspension, said district spokeswoman Amity Chandler, who added that the school principal renders a final decision once the investigation is completed.
“This decision often includes a more thorough disciplinary decision that can include additional days suspension or other sanctions,” she said in a statement.
Lehigh Acres Night at FGCU Woman Basketball Game vs Jacksonville Feb 4, 2016 at 7pm. Kids with student ID From grades K-8 get in free from these schools as promoted by Lehigh Acres Gazette. Will kids are encouraging them to wear blue.
Orange River Elem
Oak Hammock Middle
James Stephens Intnl Academy
Harnes Marsh Middle
Harnes Marsh Elem
The Alva School
Lehigh Acres Middle
Mirror Lakes Elem
Veterans Park Academy for the Arts
G. Weaver Hipps Elem
More Than $50,000 Worth Of Stolen Construction Tools Were Found During A Drug Bust At A Home On 9th Street SW In Lehigh Acres.
On Dec. 10, The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Served A Search Warrant At The Home After Several Months Of Investigation. Inside, Authorities Found Several Thousand Dollars In Narcotics, Illegal Weapons And Cash. Tacuma Horrobin, 34, And Wade Anderson, 50, Were Arrested That Afternoon.
Detectives Also Found A Massive Stash Of Stolen Construction Tools, From Cement Mixers To Generators, Chains Saws And Dirt Compactors. While Authorities Were Able To Trace Some Of The Stolen Items Back To Their Rightful Owners, More Than 100 Items Remain Unclaimed.
“We’re Asking Anyone In The Construction Industry In Lee County To Go Through Their Inventory And If They Are Missing Any Major Pieces Of Equipment,” Said Trish Routte, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers Coordinator.
If You Have Any Information, Call Crime Stoppers At 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All Callers Will Remain Anonymous and Will Be Eligible For A Cash Reward Of Up To $1,000. Tips May Also Be Made Online At Www.Swflcrimestoppers.Org Or By Texting A Tip To CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.
Gov. Rick Scott has declared a health emergency in four counties due to the Zika virus.
At least nine cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been detected in Florida. Health officials believe all of the cases are from people who contracted the disease while traveling to affected countries.
Scott signed the order Wednesday to cover Miami-Dade, Lee, Hillsborough and Santa Rosa counties.
The Zika virus is linked to brain deformities in babies and is causing concern among public health officials worldwide. The virus is primarily spread through mosquito bites, but investigators had been exploring the possibility it could be sexually transmitted.
U.S. health officials say a person in Texas became infected with Zika through sex, in the first case of the illness being transmitted within the United States.
Februray 2, 2016 MedExpress at 1120 Homestead Rd Lehigh Acres welcomed the community of Lehigh Acres in. Michael Burgers of the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce proclaimed it MedExpress day in Lehigh Acres.
The new center will offer walk-in treatment for everyday illness and injury, including more advanced offerings such as on-site X-rays, IVs, labs, minor surgery, stitches and treatment for broken bones, sprains and strains. As a welcoming gift to the community, the Lehigh Acres center is offering free sports physicals to patients ages five-years-old and up from Feb. 10 – 24.
MedExpress also offers basic wellness and prevention services such as sports and general physicals, immunizations and tobacco cessation counseling. Local employers can utilize MedExpress for employer health services such as employee injury care, workers’ compensation, screenings and physicals.
The 2016 Spring Festival Miss Lehigh and Junior Miss pageant will be conducted on Sunday, March 13 at Veteran’s Park in Lehigh. Rehearsals will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14 at Footnotes Dance and Music Studio…I know it’s Valentine’s Day, but due to scheduling issues we are only able to have Sunday rehearsals this year…and we need to get things under way early on in the month of February, due to the shortened rehearsal schedule. It’s important that all potential contestants attend all rehearsals…there is much to cover and for each of the young ladies to learn.
Anyhow…entry fees are $30 for the pageant and an additional $20 for the optional talent. Entry fees are due at the time the application is submitted.
Talent is NOT a factor in the judges’ selection of the crown winners, so even if you don’t have a talent you could still participate and potentially win!
Ages for this pageant are 9 thru 13, who will compete for the Junior Miss crown and ages 14 thru 18, who will compete for the Miss Lehigh crown.
Applications will be available at the first rehearsal. If you have questions or for more information, please contact Judy at 239-369-4003.
The Baby and Toddler pageant is around the corner…Sunday, March 13. Any local baby from newborn to 18 months is eligible to compete in the Baby portion of the pageant. Any local toddler from 19 months to 2 years is eligible to compete in the Toddler portion of the pageant. Applications will be up on the Spring Festival website soon. If you don’t want to wait, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you an application now.