Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette source SWFCS
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two unknown men who targeted an 84-year-old victim in a Wal Mart parking lot theft in Lehigh Acres.
On August 3, the victim exited the Wal Mart store, located at 2523 Lee Boulevard, around 1:30 p.m., making her way to her parked vehicle. As she was loading groceries into the trunk of her car, two young men canvassing the parking lot ran over to her cart, stole her purse and quickly ran from the scene. The two suspects were seen leaving in a silver or gray Ford Explorer Sport Trac pick up truck, which may have had a white toolbox in the truck bed and a chrome brush guard on the front of the truck. After leaving Wal Mart, the suspects used credit cards stolen from the victim’s purse at multiple stores county-wide. Fortunately, the senior citizen was not injured during the incident, however, a great deal of her personal information is now in the hands of the unidentified thieves.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
Veterinary Technician, Regina Greene, has announced the opening of Vet Tech Services of SWFL, serving all of Lee County. Ms. Greene has over 15 years’ experience in the veterinary industry and has been actively pet sitting and offering in home pet care service for nearly 3 years.
When asked what separates her services from other pet sitting services in the area, she explained, “Once a pet owner leaves the Vet office, some of the take home instructions are harder to put into practice than what they first thought. My services will truly bridge the gap between the Vet’s office and home, by taking the worry and guess work out of the equation for pet owners.”
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
A Lee County School District-approved charter school got the approval to relocate to Lehigh Acres.
The Donna J. Beasley Technical Academy kicked off the new school year in a new location, renting space from the First Presbyterian Church of Lehigh Acres, at 60 Bell Blvd.
The Technical Academy located in Fort Myers, the decision to relocate was based on the fact the majority of its students come from Lehigh Acres
After considering some other options, officials decided to go with the church.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette
With scattered thunderstorms threatened parts of Southwest Florida on Wednesday afternoon including Lehigh Acres
Strong winds caused tree branches to fall on a home on the 3000 block of 9th Street West at around 2:20 p.m, and with flooded roads and power lines down in Lehigh Acres.
Flood warning in effect until 8 p.m.
Also, a trampoline blew down power lines on 11th Street West and Sunshine Blvd, LCEC crews are currently making repairs.
by Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LCSO
Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kelly Lockard for stealing money from senior citizens living at the Fountain Crest Retirement Community.
LCSO Deputies said in the report that Lockard was posing as a cleaning lady and rummaging through at least four victims’ apartments.
According to Management of the facility’s corporate owner, Sunshine Retirement Living said Lockard gave legitimate information for tenants when she would sign in as a visitor.
There is a security monitor at the front doors of Fountain Crest 24 hours a day.
After a few times, staff eventually realized Lockard didn’t know the people she claimed to be visiting. On August 12 deputies arrested Lockard for burglary.
The victims reported a woman matching Lockard’s description had stolen money from them.
Lockard is now out on bond.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette
A 53-year-old man died in a crash Tuesday evening on Joel Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
According to the FHP report, Cesar Tano Carrales, of Lehigh Acres, who was driving a 2001 Nissan Altima, was involved in the wreck when he failed to stop at a stop sign and entered the path of a 1993 Chevy 2500 around 7:27 p.m. at East 10th Street and Joel Boulevard.
Following the collision, Carrales was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
It’s unclear if alcohol was a factor for the deceased, State troopers said. Charges are pending.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette By Associated Press
The number of active hate groups in Florida ranks second among other states in the nation.
The Miami Herald reports that according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are more than 60 active hate groups in Florida. The SPLC’s report features a map detailing more than 900 hate groups actively operating across the country. California ranks number one with 79.
Two of the 63 in Florida are in Lee County — The Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ in Fort Myers and the Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Cape Coral and there are KKK members that live in Lehigh Acres according to other sources.
The report states in 2016 there were 130 Ku Klux Klan groups and 193 Black Separatist groups active nationwide.
by Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LCSO
A child was hit by a truck Tuesday morning on 68th Street West, a source said.
The child was hit by a blue Nissan Truck and taken to Golisano Children’s Hospital. The child was awake and responsive following the incident, but the extent of his or her injuries is unclear.
No further information was immediately available.
by Lehigh Acres Gazette
After a renewed push by local NAACP leaders to rid Lee County of two prominent images of General Robert E. Lee, one Lee County Commissioner is proposing a compromise, maybe.
This so-called “compromise” was proposed by Commissioner Frank Mann, who was out of town today.
“The proposal calls for removing the current painting of General Lee in a military uniform into showing the Confederate general wearing a business suit.”
At a press conference held Tuesday morning, the Lee County NAACP says it’s not about erasing history, it’s about relocating what some consider a symbol of hate. “That would be our goal, to move it, preferably to a Confederate cemetery.
The county commissioners will discuss a resolution at its next meeting.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette source LCSO
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for service at approximately 5:17 pm on Monday regarding shots fired at the intersection of State Road 82 and Gregory Avenue South in Lehigh Acres.
The East District Criminal Investigations Division assumed the investigation and determined that a road rage incident escalated when Rocco Ruzzo fired shots from his white 2015 Nissan van striking a 2003 silver Toyota Camry.
The driver of the Toyota retrieved a firearm from the center console of his vehicle and returned fire.
Principal Cooper and Ms. Larison challenged students and staff last school year to raise the school’s grade by at least one letter, and, in return, they promised to shave their heads.
The students and staff held up their end of the deal by working diligently to raise the school’s grade from a “D” to a “C”, leaving the two of them no choice but to hold up their end of the bargain.
Homestead Road from south of Sunrise Boulevard to the north of Alabama Road: Construction Project: This project consists of widening Homestead Road to four lanes. This work will also improve drainage and install new underground utilities. A six-foot sidewalk will be constructed on both sides of the roadway. Motorists should expect lane closures during daytime hours. The project cost is $14.4 million. The contractor is Stevens and Layton, Inc. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
- The intersection of Homestead Road and Sunrise Boulevard: Crews will install a water main and drainage pipes at the intersection of Homestead Road and Sunrise Boulevard from Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 18 during daylight hours between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should expect detours, delays, and lane shifts on Sunrise Boulevard. Two lanes on Sunrise Boulevard will be kept open for eastbound/westbound traffic and flaggers will be on site to direct motorists. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use caution as they travel through the area.
Weather Alert Special Weather Statement issued August 10 at 6:59 PM EDT by NWS Tampa Bay
…A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT SOUTH CENTRAL CHARLOTTE AND LEE COUNTIES… At 659 PM EDT, radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Babcock Webb Wma to near Lehigh Acres. The movement was south at 30 mph. Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with these storms. Locations impacted include… Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres, East Dunbar, Palmona Park, Southwest Florida Airport, Harlem Heights, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Iona, Cypress Lake, San Carlos Park, McGregor, Pine Manor, Olga, Buckingham, Villas, Three Oaks, Page Park and Fort Myers Villas. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with these storms. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.
Luis Martinez tried to kidnap a woman while she was working out at World Gym on Wednesday.
Luis Martinez pulled a gun on the victim and tried to drag her away from where she was exercising.
The victim told LCSO that Martinez approached her and started making obscene gestures and inappropriate comments to her. That’s when he pulled a gun from a brown bag and continued threatening her.
The victim said Martinez grabbed her by the wrist and dragged her to the front door of the gym. The victim mouthed the words “help me” to others at the gym, and they stepped in to help.
Martinez ran off, LCSO tracked him down and arrested him. When he resisted arrest LCSO Taser him.
Management at World Gym was not reachable for comment.
Martinez was booked on charges of false imprisonment, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest. Currently in custody
Notice of Hearing to Impose and Provide For Collection of Fire Protection And Emergency Rescue Assessments
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District (the “District”) will conduct a public hearing to consider the imposition of fire protection and emergency rescue assessments for the provision of Fire Protection and Emergency Rescue Services within the District for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2017 and for future fiscal years until discontinued by the District.
The hearing will be held at 5:05 p.m. on August 29, 2017, at the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, 3102 16th Street SW, Lehigh Acres, Florida, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed assessments. All affected property owners have a right to appear at the hearing and to file written objections with the District within 20 days of this notice. A map of the District is provided at the end of this Notice of Hearing. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the District with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the District Fire Chief’s office at (239) 303-5300, at least two days before the meeting. (more…)
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LCSO
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has located the skeletal remains of an unknown subject and is seeking the assistance of the public for identification. The decedent is presumed to be a white or Hispanic male in his early 20’s.
Information obtained through preliminary investigation indicates that this individual was last seen in June 2015 in Lehigh Acres.
Attached are photographs of a ring and a pair of jeans similar to those worn by the decedent.
If you have any information about the identity of this person, please contact either the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (239) 477-1050 or contact 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 atwww.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LCSO
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 14-year-old female.
Katherine Luna (DOB 05/29/03) of Lehigh Acres was reported missing by her aunt and was last seen on August 3, 2017. At around 2:00 p.m. on that day, Katherine asked for permission to go on a walk and never came back home.
Katherine is a Hispanic female, 5 ft. tall, approximately 150 lbs., has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt, black pants, and black shoes.
Her family is very concerned for her well-being and there is a reason to believe she may harm herself. Katherine has only been in Lee County since March 2017. Prior to that, she lived in Broward County and Miramar County. She may be in those areas or on her way there.
If you have seen Katherine Luna, or know her whereabouts, please call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).
Editorial by Dr. Glenn Mollette
Americans hope that President Trump and his team can resolve the North Korean tension. Nobody wants anyplace in America to be struck by an atomic or hydrogen bomb. We are not totally clear on what North Korea can do with a missile but it is growing clearer their program has advanced and growing stronger almost day by day. Although few people seem to believe North Korea has a hydrogen bomb.
We were blindsided by Japan December 7, 1941 when they attacked Pearl Harbor. The Japanese killed 2,335 servicemen. An additional 1,143 were wounded. They attacked us for 110 minutes from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Hundreds of Japanese planes sank or damaged 21 warships and destroyed more than 150 planes on nearby airfields. That was a horrendous day in our history that we never want repeated.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette from Pixxie, the Publix pet:
We pets don’t need a face full of teeth to show how much we love you. We just wag our tails or meow like we had one too many treats. You can tell when we’re happy. When you pick up the leash or dangle a string and our ears go up—consider that a smile. But, if you want to be literal and see us smile like you silly humans, here are some pet dental tips.
Have your pet’s teeth checked at least once a year by a veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary dentist.
Have your pet checked out if they’re showing any of the following symptoms:
- Bad breath
- Reduced appetite
- Broken/loose teeth
- Bleeding/discolored teeth
- Swelling in the mouth
Keep on smiling,