On Monday July 28, 2014 at 7:21 p.m., the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call of singe vehicle crash located near 1112 Henry Avenue in Lehigh Acres. The complainant stated that a pickup truck had rolled over and the driver had sustained more than likely fatal injuries. Due the nature of the call, the Traffic Unit responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, deputies began the crash investigation and revealed the following facts: a 2006 Ford pickup truck was traveling Northbound on Henry Avenue with two occupants. The driver, Crystal Lynn Windham Cudney, 23, of 2021 Wells Avenue, Alva, FL and front seat passenger (the driver’s boyfriend), Brad Lee Gardner, 41, of 1519 Cumberland Court, Fort Myers, FL.
Today is a very sad day in Lehigh Acres. Lehigh Acres Gazette learned that Lee County Volunteers in Medicine possibly closing its Lehigh Acres operations. In a few days from now the free medical clinic; that many people supported may have to close its doors unless it finds a new office to serve the community.
The Lee County VIM – Compassionate Care Clinic in Lehigh Ares opened nearly three year ago. Since then the clinic has scheduled more than 2200 doctor visits. Most of these visits have reduced the volume at the local emergency rooms and urgent care facilities in Lehigh Acres and Lee County.
By Carl-John X Veraja of the Nightly Citizen
Recently, I wrote a couple of stories about how a totally new type of oil rig at Sunshine Elementary was being called nothing more than “routine maintenance” and the replacement of a pump.
I find the NBC-2 reporting on this abhorrent and sent an email out to several persons noting that when a well like this was planned in Golden Gate Estates all hell broke loose. Now, they’re putting one up behind an elementary school and no one cares?
The only person who even responded was Sheldon Zoldan, of the News-Press. His response was inadequate, and I pointed out why. I gave Shelton Zoldan a 10 days to respond to this and he has not.
This is not the first time I’ve noticed the local news shirking certain facts. The mainstream media seems to think they own reality to the extent they can disregard a GIANT FRACKING RIG behind an elementary school.
The DEP has also failed to address my concerns. They only repeated that it was routine maintenance and replacing a pump. Then, I was given some outdated documents.
A writer with WGCU actually said that the “Koch brothers don’t contribute that much” to them.
Oh, geez. The “free press.”
Below is their email and my response–
Neighbors say deputies told them someone had been injured at a home on 29th Street SW in Lehigh Acres, and they were looking for a knife.
“We heard a helicopter and then there were lights everywhere,” said Lehigh Acres resident Dawn Coppens.
Coppens and her neighbors woke up to a sheriff’s helicopter hovering around, at 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
Neighbors tell us they believe two men have lived in the home for about two months. They say deputies told them it was a domestic incident.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has not confirmed any information at this time.
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Bryant Perrella’s victory wasn’t as quick as his previous two fights, but he methodically broke down Cristian Steele to the body before ending the fight with a knockout in the second round to stay undefeated at 6-0 Friday night.
Nicknamed Good Fella, the Lehigh Acres resident dropped Steele twice in the second with vicious body shots. Then Perrella finished off Steele by going up top to drop him a third time. The referee stopped the fight at 2 minutes, 18 seconds of the second round.
It was Perrella’s third victory since April, with his other two wins coming by first-round knockout.
Before Perrella came out to Indio for the fight, he paid a visit to his uncle Tommy Perrella, who was in declining health. The last words Tommy said to his nephew was, “Blast him.”
Tommy died Wednesday as Bryant Perrella was flying into Indio.
Breakdown of all calls between July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2014 (numbers were provided by the Lehigh Acres Fire Dept.)
Station 101 2797 = 3.83 calls per day = .16 calls per hour
Station 102 6675 = 9.14 calls per day = .38 calls per hour
Station 103 4700 = 6.44 calls per day = .27 calls per hour
Station 104 4002 = 5.48 calls per day = .23 calls per hour
Station 105 2162 = 2.96 calls per day = .12 calls per hour
Historical numbers shows that running the lower volume stations 24/7 is costing the tax payers 100’s of thousands of extra dollars a year.
Cost saving solutions:
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying two masked men who robbed a Lehigh Acres casino last night.
According to detectives, two masked men entered the Luxxor Games, located at3096 Lee Boulevard, shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. One of the robbers pulled out a gun and fired a single shot into the air, while the other commanded everyone to lie on the floor. One of the suspects immediately went to the cashier demanding all the money in the till. After throwing the woman to the ground, she handed over the deposit bags, containing an undisclosed amount of cash. The men quickly left the building, and although K-9 and aviation units were deployed, the men managed to escape.
On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a call of a single vehicle crash located in front of 2523 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres (Walmart).
Due to the nature of the call, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Investigators responded to the scene.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am was traveling east bound on Lee Blvd. at a high rate of speed. Upon attempting to traverse a curve, the vehicle left the roadway, striking a tree at the driver’s side door. The vehicle rotated around the tree, coming to a final rest. The Pontiac also struck a shopping cart that was pushed forward, causing damage to two parked cars in the Walmart parking lot.
As a result, the driver, Kyle Ryan Kashner, 26, of Lehigh Acres was pronounced deceased on scene.
McDonald’s restaurants in Southwest Florida invite customers and members of the community to help collect new school supplies for local students in need. From Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3, customers are encouraged to stop by participating restaurants in Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Lee counties, as well as two restaurants in North Port (Sarasota County), and drop off supplies in the school bus-shaped boxes in the restaurant lobbies.
Deputies are on the scene of an accident near a Walmart parking lot in Lehigh Acres.
There is a person dead inside a car. Pictures show silver Pontiac Grand Prix wrapped around a tree.
Witnesses’ state that moment before the crash, the driver of the car was speeding. Several people also said the roads were slick at the time of the accident.
Lee County Code Enforcement investigated the Food Bank at 1418 Homestead Rd N Lehigh Acres 33936. In which building belongs to Christ United Methodist Church. According to Code Enforcement the Food Bank has no business license and the zoning does not allow a food bank or pantry to be run out of a residential home. The Gazette tried to reach the Church leadership for comment but has had no answer to requests. According the code enforcements website case was re-inspected on July 8, 2014 by Code Officer Michael Ostrowski and could heading for fines or Lee County hearing examiner for disposition.
According documents from the State of Florida, Oasis Community Food Pantry, Inc. runs the food bank but no business license is listed for this company either.
Lehigh’s Daily Grind located Villages of Lehigh, just off Taylor Lane at 1251Taylor Lane #5B behind the American Legion.
Serving homemade (Made from Scratch) breakfast and lunch…. The Lehigh’s Daily Grind is open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sundays from 7 a.m. to noon with breakfast.
You don’t need reservations at The Lehigh’s Daily Grind, but they do suggest that if you bring in a big party of a dozen or more people, you may want to call ahead at 239-368-5527. With seating more than 30 people and the owners say diners can also eat outside in the patio.
Margaret Serna and her partner Jason Peppers are the owners of The Lehigh’s Daily Grind and they have said if you print this article and bring it in and purchase a breakfast or lunch entrée and you’ll received a special gift from the homemade bakery department.
Serna is the baker of the scrumptious cakes and pies in their 24 foot dessert show case which you can buy them by the slice or by the whole cake or pie.
Some of the local testimonials so far:
Little hidden treasure in Lehigh Acres. Check it out. You won’t be disappointed! By J Gourley
Check out the desserts! The Elvis peanut butter, chocolate and banana pie is awesome! Mmmm! By S Cahill
“Each day we have different sandwich combinations and specials, all posted when you come in the boards,” Serna said.
Everything here is handmade with love all the breads are baked daily and they use the best roast beef, turkey and chickens for our meals and even ground their own meat for their burgers, no filers in this ground beef.
Check out Lehigh’s Daily Grind Specials on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lehighgrind or call them 239-368-5527. Lehigh’s Daily Grind is located in the Villages of Lehigh, just off Taylor Lane at 1251Taylor Lane #5B behind the American Legion.
Lehigh Acres Architectural and Zoning Review Board declines Walmart’s request to enlarge the site 4,000 sq. ft. with a liquor store attached to the main building.
Now the request goes to the county and the Hearing examiner for approval.
With questions from the board and the public, the board made a decision to decline Walmart’s request.
But one interesting comment came from member Mike Cook Assistant District Manager of ECWCD, That Walmart’s water control structure’s and out flow basin is a mess and needs work.
The Rat Pack the group included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, and, for a brief stint, Norman Fell. Marilyn Monroe, Angie Dickinson, Juliet Prowse, and Shirley MacLaine were often referred to as the “Rat Pack Mascots”.
Often, when one of the members was scheduled to give a performance, the rest of the Pack would show up for an impromptu show, causing much excitement among audiences, resulting in return visits. They sold out almost all of their appearances, and people would come pouring into Las Vegas, sometimes sleeping in cars and hotel lobbies when they could not find rooms, just to be part of the Rat Pack entertainment experience.
Today one of the new Rat Pack members was at Sterling House in Lehigh Acres singing the songs of Sinatra, Martin and Davis.
Pizza Hut in Lehigh Acres now offers 8 different kinds of wings garlic parmesan, honey bbq, lemon pepper, spicy bbq, spicy asian, buffalo mild and buffalo burnin’ hot.
Another new item at Pizza hut The Ultimate HERSHEY’S® Chocolate Chip Cookie yummm!. You can also enjoy one freshly-baked cookie made with 100% genuine HERSHEY’S® Chocolate Chips, cut into 8 slices and served warm.
Local store located at 27 Homestead Road North. Lehigh Acres, FL 33936 (239) 368-6665 www.pizzahut.com