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Former UNLV forward and 4-star recruit Troy Baxter Jr has joined the FGCU men’s basketball program, head coach Joe Dooley announced this week.
The uber-athletic 6-8, 200-pound Baxter Jr will sit out the 2017-18 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules, but will then have three years of eligibility with the Eagles beginning as a redshirt sophomore in 2018-19.
by Lehigh Acres Gazette Source Lee County and LAAPZBB
Shell Gas Station at 2938 Meadow Rd will now be a 7-11. 7-11 is going to build another station at 1626 Meadow Rd.
The 7-11 on Homestead Rd and Leeland Heights Blvd should start construction by November.
RaceTrac is waiting for the final approval to start their construction of their 9 pump station across Gunnery Rd from the 7-11.
Family Health Center is planning on building a 59,900 square foot three-story building at the corner of Lee Blvd and Sara Ave.
Ever think of writing a Murder Mystery? The Gulf Coast Writer’s Association can help. This month our guest speaker will discuss his latest novel, “The Hooker, the Dancer and the Nun.” He’ll teach you how social media can come back to haunt you. Come to Zion Lutheran Church, July 15th from 10am-12pm. All first time guests are free. If you have any questions call 770-906-7885.
by the Lehigh Acres Gazette
The latest possible victim of Human Trafficking in Lehigh Acres found in Indiana on Tuesday. The 14-year-old girl moved to the Lehigh Acres from Guatemala last week and did not speak English.
On Saturday, Catarina Castro disappeared from her Lehigh Acres home. The family says she went outside to use her cell phone but never returned. So they call the Sheriff’s office.
LCSO Deputies arrived at the home on the 800 block of Chipley Street East in reference to a missing child.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source FGUA
Beginning Monday, July 3rd, 2017 the Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) will be conducting system flushing and temporarily change the disinfection process for the drinking water supply in your community.
The FGUA conducts system flushing as part of its prudent utility practice. Flushing will remove sediment from the system that has been in the pipes for a long time. Sediment left in the pipes has led to odor and discoloration in some communities, which occurs as chlorine that is used to treat the water subsides.
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Special Weather Statement issued June 24 at 5:38PM EDT until June 24 at 8:00PM EDT by NWS Tampa Bay
…AN AREA OF THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAINS AND GUSTY WINDS AFFECTING SOUTH CENTRAL CHARLOTTE AND NORTH CENTRAL LEE COUNTIES… At 534 PM EDT, thunderstorms were clustered over Palmona Park, or 7 miles northwest of Fort Myers. The storm is nearly stationary. Heavy rainfall and winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with this storm. Locations impacted include… Cape Coral, Palmona Park, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Burnt Store Marina, Pirate Harbor, North Fort Myers, Tropical Gulf Acres and Suncoast Estates. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LCSO
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 17-year-old female.
Andreona Janiece Parson, 17 of Lehigh Acres was reported missing by her mother and was last seen on June 20, 2017, by her family. Andreona is a black female, 5’6” ft. tall, approximately 105 lbs., has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing pink shorts and an unknown colored shirt. She has a scar on her left thigh.
Her family is very concerned for her well-being and there is a reason to believe she may harm herself.
If you have seen Andreona Parson, 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).
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LCSO Facebook Page
Riley and his family live in Lehigh Acres. He is autistic and loves law enforcement. So when we heard no one RSVP’d to his 6th birthday party, we knew we wanted to help plan a big surprise party for him.
East District Community Policing Deputies Truscott and Gallant arranged everything with his mom for a surprise party today. He was so surprised with all the gifts and goodies our East District Deputies and McGruff the Crime Dog brought him. He especially loved his new, shiny Jr. Deputy badge!
LCSO wish the happiest of birthdays to you, Riley! It was a pleasure meeting you and your family.
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A Lee County Deputy by accident discovered the marijuana grow house while working another mission along Nimitz Blvd.
LCSO Deputies removed 134 marijuana plants from the home after a deputy noticed an extremely loud buzzing noise coming from the residence.
The report states that the officer noticed a loud buzzing sound coming from the transformer that supplies power to the home.
The deputy who has experience as a narcotics detective says he also smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana.
According to the Deputy, the loud humming sound from the transformer was evidence that an extremely elevated amount of power was going into the residence. The deputy said the noise is similar to the sound of an industrial water cooled air conditioner, which officials say is used when growing marijuana indoors.
Jorge Fernandez of Naples was allegedly seen coming entering the home on three separate occasions. He was arrested on three felony charges in connection to the grow house.
By the Lehigh Acres Gazette
One of four men arrested in connectionto a deadly shooting was sentenced Wednesday to five years of probation, 20th Judicial Circuit spokeswoman Sara Miles said.
Michael Stanley, of Fort Myers, pleaded guilty to shooting into an occupied dwelling and conspiracy to shoot into an occupied dwelling, officials said. He was present during the death of Rashawn Myers, whose body was discovered on November 2015 inside a vehicle near Bowland Lehigh.
Stanley will have to stay away from the location of the offense and is not allowed to have contact with any of the co-defendants or witnesses, officials said.
They’re facing charges of second-degree murder with a firearm, shooting into an occupied dwelling and conspiracy to shoot into an occupied dwelling. Robles also faces a charge of shooting into an occupied vehicle.
by Lehigh Acres Gazette
At least one person was killed after a plane crashed into Chico’s Building 9 which holds there Daycare program Saturday morning on Metro Parkway, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office PIO Gary Levine said.
According to Victoria Moreland, Port Authority spokesperson, there was no one inside the daycare center so we are very relieved about that and no significant damage to the building.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source: Lee County Government website
Lee County operations schedule changes.
The following are adjustments due to Independence Day falling on a Tuesday:
Solid Waste: All garbage, recycling, and yard waste collections in unincorporated Lee County will take place one day after the regularly scheduled collection day for the entire week beginning July 4.
Parks and Recreation: Lee County’s parks, pools, and preserves remain open on Independence Day.
Lee Tran will not run regular bus or paratransit service on the holiday but will provide trolley transportation to and around Fort Myers Beach, as well as trolley service through the Downtown Fort Myers River District.
Libraries: All library locations will be closed on Independence Day
NOTICE OF CANCELLATION OF MEETING
OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF
LEHIGH ACRES FIRE CONTROL AND RESCUE DISTRICT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE LEHIGH ACRES FIRE CONTROL AND RESCUE DISTRICT (DISTRICT) TO BE HELD TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017, AT 5:00 P.M., AT THE STATION #104 CONFERENCE ROOM, 3102 16TH STREET SW, LEHIGH ACRES, FLORIDA 33976, HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source Florida Forest Service
Peak wildfire activity is still in full swing until mid to late July with June 1st marking the start of hurricane season. With hurricane season and wildfires on everyone’s mind, we recommend several helpful tips that will make your home safer during a wildfire and a threatening hurricane.
- Put Away: Remove items stored in, around, or under decks or porches.
- Removing Items Near Windows: During a wildfire these items potentially could ignite due to radiate heat. Items should also be stored away from windows as hurricane force winds could cause damage.
- Have a Plan: Be prepared to evacuate. Have you and your family practice the plan in the event a real evacuation is ordered.
- Prepare a Kit: Assemble an emergency supply kit as recommended by the American Red Cross.
- Prepare Your Roof: To reduce ember penetration and wind or water damage replace or repair loose or missing roof singles or tiles, and caulk any gaps or openings on roof edges.
- Defensible Space: By clearing trees and brush 30 feet from your structure this increases the safety of your home during a wildfire and reduces the potential damage from a tree that could fall on your home during hurricane force winds.
- Trim Trees: By trimming branches 10 feet up, this reduces a wildfire from getting into the crowns of trees while also reducing potential branches that could break and cause damage to your structure.
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FGCU Athletics continues to epitomize what embodies a student-athlete as the Eagles – who won the ASUN All-Sports Championship for the third-straight year in 2016-17 – extended their outstanding performance in the classroom with an impressive near-record 3.27 cumulative GPA for the spring of 2017.
Eagle student-athletes exceeded the FGCU undergraduate semester mark (3.08) for the 16th-consecutive semester. Thirteen of the Green and Blue’s 15 teams earned term GPAs of 3.0 or higher, including 12 which reached that mark on a cumulative basis. Additionally, eight programs posted at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA, and six secured a mark of 3.4 or higher.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette
Lehigh Acres Gazette was the first news company to break this story in Dec 6, 2016
The East Lee County school math teacher Jonathan Blikstad who kissed his student in class on the neck is finally facing judgment from the Florida Department of Education.
The Florida Department of Education recently suspended Jonathan Blikstad’s teaching license and placed a $750 fine against him.
The Lehigh Acres Gazette contacted the Lee County School District for comment, the only thing they would say was Jonathan Blikstad no longer has a job inside the Lee County School District as of June 6, 2017.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source Email from the Lee County Library System
The activities for July at the East County Regional Library offers topics for all ages.
The following activities are free to the public:
- Book Discussion: “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly
3:30 p.m. July 3
A New York socialite has her hands full at the French consulate, a Polish teenager becomes a courier for the resistance movement and an ambitious young German doctor finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power. The lives of these three women are set on a collision course as they strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette
America’s addiction to opioid-based painkillers and heroin just got exponentially more dangerous than ever. The most potent painkiller on the market, prescribed by doctors for cancer treatment, is being made illicitly and sold on the streets, delivering a super high and, far too often, death.
The drug, fentanyl, has been around since the 1960s. Its potency works miracles, soothing extreme pain in cancer patients who are usually prescribed patches or lozenges. But it can also kill.
Fentanyl made headlines when it was identified as the cause of music legend Prince’s death.
Some drug dealers trick addicts by combining fentanyl with other drugs, like heroin, because it’s cheaper.
The drug can be taken as patch or pill but is usually abused intravenously.