ZombiCon will not be held this year period, according to a PR company for Pushing Daizies, the event organizers.
Why the event that typically draws about 20,000 to downtown Fort Myers was canceled or when the decision was reached is still unknown at this point.
Zombicon is a charity event that supports local art and music, however, a shooting occurred at last year’s function on October 17th which killed 20-year-old Tyrell Taylor and injured six others.
Hundreds of tips have come in to try and help find the shooter but no arrests have been made.
A total of $36,000 is on the table for anyone that provides a tip that leads to an arrest.
Anyone with information, including photos and video from the scene, is asked to call the Fort Myers Police Department at (239) 321-7700, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
Because of the shooting, cameras were installed downtown after it happened.
No arrests have been made in the case.
Although the city of Fort Myers told Pushing Daizies that ZombiCon couldn’t happen downtown for this year, organizers have checked out other possible locations to hold the event in Lee County, but no progress has come of that.
Lee County Deputies are on the scene of a multiple shooting at the Coral Plaza off Lee Boulevard near the intersection with Williams Avenue.
Witness says it happened early Sunday morning.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office crime scene unit and deputies are still on scene this afternoon.
LCSO was taped off two of the strip centers on Lee Blvd and are looking for something.
Cia Sherman for Lehigh Acres Fire Commissioner, Seat 4
Not only is he running for a commissioner’s seat, but he’s also the Editor of the Lehigh Acres Gazette and the administrator of GetTheFactsLehigh.com, which is filled with misinformation!
I know the citizens of Lehigh Acres appreciate the fire department, but they need to trust the board as well. As your commissioner, I will work hard to earn that trust and act in the best interest of our community!
Ling Su Ye To point out a small fact, the Get the Fact page was started by and run by the Lehigh Acres Fire Dept during their Death Threat/Extortion Campaign and Mr. Anderson is the publisher not editor of the Lehigh Acres Gazette.
As for appreciating the fire department not everyone does, after their Death Threat/Extortion Campaign.
What about your husband’s job in the Lehigh Acres fire dept. How do you explain that to the people. Are you just another union lackey?
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Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down an unknown male who robbed a Lehigh Acres 7-Eleven store at gunpoint late last night.
Just before midnight on September 22, a white male, wearing a ski mask, entered the convenience store, located at 530 Joel Boulevard, carrying both a BB gun and a rifle. After firing three BB gun shots into the store, he pointed the rifle at store clerks and demanded money from the register. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled the store in a vehicle waiting for him in the parking lot. The car was last seen headed northbound on Joel Boulevard.
The suspect is described as a white male, between 5’10” and 6’0” with a thin build and blond hair which could be seen coming out of the bottom of his ski mask. Witnesses described the getaway vehicle as a maroon or dark red two door Honda, possibly an Accord.
Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the gunman 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.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com.
On September 23, 1952, Vice President Candidate, Richard Nixon, gave a speech that was called the “Checkers Speech”. Accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses, Nixon needed to defend himself. His place on the Republican ticket was in jeopardy as well, so he flew to Los Angeles and delivered a half-hour television address. It was in this speech that Nixon stated that regardless of what anyone said, he intended to keep one gift; a black-and-white dog the Nixon children had named “Checkers”, thus giving the speech its famous name.
The “Checkers Speech” was seen, or heard, by about 60 million Americans, the largest television audience at that time, and it led to an outpouring of public support.
Thanks to Checkers, Nixon made the ticket and we celebrate Dogs in Politics Day or better known as National Checkers Day.
Dennis Eugene Johnson arrested in August in connection to the death of a Lee County bus driver Alberta Harris was released from jail after spending 40 days in jail. .
The State Attorney’s Office told the Lehigh Acres Gazette they had to release Dennis Eugene Johnson because they don’t have enough evidence to charge him.
Investigators said Johnson shot and stabbed his lover Alberta Harris back in April.
Johnson has been released on his own recognizance but will still have to attend court appearances until the case is disposed. He has a hearing set for October 4th.
Florida SouthWestern State College Athletics unveiled the unique design for the playing floor in Suncoast Credit Union Arena, the future home for FSW men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams.
Designed by FSW Sports Information Director Michael Hill, the Buccaneers’ court design, outlined in purple, features the school’s primary Buc head logo and nickname “Bucs” at center court with “Florida SouthWestern” along both baselines. The court also features the text “We Are FSW” located on the sideline opposite of the team benches.
The most recognizable feature of the new court will be four palm trees that nearly stretch sideline to sideline. The palm trees, each in a dark stain, are a nod to the home of the FSW Lee campus and Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Fort Myers, and its nickname, ‘City of Palms’.
A Republican-led House committee has voted to hold in contempt of Congress a former State Department employee who helped set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the contempt resolution on a 19-15 vote along party lines on Thursday. The resolution states that the computer specialist tasked with setting up Clinton’s server did not comply with two subpoenas ordering him to appear before the panel.
Bryan Pagliano’s attorneys said in a letter to the committee that the subpoenas revealed “a naked political agenda” to embarrass Pagliano by forcing him to assert his constitutional rights before the cameras just weeks before the presidential election.
Clinton is the former secretary of state now running as the Democratic nominee for president.
AP is reporting that Lennar will spend $643 million to acquire Bonita Springs-based luxury homebuilder WCI Communities Inc., tying up two of the largest home construction companies in Florida as the U.S. real estate market continues to heat up.
Despite the monthly decline reported this week by the Commerce Department, construction activity has accelerated for much this year. Builders are increasingly optimistic about sales growth, a reflection of how steady job gains are leading more Americans to purchase new houses and sign leases for new apartments.
On Tuesday, Miami-based Lennar reported a 5 percent jump in third-quarter profit and its revenue continues to rise as it delivers more homes.
LCSO Deputies said they were investigating a shooting on Euclid Avenue Wednesday night.
We’ve learned it was related to an incident at a nearby drug store.
The investigating started in the 900 block of Euclid Avenue around 9 p.m. Wednesday.
We spoke with one neighbor who said he heard several gunshots earlier in the evening, and when he looked out, he saw the flash of a gun and a car leave the scene.
Another neighbor says that car may have ended up in the parking lot of a local business.
A nearby CVS Pharmacy was cordoned off with crime scene tape.
Deputies told us Thursday morning that the shooting scene on Euclid Avenue was connected to the scene at the CVS Pharmacy.
Just over a week after an unknown man posed as a US Marshal at three local businesses, the reward for information leading to his real identity has been increased.
The U.S. Marshals Service is now adding an additional $2,500 to Crime Stoppers’ existing reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the fake agent’s identification and arrest. Last Tuesday, Sept. 13, an unknown male went to three businesses in the Palm Beach Boulevard area presenting himself as if he was a U.S. Marshal. During his time at each of the businesses, the man asked a series of unconventional questions which seemed highly suspicious to employees. The man clearly looked like an authentic Marshal, wearing a bulletproof vest, a look-alike Marshals badge and a holstered gun. However, after his suspicious actions were reported to law enforcement, it was quickly determined that the man was indeed an imposter.
Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect 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 from Crime Stoppers and $2,500 from the U.S. Marshals Service. Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump came to Southwest Florida on Monday, addressing supporters at Germain Arena.
Here are some interesting facts:
FIRST TO ARRIVE: Naples resident Debbie Cooper found herself at Germain 4 hours, 15 minutes before sunrise (officially 7:15 a.m. on Monday in Estero).
TEMPERATURE RISING: September in Southwest Florida can be hot and that was certainly the case on Monday. At 3 p.m. when the rally officially began, the temperature in Estero was 88 degrees. The heat index of “feel like” temperature was 97 degrees. There were unconfirmed reports of people fainting outside the arena and a shortage of water. Two ambulances called to Germain Arena medical issues.
Police say a man is now dead after a crashing into an oncoming vehicle.
It happened on Buckingham Road in Lehigh Acres Saturday morning.
Police say 27-year-old Keny Sebastian-Esteban was traveling on his motorcycle through a right hand curve at a high rate speed.
He then slid into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
The motorcyclist died at the scene.
A man is dead, family members said, amid a large police presence near Golf view Boulevard and Douglas Lane.
The man is in his 20s, the family said. One woman nearby said she heard a series of gunshots, and a source told one of our News Partners the man was shoot.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has not responded to requests for comment.
Written by Robert J Anderson, Publisher Lehigh Acres Gazette
Though the article was approved to be reprinted by Sean D. Hartman Executive Editor, The Lantern Newspaper on The Lehigh Acres Gazette and it was posted for less than 18 hours.
The Lehigh Acres Gazette has removed the article because it cannot verify any of the so called four separate anonymous sources the Lantern quotes in its story.
Journalistic integrity must out way fiction. Matt Miller, Publisher and Sean D. Hartman, Executive Editor of The Lantern Newspaper should be ashamed of themselves. Politics is one thing, but flat out fabrication of falsehoods is another.
Lehigh Acres Gazette ownership apologizes for not vetting the story correctly. And we apologize to the Mann family.
Tickets for Donald Trump’s 3 p.m. rally Monday at Germain Arena are selling for as much as $200 online.
The tickets were available for free on Trump’s website, but as of Friday night, that option was no longer available.