Deputies said the money center in a Walmart was robbed Saturday afternoon.
A Lehigh Acres Gazette News crew on scene said there were at least two Lee County Sheriff’s deputies and a detective’s car on scene. The robbery happened at the Walmart on Lee Boulevard, near Sunshine Boulevard North. The store remained open, but the money center was roped off with police tape.
LCSO was using a helicopter and it was flying over the Walmart several times.
One store employee, who did not identify themselves, said the suspect was armed. The lehigh Acres Gazette working to confirm that with deputies on scene.
LSCO is reporting a possible robbery at the Family Dollar at 1111 Homestead Rd. Deptuies are on scene. No other available at this time.
The large police activity in a Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres neighborhoods early Friday morning was due to an investigation into a large-scale cocaine distribution ring stemming from Puerto Rico to Lee County, Lee County Sheriff authorities say.
Detectives say the investigation began when a routine K9 sniff by interdiction dogs identified a shipment of drugs destined for Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres.
U.S. Postal Inspectors were able to secure search warrants for the parcels and a coordinated operation involving the U.S. Postal Service, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Homeland Security led to the identification of a potential suspect.
Joint search warrants were served at two separate residences; 623 SW 23rd Terrace, Cape Coral and 2804 20th Street SW, Lehigh Acres.
As a result of these search warrants, investigators say more than eleven 11 pounds of powder cocaine was seized with a conservative street value of $250,000.
Lehigh Acres Community Initiative
Annual Great American Cleanup
8:30 am – 11:30 am 5146 Leonard Blvd ( New Life Assembly of God )
East Lee County High School was honored to host Superintendent Dr. Nancy Graham, Central Leadership, and Principals from Elementary, Middle and High Schools throughout Lee County for their meeting on January 22, 2015. Dr. Graham and her leadership team toured the campus and spoke to us about their experience.
During the early morning hours of Wednesday, a car crashed in a canal upside down on Sunshine Boulevard near Queen Drive.
Neighbors were concerned after seeing towing company pull out the vehicle with no one inside. What added to their concern was seeing floating toys come from the car as it was hauled out.
A neighbor who was out walking their dog about 6:30 a.m., spotted the activity and took pictures for the Lehigh Acres Gazette.
According to Felicia Ronquillo, “I kind of got a little queezy in the stomach thinking maybe someone was in there.”
The Lehigh Acres Gazette was told by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the car was not stolen and they are not looking for anyone, however their report will not be available until tomorrow. It is simply a car crash?
So who crashed the car?
Three people were taken to the hospital after two pickup trucks crashed in Lehigh Acres Wednesday morning.
The pickup trucks were both heading eastbound on Joel Boulevard near Joel Way when the crash happened.
One of the trucks rolled over, trapping the two occupants, according to Lee County Sheriff Office. Lehigh Acres Firefighters had to cut out the windshield of the truck to get them out.
The other truck, which had one occupant, ended up slamming into a power pole, causing it to snap. According to witness these driver was walking around when Lehigh Fire arrived on scene.
All three people were taken to local hospitals. LCEC is expected to be on scene for some time replacing the damaged power pole, which may cause some traffic issues on Joel Boulevard.
It’s not your father’s bowling alley, HeadPinz Fort Myers, under construction on the west side of Treeline Avenue near the airport, is expected to open June 17th.
The 50,000-square-foot center is much more of a multi-use entertainment attraction.
That’s because this location will feature a two-story laser tag arena, a suspended aerial ropes course and an area featuring more than 40 top arcade games.
“There’s nothing like it in Florida,” said Mike Cannington, director of operations for Bowland Centers. “You have to go to Atlanta or Dallas to find a building that has all these pieces.”
Oh, and there’s bowling too. The center will have 28 lanes — 16 in a traditional setting, eight in a boutique area with its own bar and four “old time” lanes with pin setting by hand and a vintage look.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District Commissioners is Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The Regularly Scheduled Board meeting referenced above shall begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be held at the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, Fire Station 104, 3102 16th St SW, Lehigh Acres, Florida 33976. The purpose of the regularly scheduled Board meeting is to conduct District business and to take official action on any and all other business to come before the Board of Commissioners. This meeting is open to the public with public comment being taken. Anyone wishing to appeal any action of the Board of Commissioners at any of the above referenced meeting(s) is responsible to have a verbatim record made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. If an individual requires special aid or services as addressed in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Chief Wayne (239) 303-5300.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown black male who robbed the Metro PCS at gunpoint yesterday morning.
According to detectives, the suspect entered the store, located at 5624 8th Street W., Lehigh Acres, just before 11 a.m. on Monday, April 20th. He immediately chatted with the clerk, inquiring about a phone. However once the employee turned around to look something up on his computer, the suspect pulled out a black handgun and demanded all the cash in the drawers and the safe. In fear for his safety, the employee complied with the man’s demands. After grabbing all the cash, the suspect then swiped 11 new cells phones, which were still in the box.
The suspect is described as roughly 5’10” with a very thin build. Anyone with information on his identity 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.
The Firefighting Academy at East Lee County High School is one of nine Career and Technical Education programs offering students an opportunity to receive college readiness and career training in a specific field of study. We spoke with the instructor in the Academy, Timothy Jones, as well as some of his students, to find out more about this successful program. (This video was make by students at ELCHS)
CNN and the AP are both reporting that after weeks of gradual recalls, Blue Bell Creameries is now pulling all of its products off the shelves.
The company is recalling its ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other frozen treats because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the company said Monday.
Three people have died and five others have fallen ill from listeria that may have come from Blue Bell products, health officials have said.
Blue Bell’s decision to yank all its products came after tests showed some half-gallon containers of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream contained the bacteria.
[CLICK HERE FOR THE RECALL NOTE FROM BLUE BELL -- Consumers who have purchased these items are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information call 1-866-608-3940 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST or go to bluebell.com]
Sixteen NCAA Division I basketball programs will descend upon Southwest Florida this Thanksgiving as the third-annual Gulf Coast Showcase is staged at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla. The men’s eight-team tournament, designed to showcase the top mid-major programs from across the country, will be held Nov. 23-25; it will be immediately followed by an eight-team, high-major women’s tournament from Nov. 27-29. bd Global, LLC, a Lexington, Ky.-based sports marketing firm, is managing the weeklong event.
Murray State, which won 25 straight games this past season, headlines the men’s field. The Racers were ranked as high as No. 24 in the nation and finished with a 29-6 record and only the fifth undefeated conference mark in OVC history but were upended in the league championship game and missed the NCAA Tournament in what was a very unpopular decision by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Committee.
In the Gulf Coast Showcase, Murray State will be challenged by Central Michigan (23-9 last year and won the MAC West Division) and Western Kentucky (20-12 and a fourth-place finish in Conference USA).
Lee County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an armed robbery that happened Monday morning at a Metro PCS store in Lehigh Acres.
Deputies received a call just before 11 a.m. Monday and responded to the Metro PCS located at 5614 8th Street West.
Reminder of the Lehigh Acres Workshop scheduled for this Saturday, April 25th. The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Park Recreation Center, 55 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936.
The topic is “Draft Gunnery/82 and Gunnery/Lee Detailed Activity Centers.”
A homicide case earlier this year in Lehigh Acres has been deemed justifiable, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
At approximately 10:15 p.m. on February 11, 2015, deputies were called to 1036 Gunby Avenue South. When deputies arrived, they found Gary Helms, deceased on the floor.
LCSO did an investigation and on March 18 forwarded the case to the State Attorney’s Office. Then on March 24 the State Attorney’s Office completed its review and determined the case constitutes a Justifiable Homicide and declined prosecution of Anita Borcher.
Borcher acted in self-defense, according to LCSO’s investigation, when she was confronted that night by Helms, her husband, who was in a rage. Borcher told authorities she was in fear for her life during the altercation.
The sheriff’s office says that according to the SAO’S finding, Borcher was justified and acted within the scope of the law in using deadly force to defend herself.
The Helms family has been contacted by the lead detective and advised of the SAO’s findings.
Local fiction writer, Les Cochran, is a retired university president and lifelong educator. In Presidential Affair, his latest release, he adamantly claims that the aspects of the novel advocating the reform of our nation’s education system are NOT fictitious.
“That part of the novel reveals true facts about the dire straits of education in the United States along with my serious recommendations regarding what must be done” states Cochran. “It’s not a joke. Our country is in trouble.”
Signature Affair, Costly Affair, Presidential Affair by Les Cochran
Order autographed copy: www.LesCochran.com
Available at Amazon.com and other online book sources.
Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit are investigating a hit and run that left two women with serious injuries.
On Saturday, April 18, 2015 at approximately 8:30 p.m., deputies responded to a call regarding a traffic crash that occurred in the area of 8th Street SW near Floyd Avenue S. in Lehigh Acres. The women were walking on the shoulder of the road when they were struck by an unknown colored 2009-2011 Ford F150.
As a result of the crash, the entire passenger side mirror and mirror housing were knocked off of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle then continued on and struck a mailbox located in front of 431 8th Street SW. The women were then taken to Lee Memorial Hospital for injuries they sustained in the hit and run crash.
Witnesses, or anyone who knows the driver that fled or knows anything about this hit and run, please call Lee County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit at (239) 477-1636. Or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at1-800-780-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.orgvia text to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD or through the TipSubmit app on any Smart phone.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office has confirm they are investigating a school bus involved crash at 3616 8th Street SW.
Two students were transported to the hospital with what is being described as minor injuries. LCSO has told us 40 students were on board at the time when the bus was rear-ended by a car. It became lodged underneath the back end of the bus.
The remaining students boarded another bus by mid-morning.
Parents arrived at the scene but not because they were notified by the school district, instead their own children called them to tell them of the crash.
Lehigh Acres Middle School is pleased to announce Social Studies Night at the school on Thursday, April 23, 2015. A special presentation by Holocaust survivor Steen Axel Metz will highlight the evening. Steen Axel Metz was born and raised in Odense, Denmark for 20 years, except for the 18 months spent in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp/Ghetto during World War II. The event will be held in the school cafeteria beginning at 6:00pm. There is no admission fee and the event is open to the community.
Lehigh Acres Middle School is pleased to announce 14 students were selected to attend the Statewide AVID Gator Encounter at the University of Florida. Students were able to learn about college admissions, future jobs, visit with current UF students and attend the Blue and Orange Spring Football Game. The Avid Program (Advancement via Individual Determination) at the school is coordinated by Ms. Debra Prashad.
Lehigh Acres Middle School is pleased to announce 4 students were selected to attend the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Dinner at the Hyatt at Coconut Pointe Resort and Spa. This event has over 500 attendees who are leaders in Lee County. Junior Achievement serves 12,000 students per year and less than 100 are chosen to attend the event held every year. LAMS is proud to state it has been honored every year and students have been invited to attend.