The Florida International Air Show is returning to Punta Gorda this weekend after a year-long hiatus.
The show starts on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets can be bought at the gate for $20 or at the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce and the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, click on this link: http://floridaairshow.com/
Clink on the links to see the photos
The company operating a Lehigh Acres concrete production plant will contest an 11-page federal safety report that lists violations and a $25,000 fine against the facility following the death of a worker there in April.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration outlined issues revolving around the death of Zavarious Philius, 23, who was fatally crushed during the cleaning of a concrete mixer at the plant at 421 Leonard Blvd North.
A representative of Oldcastle Coastal said the company would contest the violation citation which focused on locks used to prevent machinery from restarting during cleaning.
A statement from company spokeswoman Maria Carabasi said: “Oldcastle Coastal has contested the OSHA citations at issue, including the citation indicating that Zavarius Philius did not confirm his proper name was on the lock used to prevent the mixer from energizing. Oldcastle Coastal can also confirm that OSHA has acknowledged that the lock found in Mr. Philius’ pocket should have been used to prevent the mixer from energizing. Oldcastle Coastal is focused on making sure that all of its employees follow the proper lock-out/tag-out procedures in the future to prevent this type of tragic incident from occurring.”
A Lehigh Acres man arrested Wednesday night is facing several felony charges, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Joseph Corrozza, 25, of 1115 Westminster St. North, is a convicted felon who was caught selling cocaine, according to police reports.
Corroza is currently in custody facing drug possession and concealed weapon charges with a $40,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 21 at 8:30 a.m.
Witnesses say a dark-colored Honda drove down Centennial Boulevard and fired fivel shots toward a home.
Outside this home, a woman was taking out the trash. She hid behind her trash bin when she heard the shots. Her three children were inside the house.
Witnesses could not identify the driver, nor the front passenger.
LCSO Deputies did manage to find five bullet casings near the woman’s home.
A Lehigh Senior High School student was shot at while driving home from the Beast of the East football game.
Lee County deputies responded to a home on 12th Street West near Gunnery Road late Friday when heard shots fired at the football game. LCSO also sent extra officers to the football game that was letting out at Lehigh Senior.
The teen’s mother was still too shaken to talk to us, she said her son was driving down 12th Street West near Floyd Avenue when he heard the pop of gunshots and heard the bullet hit the car’s bumper.
Deputies told the victim’s mother they were unable to find any bullet shell casings and have not made any arrests.
The mother of the victim said she does plan to press charges if someone was caught, but for now, they’re nervous for their safety and just want to try and move on with their lives.
Unnamed sources in the FDLE and LCSO state that Fire Commissioner and Chairman Cathy Kruse is under investigation so is the Fire Union, because of comments Kruse made at the Sept 2, 2016 Fire Board meeting.
Kruse is currently running for re-election to the Lehigh acres Fire Board.
Chairman Cathy Kruse alluded at the fire board meeting of Sept 2, 2016 that she was offer bribes since she has been on the fire board, but she did say whether she has not taken any. She would not elaborate in detail in the meeting but she did a make assumption of a possible connection with other board members.
She also would not comment about these so called bribes when we enquired about her statements. Yet she did say “The good ole boy network is hard at work in the Lehigh Acres Fire Department.”
During the meeting Lehigh Acres Gazette reporter heard Battalion Chief Rudy Naranjo say “here comes the negativity”…….. When Kruse was about to speak.
Kruse went on for more than 7 minutes you could have heard a pin drop on the floor and the union members in the back of the room went deadly silent.
The other Commissioners during the meeting Becker, Carter, Adams and Smith were as quiet as a mouse at church during Kruse rant about the bribes.
Update: A man was taken from the home in handcuffs, neighbors said. They also said they saw three children escorted out of the house.
Traffic on Gene Avenue is blocked off near the scene close to 38th Street West, where a fire truck from Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District was also present. The investigation was still ongoing as of 7 p.m. Sunday, when a Fort Myers Fire Department truck arrived on scene, and officials from that department said they’d be sending their own hazmat team.
All agencies departed the scene by 9 p.m. last night
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recovered a “potentially hazardous substance” Sunday during the search of a home in Lehigh Acres.
A federal judge approved the FBI search at the home, which is owned by William and Celeste Lee, according to Lee County Property Appraiser records.
The home is located near Gene Avenue North off of 38th Street West, which was closed while law enforcement raided the home.
A HAZMAT team retrieved the substance from the Lehigh home will be sent to a lab for analysis.
An FBI agent on the scene said there was no danger posed to the public and didn’t know exactly how long they’d be in the area.
FBI state this is still an active investigation.
The FAA released the following statement on its website:
In response to an October 10, 2016 statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and following a recent decision by Samsung to suspend global sales and exchanges of all Galaxy Note7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration urges passengers onboard aircraft to power down, and not use, charge, or stow in checked baggage, any Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices, including recalled and replacement devices.
A Lehigh Acres man was forced to call deputies after a potential love interest tried to extort him for thousands of dollars.
The relationship seemed innocent enough, but when the victim in this case engaged in sexual acts during a video chat with a woman he met online, she threatened to send the video to his family and friends if he didn’t pay up.
The term “cybercrime” is becoming familiar.
One cybercrime expert said the amount of crimes online could outpace that of the illegal drug trade.
Editorial by Robert Anderson Publisher Lehigh Gazette
An elections complaint was filed against Fire Candidate Robert Bennett, seat 1, for not filling campaign expenses. Bennett signed an affidavit on 6/23/2016 saying that he would not expend, collect. Solicit, or accept any money or contributions in-kind in connection with his campaign. But in the Oct 2016 Merchant’s Marketer page 13 there is a half-page ad paid and approved by Bennett.
The election law starts that advertisements must be paid in full before they run the advertisement.
The Lehigh Acres Gazette called Robert Bennett and he stated he fixed that issue and refused to go in to detail.
Bennett did file a new DS-DE-9 form with the Lee County Election office but on 10/6/2016 after the advertisement in the Merchant’s Marketer was already release.
And in Bennett’s 10/1/16 through 10/7/2016 report shows no contribution, In-Kind, or Expenditures. Why?
Bennett is a former Firefighter and chief officer, do we need another person does not understand the law?
At Dr. Tuckers 24 annual golf tournament President Obama, Former Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald J Trump put aside there differences and made a special visit all together at Majestic Golf Club to meet Dr. Tucker to thank him for his hard work in the community of Lehigh Acres.
With all due fun, it did get a little weird when Trump started to grope Hillary in front of Bill.
Click here to see photos of the 24th annual Tucker Golf Tournament
Beast of the East Football Game photos click here
As part of an existing partnership with PrestoSports, the Florida SouthWestern State College Department of Athletics debuted a redesigned FSWBucs.com, the official website of FSW Athletics, on Wednesday.
“It’s an exciting day for FSW Athletics as we relaunch FSWBucs.com and continue our partnership with PrestoSports,” said FSW Director of Athletics Carl McAloose. “I have no doubt that our new site will do a great job highlighting all of our tremendous student-athletes, coaches and facilities.”
“We’re excited about this redesign,” said FSW Sports Information Director Michael Hill. “Working with PrestoSports to create a clean, visually appealing website was a pretty seamless process. Athletics is often referred to as the front porch of a college/university and this is an exciting way to show off what Florida SouthWestern has to offer. With the imminent opening of the beautiful Suncoast Credit Union Arena, the excitement for our basketball programs to begin competition and the buzz around FSW softball and baseball, our redesign with PrestoSports comes at a perfect time.”
Lee County Sheriff Detectives discovered a large illegal moonshine still in a Lehigh Acres home this week while investigating a marijuana grow house operation.
The bust was made in a home in the 1400 block of Congress Avenue on Monday.
According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy noticed suspicious activity at the home and called for backup. Deputies then saw Roger Lee Wierengo, Jr. leave the home with a marijuana plant. After apprehending Wierengo, deputies noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the home.
A search warrant was issued, and detectives found one bedroom equipped with marijuana grow house equipment, one plant, several clippings of plants, and 10 plant clones.
Inside the kitchen, detectives found a large copper distill, about 8 feet tall, and about 50 pint jars of alcoholic liquid inside a refrigerator. The word “moonshine” was written on the side of the refrigerator with a price list underneath.
Wierengo was arrested and charged with possession of illegal liquor, liquor manufacturing, marijuana possession, marijuana producing, resisting arrest, and possession of weapon by convicted felon.
Wierengo remains in the Lee County Jail on $118,000 bail.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputies is investigating after two vehicles went up in flames overnight in the parking lot of a Lehigh Acres apartment complex.
It happened Vista Palms Apt Complex off Alabama Rd.
According to resident Joey Broyles, The fire was coming from the back, the windows, underneath the car. It was all in flames. There was no way we could save that car,
The Lehigh Acres Fire Dept has deemed the fire suspicious.