By Lehigh Acres Gazette
Time of Festivities: 1pm-5pm (Business Hours: noon-9pm) 1pm – 4pm: Fraternal Order of Eagles will be selling Hot Dogs and Hamburgers; 1:30-2:30: Lehigh Acres Fire Department; 2:00 – 5:00: Face Painting 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm & 5 pm: Raffle Drawing for a Free roll of Pelican Bucks worth $25 in snoballs and much more.
Owned by Gateway residents Roy and Cindy Bailey, assisted by their daughter and General Manager Andrea Garcia, it is at 601 Williams Ave. This family-owned attraction in Lehigh Acres will be open daily from noon to 9 p.m., with free parking is available.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette from Press release LCSO
On March 23, 2017, at approximately, 3:24 p.m., Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to 606 Grandview Drive in Lehigh Acres in reference to a disturbance.
Due to the nature of the incident, Major Crimes Unit Detectives responded to assume the investigation.
Through the investigation, it was learned that Michael Johnston (DOB 06/23/90) had a verbal argument with his wife that turned physical. Johnston became very upset, grabbed and scratched his wife, then brandished a knife and told her he was going to kill her. Johnston’s wife was able to escape and ran to the front yard to call for help.
Shortly after, Johnston took his wife’s cell phone, but thankfully she was able to knock the knife from his hand. After physically assaulting his wife, Johnston then entered their vehicle and backed out of the driveway at a high rate of speed. He drove around the yard and hit his father-in-law’s vehicle, which had Johnston’s children inside. Johnston then drove toward his wife and father-in-law. Johnston’s wife pushed her father out of the way and Johnston drove into her, pinning her against a tree. He fled the scene in the vehicle, to avoid capture, and subsequently crashed his vehicle into a canal.
Johnston’s wife was transported to the hospital with multiple severe injuries, but as of now, she is expected to recover. Johnston was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, two counts of Aggravated Assault, two counts of Neglect of a Child/Culpable Negligence and one count of leaving the Scene of a Crash.
Special by the Lehigh Acres Gazette from Lee County DOT
Road Maintenance This Week: Striping Maintenance: Lee County DOT will be performing a moving operation with traffic delays on 3-23-17 through 3-29-17 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (weather permitting) on Arthur Ave. Laurel Dr. Barcelona Ave. Laurel Lane Bayline Dr. Lexington Ave. Bonita Rd. Maple Ave. Caribbean Blvd. Maryland Rd. Coon Rd. Massachusetts Rd. Davis Blvd. Morris Plaza Deal Rd. New Post Rd. Delaware Rd. Old Bayshore Rd. Donald Rd. Old Bridge Rd. Durrance Rd. Packinghouse Rd. E. 5th St. Palm Creek Dr. E 10th St. Pearl St. E. 14th St. Persimmon Ridge Rd. E. 17th St. Plaza Dr. Edwards Dr. Powell Dr. Electric Lane Sentinela Blvd. Evalena Lane Tuckahoe Rd. Fifth St. W. 5th St. Flamingo Rd. W. 10th St. Gerald Ave. W. 14th St. Greenbriar Blvd. W. 17th St.
Lee Boulevard (night work): Lee County DOT will be refreshing roadway markings on Lee Boulevard at the intersections of Homestead Road, Williams Avenue and Leeland Heights Boulevard on Thursday, March 30, between the hours of 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. (weather permitting). Lane closures and possible delays are expected.
Road Closure / Detour Lehigh Acres – Richmond Ave S. at Sunrise Blvd. Richmond Avenue S. is closed to through traffic while Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District (LA-MSID) replaces culvert piping under the road. The project is expected to be completed by April 4th. A DETOUR route will be posted. For further questions, contact LA-MSID at 239-368-0044.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette from Press release LCSO
Detectives found more than they bargained for while investigating a burglary in Lehigh Acres.
During the investigation, detectives conducted a search of Katelyn Woldridge’s cell phone. During the search, videos and photos were found of Woldridge with a toddler on her lap allowing him to smoke what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette. The video showed the toddler inhale, then exhale, as Woldridge was seen laughing in the background. Captions placed on the photos led to her incrimination. The toddler was identified as being Woldridge’s nephew.
Woldridge was arrested and charged with Cruelty toward a Child and Probation Violation.
By the Lehigh Acres Gazette from Lee County Schools Press Release
Students from high schools in Lehigh Acres are among those recognized at the annual ArtFest Fort Myers held last month.
The event brought together the best high school artists in the areas of photography, painting, drawing, 3-D, mixed media and digital.
ArtFest Fort Myers awarded $8,000 in prizes to Lee County students at the Art Under 20 Award Reception, held at the Harborside Event Center on Feb. 28.
Among the winners were Kaeleigh Valdes, from Riverdale High School, who finished third in 3-D, and Breanna Fray, from Lehigh Senior High School, who was third in digital.
Honorable Mentions: Katelyn Coate, Lehigh Senior High; Shi Ting Wang, Lehigh Senior High; Ameena Persaud, Riverdale High
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
Lehigh Elementary is dedicated to building life-long learners through a safe, nurturing, and respectful environment driven by high expectations, school-wide collaboration, community, and family involvement.
We are a Title 1 School that currently has 1100 students and has been educating children for the last several decades. We are a community school with a focus on meeting the educational needs of all our students and we strive to improve communication to involve parents in their child’s learning.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette from LCSO Press release
On January 24, 2017, deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in Lehigh Acres, Florida in reference to a possible location of a wanted subject, identified as Jack Junior Ottenwalder, born on May 14, 1982.
During Ottenwalder’s apprehension, a possible fraudulent Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, commonly known as a DD Form 214, was recovered with Ottenwalder’s personal information on it. Due to the responding deputy’s past service in the United States Armed Services, he found some of the information on the document to be suspicious. Based on these findings, the information was turned over to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Economics Crimes Unit for further investigation.
Often time’s people forge, alter, or construct fake DD Form 214 certificates in an attempt to gain the tangible benefits of being a Veteran, and use it to mask their downfalls of unsatisfactory service in the United States Armed Forces. It can also be used to claim honors that they have not earned. This is most commonly labeled as “Stolen Valor”. Upon inspection of the DD Form 214 certificate, it appeared to be fraudulent. The dates, duty stations, training, and awards were over exaggerated and did not match up as genuine on the document.
A mulch fire burning at Country Lakes Farm in Buckingham is producing a large plume of smoke.
Members of a number of area fire departments including Tice, Fort Myers Shores, Lehigh Acres and Estero, worked the fire at Country Lakes Farm at the intersection of Staley Road and Tice Street in Buckingham.
Fire officials told Lehigh Acres Gazette decomposing mulch generates a lot of heat and it was likely started from a spontaneous combustion.
This fire could burn for days and could take hundreds of thousands of gallons water to fight it, according to Fire officials on scene.
Brush trucks have been circling surrounding roads to make sure the blaze doesn’t spread into the neighborhoods.
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Best Crowd Pleaser – SWAT South West All Terrain Group
Photos of each day at the 2017 Lehigh Acres Spring Festival (Click on the Day to see the photos)
The weather forecast looks really great for the next several days.
However, that also means that the dry weather is going to continue and our fire danger will continue to get the extreme marks quickly.
Over the next few days, the Florida Forest Service will likely keep our risk level at Very High or Extreme over Lehigh Acres. Continue to be very cautious outdoors this weekend. The ground remains dry, the humidity is low, and there is not a drop of rain in sight.
The weekend forecast looks mostly sunny both days. High temperatures will be around 80 degrees and overnight lows will be in the mid 50′s. Winds will continue from the northeast to north this weekend. Wind speeds will vary from 10 – 20 mph and a few higher gusts are possible.
Video courtesy of WINK -TV
The ringing of gunshots is not sound students want to hear inside a school, but the Lee County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for that worst situation.
Over 100 deputies, firefighters, and EMS crews participated in an active shooter training simulation Friday morning at Lehigh Senior High School.
“We want to be prepared for anything that happens here in Lee County,” said LCSO Lt. Scott Linerberger. “We want to make sure that if that day comes, which we hope it never does, the other law enforcement agencies in Lee County are also prepared.”
No students were in school at the time of the training.
Raw Video Courtesy of News-Press of the Brush Fire in South Fort Myers
730 AM updates all Fires Contained
5:15 pm Update Charlotte County fire is now 300-acres and causing major evacuations
South Fort Myers fire is now 75 acres and prompting evacuations near Unique Circle. And is 75% contained.
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A 10-acre brush fire sparked in Punta Gorda is threatening the state prison and homes in its path, according to Charlotte Fire and EMS.
According to Charlotte County Fire, “It’s intense at 31121 Oil Well Road in between US-41 and I-75.”
A strike team out of Lee County including a brush Truck from Lehigh Acres, the Florida Forest Service, as well as a chopper have been sent to this fire.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public not to panic.
The agency and other local law enforcement will have a training session at Lehigh Senior High School Friday morning to practice their response to an active shooting scenario.
The training will take place beginning at 7 a.m.
Multiple training exercises will take place inside the school at 901 Gunnery Road North in Lehigh Acres, according to the sheriff’s office.
“The purpose of this advisory is to assure motorists, pedestrians, nearby residents and business owners there is no cause for alarm or concern since the location is highly visible and traveled,” the sheriff’s office said.
The exercise will last through the morning hours.
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