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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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.
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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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2017 Lehigh Acres Spring Festival Chili Contest best of Show winner Linda Carter
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Florida Fire and Forestry service has issued a “FIRE ALERT” for Lehigh Acres. The forecast to be Very High to Extreme for the next few days.
Currently, Lee County has a “Burn Ban” in place, no personal burning of anything is permitted at this time.
VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER
Fires start easily from all causes and immediately after ignition, spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in light fuels may quickly develop high-intensity characteristics such as long-distance spotting and fire whirlwinds when they burn in heavier fuels. Both suppression and mop-up will require an extended and very thorough effort. Yard Waste burning is not recommended. Fire restrictions may be in effect.
EXTREME FIRE DANGER
Fires start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Development into high-intensity burning will usually be faster and occur from smaller fires than in the very high fire danger class. Every fire start has the potential to become large. Expect extreme, erratic behavior. No Yard Waste burning should take place in areas with extreme fire danger. Fire restrictions are generally in effect.
State Road 82 is shut down in both directions from Sunshine Boulevard to Alabama Road following a crash with serious injuries.
Traffic is being diverted via backstreets. Drivers are being urged to avoid the area as there are heavy delays.
Southwest Florida Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics – Local 1826 Fill the Boot to Support Kids and Adults with Muscle-Debilitating Diseases
Members of the Southwest Florida Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Local 1826 are set to kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) find urgently needed treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility to local families here in Southwest Florida.