The Lehigh Acres Fire Department is now facing the possible lawsuit from LAMSID (ECWCD).
The Fire District decided to charge East County Water Control District the fire assessment fee and according David Lindsey their Executive Director LAMSID (ECWCD) does not have to pay this special fire assessment. According to documents the lawsuit has not been filled yet.
But this not a win win for anyone, any lawsuit will cause both taxing districts to use taxpayer money to defend themselves so this is not a win win solution.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies are at a home in the 6900 block of Circle Drive in Lehigh Acres investigating the drowning of a 4-year-old.
The child was taken to Lehigh Regional Medical Center and died there.
The child was found in a pool at a home on Circle Drive shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman.
Further details were not available.
Will Fire Chief John Wayne be fired at the upcoming board meeting Tuesday night or will the Fire Commissioners whitewashed it under the table just like most issues with personnel they do.
A formal complaint was filled by Richard Anglickis, President of the Lehigh Acres Jaycee Foundation, Inc. against Chief John Wayne and Chairman Larry Becker.
In Anglickis’ complaint filed with the Fire Department and the commissioners it stated: “As the chief of the department, he acted inappropriately by demeaning, berating, and embarrassing the speakers including myself at the recent “PUBLIC” hearing regarding the fire assessment held on May 26, 2015.”
The complaint also states pointed to the Chairman of the board: “As chairman, you and your attorneys seemingly have forgotten the purpose of holding a “PUBLIC” hearing. Simply defined, the purpose provides an opportunity for the PUBLIC to express their comments and opinions directly to the commissioners. It is not the place for you or your employees to express anything about each speaker’s comments.”
This fall, the Kiwanis Club will have 53 students enrolled in colleges and universities nationwide. They include 38 new scholarships and 15 who will be continuing their studies.
Carrick said students will receive $239,150 in foundation scholarships.
“This is all possible because of the wonderful people who donate and purchase clothing and household items of all kinds from the Kiwanis Thrift Store,” he said.
The two people who did not survive a crash on Homestead Road in Lehigh Acres Friday are identified as Aida Perez Garcia and Onesimo Medaldo Rodriguez.
The Florida Highway Patrol says two other people were injured in the crash. Pedro Cabrera Rodriguez was critically injured and taken to Lee Memorial Hospital. Peter Anthony Cabrera received serious injuries and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.
The crash happened at the intersection of Milwuakee Boulevard just after 3 p.m.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday said Tehran Leaphart was killed in the early morning homicide at 2137 Wilson Road in Lehigh Acres the day before.
No arrests are announced and Major Crime detectives are still investigating.
Leaphart’s family, meanwhile, is left searching for answers after the father of three was found dead in a driveway.
Authorities arrived at the scene Friday around 12:53 a.m.
The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash on Milwaukee Boulevard and Homestead Road in Lehigh Acres.
The Lehigh Acres Fire Department confirms two fatalities. Two other people were injured. One had to be extricated from the vehicle and flown to Lee Memorial Hospital as a trauma alert. The other is in stable condition and also on the way to Lee Memorial.
Firefighters say the crash involved a car and a truck pulling a trailer. The intersection is blocked at this time.
Sheriff Mike Scott would like to thank Administrative Assistant Wendy Armstrong for her 30 years of service to the citizens of Lee County! Beginning service in 1985, Wendy has been a valued member at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and we thank her for her commitment to the community!
By: Ben Feldman
Alexis de Tocqueville, the 26 year old Frenchman who visited America in its embryonic years remarked, “I must say I have seen American’s make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend faithful support to one another.”
There are some people of means that help those with little means. They do so without celebrity, political persuasion, or government prodding. Their stories are remarkable. Here is a sampling.
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of LCEC. Throughout history, employees and leaders of the electric cooperative have risen to the occasion and worked hard to meet the needs of members. Their commitment, and the support of customers, is a testament to the vision of the LCEC founders in 1940. That vision remains clear today – to deliver the power that energizes the community.
It is the not-for-profit’s mission to provide efficient, reliable, cost-competitive electric and emerging energy solutions and quality service to customers. This mission was inspired by George Judd, 75 years ago. Judd, a local orange-grove owner, recognized the increasing need for electricity in North Fort Myers. He owned a small generator and distribution system, Mariana Grove Light & Power, which provided electricity to his home, his citrus packing house and the homes of his employees.
A Lehigh Acres family is fighting for more lighting and sidewalks along State Road 82.
A petition, pleading with Florida officials to keep the highway safer after their son, Nick Kuchman, died when he was walking along the road.
According to troopers, Kuchman was walking home before 5 a.m. in the morning, Friday, June 12th. They say he ran in the road and an oncoming car swerved trying to miss him, but it was too late.
The driver was not charged, but the family believes it could have been prevented with additional lights, sidewalks and added LCSO patrolling.
Kuchman was only 19 years old, a new father and recently moved to Lehigh Acres from Rochester, New Hampshire.
Written by Sabrina McGonigal
It happened on June 5th, around 6:30 I saw on the Pay it forward Lehigh Acres group on Facebook that there was a kitten stuck in a vending machine at the Lehigh Acres Wal-Mart, it had been there for a few hours and management wasn’t doing anything about it. I was about to be on my way up to north Florida with my girlfriend Nicole and she refused to leave before we knew that the kitten was out and safe, so my two sisters Brandy, Willow, Nicole and I got into the car and headed up to Wal-Mart, when we got there two other girls had been there for an hour trying to lure the kitten out with cat food and she wasn’t coming out. We tried moving the machine, finding where she was and such and we could hear her meow but she wasn’t in sight. Employees and management had all passed us several times and said nothing to us, they knew the cat was stuck and we’re offering no assistance. I had actually even gone into Wal-Mart and bought a screw driver to try to take the backing off of the machine to get in to find her and it wasn’t coming off. Nicole then called the fire department and they then came out, once the fire department came, and more people crowded around the machine Wal-Mart’s management team finally came out to talk to us, the fire department wasn’t able to locate where she was, and they told the manager that she needed to contact Pepsi because they were hesitant but if they didn’t get someone out with a key they would have no choice but to have ripped the machine open. After about two hours of back and forth with management and Pepsi, a man from Pepsi finally showed up to open the machine and when the machine opened Nicole was right there and reached down and the kitten was actually right in the front of the machine at the very bottom in the door. She was about 6 weeks old when we got her; she was really dirty and very hungry! We brought her home, gave her a bath and gave her some milk and kitten food! While we were bathing her and feeding her we thought of names and we thought that we needed a name that was fitting for her rescue and where she was found, and after going through a variety of different names we decided her name should be Pepper! She’s very playful and fits in really well with the other kittens and the two momma cats in her new home!
A fire destroyed a camper in Lehigh Acres Saturday early morning.
The fire occurred in the 900 block of Leroy Avenue around 3:45 a.m.
When Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue Department arrived on scene, the trailer was fully involved.
The owner of the camper told the Lehigh Acres Gazette he has been in North Dakota. When the owner returned, he said there were squatters in the camper. The owner said he filed a police report on Friday.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
The music group ELATION of St. Stephen United Methodist Church in Mesquite, Texas, will appear in concert at Christ United Methodist Church in Lehigh Acres, Florida on Saturday June 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm. All cast members have both singing, dancing and speaking roles to help retell the parables from the Gospels in “GODSPELL”. The musical drama of the life of Christ is understood by the youth to be their means of conveying the message of Jesus Christ. As a result of their sincerity, “GODSPELL” becomes a significant worship event. Christ UMC is located at 1430 Homestead Road North in Lehigh Acres. Admission is free.
Lee County sheriff deputies are investigating what they say is a homicide after a man’s body was found by a child on a Lehigh Acres roadway Wednesday night.
The victim is David M. Rice, 29, of North Fort Myers, authorities said Friday.
An 11-year-old boy made the discovery while playing outside Wednesday around 6 p.m. Authorities say they got a call about a possible deceased person at the intersection of Banning Street and Action Avenue.
The boy’s dad called the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
When deputies arrived on scene, they began canvassing and K9s scoured the grassy area in search of evidence.
The boy’s father tells us this was a traumatic experience for his son – who will be seeing a therapist – after discovering the victim’s decomposing body.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is investigating.
Authorities are asking for anyone with information about this case to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 477-1000. Or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Tips may also be made online atwww.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.
The Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) will be conducting a routine chlorine burn and flushing as part of its regular, prudent utility practice beginning on Wednesday, July 1st, which will be completed by Friday, July 31st in the FGUA Lehigh Acres System.
This is a routine measure to ensure customers have clean and safe potable water. Beyond a slight difference in odor and taste of the water, most customers will not see a difference in their level of service. During flushing activities, it is possible that some customers may experience discoloration in their water during the flushing activities, as sediment gets purged from the pipes. Should this occur, customers should simply run their faucet or tap for an additional 1-2 minutes until the water flows clear.
Today demolition was started on the old Mirror Lakes pool on Bell Boulevard. Many people in Lehigh would remember when this was owned and operated by the Lehigh Acres Corporation and you can have a membership and the pool was included. (This reporter learn how to swim in this pool.)
Today the property is owned by EGLISE BAPTISTE HAITENNE church and is planning on building a brand new sanctuary and the lot adjacent to it will be a new Family Dollar store.
The pictures below are of the demolition on June 18th 2015.
Fall Soccer ️registration dates. June 29-30, July 6,7,13,14,20 and final date July 21. Takes place at Lehigh Acres middle school at 104 Arthur ave Lehigh. Time 630-8pm. Ages 3-12. Cost $95 includes full uniform. Please bring copy of child’s birth certificate to ️registration. Visit our website @ www.lehighyouthsoccer.com.
LCEC’s preparation begins long before a hurricane threatens to make landfall in Southwest Florida.
To ensure LCEC has the resources needed for restoration, the organization cultivates relationships with power line and tree-trimming contractors, fuel companies, material vendors, food service vendors, other cooperatives and local agencies for back-up resources.
In addition, LCEC’s nearly 400 employees play a critical role in the restoration plan. Employees put their typical job responsibilities on hold to pitch in during restoration.
LCEC has a detailed restoration plan that outlines priorities of electric restoration during large power outages.
LCEC’s plan first calls for restoration of essential services such as hospitals, traffic signals, shelters, law enforcement. Next, power is restored to the largest number of customers.
Bush Fire at Thornton Rad and Gordon Road LAFD is on scene. Possible cause of fire was lightning.