This Memorial Day we honor our fallen Military Service Members,
and thank them for the sacrifice they have made to protect our freedom!
Marcel Fachler said, “I remember thinking that I must be very special, because whenever uniformed German soldiers in their black boots, with big barking and growling ATTACK dogs came to the gate of the children’s home looking for Jewish children, I was immediately rushed away to the attic, just in case the soldiers came in and searched the home.”
Fachler went to say, “I remember being put in a drum with a false top containing dark oil. The smell was horrible and to this day I can still smell it. The words ‘Motor Olie’ was stamped on the drum. The two letters 0’s had been drilled out to enable me to breath. Black pepper was sprinkled around the drum in case the dogs came near.”
At the children’s home, we were only allowed to play in the garden at the back of the castle. It was like a prison with very strict rules. I remember, very clearly the punishments I received when I peed in my bed, which was often. I was draped with my wet sheets, had to face a corner and not move for one hour, while the other children teased me.
Two siblings were sitting in a car in their driveway when they were carjacked Wednesday, they said.
“We were just talking. We hadn’t seen each other in some time and we just — I invited her over for dinner and we were just conversing,” the brother, who did not want to be identified.
He was startled when they heard a knock, then felt the cold metal of a gun on his ribs, the brother said.
“‘Get out of the car! lay down on the ground!’ Those are the only two things he said to me,’” the brother said. “Then he searched me and they both hopped in the car and took off.”
His sister’s car was found a mile away.
A Lehigh Acres teen has been cited with improper lane change after a crash on US-41 that seriously injured a motorcyclist.
Troopers said Alyssa Alexander, 19, was traveling north near Alico Road on the left lane when she merged into the center lane.
Charles Wheatley, 34, of Fort Myers, was in the center lane at the time and slammed into the back of the Jetta Volkswagon.
He was thrown from the bike and transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Troopers said he was not wearing a helmet.
Alexander was also cited with no proof of valid insurance.
A Red Mercury has systematically tucked between two of the fire department sheds for the past two and half months at station 102 on Homestead Rd why?
After during same simple investigating we find out that the car is owned by one Clifton Lewis Conklin and his wife of Lehigh Acres. Mr. Conklin is a firefighter with the Lehigh Acres Fire Dept.
He must be working 24 hours 7 days a week for the past 2 ½ months because car has not moved.
Why are we the taxpayers storing his car?
Lehigh Acres Gazette reported the Dollar General on 701 Gretchen Ave S to Dollar General corporate on May 9, 2016 showing them photos of the parking lot and outside of this unit just totally trashed photos taken Becky West.
Dollar General owns the following stores: Dollar General in Lehigh Town Center, Dollar General on 1154 Alabama Rd S, Dollar General on 2301 East 5th Street, Dollar General on 701 Gretchen Ave S and Dollar General on 400 Dallas St.
Community of Lehigh Acres deserves better than this…. Corporate giants need to understand customer service starts when the clients pulls into the parking lot. A clean and inviting park lot makes more sense than totally trashed and dirty one.
After 15 days and four conversations with Dollar General and this was sent to us from them written by Dan MacDonald Sr. Director, Corporate Communications Dollar General Corporation,” Dollar General strives to achieve the highest store standards and to provide our customers with exceptional value, convenience and service. As we have been made aware of issues regarding conditions in the parking lot and the property surrounding certain stores Lehigh Acres, we have taken immediate corrective actions. Dollar General is committed to being a good neighbor and achieving high store standards to ensure a clean and pleasant shopping experience for our customers.”
Lehigh Acres Middle School is pleased to welcome Marcel Fachler, Holocaust survivor of World War II who will speak at the school on Social Studies Night this coming Thursday, May 26th at 6:00pm. A spaghetti dinner will be served at 5:30pm to the first 150 people who attend the presentation. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the school at 369-6108.
Marcel Fachler’s family fled from Germany and settled in Belgium. Marcel was born two days after World War II began. He was sent into hiding in an orphanage where he grew up, removed from his family, and only visited by his mother twice per year. His childhood was difficult as he struggled with other children in the orphanage and from visits by Nazi patrols. Because of the years in the orphanage, (he was later joined by a newly born sister), he had a testy relationship with his father. Only years later did Marcel discover that his father helped save Jews in a local synagogue. Marcel went on to embrace life, studying or working as a chocolatier, baker, and eventually a gemstone dealer who traveled the world buying and selling gemstones. He sold a jewelry-oriented pawn store in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Naples, Florida where he now lives with his wife.
The Memorial Day holiday on May 30 will result in some closures and schedule changes for Lee County operations. Here are the changes:
All garbage, recycling and yard waste collections in unincorporated Lee County, the City of Bonita Springs and the Town of Fort Myers Beach will take place one day after the regularly scheduled collection day for the entire week beginning May 30. This means that if the regular collection day is Monday, the collection truck will pick up that material on Tuesday. Tuesday’s regularly scheduled pickups will occur on Wednesday and so on, the rest of the week through Saturday. This schedule is in effect through Saturday, June 4. Regular collection schedules resume on Monday, June 6.
Lee County Solid Waste facilities and offices are closed Monday, including the Household Chemical Waste Collection Facility, 6441 Topaz Court, and the Resource Recovery Facility on Buckingham Road.
The Solid Waste Department urges all residents to recycle the paper, plastic, metal and glass from their Memorial Day weekend activities.
Of all the parts on your car that could fail, the dashboard is probably the last you’d expect to, unless you’re one of the more than three million Toyota drivers across the country dealing with dangerous disintegrating dashes.
“Everything from rags or paper towels would stick to it,” said Lehigh Acres Driver Dawn Kelley.
Her Toyota Camry has a dashboard that’s been melting for a couple years, with a glare from the sun’s reflection making for a dangerous drive.
“It’s a big concern,” she told the Lehigh Acres Gazette. “That glare really beats down at particular times.”
A busy Lehigh Acres roadway was shut down and a significant cleanup followed after a truck carrying thousands of tomatoes flipped over Wednesday afternoon at Gunnery Road and Lee Boulevard.
Witnesses said the truck slammed on its brakes and swerved to avoid a car making a U-turn, prompting the spill. No serious injuries resulted, but witnesses said the driver of the truck was limping.
“The whole street was just covered with tomatoes. Looked like green apples,” said Robert Browder of Lehigh Acres. “My sister gave me a call to come up and get some tomatoes.”
Crews using heavy machinery handled the cleanup of the tomatoes that wound up on the road, and the truck also leaked fluid after it tipped.
The car that was involved was towed from the area. The truck had to be up righted.
The produce company said there was no saving the tomatoes that were scraped from the asphalt.
“I didn’t see any oil,” said Enrique Perez of Lehigh Acres. “All I saw was gasoline leaking a lot, like over an hour. All that tomato all that waste is unbelievable.”
Ann Kelly is the new crime prevention specialist at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Lehigh Acres.
She replaces Larry Gutridge who has held the position for several years after retiring from a local church as its minister. Gutridge remains the chaplain for the Sheriff’s Office.
Kelly has been working with Gutridge, learning the duties and the community, before he retired.
Kelly said she and three other crime prevention specialists all work out of Cape Coral and each travels to the communities they are engaged with during the week with a department vehicle.
“This way when we all are together; we are able to learn from each other. Then we head for the different areas of the county,” Kelly said.
As the new crime prevention specialist in Lehigh, she will be responsible for helping to keep the pubic informed about scams and tips to keep people safe, to work with neighborhood watch groups and become involved with the people in Lehigh. She is available for speaking engagements in Lehigh.
Lee County sheriff’s detectives have arrested a couple they say are suspects in dozens of vehicle burglaries in the Lehigh Acres area.
Michael Gonzales-Galas (DOB 8-3-83) and Sady Zaldivar (DOB 11-13-74), both of 511 Upstate Avenue, S., Lehigh Acres, face burglary, grand theft and fraud charges. Detectives say their take over a three-month crime spree includes more than fifty (50) designer purses, along with laptop computers, watches, credit cards and even a 15-horse outboard motor, stolen right off a boat parked alongside a residence.
Proactive work by deputies broke the case when they spotted a suspicious vehicle at the Shell gas station at the intersection of Loop Boulevard South and Homestead Road North. Inside the vehicle was Gonzales-Galas and Zaldivar, who consented to a search of the vehicle. During the search, deputies found items consistent with burglary tools including gloves, a flashlight and an empty backpack.
Parents told us they woke up to gunshots. When they checked on their children, there were bullet holes through their bedroom wall.
Two homes were sprayed with gunfire over the weekend.
One at 2253 10th Court and another at 1019 Joel Boulevard in Lehigh Acres.
Investigators report it all started with a case of road rage.
Victims told deputies a Honda was driving on the wrong side of the road on Joel Boulevard. When they honked to alert them, that Honda followed them home.
Rev. Robert Geckler, the new minister of the startup of the Light of Christ Community Church of Lehigh Acres wants to let Lehigh residents know of the new church and invite them to attend.
“We are an open and inclusive, non-denominational church, with a worship style that is both traditional, yet casual. Come as you are,” he said.
He said the small congregation and himself are extending a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, straight, rich or poor.
“We extend a special welcome to children and to adults, those who are skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds, he laughed.
“You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing for a church, just woke up or just got out. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, more Methodist than Wesley, or haven’t been in church since Little Joey’s baptism.
“We welcome soccer mons, Bronco dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte sippers, megarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recover or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, if you’re down in the dumps or in need of a prayer. Whether you had church shoved down your throat as a kid or if you don’t like ‘organized religion’ – we’ve been there too,” said Geckler.
Smiling, he continued, “We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, troubled hearts … and you.”
Congressman Curt Clawson (FL-19) announced today that he would not seek reelection in 2016 in order to spend more time in Southwest Florida with his father and family. Clawson will finish his current term in office that ends in January 2017.
Regarding his decision, Clawson stated this evening, “Since my mother’s passing last year, our family has gone through significant change and transition. I believe that now is a good time to pass the baton and spend more time close to home.”
Clawson also reiterated his belief in the value of citizen legislators in an era of career politicians, adding, “Our political system is well served when qualified folks from other fields take a temporary turn participating in the governing bodies of our great country.”
Clawson continued, “I am proud of our work while in office in defending conservative values, supporting our constituents, especially our vets, standing against business as usual in Washington, and changing the conversation about our water resources in South Florida. Moreover, I will always be grateful for passing H.R. 890 into law, protecting over 17,000 acres of pristine coastal property in Collier County.”
Clawson concluded, “I have been deeply humbled and honored to represent the people of Florida 19. I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and encouragement throughout my time in public service.”
Two people were injured in a wreck involving an ambulance Thursday afternoon on Daniels Parkway.
The crash, between a Jeep Cherokee and Lehigh Acres Fire Department 2016 Ambulance, happened around noon near the intersection of Gateway Boulevard.
The driver of the Jeep Cherokee one Bradley Buffington, 52. The firefighters Christopher Vasquez and Steven Tezyk in the ambulance Vasquez had no injuries and Tezyk had minor injuries per the FHP report.
Lehigh Acres Fire Rescue Ambulance was westbound on CR-876 in the center lane approaching Gateway Blvd. with a green traffic signal. Ambulance had its emergency lights and siren active as it was transporting a patient named Sharon Howard, 70 to the hospital. Jeep was southbound on Gateway Blvd. in the through lane to travel across Daniels Pkwy. Jeep entered the intersection on a red traffic signal. Ambulance’s front struck Jeep’s left side. Jeep overturned in the intersection and the driver was ejected. Jeep came to rest upright in the roadway.
Mr. Buffington the driver of the Jeep was at fault in the crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Mr. Buffington was charged with failure to yield to emergency vehicle.
This ambulance had heavy damage to its front end and could be not of service for some time.
Also today another new ambulance got one of its front wheel and tires replaced to careless driving by a firefighter costing the taxpayers another $2500.
On Monday, May 16, 2016 at approximately 5:00pm, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting in the parking lot at Old Fashion Auto located at 1209 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres.
The victim was unloading a vehicle from a tow truck when an armed Hispanic male exited a Nissan sedan and approached his truck. The suspect fired one round at the victim. The victim was struck in the pelvis. The suspect fled the area in the Nissan.
Major Crimes Detectives assumed the investigation and developed a suspect: Lester Alexis Bermudez-Lozada, DOB 8/26/94, 2711 44th St SW, Lehigh Acres. Today, Bermudez-Lozada was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery.
As a result of several Crime Stoppers tips, the accused shooter in Monday’s altercation at Old Fashion Auto has been identified as Lester Alexis Bermudez Lozada (DOB 8/26/94). Bermudez Lozada is known to frequent the Lehigh Acres area, as well as the Daniels Parkway/Treeline Avenue neighborhood. He was armed Monday with a semi-automatic handgun and should be considered both violent and dangerous. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Bermudez Lozada 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 U.S. House of Representatives tonight passed emergency legislation to aid in the fight against the spread of Zika in the U.S. The virus is prevalent in Latin America and is spread largely by The Aedes aegypti species of mosquito, putting South Florida on the front lines in the battle.
After voting for H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, Congressman Curt Clawson (Fl-19) stated:
Written by KYLE S. REYES
While you were fighting over who should use what bathrooms at Target, we lost our country.
While you were arguing with coworkers over who would leave the country first if Trump/Clinton were elected, the “American Dream” perished.
Don’t believe me? Then perhaps ALL is lost. And I can prove it all to you through the eyes of a child.
The screens around our house in the past couple of weeks stand in stark contrast to what’s in front of them.
The television … the laptops … the iPads … the cell phones … filled with images of the attacks around the world. Day in and day out, we hear stories about “refugees” pouring into the United States. Broadcast are the sounds of tone-deaf leaders. Of anger. Of hatred. Of hurt. Of fear.
In front of those screens runs our little daughter. Just over a year old, she’s the greatest blessing a young family can have. She’s filled with innocence, love, joy and our hopes for the future.