Meet Sunset, who today became our most recent Second Chance Fund Recipient.
Sunset was found in Lehigh Acres this afternoon, in pretty rough shape.
She was found on the side of the road in Lehigh Acres, near Buckingham and Sunset Roads.
Gulf Coast Humane Society (GCHS) say’s Sunset was used for fighting.
Sunset is known as a bait dog, which is a dog used to train other dogs to fight.
It is an unfortunate reality that dog fighting is happening, and it’s happening in our own backyard, according to GCHS.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services is currently investigating this cruel and senseless act, according to GCHS.
The GCHS is doing everything they can to not let the sun go down on Sunset. She has a 50 -50 chance to make it through the night
Please keep Sunset in your thoughts and consider donating to the Second Chance Fund.
As part of an ongoing pilot program, all taxpayers who filed federal returns last year from Florida, Georgia or the District of Columbia are eligible for an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) that will help protect them from tax-related identity theft, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
The pilot project is part of broader IRS efforts to combat tax-related identity theft. The IRS has an aggressive, multi-part strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance. Stopping identity theft and refund fraud is a top priority for the Internal Revenue Service. For the 2015 filing season, the IRS continues to expand these efforts to better protect taxpayers and help victims.
Florida, Georgia and the District of Columbia were chosen for the pilot because they have higher levels of tax-related identity theft.
The IP PIN is a six-digit number that must be used on a tax return, in addition to the Social Security number, to verify the taxpayers’ identity. Once a taxpayer opts into this program, they will need to use an IP PIN for future year filings. At this time, there is no way to opt out of the program once you sign up for an IP PIN. A new IP PIN will be mailed to the taxpayer each year before the filing season, and the current IP PIN must be used on the tax return before it will be accepted by the IRS for processing.
This Saturday (Jan. 31) the FGCU Athletics Department will be hosting the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) which will be making its third trip to FGCU in as many years for a series of appearances on campus headlined by an exhibition game against the FGCU Celebrity Team at Swanson Stadium at 3 p.m.
Following the game, the WWAST will be recognized as special guests at the men’s basketball game vs. Northern Kentucky in Alico Arena at 7 p.m. The FGCU Celebrity Team which will feature local media members, coaches, former players and Athletics administrators. Admission is free, the public is invited and donations are encouraged.
Lehigh Acres home where a shooting unfolded Monday has led to an arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to sell – after marijuana were found in the home.
The shooting happen around noon at 732 Gaylord Ave - where Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies found a man had been shot in the abdomen and was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment.
LCSO Detectives met with resident Saul Ramirez who told them two men came to the home armed with guns and fired at him and the house.
According to the reports Ramirez gave LCSO permission to process the scene to locate projectiles inside a bedroom.
While doing that detectives located a cooler full of marijuana packaged.
The cooler contained eleven individually packaged bags of marijuana. They also found baggies, scales and a vacuum sealer – with the marijuana weighing 12 pounds.
Ramirez then was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell.
The shooting is still under investigation, but authorities say the public is no longer in danger.
Under Senate Bill 528, those with a qualifying condition such as epilepsy, cancer and HIV/AIDS who receive a recommendation from a physician would be legally authorized to possess and use medical cannabis. The proposal would legalize medical cannabis dispensaries as a means of safe access for patients, and caregivers would be authorized to purchase cannabis for designated patients.
Filing of the proposal comes just two months after 58% of Florida voters voted to approve Amendment 2, an initiative to legalize medical cannabis through a constitutional amendment, which failed narrowly given it needed 60% to pass. The group behind that initiative – United for Care – is already working on a similar initiative, which was approved earlier this month by Florida’s Secretary of State, with the goal of putting it to a vote in 2016.
The FGCU women’s basketball team holds an overall record of 18-2, an Atlantic Sun mark of 5-0, a 13-game win streak and is now receiving votes in the AP Top-25, as announced Monday afternoon. The Eagles earned three votes to rank 35th among the nation’s top teams.
The Eagles entered the week with a record of 18-2 and have won 16 of their last 17 games. The squad’s 13-straight wins stands as the nation’s seventh-best streak behind only No. 1 South Carolina, No. 19 Princeton, No. 3 Baylor, No. 2 Connecticut, RV George Washington and No. 11 Arizona State. FGCU has not lost in eight weeks and has not fallen in regulation since Nov. 20.
With help from the strong record and the team’s strength of schedule, the Eagles climbed to a program-best RPI rating of 13 at the end of nonconference action and have since hovered around the top-25. As of Monday, the team holds a ranking of 20 out of the nation’s 349 programs.
Sky the Golden Retriever 여기에 한미 안녕, 내가 간다 Bye, Bye Korea, America here I come.
It started with a 14 hour flight from South Korea arriving Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta where Mark Dahlberg drove her to his home in Fort Myers.
Sky’s long journey saved her from a farm where dogs are raised for meat.
Considering where she was and what she endured, she looks great, said Dahlberg, a board member with Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida.
Sky’s who’s about 3 years old — for some glamour shots before the lens of Dennis Guyitt, medical director of GRRSWF
With a medical checkup approved, Sky is off to a foster home.
According to Dahlberg, the Golden Retriever Rescue officials hope that spreading the word about Sky will shine a light on the Korean practice of raising dogs for meat, and lead to a cultural transformation that ends it.
Sky’s journey actually begins before Christmas with another rescue organization called, YNot Save a Sam.
Volunteers for YNot, an organization that rescues Samoyed dogs, saw Sky while they were visiting a Korean farm that raised dogs for meat.
Lehigh Acres has one of those finalists: Elise Leyva, Lehigh Senior High School
Elise Leyva has come full circle at Lehigh Senior High. She was a graduate of the school and AVID tutor before joining the Lightning Family as a math teacher two years ago. Since then she has been working with a team of four to implement an effective professional learning community to tackle intensive algebra. Along with her team, she attended multiple trainings to prepare including AVID Summer Institute, Kagan Mathematics training, and a variety of educational technology trainings. Together her team researched how to better reach struggling at risk math students. As a result, her team improved their algebra EOC passing rate by 17 percentage points last year. Her commitment to teaching and learning makes her an innovative member of Lehigh Senior High.
UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.
A spokesman for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office says the residents of 732 Gaylord Avenue in Lehigh Acres were working in their garage when they noticed a suspicious car driving around the neighborhood.
The residents of the home told police they were so concerned that they decided to arm themselves.
The residents say that the car stopped in front of the home, people got out and multitude of gunfire was exchanged.
One male resident was shot in the abdomen and taken to the hospital by Lehigh Fire Dept. The suspects in the vehicle fled the scene.
Lee Sheriff office is releasing few details about a criminal investigation in the area of Gaylord Street and Kimberly Street.
Earliest reports these morning indicated the activity may have involved a shooting however LSCO has not yet confirmed it.
Lehigh Publick Theatre, a new non-profit organization, will hold general auditions for actors teens and up, and non-acting personnel, for its premier production in 2015. Auditions will be held at the East County Regional Library on Gunnery Rd. in the meeting room, Saturday January 31, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Actors should bring a photo and resume and be ready to perform a prepared piece of no more than a minute in length, or will be asked to read. Non-actors should bring a resume of theatre experience, if any, and will be asked to fill out a questionnaire.
Founder and producer-director Donato Colucci, brings to the table 45 years of experience in Chicago, Boston, and New York. He has worked at every level of theatre from academic to Broadway. He is a director by trade, with over 60 productions to his credit.
For those who cannot attend the audition, Mr. Colucci can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Alicia Jackson
In the beginning there was farming, fishing, hunting, and hunting buggies.
Collier County’s early development in the 1930′s and 1940′s was highlighted by the emergence of strange looking vehicles featuring huge balloon tires, gun racks, and usually sporting an unusual name like “Dirt Dobber or Tumblebug”. These buggies were born out of necessity, as there was no effective way to penetrate the vast, boggy mire known as Collier county except for the versatile “Swamp Buggy”.
Known as Swamp Buggies, Woods Buggies, and Hunting Buggies, these vehicles were used for everything from Sunday afternoon outings to hunting expeditions into the Everglades.
Early Collier County settlers recall the beginnings of Swamp Buggy Racing as a gathering of hunters. As legend has it, every year, just prior to the opening of hunting season, (usually the end of October or early November) all the “Crackers” would spend a week or so preparing their buggies for the first legal day of hunting. Tuning, testing, waterproofing, camouflaging, and stocking up with food, fuel, ammunition, and maybe a gallon of their favorite-home brewed beverage, would make ready these unique vehicles for a couple weeks’ worth of rugged workouts amongst the gators, snakes, and moss laden cypress hammocks of the murky Florida swamps.
The Minnesota Twins Saturday Jan 24, 2015 held their free baseball clinic at Williams Park in Lehigh Acres. Click here to see photos of the event.
Over 70 children participated in this annual event. Up incoming Twins players got meet and work on the basics with kids. The Twins players worked on pitching, catching and hitting, they even had a special camp for the girls that were interested in softball.
With 32 of the team’s 61 points, junior Kaneisha Atwater led the FGCU women’s basketball team to its 13th-straight win Saturday evening at Alico Arena as the Eagles defeated Kennesaw State 61-47. With the win, the Eagles move to 18-2 on the season with a perfect 5-0 mark in Atlantic Sun action, while the Owls drop to 13-7 with a 2-3 conference record.
The Eagles produced seven 3-pointers in the first half, while converting 54 percent of shots to take control of the game early on. With Atwater’s strong performance and consistent offensive intensity, the Eagles took the lead in the early minutes and never let go. FGCU went ahead by 23 in the second half and ultimately earned a 14-point victory for its 59th-straight conference win at home.
For the second time in three days on the road, the FGCU men’s basketball team (14-7, 4-1 Atlantic Sun Conference) had its seniors step up late, and the Eagles went a perfect 8-8 down the stretch from the free-throw line to ice a not pretty, but gutty, 54-48 win at Kennesaw State (6-15, 1-4 A-Sun) Saturday afternoon.
Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash involving a bus and a car.
It happened on the cormer of 7th Street and Hightower Avenue at around 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
According to FHP report, the red Mitsubishi Eclipse was approaching the intersection when the bus drove onto the car.
The driver of the Eclipse was able to escape with minor cuts on his arm.
The bus is privately-owned according to FHP.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a stealthy thief whose crime was caught on camera.
Just before 2 a.m. this morning, January 24th, the victim made a purchase at the Circle K store, located at 1181 Homestead Road N. in Lehigh Acres. While he was reaching for his wallet, he placed his silver/grey LG Metro PCS phone, with a white case and black cover, on the counter. After paying for his purchase, he left the store, accidentally leaving his phone behind. Moments later, he realized that he forgot his phone and went back inside to retrieve it. However, neither the victim nor the store’s clerk could find it.
A review of the store’s surveillance system captured images of a Hispanic male, wearing a black t-shirt with a skull type emblem and a black baseball hat with a skull emblem, concealing the victim’s phone with his left arm until the clerk was away from the counter. The unknown Hispanic male then took the phone and placed it in his left pants pocket. After the Hispanic male paid for his items, he left southbound on Homestead Road in what is believed to be a white Chevrolet S-10 pick up truck.
By Yvonne Zonana.
Russ and Kiu moved to Lehigh Acres from Ohio several years ago. Shortly after they moved in, Russ put up a tall flagpole in his front yard and proudly flew the American flag. He was in the U.S. Army and completed two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He was a quiet and unassuming man; never the kind of guy who sought the limelight.
Russ passed away a few months ago from a chronic lung condition following a protracted illness. Kiu moved back to Ohio and put their home on the market. When a neighbor, Richard, heard the house had been sold, he approached Kiu (who had returned to Lehigh to remove personal items) about buying the flagpole, which he put in his yard. He wanted the flagpole to remain in the neighborhood as a memorial to Russ. (more…)
Video and Story courtesy of CNN
The asteroid is called 2004 BL86. It’ll come about 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Earth, or about three times as far away as the moon.
Bob Poff, director of social services for the Salvation Army in Fort Myers, that the agency is coming to Lehigh Acres within the next few weeks.
Poff said Lehigh Acres seems to be an appropriate place for the agency to come to in an effort to help its citizens.
According to Poff, We won’t be duplicating services with the Lehigh Community Services, but will help Rae Nicely in other ways, especially working with the people in Lehigh who are homeless or those who have no place to eat a hot meal during the week.
According to Poff, Rep. Matt Caldwell initiated the conversation about the possibility of the Salvation Army coming to Lehigh Acres.
Poff said, “I would like to see a task force of Lehigh Acres citizens who would assist us when we open offices here.”
The office could open by mid-February, with an official grand opening and ribbon cutting.
By BILL LEVY
For the Gulf Cost University women’s basketball team, their win streak has reached 12 games by virtue of a convincing 79-61 victory over USC Upstate in front of 1,426 at the Alico Center on Thursday night. With the win, the Eagles improved to 17-2 overall and 4-0 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Eagles have not lost since December 29th, when the fell to Ohio State 90-83 in double overtime. The win on Wednesday also marks the fifth straight season FGCU has gotten off to a 4-0 start to begin conference play.
FGCU broke an 11-11 tie on Wednesday by going on a commanding 23-6 run to take a 34-17 lead with approximately five minutes left in the first half. Though the Spartans (9-10, 1-3) then went on a 6-3 run of their own to narrow the lead to 37-23, FGCU closed out the half by outscoring Upstate 6-3 to go into halftime leading 43-26.
Katie Meador, who finished with career high 14 points on the night, had ten in the first half.