Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette From Keep Lee County Beautiful
On March 12, 2017, Keep Lee County Beautiful teamed up with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and a local youth group to clean up an abandoned homeless camp in Lehigh Acres. This camp, which was located off S. Loop Rd behind the Post Office, contained over 6,000 pounds of trash and debris. Progressive Waste Solutions provided a 20-yard roll off dumpster and the disposal of the collected trash.
All lanes of SR-82 are shut down from Gunnery Road to Shawnee Road following a serious crash. There are heavy delays in the area.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
The Lee County Department of Transportation (LC DOT) and their contractor, Stevens and Layton, Inc., have begun construction to widen Homestead Road to four lanes from south of Sunrise Boulevard to the north of Alabama Road. This work will also add lighting, improve drainage and install new underground utilities.
The website at http://homesteadroadwidening.com will keep you updated throughout the project including the Closures/Detours page for updates.
Written by LCSO Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the MedicAlert Foundation, has announced a free program aimed to protect community members with dementia and autism who are at risk for wandering emergencies. Through the new program, the Sheriff Office will now be able to enroll local residents and their caregivers into the MedicAlert national registry/database to receive a free medical identification bracelet and 24/7 emergency support services.
MedicAlert Foundation’s L.E.A.P. (Law Enforcement Agency Portal) program is a nationwide collaboration between the foundation and local law enforcement agencies who wish to participate by enrolling residents and their caregivers in MedicAlert’s national online registry database.
Families interested in participating in this free program should contact the Lee County Sheriff Office Senior Services Unit at 258-3286.
It’s done Lehigh Acres OFFICIALLY has a permanent Fire Chief. The contract will be signed in a couple of days after a minor word changes. Congratulations to Fire Chief Robert Dilallo.
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
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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.