Over 500.00 dollars in toys for the “Toys for Tots” program, and over 100 lbs of food to Lehigh Elementary School for their Food Pantry program was delivered courtesy of VFW Post 4174 and its Auxiliaries. Merry Christmas!
On Nov 26 of 2014 Dale Pinheiro was fired for his assault on a LCSO V.O.I.C.E Officer, during an incident on Sept 14, 2014. In the reports the Lehigh Acres Gazette has attained, it clear show Pinheiro did indeed attack a LCSO V.O.I.C.E Officer with Lehigh Acres Fire equipment. And yelled profanities at other LCSO officers.
V.O.I.C.E. stands for Volunteer Observer Impacting Community the effort began in 1988 when the Lee County Sheriff’s Office needed additional deputies but did not have the budget to hire them. V.O.I.C.E. is comprised of concerned citizens who care about their community and are dedicated to helping the Sheriff’s Office provide a higher level of service to its citizens and visitors.
Chief John R. Wayne formally terminated Pinheiro over this matter including acting extremely unprofessional.
Dale Pinheiro refused to give a statement to the Lehigh Acres Gazette, but records show that Pinheiro a self-proclaimed outlaw bike is filing for arbitration to get his job back again. This will likely cost taxpayers 12,000 to 15,000 dollars in legal fees.
Records show that Pinheiro was fired and then rehired for similar actions in the past.
“The Lee County Sheriff’s Office values the working relationship with the Lehigh Acres Fire Department and their employees. Unfortunate incidents such as this are not reflective of the outstanding job that these agencies do on a daily basis.” Stated in an email by Sheriff Mike Scott
To review all the documents of this case please click below.
Lehigh Senior High School (LSHS) has selected a familiar face from the Lee County community to serve as its next head football coach. James Chaney, a North Fort Myers High School graduate, will take over the reins of the LSHS program; ushering in a new era of Lightning football.
After graduating from North Fort Myers High School, Coach Chaney attended Florida State University, where he earned his degree in Criminology and played on the defensive line for the Seminoles under Coach Bobby Bowden. Coach Chaney has been very involved in the community in youth and high school sports for the past 9 years.
Of welcoming Coach Chaney to the Lightning program, Principal Jackie Corey shared, “We had over 75 applicants (and) scheduled 16 interviews. We interviewed applicants from California, Ohio, Louisiana, the NFL and Lee County. After searching and interviewing for over a month, we found the best candidate in our own backyard. James Chaney has deep roots in the community and is very well respected. We feel he will be a positive mentor and has the leadership ability to take our program in the right direction. We are excited about him joining the Lehigh family as a teacher and coach.”
December 2014 Business of the month is the Lehigh Acres Community Council
The Community Council represents various organizations, civic and government agencies that meet regularly to discuss and act on issues effecting Lehigh Acres. The Council strives to be representative of Lehigh Acres residents and address the rights and concerns of the residents and businesses to the appropriate governmental agencies. Community Council has a positive impact on Lehigh Acres and the quality of life for Lehigh Acres residents. The Lehigh Acres Community Council has been avital component in Lehigh Acres since 1968.
;’/Two people were injured during a crash at a Lehigh Acres intersection Tuesday morning.
A person on scene tells us the crash happened after a tow truck slammed into a pickup truck at the intersection of McArthur Boulevard and Sentinela Boulevard — pushing it into the woods.
It appears the tow truck driver ran a stop sign, according to the person on the scene. The driver of the pickup truck and a young passenger were transported to the hospital. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.
A house fire at 507 West Jersey Road in Lehigh Acres. LAFC&RD personnel has confirmed that two people were inside the home, when they arrived. Both Linda and Gordon Evans were removed and taken to the hospital in critical condition – where one has died.
A woman did not survive and a man has been flown to Tampa General’s burn unit.
The home had hurricane windows so authorities were challenged to get inside.
According to the Fire Board agenda for the upcoming meeting on December 16, 2014, Chief John Chief wants the fire board to spend one million of your tax dollars on four new Type 1 ALS ambulances.
Currently the fire department owns and operates six ALS ambulances but refuses to put no more than four on duty at any given time and sighting lack of personnel and other resources as the main issues.
But the Lehigh Acres Gazette has been told the chief is planning for up to 46 firefighters to be layoff on April 1, 2015. Is it more important to keep firefighters on the job or to buy new equipment when you told everyone the department is broke, chief?
By Bill Levy (Click here to see other photos)
Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball coach Joe Dooley has often noted that his teams have gotten off to a sluggish start in games this season. The good news is that they got off to a good start in their 69-63 loss to Florida International University on Sunday afternoon at the Alico Dome in front of 3,511. The bad news is the second half did not go quite as well.
After FGCU (8-2) opened the game by building a 22-8 lead, FIU then went on a 20-10 run of their own to cut the Eagles margin to four points at 32-28 at halftime. Though FIU (6-4) was able to make it a two-point game on two occasions at 37-35 and 39-37 near the start of the second half, Demetris Morant’s alley-oop dunk from Brett Comer gave the Eagles their four point lead back at 41-37 with just over thirteen minutes left in the game. From there however, the Panthers then went on a 12-0 run to go up 49-41. After the Eagles scored the next four points to make it 49-45, the Panthers outscored the Eagles 18-10 to take control of the game. In that stretch, the Panther’s Dennis Mavin had eight of his game high 27 points.
Lehigh Acres Fire Department responded to a fatal crash on Friday night.
It happened on Homestead Road South at around 7:30 p.m.
According to multiple witnesses, the driver of a maroon colored SUV lost control of his vehicle while driving through a parking lot. The vehicle struck a parked van and went into a drain ditch.
The driver was taken to Lehigh Acres Regional Hospital — where he was pronounced dead.
By East Lee County Today Staff
On Friday, December 12, 2014, East Lee County High School (ELCHS), home of the East Lee Leadership Academy (ELLA), dedicated its recently completed outdoor training complex. The ELLA Training Complex includes a 65-ft rappel tower, a covered outdoor classroom, and an enclosed marksmanship range. The purpose of the tower is to train JROTC cadets to rappel, climb the rock wall, and use the zip line. Cadets will demonstrate use of the tower and the marksmanship range. Speakers included: Cadet LTC Hanna Peterson, ELCHS Principal, Brian Mangan and JROTC Director of Instruction for Lee County Schools, Thomas Madigan, LTC(ret.)
East Lee County High School (ELCHS), home of the East Lee Leadership Academy (ELLA), dedicated its recently completed outdoor training complex. The ELLA Training Complex includes a 65-ft rappel tower, a covered outdoor classroom, and an enclosed marksmanship range. The purpose of the tower is to develop personal courage within JROTC cadets. They have to face and overcome their fears when they learn to rappel, climb the rock wall, and use the zip line. Cadets and Lee County school staff demonstrated the use of the tower and the marksmanship range. The invited guest speakers include: ELCHS Principal, Brian Mangan, JROTC Director of Instruction for Lee County Schools, Thomas Madigan, LTC (ret). East Lee County High School is located at: 715 Thomas Sherwin Ave., Lehigh Acres FL 33974. (photos of the event click here)
(The AP is reporting): A sexual predator has won almost $3 million from a Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket.
Orlando television station WKMG reported Wednesday that Timothy Poole purchased the winning ticket last weekend at a convenience store in Mount Dora, near Orlando.
Poole is listed on a Florida Department of Law Enforcement website as a sexual predator.
FGCU junior Lani Cabrera swam at the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships last week and put forth a record breaking performance. Cabrera posted a time of 2:04.10 in the 200-meter Freestyle which broke her own Barbados national record of 2:06.34 which was set at the 2012 World Championships in Istanbul.
Home surveillance cameras catch a man carrying a deflated snow glob ornament from a family’s front yard in Lehigh Acres, in to the backseat of the car, and take off.
Hours later, the same man comes back, and returns.
The snow globe belonged to Carlos Giraldo’s 4-year old daughter. We were there on Tuesday when the little girl realized her Santa snow globe was missing.
When it was returned, they told Giraldo and his wife, they were supposed to pick up a snow globe from a friend’s house, and they had the wrong address. “Do you believe them?”
“I will love to believe them, but honestly, I don’t believe. I know they did wrong, but they came forward and they admitted it,” said Giraldo.
Fans looking to catch the red-hot 8-1 FGCU men’s basketball team, ranked No. 12 in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll, will have the opportunity to see the Eagles play at Alico Arena for the final times this calendar year at a discounted rate.
With students on break for the holidays, general-admission tickets for Sunday’s game against cross-state foe FIU (Dec. 14, 2 p.m.) and next Friday’s contest versus Furman (Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.) can be purchased as a combo deal for only $15. General-admission tickets normally sell for $10 per game, giving fans a holiday savings of 25 percent to see Dunk City, which currently has the 35th-best RPI in the nation.
Additionally, fans have the opportunity to purchase a “Raining Threes” general-admission ticket package which includes three upcoming men’s and women’s games for only $13. The three games include Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. when the women (6-2) take on Providence and the doubleheader next Friday, Dec. 19, as the women take on Northern Colorado at 4:30 prior to the men’s game.
The Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce held their General Member Luncheon at East Lee County High School on Tuesday, December 3. These local business and community leaders had the opportunity to tour the High School and learn about the programs and opportunities available to the students. (Video done by ELCHS students.)