A crash on State Road 82 has closed all lanes at Calumet Road near Lazy Springs. Several patients were taken to the hospital, the Immokalee Fire Control District said Tuesday. No further information is available at this time.
Soccer fans it’s SPRING soccer time
Sign ups $55 per player, sibling discount $5
Feb 8,9,15,16,22,23 6:30-8pm Ages 4-12
Practice starts :March 14,15,21,22,April 4,5
First game :April 7,14,21,28 May 5 ,last game May 12
Located at Lehigh Acres Middle School 104 Arthur Ave Lehigh
Sign up by February 16th receive $5 discount
Bring copy of child’s birth certificate to registration
Practice one night a week either a Monday or Tuesday from 6-7 or 7-8
GAMES on Thursday evening
Dan Sinclair and David Levin, CEO of Vanguard Cybersecurity, hacked into the Lee elections website a couple of weeks ago, said Vicki Collins, spokeswoman for the Lee County Supervisor of Elections.
“There was an attempted hacking of the website, but this is an ongoing investigation of the website,” she said. “The info they accessed was an old server with no (useful) information on it … Nobody is compromised.”
Follow up at 12:18 pm: Lehigh boys basketball coach Dawn McNew, who was suspended for the rest of the season after nine members of her team recorded a vulgar rap video in the locker room, was officially reinstated Monday, according to her attorney.
Mike McQuagge said he received official confirmation from the Lee County School District of the reinstatement.
The players were originally suspended for the season as well, but their punishment was reduced to a five-day school suspension – which ended Monday. They’re all eligible to play in the team’s next game, scheduled for Thursday night at Golden Gate High School.
McQuagge said McNew will be at practice Monday afternoon.
Many parents had come to McNew’s defense in the days after the initial suspensions were handed down, pointing out that she was not in the locker room when the video was recorded.
“We need her. We need her back,” said Bernard Edwards, a team parent. “She couldn’t have been in the locker room with the boys changing clothes and she didn’t know they were going to make the video.”
And McNew’s parents said they’re surprised the district has been so strict with her.
11:50 am Unnamed sources state that the Lehigh Senior Boys Basketball Head Coach Dawn McNew and of staff have been reinstated today and will be able to coach the boys at Golden Gate on Thursday at 7 pm
An 8-year-old girl in Lehigh Acres doesn’t want cake or presents for her 9th birthday, instead she wants people to donate to a local dog rescue.
Ellie will be turning 9 in February. She loves animals and asked if she could have a dog-themed birthday party at home. We started talking about it and got on the topic of how she could help animals in need. We have talked about this in the past, so it was nothing out of the ordinary.
One of the ideas was to collect donations for a local dog rescue for her birthday. We would let our family and friends know that if they wanted to help, they could bring a dog bone, dog food, treats and/or any contribution they wanted to make to help rescue dogs and drop them off at her party. We would then donate everything that we collected to Love is Fur Ever Dog Rescue.
She was thrilled with this idea and couldn’t contain her excitement. She started to tell all of her friends right away and then decorated a collection box for the contributions. Today, she told me that she wanted to use the money she has saved personally to buy dog food.
Redshirt junior Demetris Morant returned to the FGCU lineup Saturday night, blocked the first shot of the game and finished as one of six double-figure scorers for the Eagles (14-11, 5-4 A-Sun), who handed Atlantic Sun Conference leader North Florida (18-8, 7-2 A-Sun) its third-largest defeat of the year, 81-65, in front of a raucous and season-high 4,522 fans at Alico Arena.
Morant (Miami, Fla./UNLV/Bishop Gorman HS) - FGCU’s leading shot blocker and rebounder in terms of per-game average – had missed the previous seven games with a muscle bruise in his right leg, but returned to the tune of a season-high 12 points – including a patented alley-oop finish in the second half which for all intents and purposes finished off the Ospreys.
FGCU held the 5th-highest scoring offense in the country to a season-low 35-percent shooting (21-60) from the floor, 20 points below their season average and limited the nation’s most lethal 3-point attack to just 28.6 percent (10-35) from beyond the arc. Additionally, the Green and Blue frustrated the A-Sun’s leading scorer, Dallas Moore (20.3), and held him to just five points on 2-10 from the floor – the first time this year he has failed to reach double-figure points.
A Lehigh Acres woman was robbed in an instant while sitting at a stop sign. The thieves stole a ring right off her finger while she was still in her car near Three Oaks Parkway and San Carlos Boulevard.
Marsha Adams realizes things could have been much worse. She was just leaving an appointment Thursday night when she decided to take a little detour.
“I went towards San Carlos because I used to live out there.”
She wanted to see her old house, but felt a little disoriented.
“I made a left onto Three Oaks Parkway, I went down a backroad, and that’s where I got lost.”
A Lehigh Acres couple who lost their lives after driving into a canal Thursday night were celebrating their 39th wedding anniversary before they died.
Chester and Marie “Cookie” Oszust were found inside their submerged vehicle by Lee County deputies Friday morning.
They say the couple drove off the end of North Avenue into Able Canal. The sheriff’s office was called just after 8:30 a.m. Friday and responded with its dive team. You can still see the track marks from where the Oszusts’ Dodge Caliber ran off the road and into the canal.
Everyone we spoke with was stunned to hear something like this would happen to such a wonderful couple of high school sweethearts.
Fort Myers boys basketball team only won by 3 points playing against Lehigh mostly JV team, this shows character of these young athletics.
As Lehigh Senior heads to Regional’s as the nine players that were suspended will be back Monday to practice and then play in the first game. Lehigh will be on the road to face the winner of the District 6A-12 championship between either Golden Gate or Palmetto Ridge. If Lehigh wins its first region game on Thursday, it could face the Green Wave again on Feb. 16 in the region semifinals, pending the Green Wave win their first round region game.
Lehigh Senior’s coaching staff is still suspended.
At approximately 8:37 am the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a vehicle located in a Canal at the end of North Avenue in Lehigh Acres. The vehicle was identified as a 2008 silver Dodge Caliber which was submerged with just the roof showing.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded and assisted in securing the vehicle.
Due to the nature of the incident Lee County Sheriff’s Traffic Homicide Investigators responded to the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed on February 4, 2016 between 9 and 10 pm, the 2008 Dodge Caliber was traveling south on North Avenue, left the roadway, and entered the canal. There are no indications of any other vehicles involved and at this time and the incident is being investigated as a traffic crash.
Located in the vehicle were husband and wife, Marie A. Oszust DOB 05-02-1952, and Chester G. Oszust DOB 10-13-1952 both of Lehigh Acres.
The deceased were turned over to the Lee County Medical Examiner’s Office. This
remains an active investigation by the LCSO Traffic Homicide Unit.
Two bodies have been discovered in a submerged Dodge Vehicle pulled from a canal near North Avenue and East Jasmine Road.
Neighbors stood by, watching as investigators pulled the Dodge out of the Able Canal just after noon on Friday.
“There are no barricades right here, so you can just drive right off the end of the street because there’s nothing there to stop you,” said Debbie Walcott who lives nearby.
Residents add that this isn’t the first car to fall in.
Lehigh Senior High School had three football player sign letters of intent to play.
Austin Paraison signing with University of North Carolina
Chris Matheus signing with Tusculum College in Tennessee
Matt William signing with Applalachian State
Lee County deputies are investigating a submerged vehicle discovered inside the Able Canal Friday morning.
Dive crews are in the water checking if there are any occupants inside the vehicle. The area around the canal, near North Avenue, has been roped off while deputies investigate.
At this point, deputies only know it could have gone in the water anytime within the last 24 to 48 hours.
A Lehigh Acres teenager died in the hospital after she was hit head-on by a vehicle Thursday night on Leeland Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers said Maria A. Ortiz Fuentes, 19, was heading east when she was hit by a Chevy Camaro traveling in the wrong direction near the intersection of Greenwood Avenue just before 7 p.m. on Thursday evening
Fuentes was transported to Lehigh Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the Camaro, Jose Castaneda, 60, was also taken to the hospital in critical condition.
A third vehicle a Hyundai Elentra was also involved in the crash, but the driver was not injured.
Troopers said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Castaneda will be charged with driving on the wrong side of the roadway, according to the incident report. FHP shut down the road for nearly four hours while they investigated.
Nearly a month after two adults and five children were held at gunpoint during a Lehigh Acres home invasion, detectives are still on the hunt for the men responsible.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down three men who held a family of seven at gunpoint Saturday morning during the course of a home invasion robbery.
Detectives say the trio entered the Manuel Street E. home just after 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 9. Over the course of a few hours, the men scoured the house, while two adults and five juvenile children were contained at gunpoint. The men left in a dark colored four door vehicle.
Two of the suspects are described as black males, in their 20s, roughly 6’0”, with one of them possibly having a tattoo around his left eye. The third suspect is a lighter skinned male.
Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of these suspects 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.
By BILL LEVY
There is a good chance that Lehigh Acres Gazette owner/editor Robert Anderson could not have picked a better game to sponsor, than the game his publication sponsored on Thursday night. Behind a career high 16 points from Katie Meador, FGCU rolled past Jacksonville 58-39 before 2,011 at the Alico Arena. Kaneisha Atwater also had 16 for the Eagles and Whitney Knight was also in double figures for FGU with 11.
This was the first ASun loss for Jacksonville who is now 14-8 overall and 6-1 in the conference. FGCU meanwhile remains unbeaten in ASun play at 7-0 and is 14-8 overall.
It was the third time FGCU held an opponent to under 40 points this season.
“Our defense was excellent,” Eagles coach Karl Smesko said. “It was a whole team effort of everyone doing their job. Everyone understood the game plan.”
FGCU actually fell behind 4-0 near the start of the game, but tied it on Knight’s four point play as she was fouled, while connecting on a 3-pointer. That was the start of a 12-0 run as the Eagles took a 12-4 lead. They then closed out the first quarter with a 16-10 advantage and outscored the Dolphins 13-6 in the second quarter to take a commanding 29-16 lead into halftime, as well as complete control of the game, with Meador getting 13 of her points in the first 20 minutes.
The nine basketball players suspended at Lehigh Senior High School can return to class and the basketball court on Monday.
But the coaches are still temporary suspended from coaching duties, according to School District.
The players initially faced a five-day school suspension and were banned from athletics for the rest of the school year.
The eligibility of the players changed again Thursday afternoon after the parents of three of the nine players, along with an attorney representing one of the parents, met with Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins and other district staff Thursday morning.
“The Superintendent has thanked the parents and Attorney Joseph North for their input and has indicated to all that he believes we are a better school district as a result of the dialogue that has occurred this week,” district spokeswoman Amity Chandler said in a statement.
The meeting resulted in the restoration of the nine basketball players’ eligibility, orders for them to complete 40 hours of community service and to create a presentation about social media awareness.
A Lehigh Acres woman was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for stabbing a Lee County deputy.
Tiffany Garcia (DOB 11-17-88) pled in court to charges of Aggravated Battery on a law enforcement officer and Aggravated Assault on a law enforcement officer.
Last March, two deputies responded to a disturbance call at 706 Arianne Court in Lehigh Acres. Upon arrival, they encountered Garcia in the bathroom, wearing only her undergarments and behaving erratically. The female deputy, Corporal R. Shott, asked the female to get dressed so they could go out into the living room and talk. As Garcia reached into the drawer for clothes, she grabbed a knife and began slashing at Corporal Shott’s face and chest area before stabbing her in the leg. Garcia was taken down and arrested.
Garcia’s 13-year prison sentence will be followed by 12 years of probation. She must also undergo substance abuse and mental health evaluations.
For Corporal Shott, the road to recovery was a painful one and included more than three months of intense rehabilitation. Corporal Shott has since returned to full time duty and says she’s hasn’t let the incident keep her down. ”I’m still working,” she says with a smile. “Working to serve and protect.”
A fatal head-on crash occurred in Lehigh Acres Thursday evening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The crash happened at the intersection of Leeland Heights Boulevard and Greenwood Avenue.
The eastbound lanes of Leeland Heights Blvd. have been blocked.
One witness on the scene says that one of the drivers had to be extricated by Lehigh Acres Fire Dept with the Jaws of Life.