After leading the men’s soccer program to its third NCAA Tournament appearance this past fall, head coach Bob Butehorn and the FGCU men’s soccer coaching staff has announced the dates for their annual Gulf Coast Soccer Academy for the upcoming spring and summer.
Butehorn, who has led FGCU to five-straight Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season league championships and three NCAA Tournament berths in its first four years of eligibility, will be joined by assistant coaches Alec Dufty and Joe Dincecco for a series of different types of camps. All camps are held on FGCU’s pristine resort-style, beach-lined campus, conveniently located just minutes from the Fort Myers airport and Gulf Coast beaches.
Pamper Me Fabulous Valentine Vendor Event on Feb 7th at First Community Congregational Church
Pamper Me Fabulous is going to be a great day to come out and spoil yourself and those you love!
Plus shopping with about 30 vendors and health/wellness providers who offer amazing products and services in our local Lehigh Acres community. Cash and carry items and gift certificates will be available for purchase.
Pre-Valentine’s Day shopping right at your disposal!
This event benefits the Helping Hands Ministry at the church which helps feed the hungry in Lehigh Acres.
Keep It Local! Get ready for Valentine’s Day and support a ministry that does good work right here in Lehigh Acres.
Sunset is now considered to be in fair condition.
Her white blood cell count has improved but vets still want to get her protein levels up. They say she was much more alert and responsive on Friday and were feeling “positive” about her progress.
Yesterday: She has a white blood cell count similar to an animal with cancer, but x-rays were positive for her heart, lungs and chest.
Sunset’s foster dad takes her home every night and brings her back in the morning for treatment.
Vets say Sunset is walking around and eating but her road to recovery is still a long one. She was allegedly used as a bait dog to train other dogs how to fight, and then left to die.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services is currently investigating this case of a stray female pit bull now in the care of Gulf Coast Humane Society GCHS.
At this point in the investigation Lee County Domestic Animal Services will not comment on Sunset’s wounds are the result of dog fighting or from an altercation with another dog not related to organized dog fighting.
Many of you have been helping out financially with her recovery, and the Humane Society says it couldn’t do this without your help.
If you’d like to help, click here to donate to Gulf Coast Humane Society’s Second Chance Fund.
Three vehicle pile on the corner Homestead Rd and Adams Ave. Accident happened around 3:15 p.m. No injuries reported but EMS was on scene. FHP and LCSO is handling the accident scene. Be careful of road backups and debris on the road.
The state of Florida finds itself in an enviable position. It’s expecting a $1 billion surplus in the upcoming fiscal-year budget. Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed budget includes increasing public-school spending – but it does not include expanding Florida’s Medicaid program for the uninsured.
Scott, who credits an improving economy for the windfall, said he wants to return some of the money to Floridians in the form of tax cuts.
“People know best how to spend their own money,” he said, “and that’s why now that we have a budget surplus, we are giving back Floridians $673 million in their own money.”
Joel Boulevard near Edwards Drive has been reopened after a two-vehicle head-on crash with injuries that happen around 8 p.m.
According to witnesses, the head-on crash involved a white sedan and a red SUV.
Witnesses say the driver of the white sedan was trapped in the car and firefighters had to be extricated them by using the Jaws of Life. According to FHP the driver was trauma alerted and flown to Lee Memorial Hospital.
Also the driver of the red SUV was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.
With its 14th win in as many games, the FGCU women’s basketball team moved to 19-2 on the season with a 71-49 victory over Lipscomb University Thursday night at Allen Arena. FGCU maintains its position atop the Atlantic Sun Conference standings with a 6-0 conference record, while Lipscomb falls to 8-12 overall and an even 3-3 in league action.
After a slow start for both teams, the Eagles took control of the game with back-to-back 3-pointers and extended the lead to double-figures midway through the first half. The Eagles maintained a shooting percentage of 42.9 to hold on to the advantage and ultimately earned its fifth-straight double-digit victory. The win stands as the team’s 14th-straight victory for the nation’s sixth-best win streak.
In a battle of second-place teams in the Atlantic Sun Conference, it was the FGCU men’s basketball team (15-7, 5-1 A-Sun) which emerged victorious as the Eagles never trailed and moved into sole possession of second place in the league with a 78-62 win over Lipscomb (10-11, 4-2 A-Sun) Thursday night at Alico Arena.
Redshirt senior Jamail Jones (Atlanta, Ga./Montverde Academy/Marquette) led a quartet of FGCU double-figure scorers with a season- and game-high 18 points on an efficient 7-10 from the floor, including 3-4 from 3-point range. Senior Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS) scored seven of FGCU’s first nine second-half points en route to finishing with 16 on the night. Redshirt junior Julian DeBose (Washington, D.C./St. John College HS/Rice) continued his stellar play in conference action by adding 14 points and a game-best seven rebounds, while redshirt sophomore Marc-Eddy Norelia (Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS/Tulane) contributed 13 on 6-7 from the field.
Lee County deputies are searching for the man that robbed the Metro PCS located at 4316 Lee Boulevard in Lehigh Acres.
Deputies were called to the business at 6:05 p.m. The clerk says the suspect was armed with a handgun and demanded money. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured.
The suspect is described as a dark skinned black male with a beard, approximately 6 feet tall in his mid to late twenties. He was last seen in the Shoppes of Lehigh Plaza wearing a camouflage jacket, jeans and a dark colored baseball cap.
If you have any information on this armed robbery, call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 477-1000. Or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Anonymous tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org, through the Tip Submit app on any iPhone or by texting CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.
A couple who recently tried to cancel part of their Comcast service was stunned to find that the cable giant had changed their billing name to “A**hole Brown.”
“I am shocked,” Lisa Brown told Christopher Elliot, the blogger who first reported the story.
Brown said that her family was having financial difficulties and chose to save money by canceling the cable portion of their bill. When she tried to cancel, she was transferred to one of the company’s infamous “retention specialists” who attempted to persuade her to keep the service.
“I was never rude,” she told Elliot. “It could have been that person was upset because I didn’t take the offer.”
However, soon after she got the bill, Brown noticed that her husband’s first name had been substituted for “A**hole.”
Comcast has since confirmed the incident and refunded the couple for the past two years of service, in addition to two additional years of service at no charge.
“We have spoken with our customer and apologized for this completely unacceptable and inappropriate name change,” said Steve Kipp, Comcast vice president of communications for the Washington region. “We have zero tolerance for this type of disrespectful behavior and are conducting a thorough investigation to determine what happened.”
“We are working with our customer to make this right and will take appropriate steps to prevent this from happening again,” he added in a statement.
This is not the first time a Comcast customer has had trouble canceling service. Last year, audio of a “belligerent” service representative keeping a customer on the phone for an extended period of time went viral.
After 24 years of financial and other support from our local hospital and following statement from Lehigh Regional Medical Center’s CEO Joanie Jeannette was emailed to the Lehigh Acres Gazette:
“We have enjoyed supporting the Lehigh Acres Senior Citizen Center for many years but our first priority is to provide needed healthcare services to our community. As many hospitals must do in this changing environment, we are evaluating how we allocate our resources to best support direct patient care. Prior to our sponsorship agreement expiring, we had several conversations with the center to find ways to be supportive. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach a new agreement and can no longer continue our sponsorship at the same level.”
The current Lehigh Acres Senior Center President Tom Smith has refused to comment on the situation. But members of the center are confused and concerned about the financial future of the senior center.
Sunset Update! The first 48 hours are critical in the road to recovery. Sunset went home with a foster parent last night where she ate wet dog food. It is still too early to tell if she is going to make a full recovery but with all of the outpouring support and encouragement from the community she is staying strong. Please continue to keep Sunset in your thoughts.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services is currently investigating this case of a stray female pit bull now in the care of Gulf Coast Humane Society GCHS. At this point in the investigation we cannot say whether the dog’s wounds are the result of dog fighting or from an altercation with another dog not related to organized dog fighting.
But according to GCHS, 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.
When making a determination of dog fighting, Lee County Domestic Animal Services officers evaluate several things: the condition of the dog, whether there is any evidence of dog fighting paraphernalia present at the scene and statements and/or videos/pictures provided by witnesses, if available.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services investigated 20 cases of dog fighting in 2013 and nine cases in 2014. No arrests by law enforcement were made in any of the cases due to a lack of substantiated evidence. Organized dog fighting is difficult to investigate and even more difficult to prove. Organizers are savvy and continually move their operations. Notice of the fights are announced just prior to being held. By the time law enforcement can arrive they have already concluded the fight and have moved to another location.
FHP investigating a school bus crash. Chrysler 200 was traveling westbound on 4 ST W approaching the intersection with Gunnery Rd (CR 876). Lee County School Bus was traveling northbound in the left turn lane of Gunnery Rd approaching the intersection with 4 ST W. Kia Soul was stopped in the northbound lane of Gunnery Rd. The traffic signal north of School Bus and Kia at the intersection with Lee Blvd (CR 884) was solid red for northbound traffic. Chrysler 200 stopped at the stop sign on 4 ST W facing west at the stop sign at the intersection with Gunnery Rd. Chrysler 200 attempted to cross the three lanes of northbound Gunnery Rd to enter the left turn lane. Chrysler 200 entered the intersection and the path of Lee County School Bus. The right front of Lee County School Bus collided with the front of Chrysler 200 as in entered the left turn lane. The impact pushed the right front of Chrysler 200 into the left side and rear of Kia Soul. Lee County School Bus is a marked Lee County School Board bus. Lee County School bus was occupied by 20 students who were uninjured. The students were transferred to another bus for transport. Charges by FHP are pending
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.