Last year, children got stuck on a ride for more than ninety minutes. Now, parents are using an on-line petition — asking festival organizers to pick a different company.
For three years in a row, a ride has malfunctioned at the Lehigh Acres Spring Festival. Luckily, this time around no one was hurt.
Lehigh Acres parents are banding together asking Spring Festival planners to consider bringing in a different ride operator. About 48 people already support the petition, some saying things like “we shouldn’t have to be scare to have fun.” Click here for petition
Some parents told us they refuse to bring their kids to the Spring Festival. In 2013, the Ring of Fire sent two children to the hospital when witnesses say a wheel fell off. Then last year, Modern Midways told us high winds caused a gate to fly off a ride and smash into a nearby windshield.
We asked the organizers at the Lehigh Acres Spring Festival if they would consider the petition. They would comment at this time.
Parents say they would be willing to ride, if there were more safety precautions. Otherwise, they’ll keep avoiding the fair until a new company comes in.
A Lehigh Acres woman is accused of driving under the influence, hitting another car and leaving the scene, all with a five-year-old child in the backseat.
Lyndsey Woolf, 22, is in the Lee County jail. The sheriff’s office reports Woolf hit a car while driving on Colonial Boulevard, kept driving, and swerved in and out of traffic. Several witnesses reported the driver to deputies.
Her 5-year-old child in the back seat was not injured and was placed in the care of family. Deputies reported finding marijuana throughout the car– and Woolf told deputies they’d find the drug in her system.
Wolfe is charged with child neglect, DUI, DUI involving property damage and drug possession of marijuana less than 20 grams.
Elected Fire Board promised and voted in a resolution # 14-09-05 (Click Here to read); that they the fire board would not include Not-For-Profit (501c3) organizations such charitable, religious, scientific or literary and these organizations would be exempt from the fire assessment.
NOW FOR THE GREAT LIE …….. Their Attorney Richard Pringle stated for the record that everything was included in the NEW Initial Assessment Resolution and the Fire Board authorized it on March 24, 2015. (Click here to download and listen)
Note that on NONE of the 27 pages of the new Resolution, does it state anything about any organizations such charitable, religious, scientific or literary to be exempt for the Fire Assessment.
And now on page 14 (Click Here) of the Resolution which was voted on and duly authorized by the elected fire board on March 24, 2015, It states the Institutional Property will be charge by the usage of the property, so if Institutional Property is owned by a charitable, religious, scientific or literary and they runs for example a retail store on the property that property will be charged the fire assessment fee. This is the same if a Church has a daycare on the property according to the Pringle the church will be charged the fire assessment fee. . (Click here to download and listen to Fire Attorney Richard Pringle and the board agreeing with him)
The ballot question did not have a usage clause in it, so how can the Elected Fire Board change it? According to Pringle the board consultants said that it can be done that way.
Since 2006 Robert Briggs has been running Modern Midways, but before that he worked for his father Frank Briggs owner of Midwest Midways, based at the same address in Steger, Ill
The Lehigh Acres Spring Festival Committee has been during business with Midwest Midways or Modern Midways for nearly 30 years
But Between 2005 and 2006 Midwest Midways closed and equipment was sold to Modern Midways.
Midwest Midways according Florida records they had three accidents 2002, 2003 and 2005.
The 2003 accident was it the Lehigh Acres Spring Festival – News clipping — (Friday, March 29, 2003) – At the Lehigh Spring Fest in Lehigh Acres, Florida, a Tornado ride collapsed, injuring 4 children. The Tornado features eight spinning 4-person gondolas which rotate about a central column. Witnesses say that one of the gondolas clipped the ground, causing the central column to break off its axis.
The children’s injuries were “seat belt-type” injuries, and none appeared to be serious.
The Tornado is owned and operated by Midwest Midways.
The same records show that Midwest Midways received 7 warnings and or fines between 2002 and 2006.
It’s funny when people do not like the truth and try to use attorney’s to bully their cause.
This attorney also has been bullying other local media outlets all day.
The Lehigh Acres Gazette received this email from Kristian Dunn from Dunn & Miller in Tallassee that represented Modern Midways in the 2013 Ring of Fire case.
To the Lehigh Acres Gazette
Lee County deputies are conducting an investigation along Flamingo Avenue in Lehigh Acres, but are staying tight lipped about details.
A Lee County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with serious injuries after being stabbed on a call Monday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.
Public Information Officer Scott Lineberger says the deputy’s injuries are not life-threatening.
Lineberger tells the Gazette, deputies went to a disturbance call at 706 Arianne Court at 6:20 a.m. That’s off Maple Avenue South.
Right now, one person is in custody, Lineberger said, there is no danger to the community.
Around 8 p.m. witnesses told Lehigh Acres Gazette (which was already on scene covering the festival) a carnival ride was stuck in the air, trapping eight riders
The ride, known as the Power Surge was stuck in the air for more than an hour Saturday night. Lehigh Acres Fire fighters used a ladder truck to rescue the passengers on the ride. Fortunately, no one was injured, but one did go to the hospital as a precaution.
Last person off the ride at around 9:30, meaning rides were stuck on that ride for about an hour and a half.
The Lehigh Acres Spring Festival is no stranger to controversy and terror like this.
One year ago, in 2014 a piece of metal flew out the ride called “Tap Out” and broke a window of a car.
2013 a similar rotating ride, called “The Ring of Fire”, came to an abrupt stop.
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Five people are hospitalized after a fight broke out at a party in Lehigh Acres Saturday night, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident happened around 11:45 p.m. on 7th St. W. Deputies were investigating for about five hours this morning. Deputies couldn’t tell us what started the fight. Eyewitness that spoke to the Lehigh Acres Gazette stated three teens were shot and were taken to the hospital.
Neighbors called Lehigh Acres Gazette saying they heard gunshots, but deputies couldn’t confirm that. According to LCSO, when they arrived there was a large amount of people there and were involved in a pretty large fight. Five people were wounded during this disturbance.
No arrest have been made in connection to what happened and the community is not in any danger.
Anyone who has any information on this incident is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at239-477-1000, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).
The power surge ride trapped 8 people vertically for over an hour at the Lehigh Acres Spring Festival. Lehigh Acres Fire Department was called and the ladder truck was used to rescue the rides. No injuries what were reported.
Dianne Chilton found the remains of two horses while driving near the intersection of Clark Avenue and 13th Street.
The Lee County Sheriff’s office said horse owners are allowed to kill and consume the meat. According to state statute, it is illegal to consume or sell it unless it is properly marked, stamped and described as horse.
In an email statement, Representative Heather Fitzenhagen said, “killing a horse for food to eat personally does not appear to violate the law.
However, the manner in which the animals were killed may give rise to an animal cruelty charge. Additionally, dumping a carcass is crime.
If the perpetrators are hungry, I hope they will consider availing themselves of resources like the Harry Chapin Food Bank rather than commit this act”, said Fitzenhagen
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating and if the act proves to be criminal, further action could be taken.