Martin Avenue S., Lehigh Acres: will be closed to through traffic between 28th ST SW and 29th ST SW beginning Wednesday, February 3rd, at 9 a.m. Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District will be replacing a failing culvert pipe. Work is expected Road Watch Report Road Watch February 11 to February 17, 2016 to be completed by February 24th, 2016.
Report by: Samuel D. Brown
This was my experience at The Wings of Freedom. It was amazing! I was lucky enough to talk to several people about the planes. One guy in particular is a WWII vet. He is 91 years old. His name is Francis Moll. He was a tail gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress. I asked him if it was fun being in the air. He said no because every time they went up it was for a reason. And when they were in the air they were always alert, focused, and prepared for battle.
Moll and I also talked about the position of the tail gunner. He said that the tail gunner was the most responsible and the most important part of the plane. The reason is because enemies would sneak up behind the plane. If the tail gunner was shot out then everyone else on the plane would possibly die because the sphere on the top can’t aim very low and the bottom sphere can aim up high. Also the two side guns towards the back of the both left and right sides wouldn’t be able to shoot it down. So that’s why in his opinion and mine the tail gunner is the most important gunner on the airplane.
There was another man at the show. He was a volunteer there. He stood by the B-17. His name was Charles Wheatley. I never got his age when I was talking to him. He is one of the lucky people to fly in a B-17 without being in the military or being the pilot. He did tell me where he works. He works at the airplane museum in Tampa. He is a pretty cool guy.
The B-17 is a nice plane. I got to walk through the plane and see a lot of the control systems. It can hold up to 12 people all altogether. It has 7 torrents. It can hold up to 4 big bombs on each side. Or it can also drop several tiny bombs at a time. It is a pretty good plane in a lot of people’s perspective.
The other plane is called the B-24J Liberator. I didn’t meet anyone to talk about the B-24J. This airplane has 5 torrents. It is a very small bomber plane. It holds about 3 big bombs on each side. It is a pretty nice little bomber plane. It has very little space inside. All together it is a nice plane.
This is my favorite plane of all. It’s called the P-51 Mustang. It is a little plane. It holds up to two people in the cockpit. Since it is a tiny plane it cannot drop off bombs. The plane is my favorite because it is a close combat plane. It can fly as low as 15000ft and as high as 30000ft. It is a very good plane and many people love this plane.
All of the planes I have talked about today are all close combat planes. So that is all for my article about The Wings of Freedom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.