After several teenagers were attacked and robbed last week at Veterans Park in Lehigh Acres, LCSO has stepped up its patrol in the area.
On foot and in patrol cars, Lee County deputies saturated Veterans Park Friday afternoon. Residents say the added security started last week after several teens were attacked in the park.
“It’s nice to know that our law enforcement is stepping up and keeping our park safe,” said Tim Smith.
Last week, several teenagers were brutally attacked and robbed at the park. Deputies arrested three teens for the attack on a 14-year-old, but say they are still investigating two other incidents.
“It’s scary because my family lives in this neighborhood,” said Smith.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lehigh Acres has one of those finalists: Elise Leyva, Lehigh Senior High School
Elise Leyva has come full circle at Lehigh Senior High. She was a graduate of the school and AVID tutor before joining the Lightning Family as a math teacher two years ago. Since then she has been working with a team of four to implement an effective professional learning community to tackle intensive algebra. Along with her team, she attended multiple trainings to prepare including AVID Summer Institute, Kagan Mathematics training, and a variety of educational technology trainings. Together her team researched how to better reach struggling at risk math students. As a result, her team improved their algebra EOC passing rate by 17 percentage points last year. Her commitment to teaching and learning makes her an innovative member of Lehigh Senior High.
UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.
A spokesman for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office says the residents of 732 Gaylord Avenue in Lehigh Acres were working in their garage when they noticed a suspicious car driving around the neighborhood.
The residents of the home told police they were so concerned that they decided to arm themselves.
The residents say that the car stopped in front of the home, people got out and multitude of gunfire was exchanged.
One male resident was shot in the abdomen and taken to the hospital by Lehigh Fire Dept. The suspects in the vehicle fled the scene.
Lee Sheriff office is releasing few details about a criminal investigation in the area of Gaylord Street and Kimberly Street.
Earliest reports these morning indicated the activity may have involved a shooting however LSCO has not yet confirmed it.
Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash involving a bus and a car.
It happened on the cormer of 7th Street and Hightower Avenue at around 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
According to FHP report, the red Mitsubishi Eclipse was approaching the intersection when the bus drove onto the car.
The driver of the Eclipse was able to escape with minor cuts on his arm.
The bus is privately-owned according to FHP.