December 2014 Business of the month is the Lehigh Acres Community Council
The Community Council represents various organizations, civic and government agencies that meet regularly to discuss and act on issues effecting Lehigh Acres. The Council strives to be representative of Lehigh Acres residents and address the rights and concerns of the residents and businesses to the appropriate governmental agencies. Community Council has a positive impact on Lehigh Acres and the quality of life for Lehigh Acres residents. The Lehigh Acres Community Council has been avital component in Lehigh Acres since 1968.
;’/Two people were injured during a crash at a Lehigh Acres intersection Tuesday morning.
A person on scene tells us the crash happened after a tow truck slammed into a pickup truck at the intersection of McArthur Boulevard and Sentinela Boulevard — pushing it into the woods.
It appears the tow truck driver ran a stop sign, according to the person on the scene. The driver of the pickup truck and a young passenger were transported to the hospital. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.
A house fire at 507 West Jersey Road in Lehigh Acres. LAFC&RD personnel has confirmed that two people were inside the home, when they arrived. Both Linda and Gordon Evans were removed and taken to the hospital in critical condition – where one has died.
A woman did not survive and a man has been flown to Tampa General’s burn unit.
The home had hurricane windows so authorities were challenged to get inside.
According to the Fire Board agenda for the upcoming meeting on December 16, 2014, Chief John Chief wants the fire board to spend one million of your tax dollars on four new Type 1 ALS ambulances.
Currently the fire department owns and operates six ALS ambulances but refuses to put no more than four on duty at any given time and sighting lack of personnel and other resources as the main issues.
But the Lehigh Acres Gazette has been told the chief is planning for up to 46 firefighters to be layoff on April 1, 2015. Is it more important to keep firefighters on the job or to buy new equipment when you told everyone the department is broke, chief?
Lehigh Acres Fire Department responded to a fatal crash on Friday night.
It happened on Homestead Road South at around 7:30 p.m.
According to multiple witnesses, the driver of a maroon colored SUV lost control of his vehicle while driving through a parking lot. The vehicle struck a parked van and went into a drain ditch.
The driver was taken to Lehigh Acres Regional Hospital — where he was pronounced dead.
(The AP is reporting): A sexual predator has won almost $3 million from a Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket.
Orlando television station WKMG reported Wednesday that Timothy Poole purchased the winning ticket last weekend at a convenience store in Mount Dora, near Orlando.
Poole is listed on a Florida Department of Law Enforcement website as a sexual predator.
Home surveillance cameras catch a man carrying a deflated snow glob ornament from a family’s front yard in Lehigh Acres, in to the backseat of the car, and take off.
Hours later, the same man comes back, and returns.
The snow globe belonged to Carlos Giraldo’s 4-year old daughter. We were there on Tuesday when the little girl realized her Santa snow globe was missing.
When it was returned, they told Giraldo and his wife, they were supposed to pick up a snow globe from a friend’s house, and they had the wrong address. “Do you believe them?”
“I will love to believe them, but honestly, I don’t believe. I know they did wrong, but they came forward and they admitted it,” said Giraldo.
Congressman Curt Clawson (FL -19) nominated twenty students from Southwest Florida’s 19th Congressional District to attend the United States Service Academies for the 2015 freshman class.
U.S. Service Academies include: The United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, Colorado; The United States Military Academy – West Point, New York; The United States Naval Academy – Annapolis, Maryland; and The United States Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point, New York.
“As the first class of nominees I have had the pleasure of reviewing, I am honored that these fine students would not only prepare themselves for the challenges that lie ahead of them if they are accepted, but that they would also give themselves to serve our nation and defend our freedom. The academies will be tough and demanding, and my Academy Nominations Advisory Committee feels strongly that all of our nominees are up to the challenge. I join the Committee with pride to assist our nominees during the next phase of the admissions process.
A man accused of being involved in a violent home invasion in Lehigh Acres last month is expected to make his first appearance Wednesday morning.
Johnny Wade turned himself in at the Lee County Jail early Wednesday morning. He is accused of forcing his way into a home on 12th Street Southwest on November 25. Another suspect involved has not been identified.
Investigators believe Wade and the second suspect were looking for someone in the home. When they realized he wasn’t there, investigators say the pair forced their way in, held a woman against a wall at gunpoint and ransacked the place.
With all the speculation over the weekend; Earnest Graham rescinds resignation as coach of North Fort Myers, Monday afternoon.
Earnest Graham met with his North Fort Myers football team on Friday to announce his resignation as the Red Knights football coach.
That didn’t last long.
The Lehigh Acres Gazette is proud presented Chandler Powers with a set of FGCU vs NKU Men’s Basketball tickets. Powers age 17, has been on an emotional roller coaster this past year. Through it all Powers has endured it all with a smile.
The Lehigh Acres Fire Department responded to a vehicle rollover on Leeland Heights Boulevard Saturday morning.
It happened at around 9:30 a.m. near Bell Boulevard in front of the Winn Dixie Supermarket.
According to witnesses, the occupants of the van were able to get out of the vehicle and refused treatment.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.