Lehigh Acres Fire officials tell us a woman lost control of her minivan while taking a curve. Witnesses say the van rolled at least four times down the hill before coming to a rest. The driver was ejected and found 10 feet into the wooded area.
The woman suffered life-threatening injuries and taken to Lee Memorial Hospital on a trauma alert.
The westbound lanes of SR-82 were shut down, but have reopened.
The westbound lane of SR-82 is blocked due to a crash involving injuries, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
It happened on SR-82 near Harcourt Avenue at around 3:21 p.m. Saturday.
Lehigh Acres Fire officials say one person was trauma alerted out.
by Don Browne
Despite warnings from environmentalists, State Senator Dwight Bullard and TV host Jane Velez-Mitchell, Hendry County officials seem unable or unwilling to question the safety of a breeding facility for 3,200 Macaque monkeys at a site in Hendry County just blocks east of homes in Lehigh Acres.
A mystery company with no publicly listed phone number, address or names of company representatives has gained governmental permissions to build a breeding facility in western Hendry County, just feet from the Lee county line and homes in the residential community of Lehigh Acres.
In a recent broadcast by Jane Velez-Mitchell, Florida Senator Dwight Bullard called for a look into the breeding facility over worries about the environmental compatibility of plans to house in Hendry County, and eventually sells to laboratories thousands of monkeys. Bullard is on the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation.
Lehigh Acres Fire Department battled an early morning vehicle fire Saturday.
It happened in the 1100 block of Eisenhower Boulevard shortly after 2:30 a.m.
According to Lehigh Acres Fire officials, the owner of the pickup truck said he and his wife were sleeping when they heard an explosion. The couple went outside and found their GMC pickup truck on fire in the driveway.
The couples’ other vehicle also received some heat damage. However, their home was unharmed.
The Fire Marshal of the Lehigh Acres Fire Department will be investigating the cause.
According to Tom Scott Chairman of the Lee County School Board the “re-vote meeting” was been scheduled for Tuesday Sept 2 at 8:30 AM to accommodate Ms. Dozier and Ms. Morgan’s trip to Vero Beach and at the normal 6pm meeting time.
Lehigh Acres Gazette has learned that School board member Mary Fischer has requested a school board meeting for the purpose of making a motion to rescind the school board’s action to opt the District out of state-mandated assessments.
Dr. Nancy Graham, Superintendent of Schools, has agreed to schedule such meeting. Additional information such as date and time of meeting will be forthcoming according to Graham’s office.
Two women were hospitalized after a head-on crash early Friday morning on Leeland Heights Boulevard.
Two witness’ have said that the woman driving a Chevy Impala crossed the Leeland Heights Blvd and hit a Ford Expedition head on near Texas Road.
The driver of the Impala became trapped in the vehicle by the dashboard and had to be extricated by Lehigh Acres firefighters with the Jaws of Life. She was then flown by LeeFlight to Lee Memorial Hospital as a trauma alert.
The woman driving the SUV was taken to Lehigh Regional Medical Center via ambulance with minor injuries.
Leeland Heights Boulevard was closed in both directions while the Florida Highway Patrol conducted an investigation.
Leeland Heights Boulevard has been reopened.
As the Lee County School District now waits to hear from Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee on the effects of the board’s significant vote.
The school board’s attorney did find the following:
EFFECTS OF DISTRICT OPTING OUT OF STATEWIDE ASSESSMENTS
Lee County School District Superintendent Nancy Graham said Thursday the district is in “uncharted territories” since the board decided to opt-out of state mandated testing.
The three-to-two vote Wednesday came after Graham and the school board attorney advised against making the historic move, which places the district as the first statewide to opt-out.
Graham is in communication with the Florida Department of Education, and has met with principals in the district.
Lee County School Board Chairman Thomas Scott said he will ask Superintendent Nancy Graham to present a plan by the end of October detailing how the district will move forward without participating in state standardized tests.
The Lee County board became the first in Florida on Wednesday to opt out of the state’s mandatory student assessment tests, a move with potentially massive ramifications. The board, however, voted without a plan in place for how to assess student performance, and without answers as to what the fallout of the decision will be.
Governor Rick Scott weighed in on the Lee County School Board’s decision to opt out of state-mandated testing.
When asked about the historical decision the school board made, Gov. Scott said, “We will see exactly what they did, but I think the one thing they’ll have to think about is: did it impact their ability to get federal funding?”
“What impact, if they do lose that, will that have on their students?” Scott added.
Gov. Scott also said the biggest concern for a teacher, parent or student is whether the decision will reduce the schools’ federal funding.