Rev. Robert Geckler, the new minister of the startup of the Light of Christ Community Church of Lehigh Acres wants to let Lehigh residents know of the new church and invite them to attend.
“We are an open and inclusive, non-denominational church, with a worship style that is both traditional, yet casual. Come as you are,” he said.
He said the small congregation and himself are extending a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, straight, rich or poor.
“We extend a special welcome to children and to adults, those who are skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds, he laughed.
“You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing for a church, just woke up or just got out. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, more Methodist than Wesley, or haven’t been in church since Little Joey’s baptism.
“We welcome soccer mons, Bronco dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte sippers, megarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recover or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, if you’re down in the dumps or in need of a prayer. Whether you had church shoved down your throat as a kid or if you don’t like ‘organized religion’ – we’ve been there too,” said Geckler.
Smiling, he continued, “We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, troubled hearts … and you.”
Congressman Curt Clawson (FL-19) announced today that he would not seek reelection in 2016 in order to spend more time in Southwest Florida with his father and family. Clawson will finish his current term in office that ends in January 2017.
Regarding his decision, Clawson stated this evening, “Since my mother’s passing last year, our family has gone through significant change and transition. I believe that now is a good time to pass the baton and spend more time close to home.”
Clawson also reiterated his belief in the value of citizen legislators in an era of career politicians, adding, “Our political system is well served when qualified folks from other fields take a temporary turn participating in the governing bodies of our great country.”
Clawson continued, “I am proud of our work while in office in defending conservative values, supporting our constituents, especially our vets, standing against business as usual in Washington, and changing the conversation about our water resources in South Florida. Moreover, I will always be grateful for passing H.R. 890 into law, protecting over 17,000 acres of pristine coastal property in Collier County.”
Clawson concluded, “I have been deeply humbled and honored to represent the people of Florida 19. I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and encouragement throughout my time in public service.”
Two people were injured in a wreck involving an ambulance Thursday afternoon on Daniels Parkway.
The crash, between a Jeep Cherokee and Lehigh Acres Fire Department 2016 Ambulance, happened around noon near the intersection of Gateway Boulevard.
The driver of the Jeep Cherokee one Bradley Buffington, 52. The firefighters Christopher Vasquez and Steven Tezyk in the ambulance Vasquez had no injuries and Tezyk had minor injuries per the FHP report.
Lehigh Acres Fire Rescue Ambulance was westbound on CR-876 in the center lane approaching Gateway Blvd. with a green traffic signal. Ambulance had its emergency lights and siren active as it was transporting a patient named Sharon Howard, 70 to the hospital. Jeep was southbound on Gateway Blvd. in the through lane to travel across Daniels Pkwy. Jeep entered the intersection on a red traffic signal. Ambulance’s front struck Jeep’s left side. Jeep overturned in the intersection and the driver was ejected. Jeep came to rest upright in the roadway.
Mr. Buffington the driver of the Jeep was at fault in the crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Mr. Buffington was charged with failure to yield to emergency vehicle.
This ambulance had heavy damage to its front end and could be not of service for some time.
Also today another new ambulance got one of its front wheel and tires replaced to careless driving by a firefighter costing the taxpayers another $2500.
As a result of several Crime Stoppers tips, the accused shooter in Monday’s altercation at Old Fashion Auto has been identified as Lester Alexis Bermudez Lozada (DOB 8/26/94). Bermudez Lozada is known to frequent the Lehigh Acres area, as well as the Daniels Parkway/Treeline Avenue neighborhood. He was armed Monday with a semi-automatic handgun and should be considered both violent and dangerous. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Bermudez Lozada 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.
The U.S. House of Representatives tonight passed emergency legislation to aid in the fight against the spread of Zika in the U.S. The virus is prevalent in Latin America and is spread largely by The Aedes aegypti species of mosquito, putting South Florida on the front lines in the battle.
After voting for H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, Congressman Curt Clawson (Fl-19) stated:
Written by KYLE S. REYES
While you were fighting over who should use what bathrooms at Target, we lost our country.
While you were arguing with coworkers over who would leave the country first if Trump/Clinton were elected, the “American Dream” perished.
Don’t believe me? Then perhaps ALL is lost. And I can prove it all to you through the eyes of a child.
The screens around our house in the past couple of weeks stand in stark contrast to what’s in front of them.
The television … the laptops … the iPads … the cell phones … filled with images of the attacks around the world. Day in and day out, we hear stories about “refugees” pouring into the United States. Broadcast are the sounds of tone-deaf leaders. Of anger. Of hatred. Of hurt. Of fear.
In front of those screens runs our little daughter. Just over a year old, she’s the greatest blessing a young family can have. She’s filled with innocence, love, joy and our hopes for the future.
A Lehigh Acres man has been charged with second degree murder in the Sunday morning death of Eddie Powell Jr., 22, at the Island Park Shopping Center in south Lee County.
Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office major crimes unit arrested Abraham Isaac Rivera, 20, on Monday in connection with Powell’s death.
On Sunday, at approximately 3:14 a.m., the sheriff’s office responded to 16520 South Tamiami Trail and found Powell’s body.
The site is the Island Park Shopping Center at the corner of Island Park Road and Tamiami Trail and contains several restaurants, bars, a hookah lounge and other businesses.
Construction at the center has closed a large section of the parking lot.
A 2015 entry in the Lee County jail website for Powell said he had lived with his mother in Fort Myers but had moved to Cape Coral.
Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit have assumed this ongoing investigation.
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium is pleased to announce the return of Laser Light Shows for a limited engagement, May 18-28, 2016.
According to Planetarium Director, Heather Preston, “So many shows, so little time. If this ten days of lasers works out, we will bring it back sometime this summer, so now’s the time to show you care!”
Go Wild for Lasers, an amazing lineup of shows. All shows are $10
Wednesday, May 18th, 7:00 pm & 8 pm - Laser “Week” Begins (Sneak Preview)
AT LONG LAST!!! Get your laser fix! Our first two shows will be 7 pm: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon and 8 pm: Pink Floyd: The Wall.
A Lehigh Acres woman was arrested Monday, accused of stealing more than $200,000 from a client’s bank account.
Altagracia Ortuno, 32, is charged with grand theft over $100,000, and criminal use of personal identification information over $50,000. Both are first-degree felonies.
Ortuno is a former bank teller for BMO-Harris Bank in Bonita Springs. Authorities say she used the personal information of a bank client to create fraudulent deposit slips and illegally withdraw approximately $201,000 from the client’s bank account over a period of 15 months.
When the client reported the theft to the bank, Ortuno left the bank for personal reasons and was later terminated.
This crime not sitting well with current or future clients.
“I just had a little banking business in there just now, but I don’t know if I would trust my account here,” says customer Wayne Welch.
BMO-Harris Bank released the following statement:
“We take the protection of our customer assets very seriously. This was an isolated incident and we have fully reimbursed the customer for related withdrawals. I cannot comment on the specifics as this is now a police matter. Any other questions should be directed to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.”
Ortuno is currently in the Lee County Jail.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down an unknown male, and the silver Nissan he was driving, after a verbal altercation turned violent yesterday afternoon.
The victim, who is employed by J&W tow truck company, pulled into the Old Fashion Auto, located at 1209 Homestead Road in Lehigh just after 5 p.m. on Monday, May 16. As he was unloading a vehicle from his truck, an unknown Hispanic male became agitated because he felt the driver was blocking the driveway. The two men argued for a short time, leading to the suspect pulling out a semi-automatic handgun and shooting the driver once, causing a non-fatal injury. The suspect fled eastbound on Homestead Road in a newer model silver Nissan, equipped with chrome rims and a black top. There was also an unknown female in the passenger side seat.
Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect 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<http://www.swflcrimestoppers.org/> or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.