Supreme Court Denies Bondi’s
Request to Further Delay the Freedom to Marry Clears the way for marriages to begin in Florida Jan 6th
Today, the United States Supreme Court denied the State of Florida’s motion for a stay of an August federal court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The order means the stay expires at the end of the day on January 5. Same-sex couples will be free to marry in Florida once the stay in the ruling is lifted.
On December 18th, 2014, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a 911 call stating that there was a suspicious smell coming from the residence at 236 South Lake Drive in Lehigh Acres.
Deputies from the East District responded. Upon the approach to the house, deputies stated that they could smell the strong odor of marijuana. Upon knocking on the door, and not receiving an answer, deputies notified Narcotics Unit Detectives.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the property. Upon serving the search warrant, detectives discovered 65 marijuana plants throughout the residence. Deputies also determined that suspects were pouring gasoline onto the driveway in an attempt to mask the smell of the marijuana.
An estimated combined weight of 158 lbs. of marijuana was recovered.
The investigation is still ongoing at this time.
Over 500.00 dollars in toys for the “Toys for Tots” program, and over 100 lbs of food to Lehigh Elementary School for their Food Pantry program was delivered courtesy of VFW Post 4174 and its Auxiliaries. Merry Christmas!
On Nov 26 of 2014 Dale Pinheiro was fired for his assault on a LCSO V.O.I.C.E Officer, during an incident on Sept 14, 2014. In the reports the Lehigh Acres Gazette has attained, it clear show Pinheiro did indeed attack a LCSO V.O.I.C.E Officer with Lehigh Acres Fire equipment. And yelled profanities at other LCSO officers.
V.O.I.C.E. stands for Volunteer Observer Impacting Community the effort began in 1988 when the Lee County Sheriff’s Office needed additional deputies but did not have the budget to hire them. V.O.I.C.E. is comprised of concerned citizens who care about their community and are dedicated to helping the Sheriff’s Office provide a higher level of service to its citizens and visitors.
Chief John R. Wayne formally terminated Pinheiro over this matter including acting extremely unprofessional.
Dale Pinheiro refused to give a statement to the Lehigh Acres Gazette, but records show that Pinheiro a self-proclaimed outlaw bike is filing for arbitration to get his job back again. This will likely cost taxpayers 12,000 to 15,000 dollars in legal fees.
Records show that Pinheiro was fired and then rehired for similar actions in the past.
“The Lee County Sheriff’s Office values the working relationship with the Lehigh Acres Fire Department and their employees. Unfortunate incidents such as this are not reflective of the outstanding job that these agencies do on a daily basis.” Stated in an email by Sheriff Mike Scott
To review all the documents of this case please click below.
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?