A Lehigh Acres woman was robbed in an instant while sitting at a stop sign. The thieves stole a ring right off her finger while she was still in her car near Three Oaks Parkway and San Carlos Boulevard.
Marsha Adams realizes things could have been much worse. She was just leaving an appointment Thursday night when she decided to take a little detour.
“I went towards San Carlos because I used to live out there.”
She wanted to see her old house, but felt a little disoriented.
“I made a left onto Three Oaks Parkway, I went down a backroad, and that’s where I got lost.”
A Lehigh Acres couple who lost their lives after driving into a canal Thursday night were celebrating their 39th wedding anniversary before they died.
Chester and Marie “Cookie” Oszust were found inside their submerged vehicle by Lee County deputies Friday morning.
They say the couple drove off the end of North Avenue into Able Canal. The sheriff’s office was called just after 8:30 a.m. Friday and responded with its dive team. You can still see the track marks from where the Oszusts’ Dodge Caliber ran off the road and into the canal.
Everyone we spoke with was stunned to hear something like this would happen to such a wonderful couple of high school sweethearts.
At approximately 8:37 am the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a vehicle located in a Canal at the end of North Avenue in Lehigh Acres. The vehicle was identified as a 2008 silver Dodge Caliber which was submerged with just the roof showing.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded and assisted in securing the vehicle.
Due to the nature of the incident Lee County Sheriff’s Traffic Homicide Investigators responded to the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed on February 4, 2016 between 9 and 10 pm, the 2008 Dodge Caliber was traveling south on North Avenue, left the roadway, and entered the canal. There are no indications of any other vehicles involved and at this time and the incident is being investigated as a traffic crash.
Located in the vehicle were husband and wife, Marie A. Oszust DOB 05-02-1952, and Chester G. Oszust DOB 10-13-1952 both of Lehigh Acres.
The deceased were turned over to the Lee County Medical Examiner’s Office. This
remains an active investigation by the LCSO Traffic Homicide Unit.
Two bodies have been discovered in a submerged Dodge Vehicle pulled from a canal near North Avenue and East Jasmine Road.
Neighbors stood by, watching as investigators pulled the Dodge out of the Able Canal just after noon on Friday.
“There are no barricades right here, so you can just drive right off the end of the street because there’s nothing there to stop you,” said Debbie Walcott who lives nearby.
Residents add that this isn’t the first car to fall in.
Lee County deputies are investigating a submerged vehicle discovered inside the Able Canal Friday morning.
Dive crews are in the water checking if there are any occupants inside the vehicle. The area around the canal, near North Avenue, has been roped off while deputies investigate.
At this point, deputies only know it could have gone in the water anytime within the last 24 to 48 hours.
A Lehigh Acres teenager died in the hospital after she was hit head-on by a vehicle Thursday night on Leeland Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers said Maria A. Ortiz Fuentes, 19, was heading east when she was hit by a Chevy Camaro traveling in the wrong direction near the intersection of Greenwood Avenue just before 7 p.m. on Thursday evening
Fuentes was transported to Lehigh Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the Camaro, Jose Castaneda, 60, was also taken to the hospital in critical condition.
A third vehicle a Hyundai Elentra was also involved in the crash, but the driver was not injured.
Troopers said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Castaneda will be charged with driving on the wrong side of the roadway, according to the incident report. FHP shut down the road for nearly four hours while they investigated.
Nearly a month after two adults and five children were held at gunpoint during a Lehigh Acres home invasion, detectives are still on the hunt for the men responsible.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down three men who held a family of seven at gunpoint Saturday morning during the course of a home invasion robbery.
Detectives say the trio entered the Manuel Street E. home just after 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 9. Over the course of a few hours, the men scoured the house, while two adults and five juvenile children were contained at gunpoint. The men left in a dark colored four door vehicle.
Two of the suspects are described as black males, in their 20s, roughly 6’0”, with one of them possibly having a tattoo around his left eye. The third suspect is a lighter skinned male.
Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of these suspects 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 nine basketball players suspended at Lehigh Senior High School can return to class and the basketball court on Monday.
But the coaches are still temporary suspended from coaching duties, according to School District.
The players initially faced a five-day school suspension and were banned from athletics for the rest of the school year.
The eligibility of the players changed again Thursday afternoon after the parents of three of the nine players, along with an attorney representing one of the parents, met with Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins and other district staff Thursday morning.
“The Superintendent has thanked the parents and Attorney Joseph North for their input and has indicated to all that he believes we are a better school district as a result of the dialogue that has occurred this week,” district spokeswoman Amity Chandler said in a statement.
The meeting resulted in the restoration of the nine basketball players’ eligibility, orders for them to complete 40 hours of community service and to create a presentation about social media awareness.
A Lehigh Acres woman was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for stabbing a Lee County deputy.
Tiffany Garcia (DOB 11-17-88) pled in court to charges of Aggravated Battery on a law enforcement officer and Aggravated Assault on a law enforcement officer.
Last March, two deputies responded to a disturbance call at 706 Arianne Court in Lehigh Acres. Upon arrival, they encountered Garcia in the bathroom, wearing only her undergarments and behaving erratically. The female deputy, Corporal R. Shott, asked the female to get dressed so they could go out into the living room and talk. As Garcia reached into the drawer for clothes, she grabbed a knife and began slashing at Corporal Shott’s face and chest area before stabbing her in the leg. Garcia was taken down and arrested.
Garcia’s 13-year prison sentence will be followed by 12 years of probation. She must also undergo substance abuse and mental health evaluations.
For Corporal Shott, the road to recovery was a painful one and included more than three months of intense rehabilitation. Corporal Shott has since returned to full time duty and says she’s hasn’t let the incident keep her down. ”I’m still working,” she says with a smile. “Working to serve and protect.”
A fatal head-on crash occurred in Lehigh Acres Thursday evening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The crash happened at the intersection of Leeland Heights Boulevard and Greenwood Avenue.
The eastbound lanes of Leeland Heights Blvd. have been blocked.
One witness on the scene says that one of the drivers had to be extricated by Lehigh Acres Fire Dept with the Jaws of Life.