By Lehigh Acres Gazette
Saturday evening a pickup truck traveling west board on Lee Blvd, lost control flip over the eastbound lanes and ended up upside down on the power pole guidelines in front of Goodwill. (Click here to see photos.) One lane east was shut down during the cleanup.
LCEC and Alligator Towing and Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District were on scene.
The driver walked away with no injuries … no other vehicles involved.
All lanes on Lee Blvd are reopened.
Special Weather Statement issued June 17 at 3:38PM EDT by NWS Tampa Bay
…AN AREA OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT CHARLOTTE…SOUTHERN DESOTO AND LEE COUNTIES… At 337 PM EDT, strong thunderstorms were clustered 7 miles northeast of Palmona Park, or 10 miles north of Fort Myers, moving northeast at 20 mph. Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with this storm. Locations impacted include… Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, East Dunbar, Palmona Park, Southwest Florida Airport, Harlem Heights, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Babcock Webb Wma, Cypress Lake, San Carlos Park, McGregor, Babcock Ranch, Pine Manor, Charleston Park, Olga, Charlotte County Airport, Buckingham, Villas and Three Oaks. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
Lehigh Acres American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) recently awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to one local student.
The Lehigh Acres chapter of the American Business Women’s Association gave the 2017 Impact Scholarship to Alexis Macchio.
Macchio is currently enrolled in the nursing program at Florida SouthWestern State College.
She will return to FSW this fall as she works toward her degree.
The Impact Scholarship is open to all females who will attend an accredited college, university or community/vocational school. Eligible applicants must a resident of Lehigh Acres, Alva or Buckingham and they must be at least a college freshman in August with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette Sources AP, ABC News and The New York Times
Amazon said on Friday that it had agreed to buy the upscale grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.4 billion, as the online retailer looks to conquer new territory in the supermarket aisle.
For Amazon, the deal marks an ambitious push into the mammoth grocery business, an industry that in the United States accounts for around $700 to $800 billion in annual sales. Amazon is also amplifying the competition with Walmart, which has been struggling to play catch-up to the online juggernaut.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source FGCU MBB
FGCU head men’s basketball coach Joe Dooley announced on Friday that Rayjon Tucker has been released from his scholarship and will not return to the team.
“After speaking with Rayjon, we are both in agreement that he needs a fresh start,” said Dooley. “We thank him for his two years with the team and wish him luck in his feature endeavors.”
A native of Charlotte, N.C., the 6-5 Tucker averaged 7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game last year as a sophomore.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source NHC
1. Cloudiness and showers associated with a tropical wave located several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands continue to show signs of organization. Slow development is possible during the next few days while the wave moves westward at 15-20 mph over the tropical Atlantic.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…50 percent.
2. A large area of disturbed weather has formed over the western Caribbean Sea and the adjacent portions of Central America. Conditions appear to be favorable for gradual development of this system while it moves slowly northwestward across the Yucatan Peninsula this weekend and into the southern and central Gulf of Mexico early next week. Regardless of development, heavy rains are likely to spread over portions of Central America and the Yucatan
Peninsula during the next several days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…60 percent.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
Congressman Francis Rooney today announced his support of President Donald Trump’s executive order on Cuba. The order reinstates travel restrictions, stresses the importance of the 56-year-old trade embargo and puts in place a broad prohibition on financial transactions with companies controlled by the Cuban government’s military.
Congressman Rooney stated, “President Trump is correct in his decision to rescind this terrible deal with Cuba that was put in place by President Barack Obama. It does nothing to help the Cuban people and everything to enrich the corrupt Castro regime. We should not reward brutal dictators with economic and political gain.”
For many years, Venezuela has been the main financial backer of the Cuban government. The collapse of Maduro’s socialist government in Venezuela presented a condition ripe for real change in Cuba and sadly the Obama administration missed the mark. We got neither freedom nor transparency, and the same army-run enterprises control economic activity and hard currency in Cuba.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette from Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator
After more than a year of eluding law enforcement officers, one of Crime Stoppers 10 Most Wanted fugitives is now behind bars.
Michael White was taken into custody early this afternoon by US Marshals in Richmond, Virginia after a lengthy and relentless investigation. The US Marshals Fugitive Warrants Task Force in Lee County adopted White’s case in May 2016 after he failed to show up in court on drug dealing charges. At that time, he was added to Crime Stoppers 10 Most Wanted list. White was on the cusp of being sentenced to 20 years in prison, followed by 10 years of state probation when he went on the lam. In the months that followed, Marshals followed up on a series of leads and spent countless hours tracking him down. After fleeing Fort Myers, they believe he started using the alias of James Williams. White is believed to have spent time in Biloxi, Mississippi. (more…)
By Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LCSO
It all started outside of a Family Dollar store on Joel Boulevard in Lehigh Acres where deputies responded to a suspicious car parked along the side of the Dollar store.
Kelly Marie Roman is accused of inhaling condensed air right in front of Lee County deputies before she ran into one of the patrol cars and led the deputies on a chase through Lehigh Acres.
When LCSO deputies finally approached Roman they found her locked inside the car seated convulsing.
According to the LCSO Roman noticed them, she grabbed a can of canned air and huffed it right in front of them.
Nearly 70 people made it Thursday evening due to the rain to learn about three big traffic projects planned for congested Colonial Boulevard.
Mohamed Yasin of Lehigh Acres spoke during public comment, this is a good project to have with a growing population.
Florida’s Department of Transportation has proposed three projects to improve driving along the congested Colonial corridor between Ortiz Avenue/Six Mile Cypress Parkway west of the interstate and Forum Boulevard and Dynasty Drive to the east.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LCSO
Lee County Deputies say a Lehigh Acres man threatened to kill another man with a machete all over a Direct TV satellite dish on Wednesday afternoon.
A subcontractor working for Direct TV says he was told to remove John Jones’ dish from his Presbyterian Homes apartment due to nonpayment.
When the subcontractor arrived on Jones property, LSCO says Jones told him if he touched his dish, he would kill him.
Investigators from the LCSO said that Jones then brought out a machete cutting the subcontractor.
The subcontractor suffered minor cuts and was checked out by Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District on the scene.
Jones is currently released on bond.
Our next community council meeting will be held Monday the 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N. Our guest speaker will be: STEVE McGRIFFIN WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMUNITY WATCH PROGRAM IN LEHIGH. HE HAS SOME ZONING, CLEAN UP, AND OVERGROWN VEGETATION ON LOT ISSUES TO DISCUSS.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend!
For more information, visit the Lehigh Acres Community Council online at: www.lehighacrescommunitycouncil.com.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown suspect who broke into a Buckingham business earlier this week, taking off with cash and tobacco.
Employees at the Kuntry Express, located at 4951 Buckingham Road, closed the store just after 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. When owners arrived to open the store around 4:30 a.m. on Monday, June 12, they discovered that the cash register was left open and multiple tobacco products had been taken. After walking into the store’s office, they noticed that a sink had been destroyed and the ice maker was pushed out of place. A hole had been cut into the wall, which is how the suspect managed to gain entry to the store. Upon reviewing the store’s surveillance video, an unknown male, wearing a large white mask that covered his entire face and white gloves, could be seen entering the store’s beer cooler at 2:44 a.m. After removing an item, he continued to move around the business, stealing numerous products and cash, before leaving through the hole in the wall.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette Source Associated Press and Fred Piccolo Communications Director Office of the Speaker of the House
According to the Associated Press, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is signing a sweeping education bill that school districts and superintendents had been asking him to veto.
Scott is scheduled to sign the bill Thursday in Orlando.
The legislation (HB 7069) steers more money to privately run charter schools, requires recess in elementary schools and tinkers with the state’s oft-criticized standardized testing system. It also includes $30 million extra for a program that provides services to disabled children.
Superintendents say the legislation will be harmful to traditional public schools as some provisions require districts to share local tax dollars with charter schools.
Colonial Boulevard (SR 884) Will Reopen To Traffic This Evening at 6 P.M. At Seminole Gulf Railway Crossing In Fort Myers
According to FDOT, Work will be completed this evening on Colonial Boulevard (SR 884) and all lanes will be reopened by to traffic at the Seminole Gulf Railway crossing by 6 p.m. The department’s contractor Ajax Paving and Seminole Gulf Railway crews were able to complete the work today. Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are able to use Colonial Boulevard in both directions between Evans Avenue and Metro Parkway. The department is pleased to have finished 8 days ahead of schedule.
… AN AREA OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTING NORTHEASTERN LEE COUNTY ARE PRODUCING HEAVY RAINFALL AND GUSTY WINDS… AT 227 PM EDT, STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WERE CLUSTERED NEAR LEHIGH ACRES, DRIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST. WINDS IN EXCESS OF 30 MPH ARE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM AND VERY HEAVY RAINFALL. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… FORT MYERS, LEHIGH ACRES, OLGA, SOUTHWEST FLORIDA AIRPORT, BUCKINGHAM, CHARLESTON PARK, THREE OAKS, FORT MYERS SHORES, GATEWAY, ALVA, LEHIGH ACRES, TICE AND NORTH FORT MYERS. TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM AND MAY CAUSE LOCALIZED FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.
Wednesday morning on the 3000 block of 19th Street West Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District arrived to a house fire.
Four adults, one child, and four pets lived inside of the home, said fire officials.
Only one person was home when the fire started at around 8:15 a.m., but they were able to exit the home unharmed.
According to the owner, the fire destroyed the roof of the home, the master bedroom, and a child’s bedroom.
The family of five will be staying with friends until they can move back into their home.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Special Weather Statement issued June 13 at 5:02 PM EDT until June 14 at 1:00 AM EDT by NWS Tampa Bay
…A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WILL AFFECT SOUTH CENTRAL CHARLOTTE AND NORTH CENTRAL LEE COUNTIES… At 500 PM EDT, a strong thunderstorm was located near Palmona Park, or 8 miles northwest of Fort Myers, moving northwest at 10 mph. This storm will also move over Charlotte Harbor shortly. Winds in excess of 40 mph and pea size hail are possible with this storm. Locations impacted include… Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, East Dunbar, Matlacha, Matlacha Isles-Matlacha Shores, Palmona Park, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Buckingham, Lehigh Acres, Burnt Store Marina, North Fort Myers, Tropical Gulf Acres, Suncoast Estates, Pirate Harbor and Tice. Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.