Homestead Road from south of Sunrise Boulevard to the north of Alabama Road: Construction Project: This project consists of widening Homestead Road to four lanes. This work will also improve drainage and install new underground utilities. A six-foot sidewalk will be constructed on both sides of the roadway. Motorists should expect lane closures during daytime hours. The project cost is $14.4 million. The contractor is Stevens and Layton, Inc. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
- The intersection of Homestead Road and Sunrise Boulevard: Crews will install a water main and drainage pipes at the intersection of Homestead Road and Sunrise Boulevard from Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 18 during daylight hours between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should expect detours, delays, and lane shifts on Sunrise Boulevard. Two lanes on Sunrise Boulevard will be kept open for eastbound/westbound traffic and flaggers will be on site to direct motorists. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use caution as they travel through the area.
Weather Alert Special Weather Statement issued August 10 at 6:59 PM EDT by NWS Tampa Bay
…A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT SOUTH CENTRAL CHARLOTTE AND LEE COUNTIES… At 659 PM EDT, radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Babcock Webb Wma to near Lehigh Acres. The movement was south at 30 mph. Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with these storms. Locations impacted include… Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres, East Dunbar, Palmona Park, Southwest Florida Airport, Harlem Heights, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Iona, Cypress Lake, San Carlos Park, McGregor, Pine Manor, Olga, Buckingham, Villas, Three Oaks, Page Park and Fort Myers Villas. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms and may cause localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with these storms. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.
Luis Martinez tried to kidnap a woman while she was working out at World Gym on Wednesday.
Luis Martinez pulled a gun on the victim and tried to drag her away from where she was exercising.
The victim told LCSO that Martinez approached her and started making obscene gestures and inappropriate comments to her. That’s when he pulled a gun from a brown bag and continued threatening her.
The victim said Martinez grabbed her by the wrist and dragged her to the front door of the gym. The victim mouthed the words “help me” to others at the gym, and they stepped in to help.
Martinez ran off, LCSO tracked him down and arrested him. When he resisted arrest LCSO Taser him.
Management at World Gym was not reachable for comment.
Martinez was booked on charges of false imprisonment, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest. Currently in custody
Notice of Hearing to Impose and Provide For Collection of Fire Protection And Emergency Rescue Assessments
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District (the “District”) will conduct a public hearing to consider the imposition of fire protection and emergency rescue assessments for the provision of Fire Protection and Emergency Rescue Services within the District for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2017 and for future fiscal years until discontinued by the District.
The hearing will be held at 5:05 p.m. on August 29, 2017, at the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, 3102 16th Street SW, Lehigh Acres, Florida, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed assessments. All affected property owners have a right to appear at the hearing and to file written objections with the District within 20 days of this notice. A map of the District is provided at the end of this Notice of Hearing. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the District with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the District Fire Chief’s office at (239) 303-5300, at least two days before the meeting. (more…)
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LCSO
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has located the skeletal remains of an unknown subject and is seeking the assistance of the public for identification. The decedent is presumed to be a white or Hispanic male in his early 20’s.
Information obtained through preliminary investigation indicates that this individual was last seen in June 2015 in Lehigh Acres.
Attached are photographs of a ring and a pair of jeans similar to those worn by the decedent.
If you have any information about the identity of this person, please contact either the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (239) 477-1050 or contact 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 atwww.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LCSO
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 14-year-old female.
Katherine Luna (DOB 05/29/03) of Lehigh Acres was reported missing by her aunt and was last seen on August 3, 2017. At around 2:00 p.m. on that day, Katherine asked for permission to go on a walk and never came back home.
Katherine is a Hispanic female, 5 ft. tall, approximately 150 lbs., has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt, black pants, and black shoes.
Her family is very concerned for her well-being and there is a reason to believe she may harm herself. Katherine has only been in Lee County since March 2017. Prior to that, she lived in Broward County and Miramar County. She may be in those areas or on her way there.
If you have seen Katherine Luna, or know her whereabouts, please call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).
Editorial by Dr. Glenn Mollette
Americans hope that President Trump and his team can resolve the North Korean tension. Nobody wants anyplace in America to be struck by an atomic or hydrogen bomb. We are not totally clear on what North Korea can do with a missile but it is growing clearer their program has advanced and growing stronger almost day by day. Although few people seem to believe North Korea has a hydrogen bomb.
We were blindsided by Japan December 7, 1941 when they attacked Pearl Harbor. The Japanese killed 2,335 servicemen. An additional 1,143 were wounded. They attacked us for 110 minutes from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Hundreds of Japanese planes sank or damaged 21 warships and destroyed more than 150 planes on nearby airfields. That was a horrendous day in our history that we never want repeated.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette from Pixxie, the Publix pet:
We pets don’t need a face full of teeth to show how much we love you. We just wag our tails or meow like we had one too many treats. You can tell when we’re happy. When you pick up the leash or dangle a string and our ears go up—consider that a smile. But, if you want to be literal and see us smile like you silly humans, here are some pet dental tips.
Have your pet’s teeth checked at least once a year by a veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary dentist.
Have your pet checked out if they’re showing any of the following symptoms:
- Bad breath
- Reduced appetite
- Broken/loose teeth
- Bleeding/discolored teeth
- Swelling in the mouth
Keep on smiling,
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LeeDOT
Homestead Road from south of Sunrise Boulevard to north of Alabama Road: Construction Project: This project consists of widening Homestead Road to four lanes. This work will also improve drainage and install new underground utilities. A six-foot sidewalk will be constructed on both sides of the roadway. Motorists should expect lane closures during daytime hours. The project cost is $14.4 million. The contractor is Stevens and Layton, Inc. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
Lehigh Acres Intersection Improvements – Leonard Boulevard and Haviland Avenue: Lee County DOT is currently making improvements to the intersection of Leonard Boulevard and Haviland Avenue. Motorists should use caution when traveling in this area as intermittent lane closures may occur for east and west bound traffic. We anticipate this project to be completed by the end of August 2017.
Reminder: New Intersection Stop Control – Homestead Rd S & Milwaukee Blvd, Lehigh Acres: DOT Traffic converted the intersection to an ALL WAY STOP on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
The intersection of Homestead Road and Sunrise Boulevard: Crews will install a water main and drainage pipes at the intersection of Homestead Road and Sunrise Boulevard from Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 18 during daylight hours between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should expect detours, delays, and lane shifts on Sunrise Boulevard. Two lanes on Sunrise Boulevard will be kept open for eastbound/westbound traffic and flaggers will be on site to direct motorists. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use caution as they travel through the area.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LCSO
A Lehigh Acres citizen delivered these flowers to our East District substation for Dep. Keppen. The citizen’s husband, of 24 years, had passed away and Dep. Keppen stayed with her & kept her company until the funeral home arrived to transport her husband’s body.
LCSO understands that losing someone special in our lives is very difficult. We at the Sherriff office tries our best to be there for the families and help them as much as we can.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LRMC
Dr. Patricia Gregg, the Medical Director of Laboratory for Lehigh Regional Medical Center, is passionate about “doing the right things and doing things right.” Her ongoing work to implement the latest evidence-based guidelines involves a great deal of collaboration between the different departments of this growing community hospital in Lehigh Acres.
Recently, her participation in the College of American Pathologists (CAP) House of Delegates led to an opportunity to participate in the strenuous work of evidence-based guideline development. “So much progress has been made in cancer diagnostic testing and treatment recently, especially in the subset of cancers called lymphomas, that a guideline for optimal handling of specimens from these patients is warranted. This will help ensure that a patient who first presents to a facility where only a few patients with lymphoma are seen can have the same high-quality pathology care as someone who first presents to a higher-volume center,” explains Dr. Gregg.
The evidence-based guideline is being developed through a partnership between the American Society for Clinical Pathology (CAP) and the American Society of Hematology. The interdisciplinary guideline panel will systematically identify and review published evidence to answer key clinical questions for the initial diagnosis of patients with lymphomas. The guideline is expected to be published in early 2019.
By Ben Smell – Special correspondent for the Lehigh Acres Gazette
“Holy Crap……. This Fire Commission is really messed up and cannot be trusted,” said Jeffery Scott a resident of Lehigh Acres
Commissioner Kruse is under investigation by FDLE …. September 2016 Fire Board Meeting Kruse admitted that people have offered her bribes and kickbacks as a commissioner but has refused to tell law enforcement who these people are. In the same rant, Kruse mentions that other fire commissioners may have taken bribes and kickbacks also.
Kruse cannot legally vote for this year’s budget it will give her son the fire fighter a raise in pay. Kruse voted for the union contract (some time ago) or vote for the actual budget both cannot vote for both items. She has to recuse herself from the actual voting of the 2017-2018 budget or could face Ethics violations.
Florida law: A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, or advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a position in the agency in which the official is serving or over which the official exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official.
Commissioner Carter a transsexual male that has a concealed weapons permit that has been arrested on Battery and Domestic Violence. Also according to two verified sources, Carter is being treated by multiple psychiatrists. Court records show that Carter has been treated by Ruth Cooper Services.
According to court records, Carter tried to sue the Publisher of the Lehigh Acres Gazette back in September 2016 and listed the Fire Board Attorney as her personal attorney which is a conflict of interest for the attorney and is against the law for Carter. By the way, the Judge threw the case against our Publisher and her out of court. But Florida Department of Ethics is looking into a case against Carter.
Commissioner Cunningham since elected to office … she talks about her newer vehicle and is having work done on her residents ….. “My husband is disabled and a retired service member. We are on a fixed income,” Debra Cunningham said Sept 23, 2014, to NBC2 News.
Well, we just want to say hmmm show us the money trail……….
Commissioner Cunningham and her husband do not pay the Fire Fee Assessment but recently Cunningham and other two commissioners voted to spend $168,000 to notify citizens of Lehigh Acres about the raise your fire fee assessment.
“Take care of our firefighters, take care of our community and get your hands out of our wallet,” Cunningham said Sept 23, 2014, to NBC2 News.
FDLE stated all three of this commissioners will be looked out including former commissioners that were on the board.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette Source Governor’s office and FHP
Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in 31 counties, including Lee, Collier, and Charlotte, in response to Tropical Storm Emily. A state of emergency gives the state the flexibility to work with local governments to ensure they have all the resources they may need.
Damage so far: Tropical Storm Emily’s winds rip off one of the roofs at The Outrigger Beach Resort.
TS Emily closes Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Downed trees, power lines and flooding throughout SWFL.
So far little or no impact on RSW airport schedule.
2 Lehigh 3v3 soccer teams placed at Nationals at Disney this weekend.
by Lehigh Acres Gazette Source LCSO
CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community. If you would like schedule your CarFit appointment, please contact Ann Kelly at (239)258-3276 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. This will take place at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office located at 1301 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres, Fl. 33936. The date and times available are as follows- August- 24th, 9:00-11:00 September- 14th, 9:00-11:00
DOT Traffic will be converting the intersection to an ALL WAY STOP on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Message Boards will be posted one week in advance to alert motorists of the change. Intermittent lane closures and delays are possible.
About 50 high school basketball players took to the court Wednesday night at Lehigh Senior, but it wasn’t just the number and names on the back of the jerseys they were playing for.
They also played for one of the Club Blu shooting victims, Stef’An Strawder.
“He was an inspiration to a lot of kids,” said Sergeant Sylvester Smalls, one of Strawder’s mentors. “He was small in stature but he had a big heart,” he added.
The inaugural Stef’An Strawder Memorial Classic tipped off inside Lehigh Senior High’s gym with the goal of remembering the former basketball star and to score some scholarships for the players in action.
According to Sgt. Smalls this is going to be Stef’An Strawder legacy because some of the athletics are going to college annual tradition.
The Strawder family sitting court side for the games and watching basketball in Stef’An’s home gym.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette Source Hope Hospice Email
Hope Hospice, a program of Hope Healthcare that provides specialized care for people with complex needs related to life-changing illness, is seeking hospice volunteers in Lehigh Acres.
Volunteers may be asked to talk and socialize with individuals in Hope’s care, read news articles or play card games, or give a caregiver a much-needed break by visiting.
Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age or older.
Visit: www.HopeHCS.org/volunteer or call 239-482-4673 for more information.