Lehigh Acres Gazette
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper who died on the job 50 years ago will forever be remembered on a major road.
Cpl. Joseph Bertrand died after being shot by a driver he thought was under the influence.
Troopers dedicated a piece of SR-80 to his memory.
Several troopers, FHP’s colonel got together at the agency’s headquarters to remember Bertrand.
The sign will stand on SR-80, east of the Franklin Lock near Alva.
The sign will be posted sometime next week.
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Did you know NORAD started tracking Santa all because of a misprinted advertisement!? SEARS advertised for children to call Santa, but the number actually led kids to call NORAD’s operations “hotline” on Dec 24, 1955!
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation granted more than $30,000 worth of life-saving equipment to Alva Fire Control and Rescue Service District.
According to the National Center for Statistic and Analysis Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Data Quick Facts, more than 37,000 motor vehicle fatalities occurred in 2016. When time can be a matter of life or death, having the right tools is imperative. Thanks to generous customer contributions, firefighters will be able to use the awarded extrication equipment to quickly reach victims, enabling them to provide life-saving medical assistance.
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Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down two suspects who broke into four Lehigh businesses earlier this week.
In the early morning hours of Monday, November 27th, two unidentified white males, donned in all black clothing and ski masks, pried open the back door of New York Pizza, located at 1322 Homestead Road N. in Lehigh. Once inside the vacant business, they cut through the drywall of adjacent businesses located in the same shopping center, and either successfully gained entry or attempted to enter the T-Mobile at 1320 Homestead Road N., Great Florida Insurance, located at 1322 Homestead Road N., and H & R Block, located at 1318 Homestead Road N. After cutting a hole in the wall and making their way into the T-Mobile Store, the suspects used crowbars to pry open a safe. They then proceeded to H & R Block, where a wall in the back office was cut out and pushed in, however it does not appear that the suspects removed any items from the business. The suspects also tried to maneuver the rear door at Great Florida Insurance, and while they were unsuccessful at their efforts, they did manage to cause roughly $800 in damages.
Anyone with information on the suspects, or their current whereabouts, 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.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip through the P3Tips mobile app.
A crash temporarily blocked eastbound traffic on State Road 82 near Daniels Parkway, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The accident took place around 7:20 a.m., according to the FHP. At least one person was hurt.
The roadblock was gone by shortly after 9 a.m.
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The Lehigh Acres Community Yard Sale will be held on Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Veterans Park Recreation Center on Homestead Rd
Registration is required as spaces are limited. The price is $5 per space, with a maximum of three spaces per person. Bring your own tables and chairs.
Setup starts at 7 a.m. and gates open at 8 a.m. Adults must work the tables; children should be supervised at all times.
For registration and more information, contact the Veterans Park Recreation Center at 239-369-1521.
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The Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) has issued a Precautionary Boil Water Notice Advisory as of Thursday (November 30th) at 11:00 AM, to Lehigh Acres Utility System customers due to a 12-inch water main break at 4101 Lee Boulevard. Approximately 400 customers have been affected from Curtis Avenue N., to Westage Boulevard and all services from North Gunnery Road, South Gunnery Road, and West of Gunnery Road, North and South of Lee Boulevard and Leonard Boulevard with areas surrounding these streets that may have experienced low pressure.
Special to The Lehigh Acres Gazette By Dr. Glenn Mollette
December is here and for many Americans that often means craziness.
There is so much to do!
Decorating - Do you put lights outside your house? Outside decorating can mean most anything from a wreath on the door to lights hanging from the gutters, covering the bushes and adorning all your outside trees. If you’ve watched Christmas Vacation and most people have then you know outside decorating can become intense.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Written by the Associated Press
Jim Nabors, the shy Alabaman whose down-home comedy made him a TV star as Gomer Pyle and whose surprisingly operatic voice kept him a favorite in Las Vegas and other showplaces, died Thursday. He was 87.
Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died peacefully at his home in Hawaii after his health had declined for the past year, said his husband, Stan Cadwallader, who was by his side.
“Everybody knows he was a wonderful man. And that’s all we can say about him. He’s going to be dearly missed,” Cadwallader said.
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Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down a woman who stole several hundred dollars’ worth of baby formula from a Lee County Publix earlier this week.
On Tuesday, November 28th, a white female entered the Publix grocery store, located at 13121 Paul J. Doherty Parkway. She left and returned a short time later, and this time an employee spotted the woman loading cans of baby formula from the shelves and into her purse. The employee followed the woman out of the store and attempted to detain her, however, she quickly sped off in a blue Chevy four-door sedan before the employee could retrieve the stolen goods. A review of video and store inventory revealed that the woman stole 15 various brands of baby food, totaling more than $300.
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.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.
Lehigh Acres Gazette
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says multiple people were arrested after several fights broke out at East Lee County High School after three fights broke out Wednesday at East Lee County High School.
Information is still unfolding on what happened at the school, but The Lehigh Acres Gazette has learned the day’s events involved a total of seven students and led to the injury of two staff members.
The first student was arrested at 12:41 p.m. Wednesday after getting into an altercation with a deputy at the school, the sheriff’s office said.
According to a PIO at the Sheriff Office, The Lee County Sheriff’s Office was on scene around 2:40 p.m., when detectives reported they were working a disturbance with an arrest.
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The trial of a Belize man accused of killing his family members in Lehigh Acres two years ago is likely to take place in March or April of next year.
This would be the second trial for Brian Hyde.
His first resulted in a mistrial after the husband and father of the victims inadvertently testified on the stand Wednesday that Hyde was held in a detention center in Texas revealing his immigration status.
Hyde faces four second-degree murder charges.
Lehigh Acres Gazette
An East Lee County High School student faces a charge of felony battery on a law enforcement officer, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
The student was arrested at 12:41 p.m. Wednesday after getting into an altercation with a deputy at the school, the sheriff’s office said.
The deputy was uninjured, the sheriff’s office said. The circumstances leading up to the altercation remain unclear.