Saturday, May 23, 2015

One Dead, Five Seriously Injured In Head-On Crash

FORT MYERS, FL. -- An unidentified male driving a 2007 Dodge Caravan dies in a head-on crash Friday night about 11:34 p.m. Five occupants of a second vehicle were seriously injured.

For unknown reasons, the Caravan was traveling westbound on State Rd 82 near Eisenhower Blvd. in Lee County in the eastbound lane. A 2011 Nissan Rogue was traveling eastbound on State Rd 82 in the eastbound lane. The front of the Caravan collided with the front of the Nissan head-on.

After impact, the Caravan came to final rest facing southeast in the westbound lane of State Rd 82. The Nissan came to final rest on the south shoulder of State Rd 82 facing west.

The driver of the Caravan was pronounced deceased on scene, and the name is not being released pending notification of kin.

The injured were Fritz Lindor, 40, Wilda Joseph, 42, Jason Joseph, 14, Ashley Joseph, 12, and Eveline Lindor. All were from Lehigh Acres and were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Obituaries - Walker, Stiehl, Britt

Ronald D. Walker, age 67, of Alva, passed away May 21, 2015 in Lehigh Acres. He was born Dec. 29, 1947 in Fort Myers, FL, to the late Kenneth C. and Estelle (Smith) Walker.

Ronald served in the Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969 in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a lifetime resident of Lee County. He was a deputy in Lee, Collier and Hendry Counties and was also a fireman in Lee County for a brief time. Ronald was a member of the Alva Church of God and was involved in many missions in various countries. Ronald was a great wood worker and enjoyed spending time making beautiful furniture at his sawmill.

He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years Esther (Mason) Walker, son: Charles Walker (Patti) of Clewiston, FL and two daughters: Lena King (Donnie) of Lehigh Acres, FL, Kayla Walker of Alva, FL, mother Estelle Walker, three brothers: Kim Walker (Carol) of Alva, FL, Freddie Walker of Alva, FL, Norman Walker (Lorraine) of Alva, FL and two sisters: Rita Mathis (Billy) of Nahunta, GA, Rebecca Johnson (Donnie) of Alva, FL, seven grandchildren and may wonderful friends.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 10:00 at Alva Church Of God, Alva. Interment will be in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle.

Agnes Molly Stiehl, age 97, of Moore Haven, FL, passed away May 17, 2015 in Clewiston. She was born Feb. 15, 1918 in Imlay City, MI, to the late Stephan and Agnes (Vavrick) Stoklas.

Agnes retired in 1974 from General Motors where she worked as a factory worker. She was a lifetime member the VFW Women's Auxiliary.

She is survived by her sons: James (Mary) Stiehl of Houghton Lake, MI, John J. Stiehl of Moore Haven, Jerry (Loraine) Stiehl of Naples and Joseph Stiehl of Cedar Springs , daughter: Janice (James) Gorman of Fife Lake, MI, brother: Henry (Joanne) Stoklas of Owosso, MI and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Melvin Stiehl, son: Henry S. Stiehl and daughter: Judy Kay Schweitzer.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, May 24, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at Ortona Locks Park North. Anyone may call John Stiehl for more information on the celebration at 863-675-8445 or 732- 779-0183. Inurnment will take place at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Eddie Franklin Britt, age 67, of Moore Haven, passed away May 21, 2015 in Moore Haven. He was born July 5, 1947 in Chattanooga, TN, to the late Franklin and the late Pauline (Pickett) Britt. 

He served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam. He worked as a city police officer for the city of Belle Glade for 25 years, retiring in 2007. He was a member of the American Legion Post 130 and a member of the Legion Riders in LaBelle. He was a member of Caloosa Baptist Church also in LaBelle. He married April Burroughs; she survives him.

Also surviving include his son; Dlane Britt, daughters; Amy and her husband Robert, and Sherri along with eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren, two brothers; Mike Moore and Edgar Hodge along with many extended family members and close friends.

Eddie was a great man with a hug heart and will be missed all who loved and knew him. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, May 24, 2015 from 1-3 pm in Akin-Davis Funeral Home – LaBelle. Cremation rites will be accorded following the gathering.

Beach Swimming Suspended - Algal Bloom Blamed By Corps of Engineers

ALVA, FL. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has temporarily suspended swimming and other water activities at the W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area located near Fort Myers.
The Corps was notified this afternoon by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that an algal bloom upstream of the beach had tested positive for microcystin, a substance produced by freshwater cyanobacteria. Tests of water in the immediate vicinity of the beach were negative. However, the Corps has decided to suspend water activities at the beach until further notice.

“Public safety is our highest priority,: said Steve Dunham, chief of the Jacksonville District’s South Florida Operations Office in Clewiston. “We will request DEP to conduct weekly tests until the issue is resolved.”

The beach itself will remain open to visitors who wish to sunbathe or play in the sand. Visitors will be prohibited from swimming or otherwise playing in the water. Use of the boat ramp will still be allowed.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Obituaries - Emilio Lopez, Barry Key

Emilio Rodriguez Lopez, age 87, of Clewiston, passed away May 16, 2015 in Clewiston. He was born Dec. 31, 1927 in Cuba to the late Emilio and the late Aurora (Lopez) Rodriguez.

He married Isabel Maria Novoa Arguilla; she preceded him in death on September 14, 2012.

Survivors include one son: Emilio G. Rodriguez of Clewiston, FL, Grandchildren; Elvira Mercado, Estefany Rodriguez, Nikita Rodriguez, Kaula Rodriguez, Diciembre Maria Rodriguez; Emilio Rodriguez, Jr; Great Grandchildren, Joshua Brewington, Isabel Maria Rodriguez Jacob Israel Perez, Layla Mercado, Peyton Brewington, R J Brown, Rakayla Aneliz Brown, Isaiah Brown, Macie Mercado, Jordon Howard, Tyler Howard.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston with Deacon Juan Tenorio officiating. Interment will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston. Visitation was Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston, FL.

Barry Keet Key, age 76, of Clewiston, passed away May 13, 2015 in Clewiston.

Barry was born in Los Angeles, California to James Berry Key, Jr and Lula Mae O'Shields, he married Bonnie Collier; she preceded him in death on January, 3, 2009.

Barry leaves behind his children; Paula G. Horsky, Karen Bass, and Tracy Biondolillo, and seven grandchildren.

Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Sewage Treatment Workshop At Health Department

LABELLE, FL. -- Workshop for Onsite Sewage Treatment Disposal Systems is being held June 17 at the Health Department.

Would you like to know the updated information regarding onsite sewage and treatment disposal systems?

An onsite sewage treatment disposal system (OSTDS) update and workshop will be held at the Florida Department of Health in Hendry County on June 17, 2015 at 9:00am (1140 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle). 

All septic system contractors, plumbers, etc., that do work in Hendry or Glades Counties are welcome to attend this workshop to voice concerns or questions regarding code requirements, operation and enforcement protocols, and other areas of program concerns.