Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Obituaries - Stewart, Dukes

Scheryl A. Stewart, age 66, of LaBelle, passed away April 11, 2014 in Fort Myers. She was born Sep. 11, 1947 in Columbis, OH to the late Donald E. and the late Anna Ruth (Burrus) Hicks. 

Scheryl was a former resident of Miami and worked at Lorenzo's Italian Market. She was a member of Wilton Manors Christian Church and the Optimist Club.

She is survived by her husband: Glenn Stewart, two daughters: Candace Eileen Stewart and Tiffany Glennelle Stewart and brother: brother: Douglas Eugene Hicks.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:00 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Pastor Jeffrey Zimmerman officiating.

Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Richard Dukes, age 72, of LaBelle, passed away April 15, 2014. He was born Sep. 11, 1941 in Fort Myers, FL to the late William Dukes and the late Elizabeth (Johnson) Dukes. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie Dukes.

Survivors include his son: Rick Dukes, daughter: Lisa Sands and grandsons: Shane and Reese Sands.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation Arrangements by: Akin-Davis Funeral Home-LaBelle

Monday, April 21, 2014

Killing Being Investigated - Cash Reward For Information

LAKE PLACID, FL. -- Highlands County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a shooting of a Moore Haven man that occurred early Monday morning in the Highway Park neighborhood of Lake Placid. 

At approximately 2:00 AM Central Dispatch received a call of shots fired in the area of Vision Street and Crestmore Avenue in Lake Placid. Upon arrival deputies found Lee Andrew Thomas, Jr., 34 years of age, of Moore Haven, Florida with a gunshot wound. 

Thomas was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Thomas had numerous arrests in Hendry county and Glades county including possession of a weapon by a felon, battery on an officer, DUI alcohol or drugs, and resisting arrest.

The investigation is continuing at this time. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit and Detective Roger St. Laurent at 863-402-7447 or 863-402-7250. 

Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477), or click on the "Give-A-Tip" tab on this site. Anonymity is guaranteed.

Photo: Lee Andrew Thomas, Hendry County Sheriff's Office booking photo

Historic Downtown Revitalization Topic At Museum Meeting

LABELLE, FL. -- Shellie Johnson, principal at En-Site, Inc, the City of LaBelle's planning agency, will be the guest speaker at LaBelle Heritage Museum's Thursday, May 1, program meeting in LaBelle City Hall's Commission Chamber, 481 W. Hickpochee Avenue, at 7 o'clock in the evening. 

Ms. Johnson and a group of local citizens have initiated a revitalization campaign for Historic Downtown LaBelle. Recognizing the need to rejuvenate our economic and historic commerce center, they are committed to recreating a vibrant, economically successful Downtown while preserving its unique historic character and resources.

This commitment goes hand in glove with LaBelle Heritage Museum's statement of purpose to discover, protect, and promote our history and heritage. Rather than serving only as a dot on the map of a major corridor between two sides of the state, this group proposes to promote LaBelle’s Downtown Walking District, its cultural offerings and significance along the Caloosahatchee River as a treasured location for residents and visitors to enjoy. 

The success of any such effort lies in the hands of the community through local engagement and volunteerism. Creating a unique area to reflect our civic pride in the heart of our community will effect the future of LaBelle Heritage Museum for years to come.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

AARP Smart Driving Course - Save On Insurance


LABELLE, FL. -- Hope Connection, at 475 East Cowboy Way will host the AARP safe driving course on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

You will learn: Defensive driving techniques; Proven safety strategies; New traffic laws /Rules of the Road. Upon completion, receive a multi-year discount certificate on your car insurance.

Lunch- 30/40 Minutes -Bring a bagged lunch.

Register for the class by calling 513-532-3431- Alameda Harper; Price: $15 AARP Members/ $20 Non-Members - Pay by check day of class.

Future classes may be offered at this location as demand dictates.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Guilty Plea In Bridgestone Price Fixing Scandal On Auto Parts

A former Bridgestone Corp. executive has agreed to plead guilty and to serve 18 months in a U.S. prison for his role in an international conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids of automotive anti-vibration rubber parts sold in the United States and elsewhere, the Department of Justice announced today. 

To date, 33 individuals have been charged in the government’s ongoing investigation into price fixing and bid rigging in the auto parts industry. Additionally, 26 companies have pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty and have agreed to pay a total of more than $2.29 billion in fines.

According to the one-count felony charge filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in Toledo, Yusuke Shimasaki, along with co-conspirators, engaged in a conspiracy to allocate sales of, to rig bids for, and to fix, raise and maintain the prices of automotive anti-vibration rubber parts sold to Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. – more commonly known by its brand name, Subaru – and certain of their subsidiaries, affiliates and suppliers, in the United States and elsewhere.

According to the charge, Shimasaki participated in the anti-vibration rubber conspiracy from at least as early as January 2001 until at least December 2008. During that time period, he was employed by Bridgestone as a sales manager, an executive vice president at Bridgestone APM Co., in Findlay, Ohio, and as a general sales manager. According to the plea agreement, in addition to serving time in prison, Shimasaki has also agreed to pay a $20,000 criminal fine and to cooperate in the department’s investigation. The plea agreement is subject to court approval.

Bridgestone manufactures and sells a variety of automotive parts, including anti-vibration rubber parts, which are comprised primarily of rubber and metal, and are installed in suspension systems and engine mounts as well as other parts of an automobile. They are installed in automobiles for the purpose of reducing road and engine vibration. On Feb. 13, 2014, the Department of Justice announced that Bridgestone had agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $425 million criminal fine for its role in the conspiracy. On April 15, 2014, Yasuo Ryuto, Isao Yoshida, two former executives of Bridgestone Corp., and Yoshiyuki Tanaka, a current executive, were indicted their roles in a conspiracy to fix prices of automotive anti-vibration rubber parts.

Shimasaki is charged with price fixing and bid rigging in violation of the Sherman Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1 million criminal fine for individuals. The maximum fine for an individual may be increased to twice the gain derived from the crime or twice the loss suffered by the victims of the crime, if either of those amounts is greater than the statutory maximum fine.