Monday, September 15, 2014

Man Falls From Bridge After Crash

Serious Injury After Man Falls From Caloosahatchee River Bridge

FORT MYERS, FL. --  Ismael Ramos Vargas, 50 of Spring Hill, Florida was traveling in the southbound outside lane on I-75 in a Peterbuilt truck crossing the Caloosahatchee Bridge approaching State Road 80 and collided with a vehicle in front of him Monday morning about 7:39 A.M.

Fernando Ochoa-Silva, 32 of Lehigh Acres, Florida driver of a 2000 Ford F-350 truck had minor injuries after being struck from behind. Both vehicles came to final rest within the outside lane of I-75 blocking the southbound lane for approximately and hour and a half this morning.

After the crash, passenger Francisco Silva, 38 of Cape Coral, Florida, attempted to exit the Ford truck, and in doing so fell off the bridge into the water below.

Construction workers working below the bridge assisted with retrieving Sanchez from the water. EMS transported him to Lee Memorial Hospital. He had serious injuries.

Vargas was charged in the crash.

Community Emergency Response Training September 19

LABELLE, FL. -- The first CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Refresher Class will be held this Friday, September 19th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church located at 301 Campbell Street, LaBelle. 

Please share this information about this free class with everyone you know who has completed the Basic 24 hour CERT Training and would like to participate in the CERT Refresher Course. 

Almost 400 participants have completed this program. For more information, contact Nancy Tanner at the Hendry County Emergency Management 863-674-5400.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gerty Jones Dies At 89

Gertie Mae Jones, age 89, of LaBelle, passed away September 7, 2014 in her home surrounded by her loving husband and family.

She was born Oct. 20, 1924, in Okeechobee, FL, to Claudie and Nero (Williams) Tyner. She married Stanley Jones in 1942; he survives. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She will be dearly missed by her entire family and her friends.

Survivors include her loving husband: Stanley Jones, three sons: Howard and wife Sharon Jones, Lloyd and wife Mae Jones, Robert Jones and three daughters: Hazel White, Linda and husband Brad McCormick, Paula and husband Henry Laka, fifteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren, and four great-great Grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Pastor Howie Grimm, officiating. Visitation was Saturday from 1 hour prior to service at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.

Cremation arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Paulette Timm Dies At 65

LaBelle, FL - Paulette Marie (Penny) Timm went home to be with the Lord on September 11, 2014. She was born on October 3, 1948 in Buffalo, NY. Daughter of Robert & Louise Rush (Sweeney) Graduated with a Masters Degree from University of Central Florida.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Richard F Timm of LaBelle, Florida, four children, Rebecca (Marc) Uhteg, Amy (Scott) Crosier, Joseph Timm, and Bradley Timm; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Visitation to be held on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle. Funeral services will be at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, LaBelle, FL 3p.m. , Sunday, September 14th, 2014 with Father Chester Domaszewicz officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home-LaBelle.

$8,000 To Zac Reyna Memorial Playground

LABELLE, FL. -- The Kiwanis Club of LaBelle was proud to present a total of $8,000 to the Hendry County Recreation Board for the Zac Reyna Memorial Playground; a project that the LaBelle Kiwanis believes in and has physically labored to get the property ready and worked along with other volunteers from the Boy Scout Venturing Crew, St. Mathew's House and many other individuals to help make this dream become a reality. ($1,000 of the money presented was given to Kiwanis by an anonymous donor). The Kiwanis motto is “Improving the world, one child and one community at a time”. 
Pictured left to right is: Commissioner Darrel Harris - Hendry Rec. Dept. Chair, Arlene Bettencourt – President for LaBelle Kiwanis, and Romero Rodriguez, Director of Parks and Recreation forHendry County.