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Chamber recognizes pair at monthly luncheon

August 13, 2014
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

A Lehigh Acres detective who works out of the East District Substation at 1301 Homestead Road was honored for his outstanding work in the community, especially for recently identifying nine juvenile law breakers.

Detective Robert E. Smith was named the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce's Officer of the Month for July.

The luncheon meeting was held at The Hut restaurant on Buckingham Road, just outside Lehigh last month.

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Robert E. Smith

During the month of June, Detective Smith was assigned to investigate several burglaries, thefts, and vandalisms all of which have occurred at the Lehigh Community Park at 516 Williams Ave. in Lehigh.

Lt. Paul Cummings, second in command of the East District of the Lee County Sheriff's Office, told a large group of chamber members that Smith has identified nine juvenile offenders who combined have been charged with 18 felony charges and one misdemeanor charge related to the Lehigh Community Park crimes.

Smith is continuing to follow up on information related to these crimes in an attempt to ensure that all of the participants are brought to justice, Cummings said.

During the presentation of the award through Lt. Cummings, Jarrett Glosson of Modern Woodmen of America also presented Detective Smith a large American flag. The award was announced by Inke Baker, executive director of the chamber. Sgt. Joe Barley also took part in the ceremony. He is the new head of CID in the sheriff's office in Lehigh.

The detective was given a stand-up applause for his efforts in solving the serious crimes in Lehigh and naming a suspect who was responsible.

Also, chamber director Baker presented an award to an employee of the China Star Restaurant as Employee of the Month.

China Star had nominated Nikki Adame for the award because they said she is a really hard worker.

Nikki is the glue to the business. She is kind, very level headed, meaning she always is very well balanced, according to her employer, Henry Kow.

China Star is located in the Winn-Dixie shopping center on Homestead Rd. and is one of the oldest popular Chinese restaurants in Lehigh.

Kow, who joined her on the stage at The Hut, said Adame said she is well balanced in all she does.

"Her job consists of greeting the people at the door and answering the ones at the same time.

"Staff still doesn't know how she does it and keep her cool. Whatever Nikki is doing, she always has a smile on her face and most of all she always has a kind word to say, which helps the whole staff at China Star become a happy staff and that is why Nikki is so appreciated at the China Star Restaurant," Kow said in his nominating letter which put her in the competition.

It was also noted that Nikki covered her fellow employee shifts while her colleague was out on maternity leave for two weeks. She worked all two shifts for two weeks straight and never complained and never once said she was tired.

Kow called her a real trooper and a dedicated employee3.

Nikki Adame has been with China Star for seven years and is well known to those who dine at the restaurant.

Inke Baker, executive director of the chamber presented the award and said she was proud to recognize Adame as Employee of the Month for July.



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