Friday August 7, 2020

The Florida Department of Health Aug. 6 report shows 1,709 Hendry County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The county has had 37 deaths.  According to the Agency for Health Care Administration, 11 COVID-19 positive Hendry County residents are currently hospitalized as of Aug. 6.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announces it will temporarily close the Moore Haven Lock along the Okeechobee Waterway in South Florida for repairs Aug. 8 through 15. Closures will be intermittent, with lockages between dives, while divers inspect gates and prepare the area for dewatering. Full closures will occur from Aug. 10 through Aug. 15, while the upper gates are dewatered and repairs are completed. The Moore Haven Lock is located on the west side of Lake Okeechobee at the junction of the Caloosahatchee River.

A news source found that a Glades County middle school teacher was arrested Thursday after detectives learned he was engaging in inappropriate online conversations with two juvenile females. On June 2, 2020, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a sex crime that occurred in Lehigh Acres that deputies believe involved Taylor Austin Harris, 26, and two young girls. Investigators found that Harris was using Snapchat to engage in sexual conversations with the two victims. In some of the conversations, he even offered the victims money and alcohol in exchange for sex. Detectives also discovered Harris was a teacher at a Glades County middle school where one of the girls had previously gone to school. Harris was arrested and charged with two counts of obscene communication to seduce or lure a child and two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Joseph Peterson his last known address is SW 6th St., Belle Glade. He is wanted for VIOLATION OF PROBATION on POSSESSION OF COCAINE and FAILURE TO APPEAR for CRIMINAL MISCHIEF and CULPABLE NEGLIGENCE. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Joseph Peterson, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the formation of Florida’s Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities. Members of the task force will work together to develop guidelines on how to safely allow family members to visit their loved ones in long-term care facilities in the state, where visitation has been prohibited since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been 5,546 positive residents and 5,622 positive staff in long term care facilities as of August 6.