Friday December 11, 2020

A Clewiston Police Officer was found in a dangerous situation, going one on one with an armed suspect. On Thursday, December 10, 2020 at around 3:30 p.m., a CPD officer was performing a traffic stop near East Obispo Avenue, when the officers patrol vehicle was ambushed by an individual armed with a knife. The unidentified individual tried to stab the officer multiple times while the officer was still inside the patrol vehicle. According to a spokesperson for the department, the assailant repeatedly verbalized a desire to die. Thankfully, the officer was able to fend off the attack and subdue the armed assailant without injury. CPD has provided available video footage of this incident for release, with the hopes of raising awareness of the daily hazards law enforcement officer’s nationwide face. Also with the hopes of raising awareness of mental health issues which plague our community and society nationwide.  If you or someone you know are in distress, please contact available local or nationwide resources including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline which is accessible 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-273- TALK. Or text the crisis hotline (text HELLO to 741741) both are free and available 7 days a week.

Artists Caesar Aguilar and Brian Weaver created the mural in honor of fallen FWC officer Julian Keen, a local hometown hero. The mural for Officer Keen was revealed in LaBelle Thursday. Keen was shot and killed making a traffic stop while off duty. He proudly served his community with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Eliceo Hernandez is the man accused of killing Keen. Since his murder, LaBelle has created a scholarship in Keen’s name, offered donations to his family and now unveiled artwork along Thompson Street. Aguilar and Weaver met with the Keen family to ensure this mural captured the essence of the man. Weaver said, “Hopefully, this mural inspires people to really be kind and follow in his footsteps.” Keen is gone but not forgotten. His family and friends plan to gather in LaBelle today for the official unveiling of the mural.

Remember that snow park we talked about a few weeks ago? A first of its kind snow park right here is Florida, that opened just before Thanksgiving?  Well anyway, they will have to temporarily stop operations because its permit has been revoked by the county. Snowcat Ridge claims on Dec. 9, Pasco County officials arrived on site and took its permit without providing documentation or a written explanation. It further alleges the county has failed to recognize other approvals allowing it to operate its “Snowy Slopes” attraction. The county, on the other hand, says it had a reason: “life-safety issues”. The county said during several visits, Fire Rescue and Building Construction Services discovered fire, building, electrical and plumbing violations that pose a threat to both public health and safety. A legal team is working to keep the new Florida attraction open, and the park says it hopes to reach a resolution soon. In the meantime, it says it will stay closed.

As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, there have been 1,094,697 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 19,462 Florida resident deaths reported, according to the Florida Department of Health. 11,335 total new cases were reported yesterday with 129 new resident deaths. Glades county recently reported another resident death, bringing the number to now 11. Glades has reported 712 positive cases since March. Cases in Hendry County have risen by 28 since the last report, the largest rise in months. There are currently 2,695 people in Hendry who have reported positive results since the start of the pandemic. 45 Hendry County Residents have died.

Crimes Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Alvin King, also known as Cornelius Roy. His last known address is SW 7th Street Belle Glade. He is wanted for Failure to appear on Possession of Fentanyl charge, as well as driving while his license is revoked. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Alvin King, aka Cornelius Roy, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.