Friday, December 18, 2020

Deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office helped bring food to 206 families in the Glades area. Thanks to a generous donation from Mr. Jess Santamaria, the sheriff’s office says deputies were able to distribute 70 turkeys and 136 hams with green beans, corn, and a bag of sugar and rice that was donated by Florida Crystals.

The Florida Department of Health reported 13,148 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the largest single-day increase since July 16. Another 101 resident deaths were also verified. The state is now up to 1,168,483 total coronavirus cases and 20,305 resident deaths, according to the health department. Deaths confirmed in the past day include five in Miami-Dade County, three in Broward County, and eight in Palm Beach County. Hendry County does not show any new deaths in the past week, but the cases of infections have now risen by 160 since Monday’s report with a total of 2, 915 cases in residents. Glades County cases rose by 15 this week. The latest report on COVID-19 cases in schools across Florida was also released this week.

Four women from Belle Glade and Pahokee were arrested Wednesday for retail theft in Port St. Lucie. On Wednesday, police say they responded to the Walgreens along U.S. Highway 1 where four women wearing shower caps allegedly stole over $700 worth of beauty products. Detectives arrived on scene to interview the four women who were ultimately arrested for retail theft.

  • Lakeria Dennard (25) Grand Theft, Retail Theft
  • Keyshyra Rhett (27) Grand Theft, Retail Theft
  • Turkeshia Rhett (30) Grand Theft, Retail Theft
  • Kenaija Collins (21) Grand Theft, Retail Theft

Detectives learned that women were also connected to thefts at three other Walgreens stores in Port St. Lucie.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Eduardo Perez. His last know address is NE 30th Street, Belle Glade. Perez is employed as an equipment operator. He is wanted for Failure to Appear on Battery by strangulation, burglary of a dwelling and sexual battery. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Eduardo Perez, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.  

Earlier this month the CDC decided that those likely getting the coronavirus vaccine first will be residents of long-term care facilities, first responders and health-care workers, and people over the age of 65. After that, it will eventually become available to the general population. Okeechobee County law enforcement, emergency management and other county and city officials, met in a special workshop Tuesday morning to determine the best course of planning for the distribution of the vaccine when it’s finally available to the general public. Okeechobee County Emergency Management Director Mitch Smeykal says a drive-thru dispensing pod will most likely be done at the Agri-Civic Center, where people will stay in their vehicles as they’re being vaccinated, much like when they go there for a food pantry. Smeykal says the vaccine is safe and once you receive it, it will not cause you to get the COVID-19 virus. The vaccine will likely not be available to the general population until next spring at the earliest.