Friday, January 8, 2021

A news report says the State Attorney’s Office will not file any criminal charges against three Hendry County deputies for a LaBelle shooting that injured two. State Attorney Amira Fox said the deputies used “legally justifiable use of deadly force, in the defense of themselves or others.” Three Hendry County deputies, Nestor Echevarria, Michael Alfonso, and Sergio Bustamante were all at a home on May 17, 2020, when the shooting happened in front of a home on Kissimmee Avenue in LaBelle. The deputies were trying to break up a block party at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, according to the State Attorney’s Office. La Travis Williams and Tyrone Reed, Jr. were shot in the incident. The State Attorney’s Office said Williams was armed with a gun and running toward people, and he was shot in the ankle and grazed in the torso. Reed, a bystander, was also shot by law enforcement four times. Both Williams and Reed survived their injuries. Hendry County deputies said they heard gunshots while they were standing outside the home when the block party was happening. The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office also said that 400-500 people were at the block party.

Health care workers at Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade are getting their COVID-19 vaccinations. Dr. Jennifer Dorce-Medard is one of 300 staffers who qualified. She said people are now getting the message and many are visiting the COVID-19 testing site located outside of the hospital. Dorce-Medard said she is excited the vaccine is available and she urges people to continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands and wear a mask. The Belle Glade area was hit hard by the pandemic. Officials with the Palm Beach County Health District sent out engagement teams to hand out masks and flyers with COVID-19 prevention tips, to more than 800 residents.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Antonio Milian. His last known address is Doveland Dr., Pahokee. He is wanted for violation of probation on felony battery charges. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Antonio Milian, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

On December 29, Hendry County Deputies responded to a residence on Flaghole Road, in the area of Flaghole and Montura Ranch area after receiving a report of an Armed Robbery. The victim, a 16-year-old male, had arranged to meet 24-year-old Javier Daniel Gutierrez-Rentas of Clewiston, to conduct a drug transaction.  When Gutierrez-Rentas arrived to meet with the victim, Gutierrez-Rentas got out of his vehicle and approached the victim’s car window, pointing a handgun at him. Gutierrez-Rentas forced the victim to give up his phone, cash and jewelry, then told him to get out of the area. The victim called 911 from a local business.  Deputies were able to locate the firearm laying in the roadway in Montura Ranch Estates. Deputies found Gutierrez-Rentas and took him into custody and arrested him. Gutierrez-Rentas is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $85,000.00 bond.

Just 4 days into the new year, two endangered Florida panthers were found dead, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. According to the FWC’s Panther Pulse site, the first panther death was reported on Jan. 2, a 3-year-old female hit by a vehicle in Lee County. The second was a 2-year-old female, also hit by a vehicle, in Collier County. This comes on top of a year during which FWC recorded 22 panther deaths, while also tracking 11 births from four litters.

A Naples man was arrested at the United States Capitol Building on Jan. 6, during the riots in Washington, D.C., according to officials. Michael Amos, 38, was arrested in D.C., according to records from the Metropolitan Police Department. Amos was arrested for curfew violation and unlawful entry. According to news out of Washington, on Jan. 6, pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol breaking through several layers of police barriers and causing the Capitol to be placed on lockdown and surrounding buildings to be evacuated. Four people died during the violent demonstrations in D.C. One woman was shot and killed by law enforcement three others died after suffering medical emergencies. In addition to the 4 deaths, a US Capitol Police officer died Thursday night from injuries sustained when he engaged with the mob.