Friday July 10, 2020

On July 8, the local American Red Cross volunteers virtually responded to an apartment fire on Southwest 16th Street in Belle Glade. Members of the Disaster Action Team helped coordinate emergency aid to those affected. Fire officials say three people were impacted by the blaze, including one child. The Red Cross was able to provide comfort kits, and recovery planning to the family to help them transition. The family’s information has been protected due to Marsys Law.

A man arrested in connection with the death of FWC officer Julian Keen in June is now facing additional charges. The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Eliceo Hernandez is now facing charges of second-degree murder with a firearm, attempted second-degree murder discharging a firearm, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of synthetic cannabis. Initially, though, Hernandez was arrested and charged with negligent homicide. Deputies say on the night of June 14, Officer Julian Keen and another man witnessed a reckless driver. Keen, who was off-duty at the time, followed the driver. Once both cars stopped, the sheriff’s office says Keen approached Hernandez and was later shot.

On August 19, 2019, cattle owner James Clifton Davis, reported the theft of some cattle to law enforcement.  Detectives eventually developed information leading to an arrest warrant being issued for 40 year old, Carlos A Nunez-Xenes of  Montura Ranch Estates. Nunez-Xenes was taken into custody Tuesday the 7th, and transported to the Hendry County Jail but was released early Wednesday morning on a $67,500 bond.  Nunez-Xenes was charged with twenty-five counts of Commercial Grand Theft of Farm Animals, and one count of Grand Theft Motor Vehicle. The investigation is ongoing. 

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for 18-year-old Elmer Mendez. He is wanted for leaving the scene of a crash involving death, leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury, and no valid driver’s license. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Elmer Mendez, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

Going into the weekend, health authorities in Florida reported 120 new deaths on Thursday, marking the highest one-day jump yet. Right here in Hendry County, our latest numbers since testing began in March are reported to be 1,135 and 27 deaths. A month ago today, the county reported 580 positive residents and 19 deaths.  Testing was done today in LaBelle, but it’s done by appointment only. They will be back in Labelle NEXT Friday. Anyone can call and make an appointment by calling the Hendry or Glades County Health Departments. Testing will be done on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week.