Friday June 11, 2021

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County, is searching for Armando Rodriguez. His last known address is NW 18th Street, Belle Glade. Rodriguez is wanted for aggravated battery (deadly weapon) and tampering with a witness, victim or informant. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Armando Rodriguez, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

Palm Beach County deputies responded to a shooting inside a Publix Supermarket in Royal Palm Beach.  Upon arrival deputies located three individuals deceased from gunshot wounds. Among the dead were the shooter, a 1-year-old boy, and the toddler’s grandmother. The Sheriff’s office alerted the public that this was NOT AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION!  The suspect, who, again, is also deceased, has been identified as 55-year-old Timothy J. Wall, of Royal Palm Beach. No motive or relation to the shooter has been released at this time, nor have the names of the victims. This Publix location at 1180 Royal Palm Beach Boulevard will remain closed until tomorrow.  

A health alert was released yesterday by the Hendry Department of health regarding the presence of Blue-Green Algae in the Caloosahatchee River. There are new water quality concerns following a health alert that was issued earlier this spring at the Pahokee Marina. That alert came in April after thick, toxic blue-green algae was found floating in the water. The South Florida Water Management District was at the marina this week taking samples of the water when crews thought they saw human waste. Officials took additional samples and sent them to the DEP determined. The agency determined it was clumps of dead, matted algae. SFWMD has been using vacuums and chemicals to knock down the blooms as the sampling continues.

Some construction services will be underway Monday, June 14 on Fort Denaud Road from SR80 to Fort Denaud Bridge Way in LaBelle. The project includes milling and resurfacing of the roadway, drainage pipe removal and installation, and other work. The speed limit will be reduced and travelers should expect lane closures and possible delays throughout the duration of the project. Allow extra time for your commute, just in case there are delays.The project is expected to be done between 150 to 180 days. They will be working Monday thru Friday from 7 to 5 through December 11. Drive safely everyone.

One man is dead and another is facing a first-degree murder charge after a fatal shooting late Sunday at a rodeo in Belle Glade. A judge Tuesday ordered 26-year-old Luis Garcia of Belle Glade to be held without bail at the Palm Beach County Jail. According to Garcia’s arrest report, a PBSO deputy fired his weapon at Garcia during the incident at the Rodeo Las Palmas event on the 1700 block of South Main Street. The report said the deputy fired after seeing Garcia shooting at other people and ordering him to drop his weapon, a command Garcia ignored. The agency said no one was injured by the deputy’s gunfire. Witnesses allege Garcia fired a handgun into the crowd and struck two brothers, one in the torso and other in his leg. A deputy said the gunshots continued as he tried to help one of the wounded men. Paramedics took both men to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where one died of his injuries and the other was in stable condition this week. PBSO spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the deputies did everything they could to take cover, but when they challenged Garcia and demanded that he drop his gun, he began shooting at them. An undercover deputy agent, began firing back because he said, he feared for his life, according to the report. Garcia also faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault on a law-enforcement officer and discharging a firearm in public. PBSO said he fled from the parking but was later detained.