Friday November 20, 2020

Joann May of the FDOT is advising the public that for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no lane closures from Wednesday, November 25th through Sunday, November 29th. Regular nighttime lane closures may resume on Monday, November 30th.  Regular daytime work is permitted as long as there is no interference with the traveling public.  Beginning next week, there is no roadwork scheduled for Hendry and Glades Counties, but will resume for Okeechobee and surrounding counties. Motorists traveling this Thanksgiving are reminded to buckle up, stay alert, and be courteous on the roadways so everyone can reach their destination safely. 

Local agencies in Palm Beach County are teaming up to make Thanksgiving easier for some families. The organizations will give away hundreds of meals to preselected families across eight communities across our area. The meals will be handed out by county commissioners, PBSO deputies, and firefighters. Families would receive a 10-12-pound turkey and a box of items including cranberry sauce, apples, stuffing, potatoes and green bean casserole. Meal distribution will be on Monday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. Canal Point – Canal Point Baptist Church.

A billboard has gone up in Lehigh Acres asking for tips on the 2018 murder of Trenesa Roberts. Roberts, was shot and killed in the driveway of a home on December 10, 2018. She was 39. The billboard is located at the corner of Lee Boulevard and Alvin Avenue in Lehigh Acres with the words “WHO KILLED TRENESA ROBERTS?” Roberts left her home to head to her job as a school bus driver around 6:30 a.m. when she was gunned down. The gunman has still not been identified. The billboard was designed in hopes of getting tips on the unsolved murder. Anyone with information on the murder is asked to call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS to be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

Governor Ron DeSantis made an announcement yesterday regarding a new COVID-19 treatment that could be given to those in Florida hospitals, as well as an update on the two vaccines being created. DeSantis said the state’s goal is to make COVID-19 vaccines available to all Floridians who want them, but the state won’t be mandating them. Florida added more than 9,000 cases of coronavirus on Thursday. The latest numbers show the state has a total of 914,333 cases and 18,030 deaths.

The number of seniors facing homelessness in Palm Beach County has spiked in the past year. According to the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, there’s been a 44% increase of people 62 and older living on the streets since 2019. Pam Payne, director of the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, is worried about the spike continuing in the coming months. She says its only going to get worse to the end of the year. In a recent interview with a homeless 68-year old from Belle Glade, she says she simply found herself without enough money to pay her monthly bills. Unable to find work, she found herself on the streets instead. If you know any older people facing homelessness, here are some resources you can help them get in touch with in the area:

The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County

Senator Philip D. Lewis Homeless Resource Center

St. Ann Place

An update to a tragic story we brought you earlier this week. A Boca Raton couple drowned in what is being called a boating accident at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Archer Adams III and his wife, Paula Adams, both 76, accidentally drowned Saturday, according to the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner Office. The Adamses were on their motorboat when they somehow ended up in the water, according to a preliminary report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Investigators in Okeechobee arrested a suspect in the murder of a 16-year-old boy. Twenty-eight-year-old Pardell K. Rembert is being held without bond at the Okeechobee County Jail. Rembert is facing a charge of murder while engaged in the commission of a felony for the shooting death of the teen on Monday. Sheriff Noel Stephen said the arrest came through the help of the community who came forward with information.