Friday November 6, 2020

There have been several reports of car break-ins in a nearby community. Glades County deputies are looking for people who have been breaking into cars near CR 720 in Moore Haven. Security footage obtained by another news source shows occupants of a silver or maybe a white 4-door truck, get out at several homes, and check car doors to see if they are locked. The sheriff’s office is investigating these incidents. In the meantime, authorities are urging residents to lock their doors and take all of their valuables inside their homes.

Local law enforcement sent out a message of warning regarding Gift card scams. According to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, Google Play gift card scams are on the rise and have already targeted at least one member of our community. The victim reported that he had received a call from an individual claiming to be from the FBI.  The “FBI agent” told the victim his vehicle had been located in Texas with drugs and guns in it.  They then told him to purchase two Google Play Cards and to place a specified amount of money on each card then to provide them with the scratch off numbers on the back of the cards.  After doing so the callers told the victim they would be responding to the victim’s location to collect more money. An associate called Google Customer Service to determine if the cards had the funds taken off of them yet.  Customer Service notified them that the funds had already been removed from the card and distributed to other accounts. If this happens to you, don’t give out any person information and report it immediately.  

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Oscar Ramirez. His last known address is NW “D” Ave., Belle Glade. He is wanted for 1) DUI MANSLAUGHTER 2) DRIVING WITH NO VALID DRIVERS LICENSE CAUSING DEATH. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Oscar Ramirez, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

As of the latest report, there have been 827,380 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in Florida. There are 16,961 Florida resident deaths reported, including 39 new deaths. There were 6,257 total new cases reported Thursday. One new case out of Glades County with 623.  Four news cases in Hendry County with 2,277.

Local officials in Florida have announced that they have approved 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes to be released into the environment to reduce local populations of the bloodsucking creatures. The goal of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes is to help reduce the number of mosquitoes carrying diseases like dengue or the Zika virus. Approval to release the bugs came after environmental groups warned of unintended consequences. The activists feared that the genetically modified mosquitoes could damage ecosystems and raise the potential of a hybrid insect being created that is insecticide-resistant. However, the company involved with the genetically modified mosquitoes says there will be no adverse risk to humans or the environment. Multiple government-backed studies have shown no risk to the environment, according to the company called Oxitec. It is unclear at this juncture if the release will affect areas locally and throughout South Florida, or in a more concentrated, specified location.