Monday December 7, 2020

Clewiston Police Department and Clewiston Animal Control are being credited for an unusual but heartwarming reconciliation. A family dog from South Carolina somehow ended up right here! The family of the dog discovered he, his name is Copper, was missing, through a chip scan and they were convinced they would never get him back. Well, not if Jamie had anything to do with it. Jamie Wright of Clewiston Animal control organized volunteers and they actually drove the pup from Clewiston to Savannah GA, to reunite with his loved ones, just in time for the holidays. Well done Jamie.

On December 4, 2020, 17-year-old Eliezer Escobar was sentenced for his role in the shooting death of 19-year-old David Zavala. Zavala was shot on July 3, 2019 during a drug transaction. Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Escobar on charges of Homicide and Armed Robbery. Escobar, was taken into custody by Hernando Sheriff’s Office personnel and transported back to Hendry County in March 2020. The second individual charged in this case, 16-year-old Nicholas Guerrero, is still awaiting trial. Escobar was sentenced to 13 years in the Florida Department of Corrections on charges of Manslaughter an Attempted Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon.

The air was tight Friday night at Effie Greer Field as Glades Central was down by 4 in the fourth quarter with 5 turnovers and a fumble into the end zone on first and goal from the 1-yard line. Then… Here he comes. Jaheim Humphries ran 49 yards for a touchdown on fourth-and-2 with 3:45 remaining and the Raiders scored a 16-13 victory over Booker T. Washington in the first round of the tri-county playoffs. We had the opportunity to speak with Humphries and his mother Ebony Smith, who did not want to be on air. Smith says, on or off the field, her son, Jaheim, is something special. Humphries says he’s humbled by his performance Friday night and is excited for his future in the sport. Glades Central (5-0), advances to play Dillard (4-0) this week.

As of 2:30 p.m. Sunday, there have been 1,058,074 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 19,177 Florida resident deaths reported, according to the Florida Department of Health. There were nearly 8,500 total new cases reported Sunday with 93 new resident deaths reported. Glades County reported 696 new cases, up by 5 since the last report, and 10 deaths. Hendry County reported 2,611, up by 17 with 45 deaths.

New information in the case of two brothers recently arrested in connection with the November beating and fatal shooting of a man in Belle Glade. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Club Phoenix shortly after 2 a.m. Nov. 15. Deputies located the victim, Tekeyo Lumpkin of Riviera Beach. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Witnesses said three men advanced towards Lumpkin, knocked him to the ground and “stomped him.” According to a PBSO arrest report, during the attack, one of the men stood over Lumpkin and shot him five times. Investigators were able to determine that two of the suspects, identified as Richard and Erick Singleton, were brothers. A third person at the scene was not named. According to witnesses, Richard Singleton was the shooter. Richard Singleton faces charges of first-degree murder with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He remains in an Orlando jail without bond. Erick Singleton is facing a charge of being an accessory after the fact to a felony. He was booked into the Palm Beach County jail with his bond set at $50,000.

An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It’s the 17th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 20 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 2-year-old male panther were found Tuesday in Hendry County on a rural road east of LaBelle, wildlife officials said. Florida panthers once roamed the entire Southeast, but now their habitat mostly is confined to a small region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico.

On December 7, 1941, over two thousand American soldiers and civilians lost their lives and over one thousand were injured in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor U.S. Navy base. We remember the lives lost on that fateful day and honor the brave veterans of World War II that fought for our great Nation. The Governor signed a proclamation and hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida from sunrise to sunset on Monday, December 7, 2020. To view the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day proclamation, click here.