Monday July 20, 2020

In the early morning hours of July 18, CPD authorities saw a vehicle driving erratically and began pursuit. Residents in the neighborhoods on the north side of HWY 27 say the vehicle was going at least 70 mph at around 2:30 a.m. According to officer statements, the officers lost sight of the vehicle until a call came in about a crash. Apparently, the driver of the vehicle had crashed into a home near E. Arcade Avenue and Date Street, and fled on foot, as the vehicle was unoccupied. An investigation found that Reginald Ling was the driver, as he left behind his wallet, and his shoes. As of this morning, Ling has not been apprehended for questioning.

As the Florida Department of Emergency Management temporarily closed some of its facilities this weekend after 12 employees tested positive for COVID-19, Glades County Emergency Management is doing what it can to keep all residents safe. Friday, Marisa Shivers, director for the department, released a press release that stated 835 residents had been tested in the county and 281 of them have tested positive. Glades County Public Safety encourages everyone to continue practicing social distancing, wash hands often with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes and disinfect surfaces often. And keep in mind, proper mask use is making sure both nose and mouth is covered.

Two people were injured after a vehicle hit a pole in South Bay Friday night, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. The crash happened at 9:21 p.m. near Palm Beach Road and NW 4th Avenue. Firefighters said two occupants were safely removed from the vehicle and transported to a local area trauma hospital by Trauma Hawk. The extent of their injuries or what led up to the crash is unknown at this time.

The cancellation of a regularly scheduled Pahokee City Commission meeting set for July 14, upset residents in the community as anger erupted online. Apparently, they were given no notice of the cancellation. Even City Commissioner Regina Bohlen said she had not initially been notified but had heard about it. She had made a motion at the previous meeting to immediately fire the city manager because of a third Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General report in under two years finding misconduct, on Williamson’s part. The move failed on a 3-2 vote with Bohlen and Mayor Keith W. Babb Jr. voting yes. The backlash on social media and elsewhere calling for the removal of City Manager Williamson has not slowed down since a the PBC OIG report was released in June recommending state and county prosecutors investigate their findings that he’d used city credit cards for unauthorized expenses. Two previous county OIG reports during the past two years have found complaints of improper conduct by Williamson were justified. Pahokee’s next commission meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank will be in the area this week. Here are the locations:

July 21

10 a.m. – Noon
Chalo Nitka Grounds, Moore Haven
301 10th St., Moore Haven, FL 33471

July 22

10 a.m. – Noon
Feeding with Hope, (John Boy Auditorium)Clewiston
1200 W C Owen Ave., Clewiston, FL 33440

The city of Clewiston will hold a virtual city commission meeting tonight at 5:30. View the agenda at https://1drv.ms/b/s!Atgvwzxw5H1ji0Agw4FXY_I-X4xW