News 2-17-2020

On February 13, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office was notified that two ATVs had been stolen and transported in a U-Haul trailer. Deputy Aguirre located a U-Haul trailer connected to a black pick-up truck fitting the description, on County Road 833 south of State Road 80.  Aguirre made contact with the driver and passenger, two 17-year old’s from Hialeah.  After questioning, deputies located the two stolen ATVs inside the trailer. Both of the ATVs were stolen from Hendry County. The 2 juveniles were both arrested and charged with vehicle theft and later released to their parents.

Please be advised that there will be lane closures on State Road 29 near the LaBelle Rodeo Grounds on February 17  beginning at 8am as contractors work on the intersection of Rodeo Drive and SR29 which will serve as a new access road to the LaBelle Airport. PLEASE TRAVEL WITH CAUTION. The paving of Rodeo Drive is scheduled through the 21st. The project is being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. Motorists with questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department.

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office is currently scheduling a Conceal Carry Weapons Firearm Training class for individuals interested in obtaining a Concealed Weapon Permit. On Saturday, February 29, the 4-hour course will consist of both classroom and firearm range instruction. Class will be from 8 to noon, but if there are enough participants, an afternoon class will be scheduled. First come – first served. You must be at least 21 years of age to participate. A nonrefundable fee of $25.00 must be paid prior to attending at the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office in Labelle. Please email Capt. Susan Harrelle at sharrelle@hendrysheriff.org to participate.

After many months of obstruction by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Governor’s office received deeply disturbing information regarding the organization’s practices over the past several years.  These practices include abuse of state dollars, withholding of information, and breach of public trust. Governor Ron DeSantis has requested Chief Inspector General, Melinda Miguel, to determine if a criminal investigation should pursue. If so, that action will be taken. Governor DeSantis also directed the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families, Chad Poppell, to take action in this case and manage the obligations of the Florida Coalition of Domestic Violence throughout the period of transition.  DCF has communicated to the staff and providers of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence they should continue to report to work in service of the victims of domestic violence. Helen Ferre, director of communications for Governor DeSantis office says, the governor will not tolerate wasteful or fraudulent spending, particularly from an organization that purports to serve the vulnerable victims of domestic violence.

The Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show is over but, the results of Saturday nights Miss Hendry County Pageant will linger in the hearts and minds of many for a lifetime. 9 beautiful and talented young ladies competed for the crown, the sash, the flowers, and the $2,000 grand prize scholarship to the college of her choice. The judges consisted of 1 former United States beauty queen, 1 reigning queen, and the owner of a prestigious modeling agency. Under a packed big top, the unsuspecting queen was set to be crowned. 17-year-old Shayna Barnes took home the grand prize and the title of 2020 Miss Hendry County. A crowd favorite, Marissa Trimble, was so well like by the judges, she was awarded Miss Photogenic, and tied for Miss Congeniality; she was also awarded a private scholarship from one of the judges.

Eligible Florida voters only have a short time left to register or switch their party affiliation if they want to vote in the March 17 Democratic presidential primary. Florida has closed primaries, which means anyone not registered as a Democrat by tomorrow will be unable to vote to choose the party’s nominee. See your local supervisor of elections office for more details.

A former Hendry County Deputy has yet another court date scheduled for a domestic battery charge he is facing stemming from an incident last November where he allegedly hit his wife. Anthony Blackman, who joined the agency over 3 years ago, had his last court appearance February 12 where one of the charges was dropped. According to Hendry County Clerk of Court, Blackman has another court appearance coming up where he will still face one county of Domestic Battery. A date has not yet been set.