News 2-20-2020

A 90-year-old Clewiston man was hit in a vehicle accident at around 6:15 last night in Clewiston. The Florida Highway Patrol reports 47-year-old Jacqueline Montes Maldonado was southbound on W C Owen Ave approaching the intersection of W Alverdez Ave in the right lane. Emilio Millares, and 90-year-old Clewiston resident was crossing the intersection in the lanes of travel, when Maldonado’s vehicle struck him. Maldonado did have 2 minors in the car with her, an 8 and 11-year-old. Alcohol is not said to be a factor.  

Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Hendry County Sheriff’s Office will work jointly on an animal abuse case regarding an injured dog on the Lee County/Hendry County border. Shortly after 1:30 pm on Sunday, February 16, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a dog who was found with what appeared to be a bullet wound to the head and an exit wound below the jaw. A spent bullet casing was located at the scene and has been submitted into evidence. Lee County Domestic Animal Services transported the dog, still alive at the time, to a local animal hospital.  The dog was subsequently euthanized due to the severity of the injury. The dog’s name was Ruby. Should you have any information regarding this incident, you are asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office or to call SWFL Crime Stoppers.  

Good Wheels has announced plans to suspend its operations as of this morning at 8. Good Wheels has been the major transportation provider for Medicaid in Lee, Hendry, Glades and other counties. A local commissioner says funding was at the root of the suspension. Hendry and Glades County said that they are working to ensure disadvantaged residents continue to make this transition seamless. They have not specified yet what their plan is. As for the workers, according to a news source, the CEO of Good Wheels said several other organizations have already reached out to them with job opportunities.

An Okeechobee juvenile charged in connection with a spitting into food incident last spring was in court again yesterday. 16-year-old Molly Spearow was in front of the judge to answer for charges of violating the Florida Anti-Tampering Act for Food, and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer when Spearow and her two co-defendants, were allegedly caught spitting into the food of sheriff’s deputies at the Highway 55 restaurant where they worked last April. Footage from a surveillance camera reportedly caught the three committing the act. While her codefendants have changed their pleas to no contest and have already been sentenced, Spearow is still pleading not guilty. Lead Prosecutor Ashley Albright says he fully expects this to go to trial . Spearow’s attorney declined to comment for this story.

A LaBelle man was involved in a vehicle accident in Hendry County on US Highway 27 at the Git N Go Convenience Store yesterday afternoon.  50-year-old Jack Webb of LaBelle was in his vehicle at the service station in his car. A pedestrian, 68-year-old Barry Caldwell of North Carolina was standing north of the fuel replenishment area. Upon completion, Webb drove across the facility parking lot, failing to yield to Caldwell. Webb ran into Caldwell. Caldwell was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.