News 2-21-2020

As of yesterday, Crimestoppers of Palm Beach County was searching for Tanzarneka Williams. Her last known address was Greenstar Rd., Pahokee she is wanted on failure to appear for battery charges. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Tanzarneka Williams, contact Crimestoppers of Palm Beach County.

An Okeechobee juvenile was back in court yesterday. 17-year-old Miguel Garcia faced a judge to answer for charges of unlawfully firing several shots from a handgun on a soccer field across the street from Northern Elementary School towards the end of the school day on August 26th, amounting to 15 counts of aggravated assault, according to Lead Prosecutor Ashley Albright. While no one was hurt, the incident forced a lockdown at the school and some schools nearby. Albright says before Garcia is to be sentenced, there will be a pre-sentencing hearing for him considering this is his first felony. Garcia was charged as an adult due to the seriousness of the crime and the fact that he will turn 18 next spring. Garcia was in court at two o’clock yesterday. The Okeechobee County Clerk did not have an update as of close of business yesterday.

Good Wheels has announced plans to suspend its operations as of yesterday due to a shortage of funds. Good Wheels has been the major transportation provider in Lee, Hendry, Glades and other counties. Hendry and Glades County have been working to ensure disadvantaged residents have seamless transition. Marybeth Soderstrom, transportation director, says as of yesterday afternoon, Transportation Disadvantaged Services is set to resume in Glades and Hendry on Monday February 24th. Glades and Hendry Riders should call MV Transportation at 800-260-0139. Lee County Riders should call LeeTran at 239-533-0300.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation (PBCSF) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2020 Youth Scholarship Program.  15 Palm Beach County high school seniors, all of whom were nominated by a sworn employee of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, will receive $2,500 scholarships for their freshman year of college. There are 6 from our listening area:

Estefania Alcala-Garcia, Glades Central Community High School, Palm Beach State College

Michely Julno, Glades Central Community High School, Florida State University

Patriana Vickers, Glades Central Community High School, Florida Atlantic University

Luisa Rojas, Glades Central Community High School, Palm Beach State College

Armando Sandoval, Pahokee High School, Palm Beach State College

Antonio Pantoja, Jr., Pahokee High School, University of South Florida

The students will receive their scholarships and be recognized at a luncheon on March 1st at 12:00pm at the International Polo Club in Wellington.

The Hendry County School Board met this week to revisit the subject of medical marijuana in schools. Every district in the state had to have a medical marijuana policy in place. Well as of Tuesday, the policy was approved, 3 to 1. What this means is, the policy would allow for a parent or guardian to administer medical marijuana to a student, but, the medicine will not be stored on the campus. This policy is district wide.