News 2-7-2020

Deputies called to the scene of a possible drowning in Lehigh Acres Wednesday evening found a submerged car and a partially decomposed body in a canal. The body has been identified as Jose Acevedo of SW 2nd Street in Lehigh Acres. Deputies say his death was an accident. According to a source, an autopsy will be performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

The School District of Palm Beach County is protecting the freedom of expression through hair. On Wednesday, the school board voted unanimously to ban hair discrimination, meaning students can freely wear their hair any way they want. That includes locs, mohawks, colored, spiked, shaved, and more, according to board member Dr. Debra Robinson. Robinson said she was alarmed by a story out of New Jersey in 2018, in which a referee forced a 16-year-old wrestler to cut his locs in order to compete in a match. Robinson added she didn’t recall and specific cases of hair discrimination in Palm Beach County or Florida. Hair styles will now be added to that non-discrimination policy. The school district’s legal team said it will work on the wording of the policy, and will present the updated policy at a future meeting.

It appears the Okeechobee City Council is starting to follow in the footsteps of the county commissioners when it comes to its restaurants serving alcohol on Sunday morning. At their meeting this past Tuesday night, councilmembers discussed amending their ordinance, to allow city businesses to serve alcohol beginning at ten o’clock on Sunday mornings. At the moment, city restaurants cannot serve alcohol until after one o’clock on Sunday mornings. Councilmembers voted to have two public hearings on the matter over the next two meetings before deciding on amending the ordinance. For Patty Suarez, the co-owner and operator of the Parrott Island Grill, this is a great moment for hers and other restaurants in the city (City Council-Alcohol Ordinance 1). Mayor Dowling Watford says while this would be good for city restaurants to be on a par with their counterparts in the county, he is not in favor of it because it’s tradition to observe those who attend church on Sunday mornings and the ordinance should be left as is.

Crimestoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Oscar Ramirez. He is wanted for DUI manslaughter and driving with no valid drivers license causing death. His last known address is NW Ave. D Belle Glade.