Wednesday April 29th 2020 News

Hendry County Major Crimes Unit is currently investigating a homicide in the Harlem community in Clewiston. A shooting occurred at approximately 5:30pm on yesterday, April 28, 2020 in the 1200 block of Carolina Ave. The shooting victim later succumb to his injuries. Authorities are asking that anyone with any information please contact the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office.

Florida Highway Patrol has reported a fatal crash that took the life of 2 young women from Hialeah. A 19-year-old woman was driving south on Flaghole road and her 2 passengers a 20-year-old male and a 14-year-old girl. At 9:20 am yesterday FHP reports that the 19-year-old driver ran off of the road and vaulted into a canal. The 20-year-old male passenger suffered serious injuries. The driver and her 14-year-old passenger died. The cause of the accident us unknown.

As of yesterday, April 28th, four additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Hendry County, bringing the total number of active cases to 56. These individuals are all currently under isolation. Of the 4 newest cases, 3 are from Clewiston, 1 is from LaBelle. Of the 56 cases overall, 43 are in Clewiston, 13 are in LaBelle. This information was released by Hendry County and The Florida Department of Health. Dr. Joseph Pepe, Health Administrator for Hendry and Glades Counties says, we can expect that number to continue to climb. Both entities strongly urge residents to continue following the guidance provided by the CDC and the F(DOH) along with the Governor’s Safer-At-Home order to slow the spread of COVID-19. DOH has launched a survey to help inform and improve the state’s response to COVID-19. Residents are asked to take two minutes to answer the community action survey questions at www.strongerthanc19.com

Last night was the 2nd meeting of the BOCC for Hendry County. Here’s what we know right now:

Hendry County is open for permitting. All traffic is restricted to the lobby area for safety reasons. There is talk of the commissioners receiving new equipment to improve the sound quality of the meetings. As far a public transportation goes, Jennifer Davis, County Administrator said Hendry County will be the Community Transportation Coordinator for the Goodwill bus transportation service in the next couple of months. The RFP will be reviewed by transportation disadvantaged. Also during the meeting, Dr Pepe addressed 2 ways officials determine if you are safe to return to general population after the 14 day quarantine: 1. 2 negative tests if a person is returning to a high risk area or profession. 2. No test option: No symptoms or medication for 3 days, 7 days after onset of symptoms. No update on the flagpole.

Great news from yesterday’s food drive thru giveaway in Moore Haven! Lisa Sands of the United Way reports that over 330 families came out! She says there was an awesome group of over 20 volunteers from the Glades County Sheriff’s office, Glades Public Safety, Glades Emergency Management and several from the community. Harry Chapin Food Bank provided the food. Lisa sent a very nice email, but was not willing to comment on air.

Hendry County Waste Management in Conjunction with The City of LaBelle and The City of Clewiston, will be hosting a week long amnesty for Hendry County residents. What does amnesty mean, you ask? Public Works Director Sean Scheffler has the perfect explanation. (Sound byte) Sean explained to us how much it hurts the aesthetics of our town when unwanted items, trash and debris are improperly discarded on our roadways. That’s why the week of May 4th through May 9th is so important. Clewiston Transfer Station  is at 1350 Olympia Ave. LaBelle Station is at 1360 Forestry Division Rd. The hours of operation are Mon – Fri 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m; Sat 7:00 am – 12:00 pm.