News 4-6-2020

Yahoo Finance reports that more than 4,000 children and families from Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County have received a week’s supply of farm-fresh produce, dry-goods and other household necessities through a new program called Farm to Family. Fresh RX Kids and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County created the program earlier this month in less than a week to help families and farmers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Farm to Family ensures that local farmers will stay afloat after the sudden closures of farmers’ markets and restaurants. The produce given to local families, likely would have gone to waste if it wasn’t for the new food assistance program. Distributions of immune-boosting food have occurred at several Boys & Girls Club locations this month including the Belle Glade Teen Center in Belle Glade. Additional locations will continue to be added over the coming weeks to help feed and keep Boys & Girls Clubs families healthy.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Walmart stores have recently cut back hours for cleaning, checking employees’ temperatures, providing employees with masks and gloves, and even expanding their paid leave policies. Further, beginning this past Saturday, the megastore started to limit the number of customers who can be in a store at once. Stores will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity. They will have associates at a single-entry door, keeping count. Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “1-out-1-in” basis. There are also signs and markings throughout the store to help more customers avoid coming into close contact with others as they shop.

A man was arrested after Clewiston police found cocaine and marijuana in his car. The officer stopped a car near South Olympia Street and Georgia Avenue for a traffic violation. The driver was Mark Richard. According to a report, the officer found a green, leafy substance in the car around the center console. Richards, evidently, did not have registration or proof of insurance for the vehicle. He did, however have the title, but his license was expired. Clewiston police searched the car and found 5.5 grams of cocaine and 2.5 grams of marijuana. Richards was arrested for possession, driving with an expired license greater than six months, and attached registration plate not assigned to vehicle. It’s unclear if Richards is a resident of Clewiston.

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Hendry County over the weekend, bringing the total number of cases in Hendry County to 7. The latest confirmed cases are a 30-year-old male resident of Clewiston and a 34-year-old female resident of LaBelle. All 7 individuals who have tested positive in Hendry County are currently under isolation. Hendry County officials strongly urge residents to continue following the guidance provided by the CDC and DOH in order to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Remember you are safer at home
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces often
  • If you are sick, call your medical provider or local health department

Chief Judge for Hendry County adds that “Any person arrested for violating any quarantine rule shall be held in custody with a NO BOND HOLD pending First Appearance.

An Okeechobee man has died in a car accident that happened in the early morning hours Sunday morning. 24-year-old Hector Sepulveda was traveling southbound US Highway 441. He lost control and ran off the road, hitting a concrete utility pole.  The driver was pronounced deceased on scene. According to the report released by the Florida Highway Patrol, this accident is alcohol related.  This case is still pending investigation.

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