Thursday August 26, 2021

Hendry County Emergency Management released a situation report on August 25th, which breaks down COVID-19 numbers for local constituencies, and for 59 counties in Florida. The report shows vaccination rates for Hendry County, averages for case counts, positivity rates, and hospital admissions. The report also shows cumulative and weekly statistics locally and throughout the state. As of August 25, the report reflects that 34.7% of Hendry’s total population has been fully vaccinated, while 43.8% have received at least one dose. To view the report, visit: https://www.hendryfla.net/emergency_management.php

Sit Rep 08-26.pdf – Google Drive

The City of Pahokee held their regular commission meeting on Tuesday, August 24. And the tensions in the city are still high. The commission discussed the city clerk’s salary, settling on $72,000 annually. The decision faced vocal objection from the audience and from Commissioner Clara Murvin. Throughout the meeting, Mayor Keith Babb criticized City Attorney Gary Brandenburg, saying he’s created nothing but chaos in the city, further dividing Pahokee’s citizens. Brandenburg suggested, during the fiery exchange, that unruly citizens be removed. Mayor Babb suggested Brandenburg, himself, should be also. Pahokee City meetings are live streamed on YouTube.

Belle Glade teenager An’Tajah Richards, was arrested Tuesday on two counts of vehicular homicide, for her role in a July 6th crash which killed 2 people. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office affidavit, Richards was the driver of a car that was racing a BMW, when it crashed into a Kia Seoul at Forest Hill Boulevard and Guilford Way. The driver and passenger of the 3rd car, were killed in the crash. A Palm Beach County judge set bond for Richards at $20,000. The judge also ordered that Richards remain on house arrest if she is released from jail.

Preston Watson of LaBelle has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for multiple drug, assault, and weapons charges in Hendry County, according to the state attorney’s office. Watson was arrested as part of an investigation in 2019 by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, into a criminal organization selling drugs and firearms in the County. Watson was running a “trap house” in LaBelle, or a house where drugs are sold. He sold drugs to undercover law enforcement claiming it was heroin; it actually was a mixture of methamphetamine and fentanyl. In a separate investigation, Watson and co-defendant Angel Herrera, sold a “Tommy Gun” style firearm to the undercover law enforcement officer. Watson did an open plea to the court giving up his right to a jury trial. Co-defendant Angel Herrera was sentenced to a 3-year minimum/mandatory sentence for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 2021-2022 High School Fishing Program offers high school fishing teams the opportunity to teach fisheries conservation, practice fishing skills, and apply for the Florida R3 Fishing Grant Program. This grant program is focused on recruiting new anglers to ensure the future, of fishing in Florida. The Florida Sport-Fish Restoration R3 Fishing Grant, will award up to 30 high school fishing teams $500, to assist with club expenses and the purchase of fishing licenses or gear for participants. The grant application can be found online at MyFWC.com/HSF by scrolling down to “Florida’s R3 Fishing Grant Program.” Applications can be submitted via the form on the webpage or downloaded and submitted by email to R3Fishing@MyFWC.com The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. ET.

Hendry County will be conducting aerial adult mosquito control operations over the LaBelle Acres (Case and Evans Road) and LaBelle Ranchettes (Alphabet Roads) Communities, now through, Monday, August 30th. These operations will continue throughout the remainder of the year as mosquito levels warrant. The insecticide to treat for adult mosquitoes is approved for application by the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida.  This operation will be conducted by Clarke.

If you have questions concerning this operation, please call Clarke at

800-443-2034 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.