Thursday January 21, 2021

This just in, a crash in Hendry County last night has claimed the life of a LaBelle man and his teenage passenger. The Florida Highway Patrol reports, a 38-year-old Alva woman was traveling east on State Road 80, at a high rate of speed, just west of Fort Denaud Road. At the same time, a 42-year-old Labelle man was backing out of a driveway onto eastbound State Road 80 with his 2 teenage passengers, a 15-year-old and a 13-year-old, also from LaBelle. The Alva woman ran into the right back of the LaBelle driver’s car, overturning his vehicle, and ejecting him and the 15-year-old passenger. The Alva woman and the mans 13-year-old passenger were both transported to Lee Memorial Hospital. The LaBelle man and the 15-year-old were pronounced deceased on scene. The crash remains under investigation.

The Hendry County Sheriffs Office along with the US Marshals service has put a community at ease after capturing an escaped inmate in Hendry County. Authorities say inmate Miguel Nunez, was brought back to Hendry County Jail after he escaped during an attempted transfer to a treatment facility in Fort Myers. HCSO says Tuesday night, the inmate ran after he was released to the facility. He was apparently picked up by someone who has not been identified. HCSO then spent the morning searching for Nunez near his home in the area of Jeronimo Road in LaBelle. Investigators spoke to family members who believed he might be hiding somewhere in the county. Captain Susan Harrell, spokesperson for HCSO says the community members were quite concerned. According to HCSO, Nunez was eventually found at a home in the 900 block of Tropicana Street in LaBelle. At that point, he surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody again by U.S. Marshals Service. Nunez he is being held under strict observation pending additional charges from Lee County.

They came in from all around the nation and even from Canada, coming to Florida for the Covid-19 vaccine. Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to make the vaccine available to all people age 65 and older — including non-residents — is said to have propelled what many have deemed “vaccine tourism.” Its reported that some Canadians were paying as much as $80,000 to charter planes for same-day vaccination trips, reported the Wall Street Journal. Like every other state, Florida has a supply-and-demand problem, with appointments phone lines being tied up, hours-long wait times and appointments filling up within minutes. Of course this is causing a stir with Floridians. Yesterday, Jackson Health, Florida’s largest hospital system, began requiring that people must show a proof of U.S. residency to get vaccinated, reported the Miami Herald. And, finally, at two news conferences on Tuesday, Governor DeSantis walked back his original approach, saying he now wants to make sure the state’s Covid-19 vaccine supply is being directed to Florida residents. Beginning today, anyone wanting to be vaccinated in Florida must be able to prove at least part-time residency in the state by showing a Florida ID or a utility bill.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 1,601,011 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 24,578 Florida resident deaths reported, according to the Florida Department of Health. According to the CDC, Florida has recorded 46 positive cases of COVID-19 variants as of Jan. 18. The type of variants is not specified on the table. Florida Department of Health and the CDC were previously investigating the evidence of the first known case of what is known as the UK COVID-19 variant on Dec. 31, 2020. There were 11,914 new cases reported Wednesday and 142 new resident deaths. Glades County reported 846 cases total since the start of the pandemic, and 12 deaths. Hendry County has recorded a total of 3,859 cases of COVID-19 since last March, and 54 deaths.

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