Thursday September 10, 2020

The FBI and Hendry County Sheriff’s Office said they are asking for the public’s help in the case of Bee Love Slater, a Black transgender woman found dead in a burning vehicle in Clewiston one year ago Friday. Slater, 23, a resident of Pahokee was the 18th murder in the trans community nationwide in 2019. To date, Sheriff Steve Whidden said detectives have interviewed “several hundred” people and written and executed over 40 search warrants. The sheriff’s office said the homicide investigation is still “very much active” as they are still reviewing evidence. Whidden said they are matching the FBI’s reward of $5,000 for a total reward of $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. FBI Special Agent Davis Christy said they are considering labeling the case a hate crime.

Labor Day morning at around 6:50, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to reports of a structure fire on the 38 block of Davis Street in the Okeechobee Center development of Belle Glade. Fire was coming from a back bedroom of the home when first responders arrived. No reports at this time as to what started the fire, but is was safely brought under control with no injuries. Fire officials say three people were impacted by the blaze. The Red Cross was called to assist the displaced residents.

Two high school students from Belle Glade are making efforts to get their community involved in the 2020 Census before the deadline at the end of September. Anajiah Graham and I’Yunni Phillips both attend Glades Central High School. And after hearing about how much their community could benefit from the census, they decided to host a panel with city leaders to talk about how important it is. During the panel, a census representative shared that the Tri-City area has missed out on $675 billion due to people not filling out the census. The students are helping out by going door to door with computers to help people fill it. The deadline to complete the census is Sept. 30 and the students plan to keep lending a hand until then. You can visit https://my2020census.gov/ to get started.

As of the latest report from the Department of Health, there are 2,056 new positive COVID-19 cases and 200 reported deaths in one day. Locally, in Hendry County, cases have crossed the 2000 mark with 2004. Hendry County has seen 41 deaths as a result of COVID. Glades County is reporting 466 positive cases and 4 deaths. FREE COVID-19 Testing (Drive-thru testing) will take place at Barron Park in LaBelle on Saturday, September 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. No appointment is needed. Testing will be provided to adults and children 5yrs and older. Parents must sign a consent form for children to be tested.

A news report reveals that a woman was arrested after she was caught driving drunk with a child in her car, according to police. Jaime McGuire, 29, was pulled over by a Clewiston police officer after she was seen speeding near West Sugarland Highway and San Luiz Avenue back in August. Clewiston police said there were multiple indicators that she was intoxicated. McGuire agreed to perform some exercises to determine her status, which police say, she failed. The Department of Children and Families was notified and the small child was placed in the custody of a family member, according to police.

Hendry County announced funds available for Housing Assistance from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. According to the website, Hendry County got $240,768.00 to assist citizens of Hendry County that have been directly affected by COVID-19. The funds will be used to help with rents, utilities and mortgages. The application period will open until December 30, 2020 or until all the funds are gone. Applications will be available on-line by visiting HendryCARES.com or call (863) 674-5490 for assistance. Click here for more.

Lady Tigers Varsity Volleyball will meet tonight at home beginning at 7 pm!  They will be performing the drawing tonight from a fundraiser held August 7, in which all 500 tickets were sold. Participants are vying for a chance to win a Traeger “Bronson” Pellet Grill, 3-piece grill tool set and a grill cover. All proceeds from this fundraiser went towards the CHS Volleyball team. You can watch the drawing live on the FB page at Clewiston High School Volleyball.