Tuesday August 18, 2020

It’s election day in the Florida State Primary. And the Hendry County Supervisor of Elections hopes to see everyone, who didn’t early vote at their polling place today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  If you are unsure where your polling place is go to www.hendryelections.org. There, its easy to find the address and phone number of the Clewiston and the LaBelle office, get last minute candidate information, and simply to find out where to go. If you don’t have internet access, call the elections office for assistance at 863.675.5230 or 863.902.3393.

As of the latest report from the Florida Department of Health, released yesterday, there are 2,678 new positive COVID-19 cases and 89 reported deaths in Florida. Currently, 1882 residents in Hendry County have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. Thirty-nine residents have died in the county. There will be free COVID 19 testing in Hendry County on August 26th and the 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. weather permitting and by appointment only. Free testing will take place in Harlem on August 23rd from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is needed. 

Just under a week ago, a young lady whose name we will not use, posted a video to social media regarding a theft caught on camera inside her family members home. The post detailed that the theft occurred in Seminole Manor in Clewiston. Apparently, the suspect did gain entry to the residence while the family went for a walk. A video recording from inside of the residence, shows the man enter a bedroom in the home, appears to do a quick search of the vanity, and quickly exit the frame of the video. The man made off with a few items off the victims porch, before being arrested by Clewiston Police Department just 2 days later. We reached out to the victim of this crime but we have not heard back. We are awaiting more details from Clewiston Police Department. 

A recent social media post from the Clewiston Police Department details the incidents surrounding the report of a battery. On July 9, at 11:25 p.m., the Clewiston Police were called to West Alverdez Avenue for the report of a battery. Officers located a victim suffering from a swollen eye, body scratches, and a bloodied shirt. The victim identified Faith Ann Chirilla as her attacker. The victims report said someone knocked on the door which was answered by her roommate. The suspect entered the home and almost immediately began attacking her. Chirilla was located on July 11th and charged with battery.

A vehicle crash in Highlands County has claimed the life of a Palm Beach man. The driver of a semi truck was eastbound on S.R. 70, as another vehicle followed, driven by a 25-year-old Lehigh woman with a 1 year old female passenger. A third vehicle involved was westbound on S.R. 70, facing opposite the other 2 vehicles. According to the report, the semi, driven by a 22-year-old hialeah man, crossed the centerline and entered into the westbound travel lane into the direct path of the westbound car, driven by the 39 year old victim. The impact from the truck pushed the vehicle into the eastbound lane, colliding with the third vehicle which was initially following the semi, driven by the Lehigh woman, propelling it into a guardrail. The 39-year-old driver who was hit by the semi, did not survive the accident.  The woman from Lehigh suffered serious injuries, her one year old passengers injuries, minor. All names are protected under Marsy’s Law.