Tuesday December 8, 2020

A Clewiston man is in critical condition following a vehicle accident Sunday evening in Hendry County and a 30-year-old LaBelle man is facing a host of charges stemming from that accident. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Troopers say the Clewiston man, who is 56 years old, was reportedly, lying down on the shoulder of State Route 80 right near Hendry Isles Boulevard in Clewiston at around six o’clock when the LaBelle man, moved to the Route 80 turn lane. Troopers say the LaBelle man then drove over the painted fog line, hitting with the Clewiston man. The LaBelle man stopped his truck and walked away from the scene. The Clewiston man was transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment. The LaBelle man, was arrested for drunk driving, causing serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident involving serious injury and driving on a suspended license. He’s currently in Hendry County Jail awaiting bond. It remains under investigation. FHP is not releasing names of the people involved in the accident due to Marsy’s Law.

A 76-year-old Clewiston man died in a crash Friday afternoon in Belle Glade. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Investigators say Ramon Caridad Gonzalez was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on US Highway 27 around noon when, for an unknown reason, he drove off the right side of the road into a guard rail and ultimately, into a canal. Gonzalez had been reported missing on Wednesday.

There’s a scam goin ‘round. An imposter is calling victims claiming to be an Amazon employee. The imposter is telling people that a credit card was opened in his/her name and fraudulent purchases were made online. The imposter will then transfer the call to another male who is claiming to be a Deputy with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. This imposter male identifies himself as, Deputy Soul and provides a fake badge number. The imposter deputy then demands the last four digits of the recipient’s social security number stating that he needs to report this action to the Department of Social Security and the Treasury Department and if he/she does not provide the information, there will be “legal action”.  The latest call was received on December 4, 2020.  Please be vigilant of these calls and do not give out any personal information.

Rapid testing at Palm Beach County schools is now available. On Monday, The Palm Beach County School District announced more than 13,000 rapid tests were distributed by the department of health to all 179 schools across the county. Both students and staff members showing symptoms while on campus can get the test done. Parental consent must be given to students before the student can be tested. District leaders say getting the test on campus is not mandatory. Students Pre-K through second grade will need a parent or guardian with them in order to get tested. Rapid test results are given within 15 minutes.

Hendry County Waste Management is hosting waste management Amnesty for Hendry County residents now through Thursday, Dec. 12, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. No commercial waste accepted. Waste Amnesty is available at the Clewiston Transfer Station, 1350 Olympia Ave. and the LaBelle Transfer Station, 1360 Forestry Division Road.