Tuesday June 30, 2020

Remember when Belle Glade and South Bay had that seemingly random and rash course of murders in just 4 days? Well another of them has been solved thanks to local sheriffs. Someone repeatedly shot 43-year-old Estevan Rodriguez in South Bay, from close range at about 1 a.m. June 8, killing him in his home. Moments later, according to Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office, surveillance-camera footage captured Roykeria Wiley and a man running from the home and into her pick up truck. Sheriff’s RECORDS suggest that witnesses, surveillance footage and cellphone records gave investigators enough evidence to tie Wiley to Rodriguez’s killing. However, those records do not indicate whether she or the man seen with her, is believed to have pulled the trigger. Wiley reportedly was upset with Rodriguez because he told her he no longer wanted to see her. In a violent outburst three days before Rodriguez was killed, an intoxicated Wiley shattered a beer bottle in his South Bay home and smashed a mirror. Rodriguez pushed her, a witness said, causing her to fall and injuring her nose. Two days later, Rodriguez was dead. On Sunday morning, authorities booked the 29-year-old woman who is from Okeechobee, into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of homicide and armed burglary. On Monday a judge ordered she remain jailed without the possibility of posting bail.

So, everyone is asking… What will schools look like in August? Palm Beach County, like many counties around the lake, are hoping to have some solid answers soon. The union which represents school teachers in the county is hoping the district will delay in-person classes from starting at the beginning of the school year. Public schools in Palm Beach County are scheduled to start school Aug. 10. However, the Classroom Teachers Association said teachers are concerned about being in the classroom in August because of the pandemic. The president of the union sent the school district a formal request with his concerns, saying “returning to on-campus instructional activity in any capacity is a dangerous gamble.” The school district released the following statement on the issue: “The district is currently analyzing the results of two large scale reopening of schools surveys from parents and employees, and appreciates feedback from the classroom teachers association as well.” The PBC school board will hold a workshop on Wednesday.

Most neighboring counties once again experienced a significant rise in their COVID-19 statistics. As of yesterday morning, Martin County has 1,979 positive cases of the Coronavirus with 25 fatalities, Hendry County has 938 reported cases now with 25 fatalities, Glades County is at 167 reported cases with one fatality, and Palm Beach has 13,711 cases with 503 fatalities. There are now 146,341 reported cases of people who have tested positive for the Coronavirus in the state. The state’s death toll now stands at 3,447 with 14,354 people hospitalized.

Election Day is quickly approaching. A “Meet your Candidates” event this summer will reportedly be held at a Bi-partisan Political Rally on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Doyle Conner Building, 900 U.S. 27 in Moore Haven. Meet all the city, county, district candidates on the Glades County ballots, both for primary and general elections. Each candidate will give a three-minute speech and will be available to meet you and personally answer the questions after the last speech. Community rallies had originally been planned for July, but with social distancing limitations, the need for a larger or outdoor venue was noted. As advised by the Glades County Health Department, all attendees upon entering will have temperature scan-checked and masks will be provided for those who prefer to face-cover. Seating will be socially distanced; however, chairs may be placed in groups of 10 or fewer with 6 feet minimum between groups. To see the list of list of candidates, visit voteglades.com. Early voting will be from Aug. 8 through Aug. 16. The Primary Election at the polls will be held Aug. 18.

So what are your plans for the 4th of July weekend? Plans will not include sandy shores since Beaches in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward Counties will be closed over the holiday weekend. The closures apply to all public and private beaches. Several local beachgoers say they disagree with the upcoming order, promising to social distance. The beaches will close on Friday, July 3 and will reopen on July 5. Counties in the Treasure Coast say they are still discussing their plans for the holiday weekend.