Tuesday May 18, 2021

Another unsolved murder in Belle Glade as two people were killed Sunday night and another injured after a triple shooting, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. PBSO spokeswoman Teri Barbera said deputies responded to shots fired in the 300 block of Southwest 6th St. just after 9 p.m. Deputies found a 41-year-old man dead from gunshot wounds. Barbera said a 46-year-old man died of his injuries, while being treated at a hospital, and a 58-year-old was in critical condition. There is currently no motive for the shootings and the victim’s names have not been released. Anyone with information in the case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS

The New York Giants announced Sunday that they’ve signed former first-round draft pick, Belle Glade native and Former Florida State superstar, Kelvin Benjamin. He went to the Giants rookie minicamp over the weekend on a tryout basis. Giants head coach Joe Judge said, he doesn’t want to pin a position on him right now, but he did work as a tight end at the camp. Benjamin was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 28th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was traded to the Buffalo Bills in 2017 and released in December 2018, only to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs two days later. Benjamin hasn’t been active in the NFL since 2018. The 30-year-old has 209 career receptions for 3,021 yards and 20 touchdowns.

The Glades Initiative offers weekly food distribution to anyone in need every Wednesday from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Both drivers and walkers will receive food bags on a first-come-first-serve basis. Staff and volunteers will wear personal protective gear as they handle and distribute the food bags. Drivers and passengers should remain in their vehicles and practice social distancing measures to keep everyone safe. That’s this and every Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:30 for the free food distribution at The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade.

Glades County Commissioners approved a deal for fire and EMS services with Hendry County, to serve areas north of LaBelle. Some minor details need to be finalized but, Hendry provides a full-time ambulance and Glades County a full-time fire truck and crew, at a station to be built at State Road 29 and Pollywog Crossover Road. Former LaBelle fire chief Josh Rimes said Glades should make sure Hendry does its part, and creates a fourth full-time ambulance crew. The concern at this point is for Hendry County to add another crew so Glades wouldn’t have to dispatch their ambulances for Hendry County calls.

Pahokee city commissioners hired Rodney Lucas to serve as interim city manager. Lucas will be paid about $10,000 a month until, a permanent manager is found. Lucas worked for the City of Bunnelle as Community Development Director. Lucas has expressed interest in becoming permanent city manager. No word yet on any other candidates.

The County Coalition for Lake Okeechobee talked about finding ways to store more water north of the lake. They also talked about the hits agriculture has taken, being blamed for our water woes. Palm Beach Commissioner Melissa McKinlay defended the sugar industry specifically, saying they did not cause these problems; the problems belong to all of us. She says the leaders need to get together and find a solution instead of blaming. Osceola County is also looking at projects to store more water, before discharges get into the Kissimmee River. The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board paved the way for another 25-hundred-acre storage and treatment area, at the former Rio Ranch on 70 west. 

The Hendry Glades Transportation System will be running its fixed routes providing transportation between Clewiston, Moore Haven and Belle Glade. The route schedule includes multiple stops throughout eastern Hendry County as well as providing stops in Glades and western Palm Beach Counties. Additional stops and times will be added in the future to include western and central Hendry County. Residents with questions regarding the Hendry Glades Transportation System can contact Transitions Commute Solutions, LLC, at 877-935-4487 .