Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 News

According to a news source, U.S. Sugar will make another large contribution of 5,000 crates of Florida-grown Glades sweet corn to families across Southwest and South Florida today in cooperation with Pioneer Growers, Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Cheney Brothers.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the people of U.S. Sugar have also provided hand sanitizer and N95 masks for healthcare employees and first responders, green beans for area churches and food banks, and hot meals for the people of South Bay, Belle Glade, and Pahokee. Additionally, U.S. Sugar recently provided more than 250 of its employees with nearly 2,000 pounds of meat thanks to a generous donation from its CEO, Robert Buker, Jr. Their next stop is in Lee County:

On Thursday, May 7, 2020 in Fort Myers/Lehigh Acres at 10:00 AM
Address: Varsity Lake Middle School
801 Gunnery Rd. N, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

A local news affiliate reports that at least 167 Florida corrections workers had tested positive for the Coronavirus as of Monday. Evidently, the largest number of employee positive test results, 42, has occurred at South Bay Correctional Facility, which is operated by The Geo Group, Inc. Gov. Ron DeSantis has not talked much about how the state has handled the outbreaks in prisons, and sources say, his office refused to comment.

As of this morning, 115 residents in Hendry County have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began. We’ve lost 5 people to the virus and 24 have since recovered. That means there are 86 active cases in our county. The County has done and incredible job along with the DOH in keeping us up to date with the latest numbers. Visit https://covid-19.hendryfla.net/ for the latest and more detailed information.

A 21-year-old Okeechobee man walked away without a scratch but the same unfortunately could not be said for a Zephyrhills man following a vehicle accident Monday afternoon in Glades County. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officers say the Okeechobee man was driving an SUV southbound on State Road 78 in Buckhead Ridge at around 12:45 when he was coming up on a 54-year-old man from Zephyrhills doing road construction work while on the southbound lane of Route 78 while riding a construction vehicle. The Okeechobee man could not stop in time before colliding with the man and his riding equipment. The impact sent the Okeechobee man’s vehicle into the guardrail before it came to a stop on the paved apron of Route 78. The Zephyrhills man was pronounced dead at the scene by medics. Names of the people involved in the accident are not being released due to Marsy’s Law. The accident is under investigation.

Yesterday at about 7:30am PBC fire rescue crews responded to reports of a possible explosion on the 700 block of Johnson Court in Pahokee. First arriving firefighters found a second-floor apartment with its windows and front door damaged. When they got inside, there was no fire and the apartment was unoccupied. The cause of this incident is under investigation.

As of 9 a.m., WAFC has received updated information on a crash that happened last night in South Bay the killed a Belle Glade man. At 8 o’clock Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to reports of a crash near SR80 and Challancin Road. First arriving firefighters reported a two-vehicle crash with a rollover and heavy damage to the vehicles. The original report was that two patients, both adult females, were transported by Trauma Hawks to a local area trauma hospital. FHP has released an update and a correction to the crash. Lt. Yanko Reyes reports that a 23-year-old man was driving westbound on State Road 80, just west of Challancin Road in the right lane. A 64-year-old South Bay woman was traveling eastbound on State Road 80, just west of Challancin Road, in the left lane. For unknown reasons, the young mans vehicle began to swerve across the raised grass median towards the eastbound travel lanes of State Road 80, directly into the path of the 64 year old resulting in a collision and the 23-year-olds vehicle overturning, ejecting him. Both drivers were then transported to Saint Mary`s Medical Center, where the young man was pronounced deceased. This case is still pending investigation.