Wednesday November 18, 2020

The bodies of a married couple were seen floating near a boat in a canal near the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County, according to authorities. On November 14, Archer Adams III and Paula Adams, both 76, of Boca Raton, were discovered in the morning hours. The cause of death is currently unknown, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The agency hasn’t said whether foul play is suspected in the case. The husband and wife were often seen together in the neighborhood with their dog, according to a neighbor. Another neighbor said the couple had a small boat, though it’s unclear whether it was the same one found at the refuge. The FWC is leading the investigation with help from the Palm Beach County and Broward sheriff’s offices.

The Geo Group suffered a ransomware attack back in August, in which health information and personal data of residents and inmates at 3 different facilities, including at South Bay, was compromised. The attackers managed to access personal and confidential health data, including name, date of birth, address, driver’s license number, social security number, and other such information. The company is currently sending out notifications to former and current employees and has informed the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission). Geo Group confirmed that as per their assessment and information obtained through the investigation, the incident wouldn’t have a “material impact” on its day-to-day operations. The company didn’t disclose if it paid the ransom to decrypt its files or restored the data from backups.

Spring was a difficult time for R.C. Hatton Inc., a pioneer in developing crop production methods, as the company had to destroy a lot of crops, like other farmers did, because the foodservice industry had shut down for the most part. Things looked a little different by summer. The company’s produce is distributed nationwide through its longstanding partnership with Hugh Branch Inc. of South Bay. The sweet corn business has been strong so far this year and the company says it’s done its best to keep up with the rising demand.

R.C. Hatton started in the retail cabbage space last year and is expanding on the program in 2020. R.C. Hatton made the decision to get into cabbage thanks to the encouragement of Hugh Branch. The company is also a long-time grower of green beans and has increased its acreage this year.

The Florida Department of Education announced enhancements to the KnowYourSchools portal that will make it easier for familiesto access information on school- and district-level educational outcomes. Improvements and new features were added that make the site even more user-friendly and content rich. The KnowYourSchools portal allows users to search for schools by zip code, school name or city; view state, district and school report cards; and get an in-depth look at school-specific reports on enrollment, per-pupil expenditures, race/ethnicity, gender, assessments, educator experiences and more. The department will continue to develop new enhancements that will help families and communities stay informed about their schools. The KnowYourSchools portal can be accessed at http://www.knowyourschoolsfl.org. Check it out! And let your schools know what you think.

On November 12, Florida Highway Patrol Troopers responded to a two-vehicle road rage incident on Palm Beach Boulevard and Styles Road, in Alva.  In the incident, both vehicles were traveling westbound on State Road 80. The suspect driver, 59-year-old Gregory Dale Snowden, of Lehigh Acres, brandished a 9 mm handgun to the female victim, along with her minor child passenger. During the incident, the right front of Snowdens’ Truck collided with the left side of the victim’s car, causing significant damage to her driver’s side door. The car came to rest in a ditch. Thankfully there were no injuries involved. Snowden was arrested and booked into the Lee County Jail for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, child endangerment, improper exhibition of a firearm and reckless driving. This incident remains under investigation