Wednesday September 2, 2020

A 22-year-old man was arrested Thursday in Central Florida in connection to a fatal shooting 2 weekends ago in Belle Glade. Leon Nugent was taken into custody in the Orlando area and booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of second-degree murder, armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office alleged that Nugent was involved in the death of 23-year-old Luc Louis, who was found unresponsive in a vehicle Sunday evening August 22, in Belle Glade. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies said Louis had been shot multiple times.  A fundraiser was held Saturday in Luc Louis’ memory. Friends and employees from the GEO Correctional Facility in South Bay raised over $1000 to help with funeral expenses. Funeral arrangements for Louis are forthcoming.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has lost another of its own. Deputy Maurice Ford has lost his battle with Covid-19. Deputy Ford began his career at PBSO in July of 2006. Ford became the latest of over 80 deputies, staff and other employees around the country, that left their families during a global pandemic to help protect ours. Sergeant Jose Diaz Ayala of PBSO lost his battle back in April. Ford and Ayala began their PBSO ambitions together. Maurice Ford is from Belle Glade.

As of September 1, 2020 the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) will be severing all ties with Quest Diagnostics after Quest’s alleged failure to report nearly 75,000 results dating back to April. This apparently has caused confusion right here in the Hendry County School District as positive results have been reported in 5 staff members at various schools. According to an employee, these positive results were reported before school started, the employees have since been cleared. So even though the data could be anywhere from 2 weeks to 5 months old – the state incorporated information that would be useful and included the outdated numbers, in the interest of transparency. Of the 7,569 new positive COVID-19 cases, 3,870 were results older than two weeks, some dating back to April, per the alleged delay in reporting from Quest. As of September 1, there are 187 reported deaths in our state. Hendry County is reporting 1979, 2 of these non-residents; Glades County is reporting 458.

As of September 1, the Division of Emergency Management Director and State Coordinating Officer Jared Moskowitz issued an Emergency Order that lifts restrictions for visitation to nursing homes, assisted living facilities (ALFs), adult family-care homes, adult group homes and other long-term care facilities. The Emergency Order requires all visitors to wear PPE pursuant to the most recent CDC guidelines, and those not making physical contact still must wear a mask. Per the Emergency Order, to accept general visitors, the facility must meet certain guidelines.  The Emergency Order also requires facilities to screen visitors, establish limits on the number of visitors allowed, schedule visitation ahead of time, clean and disinfect visiting areas between visitors and other protective measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For a PDF copy of the full Emergency Order, click here.

An Okeechobee man escaped with only minor injuries but an Orlando man was not so lucky following a vehicle accident Friday afternoon in Glades County. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officers say the Orlando man, who was 36 years old, was driving a sedan and heading northbound on County Road 721 north of State Route 78 in Moore Haven a little after one o’clock at the same time the Okeechobee man, who is 32 years old, was approaching from the opposite direction, driving a farm tractor. For unknown reasons, the man from Orlando crossed the center lines into the southbound traffic, right into the path of the Okeechobee man’s vehicle, causing a head on collision. The Orlando man was pronounced dead by on-scene medics. The Okeechobee man was treated at the scene for his injuries. The accident is now under investigation. Names of the people involved in the accident are not being released to the public due to Marsy’s Law.

Open to All: Food Distribution Every Wednesday at The Glades Initiative

Today and every Wednesday, the Glades Initiative is hosting weekly food distributions to anyone in need. Those coming in cars are asked to line up beside the office for drive-through pick-up on Wednesdays from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Both drivers and walkers will receive food bags on a first-come first-serve basis. 

WHEN: Every Wednesday | 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430

CONTACT: For questions, call 561-996-3310