Friday August 26, 2022

GLADES COUNTY COMMISSIONER SEAT HEADS TO RECOUNT AFTER A 4 VOTE DIFFERANCE

 Four votes is the make or break in a Glade County’s commission election in. Right now republican incumbent Donna Storter-Long is four votes ahead of her republican challenger Jeff Barnes. This was a universal race as there is no democratic challenger for another election in November.

Glades Supervisor of Elections Aletris Farnam said. “Two of the same party, and it ends after this election

It’s a reminder that every vote counts.

The canvassing board will meet this morning at 10 to start a mandatory manual recount. They’ll start with a logic and accuracy test to make sure their machines are working properly. They’ll then sort out ballots with no vote for this specific race before moving on to determining voter intent for ballots with markings in both candidates’ boxes.

Farnam said it is required by law to do a manual recount when a race is within a quarter of a percent. If it’s within half a percent, they do a machine recount.

According to Farnam’“When you take one vote away and put it on the other candidate, it’s like that person got two votes so every vote does count,”.

Candidate Barnes said the close call took the wind out of his sail. He plans on watching as the canvassing board starts the process of recounting this morning.

Barnes said “All the people that supported me, I just want them to see that I’m still trying, still pushing to be there for them,”.

Candidate Storter-Long said she has faith in the process.

COUPLE CAUGHT WITH DRUGS IN VACANT CLEWISTON HOME

A couple is facing multiple charges after they were allegedly found with drugs in a vacant Clewiston home Wednesday.

Justin Moore and Brandy Hoopes were arrested after breaking into the vacant home on Ventura Street.

Moore already had a warrant out of Hendry County, according to the Clewiston Police Department.

Moore is facing charges of burglary and criminal mischief. Hoopes is facing charges of burglary, criminal mischief, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

STUDENT CHARGED AFTER MAKING VIOLENT THREAT AT IMMOKELEE SCHOOL

An Immokalee student was arrested after Collier County investigators discovered he made a threat of violence over social media

The student who attends Immokalee Middle School was charged with written threats to kill or do bodily injury or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism, which is a second-degree felony.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, the student was charged with the felony, and an enhanced law enforcement presence will be at the middle school campus on Friday, as a precautionary measure.