Friday May 14, 2021

The Department of Children and Families has released new information on a shooting in Clewiston that left one child dead and another injured. Reports show that the shooting was accidental. The 5-year-old sibling found a gun in a vehicle which went off, fatally wounding the 4-year-old sibling. The shooting happened Friday in the Clewiston Subway parking lot. Both children were transported to Hendry County Medical Center, where the 4-year-old passed. The 5-year-old child was airlifted to a trauma center and upgraded to stable condition, according to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office.

A news affiliate reports that a man accused of attempting to destroy evidence in a shooting at the Brown Sugar Festival in Clewiston, was trying to buy surveillance footage that may have captured the shooting. The May 1 shooting killed 20-year-old Evereonna Sankey with a single gunshot wound to the head, according to an arrest report for Larance De’Angelo Humphrey. The shooting occurred on Harlem Academy Avenue and Eleventh Street just before 10 p.m. Humphrey, who is from Tallahassee, was arrested after he attempted to buy surveillance footage at store that may have capture the shooting. The shooter has not been arrested. Humphrey’s charges include accessory after the fact of first-degree murder and destruction of evidence. He remains in the Hendry County Jail on $200,000 bond.

A family is in morning today and the Clewiston High School Class of 2021 are saddened, by the loss of one of their own. According to classmates and school officials, 18-year-old Julian Avalo, who was set to graduate tonight, has perished in a vehicle accident. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that Avalo’s car was traveling south on Flaghole Road, south of US-27. At the same time, a semi-truck was traveling north. Avalo lost control of the car on the wet road, crossed into the northbound lane and traveled into the path of the semi. Both Vehicles came to rest in the area of collision. Avalo was pronounced deceased on scene. Our thoughts, are will the family, the friends and the CHS graduating class of 2021.

Palm Beach County School Superintendent Donald Fennoy has announced changes to the mask mandate, involving mandatory facial coverings that are currently required for students on School District property. Superintendent Fennoy said facial coverings will remain mandatory on campuses and buses through June 18, which is the last day of the school year for students. However, in light of the downward trend in the positivity rate in Palm Beach County, the increasing availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for adults and children, and Governor DeSantis’ recommendation against facial coverings in schools in the fall, he is declaring that facial coverings will be optional, when students return to school on August 10. He goes on to say that if health conditions deteriorate, and this decision is no longer viable, he can change it back. He closes by saying the health and safety of the students and staff will remain the School Board’s top priority.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Clinton Panton. His last known address is SW 7th St., Belle Glade. He is wanted for VIOLATION OF PROBATION for BATTERY ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER or FIRST RESPONDER. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Clinton Panton, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputy Jacob Younger wrote in an incident report that he brought 29-year-old inmate Tavarous Jones to the ground himself, when the man didn’t comply with orders to do so.  Contrary to the report, surveillance-camera video of the incident showed Younger repeatedly hitting Jones, throwing him to the ground and then continuing to hit him until another deputy intervened and handcuffed Jones.  Deputy Younger’s incident report said Jones moved toward him in an “aggressive manner.” He wrote that he commanded Jones to get on the ground, and, that when Jones didn’t comply, he took him down. A detective wrote, Younger “instantaneously” swung at Jones, missed the first time, then hit him several times. Deputy Younger, faces one count of battery in the alleged attack and is on administrative leave, along with the two other deputies who were there. Younger was released on his own recognizance after his arrest and Jones remains in the jail on unrelated charges.