Friday May 21, 2021

A 24-year-old man reportedly became irate, when he found his property in Lakeport ransacked and damaged. Robert Koff of Lake Wales, landed himself in the Glades County Jail, after he allegedly struck a 27-year-old Clewiston man with a baseball bat, up to 20 times, injuring his arms and legs. Koff was charged with criminal mischief, aggravated battery and burglary to a vehicle with an assault. The victim was sitting in his vehicle in a convenience store parking lot on Kaufman Lane when Koff allegedly attacked him. The Clewiston man, who was not named, refused to go to the hospital. Glades EMS treated him at the scene. 

The State Attorney’s Office said, a man already in state prison on drug-related charges will now spend the rest of his life behind bars for having a Moore Haven man killed. Thirty-eight-year-old Artavistus Lyndrel Ware, was arrested back in 2017 in connection with a murder-for-hire. Authorities said Ware offered a man 10,000 to kill Monroy Hughes in 2014, to prevent Hughes from testifying against him. Hughes was found shot to death in his Moore Haven home. Ware was convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation to commit murder, burglary of a dwelling, and two counts of tampering with a witness, victim, or informant. He was also convicted of tampering with other witnesses in his drug case so they wouldn’t testify against him. Ware was already serving a 17-year sentence on drug charges when he was charged 3 weeks ago in the murder.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encourages boaters to focus on simple, effective steps that make boating safer. “National Safe Boating Week is May 22-28, and the agency is reminding people to be safe and slow down. Boaters are encouraged to wear their life jackets, maintain 360-degree awareness and know the dangers (and penalties) for operating a vessel while impaired. FWC boating accident statistics show, almost half of all reportable boating accidents in 2020 were due to collisions, 44% of those collisions were due to operators not paying attention. More information can be found by visiting You can even search there for the Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder to help you find a great place to launch your boat.

A BIG congratulations to another LaBelle High School educator, Shana Rodriguez. Mrs. Rodriguez has devoted over 25 years to LaBelle High School. She’s being credited with guiding numerous students in achieving their goals, especially in the medical field. Mrs. Rodriguez taught the Allied Health program at LHS for many years. She also served as the Athletic Trainer for many years for the LaBelle Cowboys Football team. According to LHS’s Facebook page, Mrs. Rodriguez is one of those teachers who leaves a lasting impression on all of her students. Administrators sent her a heartfelt message which read, “We love you, Mrs. Rodriguez! Thank you for all that you have done! Relax and enjoy your retirement!”

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for 22-year-old Dwayne Williams. His last known address is NW 9th Avenue, South Bay. He is wanted for Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, Battery, and Criminal Mischief. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Dwayne Williams, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management have partnered to offer a mobile vaccination unit at the Clewiston Town Plaza The address is 959 W. Sugarland Hwy, Clewiston. It will be held this Sunday, May 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The agency will provide the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine and the Pfizer Vaccine. The department of health says this is a great opportunity for parents to have their children ages 12 to 17 years vaccinated with the Pfizer Vaccine! Parent must be with the child and sign a consent form. Walk-ins are permitted; and no appointments required.