Monday, April 11, 2022

Nearly 3 years ago, on July 20th, two shooting victims were brought to the hospital, both with multiple gunshot wounds. The victims were able to give authorities information about the incident. Gang detectives and patrol deputies gave the names of two men “known to law enforcement” who had an ongoing feud, and the first was known to hang out at the scene of the shooting.  Luckily for investigators, the area had several businesses with surveillance cameras, so the detective was able to get the relevant footage, including the car that was involved. That car was found to be stolen and it was located at the apartment building where the suspect — Sorel Rinvil Jr. — lived. More information including anonymous calls, interviews and DNA evidence, led directly to one man. Sorel Rinvil was charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder with a firearm, and also discharging a firearm in public. He was booked last Sunday, April 3.

Fire crews were working to extinguish the remaining flames from two Saturday night brush fires near 5th Street and Fisheating Creek. According to the Okeechobee District Florida Forest Service, the eastern fire has been 100% contained at 359 acres and the western fire was 75% contained at 50 acres as of Sunday morning. As of yesterday, Fire officials were continuing to monitor the eastern fire while continuing to fully extinguish the western fire. There are no threats or hazards to the surrounding areas at this time, according to their post.

Well into year 3 of the coronavirus pandemic, Florida stands at about 1620 cases per day, a reported increase of 12 percent from a week prior. Statistics show 266 people have died in our state in the past two week. Florida now has a total of 5 million 8 hundred sixty-two thousand, 8 hundred and seventeen total cases to date. We stand at 73, 538 deaths. Vaccinations have increased in the past week as well. The brings our numbers to 79 percent of the total Florida population that is at least partially vaccinated. 26 percent of the population has been boosted. More good news, hospitalizations have gone down 8 percent over the past week. The COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and up and booster shots for eligible recipients are being administered at doctors’ offices, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and public vaccination sites. Many allow appointments to be booked online. Visit to find vaccination sites in your ZIP code.

A Belle Glade man was involved in a fatal vehicle accident in Boca Raton over the weekend. On the afternoon of April 9th just before 3 o’clock, Dale Bard, a resident of Connecticut, was driving his motorcycle southbound on SR 7 within the left turn lane. Belle Glade resident Ralston Lawrence was traveling northbound in the inside lane in his pick-up truck. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office press release showed that Bard made a left turn in Lawrence’s path. Bard was hit from the side and was ejected off his motorcycle. PBCFR pronounced him deceased on scene. Bard was 57 years old.

A LaBelle woman was reported in critical condition following a vehicle crash Saturday morning in Charlotte County near Babcock Ranch Road. An SUV was traveling south on State Road 31 carrying five passengers, most of them minors. The SUV driven by the LaBelle woman was traveling north. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the first SUV, filled with residents of Bradenton, crossed over the centerline and entered the northbound lane of travel. The LaBelle woman crashed into the front left of the vehicle, causing her SUV to flip over. She was listed in critical condition as of Saturday. Her passenger, a 33-year-old woman, listed in serious condition. Only one of the Bradenton residents were seriously hurt, the children, who ranged from age two to 15, had only minor injuries.

New Hope Deliverance Ministries is holding BBQ Yard sale Fundraiser! Rib dinners will be $12 and comes with two sides.  The fundraiser will be held on April 30 from 7AM to 1PM in the church parking lot located at 924 Georgia Avenue in Clewiston.