Monday December 6, 2021

A jury on Thursday ruled that a Belle Glade man who shot and killed a teenager last year acted in self-defense. A news affiliate says the jury found Jamar Peete not guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of Jankys Pierre and guilty on a lesser charge of improper exhibition of a firearm. Assistant State Attorney Scott Reid, who prosecuted the case, told jurors Pierre died “doing the right thing,” by defending a young girl who witnesses say Peete had beaten. Lawyers say a fistfight broke out the next day after Pierre approached Peete for repeatedly slapping, choking and beating the 14-year-old girl. Pierre, who was 18 at the time, confronted Peete who was 19, about hitting the young teenage girl. The two men fought, and Peete ended up on the floor before firing three shots – hitting Pierre in the back and buttocks. Peete was sentenced to a year in jail for the firearm charge and was credited for the time he has already served, meaning he could be discharged from jail immediately.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Mendez DeansMendez, who is 83, drove away from his residence in the 500 block of SE 6th Drive, Belle Glade, on Saturday, December 4, at 9:00 am, in his green Chevrolet pickup truck, Florida tag # 941RPF and has not been seen or heard from since.  Mendez is believed to havedementia.  Detectives consider Mendez Deans to be a missing and possibly endangered adult. Anyone who comes into contact with Mendez Deans is urged to contact PBSO Dispatch at 688-3400 or the nearest law enforcement agency.

Clewiston Police Department and Wal-Mart, will partner to host the annual “Shop With A Cop” event, Saturday December 11. Youth from varying households will be selected to shop with a police officer. The department is now asking for donations from the community to raise funds to help youth in need. You can drop off at 300 S. Berner Road in Clewiston or you can call and arrange to have your donations picked up. Contact Adelys Valles at Clewiston Police Department with questions.

The Sugar Express is gearing up its steam locomotive to deliver hundreds of gifts to the Toys for Tots programs in Moore Haven, Clewiston, Belle Glade, and Martin County. Santa will be along each route, waving from the train, and children will be able to drop off a letter for Santa. Elves on the Sugar Express Santa Train will also be delivering gifts for the Toys for Tots program at each of these stops. Parents can sign up to receive toys later in December at: The Sugar Express Santa Train is scheduled to drop off toys this Saturday in Moore Haven, Clewiston, Belle Glade, and Martin County on Saturday, December 11th. The train will be in Belle Glade from 7:30 to 8:45, In Clewiston from 9:50 to 11. And in Moore Haven from noon to 12:45. We’ll here from Scott Ogle later in the week. Find out more at


7:30 AM – Arrive Belle Glade
8:45 AM – Depart Belle Glade

9:50 AM – Arrive Clewiston
11:00 AM – Depart Clewiston

12:00 PM – Arrive Moore Haven
12:45 PM – Depart Moore Haven

2:15 PM – Arrive Lake Placid
3:30 PM – Depart Lake Placid