Monday January 17, 2022

Convicted Carjacker Sentenced

32-year-old Charles Williams was sentenced for a carjacking in Glades County. According to Charles Murphy of WOKC, Williams injured a driver and stole the vehicle from Old Sportsman’s Boat Ramp near Nicodemous Slough on route 78, just north of Moore Haven. The crime happened on November 11th of 2019.  Glades Deputies recovered the car and made an arrest within one day. Williams entered his plea in court, last month. He was sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison

Tornado Touches Ground in Southwest Florida

Damage from storms Sunday morning destroyed mobile homes and left communities littered with debris, thanks to a tornado in South Florida. It even knocked a semi-truck on its side in the middle of I-75. According to the National Weather Service, there was an EF-2 tornado with winds of 118 mph in Fort Myers. The tornado was on the ground for less than two miles. A tornado warning was issued for Northeastern Hendry County, with the threat of a severe thunderstorm near Lake Harbor, bringing in rain and heavy winds. According to Lee County Emergency Management, four people were injured, 28 homes were destroyed, and 68 homes were so damaged they aren’t livable right now. No reports yet of any injuries or damage in Hendry, Glades or Western Palm Beach County.

Glades County Public Safety Employee of the Year

Glades County Public Safety Department congratulates Michael Torres on being named Glades County Public Safety Employee of the Year for 2021. Michael started his career with as a Firefighter/EMT in 2020, he received his Paramedic license later that year. He was named the acting Lieutenant for the Glades County Fire Department in mid-2021. According to his coworkers, Michael has taken on many challenges and treats each one with a positive attitude. He goes above and beyond for his department. Congratulations to Michael Torres, for your dedication to the citizens of Glades County. Public Safety Employee of the Year for 2021.

Hendry County Graduation Rates

The Florida Department of Education released high school graduation rates for the state of Florida. Assistant Superintendent of Okeechobee County Dylan Tedders says Okeechobee High School had a graduation rate of over 93 percent. Pahokee High school was recognized for an astounding 99% graduation rate and made Glades Region history with a 5-year upward trend in their graduation rate. Hendry County Superintendent Michael Swindle says, Hendry County had the Second highest rate in the Heartland Region with 90.1 percent. Clewiston High School had a 86.6 percent rate, LaBelle High School had 92.9 percent.  Congratulations to all the schools around the lake.