Monday July 18, 2022

CLEWISTON FIRES DAMAGE VEHICLES

Two fires in Clewiston leave multiple vehicles damaged.

A Hendry County Sheriff’s Office patrol car was destroyed by a fire early Thursday morning.

According to Clewiston Fire Rescue, the patrol unit caught fire near Witt Road and was a total loss.

The deputy was not injured and a CFR crew quickly brought the fire under control.

And a day later

A fire broke out at the Clewiston storage facility leaving multiple vehicles damaged over the weekend.

Clewiston Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the 1800 block of Hookers Point Road.

Two tractor trailers were engulfed in flames when the fire crew arrived. The fire crew quickly extinguish the flames.

There was damage to several other vehicles and equipment nearby.

No injuries were reported from this incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshal.

MISSING WEST PALM BEACH 8-MONTH-OLD FOUND SAFE

West Palm Beach police said Friday night that a missing and endangered 8-month-old baby was found safe in Broward County.

Earlier in the night, police said Sophia Valdes went missing from the 3200 block of Vincent Road in West Palm Beach.

Police spokesman Mike Jachles said that shortly after 11 p.m. detectives from the West Palm Beach Police Department received information that led to the safe return of the missing child.

Jachles said that deputies with the Broward Sheriff’s Office assisted police and located the child with two adults at a gas station in the 2600 block of West Oakland Park Boulevard in Oakland Park.

Police said that the Florida Department of Children and Families was requested to respond to the case.

It’s unclear if anyone will face charges.

PALM BEACH COUNTY PASSES AMENDENT TO MAKE PARKS SAFER

An amendment to an ordinance is supposed increase children’s safety on playgrounds by decreasing the number of adults there.

Last week, Palm Beach County Mayor Robert Weinroth announced the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the amendment to the Parks and Recreation ordinance.

That’ll mean no adults 18 years or older will be allowed to enter or stay in child play areas in county parks, such as playgrounds, unless the adult is supervising or accompanying a child.

Don Stanley comes to Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton with his eight-year-old and he thinks the provision is going a step too far.

“I think it might be taking it a bit far, I know for me anytime I am taking my kid to a public environment I have my eyes out,” Stanley said.

“Public safety is always a priority, especially when it comes to our children, so I am pleased with this added layer of safety at county playgrounds,” Mayor Weinroth said.

The new rule should take effect when it’s filed with the Secretary of State’s office in Tallahassee. That should happen in the next few weeks.

Another parent said she will be relieved. Stating that she comes to the park alone with her two kids. It is really hard to keep an eye on them but she thinks it would make the place feel safer,”

HOUSE FIRE IN LEHIGH ACRES

A fire burned through the roof of a home on Eighth Street in Lehigh Acres Monday morning.

According to the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, firefighters arrived shortly before 5 a.m. and were able to contain the fire mostly within the house’s garage, although there was a slight extension of fire damage into the home proper. No injuries were reported. A firefighter at the scene says no one was in the home and neighbors told him the family is currently away on vacation. Lehigh Acres Fire Chief Robert DiLallo says crews will remain at the home for a few hours, with investigators coming later in the morning. The cause of the fire is still unknown. This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available