Monday, March 7, 2022

Motorcycle Crash Kills Two in Hendry

On Sunday March 6th at around 4 PM, two people died in single a motorcycle crash in Hendry County. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the vehicle was traveling west on State Road 80, approaching a curve in the roadway near County Road 833. The driver failed to negotiate the curve, traveled off the roadway, and overturned, throwing the driver and passenger from the vehicle. They were both pronounced deceased on scene. Both the driver and the passenger, a 63-year-old man and a 41-year-old female, were from Fort Myers. The crash investigation remains ongoing.

LaBelle Cowboys Wrestling State Competition

The LaBelle Cowboy Wrestling team competed at the state championships in Kissimmee. Coach Craig Kelsey reports from Silver Spurs Area. Janet Gomez was 3-3 competing against the 4th best girl in the nation in the 115-pound weight class. Gomez is the first female wrestler in Hendry County to place at state wrestling.  Coach Kelsey says, Janet’s performance has inspired other girls in LaBelle to think of wrestling next year.  Janet is currently scouting colleges in Florida that have wrestling programs.  Janet Gomez and Clewiston’s JaBrian Davis both received 8th place at state.  JaBrian plans to pursue wrestling on the college level as well. Congratulations to the LaBelle Cowboys wrestling team, and as always, go cowboys.

Henry County Motorsports Winner reports, Brandon Grubaugh won over the weekend and Hendry County Motorsports Park, as the Top Gun Sprints visited Saturday Night. Grubaugh started on the pole in the non-winged 360 sprint car main event and drove to victory ahead of Kyle Connery. Jeff Bye, Dan Jones and Luke Hill filled the top five.

LaBelle Man Arrested for Impregnating a Minor

Sixty-four-year-old LaBelle resident Nicasio Florencio Bamaca, was sentenced to 17 years in prison, and will be designated a Sexual Predator for life. According to Assistant State Attorney Kimberlee Mitton, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bamaca in 2020 following an investigation into sexual activity between the defendant and a child victim, which resulted in a pregnancy. Bamaca’s sentence will be followed by lifetime Sex Offender Probation after being adjudicated guilty for Familial or Custodial Battery, Lewd or Lascivious Molestation, Lewd or Lascivious Battery, and Impregnating a Minor. Bamaca pled no contest to the charges.

Hendry County Roadwork

Beginning today, Hendry County’s Contractor, will be conducting roadwork and paving services on CR833 from SR80 south to the Powerline Grade, and on CR846, from CR833 westward to the Collier County Line. Flagmen will be present to direct traffic. The speed limit will be reduced through the project area. Motorists should expect lane closures and possible delays throughout the duration of the project and allow extra time for their commute. The work is expected to have a completion time of approximately five days. Road work operations will occur throughout the week, beginning March 7th through Friday March 11th from 7am – 5pm. Hendry County Engineering Department will notify of any changes. Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

Glades Documentary Released

Another documentary about the Glades has been released. The PBS series tells the story of a fiercely self-determined family in the deep south as it resists despair with love. It blends family, football and history in an intimate portrait of longtime residents of Pahokee, Florida and explores the shared history of a family that spans seven generations. The film is called “Outta the Muck,” and it just had a premiere at the Miami Film Festival this past Saturday. McKinley said the film is an important step in getting back in touch with his roots. “Outta The Muck” had its world premiere at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. A self-titled documentary was released in 2019 by a different set of directors. It chronicled the hopes and futures of youth of Pahokee, during their senior year in High School.