Monday May 10, 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a plane crash, that left one person dead and another injured in Hendry County on Thursday afternoon. Investigators with the agencies will try to determine why the twin-engine passenger plane, barely got off the ground after takeoff and why it crashed just feet away from the Church of Good Shepard Episcopal Church. It could take several weeks or months for investigators to issue a final report on why the plane crashed. The person killed in the crash has recently been identified as Michael Stockton, from the Ottawa Valley area of Ontario. The survivors name is James Mullen, according to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office. He owns Mullen’s Aviation, located at LaBelle Airport. Mullen said he thinks the engine failed, but that actual cause has not been confirmed and the cause of the crash remains unknown. First responders said Mullen is expected to be okay.

A traffic crash Saturday in Glades County leaves a local man in serious condition. The 32-year-old Moore Haven man was traveling west on State Road 78 at Marshall Field Rd. A LaBelle man was pulling his trailer eastbound on State Road 78. The Moore Haven man crossed the centerline and collided with the trailer portion of the LaBelle man’s vehicle. The impact caused the Moore Haven mans vehicle to travel off the roadway where it overturned and collided with a fence. The Moore Haven man was later transported to Hendry Regional Medical Center in serious condition.

Hendry County Major Crimes Unit is currently Investigating the shooting death of a 4-year-old boy and the critical condition of a 5-year-old girl, both from the Clewiston area. HCSO Captain Susan Harrell reports, that at around 2:54pm Friday afternoon, the unit was contacted to assist in a reported shooting involving two siblings. Both children were immediately rushed to the hospital where the 4-year-old child was pronounced deceased, the 5-year-old was airlifted to a Trauma Center. At this time no additional information is being received.

A local lawmaker is sounding out on what could be a summer of toxic algae in the St. Lucie River. Brian Mast represents Florida’s 18th district, covering parts of Palm Beach County. Recently, Mast visited the Pahokee Marina, where toxic algae was removed. Mast says we’re seeing the most toxic algal bloom ever measured in the history of Lake Okeechobee, over 100 times more toxic than what the EPA says humans should come in contact with. Mayor of the City of Pahokee, Keith Babb, says he’s a little disappointed.  He says he’s sad to see that the blue-green algae have all of a sudden returned.  Crews have been working for over a week removing the vast majority of the toxic algae from the Marina.  Mast is looking for more permanent ways to rid the lake of the blooms.

Elementary school principal Melissa Carter did not commit a crime when she spanked a first-grade student with a wooden paddle in front of the child’s mother last month, according to the state attorney’s office. Footage of the incident was recorded by the mother on her cellphone and shared with news outlets, sparking criticism of Carter’s actions. Regardless of that, a legal review from the Office of State Attorney Amira Fox concluded that no crime was committed by Carter. The state attorney’s office said no grounds exist to charge Carter with misdemeanor battery or aggravated battery because the child’s mom “consented to the spanking in the manner it was performed.”