Hospitals and funeral homes alike were overwhelmed in the City of Belle Glade as nearly 6,000 residents have tested positive for COVID. Community leaders say they have lost over 140 residents from the virus. As the numbers slowly improve, the city is memorializing those very lives. During a luncheon on Friday, the mayors of Belle Glade, South Bay, and Pahokee lit candles, prayed, and released white doves into the air. Although it’s a very sad occasion, to say goodbye again to our neighbors, Commissioner Melissa McKinlay said, “Everybody really working together has been the biggest positive, seeing everybody work to lift this community out of this current health care pandemic.”
A Lehigh Acres man walks away from a dangerous accident on Saturday. FHP says the 38-year-old was traveling west on Lee Boulevard, in the center lane, east of Leonard Boulevard. He somehow lost control of the car and traveled off the road, he hit a wooden utility pole and flipped over and was then, ejected. The report says the man was not wearing his seatbelt. He suffered only minor injuries.
Palm Beach County Sheriffs Deputies responded to at least 3 shootings over the weekend, one in Belle Glade. On Friday, deputies responded to the 300 block of NW 15th Ave in Belle Glade, only to find an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was listed in stable condition at last report. Two other shootings occurred on Saturday where a woman was found dead in West Palm Beach, a third victim suffered non- life threatening injuries in Lake Worth. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Division responded to all the shootings, and remain in the preliminary stages of all these investigations. No suspects or motives have been determined at this time. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Maryland football landed two new commits on Thursday in three-star offensive linemen Ja’Kavion Nonar and Keon Kindred, according to their Twitter accounts. Nonar and Kindred are teammates from Glades Central High School in Belle Glade and announced their commitments to College Park, Maryland Thursday morning. Nonar who stands at 6-foot-7 and 285 pounds, originally committed to Pittsburgh before announcing in August he would reopen his commitment. Nonar also received offers from the University of Florida, Ole Miss and Arkansas State among others. Kindred, on the other hand, is 6-foot-5, 290, and has gotten interest from Arkansas State, Delaware State, FIU and Florida A&M before committing to Maryland.