News Tuesday June 14, 2022

GAS PRICES REACH NEW RECORD HIGH FOR FLORIDA

Gas prices in Palm Beach County are the highest in the state, as the national average price for gas topped $5 a gallon.

The latest report from AAA sows the national average at $5.014.

Florida’s average reached a new record high of $4.891 as of Monday morning, about 65 percent more expensive than a year ago. It costs about $72 to fill an average-sized 15 gallon tank of gas now, compared to $44 a year ago.

The average price of gasoline in Palm Beach County is $5.015.

Here’s a look at county-by-county prices:

  • Martin County: $4.953
  • St. Lucie County: $4.911
  • Indian River County: $4.917
  • Okeechobee County: $4.909

Gas prices in South Florida are among the highest in the state, according to AAA.

The lowest prices are in the Panhandle area.

RESIDENTS IN BELLE GLADE APARTMENT BEING EVICTED

People living in an apartment building in Belle Glade are being forced out of their homes after new property owners took over. Some residents have no place to go and are worried the building will get destroyed before they can get out.

At least a dozen people are still living in the building after they were given notices to move out nearly a month ago when a new owner was deeded the property.

Some have left, but others remain because they have no money and nowhere else to go.

Now they are worried about the building being condemned and knocked down before they can get out.

County officials said they are aware of the situation and especially the living conditions in the building.

According to Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, homeless resources teams have been working with the residents in the building and assisting any,

 that want their help in finding them replacement housing.

PALM BEACH COUNT JUDGE NOMINATED FOR FL SUPREME COURT

A Palm Beach County circuit judge is once again being considered to serve on Florida’s highest court — two years after Gov. Ron DeSantis tried to appoint her in 2020.

The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission announced Monday they have nominated Renatha Francis and five other applicants for the governor’s consideration.

The nominees were chosen to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Lakeland native Justice Alan Lawson. Lawson has served as a justice on Florida’s Supreme Court since 2016.

A total of 17 people applied to fill the at-large vacancy on the court.  Francis made headlines in May 2020 when DeSantis appointed Francis to serve on the state’s supreme court.

However, just three months later, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the governor exceeded his authority because he appointed Francis before she was eligible.

If DeSantis appoints her, Francis would become the only Black justice currently serving on the court and just the second female alongside Grosshans.

2 HENDRY COUNTY MEN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE FELONIES

Hendry County Deputies responded to a suspicious call in the area of Montura Ranch Estates.   That resulted in the arrest of 2 Hendry County men.

 Once on scene, deputies spoke with the victim, reporting that the victim’s adult child was receiving threatening text messages.  The victim’s reported to deputies they had seen subjects in a vacant lot and in a nearby wooded area with flashlights. 

 Approximately two weeks ago, the victims had been involved in an altercation with 26 year old Joshua James Cottiers and 25 year old Adam Fernandez.  Deputies responded to a residence on Horse Club Ave., where they were able to meet with both Cottiers and Fernandez.  Fernandez was approached by deputies as he stepped out of his vehicle and Deputies could smell the scent of marijuana and could openly see several bags in the vehicle. 

Hendry County Criminal Investigators helped in obtaining a Search Warrant for the vehicle.  It was at this time deputies, along with investigators, found over 4 lbs marijuana , over 200 OxyContin pills, a handgun along with ammunition, electronic communication devices, a scale and packaging material for sale and over 3,000 dollars in cash.  Both men were arrested and charged with multiple felonies and later released from Hendry County Jail on bond