Thursday December 2, 2021

On Tuesday, November 30, at around 4:00pm, Hendry County Dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a small-engine plane crash in Western Hendry County. Emergency response teams were able to locate the pilot and safely assist him in exiting the cockpit. It was reported that the pilot was transported to a local facility with minor injuries. The pilot told authorities that the plane began to lose power. He managed to safely land the plane without damage to nearby property. The FAA has been notified and will be conducting an additional investigation.

Glades Central Community High School Principal Melanie Bolden Morris announced Wednesday that the school has decided to move in a different direction with its football program. Rashad Jackson will no longer be serving as the head football coach. Jackson is a former defensive back who once helped the Raiders win state championship. This season, the team had a 6-6 record. Glades Central will be conducting a nationwide search to find the next coach to lead the Raiders both on and off the football field.

An update on Former Hendry County Sheriff Thomas Vaughan and his wife, Dawn, as reported by Captain Susan Harrelle. On Tuesday evening, Vaughan and his wife were involved in a motorcycle crash on State Road 80, involving two other vehicles, in Western Hendry County. Sheriff Vaughan, known to many as ‘Tommy’ reportedly has broken bones, ribs and lacerations. He will need several surgeries to restore his hands, and the road to recovery is expected to be long. His wife Dawn, had to be taken into surgery to control internal bleeding. Family members were reportedly told by doctors, that Dawn would not make it through the night, but the internal bleeding was stopped. They both remain hospitalized in critical condition. “Tommy” Vaughan served as Sheriff from 1993 to 1997. 

Clewiston City Manager Randy Martin reports: After considering available options both within and outside the department, having contact with qualified applicants for interim Chief of Police, the appointment of internal candidate Sergeant Tom Lewis was announced and made effective on June 2, 2021. The city manager says considerable improvements have been made in the last 6 months including finalizing budgets and filling personnel vacancies. With these and other factors in mind, interim Chief Tom Lewis, has officially been promoted to Chief of Police for the City of Clewiston effective December 1, 2021.