Sexual Predator Notification
In accordance with Chapter 775 the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about declared Sexual Predator, 62-year-old Voil Petitt who is now residing at 403 Pelican Lake Drive Apt. A, Pahokee, FL 33476-3102.
Blue-Green Algae Alert
There’s a health alert for harmful blue-green algal toxins in Lake Okeechobee, on sections of the lake in Palm Beach and in Glades County. The Florida Department of Health issued the alert after water samples taken on January 3rd through January 5th found harmful toxins. The public should exercise caution in and around various locations in Lake Okeechobee. For specific locations please visit https://floridadep.gov/dear/algal-bloom/content/algal-bloom-sampling-results. Don’t drink, swim or use watercraft in waters where there is a visible bloom. Wash skin and clothes with soap and water if you do come in contact with the toxic water. Keep pets away from the area altogether because it’s not safe for them either. Boiling the water will not eliminate the toxins so just don’t use it. Eating fillets from healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing blooms is safe, but do not eat shellfish in waters with algae blooms. If you have other health questions or concerns about blue-green algae blooms, please call the Florida Department of Health in Glades or Palm Beach County.
Petition to Recall Local Vice Mayor
A recall election to be held in Pahokee on February 1. Five hundred and fifty-five voters signed a petition to recall Vice Mayor Regina Bohlen. Mayor Keith Babb spoke at the last commission meeting, citing the rights of the citizens to sign such a petition. Vice Mayor Bohlen is challenging the recall election in court, while also running for Mayor in March. Bohlen says Mayor Keith Babb brought up the recall at a commission meeting which violates Florida law. She says she will be filing a formal complaint.
Vehicle Burglaries in Hendry County
Grandma’s Grove in LaBelle experienced rash of vehicle burglaries according to law enforcement. On the morning of Thursday, January 6, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office received almost 20 calls from residents of Grandma’s Grove reporting their vehicles had been illegally entered during the nighttime hours. Grandmas’s Grove is an RV Park located just passed Walmart on the right if you’re leaving Hendry County. It was reported that there were stolen credit cards, a wallet, $60 in cash and a purse, a phone and personal documents. It should be noted that all of the vehicles entered were left unlocked before the incidents occurred. Authorities encourage victims to file a police report when this happens, as some insurance companies and credit card companies may require a copy of a report, in order to file a claim. If anyone saw anything suspicious or has any information regarding these thefts, please contact the Hendry County Sheriffs’ Office at (863)674-5600.
Road Closure in Clewiston
South Central Florida Express (SCFE) and their contractor, are conducting railroad improvements and roadway construction services at the railroad crossing on South Francisco Street in Clewiston. Therefore, the South Francisco Street railroad crossing is closed. The sidewalk is open for students, bicyclists and pedestrians. Operations will end once track repairs are completed, and road will be reopened. The 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.