Thursday January 20, 2022

A local news affiliate reports: On Saturday, a woman died during a skydiving malfunction in Hendry County. The Sheriff’s Office says it responded to the Airglades Airport for a report of a skydiver who had issues with a parachute. Hendry County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim as 65-year-old Susan Sweetman of New Jersey. Deputies say the owner of the skydiving company told them Sweetman had an issue with her parachute before she reached the ground. Friends say Sweetman was an outstanding athlete, and set many skydiving records, statewide, national, and international. Sources say Sweetman’s death is still under investigation. No further details have been released.

Charles Murphy of WOKC in Okeechobee reports, Tim Stanley was re-elected by his colleagues as chairman of the Glades County Commission for 2022.  He mentioned improving code enforcement as one of his top goals for the year, another is water projects, questioning whether aquifer storage wells will work. His goals also include improving garbage pickup. In his re-election, he says he’s excited to continue the job. 

On Tuesday January 18 at around 8:34 p.m., Kevin Atkinson was arrested for providing false information to law enforcement, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and introduction of contraband into a detention facility. Atkinson was approached by Highlands County deputies at a grocery store in Avon Park, as Atkinson reportedly matched the description provided by a complainant. Atkinson gave the deputies a fake name, which was later verified by his driver’s license. It was then that deputies found Atkinson had active warrants out of Hendry County.  Before transport, he advised deputies that he had nothing illegal on his person. Once inside the jail, they found a used syringe in his pocket, and cocaine in his sock and between the cheeks of his buttocks. Sources say, Atkinson is a Clewiston resident.

Dr Patricia Wallace represents the Centennial Committee for the City of Pahokee’s 100th birthday celebration. Planning is ongoing and Wallace is asking the City to help with funding. The goal is to raise $50,000 for the celebration. Most of the events will be held in March. One event is a fishing tournament on Lake Okeechobee.