Thursday June 17, 2021

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody reported a scam is circulating, disguised as a COVID 19 vaccine survey. The victims get texts, emails or phone calls with the caller offering money to fill out the survey. Moody said, the scammers even call from a center for disease control phone number. These scammers are after your personal information. You can call the state wide scam hotline to report abuse. If you think you have been a victim, call 1-866 9 No Scam.

Due to a temporary power outage, the Port LaBelle Utility System service area is currently under a precautionary boil water notice. The boil water notice is expected to last 5 days. Residents will be notified when the notice has been lifted. Residents with question or concerns are asked to call 863-675-5376.

Pahokee’s mayor said he is concerned about sheriff’s deputies performing too many traffic stops in the city in the evening hours. Mayor Keith Babb said that puts motorists and deputies at risk, especially when most of the traffic stops are for minor infractions. “I’m just a little concerned about the number of stops and whether or not they are warranted.  That can put residents in more danger.  It don’t seem like these traffic stops are that warranted”. Lt. Michael Kennedy with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s office, said they are “getting more complaints about traffic violations, specifically those that involve reckless ATV’s and motorcycles”. He noted all traffic stops are recorded and available for the public.

Residents of Clewiston were involved in an accident yesterday morning in Indian River County. A 61-year-old woman from Vero Beach was traveling north on 90th Avenue approaching a red light at the intersection of SR-60. A pick-up truck driven by a 62-year-old Clewiston man was traveling east on SR-60 approaching a green light at the intersection of 90th Avenue. The Vero woman ran the red light entering directly into the path of the Clewiston man, causing a collision. The woman was transported to Cleveland Clinic where she succumbed to her injuries. No word on the condition of the Clewiston man and his 2 passengers. This case is pending investigation.

From the office of the Director of Emergency Management Richard Lehmkuhl, as summer approaches, now is the time to take a look at preparedness lists and plans.  The division of Emergency management has provided a document that can be filled out electronically and printed.  This document contains resource information, a preparedness checklist, fire safety tips, and other plans for supplies and communication. Lehmkuhl is asking each resident prepare and keep this information in a secure place.   If you have questions or concerns about preparing for a disaster, please feel free to contact Emergency Management or 863.674.5400

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that state and local law enforcement officers have committed to deploying to Texas and Arizona to provide additional resources in response to the border crisis.  The move comes following a letter late last week from Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona requesting immediate assistance to quell the surge of undocumented immigrants, apprehend criminal non-US citizen’s, and secure our border. According to multiple former border patrol agents, children are being used by human traffickers who pose as a family, to make their way across the border. The Florida Division of Emergency Management is coordinating this deployment of the law enforcement officers under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The Emergency Management Assistance Compact is a national mutual aid system that allows states to share resources from all disciplines, protect personnel who deploy, and be reimbursed for mission related costs.