Thursday, June 2, 2022

Domestic Homicide in Clewiston

Clewiston Police Chief Tom Lewis reports, on June 1 at around 8:30pm, officers responded to a call referencing shots fired at 533 West Alverdez Avenue in Clewiston. Upon arrival, officers located a 36-year-old Hispanic female and a 31-year-old Hispanic male, both unresponsive. Witnesses identified the shooter as 38-year-old Juan Vega, who had already fled the home. The young woman was pronounced deceased at Hendry Regional. The male victim was stabilized at Hendry, and transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. A Sergeant with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office located the suspected shooters vehicle travelling toward LaBelle on State Road 80. After a short vehicle pursuit Juan Vega was taken into custody. In his vehicle, deputies located a 22-caliber rifle. Clewiston Police Department has no reason to believe that the community is in any danger. And although the investigation remains active, authorities say this is believed to be an isolated domestic incident. The suspect, Juan Vega, will be booked into the Hendry County Jail on multiple charges including Murder and Attempted Murder. The two victims were determined to be siblings.

Miss Florida USA

On Sunday night, Okeechobee resident Taylor Fulford was crowned Miss Florida USA after her eighth attempt at the title. Sources say Fulford admitted she was disappointed and a bit dejected after finishing third runner up last year, but she credits prayer and a change of perspective as the reason she tried it again.  Fulford beat out 76 other contestants to win the crown. (sound) Fulford was named most inspirational by her peers before she even won. Fulford says that local reaction has been incredible. She estimates that she received over 1,000 messages in the two days after winning the crown. The next step for Fulford is to compete in the Miss USA pageant. She will visit Cancun in a few weeks to meet the other 49 Miss USA contestants. Good luck Taylor, and congratulations.

Funds for Military Communities

Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $3 million in awards to military communities through the Defense Infrastructure Grant Program, the Defense Reinvestment Grant Program, and the Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Program. Through collaborative efforts by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI), these programs provide grant funding to defense-dependent communities to support economic diversification efforts, local infrastructure projects, and military community relations.

Former Pahokee Blue Devil Eyes Universities

DeeJay Holmes is a 6-foot-3, 255-pound three-star defensive end from Pahokee High School, who has his sights set on Pitt. says he’ll be visiting the university this week. Pitt was the first school to lock Holmes in for an official visit. As a versatile threat on Pahokee’s 9-2 squad in 2021, Holmes was the engine that powered the defense. In just nine games, he racked up 92 tackles (26 solo), 25.5 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles and recoveries. Holmes isn’t looking to make his official commitment until December, and he isn’t in any rush to choose his destination for the next four years, but Pitt has been able to stand out to this point. He’ll be visiting Syracuse later this year.

Upgrades for Clewiston Utilities

Lynne Mila, safety manager for the City of Clewiston utilities department announces the all-new smart meter will replace all existing meters with AMI technology, at no cost to the resident.  We’ll be speaking with Lynne to find out more about the project, as the details are made available.