Thursday, March 3, 2022

Local Professor Honored by State

The Florida Book Awards, the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards programs, honors local resident Brandon T. Jett, Jett is a resident of LaBelle and a professor of History at Florida SouthWestern College. He was recently recognized for a book he wrote called Race, Crime and Policing in the Jim Crow South, a book about African Americans and Law Enforcement in Birmingham, Memphis and New Orleans from 1920-1945. For his outstanding work in the General Nonfiction category, Jett was honored with the Silver Award. (sound) The winning authors from across the state will be honored at the awards banquet on April 7 at Parkview at Cascades in Tallahassee. Contact for tickets. The public is invited to attend.

Cowboy Wrestling at State Championship in Orlando

Cowboy Wrestling is up and rolling at the state championship, according to coach Craig Kelsey. Janet Gomez who won first in her district, even against the boys, is the only female headed to the state finals. Kelsey says the LaBelle team is in Orlando, including at least one male’s wrestler from Clewiston. Let’s support our Cowboy Wrestlers by keep up with the latest information on their Facebook page at Cowboy Wrestling. We’re awaiting more updates from Coach Miller, but in the meantime, Congratulations on making it to the state wrestling finals. And as always Go Cowboys.

LaBelle Man Arrested for Aggravated Assault and More

On March 1, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the corner of Avalon Ave and Nobles Rd in LaBelle, in reference to a report of gunshots. The caller stated that his vehicle had broken down in the area and a resident had shot in the air and then pointed a gun at him while yelling for him to leave. Upon arrival, authorities made contact with the 37-year-old male and his father. The driver stated that his dad and he were trying to get the car started, when an older white male began to yell for them to leave, before shooting a black handgun in the air, the man then pointed the firearm in their direction multiple times while continuing to yell for them to leave. Authorities then approached the home and gave commands for the suspect to show his hands. The man, identified as 60-year-old John Pelham of LaBelle, left the porch wearing only a towel and spoke to deputies. They located a loaded Beretta 9mm handgun concealed under a pillow that Pelham had been sitting on when they made contact. When asked what happened, Pelham stated that he had only yelled at the father and son to leave since they were blocking the roadway. He then admitted that he shot his handgun into the ground to scare them off. Deputies assisted Pelham in dressing, as he appeared to be unstable on his feet. Pelham was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, discharging a firearm in a residential area and discharging a firearm while intoxicated. He is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on a bond of $27,500.