Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Homicide Investigation Underway in Belle Glade

On Sunday night at round 11 o’clock, Palm Beach County Sheriff Deputies responded to a shooting in the 800 block of SW AVE C Place, Belle Glade. Upon arrival, an adult male was located deceased from apparent gunshot wound or wound(s). Detectives from the Violent Crimes Division are investigating this death as a homicide. Suspect information and motive is unknown at this time. Anyone with information about this shooting or homicide is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

Fatherhood Bill Signed in Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 7065, which includes educational programs, mentorship programs and one-on-one support to encourage responsible and involved fatherhood in Florida. The bill is tied to nearly $70 million in funding to provide a wide spectrum of family and youth support, through the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 18 million children in the United States who do not have a father in their home. One of HB 7065’s main provisions is supporting and creating mentorship programs at DJJ for at-risk youth. For many of these youth, their mentor may be the closest thing they have to a father. DJJ also hosts and supports programs for involved fatherhood, including barbershop talks and fatherhood classes.

Disease Outbreak in Florida

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is responding to an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida. So far, the number of cases identified in 2022 surpasses the 5-year average of meningococcal disease cases statewide. FDOH epidemiologists are investigating each case as well as contacting people with potential or direct exposure to known cases, to provide them with information and treatment options. Early symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, confusion, and rash. Anyone who has been exposed or develops symptoms should be evaluated by a health care provider immediately. This is a rare but potentially devastating disease. However, it can be prevented and treated. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against meningococcal disease.

New Equipment for Hospital from Local Donors

Hendry Regional Medical Center Foundation exceeded its fundraising goal at its Annual Social Celebration raising over $176,000! Through the generosity of local donors, the HRMC Foundation will provide new vital sign machine monitoring systems to the Emergency Department and Outpatient Services area totaling more than $350,000. Hendry Regional Medical Center Foundation recently received a $25,000 donation from U.S. Sugar. The support will allow the medical center to purchase a new endoscopic surgery system. On an annual basis, the Foundation provides funds to Hendry Regional Medical Center for special projects and facility improvements, all aimed at improving healthcare for the residents of Hendry County and its surrounding areas. Check out this information and more by visiting their Facebook Page at Facebook.com/HendryRegional.

LOSOM Meeting

Charles Murphy of WOKC reports, the Lake Okeechobee restoration project is moving forward despite cuts of 8 hundred million dollars. Tim Gysan with the US Army Corps of Engineers says they’ve gotten a lot of support for projects to store more water along the Kissimmee River. Activist Newton Cook urged the Corps to focus on saving vegetation in the lake and endorsed the effort to slow down water before it reaches Lake Okeechobee.