Tuesday April 13, 2021

A year-old endangered Florida panther was struck and killed by a vehicle in Collier County last week. It’s the eighth panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 13 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the female panther were found Friday, April 10th, on Immokalee Road. Only about 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.

According to the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, you can do your part to help protect property. Throwing rechargeable batteries in a recycling bin or the garbage can put property and people’s lives at risk. In fact, the SWA says fires have started in the very garbage trucks that go to your home. These rechargeable lithium batteries power our cell phones, cordless power tools and even hover boards. According to a recent article, they have components that are flammable. The battery heats up when shorted or damaged, and when that happens, they produce oxygen, which facilitates combustion. Regular alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt) can be placed in your garbage. But any other type of battery (rechargeable, nickel-cadmium, automotive, lithium-ion, cell phone, lead-acid) should be dropped at one of the Home Chemical and Recycling Centers. There are 7 locations throughout Palm Beach County including the Glades Regional Transfer Station at 1701 State Road 15 in Belle Glade. You can check out the SWA’s video about the dangers of putting combustible items in your trash – https://youtu.be/VWsfEABhEs0 

Our news affiliate is reporting that Palm Beach County public schools plan to stop offering distance learning when the school year ends. That means, all students at traditional schools will have to return to campus in August as announced by the superintendent. The superintendent said that with vaccination rates rising and with evidence that virtual classes hurt students’ academic progress, establishing a regular classroom setting for all students would be a welcome return to normalcy. The superintendent said that his decision was driven in part by state mandates. There’s good news, however, for parents who are reluctant to send their children back to campus in the fall. There is a virtual school option. Space is limited, and this option would require a student to unenroll from their previous school. Otherwise, the school district’s chief executive said families should expect all students to be required to attend classes in person when the new school year begins Aug. 10.

A local man has been arrested on murder charges. Forty-one-year-old Antonio Ferguson of Belle Glade was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on April 11, for the murder of an unnamed victim on March 15, 2021 in West Palm Beach. Authorities have not released a motive in the murder. Ferguson faces 1st degree and attempted 1st degree murder, and the charge of felon in possession of a firearm.