Tuesday August 23, 2022

FATAL CAR CRASH IN HENDRY COUNTY

A Hendry County car crash left one man dead and two others injured in yesterday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash happened at approximately 3:12 pm Monday afternoon when a 62-year-old Clewiston Women driving a van was traveling North on Hendry Isle Blv. Approaching a stop sign at the intersection of State Rd 80 

According to FHP the driver of the Van failed to yield at the intersection of Hendry Isle Blvd. and St Rd 80. hitting a Car.  The car driven by a 68 yr old man also from Clewiston was traveling east on ST Rd 80, he had only minor injuries as a result of this crash.

The driver of the van is said to have serious injuries. The passenger in the van a 53 yr old Naples man, was pronounced deceased on scene. 

FHP is still investigating this crash

IMMOKALEE MAN KILLED ON SUNDAY

A 32-year-old Naples man confessed to killing an Immokalee man when Collier County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call and saw a body.

Deputies arrested Chadrick J.(Jerry) Austile,age 32, about 2 a.m. Sunday in connection to the death of a man in Immokalee.

A caller reported a suspicious incident around 2 a.m. Sunday at a home in the 600 block of Willie Mae Harper Drive, deputies reported. Austile answered the door and deputies saw the body of the victim wrapped in a bed sheet on the floor.

Deputies said Austille had blood on his hands and confessed to killing the victim. According to the arrest report, they saw blood around the body and blood spray on the wall. Austile told them the man had reached for him in a sexual manner and, after a struggle, he shot him with his brother’s gun.

Deputies found an expended shell casing in the home, and Austile said he disposed of the gun.

He was booked into the jail on charges of second-degree murder. He faces arraignment on Sept. 12.

Florida’s Amendment 6, frequently referred to as Marsy’s Law, protects the release of the victim’s name.

Its election Day in Florida today Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

ELECTIONS DAY IN HENDRY AND PALM BEACH COUNTY

Polling places open at 7 a.m. countywide on Tuesday and remain open until 7 p.m. If you are in line at closing time, you will still be permitted to vote.

For more election information, visit the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections website and for Hendry County, go to Hendry County Supervisor of Elections website.

ACCUSSED SHOOTER OF FWP OFFICEIR CAN NOT USE “STAND YOUR GROUND” AS A DEFENSE

A judge ruled Monday that a man accused of fatally shooting an off-duty Fish & Wildlife officer cannot use the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law as a defense.

Eliceo Hernandez is charged with negligent homicide in the June 2020 shooting death of Officer Julian Keen.

Keen followed Hernandez in the area of Nobles Rd. and Apache Cir. in LaBelle, believing him to be driving erratically.

The officer approached Hernandez’s vehicle, which is when investigators say Hernandez opened fire on Keen, killing him.

“Stand Your Ground” is a 2005 law enacted by the Florida Legislature that allows someone a self-defense claim based upon “a reasonable belief as to the necessity of force” when a person’s residence, dwelling, or vehicle is threatened and that person believes deadly force was necessary to prevent imminent injury or death.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

A trial call is scheduled for Nov. 16.