Tuesday August 9, 2022


The tables turned on a gunman when they were shot and killed, after they said they planned to “shoot up the crowd” on Sunday night.

The West Palm Beach Police were dispatched to a family gathering on Division Ave and 4th Street after reports of gunshots were heard at 10:42 p.m. on Aug. 7.

According to officers, a 911 call came in saying someone had been shot, the caller also said he shot the person who took a short-barreled shotgun out of their car as they threatened to “shoot the crowd up”.

After a thorough investigation, detectives say a fight broke out between two women, which turned into a brawl of around 20 people. The suspected gunman who was shot was 22-years-old and from West Palm Beach, their name has not been released.

The police department says the 22-year-old refused to drop their weapon after multiple people confronted them, that’s when the 32-year-old man, fired his weapon, hitting the armed suspect. The man had a Concealed Weapon License and remained on the scene with police to cooperate with the investigation.

Detectives say the 22-year-old was pronounced dead on the scene and are treating this as an isolated incident are not seeking any other suspects. No charges are pending at this time.

The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner will determine the      cause of death.


A deceased man was discovered floating in a canal bordering Lake Okeechobee along U.S. Highway 441 S.E. on Sunday morning. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation, after a 911 call came in at 9 a.m. regarding a body at the 800 block of U.S. 441 S.E. After conducting an investigation, the sheriff’s office said the man pulled from the water was 27-year-old Alex A. Garland, an Okeechobee resident.

Garland was last seen on Aug. 5 by his family, they reported him missing the next day, according to detectives.

The investigation is still ongoing according to the sheriff’s office, more information will become available as the case develops.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding Garland’s death to call Det. Quinton Speed 863-763-3117, ext. 5103. If you’d like to remain anonymous call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-8477.


The City of Clewiston  staff continues to work with contractors to complete several large public works type infrastructure projects within the community. Of particular note, progress is ongoing in the downtown area on three major concurrent capital projects.

The City has contracted to replace and improve the drainage systems along East Ventura Avenue and several connecting streets and on the south side of Trinidad Park. As previously reported, these improvements are being funded with a state grant and will be quite impactful in addressing drainage system deficiencies in the vicinity. This project is scheduled to be wrapped up this summer.

 The same contractor has been engaged to complete long needed City contracted rehabilitation of East Ventura Avenue’s street surface in the same section. As is readily apparent to area visitors, this project is underway and will culminate with a new asphalt resurfacing for this section of East Ventura later this summer as well.

 The third project impacting significant portions of this section of the downtown area south of East Ventura Avenue is another grant funded project to replace undersized water lines in the area with larger service lines which will significantly improve water pressure and result in the ability to better provide essential fire protection services to the entire area through the larger lines and the installation of fire hydrants. If any citizen needs more information on these or any of the other ongoing projects being undertaken by the city, please reach out to city staff for assistance