Tuesday June 28, 2022


And now a WAFC news update for a story we brought you yesterday about a canal crash in Palm beach county we now know that Three young people were killed in the Sunday crash, when the Jeep they were in was found in a canal near Palm Beach International Airport.

The victims who lost their lives Luis Flores, 24, of Lake Worth Beach, his cousin Cindy Castro, 21, of Lake Worth Beach, and a woman whom relatives say was Flores’ friend, Vanessa Saenz, 20, of Coconut Creek.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said a Jeep Wrangler, driven by Luis Flores, was heading eastbound on Southern Boulevard around 5:30 a.m. and entered the offramp for Congress Avenue. Flores lost control around the offramp curve and went off the highway and into the C-51 canal.

A passerby alerted police to the incident Sunday afternoon, Dive teams located the bodies of all three victims in the canal, Castro on Sunday, and Flores and Saenz on Monday morning.

A GoFundMe page created for one of the victims, says the three had gone to a nightclub in West Palm Beach but, unfortunately, never made it home.The family says investigators have not said anything to them about what may have caused the crash.

PBSO Investigators state nothing has been ruled out in their investigation of what happened early Sunday morning, including excessive speed and possible impairment due to alcohol or drugs.

The sheriff’s office says it may take weeks to determine the cause of the crash and the loss of these three young lives.


Four people are under arrest after Collier County Sheriff’s deputies who were responding to reports of a battery found a home full of drugs.

The sheriff’s office says deputies responded to a home on 29th Place SW around 11 p.m. on Sunday for a reported battery. When they arrived, deputies say there were drugs in plain view.  CCSO deputies contacted their narcotics detectives who got a search warrant for the home. Deputies began their search just before 3 a.m. Monday morning.

Collier County Sheriff’s deputies say they found nearly more than 23 grams of fentanyl, three grams of a cocaine and fentanyl mix, nine grams of meth, five grams of Xanax, Naloxone, ammunition and drug paraphernalia.

 Deputies arrested four people who were living at the home.  Wayne Anthony LeBlanc, 37, Kayla Katherine Marlow, 33, Norma Sue Gable, 52s and Kim L. Phillips, 60  ;The charges range from possession of controlled substance and narcotic paraphernalia to possession of a firearm ammunition by a convicted felon.

The sheriff’s office says Marlow and Gable are both convicted felons. And that they are still investigating this incident.


A Lehigh Acres woman is facing multiple charges after an angry rampage at a Lee Boulevard fast food restaurant.

Shamia J. Tillman, 20, was released on $19,500 bond over the weekend after being booked on the robbery by sudden snatching charge, three counts of battery and two of property damage.

Tillman’s arrest came Thursday night after Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies, responding to a call of a fight at a Wendy’s restaurant on Lee Boulevard, and found Tillman behind the restaurant’s counter.

A Sheriff’s Office report said deputies found Tillman yelling and screaming inside the Wendy’s. After she was placed inside a Sheriff’s Office unit she began to kick the vehicle’s door and scream.

The Sheriff’s Office report said Tillman spit in the face of a deputy who opened the door to talk to her, forcing the deputy to walk away for decontamination. The report said the incident began with Tillman entering the Wendy’s angry over a drive-through window food order. She then started throwing food items at the manager and other restaurant employees.

Video of the incident shows Tillman pushing cash registers and cookie displays off the counter and trying to fight with the workers.

One of the Wendy’s workers told deputies that Tillman bit her finger to the extent the skin was broken and bleeding. A driver for the food delivery service DoorDash told investigators that Tillman took his cellphone and then threw the $1,200 device at an employee.


The man who confessed to the accidental Christmas Eve shooting of his girlfriend has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Hilario Jose-Cruz, 24, was found guilty of the 2020 shooting after a three-day trial in Lee County.

According to the State Attorney’s Office, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Lehigh Acres after a 911. When they arrived, they found Jose-Cruz standing near his girlfriend, who was lying on the ground bleeding after being shot in the chest. She died shortly after deputies arrived.

The State Attorney’s Office said Jose-Cruz told deputies that he had been drinking and smoking a THC vape pen while dancing with a loaded firearm right before the shooting.

Jose-Cruz is set to be sentenced on August 8.