Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Graduation Schedules for Western Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County has announced the schedule of graduation ceremonies for the High School Class of 2022. Ceremonies are planned for the graduates of 32 schools and academies across Palm Beach County. The graduation ceremonies will be broadcast live on The Education Network, Comcast channel 235, AT&T U-verse channel 99, as well as streamed live online with closed captioning. Pahokee High School will take place this Thursday at the Fairgrounds at 6 p.m., Glades Central’s Ceremony will be on May 24th at 6 p.m. also live from the Fairgrounds. Glades Day was not listed for the live stream ceremony, and their commencement will take place this Friday at 7 p.m. on school grounds. Congratulations to all the graduates.

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Shooting in South Bay

Palm Beach County Deputies responded to a shooting in the 800 block of Palm Beach Road, South Bay.  Spokesperson for the agency Teri Barbera says, when the deputies arrived at the scene, they discovered an adult male suffering from gunshot wound or wound(s).  The male was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The shooter has been detained. More information will be released when it becomes available. 

Glades County Road Projects

Glades County will receive over 8 million dollars from the state for road projects. They plan to resurface Lake Drive between Trout Street and State Road 78 in Buckhead Ridge, and a portion of County Road 721 north of the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. County Manager Marcos Montes De Oca says these are big dollars for route 721 that help a small county. 

Bill Prohibits Residential Picketing

Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1571, which prohibits picketing and protesting outside of a person’s place of residence. Once this law takes effect, law enforcement officers will provide a warning to any person picketing or protesting outside of a dwelling and will make arrests for residential picketing only if the person does not peaceably disperse after the warning. Residential picketing will be punishable as a second-degree misdemeanor.

Five Arrested on Drug Charges

On Friday, May 6, 2022, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office arrested five people from LaBelle on drug related warrants. These charges include Trafficking, Possession, and/or Sales of Narcotics.  Among those arrested was 21-year-old Thomas Ferguson, 29-year-old Daniel Seth Gran, 62-year-old Jessie Posey, 39-year-old Liborio Marquez. Deputies also added the charge of Use of a Two-Way Device to Facilitate a Felony to each of their records. Lastly, 46-year-old Gina L. Napier was taken in for Possession of Methamphetamine. She was released on April 29 on $5,000.00 bond. As of Monday May 16, the other four men are still being held in the Hendry County Jail. Additionally, investigators are still looking for 30-year-old Juan E. Rodriguez, also of LaBelle, on drug related charges.

Clewiston Quinceanera Cancelled

The John Boy Auditorium could be getting more stringent rules regarding rentals for events and functions, especially as it relates to alcohol and various breeches of contractual agreements. The Clewiston City Commission referenced incidents that stemmed from a quinceañera a celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday, that is traditionally observed in Latin American cultures to mark her transition to adulthood. According to city staff, including utilities director Danny Williams. He says, a breach of the original agreement, led to threats, bribery and overcrowding. Williams said it was explained to the renter that the event is set up for 225 people, and additional staff would be needed for the now, 400 plus. One suggestion was, if it’s an underage birthday party, no alcohol should be allowed. To control fire hazards, insurance liabilities, and other potential hazards, accommodations can be made to support more people at a party or event. But these accommodations must be made in advance, and not at the time of the event. Police Chief Tom Lewis, who was recognized in an earlier proclamation for National Police Week says, the terms threat and bribery are both contextual and would have to be evaluated in such a manner. Whether or not the statements made were criminal, he says, moving forward, violators will be ejected. Commissioner Greg Thompson said he appreciates the residents who supported the City on social media and encouraged renters to follow the rules. Some of the attendees have staged a boycott against city facilities.