Tuesday October 12, 2021

There is a blue-green algae bloom alert for multiple locations on Lake Okeechobee. The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County issued the alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algae toxins in 8 different areas of the Big O. FDOH is warning people not to drink, swim, wade, or use personal watercraft in those areas where there is a visible bloom. And to also keep pets away from those areas as well. It’s equally as imperative, that you wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae. There’s a Water Quality Status Map to see whether your area is under an advisory. You can also go online to report algal blooms in your neighborhood.

Two years ago, to the surprise of employees and community members alike, The Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health closed and laid off its workforce. Well now the metal health hospital has reportedly settled with former employees who said the hospital violated federal labor law. Sources say The Golden Center will pay $400,000 to more than 300 employees who lost their jobs. The lawsuit, filed by two former employees in October 2019, said the Golden Center violated the law known as the WARN Act, which stands for Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification. Evidently, the law is in place to give employees 60 days’ notice of mass layoffs, so that they may have time to find another job. The site in Belle Glade is now under new management.

A Florida Keys man is facing a charge of vehicular homicide following a fatal crash on U.S. 27 near South Bay on Sunday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies booked Henry Wayne Bailey into the county jail late Sunday, finding him after he fled the scene of the wreck, that killed Karl Sickle, 86, of Homestead. A judge ordered Bailey, 41, held on $600,000 bail during a hearing Monday at the jail. Besides vehicular homicide, the Big Pine Key resident faces charges of leaving the scene of a fatal wreck and operating a vehicle without a driver’s license in a crash involving death. Investigators said Sickle was southbound on U.S. 27 on a motorcycle just after 2 p.m. Bailey’s Van was eastbound and crossed into the motorcycle’s path just south of Lake Okeechobee. The crash threw both Sickle and his female passenger to the pavement, according to PBSO’s crash report. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue declared Sickle dead at the scene. His passenger suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. PBSO said Bailey was not injured in the wreck and drove away after the crash. Investigators said Bailey1008 was under the influence either or drugs or alcohol at the time of the wreck.