Wednesday August 10, 2022


On Monday, August 8, 2022, in the morning hours, Hendry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 820 S. Mayoral Street, in the Montura Ranch Estates community, to follow up on an animal complaint received the previous evening.

Deputies initially received a call for assistance on Sunday August 7, 2022, by Clewiston Animal Control about the residence located on Mayoral Street and the large presences of dogs.  Clewiston Animal Control was able to remove approximately 25 dogs from the home Sunday evening.  The resident of that home, 53-year-old Juan Carlos Perez Montero, earlier that day, had been arrested on a misdemeanor warrant for Contempt of Court.   

After being released from jail Monday afternoon, Perez Montero returned to the home and discovered Law Enforcement along with Clewiston Animal Control and various Volunteers on scene gathering and removing the dogs that were at the location.  It was reported that Perez Montero did ‘owner surrender’ the dogs and assisted in loading them in vehicles that would transport them for evaluation, and the administration of any medical care they may need.

The Furry Friends of Jupiter was there to help with one of the biggest rescues so far this year in Florida, the Executive Director of Furry Friends of Jupiter, Jason Gluck, said. There are mostly large dogs surrendered. Furry Friends took about 10 of the dogs and puppies back home with them. The remaining dogs will stay at the Clewiston Animal Shelter for now before transferring many to surrounding shelters in the area.

At this time, Perez Montero has not been arrested.  Hendry Ag. Deputies are investigating this case and will decide if there will be future charges

A Clewiston native is training to be a U.S Navy Future Warfighter

At Naval Education and Training Command or  (NETC), instructors at advanced technical schools teach sailors to be highly skilled, operational, and combat ready warfighters, while providing the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development.
Seaman Recruit Ramsey Witt, native of Clewiston, Florida, is a student at NETC, learning the necessary skills needed to be a gunner’s mate.
As a gunner’s mate, Witt is responsible for maintaining, repairing and troubleshooting all weapons systems, small arms and missile systems that are used to protect Navy ships.
Witt, a 2021 Clewiston High School graduate, joined the Navy six months ago.
He graduated high school with a dream to travel the world as a photographer, and the Navy was the best way to do it,” according to Witt. NETC educates and trains those who serve, providing the tools and opportunities which enable life-long learning, professional and personal growth and development, ensuring fleet readiness and mission accomplishment.

Serving in the Navy means Witt is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

As Witt and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.

School Starts Back Today, Watch For Those Buses

Today is the first day of school for many surrounding counties.  Lee, Hendry and Glades, county students are waking up early for start of the 2022-2023 school year.

 That means school buses are back on the roads.  And for our commuters we wanted to remind them about the Florida law as it pertains to school buses on the roadIt is against the law for any driver to pass a school bus when the school bus displays a stop signal.

On a two-way street or highway, all drivers moving in either direction must stop for a stopped school bus that is picking up or dropping off children. You must remain stopped until the stop signal is withdrawn and all children are clear of the roadway.

If the highway is divided by a raised barrier or an unpaved median at least five feet wide, you do not have to stop if you are moving in the opposite direction of the bus. Painted lines or pavement markings are not considered barriers. You must always stop if you are moving in the same direction as the bus and you must remain stopped until the stop signal is withdrawn.

According to Florida Statute §318.18 (5): The penalty for failure to stop for a school bus is $100, and for a second offense within a period of 5 years the driver will have his/her driver’s license suspended for a minimum of 90 days and up to 6 months.