Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Belle Glade Air Pollution Value Measured

Air pollution spiked to unhealthy levels around the world in 2021, according to a new report. The report by IQAir, a company that tracks global air quality, found that average annual air pollution in every country exceeded the World Health Organization’s air quality guidelines. Our local area was no exception. A pollutant call PM 2.5 is the tiniest but one of the most dangerous. When inhaled, it travels deep into lung tissue where it can enter the blood stream according to sources. Although the air quality measured 34 in Belle Glade, which is good according to the study, The PM2.5 concentration is currently 1.7 times above the WHO annual air quality guideline value. To see the full report, and to read recommendations on how to protect from air pollution, you can visit: Belle Glade Air Quality Index (AQI) and Florida Air Pollution | AirVisual (

PBSO Deputy Terminated for Violating Policies

A Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy has been fired, following a nasty breakup, that included a long list of allegations, that he repeatedly violated the agency’s policies.  Our news affiliate reveals that the Internal Affairs investigation report said, “It was alleged Deputy Sheriff Joshua Brack engaged in misconduct and/or committed various crimes while on and off duty. It was also alleged that Brack disseminated agency information by sending a crime scene video to an unauthorized individual, sent nude and explicit photographs of himself to his work email while on duty and in uniform, neglected to respond to an in-progress call for service and possessed unauthorized weapons in his patrol vehicle, amongst other allegations.” Authorities say Bracks ex-girlfriend reported the infractions and other information to agency, which were then reported to Brack’s boss. He was fired from the sheriff’s office.

LaBelle Robber Sentenced

The State Attorney’s Office says Raynaldo Ray Quiroga was sentenced to 40 years in prison after being found guilty of robbery, brandishing a firearm during a crime, possessing stolen firearms, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. On May 19, 2021, Quiroga, who is from LaBelle, dressed as a law enforcement officer, handcuffed a pawnshop customer and two employees and ordered a second customer to sit still while he went to a safe. Quiroga stole somewhere around six guns and placed them in the tactical vest he was wearing. Quiroga was arrested 2 days later. Investigators said he was previously convicted of armed robbery with a firearm in Lee County back in 2005.

New Bill Requires High School Students to Take Financial Literacy Course

Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1054, a Financial Literacy Act, which will require high school students to take a financial literacy course to receive a standard high school diploma. The legislation will officially become a graduation requirement for students who enter high school in the 2023-2024 school year and will not affect students currently enrolled in high school. Students will be required to earn one-half credit in personal financial literacy and money management, including instruction on types of bank accounts, credit scores, taxes, and managing debt. Due to the economic challenges currently facing the nation, SB 1054 will help prepare students by providing them with the knowledge to achieve financial stability and independence, according to the Governor’s Office.