Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Brush Fires in Hendry County

WAFC is receiving reports that there was a brush fire in the Pioneer Plantation Community in Hendry County. Fire Officials are reporting that the brush fire is 100% contained, but at least 10 acres was burning according to source.  According to Sean Allen, Caloosahatchee Center Manager of Florida Forest Services, there were five tractor plow units on the ground, in addition to a helicopter. The location of the brush fire was fairly close to multiple residents nearby and was said to have been threatening to three homes. No reports of any injuries, or any damage to property. A news report says the fire was contained just before 9 p.m. yesterday. Another fire was reported on March 27th in the Montura community, also located in Hendry County. According to Florida Forest Service Caloosahatchee, two acres burned on South Datil Street and Appaloosa Avenue.

Clewiston Woman Crashes in Fort Myers Airport

A Fort Myers news source is reporting that a woman from Clewiston was arrested after she crashed a speeding car through a closed, restricted gate and onto an active runway at Southwest Florida International Airport. A report from airport police said 42-year-old Alejandra Campuzano of Clewiston, crashed through a marked and restricted gate, “creating a life-threatening situation for many, had there been a collision. The incident happened Saturday shortly before 2 p.m. The police report said that after driving onto the active runway, Campuzano drove toward the aircraft. Investigators said Campuzano threatened an officer and began screaming obscenities. She is facing charges of reckless driving, criminal mischief, violating a designated operational area of an airport and threatening a public servant. She remains in Lee County Jail on $205,500 bond. Her arraignment is scheduled April 25.

Child Abuse Awareness Month

April is Child Abuse Awareness month. Every year Florida participates in child abuse prevention campaigns, in an effort to encourage people to protect all children and give them a chance to have the amazing childhood they each deserve. Locally, Hendry and Glades Counties are taking part in the advocacy as well. Throughout the area, you may see blue pinwheels displayed on the grounds of local businesses. PINWHEELS are the national symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. The pinwheel represents the hope that every child will be raised in a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment. It is also a call to action, encouraging people everywhere to recognize that we all have a role to play in keeping children safe. If you or your business would like pinwheels and signs to show support, please contact Jessica Ivy at (863) 302-6065 or email at If you would like to show your support in another way, Friday, April 1st is “Wear Blue Day”! Wear something blue on Friday to help raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month! 

2022 Social Celebration for Hendry Regional Medical Center

Hendry Regional Medical Center returned this year for their Social Celebration held at Mr. Hilliard’s log cabin. Electa Waddell shared some highlights from the evening, some lucky local winners, and some good news for the hospital. One person won a $1,000 prize and donated it back to the hospital. US Sugar gave $25,000 toward the purchase of new equipment. The Celebration raised over $166,000 Saturday night. All proceeds benefit Hendry Regional Medical Center.

Bank Robber Nabbed in Clewiston

On March 29, 2022 at approximately 9:30 a.m., officers responded to First Bank of Clewiston’s main branch on Sugarland Highway in reference to a bank robbery. A Hispanic male approached a bank teller wearing a face mask and demanded money, holding what was believed to be a weapon. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot. Officers and deputies from the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office and CPD searched the area and were initially not able to locate him. Bank surveillance video identified the man as 57-year-old Antonio Sanchez-Sanchez, from Clewiston. Officers made contact with him just outside his residence which is near the bank. Officers discovered that he had 10 crisp $100.00 bills in his possession and more money was found in a later search. Sanchez-Sanchez was placed under arrest and charged with Armed Bank Robbery. No one was hurt in the incident. And the items Sanchez-Sanchez portrayed as a gun, was found to be walkie talkie.