Wednesday September 14, 2022

TWO AREA MEN ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF POSSESION OF OBSCENE MATERIAL

On Friday September 9, 2022, Detectives with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old William Purdy of Clewiston and 58 yr old Henry Wayne Hart, of LaBelle, in separate search warrant investigations

Following up on information received thru a Cybertip from Internet Crimes Against Children, (ICAC), Hendry County Detectives began a lengthy investigation into the accusation on both men. 

 On September 9, 2022, Hendry County Detectives executed a Search Warrant at Purdy’s residence in Clewiston.  It was at this time Purdy was taken into custody. on charges of Possession of Obscene Material.

 William Purdy is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on a $25,000.00 bond

On the same day Friday September 9 Detectives executed a search warrant at Hart’s residence as well. Hart was taken into custody and transported to the Hendry County Jail on charges of Possession of Obscene Material, Use of a Two Way Device to Facilitate a Felony and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Hart was release from the Hendy County Jail on September 10, 2022 on a $125,000 bond.

BELLE GLADE CITY COMMISSION MEETING DISCUSSED

The Belle Glade city commission heard an update on the Lake Okeechobee Management Plan.

Ingrid Bon with the Corps of Engineers says 15 years of work will leave stronger walls in the levy to protect the Glades

Belle Glade mentioned concerns about water supply for agriculture and residents and giving local companies a chance to get federal work contracts.

Mayor Steve Wilson says all the dike improvements did not help the local economy like it was foretold to do.  He says he doesn’t see the improvement of local jobs or resources like they were told it would bring.

PALM BEACH COUNTY GOT 10 MILLION TO HELP WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSEING CRISIS

Palm Beach County just got a $10 million boost to tackle the affordable housing crisis.

It was one of the items county commissioners addressed in their Tuesday meeting.

The money comes from a state program that helps low-income families with dollars needed to buy a home or make much-needed repairs.

Commissioners were unanimous in approving the $10 million package but finding partners to implement the funds has been a challenge.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Maria Marino said.

“We have money to give out today. These programs are necessary today. A housing bond doesn’t put a single unit in the ground for two to three years. The problem is today. We have dollars today. We need people to come and take those dollars. and bring us programs that we can invest in.”

The state funds will be dispersed over the next three years.

The money also offers rental assistance and can help keep families from foreclosing on their homes.