Online threats to communities taken seriously

The sheriff’s offices in Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach counties are investigating veiled threats that have been made online toward some residents of communities along Lake Okeechobee over water pollution issues affecting the coasts. A running cyber-debate over responsibility for algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee River and red tide along Gulf Coast communities in Southwest […]

Reservation Road motorcycle crash claims 2 lives

Two people died from injuries they suffered in an Aug. 4 motorcycle crash on the Brighton Reservation Road. A Florida Highway Patrol news release stated that at 2:52 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, a group of six motorcycles were traveling south on County Road 721 (Reservation Road). While negotiating a left curve, four of the […]

Woman dies from injuries sustained in Glades County traffic crash

GLADES COUNTY — An Okeechobee woman died on July 28 from injuries she suffered in a July 27 traffic crash that occurred in the vicinity of County Road 721 and Bullhead Grade. A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) news release stated that at 9:21 p.m. on Friday night, July 27, a 2001 Toyota Camry operated by […]

Glades family injured in fatal crash

An Orlando woman died from injuries she suffered in a traffic crash on Tuesday, July 3. A Palmdale family including two children received serious and critical injuries in the accident, and one of the children later died. A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) news release stated that at 3:16 p.m., a 2013 BMW X5 SUV operated […]

Man dies in Ortona traffic crash

A Lehigh Acres man died in a single vehicle traffic crash on State Road 78 near Chiaha Lane in Ortona. A Florida Highway Patrol news release stated that at 4:34 p.m. a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier operated by Ronald Miller, 36, of Lehigh Acres turned to the left for a curve in the road. As a […]

Palmdale youth dies from injuries received in SR 29 traffic crash

UPDATE: Tucker Hendry, 11 years old, died on Friday, July 6, from injuries he suffered in a July 3 traffic crash. Other Hendry family members received serious and critical injuries in the accident. A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) news release stated that at 3:16 p.m., a 2013 BMW X5 SUV operated by Raquel Wright, 40, […]

GCSO Sgt. Neives received minor injuries in traffic crash

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) Sergeant Neives received minor injuries sustained in a June 24 traffic crash. A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) press release stated that at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, a 2003 Honda vehicle operated by Joseu Padilla, 28, of Clewiston, was traveling north on West Avenue SW in […]

Moore Haven traffic crash on U.S. 27

MOORE HAVEN — A Coral Springs woman sustained serious injuries from a traffic crash in Moore Haven on Friday, June 15. A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) stated that at approximately 3:12 p.m., a 2000 Ford F350 pickup operated by Calvin Lee Billings, 28, Moore Haven, was eastbound on U.S. 27 in the left turn lane. […]

Two Glades County residents arrested for narcotic charges

A Glades County Sheriff’s Office press release stated that on May 31 a gray in color Chrysler 300 was stopped for several traffic infractions. The driver, Brenda Hernandez, 24, admitted to having narcotics present within her vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted which yielded positive results for narcotics. Hernandez was charged with possession […]

More study needed to deal with the algal blooms What we don’t know CAN hurt us

Nearly two years after the ‘guacamole’ algae bloom that blanketed the Treasure Coast in the summer of 2016, there are plenty of theories, but we don’t “know” the cause. The prevailing theory was that algae in the freshwater released from Lake Okeechobee through the C-44 canal seeded the bloom, which grew to thick mats when […]