Friday, April 17, 2015

Windell Phillips Dies At 71

Windell O. Phillips, age 71, of Lehigh Acres, passed away April 15, 2015 in LaBelle. He was born June 28, 1943 in Dothan, AL, to the late Otto and the late Carrie (Gainey) Phillips.

He is survived by four children: Trent Phillips (Penny Walker) of Lehigh Acres, FL, Cora Phillips-Ward (Charles) of Sebring, FL, Chad Phillips of Lehigh Acres, FL, Shone Phillips (Jessica) of LaBelle, FL, brother: Bennie Phillips of Lake Wales, FL, grandchildren: Blake Ward, Jared Phillips, Justin Phillips, Hayden Phillips. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Ann Phillips and his sister Glenda Glick.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 11:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Pastor Clifford Avery officiating. Interment will be in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. Visitation will be Tuesday 1 hour prior to service at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bear Hunting May Come To Florida Soon

At its April 15 meeting in Tallahassee, Florida Wildlife Commissioners approved several proposed bear-related rules that will be presented for final action in June. The draft rules address a wide variety of tools to manage bear populations and help reduce human-bear conflicts including authorizing bear hunts in certain areas of the state.

Commissioners approved draft language to the bear conservation rule which includes the depredation permit that can be used in appropriate situations. Depredation permits would authorize a landowner to remove bears if they are causing property damage, if protective measures like electric fencing have failed or are not feasible, and if FWC staff have been unable to trap the bear within four nights.

Additionally, the Commission approved draft rules that would allow for the scaring of bears in appropriate settings.

The Commissioners asked staff to continue the educational approach to help people understand how to live with bears in ways that minimize conflicts.

“Education is key. We know that bear feeding is an issue, so we need to continue to be proactive and responsive with our efforts,” said FWC Chairman Richard Corbett. “Properly securing garbage and other attractants is the single most important action for reducing conflict situations with bears.”

As directed by Commissioners in February, staff is also in the process of drafting a policy paper on the need for comprehensive waste management to reduce human-bear conflicts. The report and an accompanying resolution should be ready for Commission review at its June 2015 meeting.

Finally, the commission also approved proposed rules which, if passed at the next commission meeting in June, would allow limited hunting of black bears in four of the state’s seven bear management units.

“Bear populations have grown over the last 15 to 20 years. It is our responsibility to manage these populations, and hunting is an important and effective tool to help us do so,” Corbett said.

The four proposed units contain the state’s largest bear populations, which include all three national forests and the southern-most portion of Florida. The proposal includes a seven-day season in late October on private and public lands. The season may end sooner in any given bear management unit if the harvest objective for that unit is reached. Hunting bears with bait or dogs would not be allowed, and everyone who wanted to participate would need a bear permit ($100 for a resident permit and $300 for a nonresident permit) as well as a hunting license and any other related permits.

Green Grows The Grass With Ample Rain This Week



LABELLE, FL. -- Rains and sunshine are making lawns and Hendry county communities appear at their very best this week. The LaBelle area has had over five inches of rain in the last week bringing out the loveliness of many communities including pictured above, Jim Green Realty's Caloosa Shores development. The gated community is two miles west of LaBelle on County Road 78, along the north side of the Caloosahatchee River.

(Aerial Photo: Don Browne)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Paul Sutton Dies By Gunshot - Investigation Continuing

CLEWISTON, FL. -- On Sunday, April 12, 2015, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of Tropical Mobile Home Park after receiving reports of a shooting.

When deputies arrived on scene they found 48 year old Angela Sutton lying on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds to her face and arm area. They also found 70 year old Paul Sutton nearby with a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced deceased by Emergency Medical Personnel on scene.

Angela Sutton was transported for medical treatment for her wounds.

At this time Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Investigators are continuing to investigate any circumstances that may have led to the shooting.

Nineteen Arrested In Huge Drug Bust

Five More Individuals Sought For Arrest In 'Roundup' Operation

LABELLE, FL. -- On Thursday, April 9, 2015, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of uniformed road patrol deputies, arrested nineteen men and women on charges of Sale and Possession of Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine and prescription medication.

A ten month investigation into the illegal activities led Sheriff’s Office personnel to arrest nineteen of twenty-four wanted individuals. More arrests are pending said the Sheriff's Office. Most of the arrested were from the LaBelle area and have long criminal arrest histories.

According to the Hendry Sheriff's office, investigators and deputies began the tedious task of locating and arresting the identified drug violators last week in Hendry County. The following subjects were located and arrested during this operation.

Jerald Sims, 43 years of age, was arrested and charged with;
· Two counts of Sale of Cocaine within 1000’ of a Church,
· Two counts of Sale of Cocaine within 1000’ of a Church and
· Six counts of Possession of Cocaine with Intent To Sell
· Sale of Cocaine
Sims is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $220,000.00 bond

April Dailey, 56 years old, was arrested and charged with:
· Three counts of Possession of Prescription Medicine with Intent to Sell
· Three counts of Sale of Prescription Medicine
· Two counts of Sale of Marijuana
· Two counts of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell.
Dailey is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $71,500 bond.

Lajuan Simmons, 26 year old, was arrested and charged with:
· Two counts of Sale of Marijuana
· Two counts of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell.
Simmons is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $30,000 bond

Donnie Keller, 48 years old, was arrested and charged with:
· One count Possession of Prescription Medicine with Intent to Sell within 1000’of a School
· One Count Sale of Prescription Medicine within 1000’ of a School.
Keller is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $30,000.00 bond.

Salvador Lopez, 26 years old, was arrested and charged with:
· Possession of Methamphetamine
· Possession of Prescription Medicine
· Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Lopez was released on $10,000.00 bond.

Luis Velasquez, 26 years of age, was arrested and charged with:
· One Count Sale of Cocaine
· Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell
Velasquez was released on $5,000.00 bond.

Brandon Caulkins, 25 years old, was arrested and charged with:
· One Count of Sale of Cocaine within 1000’ of School
· One Count Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell within 1000’ of School
· Sale of Prescription Medicine within 1000’ of School,
· Possession of Prescription Medicine with Intent to Sell within 1000’ of School
Caulkins is currently being held on $40,000.00 bond.

Ruby Williams, 58 years old, was arrested and charged with:
· Four counts of Sale of Cocaine within 1000’ of Public Park
· Four counts of Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell within 1000’ of Public Park.
Williams is currently being held on $180,000.00 bond.

Ulysses Williams, 38 years old, was arrested and charged with:
· Nine counts of Sale of Cocaine within 1000’ of Public Park
· Nine counts of Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell within 1000’ of Public Park
Williams is currently being held on $395,000.00 bond

Nekisha Vasser, 37 years old, was arrested and charged with:
· Eleven counts of Sale of Cocaine within 1000’ of Public Park
· Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell within 1000’ of Public Park
Vasser is currently being held on $460,000.00 bond.

Nakia McMullen, 32 years old, arrested and charged with:
· Two counts of Sale of Cocaine within 1000’ of Public Park
· Two counts of Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell within 1000’ of Public Park.
McMullen is currently being held on $115,000.00 bond.

Billy Smith, 43 years old, arrested and charged with:
· Sale of Cocaine within 1000’ of Public Park
· Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell within 1000’ of Public Park
· Resisting Arrest Without Violence
Smith is currently being held on $62,000.00 bond.

Santiago Bustamante, 49 years old, was arrested and charged with:
· Trafficking Drugs
· Possession Narcotic with Intent to Sell
Bustamonte was released on $75,000.00 bond.

Rana Broussard, 35 years old, was arrested and charged with:
· Possession of Cocaine
· Possession Drug Paraphernalia
Broussard was released on $5,000.00 bond.

Dennis Graham, 54 years old, was arrested and charged with:
· Two counts of Sale of Cocaine within 1000’ of Public Park
· Two counts of Possession of Cocaine within 1000’ of Public Park
Graham is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail without bond.

Gregory Pitts, 39 years old, was arrested and charged with:
· Five counts of Sale of Cocaine within 1000’ of Church
· Five counts of Possession of Cocaine within 1000’ of Church.
Pitts is currently being held without bond.

Amy Ferguson, 47 years old, arrested and charged with:
· Two counts of Sale of Controlled Substance
· Two count of Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell
Ferguson is being held on $25,000.00 bond.

Rosie Clos, 31 years old, was arrested and charged with:
· One count of Sale of Prescription Medicine
· Possession with Intent to Sell Prescription Medicine
Clos was released on $51,000.00 bond.

Felix Quinones, 16 years old was arrested and charged with:
· One count of Sale of Cocaine
· Possession of Cocaine
Quinones was released to his Guardian.