Monday, April 06, 2020

Jeffrey Conrad Dies at 56

Jeffrey A Conrad, age 56, of Clewiston, passed away March 31, 2020 in Clewiston. He was born Aug. 8, 1963 in Waukesha, WI, to the late Albert and Nancy (Kerr) Conrad. 

He was a Fleet Mechanic for the City of Clewiston for many years. 

Survivors include his wife: Mary (Voelker) Conrad three sons: Shane Conrad, Jamie Conrad and Joel Conrad, three brothers: Daniel, Michael and Brian one sister: Faith Anne 11 grandchildren & 1 great-grandchild 

He was preceded in death by his daughter Rachael Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home.

Five Felons Arrested At County Line


CLEWISTON, FL -- Between the dates of Tuesday, March 24 through Friday March 27, Detectives with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating a string of armed robberies which occurred in the Clewiston area. Two victims were shot during theses robberies.

It was learned through the investigation into these robberies, that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was also working a string of robberies during the time period; with similarities to the robberies occurring in Hendry County. HCSO Detectives were able to identify the same vehicle used in several of these robberies, and is registered to a subject who lives in the Clewiston area.

On Friday March 27, at approximately 8:45 pm, reports were received of an armed robbery that had occurred in the Pahokee area of Palm Beach County. The description of the suspect vehicle was provided and matched the description of our previous reports.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, K-9 Division, Road Patrol and HCSO Detectives along with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office took positions at the Hendry/Palm Beach County line covering all roads coming into Hendry County.

At approximately 9:50 pm Deputies observed the suspect vehicle entering Hendry County. Deputies quickly surrounded the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop, closing down both eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic on U.S. 27 for approximately thirty (30) minutes.

The stop resulted in the arrest of five (5) violent felons. HCSO Detectives with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office recovered three (3) firearms, Mac 10 handgun, a 40 cal. handgun, and a 9mm handgun along with a stolen cell phone from inside the vehicle.

The following five individuals were taken into custody and transported to the Hendry County Jail.

Three on the individuals - Darquan Dewhawn Balkcom, 19 yrs of age, of Clewiston, Florida, Javon Ja’tavious Jones, of Clewiston, Florida, 19 yrs of age and Jacobie Jones of Pahokee, Florida, 19 yrs of age, were all arrested on charges of Robbery with a Firearm, Attempted Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Firing Missile into a Conveyance, and Use or Display of a Firearm during a Felony and are being held with no bond.

Jacorris Javoris Foreman, of Pahokee, Florida, 16 yrs of age, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Palm Beach County on charges of Robbery with a Firearm and Aggravated Battery. Foreman was transported to DJJ.

Jajuan Hakeem Brown of Pahokee, Florida, 20 yrs of age, arrested on Outstanding Warrant from Palm Beach County for Robbery with a Firearm and Aggravated Battery, also being held with No Bond.

9th Hendry Resident Positive For COVID-19

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry county now has nine people testing positive for Coronavirus, 4 men and 5 women, ages from 28 to 70. The latest two patients diagnosed Sunday, are females aged 40 and 58, both from Clewiston.

Three Hendry residents are now hospitalized. Now, 1 in 4,572 people in Hendry county have the virus. But only 135 persons have been tested so far in Hendry county.

In Glades county only 16 tests have been performed, finding 4 positive. Based on it's population 1 in 3,402 people in Glades have the virus as of today's testing results.

A local TV stations reported today that the Glades county Sheriff is contemplating a curfew in Glades from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Quarantine Violation Arrests Subject To No Bond

LaBelle, Fla. – On Friday, April 3, 2020, the 20th Judicial Circuit issued a memo in response to COVID19.

The memo states that, “Any person arrested for violating any rule under Fla. Stat. 381.0035, any isolation, or quarantine, or any requirement adopted by the DOH shall be held in custody with a NO BOND HOLD pending First Appearance.”

In the event you are mandated to be quarantined and violate that order, you will be subject to the above mentioned direction.

It is critical to the health and safety of the community that all individuals strongly adhere to any and all guidance provided by the Governor’s Executive Orders.

To view the memo in its entirety, please see the following link:

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Only 111 Coronavirus Tests In Hendry, 13 In Glades

Today, the Florida Department of Health said the state’s most recent milestone in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 is the testing of more than 100,000 Floridians. Florida is now the state with the second-highest number of tested individuals, New York testing more individuals, being the epicenter now of the world's largest outbreak of COVID-19.

But, only 111 tests have been given in Hendry county with a population of 41,000, 99 tests in Okeechobee county, and only 13 in Glades county.

The Department has coordinated the establishment and continuing operations of eight state-supported COVID-19 testing sites, located in Florida’s largest communities in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa, and Jacksonville:

The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami
South Dade Government Center in Miami-Dade County
Marlins Stadium in Miami
The Orange County Convention Center
TIAA Bank Field Lot J in Jacksonville
CB Smith Park in Broward County
The FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in Palm Beach County
Raymond James Stadium in Tampa

These eight sites have conducted more than 24,000 tests.

Top Ten States for COVID-19 Testing
New York: 283,621
Florida: 102,108
California: 94,800
Washington: 82,599
New Jersey: 75,356
Pennsylvania: 70,030
Texas: 63,751
Massachusetts: 62,962
Louisiana: 58,498
Illinois: 48,048