Friday, October 24, 2014

Changes Coming To Gas Stations - Strong Arm Suspect Caught

What's Happening In Clewiston This Week

CLEWISTON, FL. --  Changes may be coming to two gas stations in Clewiston, Community Development Director Reese says he has  received calls regarding changes to two local gas stations. 

The Valero station, located at 101 North Berner Road has discussed changing to Mobil and the Hess station, located at 433 East Sugarland Hwy. may be changing to Speedway. 

Director Reese says the department is waiting for their site plans and sign application paperwork to arrive.

Four of the Clewiston Planning & Zoning members have been reappointed by the City Commission for two more years: Lewell Hughes, Haitham Kaki, Donnie Hughes, and Vic McCorvey. Michael Atkinson is the fifth member.

Police Chief Don Gutshall reports on Monday evening, a strong armed robbery occurred shortly after the victim left the Clewiston Utilities Building. As he crossed the street, another man approached him from behind and physically and forcefully removed money from an elderly man’s pockets. 

Police Department K-9 was deployed and was quickly able to track and arrest the suspect, Javier
Crespo, who was identified by the victim.

Chief Gutshall says the department will have a couple of extra officers out Saturday evening to monitor activity and keep an eye on parked vehicles around the City park for Fall Festival held this weekend. Extra officers were scheduled to be out patrolling during the overnight scheduled power
outage this week.
Following is a summary of the week’s police activities:
1228 Commercial / Residential Security Checks
604 Complaints Investigated
12 Arrests Made
21 Traffic Citations Issued
29 Traffic Warnings Issued
4 City Ordinance Violations
7 Shopping Carts Removed
36 Improperly Placed Signs Removed/Moved
66 Merchant EscortsFYI – October 24, 2014 Page 3
11 Alarms Responded To
3 Traffic Accidents Investigated

In other city news, October being Fire Safety Month, the Clewiston Fire Marshal has been busy promoting fire prevention at the local elementary schools. Eastside and Westside have had their “community helper” day. There are also scheduled tours of the firehouse for preschool kids and the fire department has been reaching out to home school mothers so those kids can be educated on fire safety as well.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Obituaries - Pfluge, Crews, Carter

Eric Jon Pfluge, age 47, of LaBelle, Florida, passed away October 23, 2014 in Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres, Florida. 

He was born Nov. 24, 1966 in Canton, OH to Richard Tracy Pfluge, Jr. and Martha Jane (Mercier) Pfluge. Eric graduated from Jackson Memorial High School in Massillon, OH in 1985 and attended Akron University for 2 1/ 2 years before moving to Florida. Eric had his own maintenance business along with being a Real Estate Agent.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Ruth and Andrew Mercier of North Canton, OH and paternal grandparents: Richard and Dorothy Pfluge of LaBelle, FL, uncle: Don Barber of LaBelle and aunt & uncle: Tim and Jean Mercier of N. Canton, OH and uncle: Arden Mercier of Huntington, IN.
Eric is survived by his mother & father: Rich (Trace) Pfluge and Martha (Marti) Mercier Pfluge of LaBelle, brother: Richard (Rick) Pfluge of North Canton, OH and niece: Rebeka Pfluge and nephew: Ryan Floom of Canton. He is also survived by aunt: Margaret Barber of LaBelle, aunt & uncle: Jan & John Cain of Nashville, TN, many, many other aunts, uncles, cousins throughout the U.S.
A private memorial will take place at a later date in Ohio.

Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Clarence "Ezra" Crews, 85, of Immokalee, died Wednesday October 22 at his home. Born July 2, 1929, he was the son of the late Carl Thomas Crews and Edith Minnick Crews.  Mr. Crews was owner and operator of Crews Salvage in Immokalee. 

He is survived by his wife Teresa Mendoza Crews, sons Johnny Domingo Crews and his fiancé Beth Hunter and Clarence Ezra Crews Jr and his fiancé Vicky Ramos, and five grandchildren Shiana Crews, Christian Crews, Johnny Domingo 'John Boy' Crews, Tommy Lee Crews and Cody Jay Crews.
Visitation will be held at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle Thursday night from 6pm-8pm. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Friday October 24, 2014 at Immokalee First Seminole Baptist Church. Military graveside rites and burial will follow at Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens, Immokalee.

Margaret Ann Carter, age 72, of Clewiston, passed away December 20, 2014 in Clewiston
She was born Nov. 9, 1941 in Jacksonville, FL, to the late Ottis and the late Ruth (Rich) Pedrick. She was a lifelong resident of Clewiston.

Survivors include her husband: Clyde R. Carter, children, Kelly (Gregory) Glisson of Aiken, SC, Clyde Richard (Rosa) Carter, Jr. of Cape Coral and Tally (James Jr.) Wright of Conway, SC; grandchildren: Douglas Glisson, Sarah Johnson, Caelan Carter, Case Carter; Connor Carter, Meaghan Wright; Evelyn Ann Wright; James Wright, III and Bertha Mae Wright and great-grandchildren: Shawn Liam Moreland, Morgan Daniels, Gavin Sanders, Mikiali Johnson, Bradley Johnson, Jr, and Bearic Johnson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 27, 2014, 2:00 p.m. in Faith Lutheran Church, Clewiston with Rev. Alan Cook officiating. A graveside committal will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clewiston. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday evening October 26, 2014 in Akin-Davis Funeral Home.  Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Free Living Will And Health Care Surrogate Presentations

LABELLE, FL.-- Have you made plans for a Health Care Surrogate? Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc will be giving free presentations in LaBelle and Moore Haven for seniors aged 60 and above.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, November 5 at Hope Connections, 475 East Cowboy Way in LaBelle and Wednesday, November 19 at Hope Connections, 101 Florida Ave. NW in Moore Haven

Afterwards the presentation any senior can meet one-on-one with an advocate to create and execute a living will and designation of a health care surrogate.

Marijuana: Yes Or No - Voters Will Decide

LABELLE, FL. -- In less than two weeks, voters will decide whether medical marijuana will be sold in Florida. The much discussed topic has supporter smoking mad on both sides.

Meanwhile other issues on the ballot are taking a back seat, with the possible exception of the Governor's race between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott, with attack ads flying over the airwaves at a steady pace.

The League of Women Voters has published an excellent guide for voters with information on all the issues including the three constitutional amendments, water and land conservation, medical marijuana, and judicial appointments: candidates for Governor Crist and Scott; Attorney General Pam Bondi and George Sheldon;  Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and William Rankin; and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and Thaddeus Hamilton.

Read non-partisan facts on all the issues and candidates at the League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund