Friday, July 31, 2015

Tim Wilder Files Suit After Firing For Sexual Harassment

Former Dothan, Al. School Superintendent Sues After Sexual Harassment Allegations

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Timothy Wilder is suing former employer, the city of Dothan, Alabama school district after he was fired as school superintendent after a complaint by another school employee for alleged sexual harassment.

Timothy Wilder is on Glades County Schools Moore Haven Junior-Senior High School page as the school principal,

Wilder was terminated November 14 in a unanimous vote by the school board after the Dothan school board's attorney presented what was described as inappropriate text messages from Wilder to various recipients.

The school system's former public relations director and grant writer Torrie Ethridge reportedly testified that she resigned from her job because of harassment by Wilder, and said he related a graphic description of a dream of a sexual encounter in a gas station bathroom he allegedly had about her.

Wilder says he was terminated on a "mere allegation" and said the board did not due a full investigation, not giving him a reasonable opportunity to be heard.

Wilder had been on the Dothan City School board in the 1990s previous to his position as Superintendent of Schools. He was Superintendent of Schools for Gulf County, Fl in 2004-2010, following his father who was also Superintendent of Schools. His wife was employed by the Dothan school system as a teacher.

Glades county, Fl. Superintendent of Schools, Scott Bass is a 1994 graduate of Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dale Thompson Dies After Crash

Dale K. Thompson, 51 of LaBelle, Fl. died as a result of a crash Thursday at 5:43 a.m. in Port LaBelle on Eucalyptus Blvd.

A 2007 Toyota Cruiser was traveling southbound on SE Eucalyptus Boulevard as Thompson failed to negotiate a right curve. The vehicle then crossed the centerline of the roadway and entered the northbound lane of SE Eucalyptus Boulevard, then departed the roadway. 

The front of the vehicle then began to yaw to the right, then struck the guardrail on the south grassy shoulder. As a result, Thompson lost control as the vehicle continued southwest across a concrete culvert surface. Thompson was then ejected as the vehicle overturned on the south grassy shoulder (west of the canal).

The vehicle came to final rest overturned on it's right side facing northeast. Whether alcohol was a factor is pending investigation said the FHP.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Seniors Get Help In Rural Counties

LABELLE, FL. -- More than 200 Hendry and Glades seniors are receiving boxes of nutritious food each month after enrolling in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program coordinated by Hope Connections, the state-appointed Lead Agency for Aging Services in Hendry and Glades Counties, and their community partners, Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida and United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties.

Through the program, seniors will receive a box of canned fruits and vegetables, juice, dry beans, rice, peanut butter, cereal and other food from the U.S. Department of Agriculture at monthly distributions at the partner agencies including Hope Connections Centers in Moorehaven and Clewiston, the United Way House in LaBelle, and Harlem Garden Apartments in Clewiston.

“The Hope Connections program serves as a safety net for those who need our help,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “Partnerships with other organizations, as well as donations, help Hope Connections meet the increasing community need and address senior hunger in Hendry and Glades counties.

Hope Connections, a program of Hope HealthCare Services that provides at-home senior support, provides more than 25,000 meals each year to underprivileged seniors in Hendry and Glades counties through home delivery and social meal centers. The program also offers services such as transportation to pharmacies and grocery stores as well travel to and from the Connections Centers. Light housekeeping and counseling is also provided. 

The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. Over 1 million pounds of food are distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank monthly. For each $1 donated, the food bank can distribute $6 worth of food and groceries. Last fiscal year, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 18.4 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at $31.1 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 15.3 million meals to people in need.

For more information about supporting Hope Connections, call 239-482-4673. Individuals or groups interested in volunteering to help at the monthly distribution points can call863-675-1576 for more information.

Photo: Volunteers Reygen Livingood and Jada Jenkins load foods boxes destined for seniors

Planned Parenthood Investigated For Baby Body Part Selling Allegations?

Governor Rick Scott announced today that he has asked the Agency for Health Care Administration to immediately begin investigating the 16 Planned Parenthood offices in Florida that perform abortion procedures to ensure they are in full compliance with the law.

Governor Rick Scott said, “The videos coming out about Planned Parenthood are deeply troubling to say the least. It is against the law for any organization to sell body parts. I asked AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek to begin immediately dispatching staff from their licensure office to evaluate the 16 Planned Parenthood offices in Florida that perform abortion procedures to ensure they are in full compliance with the law. 

"If a Planned Parenthood office is not following the law, we will move quickly to take legal and regulatory action against them. We hold our healthcare organizations in Florida to the highest standards of safety and we expect them to fully comply with the law at all times.”

'Home' Business Plans $300 Million Fuel Facility Investment Says Governor

Will This Distribution Project Ever Get Off The Ground?

LABELLE, FL, -- Florida Governor Rick Scott announced this week that a company named Florida Fuel Connection will establish a petroleum product logistics and distribution facility in Hendry County, near the city of LaBelle.

The Hendry County and other proposed South Florida facilities will receive and distribute petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel according to the company and Scott.

A quick search for the history of the CEO and the company turned up some interesting facts that may lead to some uncertainty.

According to Florida Secretary of State corporate records Florida Fuel Connection LLC is owned by Armbrust Aviation Group, Inc. of Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. which is in turn owned by John and Pauline Armbrust.  The couple also owned Aviation Fuel Associates, Inc. until it went out of business in 2007. 

The Armbrust's operate the company out of their home at 8340 Steeplechase Drive in Palm Beach County.

John H. Armbrust, CEO of Florida Fuel Connections LLC, last year changed his mind about investing in a Fort Pierce fuels distribution facility and said he was not going to St. Lucie County because of government officials’ reluctance to dredge the port to make it deeper. He then turned his attention towards pitching officials at the Port of Jacksonville.

Florida Fuel Connections on it webpage says it is supported by "strategic infrastructure partners - CSX Corporation TRansportation and South Central Florida Express, Inc." 

South Central Florida Express is a short line railroad operated by U.S. Sugar and has Clewiston officers including Malcom Wade, Kenneth McDuffie, and Elaine Wood.

Louisiana state officials and Armbrust also this week claims Florida Fuel Connection LLC will make a $75 million capital investment to build a petroleum terminal and rail transportation facility in East Feliciana Parish, near the Mississippi River. That project is said to create 50 new jobs at an average annual salary of $70,000.

Governor Scott said about the LaBelle proposed project, “We are excited to announce that Florida Fuel Connection has chosen Hendry County as the best place to launch their business and create new jobs. Over the past four years, we have worked hard to create a pro-business environment that encourages growth and innovation so companies like Florida Fuel Connection can succeed. We will keep working to make Florida the number one state in the nation for businesses to grow and create jobs for our families.”

Scott said the project will create nearly 300 construction jobs over a 14 month period and 50 full-time jobs, with a capital investment of more than $300 million. FFC projects to add a second facility in South Florida in 2017.

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“Florida’s rail infrastructure, unique location and pro-business climate made it a strong candidate for this project,” said John H. Armbrust, CEO of Florida Fuel Connection. “We used a comprehensive process to determine the most efficient, cost effective, safe and reliable infrastructure system to meet the expectations of Florida’s petroleum product suppliers and end-users. The Hendry and South Florida locations provide us with the necessary resources to build these logistics facilities, and will allow us to meet customer fuel demands more efficiently and safely than ever before.”

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Obituaries - Marisa Groff, Rebecca Dupree

Marisa L Groff, age 55, of Alva, passed away July 24, 2015 in Alva. She was born Aug. 15, 1959 in Westchester, PA, to the late David and Marie Demaris (Bromall) Letter.

Marisa leaves behind her loving children: Nicole Deriso, Casey Groff and his wife Brittany, Wyatt Groff, granddaughter; Reagan Deriso, brother and sisters; Eric Letter, Diana Golden and her husband Wayne and Demaris Moore and her husband Larry.

Marisa was a loving mother, grandmother, sister who will be greatly missed by her entire family and close friends.

Celebration of Marisa's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Crossroads Baptist Church, with Dale Fiegland officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Fort Myers and another visitation, Thursday one hour before the service at church.

Rebecca Kathaleen Dupree, age 33, of Clewiston, passed away July 21, 2015 in Clewiston.

She was born Jan. 17, 1982 in Pahokee, FL, to Larry and Kay (Fields) Cardin. Kathaleen was a loving daughter, mother, sister, aunt and friend, who will be loved and missed greatly by all who knew and loved her. She had a huge heart that cared more for other people than herself. She always worried about everyone else before she worried about her own life.

Survivors include one son: Thomas Brandon Dupree, parents: Larry and Kay (Fields) Cardin, Companion: Paul Rodriguez, two brothers: Larry Cardin (Jennifer and Hunter), Jeremy Cardin and two sisters: Vickie Colson (Wayne) of Lehigh Acres, FL, Teresa Carr (Jim), Companion, Paul Rodriguez; five nieces; one nephew; three great nieces, seven great nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Clewiston Gospel Ministries, in Flaghole with Rev. Jim Yates officiating.

Cremation arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Toni-Ann Innerarity Dead In Crash Friday Morning

NAPLES, FL. -- Toni-Ann D. Innerarity, 19 of Naples is dead after an early Friday morning crash in Collier County.

A 2011 Nissan Versa was traveling south on Everglades Boulevard at 3:06 a.m. when for unknown reason, it crossed over the center lane divider and partially entered the northbound lane. Innerarity steered right causing the vehicle to begin to rotate clockwise while traveling onto the west shoulder.

Approximately 110 feet southwest of the intersection of 6th Avenue Southeast, it began to overturn onto its left side, causing the upper left side and roof (adjacent to the driver's seat) to collide into a large standing tree.

Innerarity had been unrestrained but became entrapped within the driver's seat. This was a moderate speed crash, said the FHP and it has not yet been determined whether alcoholic beverages or controlled substances contributed.

She was pronounced deceased at the scene. Anybody having information about this crash is asked to call Cpl. Jeff Rongish at 239-344-1730 or call Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Jose Cerillo, Maria Zacharias - $1 Million Heroin Possession Charge

TAMPA, FL. -- United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III has filed a criminal complaint charging Jose Angel Cerillo, 41 of Brownsville, TX. and Maria Zacharias, 59 of Chalmette, LA. with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin with a street value of $1 million.

According to the complaint, Cerillo and Zacharias agreed to possess with the intent to distribute heroin which at the time of their arrests they were in possession the drug which had an estimated street value of one million dollars.

If convicted, they each face a minimum of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tampa Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Perry.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Art Bell Midnight In The Desert Starts Tonight

Art Bell, legendary late night radio broadcaster jump started his latest venture last night at midnight, taking calls from listeners around the world for his Midnight In The Desert radio show.

It's clear Bell, after last nights "test" broadcast, still has lots of loyal fans notwithstanding some glitches hampering last night's show as apparent buffering of the digital internet signal left parts of the show unintelligible for brief periods, causing Bell to terminate the test show early after 2 1/2 hours.

The official start of the broadcast is tonight and fans can hear him week nights from midnight until 3 a.m. (eastern time). Bell broadcasts from his home studio in the high desert of Nevada and is expected to continue talking with guests and callers about paranormal and science topics via internet streaming and some AM, FM, and short wave radio broadcast stations.

Bell departed the popular overnight radio show (which he created and hosted,) Coast To Coast AM in 2003 and ten years later joined satellite broadcaster Sirius XM but quit after six weeks.

The new Art Bell show will be streamed live on the internet through Dark Matter Digital Network with an option for listeners to subscribe monthly. Additionally some AM, FM and shortwave radio stations have signed on to simulcast the live show as well, all agreeing to pay music fees to copyright owners if they air the show and to expect a free-form show with station breaks at Bell's choosing.

A current list of stations airing the overnight Art Bell program live is at


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Brenda Wickenden Dies At 75

Brenda Joyce Morris Wickenden passed away at Hope Hospice House in Lehigh Acres, Florida on July 15, 2015. Born in Walhalla, South Carolina on July 13, 1940, Brenda was the daughter of Frances Reid Morris and the late Bunk Morris. 

Brenda was known to her friends in LaBelle as a woman of strong character and tireless devotion to her family and community. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of LaBelle for which she worked tirelessly in numerous areas of ministry. "Ms. Brenda" rarely missed an opportunity to serve the Lord including volunteering for Vacation Bible School, Judgment House, the annual Pumpkin Patch, working with the ladies of the church planning showers and other social events and rocking babies in the nursery. 

Brenda attended the Carolina School of Commerce where she completed a Private Secretarial Course that she used to serve as the church secretary for 15 years, and continued as a finance volunteer until her death.

Brenda was an active member of the Caloosahatchee Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association for 35 years. She served as a chapter officer, was on the Little Miss LaBelle committee and volunteered at all the chapter's functions including the Swamp Cabbage food booth. She was Woman of the Year more than once, was the Southwest Council's Woman of the Year and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Southwest Council.

Brenda was a member of the Swamp Cabbage Festival committee and was a board member for several years. She also participated in LaBelle's Relay for Life events as a team member and fundraiser.

Brenda enjoyed traveling and felt especially blessed to travel to the Holy Land and walk where Jesus walked. She was especially blessed to reconfirm her faith by baptism.

Brenda loved her family and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. One of her greatest pleasures was spending time with her grandchildren and watching them participate in all of their activities. She was so proud of all of them, and was able to attend Spencer's graduation from Florida State University in May 2015.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 53 years, Michael A. Wickenden, and their two children: Keith (Kit) Wickenden of Naples, Florida and Karen (Kevin) Artone of Centreville, Virginia.; as well as her grandchildren Spencer Wickenden of Jacksonville, Florida, Shea Wickenden of Naples, Florida, and Kyle, Kolby and Kendall Artone of Centreville, Virginia. She is also survived by her brother John (Linda) Morris of Starkville, Mississippi. Brenda was predeceased by her infant son Kirk.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of LaBelle, LaBelle with Rev. Frank Deerey Jr. officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday 1 hour prior to service at First Baptist Church of LaBelle, LaBelle, FL. A graveside service will be held on Saturday July 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Oconee Memorial Park Cemetery in Seneca, SC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: First Baptist Church of LaBelle Building Fund, 330 N. Main St., LaBelle, FL 33935.

Eric Miessau Dead In Crash

FORT MYERS, FL. -- Eric Ocoma Miessau, 21 of West Palm Beach, FL is dead after an early Sunday morning crash in Lee county.

At 2:40 a.m. a 1998 Lexus was northbound on Three Oaks Pkwy in the left lane near Colonial Point when it drifted into the grass median and started to rotate clockwise. The front of vehicle struck a standing tree in the median and the vehicle came to final rest at the point of impact.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Otis Marney Dies At 75

Otis Ray Marney, age 75, of Lake City, passed away July 9, 2015 in Lake City.

He was born June 11, 1940 in Clayton, New Mexico, to Doyle David and Georgia Mae (Sanders) Marney. He served in the United States Army. He worked for many years as a self-employed carpenter.

His survivors include his children; Otis Ray Marney and his wife Resa, Billy Wayne Marney, Adam Doyle Marney, Angel Lamae Kirtland and her husband Michael, and Amanda Juanita McRoy and her husband Jonathan, brothers and sisters; Marvin Marney, Jerry Marney and his wife Carolyn, Alena Thomas and her husband Eddie, Lester Marney, Chester Marney and Delbert Marney, eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents, son, David Eugene Marney and sister Modena Marlene Marney.

Graveside service celebrating his life was held Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Ortona Cemetery at 10:00 a.m.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Three Women Dead In Head-On Crash With Truck

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Diana Elizabeth Gallardo, 26 of Clewiston, Rae Ann Reitz, 56 of Moore Haven and Sonia Ruiz, 15 of Clewiston are dead after a crash Thursday afternoon at 1:50 p.m. in Glades county.

The three deceased women were in a 2003 Chrysler minivan traveling east on SR-78 in the eastbound lane. A 2002 Mack truck driven by Elido Villavicencio Cale, 57 of Lehigh Acres, was traveling west on SR-78 in the westbound lane.

The minivan traveled through standing water when Gallardo lost control and as a result the vehicle began to rotate counterclockwise and entered the westbound lane, into the path of the truck.

Both Vehicles came to final rest on the south shoulder of SR-78 in a water-filled ditch. Truck driver Cale was uninjured.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

LaBelle Bridge Closing Overnights For Repairs

LABELLE, FL. -- The SR 29, LaBelle Drawbridge over the Caloosahatchee River will close nightly for repairs. Motorists should expect lane closures during the nighttime/overnight hours from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, July 19 through Tuesday, July 21. 

Motorists are advised to use caution and expect delays while crews perform maintenance work on the bridge, weather permitting. Flaggers will maintain both directions of traffic.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

William Schosek Dead In Crash

FORT MYERS, FL. -- William Schosek, 84 of North Fort Myers died in a crash Tuesday morning at 10:15 a.m.on Alico Road in Lee County.

Schosek, in a 2001 Ford Escape and Michel Fernandez, 40 of Lehigh Acres in a 1985 semi truck were both traveling east on Alico Road east of Ben Hill Griffin.

Schosek, ahead of the second vehicle, made a "U-turn" into it's path. Fernandez attempted to take evasive action, but the front of her vehicle struck the Ford on the left side.

Schosek was pronounced deceased on the crash scene. Fernandez had no injuries. All lanes of Alico Road were reopened at 3:45 p.m . Charges are pending investigation.

AutoNation 'Fired" By TrueCar

Possible Hidden Auto Sales To Avoid Paying Referral Fees?
TrueCar, Inc.  a negotiation-free car buying and selling auto and truck marketplace, is ending its longstanding partnership with AutoNation Inc., effective at the end of July according to TrueCar.

TrueCar says AutoNation, the nation's largest auto sales dealership is refusing to release car sales information under it's contractual agreement, while AutoNation counters that it doesn't wish to release all of it's sales data to TrueCar.

TrueCar, with agreements with over a third of all auto dealerships in the U.S. promises consumers transparency of auto dealer pricing by tracking what buyers paid through  transaction data from it's more than 10,000 TrueCar Certified Dealers. 

Users of the buying service include USAA, American Express, Consumer Reports, AARP and direct automobile and truck customers. 

TrueCar says it's certified dealers abide by certain core principles including negotiation-free, guaranteed savings off MSRP for all vehicles. in a professional and hassle-free customer experience.

In May, TrueCar formally demanded that AutoNation comply fully with these core principles in order to have continued access to the TrueCar platform. AutoNation chose not to comply and the business relationship between the companies will be terminated effective July 31, said TrueCar.

TrueCar estimates that users of it's service were 7 percent of AutoNation's first quarter 2015 new vehicle sales, up from 6 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Reportedly though AutoNation showed a lesser percentage of referrals through TrueCar, leading some to believe AutoNation may be under reporting actual TrueCar sales thus avoiding a $299 fee owed per new car sale to TrueCar.

AutoNation had 279 active franchise dealers using the TrueCar platform at the end of the first quarter, or 3.1 percent of total active franchise dealers on the TrueCar platform on that date.

"Although we would have preferred that AutoNation abide by our marketplace principles, just like our other Certified Dealer partners, we are prepared for this development," said John Krafcik, TrueCar's president. "We are gratified that more than 10,000 dealers share our view of a better, more transparent car-buying process. Our robust dealer network ensures that in markets where AutoNation competes, other TrueCar Certified Dealers will receive the benefit of even greater engagement with TrueCar customers."

A look at TrueCar's website indicates this week many AutoNation dealerships are no longer appearing on the TrueCar list of certified dealers.

Have any experiences with buying at an AutoNation dealer in the last seven years using TrueCar guaranteed prices? Add your comments below.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Motorcyclist Scott Lord Killed By Passing Truck

CLEWISON. FL. -- A motorcyclist is dead after a 11:20 a.m.Sunday morning crash involving a truck illegally passing on a Hendry county road.

Melvin W. James, 55 of South Bay driving a 1994 Chevy 1500 truck and 2007 Honda VTX1300 motorcycle driven by Scott Ralph Lord, 52 of Deerfield Beach were traveling northbound in the northbound lane of CR 833 (Sam Jones Trail) approaching the intersection with CR 832 (Keri Rd).

The truck was behind the motorcycle said the FHP. On scene witnesses stated there was a group of motorcycles between the truck and the motorcycle. CR 833 has double yellow line separating north and southbound lanes indicating a no passing zone south of the intersection, but the truck entered the no passing zone, traveled into the southbound lanes and improperly passed to the left of the motorcycles.

The truck entered the intersection from the no passing zone at the same time the motorcycle turned left into the intersection. The front of the truck collided with the left rear side of the motorcycle as both vehicles were in the intersection.

The motorcyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of the accident.

James was cited for passing in a no passing zone.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ronald Egley Dies At 77

Ronald Louis Egley, age 77, of Clewiston, passed away July 8, 2015 in Clewiston.

He was born Oct. 4, 1937 in Moore Haven to the late Clyde Raymond Egley and the late Wilma Faye (Pape) Egley. Ronald was a lifelong resident of Clewiston and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. 

He worked for U.S. Sugar for twenty years and ran his own cabinet shop for fourteen years. He was a lifelong member of Community Presbyterian Church of Clewiston and was active for many years in the Kiwanis Club of Clewiston.

Survivors include his wife: Vivian D."Kitty"(Carter) Egley, son: Robert (Mayda) Egley of Clewiston, daughter: Terri Lynn (Tim) Barber of Oldtown, sister: Beverly (Walter) Schmidt of Michigan, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at later date. Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Javier Alvarez And Luis Lozada Dead In I-75 Crash

Javier Alvarez, 39 of Hialeah and Luis Fernando Lozada, 32 of Miami are dead after a crash on I-75 at Mile Marker 76 in Collier county this morning at 6:54 a.m.

Alvarez in a 2015 Hino 195 truck traveled west on Interstate 75 (State Road 93) on the westbound outside lane as Gilberto Santana, 48 of Miami traveled west on Interstate 75 on the westbound outside lane at a slower speed in a 1995 Kenworth truck ahead of Alvarez who failed to recognize and react to Santana's slower speed ahead which caused his vehicle's front to strike the other turck's trailer rear on the westbound outside lane.

The impact attached the truck's front to the trailer's rear. Santana indicated he felt the collision and brought his vehicle to a controlled rest on the north paved shoulder northwest of the occurrence.

Alvarez's truck came to rest faced west on the north paved shoulder with it's front attached to the trailer's rear northwest of the area of collision. The truck/trailer came to rest faced west on the north paved shoulder with Alverez's vehicle attached to the trailer's rear northwest of the area of collision.

The deceased were taken to the Collier County Medical Examiners Office in Naples. The crash is under investigation.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Obituaries - Robert Middleton, Peggy Jones

Robert P Middleton, Jr, age 66, of LaBelle, passed away July 2, 2015 in Lehigh Acres.

Robert was born in Fort Myers, Florida on November 8, 1948 to Robert Patrick and Thelma O'Bannon Middleton. He served his country in the United States Army from 1969-1971. He married Karren Deese; she survives.

Also surviving is his mother, Thelma Orwig, son; R. P. Middleton, sister; Susan Davidson and husband Ed, step-brother; Harry Orwig and wife Betty, sister-in-law; Linda Ruble and her husband Marvin, brother-in-law; W. Ed Deese and his wife Roxie, mother-in-law; Thelma Deese, four grandchildren; Patrick, Laeda, Keyli and Kyler, one nephew Jonathan and two nieces; Jennifer and Bethany, and many cousins and close friends.

Robert was the former Commander of the VFW #10100, was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post #130, Moose Lodge # 2398, LaBelle Masonic Lodge # 379.

Robert was a loving, caring man who enjoyed sponsoring youth activities in LaBelle for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his family

Graveside service celebrating his life will be held at 10 a.m. with Pastor Bill Maddox officiating on Saturday, July 11, 2015 in Fort Denaud Cemetery.

Peggy A. Jones, age 82, of Moore Haven, passed away July 3, 2015 in Moore Haven.

She was born Oct. 23, 1932, in Georgia, to the late Eason and the late Maggie () Durden. She married Sanford Tyler Jones and he preceded in death on March 8, 2008. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Moore Haven.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Survivors include three sons: Michael (Gail) Jones of Moore Haven, Scott P. Jones of Okeechobee, FL, Danny (Kelly) W. Jones of LaBelle, FL and one daughter: Linda J. Louk of Fayetteville, NC. Grandchildren; Jason Jones, Derek Jones, Scott Jones Jr., Carrie Jones, Ashley Doll, Drew Dyess, Jamie Lyn Grauer; great grandchildren, Briann, Ladon, Jayden, Benjamin, Emerson, Lily, Austin, Brady, Leah and Jaxson.

Harry Chapiin And Hope Partner For Seniors

LABELLE, FL. -- Hope Connections, a program of Hope HealthCare Services that provides at-home senior support, is partnering with the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida and United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties to help provide food to seniors in Hendry and Glades.

Residents who are at least 60 and have a household income that meets 130% of federal poverty levels can enroll in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which will provide a monthly box of canned fruits and vegetables, juice, dry beans, rice, peanut butter, cereal and other food from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Hope Connections Senior Centers will serve as sign-up locations for the initial enrollment period. Public open enrollment events are scheduled for the following times at Hope Connections locations:

Monday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at 1200 South W.C. Owens Ave., Clewiston
Monday, July 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 101 Florida Ave. NW, Moore Haven
Wednesday, July 15 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. at 475 East Cowboy Way, LaBelle

The United Way House also will accept applications Monday through Wednesday through July 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 133 North Bridge Street, LaBelle.

"Hope Connections and Harry Chapin Food Bank will serve as a safety net for all who need our help,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “Requests to join our Connections program grow exponentially with each passing year and we depend on key partnerships with other organizations, as well as donations, to meet the increasing need.”

Each year, Hope Connections provides more than 25,000 meals to seniors in Hendry and Glades counties through home delivery and social meal centers. The program also offers services such as transportation to pharmacies and grocery stores as well travel to and from the Connections Centers. Light housekeeping and counseling is also provided. For more information about Hope Connections, call (239) 482-4673.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

4th Of July Starts With Runners In LaBelle

LABELLE, FL. -- On July 4, 2015, the Healthier Hendry Glades Task Force hosted the first Healthier Hendry-Glades 5K-Run/Walk. The first place winner was Pedro Colmenares and his 11-year old son Jose Salgado came in second place. Brian Prowant, Environmental Health Manager for the Florida Department of Health Hendry/Glades came in third place.

The event started and finished at the LYDA Park across the street from the Hendry County Health Department on Pratt Blvd. off Cowboy Way at 7:30 am. There were about 60 participants registered. Winners were recognized by age categories male and female ranging from 10 years old up to folks in their 70's,

All proceeds will be donated to the Zac Reyna Park & Playground and the ACT (Abuse Counseling Treatment Center).

More festivities will be at LaBelle's Barron Park along the Caloosahatchee River beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday with food and games and fireworks at the river at 9 p.m.

Friday, July 03, 2015

My Lady Too - Sailing Up The Caloosahatchee

LABELLE, FL. -- Passing under the LaBelle Bridge this morning, the sailing yacht My Lady Too seen cruising up the Caloosahatchee River.

photo by Don Browne

Thursday, July 02, 2015

William Clement - Serious Injuries In Crash

PALMDALE, FL. -- William F. Clement, Jr. 55 of Palmdale, FL is in serious condition at Lee Memorial Hospital after being hit by a truck at 7 a.m. Thursday morning on US27 at State Road 29 in Glades County.

A Volvo Tractor driven by Robert W. Boule, Jr., 30 of Punta Gorda, FLwas traveling in the northbound left turn lane of U.S. 27, approaching the intersection ofS.R. 29.

Clement was traveling in the southbound left lane of U.S. 27, approaching the intersection of S.R. 29. Both vehicles had a solid green light for the intersection. A 1992 Tractor driven by Arturo Ochoa Almaraz, 49 of Naples, FL was stopped in the northbound lane of S.R. 29 at the red traffic signal for U.S. 27.

Boule turned left at the intersection in front of Clement, who steered to the right to avoid Boule and then entered the southbound right lane of U.S. 27 and then entered the painted divided section on the northwest side of the intersection.

Boule entered the southbound lane of S.R. 29. Clement's front struck the right side wheels of Boule's and the right front side of his trailer. Boule's vehicle rotated clockwise and its left side wheels then struck the left side of V03's wheels and the left front side of Almaraz's trailer. Boule continued to travel forward and caused Clement's vehicle to rotate clockwise in the divided section.

The other two drivers had no injuries. Boule was charged with Fail to Yield to Oncoming Traffic while making a left turn.