Monday, January 22, 2018

How To Avoid Marijuana Scams

In light of recent news regarding the disbarment of a lawyer involved in medical marijuana scams, the Florida Department of Health is reminding Florida residents to use caution to avoid falling victim to medical marijuana scams. In this case, individuals were offering "official legal certifications” for marijuana use to patients as well as "grow signs” allegedly permitting patients to grow their own marijuana.
Below are tips to help protect you from scams involving medical marijuana.
  • Only approved medical marijuana treatment centers are authorized in Florida to dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients and legal representatives. Patients are not allowed to grow marijuana in Florida.
  • Only qualified physicians are permitted to certify patients for medical marijuana us. Qualified physicians can be searched here
  • The Office of Medical Marijuana Use, through its contracted vendor Veritec, is the only entity issuing legal identification cards for medical marijuana in Florida. No other entity is authorized to process applications. Do not provide personal health or credit card information to any entity advertising the ability to obtain medical marijuana cards.     
To file a complaint against a licensed health care professional, visit the Florida Health Care Complaint Portal here.
To report scams to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services call 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352).
To report fraud to the Attorney General's office call 1-866-966-7226.

Ortona Locks To Be Closed For Maintenance

Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is notifying the public, marinas, commercial and recreational vessels traveling the Okeechobee Waterway that Ortona Lock will be closed for maintenance 4 through 16 June 2018. 

This will be the first lock closure along the Okeechobee Waterway in 6 years; maintenance is necessary to repair aging and damaged infrastructure in addition to improving public and vessel safety. 

Repairs will require the lock chamber to be dewatered for crews to perform inspections, replace gate seals and repair Manatee Protection system components. During the closure, barges, floating cranes and divers will be working in the lock entrance, requiring vessel operators in the area to use minimal speed and caution for safety.

Public comments and concerns related to this closure will be accepted until 31 March 2018 and can be mailed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 525 Ridgelawn Rd., Clewiston, FL 33440 Attn: Gary Hipkins or can be emailed to Gary.L.Hipkins@usace.army.mil (please add "Public Comment on Ortona Lock Closure 2018" in subject line).

Saturday, January 20, 2018

World Class Barbershop Of LaBelle

World Class Barbershop Of LaBelle

World Class Barbershop Of LaBelle, owned by Hugo Vargas, invites area residents and visitors to visit the barber shop located at 216 South Main Street in LaBelle to start out 2018 with an expert trim or haircut.

Among services Hugo and his barbers offer are regular & scissor cuts, flat tops, shaves, and hair styling for all ages.  

World Class Barbershop is open Tuesday through Friday from 8:45 am until 5 pm and Saturday from 7 am until 2 pm. 

Phone: (863) 674-1775

World Class Barbershop is a sponsor of Southwest Florida Online.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Wayne Gibson At LaBelle Kiwanis Meeting


The LaBelle Kiwanis January 16th meeting at 5:30 pm had a distinguished speaker, Wayne Gibson.

Wayne presented an interactive Program: "The Super Recruiter Concept”. Wayne Gibson joined the South Burlington Kiwanis Club in 1973. He later switched to the Burlington Club and was president for two years and was awarded for getting the club back to 25 members. 

Wayne moved back to the South Burlington Club and was elected Lt.Gov for the western side of Vermont. He later became president of the South Burlington club. He is now a Florida resident and became an associate member of the Ft Myers Beach Club.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Obituaries

Howard Wayne Wolfe, age 66, of LaBelle, passed away January 16, 2018 in LaBelle. He was born Feb. 27, 1951 in South Bend, IN, to the late Douglas and Helen (Bell) Wolfe.

Survivors include his wife: Cathy (Holt) Wolfe, 3 daughters: Donna Wolfe, Sheila Rossi, and Sabrina Robertson, Son: Shane O'Brein, 6 (with 1 on the way) Grandchildren

Memorial Service is pending.

Felix Vazquez, age 74, of Clewiston, passed away January 14, 2018 in Clewiston. He was born July 10, 1943 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. He was a landscaper for years.

Survivors include Close Friends, Jose A. (Debbie) Hernandez of Clewiston, FL/ Services will be held Friday, January 19, 2018, 10AM with Miguel Santana officiating. Interment will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston.

Irena Mae Daniels passed away January 13, 2018 in LaBelle, Florida. She was born October 4, 1931 in Nokomis, Florida to the late Irena and Charles Gomez, an old Florida family.

Survivors are her husband of 70 years, James Hampton Daniels, daughters Betty Sue Moreno (Pete), Kathy Gail Daniels and daughter-in-law Linda Daniels, ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren

Irena is best remembered as a devoted wife and grandmother. She was an equal partner in her husband's ministry for the Church of God. Together they served the Lord to bring comfort and support to their parishioners. She was the church musician, playing both the piano and organ. In addition, she taught Bible study classes and performed many other duties. Her family remembers her as a selfless mother and wife who loved and cared for them.

She is preceded in death by sons: Don Alan and Rex Earl Daniels, also sisters: Gwen Lippincott and Aliene Benson, brothers: Charles, Frank, TW; and TM Gomez.

Visitation was 10:00 AM to 11:00 at the Alva Church of God, Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Funeral services followed at 11:00 AM with Reverend Dennis Edgar officiating. Interment at the Alva Cemetery.

Kenneth L Hunter, age 30, of LaBelle, passed away January 12, 2018 in LaBelle. He was born Oct. 3, 1987 in Ft. Myers, to Kenneth L and Diane (Puente) Hunter.

Survivors include Parents Kenneth L and Diane (Puente) Hunter, Sister: Maddison Hunter, Fiancee, Jessica Sanford.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 11:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Mitchell Wills officiating. Interment in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle.

Visitation was Tuesday from 9 to 11 AM at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.

Old Time Radio Show At LaBelle Theatre

Suspense and Laughter with the Old Time Radio Show
LABELLE, FL. -- The Firehouse Goldies will perform four classic Golden Age Radio programs. First, they will put you in "Suspense" with "That Thing in the Window". Then they will keep you laughing as only "My Friend Irma" can. 

After intermission "The Mysterious Traveler" will have you guessing why there is "No One on the Line". 

Lastly, back by popular demand, Liz Cooper and Iris Atterbury will have you in stitches with their Easter antics in "My Favorite Husband"! 

Get your tickets now for this incredible show. The Firehouse Community Theatre is located in beautiful down town LaBelle at 241 North Bridge St, LaBelle. This show runs February 9th through the 11th and is produced and directed by Deborra Higgins Soja

Carrie Ayvar At Museum February 14

LABELLE, FL. -- The answer to who Dr. Anna Darrow was can be learned from noted story teller Carrie-Sue Ayvar at LaBelle Heritage Museum's Wednesday, February 14, free program at LaBelle's Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center, 1085 Pratt Boulevard

Carrie-Sue appears throughout Florida in her inimical Chautauqua-style programs where she becomes the subject of her presentation, making that person come alive again at least for the duration of the program. She will become Dr. Anna Darrow (1876 - 1959), only the second female doctor to be licensed to practice medicine in Florida over 100 years ago. 

Listen to Doc Anna, Swamp Doc of Florida as she relates how she braved not only the Everglades that once were but also the haunts of some of Florida's gangs -- possibly even the notorious John Ashley gang -- in her quest to bring medical help to all who needed it.

This free program is made possible by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council enabling smaller communities to present note speakers like Carrie-Sue Ayvar they might not have been able to schedule. 

The Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center does have a seating capacity determined by the State Fire Marshall; so, the museum strongly recommends everyone planning to attend this FREE program to go to www.labelleheritagemuseum.org to get free general admission tickets to insure seats will be available in the event of a "sell out" crowd. 

An advance ticket not only guarantees a seat in case of a capacity crowd but is also an entry for the door prize.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Not Too Late For Flu Vaccine Says Health Department

Both in Florida and throughout the U.S., flu activity is on the rise. In Florida, data shows more influenza activity across all age groups this year than detected in the last two flu seasons. Cases of the flu are particularly increasing in the northern portions of the state, including the Panhandle. 
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that based on their data, this might be the peak of this year's flu season. CDC recommends that people who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications and get flu symptoms should be treated with antiviral drugs as soon as possible.

It is not too late to get your flu vaccine. There are still weeks of flu activity to come. Flu vaccines can vary in effectiveness from season to season but they continue to be the best way to prevent influenza infection and serious influenza complications. To locate a flu shot near you, contact your physician, your local county health department, or use the Florida Department of Health's flu shot locator: www.floridahealth.gov/findaflushot

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people get injectable flu shots. Nasal spray vaccine is not recommended for this flu season because of concerns about its effectiveness.

It is also essential to practice good hygiene by properly and frequently washing your hands to help prevent the spread of seasonal flu. Make it a habit to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces in your home, school or office. You can take additional steps to ward off the flu by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and avoiding touching your face.

Each week during flu season DOH publishes the Florida Flu Review that provides a comprehensive update on the status of influenza and influenza-like illness in the state. The most recent is available here.

Visit FluFreeFlorida.com for more information on how you can be a part of #FluFreeFlorida.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Trail Program And Hike This Month

Appalachian Trail Program and Supermoon Hike
LABELLE, FL. -- Adults, Youth and Families are invited to attend the Fisheating Creek Florida Trail Association meeting and program by Stephen Nisbet Jr. on “Appalachian Trail Gear” Thursday January 25 and “Supermoon Hike” at Ft Center WMA on Wednesday January 31.

Stephen Nisbet Jr. will present his informative program at 7 pm Thursday January 25 at the Carlson United Methodist Church Annex (House behind church facing Riverview Drive) 310 Campbell Street LaBelle, FL 33935

Enjoy a “Supermoon Hike” (5miles) on Wednesday January 31 at Ft. Center WMA. Carpool from Barron Park in LaBelle at 4pm or meet at Fisheating Creek Fort Center Wildlife Management Area located at 3019 Banana Grove Rd, Moore Haven, FL 33471 at 5pm

Directions: US 27 in Moore Haven, follow SR 78 east to Lakeport. Look for the turnoff for Banana Grove Road on the north side of the road, between two branches of Fisheating Creek. There is a sign at the entrance “Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area.” Follow the unpaved road for about a mile to reach the trailhead parking area on the left. 

Bring dinner, water, flashlights, bug spray, and snacks contact Deanna Filkins at 863-234-8181 (cell/text) or dkfilkins@aol.com Margaret England mlelighthouse863@gmail.com or 863-517-0202(cell/text) Like us on Facebook: Fisheating Creek Florida Trail Association.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Long Term Recovery Group Meets Jan. 26

Hurricane Irma has left some members of our communities with unmet needs; those are needs that will not be met by insurance or government assistance.

FEMA estimates unmet needs in Glades County at approximately $400,000 and $960,000 in Hendry County and those figures do not include households who did not register with FEMA. Unmet needs can include housing, repairs, household goods, and other necessary items.

With the assistance of the FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaison there has been several meetings held between Hendry and the Glades County citizens, business owners, representatives from faith based organizations and volunteers where the formation of a Long Term Recovery Group, currently known as the Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition (UNC), has been established. The Chairman (Luis Napoles), Vice Chair (Normand Charest), Secretary (Yvette Wingate) and Treasurer (Margaret England) have volunteered to lead in getting this group started. Our organization will be affiliated with the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee counties through a 501(c)(3).

There are also volunteers and various groups such as the Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Mennonites, the Salvation Army, the United Way and local businesses who want to help rebuild after disaster with funds, supplies and volunteers. The UNC provides the organizational framework they will need to accomplish these tasks.

We need volunteers to assist in our mission. Volunteers need not have any special education or special skills. Nevertheless we welcome all volunteers as the task we are facing will require many hands. We are inviting local citizens who are interested in helping those in our community who are less fortunate and who still have unmet needs, to attend one or more of our organizational meetings. This does not imply obligation. Our next organizational meeting will be Friday, January 26, 2018 at 1 pm at the Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church at 310 Campbell Street, Labelle.

Those persons who wish to fill out a referral form to receive services for unmet needs as a as a result of hurricane Irma may do so at the above scheduled meeting.

John Hollingsworth Injured In US27 Crash

CLEWISTON, FL. -- According the the Florida Highway Patrol, John Hollingsworth 77 of Moore Haven was seriously injured in a crash Friday at 4:53 p.m. west of Clewstion.

Hollingsworth was westbound on US-27 near County Road 720, west of Clewiston driving a 1998 Dodge Durango in the inside lane as Luis Antonio Nazario, 39 of Orlando driving a Volvo truck with trailer, was eastbound on US-27 in the outside lane.

The Dodge traveled southwest into the median and Hollingsworth lost control. The Dodge crossed the grass median and entered the eastbound lanes of US-27. The left front of the Dodge struck the left
side of the truck, rupturing it's left fuel tank. The Dodge was propelled back into the median and
overturned onto its roof. The truck rotated counterclockwise and came to rest in the eastbound lanes
of US-27.

Hollingsworth was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, The crash is under investigation.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Obituaries - Norma Kentish, Kenneth Collier

Kenneth David Collier, age 70, of Moore Haven, passed away January 8, 2018 in Moore Haven.

He was born Aug. 21, 1947 in Moore Haven, FL, to the late Ira and Sarah Belle (Williams) Collier. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a jet mechanic. He worked as an automotive/small engine mechanic after the service.

Survivors include:

His mother Sarah Belle (Williams) Collier, a brother: Thomas Campbell Collier and two sisters: Irene Darlene Hunter and Dianne Conley,

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday January 20, 2018 at 2 PM at the First Baptist Church Moore Haven, FL with Pastor Sherill Tillery officiating. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Norma Leonie Kentish, age 88, of West Palm Beach, passed away January 6, 2018 in Port St. Lucie.She was born Sep. 11, 1929 in Kingston, Jamaica to the late Horatio Seville Jackson and the late Ethel Berlicia (Harper) Jackson

Survivors include her step son: David Harris, brother: George S. Jackson, sisters: Beth Stween, Madge M. Tinglin, Barbara Wilkins and Faye C. Jackson, one grandchild, one Great-Grandchild and many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Lloyd Marlowe Kentish and son: Lloyd Marlowe Kentish, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 14, 2018, 10:00 am at Episcopal Church Of The Good Shepherd, 1098 Collingswood Pkwy, LaBelle with Rev. Alan H. Kelmereit and Rev. Panel Guerrier officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 30 Minutes Prior to the service at the church.

Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

A Walk Across Florida - The Mystery Note

Excerpts From A Walk Across Florida by Bob Kranich

I was on Conch Key. I went down from the road to the shore and sat under a large mangrove to draw and look around. This mangrove was more like a small tree. As I was observing my surroundings, I saw it, washing back-and-forth and rolling around in the sand with the movement of the waves, a glass milk bottle. 

There was something strange about this milk bottle. 

It had a cork in the top, and inside I could see some kind of folded paper. I picked it up and popped the cork. In it was a yellow piece of notebook paper folded three times to allow it to fit into the bottle. 

I had found a distress note. 

Some folks obviously were visiting someone in Marathon and desired to have some fun. They stated that they were stranded on Conch Key and needed help.

One never knows just what one will find around the next corner. I would like to have found the person they said to notify. I was sure that he would really have had a laugh over it.

Here is the note:

HELP
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
WE ARE STRANED ON AN
ISLAND OF WHICH WE THINK
IS CONCH KEY. WE CANNOT, BY
ALL OBVIOUS METHODS, DETERMINE HOW
LONG WE HAVE BEEN HERE AND OF
COURSE CAN NOT KNOW WHEN WE
MAY BE DEPARTING. YOUR HELP
IS SINCERELY REQUESTED. IF THIS
NOTE IS POSSIBLLY FOUND PLEASE
NOTIFY MR. ROY_______ OF CORAL
KEY VILLAGE R. #1 BOX_____ MARATHON,
FLA. OF OUR DISTRESS. SHOULD ANY
EXPENSE BE INCURRED OR OTHER
WISE INFERRED PLEASE BILL JOE____
OF AN ADDRESS UNKNOWN
AT THIS TIME. WE RESPECTIFULLY
REQUEST YOUR INDULGENCE.
            THE  DISTRESSED

About the Author: After getting out of the Army Bob Kranich backpacked from the Georgia border to Key West in a 40 day adventure walk across Florida. His recently published book A Walk Across Florida is available from his website or Amazon.com

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Crash At Traffic Signal On SR80

John Hollingworth, 77 of LaBelle, in a 2007 Ford Escape was westbound on State Road 80 (Hickpochee Avenue), in the outside lane. Nicholas Allen Todd, 33 of Hendry countySheriff's Department was traveling northbound on Bridge Street in a 2016 Ford Taurus with it's lights and sirens activated at 2:27 p.m. Tuesday

Several westbound vehicles in both the inside and (left) turn lane obstructed the view of
westbound motorists. Hollingworth then observed a solid green indication coming from the traffic
device (signal) and proceeded west into the intersection.

As a result, the right front of the Taurus collided with the left front of the Escape at the intersection. Upon impact with the Escape, the Taurus was propelled in a counterclockwise direction and came to rest at the intersection.

The Escape came to rest partially in the westbound (outside) lane of State Road 80 and southbound lane of State Road 29. There were no injuries and no charges filed.

Clifton Brown Dies After Crash

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Clifton Brown, 76 of Clewiston was traveling east on Georgia Ave west of 12th St. at 5:15 p.m. Monday in a 1993 Lincoln Towncar.  It is believed he had suffered a medical condition behind the wheel.

Subsequently the car ran off the roadway to the left. The left front of collided with the canal and the vehicle came to final rest facing east in the canal on the north shoulder of Georgia Ave west of 12th St.

The driver was transported to Hendry Regional were he was later pronounced deceased.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Nicole Black Killed By Unknown Cadillac Driver

LABELLE, FL. -- A 2010 Cadillac Escalade SUV was traveling west on State Road 80 (West Hickpoochee Avenue) at Hendry Street in the inside lane at 8:08 P.M. Saturday as Nicole Lynn Black, 25 of LaBelle was standing on the State Road 80 continuous left turn lane waiting to cross State Road 80.

She crossed State Road 80 traveling north and entered into the path of the SUV. The unknown driver swerved to the left and the front right corner of the vehicle collided with Black.

The driver continued west in and fled the scene. Black came to final rest blocking the State Road 80 westbound outside lane. A suspect vehicle was later located and subsequently impounded for further investigation.

The crash remains under investigation. If you have information regarding this incident please contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 1800-780-TIPS or contact Corporal Sutherland at 239-344-1730.

Friday, January 05, 2018

William Harris Promoted To FHP Troop Commander

Today, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Director, Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, appointed Captain William Harris as the new Troop Commander for Troop J. The Troop J Commander oversees commercial vehicle enforcement (CVE) operations for Florida’s southern region encompassing 32 counties within Troops D, E, F, G, K and L.

Major Harris holds a Bachelor’s Degree from North Central College in Illinois. He is active in his community with the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brother and Big Sister programs of Lee County, as well as coaching at various park districts throughout Lee County.

“Major Harris has demonstrated that he is ready for the next step in his career and brings a wealth of knowledge to the troop,” said Colonel Spaulding. “I have full confidence in his abilities to lead the CVE troopers and promote A Safer Florida.”

Major Harris is a 17-year veteran of law enforcement with the Florida Highway Patrol, and has most recently served as the District Commander within Troop J Office of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. Major Harris began his career with the state of Florida in 1998 with the Department of Juvenile Justice, where he served as a Detention Care Specialist and a Juvenile Probation Officer prior to entering the Florida Highway Patrol Academy in February of 2001. 

Major Harris graduated from the 99th recruit class and was first assigned to the Arcadia district as a Trooper.  In March of 2004, he later transferred to the Fort Myers district. In 2010, he promoted to the rank of Sergeant assigned to the Troop F Naples district. In 2012, he promoted to the rank of Lieutenant assigned to the Troop J Office of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement in the Fort Myers district. In 2014, he promoted to the rank of Captain also assigned to the Troop J Office of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Fort Myers district.

Scam Money Returns By Federal Trade Commission

Time is running out to obtain partial refunds for people who lost money through online and phone scams in the last 13 years and used Western Union to send the funds to the scammers. The amount of refund will depend on how many people apply and verification of the claim. The Federal Trade Commission says.

"If you lost money to a scammer who had you pay using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, you can now file a claim to get your money back. To submit your claim, start with one of these two options from the Federal Trade Commission:

I got a pre-filled claim form.

I didn't get a claim form.



You must submit a claim by February 12, 2018."
(The links above are only graphics and do not go to the website)
To file your claim go to this web link for the Federal Trade Commission website for refund applications; Western Union Refund Application

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Obituaries - Willadine Spence, Barbara Whiddon

Willadine "Willie" Spence, age 64, of LaBelle, suddenly passed away January 2, 2018 in Clewiston.
Willie was born in Chipley, Florida on July 17, 1953 to Earnest and Bernadine Lewis Searcy. She met and married Gary Spence, they were married 32 years. She was employed by the Hendry County School Board for 35 years. She attended Collingswood Community Fellowship Church. She was a loving and caring daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend who will be greatly missed.
Willie leaves behind her loving husband of 32 years; Gary of LaBelle, her mother; Deanie Searcy, daughters; Jennifer Spence, Christa Spence and Kelle Spence, grandchildren; Troy Coker, Mahailey Ferrazas, Joy Hinson, Gage Meadows, Ruby Rodriguez, sister; Cricket Marcinkowski, two nieces, eight great nieces and nephews and many extended family members.
Celebration of Willie's life will be held Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church with a visitation starting at 1:00 p.m.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
Barbara Ann Whiddon was born in Fort Pierce, Florida, on March 4, 1937, to Elsie and Bedey (Haney) Scott as the second of three daughters. In 1956, she married Stuart K. Whiddon, Sr., of Fort Pierce and together they had four children, Stuart, Moody, Elaina, and Tracy.
Barbara loved gardening, church, and her family, spending her time in her yard, at church, and with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Barbara Ann Whiddon  passed away on December 31, 2017, surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by Stuart K. Whiddon, Sr., and Wendy Lane Whiddon and is survived by her four children, Stuart K. Whiddon, Jr., Moody K. Whiddon, Elaina M. Giffin, and Tracy L. Nobles, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Fort Denaud Cemetery with Pastor Jorge Rodriguez officiating.

U.S. Attorneys Directed To Enforce Marijuana Laws

The Department of Justice today issued a memo on federal marijuana enforcement policy announcing a return to the rule of law and the rescission of previous guidance documents. Since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in 1970, Congress has generally prohibited the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana.

In the memorandum, Attorney General Jeff Sessions directs all U.S. Attorneys to enforce the laws enacted by Congress and to follow well-established principles when pursuing prosecutions related to marijuana activities. This return to the rule of law is also a return of trust and local control to federal prosecutors who know where and how to deploy Justice Department resources most effectively to reduce violent crime, stem the tide of the drug crisis, and dismantle criminal gangs.

"It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States, and the previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law and the ability of our local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "Therefore, today's memo on federal marijuana enforcement simply directs all U.S. Attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country."

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Bicyclist Jose Vanegaz Dies In Crash

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Jose Fortan Vanegaz, 59 of Clewiston was westbound on the eastbound side of US-27 (SR-25) and was attempting to cross to the westbound side of US-27 at North San Jose St at 11:23 P.M December 30 on a bicycle.

The bicycle was equipped with a forward facing and rear facing reflectors, but no lights. Tatiana Krystel Soto, 31 of Miami was westbound on US-27 (SR-25) in the outside lane in a 2012 Chevy Malibu.

The bicyclist rode in front of the car and as a result, the front of the car collide with the right side of the bicycle.

Mr. Vanegaz was pronounced deceased at the crash scene. The FHP says the crash is under investigation.


Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Zunida Diaz Dies After New Year's Day Crash

Zunida L. Ruiz Diaz, 53 of Clewiston was traveling south on Flaghole Rd., north of Kilpatrick Rd. in mid-Hendry county at 2:57 p.m. Monday in a 2001 Chevy Aveo  when for reasons unknown, he failed to maintain control.

The vechicle traveled off the roadway onto the west grass shoulder. and traveled over a grass berm and entered a water filled canal. The driver was extricated fro the canal and transported to Hendry Regional Medical Center where he later expired at the hospital.