Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Obituaries - Stempler, Claro, Barrios, Rivas, Lowe. Ragan

Dorothy Jean Stempler, age 96 of Clewiston, Florida passed away on January18, 2022.

Dorothy was born on June 4, 1924 in Linesville, PA to Elton and Gertrude Dikeman Partch. 

She married Jack Stempler; he preceded her in death in 2005. Dorothy loved to travel, she traveled to every country in the world, she loved to go on cruises, was a member of the LaBelle Moose Lodge, enjoyed playing bridge, a long time member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in LaBelle.

Dorothy will be missed by her son David Stempler (Kevin Perez) of Hauppauge, New York, her grandson; Jason Stempler.

Cremation arrangements are being handled by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Ismael T Claro Jr. 77, of Clewiston passed away January 16, 2022 at home.

He was born in the Phillipines to the late Ismael T Claro Sr and Paulina (Tarona) Claro.

He worked in Agriculture.
He is survived by 5 sons: Angelo, Ismael, Moses, Jesus, and Joseph Claro
a daughter: Paulina Oaks
2 sisters: Yolanda and Mila Claro
19 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Friday January 21, 2022 from 5 to 7 PM at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home 438 E. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston.

Carmen Barrios, age 78 of LaBelle, Florida passed away at with her daughter and her grandchildren around her.

Carmen was born in Cuba on June 18, 1943 to Manuel and Juana Amorez Benitez. She was married to Lazaro E. Barrios. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister who will be missed by her entire family and friends.

Carmen leaves behind her loving husband; Lazaro E. Barrios, daughters; Illilian San Marty, Julia Barrios, her son; Lazaro Barrios, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, along with her brother; Fidel Benitez and sister Maria Del Carmen Benitez.

Cremation arrangements are by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Maria Aurora Rivas, age 96, of Lutz, Florida passed away on January 15, 2022 in Tampa Lakes Health and Rehabilitation.

Maria was born in Santi Spiriti, Cuba on October 19, 1925 to the late Julio J. and Maria Josefia Del Aguilera De Valdivia. She married Jose L. Rivas, Sr; he preceded her in death.

Maria leaves behind her children; Jose L. Rivas, Jr, Jorge L. Rivas, Julio Rivas, Maria Ingelmo Carmen Rivas, Ann Smith, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren, sister; Silvia De Valdivia Nuzell.

Maria will be cremated and her cremains will be placed in Fort Denaud Cemetery.

Cremation and burial are being handled by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Carolyn Ann Lowe, age 77 of Palmdale, Florida passed away on January 14, 2022 in Rivera Beach.Florida.

Carolyn was born on November 11, 1944 in Miami, Florida to Joseph F. and Mary Elizabeth Pickington Moore. She worked as a waitress for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister who will be dearly missed by everyone who loved and cared for her.

Carolyn leaves behind her Children, grandchildren and brother.

Cremation arrangements are by the Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

William H Ragan 82, of LaBelle passed away January 11, 2022 in Clewiston.

He was born in Ft. Myers, FL to the late Roland and Clara (Wilson) Ragan.
He Owned and Operated Dixie Door & Windows, and Bills Custom Glass & Mirror.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.

He was predeceased by his son: William H "Bo Hunk" Ragan Jr, a brother: Ronald , and a sister: Barbara.

He is survived by his wife: Tammy
sons: Ethan, and Frankie
daughters: Mary Milam and Alice Marie
brother: James Earl
sisters: Ruby (Jim) , Wanda, and Patricia (Randy)
3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild

The family will receive friends on Monday January 24, 2022 from 5 to 6 PM. Funeral Service will be at 6 PM at the Akin-Davis Funeral Funeral Home 560 E. Hickpochee Ave. LaBelle.

COVID Testing Saturday At LaBelle Health Department

LABELLE, FL. -- The Health Department in LaBelle (1140 Pratt Blvd, LABELLE) will host the mobile testing unit to provide free COVID-19 testing on Saturday, January 22nd and Saturday, January 29th For Hendry and Glades residents; no appointment; drive-thru testing.

PCR tests only; no rapid tests available at these testing events.

The PCR test may take up to 72 hours or more for results.

StatLab provides the results. 1-844-469-5227

NOTE: The Health Departments will not have access to your testing results.

Saturday, January 22nd -9:00 am to Noon
Saturday, January 29th -9:00 am to Noon

Photo: Health Department aerial by Don Browne

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Motorcyclist Dead After Crash On SR 80

 LABELLE, FL. --  At 2:48 p.m. Tuesday a 79 year old man from Pembroke Pines, Fl. died in a motorcycle crash on SR80 and Everhigh Acres Rd. in Hendry County. He was not wearing a helmet.

From the FHP crash report: 

Vehicle 1 (motorcycle) was traveling east on State Road 80. Driver 1 failed to negotiate a curve to the right, traveled off the road and collided with a guardrail. 

Driver 1 became separated from Vehicle 1 and came to rest in the median. Driver 1 was pronounced deceased on scene.

Hendry Sheriff's Department Arrests 13 Last Week

HCSO Arrests for January 10 to January 16, 2022

Rafael Alfredo Montejo Luna, 57 of Florida City, was arrested on January 10, 2022 by Deputy Eldridge Outstanding Warrant on Charges of Homicide.

Matthew Andrew McIntyre, 37 of LaBelle, was arrested on January 11, 2022 by Sgt. Olvera for Probation Violation.

Thomas Tommy Garza, 22 of LaBelle, was arrested on January 11, 2022 by Deputy Rodriguez for Probation Violation.

A 15 year old black male from LaBelle was arrested on January 11, 2022 by Sgt. Hernandez for Probation Violation.

Araceli Castro, 27 of LaBelle, was arrested on January 12, 2022 by the HCSO Narcotics Unit for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute Within 1,000 feet of a Specified Area, Use of a Communication Device to Facilitate a Felony, Possession of Marijuana over 20 Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Christina V Velasquez-Loarca, 22 of LaBelle, was arrested on January 13, 2022 by Deputy Coronilla for DUI.

Kodie Shane Richardson, 25 of Muse, was arrested on January 13, 2022 by Cpl Hull for Flee with Disregard of Safety to Persons or property, Possession of Meth with Intent to Sell, Possession of Drug Equipment, Reckless Driving and Vehicle Theft.

Thomas Bert Wilson, 21 of LaBelle, was arrested on January 15, 2022 by Cpl Bustamante for Armed Robbery, Kidnapping and Burglary.

Guarionex Nieves Mercado Nieves, 40 of Clewiston, was arrested on January 15, 2022 by Deputy Ramirez-Reyna for Possession of Controlled Substance Without Prescription and Driving with Suspended/Revoked License.

Maurice Lorenzo Brown, 49 of Fort Myers, was arrested on January 15, 2022 by Cpl Bustamante for Probation Violation.

Tracie Matilda Rivera, 37 of Clewiston, was arrested on January 16, 2022 by Deputy Zavala for Aggravated Battery.

Maria D Rico, 36 of LaBelle, was arrested on January 16, 2022 by Deputy Afonso for two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription.

Marcus Lazar Hardy, 27 of West Palm Beach, was arrested on January 16 by Sgt Scelfo for Trespassing and Carrying Concealed Weapon without permit.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Rafael Montejo-Luna Accused Of Killing Wife


CLEWISTON, FL. -- A Clewiston man accused of killing his wife was taken into custody by US Customs on December 16, 2021, on the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office arrest warrant as he returned to the United States from Cuba. 

 Rafael Montejo-Luna, 57, was turned over to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office on January 10, 2022.

The Warrant for the arrest of Montejo-Luna was first issued on November 3, 2021 after Montejo-Luna failed to meet with law enforcement, after agreeing to do so. Deputies wanted to speak with Montejo Luna regarding the death of his estranged wife, 57 year old Aleyda Garcia of Montura Ranch Estates, Clewiston, Florida.

On April 24, 2021, Hendry County Deputies responded to the home of Aleyda Garcia in Montura, after receiving a call from her son who had reported he was unable to reach his mother and requested a deputy go by the home to check on her. Deputies were unable to make contact with Aleyda, so they made entry into the residence. It was then they found Garcia deceased.

It was learned by detectives through investigation that the Luna’s were in the process of a divorce. Montejo-Luna had moved from the residence to the Miami area. 

Hendry County Deputies had responded to the Luna home on several occasions regarding arguments between the two. After the death of Montejo-Luna’s estranged wife, Detectives made several attempts to meet with Rafael, which met with negative results.

Currently Montejo-Luna is being held in the Hendry County Jail on $500,000 bond.