Thursday, December 30, 2021

Firehouse Theatre Presents "2-Across"

LABELLE, FL. -- The Firehouse Community Theatre is pleased to present "2-Across", a witty comedy with a little bit of romance!

Two strangers, board a San Francisco BART train at 4:30 a.m. They're alone in the car, and both are doing the New York Times crossword. She's an organized and sensible psychologist. He's a free-spirited and unemployed ad executive. She is a crossword pro, and he always quits.

Two opposites in an enclosed space, attacking each other's values but also being swayed and intrigued by them. They each have serious life problems that they try to help solve for each other.

Enjoy their funny bantering as well as the unpredictable and unexpected surprises as they commute into a new chapter of their lives!

Call 863-675-3066 to get tickets! Leave a message and someone WILL call you back!

Support our actors and community theatre; please get your tickets now for this witty and romantic comedy!!

The show runs January 7th, 8th and 9th and January 14th, 15th and 16th. (The Friday and Saturday evening show starts at 7pm and the Sunday show starts at 2pm.)

The Firehouse Community Theatre Inc is located in beautiful downtown LaBelle at 241 N. Bridge Street.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Obituaries - Juventino Ramirez, Aged 78; David Lopez, Aged 36

Juventino Ramirez, age 78, of LaBelle, passed away December 28, 2021 in Fort Myers. He was born Jan. 25, 1943 in Mexico, to the late Jose Ramirez and Sixta Garcia

Survivors include his wife: Josefina Ruiz Medrano
five sons: Antonio, Uvaldo, Jose, Francisco and Javier
four daughters: Irma, Veronica, Juana and Berta,
sister: Berta
many grandchildren

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.

David Michael Lopez 36, of Moore Haven passed away Sunday December 19, 2021. He was born in Boynton Beach to Ernesto Ruiz Lopez and the late Tina Marie Stumbo.

He worked as a Cowboy.
He is survived by his father: Ernesto (Rachel) Ruiz Lopez
brothers: Daniel Stumbo and Andrew Lopez
sister: Alicia Lopez

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday December 30, 2021 at 10 AM at Bull Pit Ministries 1095 Bonneville St.,. Fort Denaud, FL.

Seminole Tribe Wildlife Program At Audubon January 10

Seminole Tribe of Florida – Wildlife Monitoring Program, Climate Risk and Resilience

LABELLE, FL. -- You are invited to a Zoom meeting hosted by Hendry-Glades Audubon

When: Jan 10, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting. To request registration link, please contact stephenbuczynski@gmail.com or Margaret England 863-517-0202 or hgaudubon@gmail.com

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Storms with increasing severity and frequency are threatening us the world over. Hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires, sea level rise, flooding, increasing temperatures and more are impacting people and wildlife. What is anyone doing about it? Join Hendry-Glades Audubon for our January program featuring a presentation by the Seminole Tribe of Florida's Climate Resiliency Officer and Environmental Science Manager as we learn more about the Tribe's efforts to determine their risk due to climate change and mitigate its effects to protect the Tribes human and natural assets."

Jill Horwitz, the Tribe’s Climate Resiliency Officer, will summarize major regional climate change threats and the Tribe’s current efforts to assess risk and develop programs that build greater overall resilience. Karli Eckel, the Tribe’s Environmental Science Manager, will provide an overview of the Tribe’s Northern Crested Caracara, Bald Eagle, and Migratory Bird annual monitoring plan and efforts. The data collected directly supports the Tribal Council’s directive towards natural resource management on the reservations, through the guidance of the Seminole Tribe of Florida Wildlife Conservation Plan (WCP). The Wildlife Program, in addition to many other Tribal programs, is exploring ways to incorporate additional monitoring through the perspective of climate change.

Monday, December 27, 2021

25 Arrests In Hendry County Last Week

LABELLE, FL. -- Arrests by the Hendry County Sheriff's Office last week:

A 17 year old Hispanic male from LaBelle, was arrested on December 18, 2021 by Sergeant Echevarria for Probation Violation.

Ruben Perez, 24 of LaBelle, was arrested on December 19, 2021 for Possession of Cocaine by Deputy Afonso.

Alberto Tapia, 26 of Moore Haven, was arrested on December 20, 2021 by Corporal Lopez for Failure to Appear.

Luis David Lugo Cruz, 39 of Lehigh Acres, was arrested on December 20, 2021 by Deputy Champagne for Hit and Run and Driving With Suspended Revoked License.

Gilberto Guzman, 41 of Clewiston, was arrested on December 21, 2021 by Corporal Drew for Possession of Cocaine, DUI and Driving While License Expired.

Froebel Baldemar Morales Lopez, 25 of LaBelle, was arrested on December 21, 2021 for a DUI and Driving Without a License by Deputy Champagne.

Courvisey Glover, 21 of Ft Lauderdale, was arrested n December 22, 2021 for Failure to Appear by Corporal Hull.

Anthony Lovosity Pass, 59 of Clewiston, was arrested on December 22, 2021 for Failure to Appear by Corporal Drew.

Marcus Lynell Thompson, 32 from Moore Haven, was arrested on December 22, 2021 by Lieutenant Rowan for Accessory After the Fact – First Degree Murder and Accessory After the Fact – Arson.

Carlos Alberto Lopez Masaya 49 of LaBelle, was arrested on December 22, 2021 by Deputy Even Vasquez for Driving While License Suspended Habitual Offender.

Jah’iree Lamond Wilson, 20 of Clewiston, was arrested on December 22, 2021 by Sergeant Olvera for Neglect of a Child with Great Bodily Harm, Firing Weapon in Public or on Residential Property, Homicide and Missile into Dwelling, Vehicle, Building or Aircraft.

Curtis James Davis, 36 of Belle Glade, was arrested on December 22, 2021 by Sergeant Olvera for Failure to Appear.

Isabelita Rodriguez, 42 of Immokalee, was arrested on December 22, 2021 by Sergeant Echevarria for Probation Violation.

Larry D Ware, 43 of Ft Lauderdale, was arrested on December 22, 2021 by Deputy Hull for Failure to Appear and an Out of County Warrant.

Dominic Deangelo Nealy, 28 of Sebring, was arrested on December 23, 2021 by Sergeant Olvera for Failure to Appear and Probation Violation .

Danielle Ashley Pent, 26 of LaBelle, was arrested on December 24, 2021 by Corporal Lopez for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Equipment Possession.

A 17 year old white male from LaBelle, was arrested on December 24, 2021 by Deputy Rosado for Grand Theft $750 less than $5K.

Luis Angel Garcia, 19 from LaBelle, was arrested on December 25, 2021 by Deputy Rosado, for two counts of Battery on Officer, Firefighter, EMT, ETC.

Wilmer Anibal Salvador Cruz Palma, 36 of Pompano Beach, was arrested on December 25, 2021 by Deputy George for a DUI, Driving While License Canceled and Child Abuse.

Bheesham Kalicharan, 60 year old homeless male, was arrested on December 25, 2021 by Deputy Earl for an Out of State Warrant.

A 16 year old black male from Clewiston, was arrested on December 25, 2021 by Deputy Gulliford-Green for Probation Violation and Aggravated Assault.

Amrik Singh, 32 of LaBelle, was arrested on December 25, 2021 by Deputy Ramirez-Reyna for DUI and Hit and Run.

Emette Julius Miles, 60 of Clewiston, was arrested on December 26, 2021 by Sergeant Reed for Cruelty to Animals and Possession of Marijuana.

Oscar Y Morales, 37 of Miami, was arrested on December 26, 2021 by Deputy Coronilla for DUI.

Nayadi Vargas, 20 of Clewiston, was arrested on December 26, 2021 by Corporal Movalli for Possession of Marijuana over 20 Grams, Possession of Paraphernalia to Transport Drugs and Drug Equipment Possession and or use.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Florida Keys' Watercolor Kapers - The Sponge Adventure




Florida Keys’ Watercolor Kapers
by Bob Kranich

The Sponge Adventure, (Part 10, Excerpt 41)

This is a story titled, The Sponge Adventure. Captain Bob and his two mates, Dave and Amos fish the Gulf out of Key West in Bob’s sea-going Trawler, Sea Breeze. Captain Bob and Dave are on Dave’s skipjack sail boat out amongst the islands around the Keys. This will wrap up this tale, but not without some excitement first.

The Sponge Adventure

“We hit a submerged piling with our sailboat and jammed the rudder. We need to borrow some tools,” Bob asked.

“Wow! Are those gold doubloons?” David asked. “A real treasure!”

All they got was silence and stares.

“What’s going on?”

David and Bob turned around. The fourth guy was behind them.

Vince, these guys need some tools. They jammed their rudder on that sailboat,” One of the three guys sitting down answered.

“Listen, you two. I need for you to sit down there near that tree. We don’t have time to visit,” Vince commanded.

David said, “We’ve got to get our boat repaired, and get on for home.”

“Oh, you’ve got plenty of time,” he said as he pulled his unbuttoned shirt open to expose a shoulder holster packing a .38 revolver.

“Yes sir,” Bob said, “Come on, David, let’s sit.”

“What should we do with them, Vince? They’ve already seen too much,” one of the three said.

“Here’s what…You two get this stuff bagged up and in the run-about. Joe and I are going to take care of these two guys.”

“Gonna plug them, Vince?” Joe asked.

“Na, we’ll tie them to a couple of trees in the forest back there.

“Tie ‘em real good! We’ll let the snakes and the gators take care of ‘em. When they're found, it will only be bones.”

“You two guys turn around, on your knees. Hands behind. Joe, tie their hands real good. There’s some rope in the shack,” Vince was issuing orders. “On your feet, guys. Now march straight back towards those pines.”

Vince had his gun out of the holster and in his hand, waving it about.

“Now don’t run or try any funny stuff or I will have to use this.”

“No sir,” Bob said.

“Just shut up and walk! There are two good trees. They’re out sight of the water and the shack.”

“You want to gag them, Vince?” Joe asked.

“No, no one ever comes to this all forsaken island. Ok guys, say hello to the snakes and gators for me,” Vince smirked.

David and Bob heard the runabout start up and go out to the cruiser. A few minutes later the cruiser’s big engines burst into action, and the boat headed out into the channel full blast.

“They went towards the Atlantic,” David said.

“Hey David, this is sure an interesting sponging adventure.” Bob said as he chuckled, “That guy sure can tie a knot, I don’t have any slack back there.”

“What do you think was going on Bob?” David asked.

“Well it sure has something to do with those gold doubloons. Must have found them on someone else’s property and are trying to keep the state from confiscating them or avoiding taxes. Who knows?”

“What’s that?” David asked. “Listen.”

“I don’t hear anything,” Bob answered.

“There it is,” David whispered. “I hope it’s not the gators!”

“I hear it!” Bob said, “Let’s be quiet.”

Then a small brown face with a white nose looked out of some brush at them.

“What’s that?” Bob exclaimed very softly.

“It’s a Key deer.” David whispered, “I’ve never seen one close up.”

“It looks too small. It’s full grown and is only three feet high!” Bob said.

The small deer came out of the bushes and started to graze on some grass in the small clearing.

“Suddenly the deer’s ears and tail stood straight up. Then with tail twitching…it leaped across the small clearing with a bound, jumped over a bush and was gone, leaving only the sound of cracking twigs in the far distance.

“Now, what scared him? I didn’t hear anything,” David both asked and stated.

Then just as fast as the deer disappeared, a guy appeared in the same bush the deer first entered from. This guy was dressed all in green camouflage fatigues, had his face blackened, and was carrying an M1 carbine.

Bob and David were surprised speechless. The guy looked at them, crouched down and looked through the brush towards the beach. Then, a second guy came in from the same direction. He was dressed the same as the first, and was carrying a large army backpack and M1.

Bob and Dave remained stunned.

The second guy kneeled down, looked at them and then looked back the way he had come in, “Lieutenant! Come take a look at this!” he stated and shook his head in amazement.

A third guy appeared. He had a side arm, a forty five, no rifle, and was also dressed in camouflage.

“What are you guys doing here?” the lieutenant asked.

The second guy kneeled down, looked at them and then looked back the way he had come in, “Lieutenant! Come take a look at this!” he stated and shook his head in amazement.

A third guy appeared. He had a side arm, a forty five, no rifle, and was also dressed in camouflage.


“I guess we could ask the same. Are you friend or foe? Will you cut us loose?” Bob asked.

“Sarge, cut them loose. I’m going to check on the point.”

The second guy whipped out a bayonet from the scabbard on his belt, and swish...swish, the two guy’s ropes were cut.

Bob and Dave stood there, both rubbing their hands and arms. “Thank the Lord! You guys are like a miracle!” David exclaimed.

The Lieutenant and the point man came back. “Just a sailboat and skiff out there,” the point said.

The Lieutenant questioned, “Ok guys, what happened?”

“Well, our boat hit a submerged piling and jammed the rudder. We came in to ask four guys who had a big cruiser anchored out there if we could borrow any tools. They were sitting by the house. They had a pile of gold doubloons, and I guess they didn’t like what we saw...they tied us up and left.”

“There is a rumor about a treasure being found last year. They must have hid it here,” the sarge said.

“We heard the cruiser when it first came in and decided to investigate. We took our time and just got here,” The lieutenant explained.

“What are you guys doing?” Bob asked.

The three military guys looked at each other, not saying a thing.

The lieutenant finally said, “Guys I’m going to trust you. We’re training, possibly for Cuba. Please forget all of this, you didn’t see us.”

“We will,” Bob and David said in unison.

Just then they heard the deep sound of a diesel engine. “That’s our trawler! I know its sound…It must be Amos,” Bob exclaimed.

Bob and David scrambled over to the bushes to look out.

“It sure is our boat,” David responded.

They both looked back to thank the three military guys, but they weren’t there. It was just like they never were.

They ran down to the beach. The small motor-driven boat from their trawler was heading in from the Sea Breeze. Bob’s wife was standing waving, David’s dad was sitting, and Amos was driving. They pulled right up onto the beach.

“What’s happening, guys?” the three in the boat asked.

“You will never believe us!” David and Bob both answered. 

The End

From the Author:

My second full-length book , Florida Keys’ Watercolor Kapers is composed of 336 pages. There are 12 stories running from 6 pages to as many as 72 pages. It is fully illustrated with 88 watercolors and sketches. The watercolors I made roaming around Key West after I finished my 750 mile hike from Georgia to Key West. (See book or Don Browne’s SouthWest Florida Online News records, A Walk Across Florida.) As you read these stories you will experience Key West, the Keys, and the Caribbean. These stories span the time of the early 1800’s to 1969. bkranich.wixsite.com/bobkranich

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Obituaries - Jerry McRoy, Age 82; Gregory McLean Age 57

Jerry Samuel McRoy, age 82, of Moore Haven, passed away December 19, 2021 in Lake Placid.

He was born Oct. 18, 1939 in Washington, NC, to the late Jim and the late Sudie (Hodges) McRoy. Jerry married Corrine Waldron and she preceded him in death on December 8, 2021. Jerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother who will be dearly missed by his entire family and friends.

Jerry leaves behind his loving children; Alicia Woodley and her husband Jerry of Lehigh Acres, Florida, Jonathan McRoy and his wife Amanda of Moore Haven, Florida, Shannon McRoy of Perry, Florida, five grandchildren and many extended family members and close friends.

Jerry was preceded in death also by his twelve brothers and sisters.

Celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. December 28, 2021 at the Pavilion of Ortona Cemetery where Rev. Danny Williams and Rev. John Waldron will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the service also at the Pavilion. He will be laid to rest next to his loving wife in Ortona Cemetery.

Celebration arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Gregory Floyd McLean, age 57 passed away after a courageous battle with his family around him on December 17, 2021 at his parent's home.

Gregory was born in Jamaica to the union of Cleveland and Kathleen McKenzie McLean on December 29, 1963. He graduated from DeVry University with a Bachelor Degree in Newtwork Engineering. Gregory enjoyed traveling, riding his motorcycle, listening to Jazz music, cooking, loved his SAAB automobile and anything that dealt with SAAB. He was affiliated with the 1st Church of God in LaBelle. He will be dearly missed by his entire family and friends.

Gregory leaves behind his loving parents; Cleveland and Kathleen McLean of LaBelle, Florida, his brothers; Derek McLean of Varico, Florida and Clayton McLean of Delware along with many extended family and friends.

Celebration of Gregory's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Janaury 15, 2022 at the 1st Church of God Church in Labelle, Florida where a visitaiton will start at 11:00 am. Cremation rites will completed after the celebration of life service.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Three Lake Okeecobee Locks Closed In January

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Three boat locks maintained by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will be temporarily closed in January to allow for routine maintenance and safety inspections.

* The *S-310 Boat Lock* on the south shore of Lake Okeechobee at Clewiston will be temporarily closed on Jan. 3-6, 2022.
* The *S-65E Boat Lock* on the Kissimmee River will be temporarily closed on Jan. 5-6, 2022.
* The *Taylor Creek S-193 Boat Lock* on Lake Okeechobee's north shore will be temporarily closed on Jan. 24-25, 2022.

Other boat locks maintained by the SFWMD will remain open during these days. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also manages lock structures in South Florida. Anglers and boaters can access Lake Okeechobee and the rim canal from several access points around the lake. Visit FWC's Boat Ramp Finder [ Blockedhttps://atoll.floridamarine.org/dle_gis/javascript/boat_ramp_status/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery ] to find one near you.

*Did you know?* You can receive SFWMD Navigation Notices via text message. Use this link to sign up with your phone number [ https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLSFWMD/subscriber/new?topic_id=FLSFWMD_9 ] to subscribe.

Go to SFWMD.gov/Recreation [ https://www.sfwmd.gov/community-residents/recreation?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery ] get the latest information on navigation through SFWMD structures and waterways, and visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' website [ https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Navigation-Locks/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery ] to learn more about the structures they manage in South Florida.

Marcus Thompson Accused In Bolman Slater Murder

Marcus Lynell Thompson Arrested In 'Bee Love' Homicide

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- In the morning hours of December 22, 2021, Investigators with the Hendry County Sheriff's Office executed an arrest warrant on 35 year old Marcus Lynell Thompson, of 516 Gamble Street, Moore Haven, Fl 33472.

Thompson was arrested on charges of: 1st Degree Homicide - Accessory After the fact and Arson - Accessory After the Fact.
Photo: Bee Love, Marcus Thompson 

The Henry County Sheriff's office held a press conference Wednesday, with 13 family members of the deceased present, saying, "Today is a good day for the family of Bolman “Bee Love" Slater and the community. Major Crimes Detectives have worked hand in hand with our local State Attorney's Office and together they have approved and issued an arrest warrant for the suspect in this horrendous crime.

"This homicide investigation is still very much active. Detectives continue to follow up on leads and are sifting through all evidence received through executed search warrants."

"I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Bolman Slater family, here with us today. Today marks two years and three months since the brutal and inhumane homicide of Bolman Slater, AKA: “Bee Love” of Pahokee Florida," said Sheriff Steve Whidden.

On Wednesday September 4, 2019 at approximately 2:19 in the morning, Deputies with the Hendry County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a vehicle fire located on Virginia Avenue and 13th Street in the Harlem area of Clewiston. It was determined after the fire was extinguished that a person had perished inside the burned vehicle.

The Major Crimes Unit was notified, and detectives responded. During the course of their investigation the vehicle and driver were identified and notification was made to the family.

Detectives worked nonstop around the clock obtaining information and collecting any possible evidence for future prosecution.

Early in the investigation, detectives established persons of interest. Detectives also understand the importance of proving a subject's guilt and equally the importance of clearing a person of interest if that person is innocent.

Detectives reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for assistance, early in this investigation, to request manpower and the use of FBI labs.

To date, Detectives have interviewed several hundred people and written and executed fifty-six (56) search warrants.

The department said, "Today, this homicide investigation is still very much active. Detectives continue to conduct follow up on leads and sifting through all evidence received through executed search warrants."

Marcus Lynell Thompson (DOB: 09/09/1986) of Moore Haven Florida was arrested Wednesday morning without incident at Gate A of U.S. Sugar in Clewiston and charged with:

1st Degree Homicide - Accessory After the Fact
Arson - Accessory After the Fact

An accessory-after-the-fact is someone who assists 1) someone who has committed a crime, 2) after the person has committed the crime, 3) with knowledge that the person committed the crime, and 4) with the intent to help the person avoid arrest or punishment.

Thompson has a long court history in Glades County going back to 2011 with a guilty verdict of criminal mischief and burglary; in 2012 guilty of false 911 calls; in 2014, 2019 and 2021 driving without a license.

"The Hendry County Sheriff's Office and its Major Crimes detectives have worked diligently and long hours to obtain justice for the family of Bolman “Bee Love” Slater," said the Sheriff's Department in it's news release.

The Sheriff said he is unable to provide any of the specifics of this case because it is still an active investigation.

Clewiston Man Guilty In Sexual Battery Case

LaBelle (December 22, 2021) – Rafael Gonzalez Santiago, 41, of Clewiston, was found guilty of Sexual Battery, Burglary with Assault or Battery, False Imprisonment, and Robbery, following a trial in Hendry County. This was a non-jury trial at the request of the defense counsel.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene of a home invasion on June 13, 2019. The defendant cut the power to a home in Clewiston then entered the residence. He then robbed and sexually battered the elderly occupant.

A man who learned of Gonzalez’s plan, contacted law enforcement as the crime was happening. Deputies got to the scene swiftly and saw Gonzalez running from the home. He was then taken into custody.

Assistant State Attorney Kim Mitton and Assistant State Attorney Trevor Selph prosecuted the case.

3G Phone Warning: Older Phones May Cease Operating Soon

The National Association of State 911 Administrators is issuing a warning to consumers that older phones may cease operating in early 2022 due to the retirement of 3G networks and support for phones using 3G service. This may include other devices that use 3G connectivity, such as some medical alert devices, tablets, smart watches, home security systems, and other devices.

The nation’s three major wireless carriers (AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile) have each announced that they plan on discontinuing 3G service in favor of 4G (LTE) and 5G service next year.

According to the FCC’s website, AT&T will discontinue service in February, T-Mobile/Sprint will discontinue service between March and July, and Verizon will discontinue service at the end of 2022.

Low income individuals who are concerned that their 9-1-1 only phones may no longer be supported should consider applying for service through the federal Lifeline Program. Information regarding eligibility and participating providers can be found at https://www.lifelinesupport.org/.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

LaBelle Pawnshop Armed Robber Faces Life In Prison

LABELLE, FL. -- A federal jury has found Raynaldo Ray Quiroga (37, LaBelle) guilty of Hobbs Act robbery, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, possessing stolen firearms, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, related to an armed robbery of a pawnshop in LaBelle in May 2021. As a result, Quiroga faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 21, 2022.

Quiroga had been indicted on July 14, 2021.

According to evidence presented at trial, Quiroga, a seven-time convicted felon, entered Capital Pawn in LaBelle on the morning of May 19, 2021, falsely impersonating a law enforcement officer by wearing a green sheriff’s deputy uniform, a black tactical vest, a badge, and a duty belt equipped with a firearm. While in the shop, Quiroga brandished his firearm and zip-tied the store’s two employees before stealing six guns and fleeing the scene. Law enforcement agents quickly identified Quiroga as a suspect and later found multiple pieces of evidence at his residence and in his car connecting him to the robbery.

This case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted Assistant United States Attorneys Jesus M. Casas and Simon Eth.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Monday, December 20, 2021

14 Arrests Last Week In Hendry County

Arrests last week from the Hendry County Sheriff's Office:

Adrian Atkinson, 22, Clewiston – was arrested on 12/13/2021 by Deputy D. Coronilla on charges of DUI and Obstruction w/o Violence

Darion Nesta Radcliffe, 23, Clewiston – was arrested on 12/13/2021 by Sgt. D. McNeil on charges of Agg. Assault w/intent to Commit Felony, Agg. Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Kidnapping, Use of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm by a Florida Convicted Felon, Burglary of Occupied Dwelling, Grand Theft, Robbery with a Firearm and Cruelty toward a Child

Johon Dy’Quan Willingham, 20, Clewiston – was arrested on 12/13/2021 by Sgt. D. McNeil on charges of Agg. Assault w/Intent to Commit a Felony, Agg. Battery w/Deadly Weapon, Kidnapping, Use of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Burglary of Occupied Dwelling, Grand Theft, Robbery with a Firearm and Cruelty toward a Child

Derrick Benard Jackson, Jr., 25, Clewiston – was arrested on 12/13/2021 on charges of Driving While License Suspended/Revoked 3rd Subsequent Violation

Steve Allen Stinson, 48, Jacksonville, Florida – was arrested on 12/14/2021 by K9 M. Afonso on charges of Felony VOP

Edrei Ventura, 25, Bowling Green, Fl – was arrested on 12/15/2021 by Ssgt. Z. Scelfo on charges of Driving While License Suspended/Revoked 3rd Subsequent Violation

Andrew Mark Ballard, 40, Ft. Myers – was arrested on 12/15/2021 by Deputy A. Champagne for a 2 counts of Felony Probation Violation

Donald Johnson, 53, Belle Glade – was arrested on 12/16/2021 by Deputy D. Coronilla on charges of DUI and Driving While License Suspended/Revoked 3rd Subsequent Violation

Ebonie Latrice Francis, 37, LaBelle – was arrested on 12/17/2021 by Deputy D. Coronilla on charges of DUI

David Disco Baxter, 46, Pompano – was arrested by Sgt. J. Olvera for Felony Probation Violation

Joan Alexander Arellano, 22, Belle Glade – was arrested on 12/17/2021 by Sgt. J. Olvera on 2 counts of Felony Probation Violation

Andrew Lemont Williams, 43, Clewiston – was arrested on 12/17/2021 by Deputy S. George on charges of Driving While License Suspended/Revoked 3rd Subsequent Violation, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Equipment

Romeo Adolfo Ixmay Vicente, 45, LaBelle – was arrested on 12/17/2021 by Deputy A. Eldridge on charges of DUI

Luis Enrique Gonzalez, 55, Clewiston – was arrested on 12/18/2021 by Deputy L. Dominguez on charges of Resisting Officer with Violence, Battery on LEO, Driving While License Suspended/Revoked Subsequent Offense, and Driving with Expired License

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Drunk Driver Guilty Of Manslaughter In Glades Crash

Moore Haven (December 16, 2021) – Benjamin Joseph Desjardine, 43, was sentenced today, after being found guilty following a trial in November, in a DUI Manslaughter case in Glades County.

The crime happened on January 4, 2018, when the defendant was temporarily working in Glades County. He was a resident of Iowa, Louisiana. The defendant drove his 2005 Dodge Ram truck into oncoming traffic on County Road 721. This caused another driver, to swerve, to avoid the truck, then hit a guardrail. The defendant continued driving in the wrong lane and crashed into another car, with two occupants. The defendant’s truck then flipped over and came to a rest.

A 20-year-old woman, not involved in the crash, stopped to help, but got hit by a truck swerving to avoid the crashed vehicles and was critically injured. A 55-year-old and 71-year-old, both from Lehigh Acres, who were in the car hit by the defendant, died in the crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the crash scene. Desjardine’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

On Count 1, DUI Manslaughter, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison, with 4 years as a minimum
mandatory. He was also sentenced to one year of probation after incarceration. The terms of probation include the permanent revocation of his driver’s license, attending a DUI school, 50 hours of community service, the payment of court costs and the cost of prosecution, and no alcohol consumption.

On Count 2, DUI Manslaughter, he received the same sentence as Count 1, to be served consecutively. So that is a total of a 28-year prison sentence.

On Counts 3-5, DUI Damage – Person/Property, he was sentenced to one year of probation on each count to run concurrent to the probation on Counts 1 and 2.

Assistant State Attorney Mara Marzano of the State Attorney’s Office Homicide Unit and Assistant State Attorney William Dorman III, Felony Chief of the Hendry and Glades County offices, prosecuted the case.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Responding To Weight Gain - Mood Gym's Latest Podcast

Health And Wellness Podcast On Weight Gain

LABELLE, FL. -- In the growing world of podcasts, audio programs that can be downloaded or played on phone, tablet, computer and smart speakers and listened to anytime, the editor of Southwest Florida Online started a podcast in 2019 titled Mood Gym, featuring health and wellness topics with practical ideas discovered and practiced over many decades.



The Mood Gym podcast episodes are now available on Amazon Music and Podcasts On Amazon Music. as well as all other podcast apps.

The latest Mood Gym podcast on Responding to Weight Gain illustrates how it is possible to reduce your weight to return to a healthy BMI, that weight you probably were in teen years and through your 20s or 30s. 


Metabolism slows down as we age and thus if we continue eating the same volume of calories. we will add pounds each year and decade. Eating whole vegetables, whole fruits, while eliminating manufactured foods loaded with added salt, sugar and oil is the key to getting your body back to the health you enjoyed in earlier years. 

What is a healthy weight for your height? Try this to check your weight: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html

Calories per pound: After listening to the podcast episode check out the foods you eat or should eat to keep them under about 600 calories per pound with this link:
https://www.google.com/search?q=calories+lb+vegetables

All the Mood Gym episodes are totally free and from 10 to 15 minutes in length.

The Mood Gym with Don Browne podcast is available to download or play free on all your popular podcast apps or directly at any of these links:

Amazon Music - Play Mood Gym with Don Browne on phone, tablet and computers
Apple Podcasts - Easiest to use on phone and computer, speed control
Breaker - Very easy to use, search box makes finding other podcasts easy
PlayerFM - Easy to use, speed and volume controls
RadioPublic - Easy to use, speed control, tips for podcasters
Google Podcasts - Speed control on computer only
Spotify - Most flexible on computer, app required on phone, speed control on phone, can transfer audio to other devices like smart speakers, smart tv
Castbox - Easy to use. Speed and volume control, search box
Anchor - Easy to use. Provides free services for podcasters
Stitcher - Easy to use.
PocketCast app - Easy to use, speed and volume controls, sleep timer, requires PocketCast phone app
OverCast - Requires Overcast app or click it's Apple Podcast button
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Subscribe on Android - One-click for all Android devices

Using Google Home smart speaker or Google Assistant: Say "Hey Google, play Mood Gym with Don Browne podcast"

Titles of Some of the most downloaded episodes: 
Mood Gym Introduction
Responding To The Unexpected
Holiday Anxiety And Fear
Depression, Anxiety, Values And Goals
Staying Sane During Holidays
Having 2020 Vision, Who Are You, What Do You Want?
Visioning, Blockchain, Habits, Acceptance & Commitment
Accepting The Present, Commitment To Values And Change
Flying Through Life Without Distraction And Worry
Awareness and Meditation Guide For You
Mindfulness Awareness After Take-OFF

Don Browne is the editor/publisher of Southwest Florida Online, a YouTube creator, former radio broadcaster in LaBelle and Clewiston, webcasting personality, and a certified trainer for 'Moving For Better Balance.'

@AmazonMusic and #PodcastsOnAmazonMusic,

Obituaries - Edith Egley, Age 84; Corrine McRoy, Age 81

Edith D Egley 84, of Labelle passed away December 9, 2021 in LaBelle. She was born in Clewiston to the late John Wallace and Ola Evelyn (Rich) Daughtry.

She is survived by her son: Robert
a daughter: Terri Barber
2 sisters: Carol Griffin and Evelyn Rhodes
5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren

She was predeceased by her son John Jeffery and a grandchild.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday December 27, 2021 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church 207 North WC Owen Ave. Clewiston.

Arrangements are being handled by the Akin-Davis Funeral Homes.

Corrine McRoy, age 81, of Moore Haven, passed away December 8, 2021 in Lake Placid.

Corrine was born on February 14, 1940 in Sebring, Florida to the late Harvey and the late Lettie Keen Waldron. She married Jerry McRoy. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to everyone who knew and loved her.

Corrine leaves behind her loving husband Jerry McRoy of Moore Haven, Florida, children; Alicia Woodley and her husband Jerry of Lehigh Acres, Florida, Jonathan McRoy and his wife Amanda of Moore Haven, Florida, Shannon McRoy of Perry, Florida, five grandchildren, two brothers; Jerry Waldron of Bonifay, Florida and John Waldron and his wife Brenda of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, along with many extended family members and friends.

Celebration of Corrine’s life was held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at the Ortona Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Danny Williams and Mr. John Waldron officiating. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, December 13, 2021 at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home – LaBelle.

Two Charged With Violent Clewiston Home Invasion

CLEWISTON, FL -- On Tuesday, December 14, 2021 Detectives with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit put closure to a Violent Home Invasion which left an entire family in terror.

On Tuesday November 10, 2020 at approximately 11:00 pm, two assailants armed with handguns broke into a home in the Clewiston area. Once inside the men quickly took control of the victim’s at gunpoint.

The residence was occupied by three adults and three children, to include a 5 year child. The armed assailants placed their guns at the head of some of the victims and struck one in the head with a gun. Before leaving the home they demanded money and jewelry.

Before leaving the home the suspects threatened the victims to not to call the police and took their cell phone. The suspects fled the residence with cash and jewelry.

Over the last year Detectives continued to investigate leading to the arrest of Darion Nesta Radcliffe, 23 of Clewiston and 21 year old Johon Willingham also of Clewiston.

Radcliffe was taken into custody and charged with (6 Counts) of Aggravated Assault, (1 Count) Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, (6 Counts) of Kidnapping While Committing or Facilitating the Commission of a Felony, (1 Count) Use or Display of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, (1 Count) Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, (1 Count) of Armed Burglary, (1 Count) Robbery with a Firearm, (1 Count) Grand Theft and (1 Count) Child Abuse. 

 Radcliffe is currently being held on no bond at this time.

Willingham was also taken into custody and charged with (6 Counts) Aggravated Assault, (1 Count) Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, (6 Counts) Kidnapping While Committing or Facilitating the Commission of a Felony, (1 Count) Use or Display of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, (1 Count) Armed Burglary, (1 Count) Robbery with a Firearm, (1 Count) Grand Theft and (1 Count) Child Abuse. 

 Willingham is currently being held on $865,000.00 bond.

Radcliffe and Willingham were already in the Hendry County Jail on unrelated violent felony charges when Detectives charged them with the Home Invasion crimes.

21 Arrests In Hendry County Last Week

LABELLE, FL. -- Last week's arrests by the Hendry Count Sheroff's Office:

Leslie A Rodriguez, 46 of North Miami was arrested on December 6, 2021 for a DUI and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Valid License by Deputy Earl.

Demario Tevoy Ingram, 21 of Clewiston was arrested on December 6, 2021 by Deputy Champagne for Probation Violation.

Randolfo Moya, 24 of Clewiston was arrested on December 7, 2021 by Deputy Coronilla for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Equipment.

Lori Melany Brown, 50 of Clewiston was arrested on December 7, 2021 by Lieutenant Weaver for Probation Violation.

Daniel Martinez, 56 of LaBelle was arrested on December 8, 2021 for DUI and Resisting Officer by Deputy Afonso.

A 14 year old Hispanic Male was arrested on December 8, 2021 by Sergeant Reed for Battery on Public or Private Education Employee.

A 13 year old White Male was arrested on December 8, 2021 by Sergeant Reed for Battery on Public or Private Education Employee.

Shameara L Porter, 42 of Belle Glade was arrested on December 9, 2021 by Deputy Barrientos for Flee Elude LEO with Lights Siren Active.

Francisco Nicolas Lopez, 29 of LaBelle was arrested on December 9, 2021 by Corporal Bustamante for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance without Prescripton, Elude LEO, Resisting Officer without Violence, Operating a Vehicle with Drivers License Suspended and an Out of County Warrant.

Angela Dawn Martinez, 41 of N. Fort Myers was arrested on December 9, 2021 by Sergeant Hernandez for Failure to Appear.

Angel Lucille Browning, 23 of LaBelle was arrested on December 9, 2021 by Deputy Rodriguez for Probation Violation.

Felix Anesio Amador, 74 at large was arrested on December 9, 2021 by Deputy Dominguez for Battery on Officer, Firefighter, EMT etc., Trespassing and Resisting Officer without Violence.

Yacser Morales-Alejo, 39 of Hialeah was arrested on December 10, 2021 by Corporal Hull for Probation Violation.

Jeremiah Leon Beckford, 20 of Belle Glade was arrested on December 10, 2021 by Deputy Pierre for Failure to Appear.

Donovan Lavell Williams, 26 of Ft. Lauderdale was arrested on December 10, 2021 by Deputy Rosado for Fleeing/Eluding LEO with Active Lights/Sirens, Possession of Weapon or Ammo by Convicted Felon, Resisting without Violence, Driving While License Suspended Habitual Offender, two counts of Contempt of Court and two Out of County Warrants.

Damian Eduardo Miranda, 19 of Clewiston was arrested on December 10, 2021 by Deputy Perez for Lewd and Lascivious Battery Victim 12 Years of Age to 16 Years of Age, Lewd and Lascivious Battery, Lewd and Lascivious Molestation and Lewd and Lascivious Conduct.

Xavier Molina, 28 of LaBelle was arrested on December 10, 2021 by Sergeant Favara for Aggravated Battery and Leaving the Scene of a Crash involving Property Damage.

Ronique Sonell Kevron Scott, 23 of Clewiston was arrested on December 11, 2021 by Sergeant Scelfo for Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence.

Demetrius Dia,Jon Richardson, 27 of Clewiston was arrested on December 11, 2021 by Sergeant Scelfo for Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription.

Andre Previns Jones, 53 of LaBelle was arrested on December 12, 2021 by Deputy Coronilla, Failure to Appear.

Jose Joel Contreras Rodriguez, 25 of Clewiston was arrested on December 12, 2021 by Deputy Coronilla for DUI.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Florida Keys' Watercolor Kapers - The Sponge Adventure


The Sponge Adventure, (Part 9, Excerpt 40)
by Bob Kranich

This is a story titled, The Sponge Adventure. Captain Bob and his two mates, Dave and Amos fish the Gulf out of Key West in Bob’s sea-going Trawler, Sea Breeze. Captain Bob and Dave are on Dave’s skipjack sail boat out amongst the islands around the Keys. They are about to experience two unusual happenings; one a turtle stampede and two, meeting some fellas they wished they hadn’t.

The Sponge Adventure

SCRITCH, SCRATCH, SCRAPE!

Suddenly two large sea turtles appeared…moving up from the small beach. David jumped up.

Bob took to his knees, “They’re Loggerheads!” Bob exclaimed. “Must be a couple feet across their shells! They’re big!”

The two turtles headed right towards the camp fire…crawling fast! Then just missing the fire, they went around it and past both men. They then disappeared into the interior darkness amongst the pines.

“It’s a turtle stampede!”* Bob yelled, “The storm has scared them in. I’ve heard about it but never saw one. Must have come up on the beach to lay eggs.”

“Well we’ve seen one now!” David said. “Sure scared me at first!”

“The wind is picking up…starting to blow. Let’s extinguish the fire and head out to the skipjack. We’ll ride it out,” Bob commanded.

They hurriedly gathered their gear, poured water and sand on the fire and rowed the short distance to the skipjack. The water was choppy, the wind blowing in gusts, and rain beginning to fall.

“Batten down the hatches, and let’s get inside, Bob,” David hollered.
Next morning…“How did you sleep Bob?” David asked.

David was up and cooking breakfast on the bottle gas stove.

“Well, at first it was like trying to sleep on a rocking horse! But after the storm passed, it was great! Just like the night before in the Nile Channel. I do like sleeping on a boat, but our big trawler makes it a lot easier.

Not as choppy.”

“What're we up to this morning, Captain David?”

“Well, first mate Bob, how about we take the skipjack out in the Big Spanish Channel for a couple of hours, and see what she’ll do?”

“That’s a good idea,” Bob agreed. “How about, let’s drop the sponge skiff at the next inlet towards the bridge. It’s where the old highway ferry used to dock. There’s a bigger sand strip there, and it’s protected from the waves and wind.”

“Good idea Bob. Let’s do it!”

They pulled the anchors, wound the ropes, and raised the sails. They were down at the next inlet in nothing flat.

“The skiff will be safe here on the beach and double safe with the anchor out,” David stated.

They waded out waist deep and climbed back into the skipjack. Then they pulled up the anchor, raised sails and immediately were heading out towards the Big Spanish Channel.

“What’s that heading towards us from the Bahia Honda Bridge?” David asked as he pointed.

“Looks like a pretty fancy cruiser, possibly a Chris-Craft. Now that boat costs a lot! It’s sure streamlined. Must be at least 70 feet.”

It was heading straight towards them, but then it turned left and headed in towards the cove Bob and David had just left. There were three guys on the deck and the captain on the flying bridge. One guy had binoculars trained on them. David waved. All four just starred, as they headed towards the beach…fast!

“Not very friendly,” Bob said.

“Think the skiff will be ok? David questioned.

“Yes, no problem. Now think, just why would they want our skiff? Take a look at that motorized runabout they have on the back of their boat!”

They sailed for about an hour. Each taking a turn at the tiller as the other fished...actually trolled.

“Well, we put her through her paces, and got a couple of snapper. Let’s go back, and pick up the skiff,” David suggested.

“If you want to, David, we can go under the bridge, jump on the Intercostal Waterway along the Hawk Channel, Atlantic side. We’ll be back home in Key West by evening!”

“You really think she’ll do ok in the Atlantic?” Dave questioned.

“Yep. I’ve been checking her out, and the old skipjack should do real good!” Bob replied seriously.

The brisk wind was pushing them in towards the cove at a steady pace.

“She is doing real fine. In a few minutes we’ll hook on the skiff and head towards the bridge,” Dave said proudly.

Bang! Thump! Thump! The left side of the boat picked up and leaned to the right about 30 degrees from 90. It was everything they could do to keep from being thrown overboard.

Then another Thump! The teller was yanked out of David’s hand and the rudder slammed against the rear of the boat, all of this in almost instant succession.

“What happened, Bob?” David yelled.

Bob was down on the deck and slowly starting to move. He scooted across the deck and looked back.
“I bet we hit a submerged piling. I’m sorry I missed it. I didn't think we were close to the old ferry pier. They also should have taken them all out!”

“Bob, the rudder is stuck, it’s jammed.” David shouted.

“Let me have a look,” Bob suggested, “You’re right. So we don’t go around in circles. Let’s counter act it with the sails. We’re almost to the skiff. Got any tools? We need a hammer and a adjustable wrench, possibly a punch and some bolts.

“Oh, Oh…Of all things I forgot them. I had a tool box at the boathouse but forgot to put it in,” David apologized.

“Maybe our friends with the cruiser will lend us some of their tools. Here we are. We’re close enough. We’ll drop anchor and wade in. They walked out of the water and headed up towards the old beach house.

There were three guys on some folding chairs. A fourth chair was vacant. They were arranged in a circle. A couple of shovels leaned against the side of the old shack. The men were so intent on four piles of shiny round yellow objects on the ground in front of them that David and Bob were right there before they were noticed.

“Excuse us,” Bob said.

All three looked up at once. Surprise registered in their eyes.

From the Author:

My second full-length book , Florida Keys’ Watercolor Kapers is composed of 336 pages. There are 12 stories running from 6 pages to as many as 72 pages. It is fully illustrated with 88 watercolors and sketches. The watercolors I made roaming around Key West after I finished my 750 mile hike from Georgia to Key West. (See book or Don Browne’s SouthWest Florida Online News records, A Walk Across Florida.) As you read these stories you will experience Key West, the Keys, and the Caribbean. These stories span the time of the early 1800’s to 1969. bkranich.wixsite.com/bobkranich



Saturday, December 11, 2021

Santa Delivers Toys To Local Towns On Santa Express Train



CLEWISTON, FL – The Santa Express today brought the joy of the holiday season to local families today in Glades, Highlands, Hendry, Palm Beach and Martin counties. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and the rest of Santa’s reindeer took the day off while Santa travelled to Belle Glade, Clewiston, Moore Haven and Lake Placid on the Sugar Express, powered by historic steam engine No. 148.

In partnership with the United States Marine Corps and Toys for Tots, this year, the people of U.S. Sugar more than doubled their commitment from last year and provided over 2,000 toys to South Florida children across the farming region ahead of the holiday season.

“This is our second year operating the Santa Express and we couldn’t be happier delivering these gifts to our friends and neighbors,” said Scott Ogle, operations manager for Sugar Express. “What a joy it was to see the smiles on the faces of so many local children and their parents.”

“Thanks to the generosity of the people of U.S. Sugar, hundreds of local children will know the joy of Christmas and receive gifts this year,” said Nardina Johnson, co-chair of the Hendry County Toys for Tots. “We are extremely grateful for all of their support and for always being so involved in our community.”

As the train rolled into each station, hundreds of children were able to see Santa up close and mingle with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Throughout the day, children dropped off letters to Santa for him to take back to the North Pole.

Now in its second year, the Santa Express is a community project operated by U.S. Sugar and its Sugar Express tourism train, which currently operates several times per year. For more information about future trains, please visit www.sugarexpress.com

Shooting Reported Near Church And School In LaBelle

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a shooting in the area of UptheGrove Elementary and First Baptist Church Saturday around 2:30 pm. 

It is reported that a suspect fired at another individual. There were no injuries and the victim is refusing to cooperate with law enforcement.

The suspect has fled the scene. 

Deputies are currently on scene speaking with witnesses.

Based on information received at the scene, this is an isolated incident and the public is not in any danger.

Kids And Cattle At Hendry/LaBelle Rodeo Grounds Saturday

 

LABELLE, FL. -- 4-H members, friends, and parents gathered Saturday at the Hendry/LaBelle Rodeo Arena to prepare for the annual 4-H livestock show in February. 

Dozens of head of cattle with trucks and trailers packed the north parking lot for a morning and afternoon of clinics and practice for the upcoming 4-H livestock show.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Obituaries - Clara Jones, Savannah Cavanaugh, Arthur Gilbert, Mildred Doub

Clara Reba Jones, age 97, of Clewiston, FL passed away December 8, 2021 in Clewiston, FL. She was born Aug. 1, 1924 in Cullman, AL, to the late Charlie Jack and Bertha (Kugler) Harp.

Survivors include daughter: Gaile Carter
son: Ed Jones
sister: Dura Faye McManus
grandchildren: Laurie Emmick,Brandon Jones, and Ashley Liebensperger
great grandchildren : TW Stinson and Jaxson Liebensperger
great great grandchildren:, Shelby Stinson, Kylie Stinson,and Colton Stinson

She was a Member of Crosses Chapel in Cullman , AL her whole life.
Memorial services are Pending in Alabama.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Savannah Grace Cavanaugh, age 4, of LaBelle, passed away December 5, 2021 in Lehigh Acres.
She was born Feb. 9, 2017 in Fort Myers, FL, to Christopher and Crista Annette (Carrell) Cavanaugh.

Survivors include:

Parents Christopher L. and Crista Annette (Carrell) Cavanaugh
two Brothers: Christopher L Cavanaugh Jr. and Wyatt Cole Cavanaugh
Grandparents, William & Pamela Carrell; Neal & Donna Bower; and Frank Cavanaugh

Graveside services will be held Monday, December 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm at Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. Visitation will be Monday from 11AM to 12 PM at Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle, FL.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Arthur Mark Gilbert, age 67, of Alva, passed away December 1, 2021 in Clewiston. Arthur was born on October 20, 1954 in Fort Myers, Florida to Arthur E. and Mary Olene Hart Gilbert. He worked for many years at Yoder Brother’s Farm. He was of the Church of God Faith.

Arthur leaves behind his companion of 30+ years; Debra Gardner, children; Arthur Mark Gilbert, Jr, Stacey Lesh, and Connie Perkins, grandchildren; KC Barber, Justen Clark, Michael Gough, Coleman Crews, Bridget Walker, Rachel Lesh, Shelby Lesh and Sam Tuttle, great grandchildren; Cora Clark and Jaxson Barber, siblings; Jim Gilbert, Carol Wood and Cleeta Butler and many extended family members and family friends.

Celebration of Arthur’s life was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021 at Alva Cemetery with Pastor Cory Masterson Officiating.

Celebration arrangements handled by Akin-Davis Funeral Home – LaBelle.

Mildred S “Irene” Doub, age 94, of LaBelle, passed away November 26, 2021 in Lehigh Acres.

Irene was born in Brooksville, Florida on June 23, 1927 to the late Andrew and the late Hattie Ervin Strickland. She married Landon Doub and he preceded her in death on April 2, 1983. She attended Caloosa Baptist Church for many years. Irene worked for the Hendry County Court System as a clerk retiring in 1995. She enjoyed gardening, reading, helping others, spending time with her family and friends.

Irene leaves behind her loving children; Melissa Musk and Curtis Doub, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren and many extended family members and family friends.

Irene was preceded in death also by her son Harry Edsel Doub on October 9, 1997.

Celebration of Irene’s life was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 6, 2021 at the Caloosa Baptist Church in LaBelle with Seth Howard and Pastor James Hunt officiating. Burial took place in Ortona Cemetery.

Celebration arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home – LaBelle.

Six Commercial Vehicle Crash Investigated By FHP On US27

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a chain reaction traffic crash with injuries on US 27, involving six commercial motor vehicles, one pickup truck, one sport utility vehicle and one sedan at 3 a.m. Friday morning. 

The crash resulted in four injuries, one of which (sedan driver) is listed in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital. 

Crash information is still being gathered and the investigation remains ongoing.

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

26 Kids Shop With The Sheriff

LABELLE – 5TH ANNUAL SHOP WITH THE SHERIFF

On Saturday, December 4, 2021, LaBelle, Wal-Mart, #6190, hosted the “5th Annual Shop with the Sheriff”. The event ran from 9:00am – 2:00pm.

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office along with Hendry County Sheriff’s Explorer Post, LaBelle Wal-Mart, McDonalds and Dream Jump Party Rentals partnered together to participate in the Shop with the Sheriff event.

Shop with the Sheriff is an annual event that includes elementary and middle school students along with deputies from the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office. These students are nominated by the School Resource Officer assigned to each school in partnership with school guidance counselors.

As part of this event, students selected to participate are joined with a deputy to shop together. Each student receives a $100.00 gift card to purchase something for themselves or to purchase Christmas gifts for family members and friends. This unique event gives them the opportunity to purchase gifts that they might not otherwise be able to do. The Deputies shop with the children and help them during the decision making process involving their purchases.

Once the children have completed their shopping and made their purchases, it’s a quick trip to the wrapping tables. Each year teachers from the elementary and middle schools volunteer their time to wrap the gifts purchased. Not only do teachers volunteer to wrap gifts but they also interact with the students when they aren’t shopping, playing games, talking and just laughing with them.

Once again, this year, McDonalds generously provided lunch for 26 children and 10 volunteers under a large canvass tent that was provided by Dream Jump Rentals of LaBelle, making for a very pleasant morning and afternoon under the hot sun.

LaBelle Wal-Mart Store # 1690, in true LaBelle Wal-Mart fashion, again outdid themselves. Not only did they provide a safe, clean and comfortable environment for the children, they gave each child a gift, a clear back pack that included a gift card along with other fun things. Each year our LaBelle Wal-Mart generously participates and always makes this event extra-special for these children.

“We look forward to this event each year”, said Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden, “having that one on one time with the children makes it all worthwhile”.

Vaccinations At Hendry Health Department Saturday December 11

LaBelle, FL - The Health Department in LaBelle is offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5 years to 17 years (Parent must be present). Additionally, adults may also receive Moderna or Pfizer vaccines and booster doses.

This vaccination event will be held at the LaBelle Health Department, 1140 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle, FL 33935 on Saturday, December 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

NO APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY.
FREE – Food Voucher, hygiene kit, and rain suit to all individuals vaccinated.

Receiving Your COVID-19 Vaccination –

Remember to bring the following:
A valid Florida driver license or valid Florida identification card.
If you are receiving a second dose, please bring your vaccination card with you to your appointment.

Lost Vaccine Card – If you have lost or misplaced your vaccine card and you received your COVID 19 vaccination from the health department, staff can provide you a copy of your vaccination record from Florida Shots (Monday thru Friday). The Florida Shots records is your official vaccination documentation.

Drone Photo by Don Browne    

Evento de vacunacion Covid-19, Departamento de salud de; condado Hendry

Sabado, Deciembre 11. Vacuna Pfizer para mayores de 5 anos (se require el consentimiento de los padres y los deben estar presentes para los ninos de 5 a 17 anos).

Gratis- cupones de alimentos, botiquines de higiene personal, y impermeables para todas las personas vacunadas. Nota: Las dosis de refuerzoestarán disponibles eneste eventopara aquellosque cumplancon loscriterios.

Monday, December 06, 2021

Hendry County Arrest Report

Arrests in Hendry County last week from the Sheriff's Office:

Jackie Johnson, 63 of Clewiston was arrested on November 29, 2021 by Deputy Pierre for Battery Second or Subsequent Offense, False Imprisonment and Aggravated Stalking.

Angelo Romon Gomez, 28 of Okeechobee was arrested by Deputy Eldridge on November 29, 2021 for Probation Violation and Contempt of Court.

Joseph Sean Albritton, 31 of LaBelle was arrested on November 29, 2021 by Corporal Hull for Probation Violation.

Adan Diaz, 35 of LaBelle was arrested on November 29, 2021 by Sergeant Scelfo for Driving While License Suspended Habitual Offender.

Brianna Marie Beck, 19 of Ft Myers was arrested on November 30, 2021 by Sergeant Scelfo for Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoid.

Christina Denise Nelson, 31 of LaBelle was arrested on November 30, 2021 by Sergeant Olvera for Probation Violation.

Robert Lee Harris, 62 for Felda was arrested on November 30, 2021 by Deputy Eldridge for Battery Touch or Strike and two counts of Probation Violation.

Salvador Lopez, 32 of Muse was arrested on December 1, 2021 by Deputy Eldridge for Probation Violation.

Andres Rafael, 34 of Hialeah, FL was arrested on December 1, 2021 by Lieutenant Weaver for Petit Theft 2nd Degree 3rd Subsq Offense.

Genesis Maria Chavez, 19 of Clewiston was arrested on December 1, 2021 by Sergeant McNeil for Sell 31 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography with Intent to Distribute and 31 Counts of Transmission of Pornography by Electronic Device.

Darryl James Bartley, 37 of Palmdale was arrested on December 1, 2021 by Deputy Ramirez-Reyna for Failure to Appear and Probation Violation.

Keshawn Lavontay Davis, 22 of Clewiston was arrested on December 1, 2021 by Deputy Earl for Probation Violation.

Jesse Lee Monroe, 45, homeless, was arrested on December 1, 2021 by Sergeant White for Probation Violation and Out of County Warrant.

A 15 year old white male from LaBelle was arrested on December 1, 2021 by Sergeant Hudson for Battery on Officer Firefighter EMT ETC and Battery on a Public or Private Education Employee.

Ernseau Thelemarc, 21 of Belle Glade was arrested on December 2, 2021 for Probation Violation by Deputy Rosado.

Raven B Williams, 27 of Jesup, GA was arrested on December 4, 2021 by Deputy Afonso for Cocaine Possession, DUI and Possession of Controlled Substance.

Demario Tevoy Ingram, 21 or Clewiston was arrested on December 4, 2021 by Deputy Afonso for a DUI and Possession of a Controlled Substance without Prescription.

Darrius Manyard Harden, 48 of Lehigh Acres was arrested on December 4, 2021 by Deputy George for Felony Battery and Criminal Mischief.

Thursday, December 02, 2021

20 Year Old Woman Arrested On Child Porn Charges

CLEWISTON, FL. -- On December 1, 2021, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime Unit Detectives placed 20 year old, Genesis Chavez under arrest on 31 counts of Possession of Child Pornography with Intent to Distribute and 31 counts of Transmission of Pornography by Electronic Device.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit along with the Clewiston Police Department conducted a 7 month long investigation involving Child Pornography.

On April 13, 2021 the Clewiston Police Department enlisted the assistance of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit when they received a complaint from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit out of Broward County, Fl which indicated child pornography was being downloaded/uploaded from the residence of Genesis Chavez within Clewiston, Hendry County Florida.

On Tuesday, April 19, 2021, members of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the residence. This investigation was initiated with information received from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) and provided to us by the Clewiston Police Department. The information received from ICAC indicated the illegal use of computers and alleged possession and/or distribution of sexual images of children were being generated from this residence.

Electronic devices were confiscated and sent for forensic review by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

Once receiving and reviewing the all electronic communications to include images and videos from email and social media accounts, Chavez was taken into custody at her home.

Chavez is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $310,000.00 bond

Obituaries - James Barfield, Sharon Heriaud, Lisa Knaack

James Fred Barfield passed away on November 20th, 2021 at Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres, Florida.

Fred was one of the last of a great generation of pioneer farmers who built the vegetable industry in the Immokalee area

Fred was born on May 27th, 1941 in Sunniland, Florida, to Thomas J. and Ruby Lee Barfield. From an early age, he was involved in agriculture in Southwest Florida, specifically cattle, citrus and vegetable production. He was the founder of Sandland Equipment Company, a John Deere Dealership.

Fred was an avid hunter and fisherman, and many wonderful memories were spent with his family in the woods or on the water.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Alice Barfield of Immokalee, sons, Jim Barfield (Linda), Felda, Florida and Thomas Barfield (Beth), LaBelle, Florida. He is also survived by six grandchildren that affectionately called him Paw Paw, Matthew Barfield, Tom Barfield, Kathleen Barfield, Emmaraye Barfield, Madison Wiggins, and Tj Barfield, as well as four Great Grandchildren, David Barfield, James Barfield, Blakely Collins, and Montana Wiggins. Fred is also survived by one sister, Donna Sue Mays. 

He was preceded in death by both of his brothers, Harold Barfield and Gene Barfield, and one Grandson, Adam Barfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Hope Hospice, 1201 Wings Way, Lehigh Acres, Florida 33936.

A graveside memorial has been set for December 23rd, 2021 beginning at 2:00p.m. Service will be held at the Ft. Denaud Cemetery.

Sharon Kay Heriaud (nee Busker) of Moore Haven, Florida, peacefully passed away with family by her side on November 27, 2021.

Sharon was born on November 8, 1942, in Freeport, Illinois. She was happily married to Ron Heriaud. She and Ron traveled extensively throughout the USA and enjoyed spending time and doing a variety of activities with family and friends. Sharon enjoyed the beauty of nature especially the feel and sounds of the ocean. She will be missed by so many who loved her.

Prior to retiring, Sharon worked at Chrysler Fiat Automotive Plant in Belvidere, Illinois.

Sharon left behind her loving husband, Ronald Heriaud of Moore Haven, FL; Her children: Marilynne (Roger) Harrison of Sarona, WI; Debra (Erik) Smith of Illinois; Diane Reese (Russ) of Edgar Springs, MO; Dave (Angie) Heriaud of Bella Vista, AR; Grandchildren: Joshua (Stefanie) Rivers of Rice Lake, WI; Amanda (Frank) Ryan of Savannah, GA; Sean (Liberty) Heriaud of Superior, CO; Calli Heriaud and Matthew Heriaud of Bella Vista, AR; Ethan Reese of Steubenville, OH; Brenna and Noah Reese of Edgar Springs, MO; Grand Dogs: Neesha, Dealer, Kenzi and Kirbi Smith; Great grandchildren: Tyler, Zoe and Charlotte Rivers; Ethan Harrison; Frankie and Anniston Ryan; Brother, John (Susan) Busker; Sister-in-law, Jean Busker; many wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, John Busker, and Marilynne Busker (nee Randall) and two brothers, Rev. David Busker and Robert Busker.

Celebration of Life to be held at Christian Church, 199 7th Street N.W., Moore Haven, Florida on December 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. EST.

Celebration of Life to be held at Rockford United General Baptist Church, 3126 Marshall Street, Rockford, Illinois on December 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. CST

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

Wife, mother and friend, Lisa Marie Knaack passed away on November 26, 2021, at the age of 52 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer, surrounded by her family.

Lisa was a well-respected member of the Clewiston business community and worked at First Bank of Clewiston for 34 years, eventually becoming a Vice President in the loan department. Lisa could always be found at community events, volunteering in the evenings at the Elks Lodge, with the Tiger Boosters and the Hendry County Education Committee.

The simplest pleasures In life brought Lisa great joy, such as attending her sons’ sporting events, baking at the holidays and cooking meals for her friends and family. Her happy place was on the beach at Anna Maria Island, eating at Oma’s Italian Restaurant and going night fishing with the boys.

Lisa is survived by her husband of 26 years; Kenneth E. Knaack, Jr.; sons, Kyle, 23 and Kale, 20; father, Jeffrey Chue, Sr.; brothers, Richard Leiba and Jeffrey Chue, Jr.; sister, Susan Chue; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The mass will be held on Saturday, December 4 at 10:30am at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 208 North Deane Duff Ave, Clewiston, Florida.

In lieu of gifts and flowers, the family is asking for donations in memory of Lisa Knaack to the following charities:
St. Margaret’s Catholic Church
www.saintmargaretparish.org
Hope Healthcare Center of Fort Myers
www.donate.HopeHCS.org
Maroone Cancer Center of Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida
www.my.clevelandclinic.org/florida/giving/campaign/cancer-center

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Thomas And Dawn Vaughn In Critical Condition After Crash

LABELLE, FL. -- During the evening hours of Tuesday, November 30, 2021, Former Hendry County Sheriff Thomas “Tommy” Vaughan and his wife, Dawn were involved in a motorcycle crash on State Road 80, involving two other vehicles, in Western Hendry County.

The Hendry County Sheriff's Office said today, "While details of the crash are not clear, we as an agency and community are deeply concerned for their recovery during this time."

Sheriff Vaughan served as Sheriff from 1993 to 1997. He and his wife Dawn have been married for 38 years.

Sheriff Vaughan, known by so many as just ‘Tommy’ has many injuries. As reported by family members, these injuries include broken bones, ribs and lacerations and he will be undergoing several surgeries to restore his hands and is facing a long road to recovery.

His wife, Dawn, had very serious internal injuries causing her to be taken into surgery, shortly after being transported last night, to address the number of broken ribs that have caused several lacerations to her lungs creating internal bleeding. 

It was described by family members that although they appeared to have stabilized her at this time, Doctors told them they were not certain she would make it thru the night, but she did.

It was reported today by a family member that the internal bleeding has stopped, and she is stable, but “she is not out of the woods”. 

 "While many remain hopeful we know there is much healing ahead. Tommy has been in surgery all afternoon while Doctors are trying to repair his fingers on both hands.

"They both remain hospitalized in stable but critical condition. Family members of both Tommy and Dawn are deeply touched and appreciative of this support. We continue to ask that they be remembered in prayer.

"As word got out, news of the crash spread very quickly. As a small community, so many have come together to begin immediate prayer chains," said the Sheriff's Office.

Plane Crashes In Hendry County - Pilot Suffers Minor Injuries

LABELLE, FL. -- On Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at approximately 4:00 pm, Hendry County Dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a small single engine plane crash in rural Western Hendry County.

UPDATE: The aircraft was a Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser built in 1947 and registered to Robert Morrison of LaBelle. 

Emergency response personnel responded to the area near 3338 Congen Rd., locating the crash site and the pilot. 

The crash was in the Southwest Florida Water Management land in the area of the Hendry County Emergency Management office west of LaBelle off State Road 80, where storm water treatment construction is underway.

Emergency response personnel were able to locate the pilot and were able to safely assist him in exiting the cockpit.

It was reported that the pilot had minor injuries but was transported to a nearby medical facility where his injuries were evaluated

It was reported by the pilot that the plane began to lose power. The pilot was able to safely land the plane without damage to nearby property and with minimal injuries.

The FAA has been notified and will be conducting additional investigation.

Tommy Vaughn And Wife Injured In Crash

LABELLE, FL. --  From the FHP report of a crash at 6:15 pm Tuesday: Vehicle 1 a pickup truck was traveling east on State Road 80 (Palm Beach Boulevard), west of River Oak Lane in Hendry County. 

Vehicle 2 (motorcycle) was traveling east, ahead of Vehicle 1, on State Road 80, west of River Oak Lane. Vehicle 3, a pickup truck was traveling east on State Road 80, west of River Oak Lane. Vehicle 4 was traveling east, in front of Vehicle 2, west of River Oak Lane. 

The front portion of Vehicle 1 collided with the rear portion of the motorcycle wheich then collided with the right portion of Vehicle 3. 

The Motorcycle Driver has been reported by NBC news as former Hendry County Sheriff Tommy Vaughn, 72 and the passenger, wife Dawn, 64,  became separated from the vehicle. Vaughn, from LaBelle is in serious condition and his wife in critical condition.

Vehicle 3 traveled off the roadway right, and came to rest in the grass. 

Vehicle 1 continued east and the front portion of Vehicle 1 collided with the rear portion of Vehicle 4. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Vaccinations For Age 5 And Up By Appointment At Health Departments

Hendry & Glades, FL - The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties is offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5 years and older by appointment, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Parent must be present)

Drone Photo by Don Browne

Scheduling Your COVID-19 Vaccination –

To make an appointment, please call 863-674-4041 (LaBelle), 863-983-1408 (Clewiston) and 863-946-0707 (Moore Haven) and press 0.

Receiving Your COVID-19 Vaccination –

Please arrive at your appointment on time. Remember to bring the following:
A valid Florida driver license or valid Florida identification card.
If you are receiving a second dose, please bring your vaccination card with you to your appointment.

Where to Go –

You may schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine appointment at any of the health departments in Hendry or Glades Counties.
1140 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle, FL 33935, (863) 674-4041
1100 S. Olympia, Clewiston, FL 33440, (863) 983-1408
1021 Healthpark Drive, Moore Haven, FL 33471, (863) 946-0707

Lost Vaccine Card –

If you have lost or misplaced your vaccine card and you received your COVID 19 vaccination from the health department, staff can provide you a copy of your vaccination record from Florida Shots. The Florida Shots records is your official vaccination documentation.

Monday, November 29, 2021

13 Arrests Last Week In Hendry County

LABELLE, FL. -- Arrests last week. From the Hendry Sheriffs Office:

Winston McDonald Gilkes, Jr., 22 of Clewiston was arrested on November 22, 2021 by Deputy Givans for Probation Violation.

Omar E. Velez Vachier, 43 or Charlotte, NC was arrested on November 23, 2021 by Deputy Ramirez-Reyna for Probation Violation.

Jacob Michael Jennings, 26 of Clewiston was arrested on November 23, 2021 by Deputy Coronilla for Domestic Battery by Strangulation and Attempted Homicide.

Christopher Isias Fortune, 30 of Clewiston was arrested by Deputy Pierre on November 23, 2021 for Knowingly Driving with a Suspended License, third or Subsequent Offence.

A 17 year old black male of LaBelle was arrested on November 25, 2021 by Sergeant Olvera for Theft of a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm Under the Age of 18 Years Old.

Joel Ordones Lopez 21 of Clewiston was arrested on November 25, 2021 by Deputy George for Possession of Cocaine and Battery.

Dominique Nicole Thompson, 30 of LaBelle was arrested on November 26, 2021 on an Outstanding Warrant by Deputy Earl.

Suyin Escobar Giron, 35 of LaBelle was arrested on November 27, 2021 for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon Without Intent to Kill, Resisting Officer with Violence, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Probation Violation by Deputy Remirez-Reyna.

Johnson Andre, 33 of Clewiston was arrested on November 28, 2021 by Corporal Drew for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Equipment, Resisting an Officer Without Violence and Probation Violation.

Stella Deloris Reyes, 53 of Belle Glade was arrested on November 28, 2021 by Deputy Pierre for Driving While License Suspended Habitual Offender.

Michelle Lynn Harth, 31 of Bonita Springs was arrested on November 28, 2021 by Corporal Drew for Driving While License Suspended Habitual Offender.

Curtis Lee Robinson, 61 of Clewiston was arrested on November 28, 2021 by Corporal Drew for Possession of Cocaine and Felony Possession of Drug Equipment.

Malid Ra’shad Hall, 24 of Pahokee was arrested on November 29, 2021 by Deputy Coronilla for Possession of Marijuana Over 20 Grams.

Audubon Program December 13 "Florida Ants"

Hendry-Glades Audubon program series' fourth program of the season is “Florida Ants: Behavior and Ecology of Native Species and Pests” presented by Elise Schuchman. Coming to you in person or via Zoom at the Dallas Townsend Agricultural Extension Office 1085 Pratt Blvd. Labelle on Monday December 13, 2021, at 7pm!

Elise Schuchman has over 6 years of technical and outreach experience working in the entomological field. Her experiences in an ant lab started during her undergraduate years at FSU where she performed individual research under the direction of myrmecologist Dr. Walter Tschinkel. After earning her B.S. in Biology in 2014, she began working for FDACS-DPI host-testing and rearing biological agents where she was a spokesperson and educational program creator for the Air Potato Biological Control Program.

Most recently, Elise has taken a position as the Assistant Commercial Vegetable and Horticulture Extension Agent at the Hendry County Extension Office. She is excited for the opportunity to return to content creation and scientific education. Elise is passionate about Florida nature and believes that education is critical to preserving habitat for wildlife.

Masks and Social Distancing are suggested at in person events hosted by Hendry-Glades Audubon. If you are unable to attend in person, you can still join us via ZOOM! The link to the zoom meeting is available on the Hendry-Glades Audubon Facebook page or you may request link by contacting stephenbuczynski@gmail.com or Margaret England 863-517-0202 or hgaudubon@gmail.com

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Obituaries - Williams, Sheffield, Bishop, Roberts, Barfield, Henderson, Billie, Kinchen

Richard L Williams 87, of Clewiston, FL. formerly of Salem, IN. passed away Tuesday November 23, 2021 in Clewiston. He was born in Salem to the late Paul and Lillian (Kayse) Williams.

He owned the Williams Lumber Company and Construction in Salem. He retired as Owner of the Jolly Roger Marina in Clewiston.

Surviving are his Wife Sue Williams
Son Brett Williams
Daughters Tracy Logan and Terri Dawson
12 Grandchildren 6 Great Grandchildren
Sister Elaine Limp
Step Son Robert Lane
Step Daughter Pam Galimba
He was predeceased by a Daughter Jan John.

The family will recieve friends on Wednesday December 1, 2021 from 5 to 6 PM at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home 438 E. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL 33440 with Memorial Service at 6 PM.

Fayme A. Sheffield, age 72 of Alva, Florida passed away in Lehigh Acres, Florida on November 23, 2021.

Fayme was born on January 8, 1949 in Muskegon, Michigan to the late Perry “Don” and Corrine Adele Kersting Woodrum. She married James E. Sheffield on June 17, 1967. She worked as a teacher’s aide for over 34 years before retiring. She loved to go fishing, play golf, and spend time with her grandchildren and the rest of her family. She was a lifelong member of Alva Church of God.

Fayme leaves behind her: brothers; Tim Woodrum and his wife Carylen, Monty Woodrum and his wife Jeannette sons; Steven Sheffield and his wife Kathryn, Danny Sheffield (preceded by Angela Faith) his wife Christa, Chris Sheffield and his wife Jessica, Jerry Sheffield and his wife Anna. grandchildren Nicole, Marissa, Miranda, Kenneth, James, Danial, Andrew Sheffield, Domingo Lopez, Dominic Lopez, Jacob, Hannah, Charlotte and Valentina Sheffield. great granddaughters; Stella Sheffield and Natalia Lopez. 

Please no flowers. Fayme A Sheffield would like a donation made to St. Judes Children’s Research center in her name. A Memorial celebration will be January 8 at 11:00am at the Alva Church of God
Cremation arrangements are being handled by Akin-Davis Funeral Home – Fort Myers.

Marianne Jones Bishop January 8, 1927 - November 22, 2021 Clewiston, Florida

Marianne Jones Bishop, affectionately known as Meaine, was born on January 8, 1927 to Otis and Bessie Jones at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

As a young girl, Marianne lived with her parents in Coral Gables where her father was an accountant with Ernst & Ernst and later was engaged by C.S. Mott at the Southern Sugar Company, which became United States Sugar Corporation. Her family moved to Clewiston where her father continued to work for US Sugar. Marianne went to school in Clewiston with a class of six children. Upon graduation at the age of sixteen she began her studies at Florida State College for Women, which later became Florida State University. Her studies were focused in Economics and Business Administration. She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority where she made lifelong friends. After college she returned to Clewiston where she married her husband of 62 years, Moye Lynwood Bishop, on July 5th, 1948. 

Moye lived in Lake Harbor, Florida and had started his own sugar farm, growing for US Sugar. Marianne taught school in Lake Harbor to a class of five students until the birth of their first child, Moye Lynwood Bishop, Jr in 1949. Four years later their second child, Elizabeth Briant Bishop, was born. Once becoming a mother she raised her family and ran the office for Moye’s farm. She was very active in the schools, church, civic activities and farming organizations, including the Ladies of the Lake.

Marianne was a caregiver for family members much of her life. She will always be remembered for her fierce loyalty to her friends and her willingness to debate and share her opinions on a variety of issues of the day.

Marianne was predeceased by her parents, Otis and Bessie, her loving husband Moye, and her daughter Elizabeth. She is survived by her son, M. Lynwood “Woody” Bishop, Jr (Rosalind) of West Palm Beach; grandsons, M. Lynwood Bishop III (Kori) of Atlanta and Taylor Ashmore Bishop (Lucia) of Palm Beach Gardens; and great grandsons Moye Lynwood IV, Oliver and Walter of Atlanta, and Benjamin of Palm Beach Gardens.

Graveside services are Friday December 3, 2021. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Clewiston Museum or the Hendry Regional Medical Center Foundation.

Eddie D. Roberts 82, of Moore haven passed away November 21, 2021. He was born in Moore Haven to Charles and Ruby (Mathis) Roberts. He owned Roberts Mobile Home Park.

Surviving are 2 sons: Ernest and Wesley (Kim)
daughter: Pamela (Glen) Beck
7 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
his brother Iccy Espinoza and sister Susie Espinoza
and special friend Robert Elrod

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday December 4, 2021 at the Church of God Moore Haven with Pastor Cory Masterson officiating. Arrangements are being handled by the Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle Chapel.

James Fred Barfield passed away on November 20th, 2021 at Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres, Florida. Fred was born on May 27th, 1941 in Sunniland, Florida, to Thomas J. and Ruby Lee Barfield. 

From an early age, he was involved in agriculture in Southwest Florida, specifically cattle, citrus and vegetable production. He was the founder of Sandland Equipment Company, a John Deere Dealership. 

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and many wonderful memories were spent with his family in the woods or on the water. 

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Alice Barfield of Immokalee, sons, Jim Barfield (Linda), Felda, Florida and Thomas Barfield (Beth), Labelle, Florida. He is also survived by six grandchildren that affectionately called him Paw Paw, Matthew Barfield, Tom Barfield, Kathleen Barfield, Emmaraye Barfield, Madison Wiggins, and Tj Barfield, as well as four Great Grandchildren, David Barfield, James Barfield, Blakely Collins, and Montana Wiggins. Fred is also survived by one sister, Donna Sue Mays. 

 He was preceded in death by both of his brothers, Harold Barfield and Gene Barfield, and one Grandson, Adam Barfield. 

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Hope Hospice, 1201 Wings Way, Lehigh Acres, Florida 33936. A graveside memorial has been set for December 23rd, 2021 beginning at 2:00p.m. Service will be held at the Ft. Denaud Cemetery.

Darrell Wayne Henderson age 63, of Moore Haven passed away on November 19, 2021 in Sebring, FL. He was born May 26, 1958 to the late Russell and Janice Henderson in Wauchula, FL.

Darrell was a farmer for most of his life. He loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved NASCAR, the Florida Gators, and Gary Stewart music.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Janice Henderson. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Gail, who he was with for 44 years; his children Krista Henderson (Alian Brown) and Wayne Henderson (Rhonda); 5 grandchildren, Juan Torres and Almani Brown, Tate Fussell, Jack Fussell, and Kathleen Henderson; his sisters Sherri Fleming (Ross), Dr. Sharyn Henderson; and his mother in law Audrey Whidden. Many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends.

Memorial Services were held Saturday November 27th at 11:00 am at the Pavilion at Ortona Cemetery. Gathering of family and friends immediately followed at 1375 Rodeo Road Moore Haven, FL 33471.

Memorial Donations may be made in Darrell’s memory to Good Shepherd Hospice (Development Department) 1110 Hammock Road Sebring, FL 33870.

Dannee Gene Billie, age 27, passed away in Hollywood, Florida.

Dannee was born in Fort Myers, Florida on November 17, 1993 to the late Danny Billie and Loraine Billie. She enjoyed playing basketball, spending time with friends, watching movies, spending time with family.

Dannee leaves behind her mother; Loraine Billie, brother; Alfred Billie, sisters; Heather Billie and Tiffany Billie, and many extended family members.

Graveside service celebrating her life were at 10 am, Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Big Cypress Cemetery on Big Cypress Seminole Reservation with Rev. Salaw Hummingbird officiating.

Akin-Davis Funeral Home in Clewiston was in charge of the arrangements.


Audrey Lee Kinchen
06/07/1943 – 11/15/2021

An angel has earned her wings, Audrey Lee Kinchen, 78, passed away on November 15, 2021, in Austin, Texas.

She was born in Greencastle, Indiana, on June 07, 1943, and later moved to LaBelle where she lived and worked for many years. She was preceded in death by her late husband James “Bud” Kinchen and stepdaughter Sharon Cable.

She is survived by son Steven Kinchen (Tammy) of Crocker, MO, daughter Diane Ostolaza (Victor) of Georgetown, TX, and Stepson Ronald Kinchen (Jonathan) of Fort Myers, FL. Six Grandchildren: Victor Ostolaza Jr., Tyler Kinchen, Vanessa Aguirre, Reva Kinchen, Tony Cable, and Carrie Kinchen. Five great grandchildren: Nayeli Ostolaza, Analyce Ostolaza, Vaughn Aguirre, Kiara Ostolaza, and Mayes Aguirre.

Audrey retired from Hendry County Bank (FCB) in LaBelle after 40 years of dedicated service to the LaBelle community.

At a later date, interment will be at Fort Denaud Cemetery in LaBelle, Florida.