Sunday, June 27, 2021

Obituaries - Raymond Foster, Aged 84; Marjorie Talcott, Aged 88

Raymond Julius Foster, age 84, of Moore Haven, passed away June 21, 2021 in Moore Haven.

He was born Oct. 19, 1936 in Bristow, IN, to the late Elvis and the late Olga Foster.
He retired from the U.S. Army.
He also worked for the State of Delaware Social Services Department.

Survivors include three sons: Stephan Foster, Richard Foster and Jeffrey Foster
two daughters: Sharon Foster, and Donna Foster,
one sister: Rivella
7 Grandchildren

Memorial Services are pending. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Marjorie Marie Talcott, age 88, of Alva, passed away June 20, 2021 in Lehigh Acres.

She was born September 30, 1932 in Lake Branch, FL, to the late Damon and the late Jewell (Dees) Davis. Marjorie is survived by her husband of 64 years, Neil Talcott. 

 Marjorie worked as Secretary to the Principal at Edgewood Elementary School for many years before retiring. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister who will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Marjorie also leaves behind her loving children; Tracy Biggerstaff and her husband Charlie of Alva, and Greg Talcott and his wife Gina of Lehigh Acres, grandchildren; Kyle Biggerstaff, Kelsey Biggerstaff, Sarah Talcott, Ryan Talcott, Tanya Lee, and Yuan Lee, along with three great grandchildren, extended family members and close family friends.

Celebration of her life will be held at a later date at Alva Cemetery.

Cremation arrangements are being handled by Akin-Davis Funeral Home – Fort Myers.

Florida Keys' Watercolor Kapers by Bob Kranich


The Met, (Part 3, Excerpt 31)

This is the third part a story titled, The Met. A small little car on a car lot in Key West is telling the story, and my Uncle purchases him. After he drives it out of the car lot he goes a bit fast and is stopped. After that he drives the Key West submarine base commander to the Boca Chica naval Air station and our little car hears a lot. Then on to some pier fishing on Big Pine Key.

The Met

“Where did you get this buggy, Norm?”

“I picked it up a month ago at Key West Motors. It’s been doing real good.”

“What is it?”

“A Nash Metropolitan...it gets about 30 miles per gallon on this island. Not bad, huh?”

“I like it. Small but comfortable. A little bit perky also!” the commander said.

“Norm, are you going to get those submariners their hazardous duty pay?”

“Yes sir, I’m on it,” Norm answered.

“I can’t say where they’re off to, but I think you can guess.”

“Yes sir, it seems the world is never at peace.”

“If any of them need an advance it’s ok,” the commander said.

“I’ll take care of it, Sir.”

We pulled up to the main gate at the Boca Chica Naval Air Station. The guard did a smart salute and waved us through. There I was on a secure installation. I felt so proud! I was putting two and two together. My owner, Norman was involved in some real heavy stuff!
I think I will have time for one more story. It’s a fish story. Since I’m living in Key West, I’m sure it is appropriate. It was early on a Saturday morning. Norm came out of the house and before he shut the door I heard him say, “Bye Sweetie, I’m going to see what’s biting off the old dock up by No Name Key.”


Well, we set off, rod and reel in the back seat, out of Key West on Highway 1, past Boca Chica Naval Air Station. There weren’t many cars on the road. Norm’s black hair was blowing in the wind. I noticed we kept just under the speed limit. These highway patrol would not be as sympathetic as Sam, the patrolman was!

It wasn’t too long before we turned left onto a small asphalt-paved road. The sign read as we were crossing the last bridge, “Big Pine Key.” The pines weren’t big here-as a matter of fact they look stunted! What was that? It looked like a deer. But it was only the size of a large dog!

We went back through an intermittent forest and field, and turned right past a sign that read, “Deer Key Refuge.” We came up to a dead end. There was an old dilapidated wood pier going out into the water.

Norman got out, put on his cap, grabbed the fishing gear, and headed out onto the pier, whistling as he went. The pier was moving from side-to-side as he walked out onto it. I’ll just rest. I surely need it after that ride. I could see Norm out at the end of the pier casting out. He had one foot up on the rail and was intently looking over at his line. All of a sudden there was a commotion. Norm was reeling in, the rod was bent double, and he was heading this way towards shore. I could see something big jump up and the flash of a white body. Norm kept pulling the fish in towards shore. He didn't have a net or a gaff. He reeled in standing on the shore and dragged it up on the beach. The fish was huge and thrashing about.

After some time it stopped flipping, and Norm carried it to the car.

He said to himself, “Going to take this home. I need a picture.”

He got this old plastic out of my trunk and wrapped the fish up and threw it and the gear in my back seat...ugh.

We drove back home, kind of in a happy mood. Norm was whistling all the way home to the AM radio.

We pulled up into our drive, and Norm hurried in the front door. Dolores, his wife, came out the front carrying a camera.

“What you going to do with that? You’re not going to eat it.”

“Take my picture holding this Goliath, and then I’m going to take it over to Manuel's. He will know how to cook it.”

That said, that done, and that’s my fish story. Now you know something about me. Tell your friends.

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 Browen’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, June 24, 2021

Tag Your Reptile July 11 At Lee Animal Services





FWC helps tag nearly 150 tegus and green iguanas with a month left in 90-day grace period. 

Photo: A green iguana being microchipped at one of FWC's Tag Your Reptile Day events.

New rules require owners of pet tegus and green iguanas to apply for a no-cost permit and mark their pets with a Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag, also known as a microchip. Working with a variety of partners, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has helped pet owners by tagging nearly 150 tegus and green iguanas for free.

The new rules took effect on April 29, but a 90-day grace period has provided pet owners an opportunity to come into compliance and take advantage of Tag Your Reptile Day events that the FWC is holding throughout the state. These events offer pet owners an opportunity to have their pet green iguanas or tegus microchipped for free. Staff are also present to help address questions about the permit application process.

The FWC will hold two more Tag Your Reptile Day events, both taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
June 26 at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4800 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach
July 11 at the Lee County Domestic Animal Services, 5600 Banner Dr, Fort Myers

The rule changes to Chapter 68-5, F.A.C. specifically address 16 high-risk invasive reptiles including pythons, tegus and green iguanas that pose a threat to Florida’s ecology, economy and human health and safety.

The new rules also include reporting requirements for permittees, biosecurity requirements to limit escape of these high-risk invasive species, and additional language to clarify limited exceptions for possession of green iguanas and tegus for commercial sales or as pets.

The 90-day grace period ends July 28, 2021 and by that time all pet green iguanas and tegus must be permanently microchipped and owners must have applied for a no-cost permit. All other entities must come into compliance with the new rules by July 28 as well, including entities possessing the regulated species for research, educational exhibition, eradication/control or commercial sale purposes. Additionally, entities with these species will have 180 days to come into compliance with the new outdoor caging requirements. The 180-day grace period for upgrading outdoor caging ends October 26, 2021.

More than 500 nonnative species have been reported in Florida. Approximately 80% of these species have been introduced via the live animal trade with more than 130 established in Florida, meaning they are reproducing in the wild. Since most nonnative invasive fish and wildlife find their way into Florida's habitats through escape or release from the live animal trade, it is important to create regulations to prevent high-risk nonnative invasive wildlife from becoming introduced or further established in Florida’s environment.

For detailed information on how these new rules will impact pet owners, commercial sellers, exhibitors, trappers and other groups, or to learn more about upcoming Tag Your Reptile Day events, visit MyFWC.com/ReptileRule.

Additional information about nonnative species in Florida can be found at MyFWC.com/Nonnatives.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Obituaries- Sira Gonzalez, Edward Hunt, Raymond Prophet, Jr

Sira Gonzalez, age 90, of Clewiston, passed away June 21, 2021 in Clewiston.

She was born Oct. 28, 1930 in Cuba , to the late Arturo Camacho and the late Gloria Montaner.

Survivors include her husband: Basilio Gonzalez
a daughter: Mayra Gonzalez
a brother: Roberto Camacho
1 Grandchild & 1 Great Grandchild

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Edward L Hunt, III, age 33, of Fort Denaud, passed away June 17, 2021 in LaBelle.

He was born Mar. 8, 1988 in Fort Myers, FL, to the late Edward L. Jr and Yolanda (Gallegos) Hunt.

He was a Corrections Officer with the State of Florida.

Survivors include mother: Yolanda (Gallegos) Hunt
two sisters: Neomi and Danielle

Memorial services are Pending. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Loving Father, Grandfather and Great Grandpa Raymond E. Prophet, Jr took his last sunset carriage ride into Heavens green pastures to be re-united with his late wife, Jean on June 17, 2021 at the age of 77.

Raymond, “Buddy” was born on April 14, 1944 in Logansport, Indiana to the late Raymond E. & Beulah Corbin Prophet. 

He was a painter, electrician and master mechanic for many years before retiring. There really wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. Buddy enjoyed, hunting, boating, fishing and taking his family camping. 

He & his late wife, Jean started a horse drawn carriage business and they just loved making people happy with their services along with training & riding their horses. It also gave him joy to teach his grandson Brady how to drive all the equipment on the property and handle shoot his guns. So many treasured memories & stories that he just loved sharing with friends and anyone that would listen.

Raymond leaves fond memories with his loving and adoring daughters; Jessica Lynn O’Keefe and her husband Tim of Cape Coral, Deborah Flaquer and her husband Jorge of South Carolina, Tammie Gunn and husband Steven of South Carolina, son; William “Bill” Young and his wife Tina of LaBelle, Florida; his doting grandchildren; Brady O’Keefe, Matthew Flaquer, Renee Young and Jessica Young, great grandchildren; Briana, Olivia, Destiny, Nicholas, Jr, great-great grandchildren; Anthony, Carmon and Gage, along with many extended family members and close family friends. He was a good ‘ole soft hearted country gentleman that will be dearly missed by many.

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

Troy Eiler New CFO At Hendry Medical Center

 

Hendry Regional Medical Center announces Troy E. Eller as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  

Eller has over 20 years of diverse healthcare experience including hospital financial operations, revenue cycle management, and managed care contracting. He most recently worked for HCA – Highlands Regional Medical Center. 

Eller brings an extensive background in critical access hospital financial operations. “My goal at Hendry Regional is to create and implement a plan to make HRMC self-sustaining by improving revenues and being less dependent on tax benefits,” stated Eller.

His background working for a leading health insurance company provides him insight on payer contracting and will allow HRMC to better negotiate rates which will positively impact revenue sources.

Eller earned his MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University and is a proud U.S. Army Veteran. “The military instilled in me the ethics to do the best job I am capable of and to continue to evolve so I can be the best CFO for Hendry Regional,” said Eller.

“We are proud to have the talent of Mr. Troy Eller join Hendry Regional,” said R.D. Williams, C.E.O. “His extensive knowledge of critical access hospital finances will benefit both the hospital and the residents of Hendry County.”




Sunday, June 20, 2021

Kiwanis Kids Day Set For October 16 This Year

LABELLE, FL. -- October 16th 2021 from 10am to 2pm is the date set for Kiwanis Kids Day 2021 at Barron Park, LaBelle, Florida.

For over 24 years the LaBelle Kiwanis Club has sponsored the annual Kiwanis Kids Day event. The event is held every year, usually in October. 

The event is a fun-filled day for the whole family with lots of things to do, lots of things to see and lots of things to eat. Activities for the kids are always free. There is entertainment, activities, bounce houses and games. Local agencies, businesses and community partners provide fun things and educational information for kids and their families.

Kiwanis would like to have RSVP's for a spot for the event for 2021. Bring an activity for the kids, such as but not limited to; coloring page, a game to play such as balloon toss, cornhole, or be creative with your ideas. 

The day is a free activity for the local children and groups are asked to not use the event to profit but as a free family event where you can advertise your community support/service.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Munchies Drive Thru Opens Saturday In LaBelle

 

LABELLE, FL. -- Munchies Drive Thru opened today in LaBelle at 48 S. Industrial Loop. 

Owners Sanjuanita and Javier Molina offered customers a free bag of munchies this afternoon with a hot dog, chips, and a welcome from employees and family.

The couple operated Taqueria Nueve Leon, a food truck, for many years. 

They moved from Mexico to LaBelle in 1987.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Ortona Lock Width Restriction

ORTONA, FL. -- The Ortona Lock and Dam will have a width restriction of 23 feet until further notice. This restriction is due to mechanical failure. Crews are currently assessing the situation. No estimated time of repair currently available.

The South Florida Operations Office advises all vessels to monitor the Jacksonville District website for any changes or updates.

Point of Contact is Bill Keeney at 863- 368-9086

UPDATE: As of June 23, Repairs to the Ortona Lock and Dam have been completed and the lock has reopened to the full 50-foot width.

Hendry County Burn Ban Lifted

LABELLE, FL. -- The burn ban on unregulated outdoor fires in Hendry County has been lifted effective June 18, 2021.

Residents are asked to always exercise caution when burning outside.

Obituaries - Krystal Ayala, aged 33; Larry Savant, aged 73

Loving father, grandpa and friend Larry Joseph Savant, age 73 of Clewiston passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on June 15, 2021 in Clewiston, Florida.

Larry was born in Opelousas, Louisiana on August 1, 1947 to the late Joseph and Helen Lambert Savant. He was a heavy equipment operator for many years before he retired from U.S. Sugar Corporation. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed by everyone who loved and knew him.

Larry leaves behind fond memories with his son; Shannon Savant and his wife Jennifer, daughter, Lynnette Tindall, three grandchildren and one great grandchild along with many caring and loving friends.

Celebration of Larry’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021 at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home in Clewiston where visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Pastor Jeff Smith will preside at the service. Burial will take place in Ridgelawn Cemetery.

Celebration arrangements are by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Krystal Ayala, age 33, of Clewiston, passed away June 14, 2021.

She was born Sep. 13, 1987 in Pahokee, FL, to Ronald Ayala and Rosie Lopez.

Survivors include three sons: Jaiden, JD and Kyng
two daughters: Kaylani and Jianna
mother: Rosie Lopez
father: Ronald Ayala
one brother: Johnny Ayala
two sisters: Sophia Ayala and Jennifer Traviza

Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 8 PM at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston, FL.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Officer Julian Keen Honored In Moore Haven Lock Renaming

Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hosted an event commemorating the renaming of the Moore Haven Lock and Dam to honor fallen FWC Officer Julian Keen, Jr.

Officer Keen was shot and killed in LaBelle, Florida last June after attempting to stop a hit-and-run suspect while off-duty. He served more than six years with the FWC and was highly respected in his community. The Moore Haven Lock and Dam will now be called the “Julian Keen, Jr. Lock and Dam” in his memory.  

“Wildlife Officer Julian Keen, Jr. embodied the Army Values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage,” said Col. Andrew Kelly, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District. “He represents the best in all of us. He was a young man of outstanding character, deeply beloved by his community. The Corps is honored to rename the Moore Haven Lock and Dam as the ‘Julian Keen, Jr. Lock and Dam’ in his memory.”

“Law enforcement officers are dedicated public servants who are never really off-duty. Officer Keen showed immense courage and bravery the night he was tragically killed and will forever be remembered by his FWC family and the citizens of LaBelle. Thank you to Congressmen Diaz-Balart and Steube for honoring Julian and the legacy he left behind,” said Rodney Barreto, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairman.

As part of the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, Congressmen Greg Steube and Mario Diaz-Balart worked with the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to include the renaming of the lock and dam in the final version of the bill.

“I am truly grateful to have been able to rename the Moore Haven Lock and Dam in honor of the late Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Julian Keen, Jr.,” said Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. “Officer Keen was a pillar in his community, a loving friend and family member, and a driving force for good. While this dedication represents merely a fraction of his legacy, it is a token of our appreciation and respect for his service. I thank my colleague, Rep. Greg Steube for working with me to make this happen, as well as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for hosting this event to honor Office Keen’s life and legacy.”

“Officer Julian Keen Jr. embodied the meaning of public service and courage of our law enforcement officers in every aspect. Officers like him remind us of the courage and dedication of all of our brothers in blue who risk their lives to protect others,” said Congressman Greg Steube. “I’m honored to join Col. Andrew Kelly and Rep. Diaz-Balart as we recognize his incredible sacrifice by renaming the Moore Haven Lock and Dam in his honor.”

“We are grateful to Congressmen Diaz-Balart and Steube for their dedication in the renaming of the Moore Haven Lock and Dam in honor of Officer Keen,” said Col. Roger Young, director of the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “Julian’s memory as a loving friend and family member who continually strived to make a difference in his community will live on for decades to come.”

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Port LaBelle Boil Water Notice

LABELLE, FL. -- Due to a temporary power outage Wednesday, the Port LaBelle Utility System service area is currently under a precautionary boil water notice.

The boil water notice is expected to last 5 days. Residents will be notified when the notice has been lifted.

Residents with question or concerns are asked to call 863-675-5376.

Update: The precautionary boil water notice in effect for the Port LaBelle Utility System service area has been lifted as of Saturday night.

Bacteriological tests run on the water returned with passing results. Residents may discontinue boiling their water.

Residents with question or concerns are asked to call 863-675-5376.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Your Choice of Vaccines In LaBelle June 18

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Unit – Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson Vaccines


The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management have partnered to offer a mobile vaccination unit in LaBelle.

Location: Las Gemelas Food Store
Date: Friday, June 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The community will have the opportunity to choose from the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine or the Pfizer Vaccine.

Please note, this is a great opportunity for parents to have their children ages 12 to 17 years vaccinated with the Pfizer Vaccine! (Parent must be with the child and sign a consent form).

Walk-ins; no appointments required.

Florida Keys' Watercolor Kapers by Bob Kranich

The Met, (Part 2, Excerpt 230)

This is the second part a story titled, The Met. A small little car on a car lot in Key West is telling the story, and my Uncle purchases him. After he drives it out of the car lot my uncle goes a bit fast and is stopped. After that Norm drives the Key West submarine base commander to the Boca Chica naval Air station and our little car hears a lot.

The Met

Here comes an attendant. In fact, he is the guy who serviced me yesterday afternoon.
Ah…Ah... Roar. How do you like the sound? The Austin four is a nice sound in a little package. We backed out and pulled up to Key West

Motor’s office. The salesman and my new owner were standing out front. Norman had a key in one hand and papers in the other.

Norman and the salesman shook hands, the attendant gave him the other key, and he got in.

As Norman pulled out, “The sales man yelled, it’s a three–speed, Mr. Kranich. Have fun!”

We eased out of the lot, turned right, went a few blocks and turned right again, heading south. Then I heard him say under his breath,

“On to Roosevelt Blvd, and let’s see what she’ll do!”

“Uh oh!” I thought.
We came to a stop sign. The street sign read Roosevelt Blvd. We turned left paralleling the Atlantic Ocean on the right. The waves were caressing the bright sandy beach, and dazzling white seagulls were gliding about.

I could feel his foot come down on my accelerator.
Burr- Ah shift
Burr– Burr

Norm was running me through all three speeds. I could feel the carbon blowing out of my 4 cylinders. My past owner, the little old lady, never went over 45, and did it slowly.

We were cruising along rather briskly. If I could have, I would have said, “Norm, we’re at 65, and the speed limit is 45 along here.” But I didn’t have to. That is, he realized it when the red lights and siren suddenly came on behind us. I heard Norman say under his breath, “Oh, oh!”

We pulled over to the side, the cruiser right behind us. The officer got out of his vehicle, adjusted his hat, and came up. Norman was getting out his driver’s license.

“Sir, could I see your driver’s license, registration, and insurance?”

“Yes sir, here it is.”

“Norman, is that you? I didn't recognize you in this buggy. I figured you were just another hot shot tourist.”

“Hi Sam. I’m sorry, I just bought this car and was trying it out.”

“More like, blowing it out!...Norm,” Sam said as he handed Norman’s paperwork back.

“You know speeding can get you a ticket! What is this thing? I’ve never seen one before like it. Probably the only one on this island.”
“Me neither,” Norman said. “It’s a Nash Metropolitan. I was probably at top speed anyway. It only has an English 4-cylinder under the hood and three on the floor. I bought it to go back and forth to the Navy yard.”

“Open the hood, and let’s take a look.”

Norm pulled the latch, got out, and lifted up the hood.

“There it is.”
“You’re right Norm, an Austin 4-cylinder. It was moving pretty good when you came by me! Well, Norm, I’ve got to get going. Keep a light pace, take care, and I’ll see you around. Maybe at the Officer’s Club this weekend. Will you be playing with your orchestra?”

“You bet we will! See you then, Sam…and thanks.”
“Well, we were sure lucky,” I thought, as my new owner started up and pulled out. Instead of racing around Roosevelt Blvd, he turned left at

1st street, right before the salt ponds, headed north to Fogarty, and then turned right after a couple of blocks, to my new home. A big four-door

Pontiac was parked in the drive next to the house and a small camper trailer in front of it. I was given a small gravel side space out front. It was sure nice because I could see everything that came up and down the street.

As time went on I learned some things about my new owner. I took him to the downtown naval station and submarine base every work day.

Naturally he didn't talk to me, at least not directly. Occasionally he talked to himself, a short exclamation of sorts. But the afternoon he took the captain from his work at the Naval Station to the Boca Chica Naval Air Station I learned a lot. If I had been a human I would have needed a security clearance. Norm and a uniformed guy came out, a guy in a bright, smart, crisp navy white uniform. They got in, and started me up.

“Thanks for giving me a lift, Norm. Car’s in the shop, and all the motor pool jeeps are either out or getting serviced. I need to get over to that meeting.”

“Think nothing of it, Captain. It’s nice to get out.”

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

Monday, June 14, 2021

Obituaries - Martha Chambliss, Wendy Becker

MARTHA ELIZABETH ROBERTS CHAMBLISS

Betty came into this world on January 14, 1938 and departed on June 10, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband Hugh, her parents, and all of her 7 siblings. She leaves behind two sons: Brian (Margaret) and Byron (Laura); three grandchildren - Brandon, Kyrie Leigh, and Barrett; one great granddaughter - Sophia, many nieces, nephews, friends, and her loving cat - Rapper.

Betty had a bohemian spirit and the times she lived in New Orleans and Key West brought her much joy and memorable experiences. She enjoyed writing, playing her guitar, singing, and was a devout TRUMP supporter. The birth of Sophia, her great granddaughter, was the ice cream on the cake of her life. Betty loved to sing Amazing Grace and quote the 23rd Psalm. This brought her much comfort as her life came to an end. Rest in peace Betty in the arms of Jesus your Savior. You are forever loved by your family and friends.

Wendy S Becker, age 59, of LaBelle, Florida, passed away June 12, 2021, after her long courageous battle with cancer.

She was born April 25, 1962, in Warren, PA, to Michael and the late Lois (Gebhart) Zamborik. She graduated in 1980 from Eisenhower High School and 1982 from Jamestown Business College with a degree in Business Administration. 

Wendy worked for the Hendry County School Board as an accounting Clerk. Surviving is her husband Jeffrey Becker who she married on June 6th, 1987.

Wendy leaves behind her loving father; Michael Zamborik of Jamestown, New York, two sons; Andrew Becker of Riverview, Florida, and Jeremy Becker of Jamestown, New York. A brother Daniel Zamborik of Frewsburg, New York, and a sister; Karen Caldwell of Kings Island, Georgia and many extended family members and family friends.

Wendy loved spending time on the beach with friends and family. When not at the beach, she loved singing and gardening. She will always be remembered as a kind, strong person who had endless love to give.

Celebration of Wendy’s life will be held at a later date in Jamestown, New York.

Cremation arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home – LaBelle

Algal Toxin Health Alert For Lake Okeechobee

The Florida Department of Health in Glades County has issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in Lake Okeechobee. This is in response to water samples taken on June 7, 2021- June 9, 2021. 

The public should exercise caution in and around varies locations on Lake Okeechobee. For specific locations please visit https://floridadep.gov/dear/algal-bloom/content/algal-bloom-sampling-results

Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:

· Do not drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom.

· Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae or discolored or smelly water.

· Keep pets away from the area. Waters where there are algae blooms are not safe for animals. Pets and livestock should have a different source of water when algae blooms are present.

· Do not cook or clean dishes with water contaminated by algae blooms. Boiling the water will not eliminate the toxins.

· Eating fillets from healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing blooms is safe. Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water, throw out the guts and cook fish well.

· Do not eat shellfish in waters with algae blooms.

Karaoke Night At LaBelle Theatre Jun 19

LABELLE, FL. -- On Saturday, June 19th from 6pm to 10pm, the theatre will host "Karaoke Night - Making You the Star"
Snacks will be available for purchase and donations for participation will be greatly appreciated!

Help support your local theatre and join the fun!

If you don't want to sing, join us anyway and be part of the audience!

Thanks for your continued support of our local theatre!

The Firehouse Community Theatre is located in beautiful downtown LaBelle at 241 N. Bridge Street. (863) 675-3066. (Leave a message and your call will be returned)

Friday, June 11, 2021

Florida Ranked Among Least Safe States

According to a new survey by WalletHub, Florida is among the least safe states and is among those states with the highest hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.

"Some states are already safer than others, though, based on how well they have kept the pandemic under control and how much they are vaccinating. In order to find out the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics. Our data set includes the rates of COVID-19 transmission, positive testing, hospitalizations and death, as well as the share of the eligible population getting vaccinated."


Source: WalletHub

Elwood Robinson Convicted In 2018 Alva Murders

FORT MYERS, FL. -- Sentencing is scheduled for August 10th for defendant Elwood Robinson. He was convicted of two counts of Second-Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, and Falsely Personating a Law Enforcement Officer.

The crimes happened when several high school aged kids were hanging out late at night on November 16th and the early morning of the 17th, 2018, in Alva, at a gathering spot called “Linwood.” The defendant heard a loud argument from that area, while in his house, located about a quarter mile away.

The defendant drove his truck to the area, near the Caloosahatchee River, where he encountered the first victim. It was a teen who flagged Robinson down and asked him for help due to being stranded and needing a ride home. Robinson told him not to worry, that he was a police officer, and would take care of the situation. The teen got into his truck.

Another teen then drove out of the area in a car and Robinson tried to block the car. He then chased the car at speeds of over 100 mph. The teen was able to lose him. The first teen was still in the defendant’s front passenger seat during the chase.

Rather than take the teen home as he requested, the defendant went back to the Linwood area.

Two people showed up, a male and female, to retrieve her car. When they arrived, the defendant got out of his truck with a 357 revolver and ordered the male to the ground. He did this while pointing the gun at him and telling them that he was a police officer and would take him to prison. He then ordered the female to get the first teen out of his truck claiming it was his son.

Two more people arrived, friends of some of the captive teens, and saw the gun. One, attempting to protect his friend on the ground, tried to disarm the defendant and pushed him. The defendant stumbled and then got up and shot the teen on the ground in the back of the head. He then shot the teen who pushed him. Both of the teenagers were killed.

After killing the two male teens, the defendant turned and fired at a female victim. She was struck in her right hand, the bullet grazed her shoulder, partially hitting her neck. She survived.

The defendant then pointed his firearm at another girl but did not shoot. The teens then fled to a friend’s house where 911 was called. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation.

Assistant State Attorney Andreas Gardiner of our Homicide Unit and Assistant State Attorney John Dommerich Jr., Lee County Assistant Felony Division Chief, prosecuted the case.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

6 Month Road Repairs On Fort Denaud Road

LABELLE, FL. -- Please be advised that, beginning Monday, June 14, 2021, Hendry County’s contractor, Community Asphalt Corp., will be conducting construction services and roadwork on Fort Denaud Road from SR80 to Fort Denaud Bridge Way in LaBelle, FL.

The project includes milling and resurfacing of the roadway, drainage pipe removal and installation, excavation and earthwork, and grading work.

The speed limit will be reduced through the project area.

Motorists should expect lane closures and possible delays throughout the duration of the project and allow extra time for their commute.

Motorists and pedestrians should use extra caution when traveling through the work zone.

The project is expected to have a completion time of approximately one hundred fifty (150) days to one hundred eighty (180) days.

Construction operations will occur during weekdays, Monday - Friday, 7am - 5pm Evening work hours will vary during milling and resurfacing operations.

· Construction Start: June 14, 2021

· Construction End: December 11, 2021

The project is funded by the Florida Department of Transportation via the Small County Road Assistance Program state grant and Hendry County in the amount of $1,079,000.00.

Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

Algal Health Alert For Caloosahatchee River

LaBelle, FL -- The Florida Department of Health in Hendry has issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in the Caloosahatchee River. This is in response to water samples taken on June 3, 2021. The public should exercise caution in and around Caloosahatchee River.

Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:

· Do not drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom.

· Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae or discolored or smelly water.

· Keep pets away from the area. Waters where there are algae blooms are not safe for animals. Pets and livestock should have a different source of water when algae blooms are present.

· Do not cook or clean dishes with water contaminated by algae blooms. Boiling the water will not eliminate the toxins.

· Eating fillets from healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing blooms is safe. Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water, throw out the guts and cook fish well.

· Do not eat shellfish in waters with algae blooms.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Vaccine Schedule For LaBelle and Clewiston

Hendry County, FL - The Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management have partnered to offer mobile vaccination units at several locations in Hendry County. The community will have the opportunity to choose from the Pfizer Vaccine for ages 12 and older or the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine for ages 18 and older.

Please note, this is a great opportunity for parents to have their children ages 12 to 17 years vaccinated with the Pfizer Vaccine! (Parent must be with the child and sign a consent form).

Walk-ins; no appointments required.

Note: Individuals vaccinated with Pfizer Vaccine will be notified when second doses will be available in the area. (Mobile Unit will return to provide second doses.)

Please see the dates and locations below:

· Thursday, June 10th – LaBelle Veteran’s Memorial Park, 26 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle (Across from the Hendry County Courthouse)(2nd doses or 1st doses) 11am-6pm

· Friday June 11th - Clewiston Town Plaza, 959 W Sugarland Hwy, Clewiston 10am-6pm

· Saturday June 12th - LaBelle Veteran's Memorial Park, 26 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle (Across from the Hendry County Courthouse) 10am-6pm

· Sunday June 13th - Pioneer Shell Gas Station (Corner of Hwy 80 and Hendry Isles Blvd-Pioneer), 13979 E. FL-80, Pioneer (2nd doses or 1stdoses) 9am-6pm

· Sunday June 13th - Clewiston Town Plaza, 959 W Sugarland Hwy, Clewiston(2nd doses or 1st doses) 11am-6pm

Florida DOT Wants Input On Walking And Biking Planning

The Florida Department of Transportation District One needs your help understanding why people walk and bike, what barriers exist for walking and biking, and the improvements needed to make roadways better for walking and biking. Please take this survey to share your thoughts: http://bit.ly/D1UserSurveyEnglish

El Distrito Uno del Departamento de Transporte de Florida necesita su ayuda para comprender por quĂ© las personas caminan y andan en Bicicleta en la Florida Central, las barreras existentes para estos modos de transporte y las recomendaciones para mejorar las carreteras para caminar y moverse en bicicleta. ¡Responda esta encuesta para compartir sus opiniones: http://bit.ly/D1UserSurveySpanish

Monday, June 07, 2021

Social Events In June From Area Agency on Aging

LABELLE, FL. -- Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, a nonprofit serving older adults and adults with disabilities, is determined to offer aid to those battling isolation by providing online social events to the community it serves. 

AAASWFL is inviting older adults and their families to enjoy an interactive online magic show with renowned magician and mentalist Paul Draper as he helps them explore the “Mysteries of the Mind.” 

Draper will be accompanied with special guests Meadow Perry and Satomi Hofmann. Scheduled events will take place over Zoom and require registration in advance. 

AAASWFL has been offering these events to combat the effects of isolation since November 2020. For all free AAASWFL events available to older adults in Southwest Florida, visit: https://aaaswfl.org/events/

WHEN: Thursday, June 17, 2021| 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Registration link: Meeting Registration - Zoom
(Special Guest: Eryn LeCroy)

Wednesday, June 30, 2021| 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Registration link: Meeting Registration – Zoom
(Special Guest: Gabe Abelson)

Paul Draper is a comedy presenter, magician, mind-reader, and speaker who has appeared on the History Channel, A&E, HBO, Hallmark, the Travel Channel, and HGTV. Draper has appeared with David Copperfield, Lance Burton, and Teller of Penn & Teller, and has headlined in Las Vegas in addition to his seven years as house magician for the Venetian Hotel & Casino.

Eryn LeCroy is currently cast to play Martha Jefferson in “1776” soon to be reopening on Broadway. She recently played Cristine in “Phantom of the Opera.” Off-Broadway/New York, LeCroy has played Johanna in “Sweeney Todd” and played multiple roles in “Assassins.” She was also in the National tour of “Jekyll and Hyde” as Emma Carew.

Gabe Abelson is a five-time, Emmy-nominated comedy writer whose numerous credits include head monologue writer for “Late Show with David Letterman,” and staff writer for both “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn.” He also wrote for network late-night shows “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” (ABC), and for “The New Tom Green Show” (MTV).

Obituaries - Kathy Ballard, Aged 61; Sandra Hayes, Aged 77

Kathy L Ballard, age 61, of Clewiston, passed away June 4, 2021 in Clewiston.

She was born July 31, 1959 in Columbus, OH, to the late Earl Richard and the late Mary Elizabeth (Williams) Atkinson

She worked at Corbin Farm & Ranch Supply for 28 years.

Survivors include her husband: WA Ballard
son: William A Ballard III
daughter: Vicki Hernandez
four brothers: Mike, Bill, Tim and David
7 grandchildren & 1 great grandchild

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 11:00 am at Community Presbyterian Church, Clewiston with Rev. Tom Slager officiating.

Visitation will be Thursday from 10 to 11 AM at Community Presbyterian Church, Clewiston, FL.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Sandra M Hayes, age 77, of Lehigh Acres, passed away June 2, 2021 in Fort Myers.

She was born Nov. 11, 1943 in Moore Haven, FL, to the late Sonny and the late Joyce M (Snell) Hayes.

Survivors include her sister: Linda Crawford
two brothers: Jimmy Snell and David Snell

A Memorial Service is pending.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Free HIV Testing Tuesday At Hendry Health Department

LABELLE, FL. -- Free HIV testing Tuesday, June 8th at the Hendry County Health Departmet. 

June 8 is Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. AIDS is the leading cause of death in the Caribbean.

In the U.S. Latinos account for 24% of new HIV infections, but represent only 17% of the population. Puerto Rico had the second highest percentage of new cases.

-National Hispanic Council On Aging

Friday, June 04, 2021

Smithsonian Institution Comes to LaBelle With Water/Ways Exhibits

Smithsonian Institution Comes to LaBelle With Water/Ways

LABELLE, FL. -- The “Water/Ways” exhibition, coming to LaBelle next March explores the endless motion of the water cycle—from water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, to its impact on culture and spirituality. 

Interactive stations in the exhibition provide visitors with opportunities to explore water from both scientific and cultural perspectives as well as encourage conversations about water’s enduring impact on our daily lives. 

Each exhibition venue will also host a variety of engaging virtual and in-person programs that explore how water has shaped the history and heritage of their own communities.

Jun 26-Aug 21, 2021 - Citrus County Historical Society (Citrus)
Aug 28-Oct 23, 2021 - Apalachicola Arsenal Museum (Gadsden)
Oct 30, 2021-Jan 1, 2022 - MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center (St. Lucie)
Jan 8-Feb 26, 2022 - Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (Palm Beach)
Mar 5-Apr 30, 2022 - Barron Library (Hendry)
May 7-Jul 2, 2022 - Amelia Island Museum of History (Nassau)
Jul 9-Sept 3, 2022 - African American Cultural Society (Flagler)

Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Florida Humanities, and was adapted from an exhibition organization by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

To celebrate the return of the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibition, Florida Humanities is hosting a week of programs to celebrate this life-sustaining source. This series of remote programs all taking place from June 21st through the 26th.

Program Schedule:
The Gulf and the Eagle, Jack E. Davis, June 22 @ 6 pm | Register Now
Expanding Waters, Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse, June 23 @ 6 pm | Register Now
Florida's Healing Waters, Rick Kilby, June 24 @ 6 pm | Register Now
State of Water, State of Mind, Cynthia Barnett, June 25 @ 6 pm | Register Now

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Moderna Vaccine By Appointment In Glade/Hendry

Hendry & Glades Counties, FL - The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties will now offer the Moderna Vaccine by appointment only. Please see the locations and days listed below.

Please note, vaccine appointments will be made based on vaccine availability and clinical hours. Individuals will be contacted with their appointment confirmation and will be scheduled for their second dose within 28-34 days.

Please see the days and locations below:

Mondays – Glades County Health Department in Moore Haven, 1021 Healthpark Drive, Moore Haven, FL 33471 (863) 946-0707, press 0

Tuesdays - Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston, 1100 S. Olympia, Clewiston, FL 33440 (863) 983-1408, press 0

Wednesdays & Thursdays – Hendry County Health Department in LaBelle, 1140 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle, FL 33935 (863) 674-4041, press 0

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Obituaries - Belcher, Batchelor, Rudd, Dupree, Martinez, White, Walker

James G Belcher, age 62, of LaBelle, passed away May 27, 2021 in Lehigh Acres.

He was born July 4, 1958 in Naples, FL, to the late Robert and the late Leona (Huneycutt) Belcher.

Survivors include two sons: William Belcher and Christopher Belcher
two brothers: Marvin Belcher and Margel Belcher
4 grandchildren
aunt Neva Luckey

A memorial service is pending. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Steven C Batchelor, age 63, of Immokalee, passed away May 27, 2021 in Immokalee.

He was born July 22, 1957 in West Palm Beach, FL, to the late Lavon Kent and Valyne (Fortaw) Batchelor Sr.

Survivors include
Mother: Valyne (Fortaw) Batchelor Sr
brother: Lavon Kent Batchelor Jr
three sisters: Taya V Cone, Renae C Ferraro and Connie G Underwood,

A Pending Memorial Service will be held on his birthday July 22nd. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Jeffrey Earl Rudd, age 59, of Clewiston, passed away May 25, 2021 in Clewiston.

Jeff was born October 24, 1961 in Clewiston Florida, to the late Henry Thomas & the late Emily Maddox Rudd. 

He graduated from Clewiston High School in 1979. Jeff proudly served his country during the Gulf War in the United States Army for eight years. Jeff worked as a carpenter for many years building many local homes. Jeff also worked as a mechanic/welder for private contractors and US Sugar. 

He had a love for the ocean, loving to spend time there with his sweet Melissa and family. He loved lobstering with family and friends. He loved cutting swamp cabbage with his nephew Wesley and many other friends. Jeff was loved by everyone and he never met a stranger. 

He had an unconditional love for his brothers, sisters, all family members. He always made sure to give you a big ol hug and remind you that he loved you. He never ended a conversation with his sisters without saying “I love you sister with all my heart”. He loved his grand babies and had a nickname for them all. Jeff’s favorite quote was “LIFE IS GOOD”. He will be truly be missed by each and everyone of us.

Jeff leaves behind his wife; Melissa K. Rudd, son; Jeffrey Earl Rudd, Jr, daughters; Jessica Rourks, Brittani Beraza, Alli Rourks, two brothers: Dougie Rudd(Peggy) of Clewiston, FL, Steve Rudd(Teresa) of Clewiston, FL, three sisters: Gwen Hare (Bobby) of Clewiston, FL, Gail Murphy (Mitch) of Clewiston, FL and Debbie Keen( Cecil) of Camilla GA, The Late Diane Fletcher (Ronald) of Clewiston, FL, grandchildren; Kaitlyn Rudd, Abby Jo Rudd, Jada “Baby Girl” Jenkins, Alexia “Lexipo” Beraza, Jesus “Pa” Beraza, Sissy Beraza, Gabe Trevino, Izaac Valdez and Aliana Valdez, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews and many close family friends.

Celebration of Jeff’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in Clewiston where visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. Burial will be in Ortona Cemetery next to his mother, Emily.

Jewell E Dupree, age 94, of LaBelle, passed away May 25, 2021 in LaBelle.

She was born Apr. 5, 1927 in LaBelle, FL, to the late Jefferson and the late Lydia (Altman) Walker.

She was the last of 9 children. She was a member of the Moore Haven Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Stanley; sons: Stanley Jr. and Gene

Survivors include one daughter: Judy (David) McGee
2 sons: Ronnie (Linda) Dupree and Wayne (Sharon) Dupree
grandson: Daniel (Sarah) McGee
2 great grandchildren: Aaron and Isaac McGee

The family will receive friends on Thursday June 3, 2021 from 3 to 4 PM at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home 560 E. Hickpochee Ave. LaBelle.

Funeral Service will follow at 4 PM with Pastor’s Cory Masterson & Randy Ford officiating.

Interment at Ortona Cemetery will be private.

Jose Rubio Martinez (Grandpa), age 65, of Moore Haven, passed away peacefully in his home on May 24, 2021 in Moore Haven.

Jose was born on Jan. 7, 1956 in Cuba to the late Carlos Martinez and the late Lilia Rubio.

He is survived by: his wife of nearly 50 years, Rosa Cortes-Martinez; daughter, Josephine Boix and husband Fernando; son, Miguel A. Catalano; son Rodney P. Catalano and wife Rita; two brothers, Rolando Rubio and Ruben Camacho; 8 grandchildren, Kassandra A. and Coraima L. Mesa, Kathleen S. Carire, Melissa A. Jessica A. Brandon R. Christopher and Emily N. Catalano; and 1 great grandchild, Hailie M. Daszynski.

Jose was a brilliant man. He spent his life as an entrepreneur, and proudly believed, “you never work a day in your life if you love what you do.” He was extremely resourceful; spending hours researching anything and everything he thought was of interest to anyone. Because of this his friends and family constantly looked to him for advice. He also loved nature; his favorite way to spend his free time was fishing, camping, and gardening. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM with Pastor Manzano, beginning with a visitation from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, 560 East Hickpochee Avenue, Labelle, Florida, 33935.

Coralee White, age 40, of LaBelle, passed away on May 23, 2021 in LaBelle.

She was born Mar. 9, 1981 in Naples, Florida to the late Ronald White and Mary Brewer. Coralee worked as a server for Forrey Grill for a few years, then worked as a bartender at the American Legion Post in LaBelle. She was a loving and caring person who always had a smile on her face. She will be missed dearly by her entire family and all of her working friends and family friends.

Coralee leaves behind her loving mother; Mary Locklear, step-dad Donnie Locklear. her son; Remington French, her siblings; Ronnie White, Tammie White, Andy White, Lisa Thompson, Danny White, Penny Messer, Donald Ray Locklear and Shelby Locklear, many nieces and nephews along with many extended other family members and family friends.

Coralee’s life will be celebrated at a later date.

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

Naomi Lee Walker, age 88, of Clewiston, passed away May 23, 2021 in Cape Coral.

She was born Aug. 12, 1932 in Pavo, GA, to the late Thomas Virgil and the late Pearl (Wingfield) Finley. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt who will be dearly missed by everyone who loved and knew her.

Survivors include one daughter: Patricia Diane "Patty" Pearcy of Clewiston, FL one brother: Wilbur (Barbara) Finley, Son, Steven Wayne Walker (Janet) of Cape Coral, FL; Grandchildren, David Tarter (Sara), Daniel Tarter (Ruby), Justin Walker; Skye Walker; Great-Grandchildren, Tylen Tarter; Kylie Tarter, Sydnee Tarter, Chloe Tarter; Nephew William Finley (Kathy); Nephew, Tommy Finley (Kim); Nephew, Doug Finley

Memorial celebration of Naomi’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home – Clewiston.

Ty'riq Hallback, 21 Arrested In Hit And Run

Moore Haven, FL – On April 12, 2020, at approximately 7:10 pm, a hit and run crash with a serious injury and property damage occurred 3rd Street SW and Avenue R in Moorehaven. 

In the crash, a Dodge Journey SUV turned left in front of a golf cart. The 92-year-old female victim, driving the golf cart, was seriously injured and transported to Lee Memorial Hospital. 

The driver of the Dodge Journey fled the scene. 

Through the course of an exhaustive criminal investigation, troopers arrested Ty’riq Hallback, age 21 of Moorehaven, on June 2, 2021 and booked him into the Glades County Jail for leaving the scene of a crash involving serious injury and property damage.