Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Traffic Advisory: Highlands And Glades County

Highlands County

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash in which a Highlands County school bus was struck in the rear by a semi-truck on US 27 and Lake Placid Drive as of 7:48 am this morning
Troopers are still on scene investigating.

There were a total of 39 students on the bus. Two students were flown to Tampa General with serious injuries, multiple students (preliminary 3 students) and the bus driver were transported to a local area hospital with non-incapacitating injuries

Glades County

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a van versus semi crash on CR 74 at the Glades / Desoto County Line as of 7:58 am. The van was traveling westbound on CR 74, the semi was traveling eastbound on CR 74. The crash remains under investigating as to which vehicle crossed the center line, the left front of the van struck the left front of the semi. Troopers remain on scene investigating, CR 74 remains closed in the vicinity of the Glades County Line.

There were a total of six occupants in the van, one occupant is confirmed deceased, three are trauma alert transports to Lee Memorial Hospital and two are non-incapacitating injury transports to Lehigh Regional Hospital.  The driver was the sole occupant of the semi, the semi driver was transported to Bayfront Hospital with serious injuries.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Robert Rushin Dies At 86

Robert W. Rushin, age 86, of Springfield, MO passed away December 8, 2017 in Clewiston, FL.
He was born Dec. 7, 1931 in Harviell, MO, to the late George and Sarah Leona (Autry) Rushin. . He served during Korean war in the U. S. Army
Survivors include his wife: Rebecca (Hohler) Rushin. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Post Disaster Recovery In Hendry-Glades

The Glades/Hendry County Disaster Recovery Group

By Austin Moorhouse

FEMA, with the assistance of Glades County Emergency Operations Center and the Hendry County Emergency Operations Center are joining forces to establish a community-based long-term recovery program for our two counties.  Long-term recovery is the period following a disaster (in this case Hurricane Irma) when the affected community and its residents return to a new normal state of living.  A Long-term Recovery Group is usually established by the community, often with outside assistance, in order to help its most vulnerable residents through the recovery process.   This group continues to coordinate services after FEMA is no longer able to provide continued disaster relief services.
Many other counties in the State of Florida are either in the process of establishing these community-based voluntary organizations for disaster recovery or they already have a community-based long-term recovery programs.  The Glades /Hendry County Disaster Recovery Group needs volunteers from our communities to help case managers coordinate the necessary services for those families with unmet needs. 
The mission of the Glades/Hendry Long-term Recovery Group is to support households and businesses impacted by disaster to recover and rebuild.  The aim of this group is to strengthen and streamline disaster coordination by sharing information, facilitating dispersal of funds, resources and other services in coordination with federal, state and local authorities and agencies.
The recovery group is made up of ordinary citizens who are willing to spend a little of their time and/or talent as well as representatives from faith-based, civic, nonprofit, government, business and other organizations (such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and United Way) to assist individuals and families as they recover from a disaster.  The sole purpose is to match disaster-caused needs with community resources to help families recover.

An organizational meeting will be Wednesday, December 13th at 1 pm at the Hendry Emergency Operations Center.
For further information and meeting times interested parties may contact Marisa Shivers at the Glades County Emergency Operation Center at 863-946-6020.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

6 Ways To Avoid Holiday Overindulging

Dr. Mao On Healthy Holiday Lifestyle Celebrating
As soon as December starts, the holiday party season begins - your office fete, a friend’s white elephant gift exchange, and let’s not forget family gathering together with tablescapes fit for a feast.
Then, just when you think you couldn’t possibly pop one more snowflake cookie in your mouth New Year’s Eve comes along and insists you spend another night celebrating the welcoming of 2018.
By January 1st, you feel that the holidays are both a blessing and a curse. It is so easy to get sucked into the lure of overindulging during the festivities.
So, if this year you want to save yourself from jolly excess and food comas, look no further. Dr. Mao is going to share what he does when he’s faced with an abundance of treats. He’s got six festive tips to get you through the holiday hump so you can make the most of a happy and healthy season of celebration.

-courtesy Dr. Mao Shing Ni and Infinichi

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Teacher Maria Rivera-Magana Arrested

Teacher Charged With Selling Drugs To Students

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Hendry County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer, Chad Pelham, placed 35 year old Maria Otilla Rivera-Magana  under arrest on several drug and neglect charges upon leaving Clewiston Middle School.

School Resource Officer Pelham had been contacted by emergency room medical personnel on Friday, December 1, 2017, in the evening hours.  They reported to him that two middle school students had complained of being ill and reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana they had purchased from a permanent substitute school teacher at Clewiston Middle School.

Deputy Pelham began to investigate the claims made by the students.  Contact was then made with School Administration and the Hendry County Narcotics Division where it was arranged to make a purchase from the teacher.

On Friday, December 08, 2017, Deputies arrested Rivera-Magana on several charges:  Two counts of Possession of Synthetic Drug, with Intent to Sell within 1000' of a School, Two counts Possession of Marijuana within 1000' of School, Two counts Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell within 1000' of a School, Two Counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Two Counts of Interference with  and Two counts of Neglect of a Child.  Additional criminal charges are pending.

“I commend Deputy Pelham and members of the Narcotics Division.  We cannot and will not allow this behavior to continue on our school campuses”, said Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden.  “The School district and administrators were very cooperative and without their support in this case, it could have been more difficult to make this arrest occur”.  Whidden went on to say, “one of the advantages we have here is the overwhelming cooperation and working relationship between the Hendry County School District and the Sheriff’s Office, for which we are grateful”.

Rivera-Magana was transported to the Hendry County. Jail Rivera-Magans went to first appearances this morning and the judge set a $100,500 bond. She is currently being held by jail personnel in Hendry County..