Teen arrested on charges of homicide

HENDRY COUNTY — On Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, 19-year-old Benjamin Nieves was arrested and transported to the Hendry County Jail on charges of murder and attempted murder. Since Nov. 10, 2019, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has been investigating the shooting death of 27-year-old Luis Andres Salas, Jr., of LaBelle. On Nov. 10, […]

Belle Glade woman charged with attempted murder

BELLE GLADE — On Dec. 6, 2019, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Dontoria Bennett, 24, of Southest Sixth Street in Belle Glade, on the charge of Attempted First Degree Murder with a firearm. Bennett was transported to the PBC Jail where she is being held on no bond. On Nov. 19, deputies […]

House searched in probe of trans woman’s slaying

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) reports that in conjunction with state authorities, deputies executed a search warrant Friday, Sept. 20, on a home at 501 S. W.C. Owen Ave. in Clewiston, where there was believed to be evidence from a recent brutal murder.​ The office’s Criminal Investigations Division, HCSO Special Response Team, […]

Local trans woman memorialized

PAHOKEE — A Pahokee resident murdered on Sept. 4 became the 18th transgender woman to be murdered in the United States this year (and the 17th black trans woman slain in 2019), the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council said on its Facebook page Monday, Sept. 9. The victim was Bee Love Slater. The PBCHRC […]

Drug deal leads to murder

After a vehicle was pulled from a canal last week, the deceased driver was found to have multiple gunshot wounds to the neck and head. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jonathon Gove responded to a call early Friday morning, May 17. The caller said there was a vehicle in the canal at the 1000 block […]

Okeechobee man accused of second degree murder in connection with wife’s death

OKEECHOBEE – An Okeechobee man has been charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of his wife. On Friday, April 19, 2019 at approximately 6:41 a.m., Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a 911 call. The caller advised that his wife tried to kill him, and he thinks she is dead. Deputies […]

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office seeking help to solve murder

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office is requesting help from the public on the 2016 homicide of Clemente Garcia. In 2016, local authorities responded to the 1000 block of Northeast 60th Avenue (Four Seasons), in reference to an unresponsive man. Upon arrival, Clemente Garcia was found to be deceased. The Sheriff’s Office is offering […]

PBSO deputies investigating a Feb. 1 homicide

SOUTH BAY — A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office press release stated that at 10:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, deputies responded to a vehicle accident in the 800 block of N.W. First Street in South Bay. Upon arrival deputies located an adult male, Ahmad McAllister, 32, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Detectives from […]

Dailey sentenced to 20 years for murder of Okeechobee man

OKEECHOBEE – Brandie Dailey – who was 18 in April 2017 when 60-year-old Robert Curtis Joiner was brutally murdered – accepted a plea deal on Friday, Jan. 25. She pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years. She also pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and received five years. The terms […]

Man flies from Hawaii to Hendry County to forgive mother’s killer

LaBELLE — This is the story of a desire for closure and personal peace so strong that finally finding it — through the unconditional forgiveness and love Jesus preaches through the Bible — drove a man to fly from his home in Hawaii, twice, to LaBelle to read a poem for his mother’s convicted killers. […]