New charges brought against man accused of murdering FWC Officer Julian Keen

LABELLE – Elicio Hernandez, 20 was arrested on negligent manslaughter charges on June 14, in the shooting death of FWC Officer Julian Keen, now faces new charges of second degree murder with a firearm, attempted second degree murder – discharging a firearm, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of synthetic cannabis. Hernandez’s bond […]

New youth group focuses on community service

LABELLE – The Kid’s Club of LaBelle is a local youth group for children ages 8-18 that meets twice monthly. The first meeting of each month focuses on community service, and the second is a “fun day.” The group was inspired by fallen Officer Julian Keen, and his own project, The Gentleman’s Club. “The dream […]

Local pizzeria pays it forward

LABELLE – In a time when businesses are struggling, especially restaurants, due to the complications surrounding the pandemic, one of LaBelle’s favorite local Italian eateries made a decision from the heart. Sal Cal Pizza, announced that they would donate 100 percent of all their sales on Saturday, June 27, 2020, to the memorial scholarship that […]

Julian Keen’s Memorial Service is today

The FWC Fallen Officer Service for Julian Keen will be held tomorrow, June 22, 11:00 am, at The Venue at Mudge Ranch.  Full honor guard will be in attendance. The Venue at Mudge Ranch 1323 Loblolly Bay Rd SW LaBelle, FL 33935 Everyone is asked to park onsite, once this area is full, there will be […]

Murdered officer’s legacy of kindness continues to unify

There were anxious rumors of possible protests, but love prevailed as thousands of people, both young and old and in-between, from every walk of life imaginable, gathered together in honor of murdered FWC Officer Julian Keen, Jr. at the candlelight vigil in Barron Park on June 18, 2020. Law Enforcement officers and first responders, from […]


Our community experienced a devastating loss in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 14, 2020. Officer Julian Keen, a well-known and much loved, bright, shining light in Hendry County, was shot and killed while responding to help during a hit and run while off-duty. He was just 30 years old, but even though his […]