8th Annual Brian Haas Memorial Golf Tournament

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office hosted their 8th Annual Brian Haas Memorial Golf Tournament on January 19, 2019. Sheriff Whidden was proud to present the parents of Brian, Bob and Norie Haas a check in the amount of $23,342.68. To keep Brian’s memory alive, Bob and Norie created the Brian Haas Criminal Justice Scholarship Charitable Trust […]

Thieves looking for low hanging fruit in your cars

Since January 1, 2019, residents have experienced 11 vehicle burglaries and it appears they are targeting cash and firearms. Surrounding counties have reported an uptick in vehicle burglaries as well. Some as high as 51 since January 1. These thieves are looking for low-hanging fruit, and your unsecured valuables are low hanging fruit. Thieves spend […]

Golden Apple Teacher of the Year: Aarika Deerey

The Hendry County School District’s Golden Apple Teacher of the Year, Aarika Deerey, admits that school was always a challenge for her. “But I had many people by my side to help me succeed,” she says. Her family moved to LaBelle, from Louisiana, when she was in fourth grade. “My fourth-grade teacher played a huge […]

Hendry County investigators looking into suspicious death

Hendry County Investigators are looking into a suspicious death that was reported in the evening hours of Monday, January 29, 2019. Investigators found 66 year old Brenda Hill lying on the floor of her home in LaBelle. Investigators are continuing to following up on all leads. Anyone who has information on this crime is asked […]

HCSO takes on Human Trafficking

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU) is placing its emphasis on Human Trafficking. The HCSO CIU is a four member team, Sgt. Wanda Hainley, Deputies Nicolas Todd, Richard Krasinskas and Troy Urbanowski. In 2017, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden applied for a grant with the Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services, […]

Man flies from Hawaii to forgive 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. […]

Electronics missing in Hendry racetrack burglary

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Motorsports Park was broken into sometime over the New Year’s holidays — and just before the racetrack’s 2019 season was due to start. Owner and promoter Ken Kinney posted a notice on his personal Facebook page on Wednesday morning, Jan. 2, saying that “I was just notified that my racetrack […]

HCSO provided one extra, special shopping experience

On Saturday afternoon, Dec. 22, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden reached out to make a little boy’s dream come true. Joey Flores Jr., dressed for the part along with his handcuffs, his holstered orange toy gun and sunglasses, and dreaming of being a police officer, was ready for his shopping experience. After answering a plea […]

Deputy and Bondsman Arrested

Hendry County Deputy Germain Garcia and Hendry County bondsman Antonio Martinez were each arrested on one count of felony perjury relating to a case they were involved with in 2017. The case involved the bondsman detaining a person he believed committed a crime against the bondsman’s family member. The deputy then responded and took the […]

Body found in remote Hendry

HENDRY COUNTY — The body of a deceased white male Caucasian reportedly was found in a remote wildlife area, drawing a response from state and local law enforcement agencies recently. An emailed tip to this newspaper provided a link to the NamUs website, that of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, where the discovery […]