Convicted Felon, Gualberto Gamboa arrested on narcotics charges

On Thursday, May 17, 2018, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit was requested to respond to the home of 35 year old Gualberto Gamboa, who resides at 4291 Ft. Keis Ave., LaBelle. It had been reported that a State Probation Officer was currently inside the residence conducting a home search of […]

HC School Board holds School Safety Forum

Members of the Hendry County School Board spoke about safety procedures already in place and measures being taken to improve our children’s safety at the School Safety Forum on April 9. “I’m the first Superintendent in Hendry County history that actually has to worry about children being murdered,” said Superintendent Paul Puletti, “I’m dreading the […]

Sheriff Whidden explains the Guardian Program at school forum

Sheriff Steve Whidden explained the requirements of volunteers in the Guardian Program after having those in attendance at the School Safety Forum, at LaBelle High School, envision a hypothetical school shooting. “The Parkland shooting scared the hell out of me,” said Whidden. He said he realizes if someone does their homework they can enter our […]

Woman attempts to enter home identifying herself as DCF Investigator

Deputies with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office want to ask parents to BE AWARE. It was reported earlier in the day that a female identifying herself as a DCF Investigator, employed with the Department of Children and Families, attempted to enter the home of a woman telling her she was there to conduct a “home […]

Meet Deputy Gary Ben Hull

Deputy Gary Ben Hull was born and raised in LaBelle, FL. His family ties extend back several generations in Hendry County, and this is the place he plans to always call home. Deputy Hull attended LaBelle schools and graduated from LaBelle High School in 2012. Unsure of what career path he wanted to travel, Hull […]

Parking violation leads to arrest on drug charges

While investigating another incident at McDonald’s located at 21 West Hickpochee Avenue in LaBelle on January 29, Hendry County deputies noticed a white 4-door Mazda sedan blocking a handicapped parking space just after 11:30 p.m. As deputies approached the vehicle to investigate, the driver of the vehicle, Michael Joseph Daley, returned from inside the establishment […]

Meet Deputy Zorone Everett

Deputy Zorone Everett was born in Pahokee, Florida in 1976. After attending the area elementary and middle school, Deputy Everett moved to West Palm Beach, Florida with his family. While there, he finished his high school career at Wellington High School and graduated with his diploma in 1995. Being young and seeing the world as […]

HCSO announces awards, re-assignments and new hires

Deputy Moorehead Honored with Purple Heart On Friday, December 22, 2107, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden honored Deputy Sheriff Jayson Moorehead with the Law Enforcement Purple Heart Medal and Ribbon. In March 2017, Deputies were out at 944 Kentucky Ave., M & M Store, in Harlem, conducting a security check. Deputies on scene witnessed suspicious […]

Inspiring LaBelle – Shop With A Cop

If you were shopping at the LaBelle Wal-Mart on Saturday, December 16, the Spirit of Christmas was in the air and on the faces of dozens of children. You may have seen several parked Deputies vehicles, and an Armored Car Limo Bus parked outside the Garden Center entrance. Hendry County Sheriff’s Deputies, paired with 27 […]

Middle School Teacher arrested on twelve drug and neglect charges

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 medical personnel on Friday, December 1, 2017, in the eng hours.  They reported to him that two middle […]