LaBelle High School teacher arrested on firearm charges

On Friday, September 27, 2019, at approximately 9:00am, School Officials were alerted that a teacher, Lisa Horton, that had been hired to teach English at LaBelle High School had disclosed to another during a conversation, teacher that because she had a Carry Conceal Weapon permit, she carried a gun with her to and from school.  […]

Hendry County Seniors’ graduation pranks cross the line

CLEWISTON — The dubious tradition of high school seniors pranking their institutions and classmates as they graduate to the next stage of life crossed the line between fun and harm this year, at least to chagrined Hendry County School District authorities. At LaBelle High School, it was “just” a fake memorandum that a few seniors […]

HCSO Deputy Curtis Clay and LHS introduce Criminal Justice Class

Deputy Curtis Clay has found his way back to Hendry County Sheriff’s Office and has been asked to teach Introduction to Criminal Justice at LaBelle High School (LHS). “I am so excited about this opportunity to be able to provide students in Western Hendry County the same instruction students at Clewiston High School have been […]

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 […]

Two men pulled from canal in Clewiston

On Monday, September 10, 2018, at approximately 10:10 a.m., Hendry County Sheriff’s Agricultural Deputy, received a call reporting that two men had been pulled from a canal off of Dooley Grade, in southeastern Hendry County, The two men, later identified as Manual Santiz Lopez and Jose (Joel) Lopez Gomez, were employed as part of a […]

Clewiston Elementary Schools placed on a brief lockdown

Clewiston Elementary Schools were on a brief lockdown today until deputies apprehended a man who entered Central Elementary School. Deputy Julio Perez was on duty today at Central Elementary when he witnessed a man enter the front door of the school. He then heard Principal Melissa Carter say that the man was not permitted to […]

HCSO seizes Altair Training Solutions

On June 19, 2018, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden received, from the court, a Writ of Possession Instanter ordering Sheriff Whidden to seize all of the property named in the writ and turn it over to the new owner and remove any persons on the property known as Altair Training Solutions, a regional training facility […]

HCSO investigates shooting in unicorporated area of Clewiston

At approximately 6:55 p.m., Sunday, June 3, 2018, Hendry County Deputies and Investigators responded to the area of 1068 Harlem Academy, Clewiston, Florida. When Deputies arrived on scene they located one victim who was conscious and suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported for medication attention. Witnesses have reported that the vehicle was black […]

Five arrested on narcotics charges

In the early morning hours of Tuesday May 15, 2018, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Special Response Team served a search warrant at 612 Bridle Way LaBelle FL. Once inside the residents Narcotic’s Investigators located Audencio Ramos, 26 years old, 25 year old Roxanna Mendoza, Jose Ramos, 19 years of age, 18 year […]

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 […]