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Clewiston Police investigate case of animal abandonment

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Head on collision claims life

A four-vehicle crash in the 3200 block of 70 west in Dewberry Gardens resulted in a delayed fatality.

The vehicle was badly mangled.  Fire rescue had to cut out one occupant pinned inside.  A second passenger apparently fled the scene on foot.

The victim was a male and was apparently a migrant farm worker.

The accident occurred on Sunday but the fatality was not found until Monday.

Tow truck crews cleaning up some items from the crash noticed a dead body in some dense undergrowth under a fence.

Deputies suspect the victim was ejected during the crash.

The traffic homicide unit continues to investigate.

A private race track community proposed in western St. Lucie County.

Public hearings on the proposal will be held tonight at 6 pm before St. Lucie Commissioners.

Their planning board unanimously recommended approval of the $145 million dollar project.

169 acres on route 70 east of Summerlin Road would be developed.

The country club for car lovers includes 125 dwelling units, new single family homes, ‘garagemahals’ where people live and park their cars in the same space, the track itself, vehicle storage, guest houses, a trackside inn and maintenance shop.

Grayson Gilbert said mines have less impacts that this racetrack.

“Operations like rock and sand mine doesn’t radiate impacts for miles around.  These operations do have impacts.”

The neighbors worry about the noise and traffic from the project.

It would be a private members only race track but some spectators would be allowed for certain events.

Attorney for the developer Michael Houston said there has never been anything like this in South Florida.

The developer noted the closure of the Moroso Track in northern Palm Beach County created a void for those wanting to race in a safe environment.

Erratic driving led to a traffic stop by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task force and a drug arrest.

The incident happens on July 26 between 15A and 15B on 441 south east.

The vehicle crossed the fog line and center line multiple times according to detectives.

Deputies arrest Richard Chapman the third on charges of drug trafficking as they said they located 30 grams of methamphetamine wrapped in electrical tape.

The suspect said it was his tire plug kit.

Bond in the case was set at $76,000.

By Taylor