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News Cast for August 7th:

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department says construction at SE 40th Avenue at the intersection of SE 8th Street, will still be going on a while longer to replace a culvert underneath the road. Detours are still set up at SE 6th Street and SE 10th Street for the duration of the work. This closure was originally scheduled to end this past Thursday. Keep listening to WOKC as to when the work is completed and the road reopens.

Last night, Okeechobee residents gathered in the Osceola Middle School gymnasium to listen to candidates for local offices speak on their qualifications for that particular office and answer submitted questions from the public. Four of the five candidates vying for the office of county court judge were there last night. One of those candidates was Roger Azcona, a 25 year long resident of Okeechobee County and an attorney who has represented over two thousand cases in ten or twelve county and district courts. Azcona believes one aspect of the judicial system he intends to focus on if he’s elected is the issue of people who re-offend. Another candidate for county judge is Donald Chinquina, who believes his over 25 years’ experience as an attorney will be a major factor in him being the successor to retiring Judge Jerry Bryant. But Chinquina also says another asset he has is good judicial demeanor and the ability to listen to all sides. Other candidates who spoke last evening include Dixie Ball, incumbent for the School Board District 3 seat and her opponent, Melisa Jahner; and District 4 County Commissioner incumbent Terry Burroughs and his opponent Fred Brown.

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The Landing Strip Café at the Okeechobee County Airport was the site for a very special birthday celebration yesterday. Okeechobee native and World War II veteran Walter Brown celebrated his 95th birthday at the airport with a birthday lunch and a ride in a small aircraft, something he hasn’t done in ten years. Mr. Brown, a US Navy veteran who was aboard the USS Missouri the day the Japanese surrendered, was quite surprised when he got his birthday present. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper, himself a US Navy veteran and one of many who helped put this together, says it felt good to be a part of this event. Officials from the Landing Strip Café played a major role in putting this birthday celebration together for Mr. Brown.

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Despite the fact that we are in the wet season, it didn’t stop Okeechobee County firefighters from having to fight a brush fire Sunday night. Crews were called to the sixteen thousand block of North Highway 98 just after nine o’clock for a small bale of hay that caught fire. Crews needed only about ten minutes to douse the fire, using about 25 gallons of water. No one was hurt and no damages. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

A traffic stop turned into an arrest for an Okeechobee man and woman this past Thursday night.  Okeechobee County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a four door passenger car, driven by 45 year old Nezzie Elizabeth Howling on the north side of 441 just before eight o’clock, for not wearing a seatbelt. As deputies were asking for her license, she gave him her ID card and dispatch confirmed Howling’s license was suspended. Another deputy came up to the passenger side and noticed a clear plastic bag outside next to the door after he noticed 25 year old Timothy Sherman Courson, throwing it out. Courson was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and Howling was charged with driving on a suspended license. Howling was released after posting a five hundred dollar bond and Courson is being held on a five thousand dollar bond.

On the arrest report:

44 year old Diana Cruz Casiano of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for tampering with an electronic monitoring device. Her bond is set at $25 hundred dollars.

23 year old Carly Morgan Walls of Okeechobee was arrested on a warrant from St. Lucie County for drug possession charges and violating probation. She’s being held without bond.

32 year old Heather Louise Adkins of Okeechobee was arrested for failing to appear in court for past charges of driving on a suspended license. She was released after posting a thousand dollar bond.

42 year old Miguel Elias Moreno of Okeechobee was arrested for drunk driving and driving without a valid license. He was released after posting a thousand dollar bond.

33 year old Christine Marie Lukasievich of Okeechobee was arrested for failing to appear in court on past charges of driving on a suspended license. She was released after posting a five thousand dollar bond.

31 year old Amy Jo Jones of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on an expired license after a traffic stop. Her bond is set at five hundred dollars.

37 year old Enrique Santiago Conejo Junior was arrested on a warrant from Highlands County for petty theft. He’s being held without bond.

32 year old William Nicholas Johnson of Okeechobee was arrested for grand larceny and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell. His bond is set at $35 thousand dollars.

37 year old Thomas William McGill of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on past drug possession and resisting arrest charges. His bond is set at $25 hundred dollars.

49 year old Susan Jean Van Cise and 28 year old Cory Allysa McLaughlin, both of Okeechobee, were arrested for shoplifting. Both were released after posting bonds of $750 dollars apiece.

33 year old Melissa Maria Vivar of Okeechobee was arrested for grand theft. Her bond is set at a thousand dollars.

22 year old Enrique Santillan of Okeechobee was arrested for drunk driving. He was released after posting a $750 dollar bond.

Okeechobee Community Events 8-2-18

Tai Chi at the Senior Center – Beginning July 9th, Okeechobee Senior Services will again be offering Tai Chi classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 at the Lottie Raulerson Senior Center. Tai Chi offers many potential benefits to seniors such as relieving the physical effects of stress, reducing bone loss in menopausal women, improving lower body and leg strength, reducing arthritis pain and reducing blood pressure. Tai Chi is also known to increase energy by releasing endorphins, increase mental capacity and concentration, improve balance and stability by strengthening the ankles and the knees, and promote faster recovery from strokes and heart attacks. This is a great opportunity to do something good for your mind, body and soul, and who knows, you may make some new friends along the way. These classes are offered to beginners and the experienced at no cost. The Lottie Raulerson Senior Center is located at 1690 NW 9th Avenue, just south of the IRSC campus. For further information, please call Senior Services at 863-462-5180.