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News Cast for April 28th:
Testimony ended with videotaped statements made by the principals charged in the William Curry murder Wednesday. Closing arguments and jury deliberations are scheduled this morning. Terrance Spivey is facing life in prison if convicted. He disavowed all knowledge of the crime in his statement, only to later admit he went to the victim’s apartment to purchase flakka for half the price. Firearms experts traced the handgun to the bullets fired and a coroner testified Curry died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Prosecutors added a charge of attempted second degree murder against 27 year old Jeffery Courtney for a June 10th incident he allegedly fired a 38 caliber pistol toward the head of James Haywood at Dockside RV Park. Deputies say the motive was a 60 dollar loan.
Among arrests, 73 year old Charles Martin was charged with sale and possession with intent to sell hydromorphone and held on 1 hundred thousand dollars bond in an Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force Operation.
An Okeechobee couple were charged with aggravated child abuse for allegedly whipping a 17-year-old girl with a computer power cord. The 17 year old had 10 large wounds on her body according to city police. The child said she lives with the local family but is not related and is made to do the dishes, clean the home, do laundry, and do the cooking and treated like a slave. 40-year-old Tisha Edouard and 35-year-old Leon Edouard have 10 children.
Work has begun to celebrate the county centennial in 2 thousand 17. A recent workshop brought out public suggestions for the celebration.
Retired Judge and historian Bill Hendry said everyone should celebrate.
Historical society president Maggie Cable said the street part and gala will likely be tweaked for the county.
Sports Cast for April 28th:
The boys 4 by 800-meter relay team at Okeechobee High qualified for regional today at Miami Northwestern High. The team consists of Daniel Shelley, Hunter Sills, Gerardo Saucedo and Alex Hackett. Saucedo is confident the team will do well.
Alex Hackett, a sophomore, just joined the track team this year. He said the older runners have really helped him out.
Sills said he’s gotten a lot of support from the student body. He said the team pushes each other and knows that they can run a good race.
The Moore Haven track team also had several qualifiers, there meet is today at Dade Christian High School.
Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 4-26-16
- K9 Resque is in need of volunteers for both the rescue and the pet food pantry, and we are also are looking for good loving foster homes for our dogs, if interested please call 863-824-5373
- The Oasis Lounge at the Okeechobee Shrine Club has again opened their doors and we look forward to serving your favorite beverages while you spend a little time winding down the week. Invite your friends and neighbors to meet you for a quick get together or spend some time and enjoy catching up from a busy week. The Oasis Lounge offers an intimate and friendly setting to relax and unwind every Friday and Saturday evening from 5pm to 10pm. The Lounge is always open to the public except during times of private leases of the Club. For information contact Kip Gardner at (863)357-0427 or the Okeechobee Shrine Club at (863)763-3378
- Membership! Are you a Main Street member whom has not paid their dues for the 2015-2016 year? Are you not yet a Main Street member? It is easy to become a part of an organization that is dedicated to the Okeechobee community! Visit Main Street at 55 S Parrott Ave or at www.okeechobeemainstreet.org
- The National Day of Prayer observance, sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association (OMA), will be Thursday, May 5th at noon on the lawn between the historic courthouse and the judicial building. The observance was initially begun in 1952 by President Eisenhower. All aspects of life are prayed for by the OMA members and various community leaders. The faith-based kindergarten students will sing God Bless America and other music will be provided. Pizza will be provided by the Kiwanis. Come, pray for Okeechobee and bring a folding chair!
- The Migrant and Hispanic graduating seniors at Okeechobee High School will be receiving recognition May 16, 2016. This celebration is Okeechobee High School “Harvest of Hope Celebration.” Your generous contribution will help make our efforts a meaningful experience for these youngsters. This year we have a total of 31 migrant students graduating this year. You can drop off donations to Antoinette Rodriguez at Abney, Building & Consulting located at 210 NE 3rd Avenue or contact her by phone at 561-718-0536, she will be glad to pick up your donations.
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