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News Cast for March 20th:

A bar on the 240 block of Route 441 in Okeechobee County was the scene of some craziness a little after midnight Sunday that left one man with a gunshot wound and a woman with a possible broken arm. Sheriff’s deputies say an unknown man with tattoos and a red shirt came into the Good Spirits Bar bumped into a woman and used a racial slur on her, causing her friend, Sara Smith of Okeechobee, to retaliate by arguing with the man but she ended up getting hit on the head with a beer bottle from behind by another man, and then getting hit with a pool cue on her forearm by a third man. This sparked a bar fight, with another person being hit by a pool cue and then gunshots went off, with one man being shot. The gunshot victim, whose name wasn’t released, was taken to Raulerson Hospital, as was Smith, for treatment. No information on the men responsible, other than they were all bald, white men, wearing different colored tank tops. The incident is being investigated.

An Okeechobee man is dead after a vehicle accident on St. Patrick’s Day. Florida Highway Patrol officers say 70 year old Ricky Pruitt was driving a Honda CN 250 scooter south near the 240 block of Route 441 just after 1:30pm when he didn’t see slowing traffic ahead of him and rear ended a Ford F-150 pickup truck. Pruitt was taken to Raulerson Hospital where he later died. The driver of the pickup, 69 year old Jeffrey Adams, and his passenger 63 year-old Peggy Perry, both of Okeechobee, were not injured. The accident is being investigated.

A Sebring man is facing possible life in prison after being arrested earlier this month for possessing and sending child pornography. Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives, armed with a search warrant, raided the home of 50 year old Christopher Ray Queen and arrested him after finding him locked in his bedroom armed with a handgun. Spokesperson Scott Dressel says this is a big victory for the Special Victims Unit. The sheriff’s department acted on a tip from the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Queen had at least nineteen images of child porn on his computer, some images depicting children as young as ten years old.

Dressel-Child Pornography 1

Dressel-Child Pornography 2

Okeechobee County Firefighters joined forces with Forestry crews to fight a fire involving hay bales on Friday afternoon. Crews were called to the ten thousand block of Route 98 North just after 2:30 for a fire involving over twelve hay bales. Firefighters needed about an hour and a half to get the blaze under control. Investigators say the landowner was using a round hay baler and it somehow caught fire. There were no injuries and no structure damages. The hay bales were lost in the blaze.

On the arrest report:

32 year old Antonia Ann Elliott of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for petty theft. She was released after posting a five hundred dollar bond.

40 year old Gary Heath Cannon of Okeechobee was arrested for battery on his girlfriend after a domestic dispute while drunk. His bond hasn’t been set.

29 year old Megan Salina Hair of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license with knowledge of it after a traffic stop. Her bond is set at five hundred dollars.

40 year old Shannon Leigh Jones of Stuart was arrested for passing worthless checks. She was released after posting bond.

50 year old Douglas Charles Bain of Okeechobee was arrested for grand theft after he was caught stealing over $12 hundred dollars in sunglasses. He was released after posting a one thousand dollar bond.

34 year old Stephanie Michelle Starcher of Okeechobee was arrested for contempt of court. She was released after posting bond.

20 year old Luis Gabriel Torres of West Palm Beach was arrested for possession of marijuana and Xanax after a search of his car at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution where he was visiting an inmate. He was released after posting a $55 hundred dollar bond.

33 year old Isael Barcenas of Okeechobee was arrested for DUI and possession of open alcoholic containers after he was found passed out in his car in a store parking lot and failing a road sobriety test. He was released after posting a $250 dollar bond.

25 year old Christopher Lanorris King of Winter Park was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a search of his car at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution where he was visiting an inmate. He was released after posting a six thousand dollar bond.

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 3-20-18

Zach Shelton and the band, “64 To Grayson” will be in concert at the Okeechobee Christian Church this Saturday evening at 6:00 PM.  Zach and the band have performed on stage with Josh turner, Charlie Daniels and the Gaithers.  There will be no charge, as the group comes for a free will offering.  Come on by and bring a friend or two; Let’s all have a good time in the Lord.  The church is located at 3055 SE 18th Terrace, in Taylor Creek Isles.