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3936 SE 18th Terrace Okeechobee, Florida

View from Billy Dean’s boat on Lake Okeechobee, two years ago with Taylor Marie. Photo taken by Taylor.

News Cast for August 20th:

It will be round two for Okeechobee’s city budget tonight. City Councilmembers will be having their second workshop in as many weeks to discuss the city’s $7.6 million dollar budget for the 2019/2020 fiscal year but before that, they will squeeze in a regular meeting. Topics being discussed include a memorandum of understanding regarding an opioid consortium involving Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades Counties. The meeting will begin at a special time, which will be five o’clock, at City Hall tonight.

Speaking of the Okeechobee City Council, the councilmembers took the time to recognize the swearing in of two new police officers at their last meeting. Officers Trent Moutschka and Brandi Drapel were sworn in amidst family, friends, fellow officers and councilmembers. Moutschka, an Okeechobee native, says he feels “amazing” that he’s now a full-fledged city police officer with all the hard work paying off and he’s looking forward to helping people. Moutschka says his decision to become a police officer didn’t happen right away; he worked in odd jobs for a while and realized it wasn’t for him. The shootings in Parkland nearly two years ago hastened his decision to become a cop. For Moutschka, a 2014 graduate of Okeechobee High School (OHS), his aim is to always learning to be a better police officer and hopefully change people’s perspective on law officers. Drapel, a native of Labelle, was unavailable for comment.

The Okeechobee chapter of the Republican Party held their monthly meeting last night and attendees got to meet two candidates vying for Florida’s House District 55 seat in 2020. Kaylee Tuck and Ned Hancock, both of Sebring, spoke to attendees, announcing their intent to run for the seat, currently held by Cary Pigman. Hancock now works in the citrus industry following a career in banking and he believes his experience will help him bring important issues to Tallahassee if elected. Hancock says we need to assist in areas of economic development through improving infrastructure and transportation. Tuck is a land use and real estate attorney in Ft. Myers and with her grandmother being a Highlands County Commissioner and her father the chairman of the state board of education, she says her local and state connections give her the chance to do some good for her community. Tuck says her humble background gives her a unique perspective that will be of constituents’ benefit. If elected, Tuck’s goals include improving agriculture, job growth and supporting veterans through transitional housing.  Pigman’s time as District 55 Representative concludes next year.

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Okeechobee County firefighters got a call of a structure fire that required their attention yesterday. Crews were called to the twenty thousand block of NW 176th Avenue just before one o’clock and arrived to find a mobile home but there was no visible smoke present. Investigators say the homeowner told them that he put the fire out himself. Further investigation revealed an electrical fire had burned an area underneath the home. Firefighters shut down the power and had the homeowner call an electrician before turning the power back on. The fire caused about $150 dollars in damages. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

On the arrest report:

38 year old Justin Lee Harris of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and failing to obey a law officer’s order to stop following a traffic stop and pursuit. His bond is set at $16 thousand dollars.

34 year old Sierra Savanna Poswencyk of Okeechobee was arrested on a Martin County warrant for violating probation on a previous grand theft charge. She’s being held without bond.

34 year old Chad Wesley Broadrick of Okeechobee was arrested for fraudulent use of a credit card and petit theft. His bond is set at a thousand dollars.

49 year old Alejandro Vidal of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of heroin after a traffic stop. His bond is set at $25 hundred dollars.

37 year old Jose German Guijosa Ramirez of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop. He was released after posting a $250 dollar bond.