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News Cast for December 15th:

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s investigators have arrested three Okeechobee men in connection with reports of abuse at McArthur Dairy Farms. Sheriff Noel Stephen held a press conference yesterday saying the three men arrested: 31 year old Mario Hernandez, 44 year old Fernando Cruz and 36 year old Naul Dorantes-Garcia, were identified after video surfaced depicting them abusing cows at the farm. All three have since been released on bond, with an arrest warrant out on a fourth suspect. Stephen says it’s been “problematic” for his department to not receive these videos in a more timely fashion. This is the third dairy farm in Okeechobee in just over a month to report cattle abuse, Larson Dairy and Davie Dairy being the other two.

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Stephen-McArthur Dairy Arrests 2

Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies had their hands full with not one but two bomb threats Tuesday at two area high schools and they have a Sebring man in custody for it. Investigators say 29 year old James Lee Irvin Junior was arrested and charged with two counts of threatening to discharge an explosive device and two counts of using a two way device to commit a felony. Sebring High School first reported receiving a bomb threat shortly before 9 am and Avon Park High received the same threat just before 11 am.  Spokesperson Scott Dressel says the threats came via fax. Students from both schools were transported off campus where they could be picked up by their parents. Crews from several law enforcement agencies, including FBI, were called in to search both schools with no one turning up anything. No one was hurt in the incident.

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Highlands Bomb Threats 2

Okeechobee County Fire and Rescue had a couple of accidents to contend with Tuesday. Crews were first called to the 12 thousand block of SE 441 for a single vehicle accident just after 7:40 am and found the driver, whose name hasn’t been revealed, had been ejected from the vehicle and needed to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment. The second accident happened shortly before 4 pm at the 49 hundred block of 441 and found a mid-size school bus and sedan had collided. No injuries were reported in that accident and it is under investigation.

On the arrest report:

20 year old Cheyenne Nunez of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. She was released after posting a $1000.00 bond.

31 year old Sterle Leon McNeil Junior of Okeechobee was arrested for battery on his girlfriend after a domestic dispute. His bond has not been set.

29 year old Elmer Leitner of Okeechobee was arrested for possession and trafficking methamphetamine after a traffic stop. His bond has not been set.

27 year old Jose Antonio Hernandez of Okeechobee was arrested for dealing in stolen property and giving false information to a pawnbroker. His bond is set at $35,000.00.

38 year old Michael Throop of Okeechobee was arrested on two out of county warrants for reckless driving. He’s being held without bond.

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