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News Cast for October 11th:

An Okeechobee juvenile will be tried as an adult in county court in the near future on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm in connection with an incident late last summer. Okeechobee County Prosecutor Ashley Albright says 17 year old Miguel Garcia was in court recently for a bond hearing after being arrested towards the end of last month and charged in connection with an incident where he allegedly fired several shots from a handgun on a soccer field across the street from Northern Elementary School towards the end of the school day on August 26th. While no one was hurt, the incident forced a lockdown at the school and several schools nearby. Albright says Garcia is being tried as an adult because of his age-he will be turning 18 next April- and the seriousness of the crime. Garcia is currently being held in county jail on a $25 thousand dollar bond and while Albright wanted Garcia held without bond, Garcia’s attorney Jeff Fadley fought for his client to be released on his own recognizance because he says his client does not have a violent history and it’s a misunderstanding. Garcia is due back in court on October 23rd.

Just as the Okeechobee County Commissioners are preparing for the arrival of a new county attorney before the end of the current year, the city council is following suit by getting ready for a new city attorney. At their last meeting on October 1st, councilmembers decided to have a request for proposal and a request for qualifications made up and blended together that will allow for individual attorneys and law firms to apply for the post. Current Okeechobee City Attorney John Cook announced last August he will not be renewing his contract with the city after over 30 years on the job. Mayor Dowling Watford says whoever is chosen as the one to succeed Cook should not only have an understanding of municipal law but also an understanding of the community of Okeechobee. While Watford says Cook believes there will be many candidates vying for this job, he admits losing the experience that Cook brought will be difficult. County attorney John Cassels is also stepping down after nearly 30 years at his position.

A traffic stop turned into a drug related arrest for an Okeechobee man Wednesday evening. Sheriff’s deputies stopped a Chevy Blazer, driven by 35 year old Eliceo Moises Mendoza, at a gas station on the 36 hundred block of SE Highway 441 a little after 5:15 for having a cracked windshield and a broken taillight. As deputies were gathering Mendoza’s driver’s license and registration, they noticed his hands shaking and he was breathing heavily and he had been reaching over the center console and floor board before he was stopped. A K-9 unit was called in to search the vehicle and it turned up a plastic box of Buspirone Hydrochloride pills and a baggie full of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Mendoza was arrested and charged with possession of meth and a controlled substance without a prescription. He was booked into county jail and his bond is set at six thousand dollars.

A man formally of Belle Glade, who is a person of interest in the killing of a transgender woman is now facing murder charges in a separate case. Deputies from the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29-year-old Jamson Richemond Tuesday night on charges of murder, kidnapping, and evidence destroying in the death of 30-year-old Jamal Hubert of Clewiston. Hubert was last seen on the morning of June 2nd and his body was recovered from a canal in Palm Beach County two days later. Richemond is being held without bond at the Hendry County Jail. Investigators say he is also under investigation for the murder of 23 year old Bee Love Slater, a transgender woman from Pahokee, on Sep. 4th. Slater’s body was found reportedly burned beyond recognition inside a car near the Clewiston Golf Course.

On the arrest report:

51 year old Lewey Vincent Lee of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on a fugitive warrant out of Alabama for a sexual offender registration violation. He’s being held without bond.

31 year old Brandon William Tansley of Okeechobee was arrested for assault on his mother during a domestic dispute. His bond is set at five hundred dollars.

35 year old Christopher Kyle Baker of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on past charges of burglary and grand theft. He’s being held without bond.

22 year old Daniel Gonzalez of Okeechobee was arrested for contempt of court on past charges of trespassing. He was released after posting a five thousand dollar bond.

70 year old Hipolito Torres Gonzalez of Okeechobee was arrested on a warrant from Brevard County for lewd and lascivious molestation charges on a victim under the age of 12. He’s being held without bond.

39 year old Daniel Markese Nesby of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on previous domestic violence and battery charges. He’s being held without bond.

37 year old Richard Tijerina Junior of Okeechobee was arrested for contempt of court during his hearing on past charges of driving on a suspended license. He’s being held without bond.

62 year old Robert Owen Hendershot of Okeechobee was arrested by police for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. His bond is set at $55 hundred dollars.

42 year old Briony Jill Pakiam of Okeechobee was arrested on a warrant from Palm Beach County on two counts of child neglect. She’s being held without bond.

27 year old Levi Roberts of Okeechobee was arrested for contempt of court for failing to appear for a status review. His bond is set at one thousand dollars.

39 year old Sandra Janette Garza of Indiantown was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. Her bond is set at $55 hundred dollars.

18 year old Anthony Tanilus of Fort Pierce was arrested on a local warrant for an undisclosed charge. His bond has not been set.

24 year old John David Brighton of Fort Pierce was arrested on a local capias warrant for possession of synthetic cannabis. His bond is set at five thousand dollars.

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