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News Cast for November 17th:

Officials from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department have announced that their lead investigator met with the state attorney’s office and presented the evidence regarding the allegations of cattle abuse at Larson Dairy last week and they say arrest warrants have been issued for the individual or individuals responsible. Sheriff Noel Stephen last week held a press conference saying he received a letter and photos illustrating the alleged abuse of cattle at Larson’s Dairy, causing at least one person to be fired and two others suspended from their jobs. Names of those being sought in this case have not been released at this time.

A Lake Placid man is facing a litany of charges after an encounter with Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies last night. Detectives say 40 year old Dederrian Leevan Williams was arrested at a storage facility in Lake Placid after a month long investigation revealed he was conducting a drug dealing operation. Williams pulled up to the storage facility and when he gave a false name to deputies, he tried to escape but was eventually caught in the woods near Highway 27. Detectives found over 12 grams of cocaine, nearly 5 grams of crack and a gram of marijuana in Williams’ car and over 55 grams of cocaine and over thirteen hundred dollars in cash in the storage facility. Williams was booked on aggravated battery on a law officer, cocaine trafficking, possession of cocaine and marijuana near a church and resisting arrest. His bond is set at $154,000.00.

National Farm City Week is alive and quite well in Okeechobee County. It started off with a luncheon and agri-education expo at the Okeechobee KOA Campgrounds yesterday. Lots of food, kids presenting their 4H projects were part of the fun. Davie Dairy’s own Bill Berman and Glenn Rutledge were given a special recognition award as part of the festivities. Berman, as appreciative as he was for receiving the award, praised his office manager, Alice Murphy, who introduced him and has been working at the dairy for over 30 years . Davie Dairy has been a staple of Okeechobee County since 1962.

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If your blood type is A, B, AB or O, come on down to the Freshman Campus Auditorium behind Golden Corral this weekend for the 11th annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup. Officials from One Blood will be there, accepting blood donations Saturday and Sunday and there will be prizes awarded to donors via a raffle. Some restrictions are if you’re on blood thinners, have a fresh tattoo or you’ve given blood in the last 56 days, you cannot donate. But according to coordinator Raye Deusinger, you can donate platelets even if you gave blood within the last 56 days. The Okeechobee Blood Roundup begins at 9am on Saturday and ends at 6pm and on Sunday it goes from 9am to 5pm. Every donation saves 3 lives.

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Today is an early release day for children in Okeechobee County schools. Okeechobee High will run from 7:05 until 10:50; Okeechobee Freshman campus will go from 7:18 till 10:30; Okeechobee Achievement Academy (Middle/High) will go from 7:20 till 10:30; Achievement Academy (Pre K/Elem) from 8:15 until 11:10; Middle Schools from 9am until 12:20; Central, Everglades and Seminole from 8am until 11:55 and North and South from 8:10 until 11:30.

On the arrest report:

27 year old Kathyari Aponte of Frostproof was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop. Her bond is set at $12,500.00.

30 year old David Glenn Jennings of Sebring was arrested for driving on a suspended license and being a habitual offender of the same charge. He is being held on $10,000.00 bond.

26 year old Rachael Nicole Hennon of Okeechobee was arrested for failure to appear in court for misdemeanor offenses and contempt of court. She’s being held without bond.

54 year old Frank Laperuta of Okeechobee was arrested on two counts of cruelty to animals. He’s being held on a $1000.00 bond.

68 year old James Arthur Snell of Okeechobee was arrested for failure to appear in court for misdemeanor offenses. He’s being held without bond.

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 11-6-17

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