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News Cast for December 14th:

A new sentencing hearing but pretty much the same result for an Okeechobee woman convicted of DUI manslaughter two years ago. Okeechobee Court Judge Dan Vaughn yesterday re-sentenced 47 year old Lisa Marie Kramer to nearly 40 years in prison for colliding with and killing 46 year old motorcyclist Clinton Lewis Griffin of Okeechobee with her car in 2015. Prosecutor Don Richardson says he is quite happy with Judge Vaughn’s ruling. Kramer was originally sentenced over 35 years in prison last October but a re-sentencing hearing was granted because of new evidence, including testimony from Kramer’s psychiatrist.

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Officials from the Okeechobee County Prosecutor’s office said yesterday they have withdrawn the arrest warrants on three men accused of cattle abuse at Larson’s Dairy last month and later fled. Prosecutor Ashley Albright says the arrest warrants on 36 year old Omar Jimenez Mendoza, 29 year old Omar Guadalupe Mendoza and a 17 year old boy were dropped because the Social Security numbers they provided were found to be false according to federal authorities and their drivers’ licenses were not valid so there would be no way to accurately determine if they are giving their real names. Albright says he legally had no alternative. One man, 49 year old Helias Cruz of Okeechobee is still in custody for one count of animal cruelty in this case.

Dropped Warrants-Larson Dairy Case

Florida Highway Patrol officers are investigating an accident that injured several schoolchildren and a bus driver in Highlands County yesterday morning. Investigators say 59 year old Selena Hawthorne of Lake Placid was stopping her bus at Lake Ridge Drive near Route 27 in Lake Placid when the driver of an 18 wheeler couldn’t stop in time and rear-ended the school bus, pushing it to the shoulder and overturning it. Two students were airlifted to Tampa General Hospital for serious injuries, while Hawthorne and two other students were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The truck driver, 45 year old Stanley Lockwood of Orlando, was charged with careless driving after being treated for minor injuries.

A Labelle man will be in prison for a while following his sentencing yesterday. A Collier County judge sentenced 28 year old Ethan Brown to two years in prison followed by 3 years of probation after being found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following a two day trial. Brown had sped past his victim’s Copeland home in February when the victim told him to slow down because of children playing in her driveway. Brown sped towards her and swerved into her driveway and was laughing about it. Multiple witnesses corroborated the victim’s story.

On the arrest report:

28 year old Cory Ray Jenkins of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for failure to appear in court on charges of driving on a suspended license. He’s being held without bond.

20 year old Ozmani Robles was arrested for violating probation. He’s being held without bond.

61 year old Terry Taylor of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of hydromorphone after a traffic stop. He’s being held without bond.

23 year old Juan Anthony Moschella of Fort Pierce was arrested for grand theft auto after a complaint of shoplifting at a Wal-Mart. He’s being held on a $20,000.00 bond.

57 year old Esta Dodd Huls of Okeechobee was arrested for petty theft after she was caught shoplifting. She’s being held on a bond of $500.00.

48 year old Ryon Bradley Lewis of Okeechobee was arrested for shoplifting and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. His bond has not been set.

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