WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country

WOKC’S NEW LOCATION IS 3936 SE 18th Terrace Okeechobee, Florida

News Cast for June 18th:

After a three week hiatus, the Okeechobee City Council will meet this evening and they will honor the retirement of police officer Jack Boon, swear in new officer Ramon Liberato and they will also discuss current and future needs for legal services in the city. The meeting will be held in City Hall beginning at six o’clock.

This past Thursday night, Okeechobee County Commissioners and residents of the Oak Lake Estates gathered in the Historic Courthouse to hear a presentation by county engineer John Howle and representatives of Ft Pierce-based engineering firm Culpepper and Terpening on a drainage project that is designed to stop the constant flooding of the Oak Lake Estates that usually happens right after heavy rains. Many of the residents in attendance gave the project their votes of confidence and expressed relief that the flooding will likely come to an end after eight years. For one of the Oak Lake residents, Jeannie Enfinger, it’s an encouraging sign. Another resident, John Smith, says the flooding has not only been horrid, but also kind of dangerous. Once the project begins, hopefully by the end of summer, it should take about eight to ten months to complete. While some Oak Lake Estates residents will likely have to give up some easements on their properties for the good of the project, the project itself will not cost the residents anything.

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A report of a passenger vehicle catching fire caught the attention of Okeechobee County firefighters Saturday night. Crews were called to the 19 thousand block of NW 288th Street at around 9:45. They arrived to find an SUV that was fully covered in flames. Crews got the fire controlled in about 20 minutes while using about a thousand gallons of water to get the fire extinguished. Investigators say the owner of the vehicle told them that the vehicle caught fire as he was driving it. He managed to stop and get out of the vehicle and call 911. He had no insurance on the vehicle and he only bought it a few days earlier. No one was hurt and no structure damages. Total damage to the SUV was estimated at around $25 hundred dollars. It remains under investigation.

An Okeechobee man is in county jail at this time on drug charges following a search of his home Thursday afternoon. Narcotics officers from the sheriff’s department were executing a search warrant of a home on the 85 hundred block of SE 59th Drive, the home of 54 year old Danny Ralph Stokes, at around six o’clock for suspicion of illegal drug activity. After officers announced their presence at the door and not getting any answer, officers went through the door and toward a shed and then into another shed where a friend of Stokes was there. Stokes however, was not there. The search turned up six marijuana plants, a clipboard with methamphetamine residue, some digital scales, glass pipes and plastic straws. Stokes was eventually found the following day at an undisclosed location and arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana and methamphetamine possession. His bond is set at ten thousand dollars.

On the arrest report:

36 year old Jeanette Gonzalez of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for battery and resisting arrest following a domestic dispute. She was released after posting a $15 hundred dollar bond.

49 year old Gary Wynn Fralix of Okeechobee was arrested for refusing to submit to a DUI test and driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop. His bond is set at $35 hundred dollars.

26 year old Justin Michael Neff of Okeechobee was arrested for ingesting harmful chemicals after deputies responded to a suspicious incident. His bond is set at five hundred dollars.

31 year old Justin James Levitt of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on several past fraud charges. He’s being held without bond.

55 year old Robert Louis Lineberry of Okeechobee was arrested for disorderly conduct. His bond is set at five hundred dollars.

28 year old Jose Nicholas Garcia of Okeechobee was arrested on a warrant from St. Lucie County for drunk driving and driving without a license. He’s being held without bond.

18 year old Joseph Daniel Toneges Junior of Okeechobee was arrested for resisting arrest after deputies confronted him regarding an active warrant on him for past burglary and battery charges. His bond has not been set.

34 year old Mauro Seca Junior of Okeechobee was arrested for failing to appear in court and contempt of court during his hearing on past charges of driving on a suspended license. He’s being held without bond.

35 year old Stephanie Michelle Starcher of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop. She was released after posting a five hundred dollar bond.

53 year old Linda Marie Stokes of Okeechobee was arrested for trespassing. Her bond is set at five hundred dollars.

31 year old Michael Taylor Lamb of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop. She was released after posting a five hundred dollar bond.

31 year old Justin James Levitt of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on past charges of trafficking stolen property. He’s being held without bond.

53 year old Jose Cruz Galvan of Okeechobee was arrested by Florida Fish and Wildlife officers for drunk driving after a traffic stop and field sobriety test. His bond has not been set.

6-18-19

Join Raulerson Hospital for a free Lunch & Learn event on June 21st at IRSC at 11:45 a.m. General surgeon Dr. Carlos Alejo will be presenting information about hernia treatment options. RSVP is required: 763-9228 or RaulersonHospital.com/calendar

The Elks Lodge will host a car show to raise funds for Charity on June 23rd. Registration of cars 1990 and older begins at 10:00 am at 131 NE 36th Street, across from the Circle K on 441 North. The cars will be Judged as Peoples Choice. Entry of your car is $15 per car. It is free to attend and vote for your favorite car. A BBQ lunch will be for sale at $8 dollar donation per plate. Pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw or potato salad, beans and tea. Other beverages will be available and for sale. Music, corn hole and Jenga games for your pleasure as well. Come join the fun! Meet the folks of the Elks and raise funds for Charity! Entries of the cars done onsite!

2019 Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta is coming up soon and this year we have teamed up with the Fraternal Order of Police to celebrate at the Independence Day Celebration!
Here is the event’s schedule:
Saturday
1:00 PM – Regatta Boat & Captain check-in begin
3:00 PM – Fun & Games Open up for the Public
3:45 PM – Regatta Captain’s Meeting
4:00 PM – Regatta Races Start!  Races should last until around 6:30 PM

6:30 PM – Award Presentation at the Ag Center
6:30 PM – Independence Day Celebration Festivities Begin!
9:00 – Fireworks display starts around this time.