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News Cast for November 20th:

Okeechobee County Commissioners meet this morning and they will hear from Airport Director Kathy Scott regarding an airport master plan for development and evaluation alternatives from Avcon and they will also look to approve an agreement with CivilSurv Design Group to provide construction inspection services for the weir replacement and stabilization of the banks of Otter Creek as a result of Hurricane Irma. The meeting begins at 9am in the Historic County Courthouse and it will be streamed live on the commissioners’ website.

The County School Board will also meet this evening for the first time in over a month and a half and they will welcome newly elected board member Melisa Jahner and they will look at amending the wellness policy. That meeting will be held in the school board office beginning at 6pm.

At their last meeting, Okeechobee County Commissioners discussed the future of the appearance and design of housing in the community. County Administrator Robbie Chartier says the code regarding acceptable housing design and appearance has not been updated in a while and as such, it has allowed older mobile homes for example to be here and while they may be up to code, the more they age the more they will not improve the housing stock in the community. While no decision was made, the discussion focused on what will be acceptable and affordable housing in Okeechobee County that is up to code and adds value to the community. Chartier says this is needed not just for the tax base, but also for future economic development. The issue will be back before the board at the December 6th meeting.

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Okeechobee County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man Saturday night on a host of charges following an incident involving his girlfriend and their son. Deputies were called to the 11 thousand block of SE Highway 441 just after 8:30 in response to reports that 34 year old Jesse Anthony Carran was getting obnoxious with his girlfriend as she was changing their son’s diaper, began touching their son’s penis jokingly and then started playing with his handgun while he was very intoxicated. Carran got upset with his girlfriend after she tried to take their son and leave and she ended up going to a neighbor’s house, leaving her son with Carran. Deputies arrived and apprehended Carran before giving their son back to Carran’s girlfriend. Carran was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and child abuse. He was released after posting a $21 thousand dollar bond.

An Okeechobee man is in county jail at this time on charges of grand theft auto in connection with an incident Sunday afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 38 hundred block of SE 128th Avenue just after two o’clock after they received reports that 58 year old Mark Anthony Haas had taken his mom’s Ford Explorer. Deputies say Haas’s mom told him he could not take it because his license is suspended and he was intoxicated. After an argument, he took the only key and drove off in the vehicle. After stopping at a friend’s house and passing out from intoxication, Haas’s friend drove him back to his mom’s place and Haas was eventually arrested and charged with grand theft auto. His bond is set at five thousand dollars.

Okeechobee County Firefighters had a vehicle fire to contend with Saturday afternoon. Crews were called to the 250 block of NW 102nd Street just after four o’clock and found a John Deere Gator four-wheeler fully covered in flames when they arrived. Firefighters needed about a half hour to extinguish the fire while using about two hundred gallons of water. No one was hurt. Investigators say the homeowner’s son was driving it earlier in the day and he noticed smoke coming from it. As he stopped it, it caught fire. Total damage is estimated at just over $15 hundred dollars. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

A Belle Glade man is dead after a vehicle accident yesterday morning. Florida Highway Patrol officers say 24 year old Deminke Shantell Hall was driving a Ford F-250 pickup truck south on US Highway 27 in Glades County just after ten o’clock when he drove off the road, onto the center grassy median. He overcorrected onto US 27 and crossed over the southbound lanes, onto another grassy shoulder before re-entering US 27 and overturning. Hall was ejected from the truck as a result and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Hall’s one passenger is being treated for minor injuries. The accident is under investigation.

On the arrest report:

30 year old Desirea Anne Mazzilli of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for drunk driving following a traffic stop and field sobriety test. Her bond has not been set.

32 year old Amanda Leigh Williams of Okeechobee was arrested for retail theft from Wal-Mart. Her bond is set at five hundred dollars.

20 year old Mauricio Alejandro Serrano of Okeechobee was arrested for driving without a valid license after a traffic stop. His bond is set at five hundred dollars.

44 year old Robert Russell Bolling of Okeechobee was arrested on a warrant from St. Lucie County for driving without a valid license. He’s being held without bond.

57 year old Philip Jaye Josselyn of Okeechobee was arrested for driving without a valid license after a traffic stop. He was released after posting a five hundred dollar bond.

18 year old Maria Guadalupe Aguilar of Okeechobee was arrested for fraudulent use of a credit card. She was released after posting a $25 hundred dollar bond.

18 year old Robert Lamonte Futch of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation when he failed to complete his community service duties. He was released after posting a thousand dollar bond.

35 year old Jamie Bryan Lambeth of Okeechobee was arrested by police for violating a domestic injunction when he tried to get in the back door of his estranged wife’s house. His bond is set at five thousand dollars.

Okeechobee Community Events 11-9-18

Tai Chi at the Senior Center –  Okeechobee Senior Services will again be offering Tai Chi classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 at the Lottie Raulerson Senior Center. Tai Chi offers many potential benefits to seniors such as relieving the physical effects of stress, reducing bone loss in menopausal women, improving lower body and leg strength, reducing arthritis pain and reducing blood pressure. Tai Chi is also known to increase energy by releasing endorphins, increase mental capacity and concentration, improve balance and stability by strengthening the ankles and the knees, and promote faster recovery from strokes and heart attacks. This is a great opportunity to do something good for your mind, body and soul, and who knows, you may make some new friends along the way. These classes are offered to beginners and the experienced at no cost. The Lottie Raulerson Senior Center is located at 1690 NW 9th Avenue, just south of the IRSC campus. For further information, please call Senior Services at 863-462-5180.