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News Cast 11/10

News Cast for November 10th:

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s investigators may soon be charging some current and former employees of Larson Dairy for alleged abusive behavior on their cows. Sheriff Noel Stephen held a press conference yesterday saying he received a package containing a letter and pictures of Larson Dairy employees kicking and striking cows with a metal rebar. Stephen says there was at least one person fired and two more suspended from their jobs for their alleged behavior. Stephen’s personal take on what he saw in the letter and photos was frustration. Stephen says the owners of the dairy, Woody and Jacob Larson, are not involved in the abusive behavior of the cows. Larson Dairy will continue their daily operations without interruption despite this incident.

Larson Dairy Abuse

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Florida Highway Patrol officers are investigating a traffic accident that killed an Okeechobee man Wednesday morning. Investigators say 66 year old William Raulerson was driving his Chevy pickup truck north on the FL Turnpike south of Glades Road when another vehicle came up from behind and rear ended Raulerson’s truck, causing it to hit two other vehicles in front of Raulerson. Raulerson was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, 65 year old Rose Raulerson, was treated for minor injuries. Occupants of the other three vehicles were not injured.

This week, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida State parks will be offering free admission to all families and visitors on Veterans’ Day, tomorrow November 11th, to honor all who have served and are currently serving in our US military. State Parks offer year round discounts on Annual Entrance Passes to those who currently serve or have served in the military. Governor Scott, a Navy veteran says, “I’m proud to honor veterans by offering free entry to state parks and offer countless opportunities for families and friends to enjoy Florida’s natural treasures.”

Okeechobee County Commissioners yesterday approved a three percent salary increase and gave high praise to their county administrator, Robbie Chartier. Commissioners approved the Chartier’s raise by a vote of 4 to 1, with Bryant Culpepper dissenting, not because he felt she didn’t deserve the raise, but he felt her raise should’ve been five percent instead of three. Chartier was humbled by the praise from the commissioners, saying it takes a team effort to get all the work done. Commissioners also considered rental fees for County Park facilities and Open Space Park areas and approved a contract with a Disaster Recovery Consultant Service.

Chartier Raise 1

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Okeechobee County Solid Waste department has completed hurricane debris collection in the county and city limits as of yesterday. Crews have reported that non-hurricane debris like green cut limbs, vegetation, furniture and other items are now being placed on roadways for normal pick up. If you still have hurricane debris that needs pick up, you need to arrange collection services with Waste Management at 863-357-0824.

A reminder that in observance of Veterans’ Day tomorrow, administrative offices in Okeechobee County, including sheriff’s office, police department and emergency center will be closed today.

On the arrest report:

68 year old James Arthur Snell of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for failure to appear in court from a DUI charge. His bond has not been set at this time.

22 year old Ashlee Lea Lightsey of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence after a traffic stop. Her bond is set at $10,500 dollars.

28 year old Patty Ann Goins of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop. Her bond is set at five hundred dollars.


News Cast 11/9

News Cast for November 9th:

Florida Highway Patrol officers are investigating a traffic accident that killed an Okeechobee man yesterday morning. Investigators say 66 year old William Raulerson was driving his Chevy pickup truck north on the FL Turnpike south of Glades Road when another vehicle drove up from behind and rear ended Raulerson’s truck, causing his truck to hit two other vehicles in front of Raulerson. Raulerson was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, 65 year old Rose Raulerson, was treated for minor injuries. Occupants of the other three vehicles were not injured.

Yesterday Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida State parks will be offering free admission to all families and visitors on Veterans’ Day, this Saturday, November 11th, to honor all who have served and currently serving in our US military. State Parks offer year round discounts on Annual Entrance Passes to those who currently serve or have served in the military. Governor Scott, a Navy veteran says, “I’m proud to honor veterans by offering free entry to state parks and offer countless opportunities for families and friends to enjoy Florida’s natural treasures.”

Okeechobee High School Senior Megan Hargraves yesterday officially signed her national letter of intent to play softball for the University of South Florida. Hargraves has been the starting shortstop for Okeechobee High’s softball team since her freshman year. Hargraves sustained an injury that wiped out her sophomore season, something she believes made her stronger as she heads to the college softball field. Once she arrives at USF, Hargraves will be playing for USA National Team coach Ken Erickson and most likely be playing several infield positions. In the meantime, Hargraves will get ready for her senior season next spring with select games being broadcast on WOKC.

Okeechobee County Solid Waste department has completed hurricane debris collection in the county and city limits as of today. Crews have reported that non-hurricane debris like green cut limbs, vegetation, furniture and other items are now being placed on roadways for normal pick up. If you still have hurricane debris that needs pick up, you need to arrange collection services with Waste Management at 863-357-0824.

A reminder that in observance of Veterans’ Day on Saturday, administrative offices in Okeechobee County, including sheriff’s office, police department and emergency center will be closed tomorrow.

On the arrest report:

68 year old James Arthur Snell of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for failure to appear in court from a DUI charge. His bond has not been set at this time.

22 year old Ashlee Lea Lightsey of Okeechobee was arrested for cocaine possession of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence after a traffic stop. Her bond is set at $10,500 dollars.

28 year old Patty Ann Goins of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop. Her bond is set at five hundred dollars.


Hargraves Signs With The University Of South Florida (AUDIO INCLUDED)

Hargraves Signs With The University Of South Florida (AUDIO INCLUDED)

Okeechobee senior Megan Hargraves signed her national letter of intent to play softball at the University of South Florida Wednesday morning at Okeechobee High School. Hargraves has been the starting shortstop for the OHS Softball team since her freshman year but missed her entire sophomore season due to a knee injury. She says that was tough to overcome but she feels like overcoming that can help her mentally moving forward. Hargraves also says she learned a lot from the coaching staff at Okeechobee High School.  Megan will be playing for a top softball program at USF. Coach Ken Erickson is also the USA National Team coach. Megan says that she will be used in an infield utility role when she enrolls meaning she will be asked to play multiple positions in the infield.

Megan Hargraves will play her senior season of softball at Okeechobee High School in the spring with select games being broadcast on WOKC.

LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH MEGAN HARGRAVES BY CLICKING THIS LINK (RUN TIME 2:30)


News Cast 11/8

News Cast for November 8th:

The city of Indiantown is no longer an unincorporated area. Residents voted yesterday to make Indiantown an incorporated village of Martin County with 63% of the residents voting in favor. Indiantown Supervisor of Electrions Vicki Davis says it’s not surprising that there was a large turnout for an issue that didn’t involve actual candidates. They will be become an official corporation of Martin County on December 31st with votes on council members in March.

It was a special day for OHS Senior Megan Hargraves as she signed to play softball at University of South Florida. Full story and audio on WOKC.com under Local News & Sports News.

Last week Governor Rick Scott announced his proposal for 1.7 billion in funding for Florida’s environment as part of his 2018-2019 recommended budget. This 1.7 billion funding for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is more than the $220 million increase over the current year.

Breakdown of the funding includes:

  • $50 million to expedite repairs for the Federal Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee;
  • record investment of $55 million for Florida’s springs;
  • record investment of $100 million for Florida’s beaches;
  • record $355 million for Everglades restoration;
  • record for $50 million for Florida’s State Parks;
  • $50 million for Florida Forever to help preserve and protect our natural lands

Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputies have issued an arrest warrant for a Clewiston man in connection with the murder of the Sebring man on October 30th. Investigators say 21 year old Johan Wendon Holder is being held in Hendry County after being arrested for violating probation the day after the murder of 28 year old Joshua Dean Hickey. Holder will be brought to Highlands County in the near future to face the murder charge. Hickey was shot multiple times outside his home shortly before 8pm and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Okeechobee County Commissioners meet tomorrow in regular session and will discuss considering rental fees and charges for the use of County Park Facilities and Open Space Park areas that can be used as special events and community activites. They will also look to approve a contract with Doctor J. Michael Adelberg to serve as the medical director for Okeechobee County. Meeting begins at 9am at the historic courthouse building.

Veterans’ Day is this coming Saturday, time to remember those who served in the US Armed Forces. With that, the Okeechobee Kiwanis Club recently had Sarah Carter, the new Veteran’s Service Officer of Okeechobee County, recently as their guest speaker. Carter says the veteran population is a group that often is overlooked. Carter is a 10 year veteran of the US Navy and a command career counselor. There will be two veteran’s celebrations in Glades County; one at the Herman Osceola Gym in Clewiston at 10am and another at the Doyle Conner Building in Moore Haven at 5pm.

On the arrest report:

26 year old Joseph Lewis Voss was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on charges of 3rd degree child abuse. He was released after posting bond.

24 year old Kristopher Hudak was arrested on charges of petty theft in dealing in stolen property. His bond has not yet been set.

19 year old Cody Tyler Cannon was arrested on charges of marijuana possession over 20 grams with intent to sell. He was released after posting a $15,000 dollar bond.

27 year old Dustin Lundy was arrested on charges of burglary after jumping through the window of an apartment on NW 6th Street. He’s being held without bond.

61 year old Marvin Lewis Joiner was arrested on charges of retail theft and trespassing at Wal-Mart. His bond is set at $1000 dollars.

22 year old Stephen Francis Hoo Jr. was arrested for possession of marijuana after a traffic stop. He was released after posting $1000 dollar bond.


News Cast 11/7

News Cast for November 7th:

A little bit of a fender bender this morning in Okeechobee. Police were called to the intersection of SW Park Street and SW 4th Ave for a two vehicle accident involving a Toyota SUV colliding head on with the side of a GMC pick up truck just before 11am. No injuries were reported but the pick up truck had containers of diesel fuel that spilled onto the road. Crews were called in to clean up the spilled fuel. Traffic was shut down in the Northbound lane for about 20 minutes as a result. The accident is under investigation.

Today is Election Day and while there are no elections of note in Okeechobee, for the city of Indiantown, a big issue is on the ballot. Residents will be deciding on whether to make Indiantown an incorporated village or keep it as an unincorporated area of Martin County. Voting will continue until 7pm at the Elisabeth Lahti Library on SW Adams Avenue.

If you’re looking to get a tooth filled, extracted or your teeth cleaned, but don’t have insurance, this Friday is your lucky day. Dr. Wayne Moesching and the team at Okeechobee Dental Care will be hosting “Free Dentistry Day” on Friday. Office Manager and Dr. Wayne’s wife Debbie Moesching says this is a way for their office to give back to the community. Moesching says the importance of good oral health can’t be stressed enough because bad oral health is a gateway to other physical illnesses. Free Dentistry Day at Okeechobee Dental Care will be this Friday from 8am to noon and is geared towards adults and young adults.

On the arrest report today:

23 year old Alphonso Tyrone Morris Jr was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on two counts of aggravated assault after Morris chased down his girlfriend’s vehicle and hit it on the side. Alphonso’s girlfriend and their child were inside the hit vehicle. Morris was released after posting a $10,000 dollar bond.

28 year old Tressa Joann Johnson was arrested for driving on a suspended license after she was pulled over. She was released after posting a $5,000 dollar bond.

34 year old David Eugene Sherrod was arrested for possession of controlled substance and resisting arrest after a chse on foot with law enforcement. His bond has not yet been set.

36 year old Jason Michael Oyoung was arrested for driving on a suspended license and possession of marijuana after a traffic stop. His bond is set at $2500 dollars.


News Cast 11/6

 

News Cast for November 6th:

Captain Wayne Terry

Yesterday, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department was saddened by the loss of one of their own. 64 year old Captain James “Wayne” Terry passed away yesterday from an 8 year long battle with cancer. Terry was captain of the corrections department for over 30 years and according to Sheriff Noel Stephen, whose career path paralleled with Terry’s, there wasn’t a finer man to be found or to take advice from. Officials say Terry’s family will receive friends at Buxton and Bass Funeral Home, Wednesday from 5-7pm.

14 year old Shelby Sumner spoke to the Kiwanis Club on Thursday, November 2nd about her experiences showing cattle. Pictured here with Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee member Holly Mixon.

Okeechobee County Firefighters are investigating the cause of a building fire on Friday afternoon. Crews were called to the 5800 block of SE 30th Parkway and found an unoccupied one story CBS home with smoke coming from the windows and chimney. Crews forced their way in and found the fire in one of the bedrooms. Crews got the blaze under control in about 25 minutes with no one getting hurt. Total damage estimated to be around $5,000 dollars.

Governor Rick Scott unveiled a $180 million plan to cut taxes as part of a plan he says will help Florida families, his office announced. Parts of Scott’s proposal inclides four sales tax holidays, one of which would cut sales taxes 10-days before the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Included in the holiday would be clothing, electronics, and school supplies. Another sales tax holiday would also be held for hurricane preparedness items. Scott’s office estimates the two holidays would save the state a combined $88 million – $75 million from the back-to-school holiday and another $15 million from the hurricane preparedness tax holiday. Scott also proposed slashing some fees for Florida Driver’s license, pushing to decrease the price for renewals from $48 to $20.

A Clewiston man is being held in custody on a host of charges after a vehicle accident left a woman with severe injuries Saturday night. Florida Highway Patrol investigators say 76 year old Melvin Thomas was driving his Kia Sorrento near 11th Street in Hendry county when he collided with 72 year old Eura Lewis of Moore Haven, knocking her onto the pavement. Lewis was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment. Thomas was charge with habitual driving on a suspended license and causing bodily injury.

FHP crews also had their hands full with fatal crashes this weekend. Investigators say 42 year old Jeremy Savinsky of Ft. Myers was driving his motorcycle too close to the rear of another vehicle on Route 840 and struck it, causing him to be ejected from his bike and landed face down on the inside lane. He was taken to Gulf Coast Medical Center where he died from his injuries. In another fatality, 46 year old Thomas Ivan Baker of Ellenton was driving his Ford Expedition on HWY 75 in Manatee County when he was struck on the left by another vehicle, causing Baker’s vehicle to overturn several times. Baker later died from his injuries in a nearby hospital.

A reminder that the Okeechobee City Council Meeting which was scheduled tomorrow at City Hall, has been postponed to next Tuesday night at 6pm.

On the arrest report:

29 year Taylor Lewis Jones was arrested for burglary and grand theft after sheriff’s deputies found items in his car belonging to a man living on 180 block of 80th Ave. His bond is set at $15,000 dollars.

31 year old Matthew Allen McGee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license. He was released after posting $5000 dollar bond.

23 year old Wade Christian Micco was arrested for an out of county warrant from Glades County for marijuana possession and resisting arrest. No bond has been set at this time.

20 year old Carlton Devonta Jones Jr of Pahokee was arrested for grand theft after stealing more than 300 dollars worth of items from the business where he was employed. His bond has not yet been set.

27 year old Tiana Michelle Kelly of Moore Haven was arrested on charges of failing to appear in court for leaving the scene of an accident. She was released after posting $2500 dollar bond.

19 year old Justin Tyler Cummings was arrested after he was caught stealing several items from Beall’s Outlet. He was released after posting a $500 dollar bond.

47 year old James Howard Albert was arrested for stealing items from a business at 1800 block of HWY 70. He was released after posting a $500 dollar bond.


News Cast 11/3

News Cast for November 3rd:

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s officials are asking for people’s help in regarding a case of vandalism involving two pick up trucks on Halloween night at Lock 7. Deputies say someone driving a dark blue, Dodge pick up with an extended cab, fog lights and a long wheel base vandalized another pick up truck parked there. The vandalized truck is a silver, 4 door Dodge pick up.

If you’re still in need of assistance from FEMA and think you only have a week to go before filing your registration, you’re in luck. Officials from FEMA say they have extended the disaster registration until November 24th. Regarding the extenstion, it’s not as unusual as you might think. To register, you can log onto disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 for more information and answers to your questions.

Florida Transportation officials remind you of detours and road closures this week. In Okeechobee county, crews will be working on US 441 from SR 78 to SE 30th Terrace constructing a guardrail at Taylor Creek Bridge and they’re also working on SR 70 from NE 31st Ave to Berman Road, completing paving on the mainline and at median crossings.

Daylight Savings Time was early Sunday morning but make sure to change the batteries in your smoke alarms as well. Chief Ralph Franklin says, “it’s not only important, it’s convenient, too”. He also recommends smoke alarms be installed in bedrooms, on every floor level, and outside sleeping areas. Also don’t forget to change the batteries on carbon monoxide detectors.

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s officials are investigating a situation that caused a lock down at Yearling Middle School on Friday. Investigators say there was a Facebook post reporting an incident at the Sports Complex where there might have been a gun involved and possibly shots fired. Yearling, Okeechobee Achievement Academy and North Elementary were put on lock down and deputies were called in to investigate and there was no gun or shots fired. Geeting says no one was hurt and the incident reminds under investigation.

Representatives from sixteen counties including Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades met Friday in the County Courthouse for the County Coalition for Responsible Management. The main issue discussed was the Herbert Hoover Dike and the 50 million dollars in state money going towards it’s repairs. Something Okeechobee County Commissioner David Hazellief says is definitely needed to ensure the dike’s stability. Other items discussed include increasing the budget by 25 million dollars for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for invasive plant management and aquatic habitat management in Lake Okeechobee.

Last week, representatives of several services including the Health and Medical, Search and Rescue, Food and Water, and more gathered at the Emergency Center for Hurricane Irma After Action Report meeting. County Administrator Robbie Chartier says the meeting’s purpose was to review each emergency support function that is designed before, during and after the storm and determine what areas they excellened in and areas where work is needed. Chartier said the main thing they need to work on is communications protocol. Chartier noted several areas where people worked well together including getting roads and schools reopened quickly and FPL restoring power quickly.

On the arrest report:

27 year old Dadricka Riles was arrested for possession of cocaine and marijuana after a traffic stop. She was released after posting $6000 dollar bond.

48 year old Stephen Scott Cone was arrested for second degree petty theft. He was released after posting bond.

19 year old Travis Natheniel Bell was arrested for shoplifting items from Wal-Mart. He was released after posting $500 dollar bond.

25 year old Brian Jean of Melbourne was arrested by the OCSO for three out of country warrants on charges of drug possession. His bond is set at 12,000 dollars.

63 year old Michael Andrew Brown was arrested on an out of county warrant stemming from a 2006 charge of vehicular homicide. His bond has not yet been set.


DENISE GRIMSLEY & KELLI STARGEL FILE ‘BACK-THE-BLUE’ LEGISLATION TO FUND LAW ENFORCEMENT NEEDS

DENISE GRIMSLEY & KELLI STARGEL FILE ‘BACK-THE-BLUE’ LEGISLATION TO FUND LAW ENFORCEMENT NEEDS

State Senators Denise Grimsley (R-Lake Placid) and Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) today announced that they have filed Senate Bill 748 for the 2018 Legislative Session creating the “Back-the-Blue Law Enforcement Assistance Program” to provide state grant assistance to benefit local law enforcement agencies in Florida.

“We have a compelling statewide interest in public safety,” said Grimsley. “Sheriffs, police chiefs and law enforcement continue to communicate their needs for training, facilities and a range of equipment to help them accomplish their missions and protect Floridians.”

The Back-the-Blue Law Enforcement Assistance Program provides a mechanism for the legislature to offer a broad-based supplemental funding method, to be administered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in a comprehensive, transparent process.

“I am honored to support our law enforcement this with ‘Back-the-Blue’ legislation. Our law enforcement officers provide valuable services to our community, all while keeping us safe,” said Senator Stargel. “This proposal will give them the resources they need to continue their good work.”

“Our law enforcement officers need all of the support we can provide them,” said Senator Grimsley. “I can’t think of a better way to ‘Back the Blue’ than by giving them the resources they need to keep us safe.”

The 2018 Legislative Session begins Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Senator Grimsley represents Senate District 26, which consists of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, and parts of Charlotte, Lee, and Polk counties. She also served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2004-2012 and was elected to the Florida Senate in 2012.

Senator Stargel represents Senate District 22, which consists of parts of Polk and Lake Counties. She served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2008-2012 and was elected to the Florida Senate in 2012.


News Cast 11/2

News Cast for November 2nd:

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s officials are asking for people’s help in regarding a case of vandalism involving two pick up trucks on Halloween night at Lock 7. Deputies say someone driving a dark blue, Dodge pick up with an extended cab, fog lights and a long wheel base vandalized another pick up truck parked there. The vandalized truck is a silver, 4 door Dodge pick up. Pictures are posted with this news cast.

Tuesday, a man who drove a pick up truck into a bicycle path near the World Trade Center in New York City reportedly had a Florida’s driver license and he resided in Tampa. At least eight people were killed and twelve more injuried when 29 year old Sayfullo Saipov drove the truck into the bike path. Saipov then collided with a school bus, jumped out of his truck and rain up and down a highway waving pellet and paintball guns and yelling, “God is Great,” in Arabic. Saipov was then shot in the stomach by police and arrested. Mayor Bill De Blasi is calling it an act of terror.

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of an Okeechobee resident who was found crushed underneath a dump truck. Deputies say 50 year old Christopher Eldridge was found under the dump truck at the twenty thousand block of NW 266th Street just after 12:30 Tuesday. Deputies say the truck had two tons of shell rock and the truck was partially in the dump position when the PTO shaft was malfunctioning. Eldridge attempted to prop open the truck with a wooden pole, which slipped, causing the truck bed to crash down on Eldridge, killing him. Emergency crews needed to extricate the body from underneath the truck with cribbing and a tow truck.

This week, Florida Governor Rick Scott proposed 50 million to speed up repairs on the Herbert Hoover Dike. This is part of Governor’s near two billion dollar investment in Florida’s environment. While the dike has served the community well without too many major problems, Okeechobee city coucilman and former member of South Florida Water Management Gary Ritter says the dike’s culverts need to be replaced. Ritter also says while 50 million dollars seems like a lot of money for this, he said it’s a drop in the bucket. Repairs on the dike will continue until 2022.

Gary Ritter Interview Clip

Florida Highway Patrol officers are investigating a two vehicle accident that left a Ft. Pierce man dead late Monday morning. Officers say 63 year old Gerard Hall was in the passenger seat of a Chevy Malibu heading south on the Florida Turnpike in the left lane when another car, driven by 44 year old Rafael Contreras of Kissimmee was trying to move into the left lane and didn’t see Hall’s car. The rear of Contrera’s semi-truck hit the right front of Hall’s car, causing it to be lodged underneath the truck and colliding with a guardrail. Both vehicles separated and caught fire. Contrera’s and Hall’s driver were able to escape but Hall couldn’t and died on the scene. Investigators say charges are pending for Contreras.

FHP officers are also on the lookout for a pick up truck responsbile for hitting and injuring a Sebring man Tuesday. Officers say the 29 year old Michael Blount was walking north on HWY 27 near a gas station when a white, mid 1990’s Ford F-150 was traveling from the opposite direction, struck Blount, causing minor injuries. Officers say the truck had a rusty bottom section of the tailgate. If you have any information please contact FHP.

Officials from Glades County say the hurricane debris cleanup has completed pick up of all hurricane debris as of yesterday. Residents are now responsible for removing and disposing of yard debris and construction debris.

On the arrest report today:

37 year old Amanda Lee Olivas was arrested on a host of charges after she was caught shop lifting over 500 hundred dollars worth of items from Wal-Mart. She was pulled over and had methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her car, and her 3 year old daughter was not in a car seat. She’s being held on $10,500 dollars bail.

22 year old Zachary Blaise Wingfield was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for possession of cannabis and other drug paraphernalia. He’s being held on five thousand dollar bond.

22 year old Eric Tyone Kelly was arrested for drug possession and drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop. He is being held without bond.

33 year old Ashley Nalls was arrested after she was discharged from a residental program for drug offenders after she was breaking rules and manipulative behavior.

49 year old James Rufus Vanover was arrested for driving on a suspended license while being a habitual traffic offender after being pulled over. His bond is set at 2000 dollars.

 


SUBJECT: Since the Time is Changing, Change Your Smoke Alarm Alarm Batteries  

SUBJECT: Since the Time is Changing, Change Your Smoke Alarm Alarm Batteries  

According to the United States Fire Administration, the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. This is one of many reasons why Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Chief Ralph Franklin is reminding everyone to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when the time changes this weekend.  He also reminds everyone not to forget to replace the batteries in their carbon monoxide detector.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 24 % of smoke alarm failures are associated with dead batteries.  Chief Franklin also states that “a working smoke alarm is critical in reducing deaths due to fire. Smoke alarms should also be replaced every 10-years”.

It is recommended that smoke alarms be installed inside bedrooms, on every floor level of the home, and outside each sleeping area.

For more information, contact Okeechobee County Fire Rescue at 763-5544 from 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.


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