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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SCAMS

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SCAMS

Another scam that is going around is a caller identifying themselves as an FPL employee. The caller claims that you must obtain a green card and send to them otherwise your electricity will be disconnected. FPL does not contact you asking for money.

NEVER FALL FOR THIS. IF A CALLER ADVISES YOU THAT YOU MUST GET A GREEN CARD, AN I-TUNE CARD, OR ANY KIND OF MONEY ORDER HANG UP.

The IRS will never call you on the phone and state you must pay or be arrested.

A Law Enforcement Agency will never call and say there is a warrant for your arrest but if you pay they will dismiss it.

If someone says they need your help to cash a check because they have no ID, SAY NO and walk away or hang up the phone.

If someone contacts you that your grandson/granddaughter is in jail and needs bond money, STOP, contact other relatives and verify if your loved one is in jail.

The Social Security Administration will not contact you and ask for money.

If someone claims they have won the lottery and need your help to collect the money, walk away or hang up the phone.

IF SOMETHING SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS.

BEFORE you fall for one of these scams, contact the Sheriff’s Office 863-763-3117.

Michele Bell, PIO


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News Cast for January 31st:

It was a big day yesterday in the history of the Seminole Brighton Casino. Members of the Seminole tribe and many others packed the casino for the grand opening of table games. The new 750 square foot pit area now offers four blackjack tables and one three card poker table to go along with the 54 game slot machines already there. Seminole Casino General Manager Marty Johns says it was “an extra big day” for him. Members of Okeechobee County law enforcement and elected officials were among the invited guests to the event, located at Seminole Casino at Brighton.

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Local elected officials and residents met at the Okeechobee County Emergency Management Center last night to listen to a presentation and gather information about forming a Long Term Recovery Group. The Long Term Recovery Group is designed to address the unmet needs of people who suffered losses in a disaster like Hurricane Irma and were either turned down or not eligible for help from FEMA or who didn’t have insurance. Ft. Drum resident DeWan Watson attended last night and he believes this is something that the county needs. If you’d like more information about the Long Term Recovery Group, you can contact the Emergency Management Center.

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An Okeechobee woman is in serious condition after suffering second and third degree burns Monday. Firefighters were called to the 18 hundred block of NW 3rd Lane just after 11:30 am for 77 year old Mildred Kane, who suffered the burns to thirty percent of her body. Reportedly, Kane’s clothes caught fire while she was cooking some food on the stove. Kane was airlifted to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Ft. Pierce for treatment. No other injuries and no damage to the house.

An Immokalee man is in serious condition and a Lehigh Acres man in critical condition after a vehicle accident Monday night in Collier County. Florida Highway Patrol officers say 20 year old Jimmy Charles was driving east on route 82 when for an unknown reason, he drove into the west bound lane and collided head on with 64 year old Raphael Michel’s car. The collision caused Charles’ car to go onto the shoulder where Michel’s car ended up in both lanes. Charles and Michel were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment. The accident is being investigated.

On the arrest report:

23 year old Nicholas Methner of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for violating probation. He’s being held without bond.

18 year old Zachary Seth Gopher of Okeechobee was arrested for criminal mischief and causing damage to a home. He was released after posting a $10,000.00 bond.

20 year old Robert Fudge Junior of Okeechobee was arrested for failure to appear in court on drug charges and driving on a suspended license. He’s being held without bond.

40 year old Dennis Perez of Okeechobee was arrested for out of county arrest warrants for armed robbery and burglary in Miami-Dade County. He’s being held without bond.

43 year old Gustavo Perez of Okeechobee was arrested on battery following a domestic dispute with his brother. His bond has not been set.


SFWMD Governing Board to Meet in Orlando Feb. 8

SFWMD Governing Board to Meet in Orlando Feb. 8

First travel meeting of year enhances public participation for residents in northern portion of District

Orlando, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board will come to Orange County when it meets on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

“I am pleased to host this first Governing Board travel meeting for 2018,” said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman and Orlando-area attorney Dan O’Keefe. “This Board values these travel opportunities because it gives all residents living in each region of the 16 counties represented the chance to provide input toward the decisions that shape South Florida’s water policy. I invite all residents in Orange, Osceola and Polk counties and other northern areas of the District to come out and participate in this meeting.”

The agenda will include updates on ongoing efforts benefitting families, businesses and the environment in Orange County and the northern parts of the District, including SFWMD’s efforts to acquire and preserve land in the Shingle Creek area that serves as the headwaters for Florida’s Everglades.

The meeting will be webcast at www.sfwmd.gov.

What: SFWMD Governing Board Meeting
When: Thursday, Feb. 8, at 9 a.m.
Where: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
Carl T. Langford Board Room
One Jeff Fuqua Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32827
Info: Visit www.sfwmd.gov

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News Cast for January 30th:

If you’re looking to play some poker or blackjack, then come on down to the Seminole Brighton Casino in Okeechobee. Officials say there will be a press conference this morning to announce the grand opening of five table games; four blackjack and one three card poker, to the public. Marketing Director Brian Zappatini says even with these new added table games, it will take some time before it unseats slots as the casino’s most popular attraction. The press conference and grand opening will be at 11am at the Seminole Brighton Casino on the 17 thousand block of Reservation Road in Okeechobee.

Zappatini-Table Games Opening

With Hurricane Irma cutting a swath of destruction back in September and many still struggling to recover, a group designed to address those unmet needs will have a meeting tonight in Okeechobee County. The Long Term Recovery Group is formed after a disaster and made up of community representatives to assist those who aren’t eligible to get any help from FEMA. FEMA volunteer liaison Teresa Ranciattovili says this developing group is open to anyone. The meeting will take place at the Emergency Management Center at the 700 block of NW 6th Street at 6pm.

Okeechobee County Firefighters had a couple of grass fires to contend with Thursday afternoon, both at nearly the same time. Crews were first called to an area of NW 344th Street for a brush and grass fire just before one o’clock and found the blaze covering about fifty acres. Crews got the fire controlled in a couple of hours with no injuries and no structure damages.

About 15 minutes later, firefighters were called to the 19 thousand block of NW 160th Drive for a brush fire that covered about thirty acres. Crews also needed a couple of hours to get it controlled with no injuries and no damages. Causes of both fires are under investigation.

Magna Bon II, an agricultural firm based in Okeechobee County on the airport industrial park land, will get to stay at its current site for another 20 years. County Commissioners last week approved a new land lease with Magna Bon to share land with the county airport. Airport manager Kathy Scott says she couldn’t be happier with the commissioners’ decision. Scott says this new land lease with Magna Bon means more jobs and ad valorem taxes for the county. Magna Bon II has been on the airport site since November of 1997.

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Florida Highway Patrol officers were busy this weekend. Three Ft. Pierce men are dead after a single vehicle accident Friday night. FHP officers say 21 year old Willie Matthew Lewis was driving a Hyundai Genesis north on Route A1A in St. Lucie County when he lost control on the wet road and rotated counterclockwise across the left turn lane and southbound lane, then through a ditch, across a sidewalk and hit two palm trees. Lewis and one of his passengers, 22 year old Tyrone Lee Wilford were killed instantly. The third man, 21 year old Eric Maurice Martin was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Ft. Pierce where he later died from his injuries. The accident is being investigated.

A Lehigh Acres woman is also dead after being hit by a car Friday night. 28 year old Ashley Marie Davidson was walking north on Route 884 in Lee County when someone driving a Chevy Silverado for unknown reasons struck Davidson. Davidson was killed instantly. The Silverado driver, 71 year old Patricia Mims, also of Lehigh Acres was not injured and charges are pending. Accident is being investigated.

Finally, an Immokalee man is dead after being hit by a car early yesterday morning. Officers say 63 year old Jose Antonio Ambrocio was walking south on Route 29 in Collier County when he tried to cross the street before an oncoming car but was hit and died instantly. The driver of the car was not injured.

On the arrest report:

23 year old Eduardo Sanchez of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for driving on a suspended license with knowledge of it. He was released after posting a $250.00 bond.

32 year old Sheena Marie Holycross of Okeechobee was arrested on five counts of violating probation for previous drug offenses and possession of marijuana, the controlled substance dilaudid and drug paraphernalia. She’s being held on a $7000.00 bond.

30 year old Ashley Nicole Harden of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation. She’s being held on a $2000.00 bond.

38 year old James Garfield Ball of Okeechobee was arrested for giving false information to a pawnbroker. He was released after posting a $5,000.00 bond.

39 year old Martina Hernandez-Cisneros of Okeechobee was arrested for operating a vehicle without a license after a traffic stop. She was released after posting a $250.00 bond.

36 year old Valerie Lynn Kirtley of Okeechobee was arrested for grand theft auto after taking her mom’s car. Her bond is set at $1000.00.

29 year old Jaimie Elizabeth Suleiman of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on an expired license. She was released after posting bond.

46 year old Craig Peterson Tart of Okeechobee was arrested on an out of county warrant for driving on a suspended license. He’s being held without bond.


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News Cast for January 29th:

A piece of property will soon be up for sale. Okeechobee County Commissioners yesterday approved the surplus and eventual auction of property at NE 39th Blvd. on 441 just past the high school. Assistant to the County Administrator Russell Rowland says the property has been unused since 2007 and is also unwanted. Rowland says when it goes up for auction Time Saver Food Stores is a potential buyer. Rowland says the property is worth somewhere between $62,000.00 and $80,000.00. Bidding for it will start at $75,000.00.

Last week Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen presented lifesaving awards to two of his deputies. Last June, Deputy Joann Henderson responded to a call about a choking child. Henderson arrived and started performing CPR until EMS arrived. The child was ultimately transported to a trauma center for further treatment. Last November, Cpl. Bryan Lowe responded to a traffic crash and utilized his department issued tourniquet on an injured driver whose leg was severely damaged. Applying the tourniquet stopped the bleeding and potentially saved the victim’s life. Stephen says he could not be prouder of these two officers. Stephen says unfortunately Deputy Henderson will be leaving the department soon for a medical career while Cpl. Lowe, a department veteran, is an entry level line supervisor and Stephen foresees him being a commander someday.

Stephen-Lifesaving Awards

Next month, former Okeechobee County Sheriff O.L. Raulerson will be honored in a big way. There will be a dedication ceremony held in front of the sheriff’s department, re-naming NW 4th Street to “O.L. Raulerson Street.” Sheriff Noel Stephen and Mayor Dowling Watford will be the guest speakers. Watford says the former sheriff was a complete man, both professionally and personally. Raulerson also served time as a member of the Florida Highway Patrol and was actually elected sheriff in Highlands County as well as Okeechobee. The ceremony will be on February 9th at 8am.

Watford-Raulerson Dedication

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On the arrest report:

34 year old Samantha Ann Thomas of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on charges of battery on her mother following a domestic dispute. Her bond has not been set.

34 year old John William Mendell of Okeechobee was arrested for loitering, burglary and petty theft. His bond has not been set.

45 year old Teodomiro Tamayo of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation. He was released after posting a $1500.00 bond.

34 year old Stephanie Starcher of Okeechobee was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. She was released after posting a $500.00 bond.

32 year old Deena Jean Williams of Okeechobee was arrested for criminal mischief and later for possession of methamphetamine after deputies stopped her car. She’s being held on a $20,500.00 bond.


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News Cast for January 26th:

An Okeechobee resident was saved yesterday from having to pay a hefty fee for a code enforcement lien on a property that was in effect before he bought the property. County Commissioners voted to waive a $66,000.00 fee on the residential property on the 180 block of NE 16th Avenue that Elvis Barrett bought some time ago that had the fee attached to it mainly from unpaid taxes. Barrett says he feels good with the Commissioners’ decision, considering the work he’s already put into the property. Commissioners voted four to one in favor of waiving the fee, with Kelly Owens being the dissenting vote.

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Today is “Point In Time Count Day.” Okeechobee County Commissioners yesterday presented a certificate to Okeechobee PATH Outreach Coordinator of New Horizons Dan Silvestri, proclaiming today as Point in Time Count Day. It’s a day to not necessarily remember the homeless but for the executive director from Heartland Homeless Coalition to count the number of homeless people and report the results to the Department of Housing and Urban Development to base their funding grants in each area. Silvestri says the point in time, or “PIT Count” is not an easy thing to ascertain at times. Silvestri says the PIT count in Okeechobee was 73 last year. Silvestri says if you know if there are other homeless around, please let him know by calling him at New Horizons at (772) 713-5047.

Silvestri-Point in Time

The Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities will be having an Autism Safety Fest tomorrow at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. This event will educate people on topics such as preventing an autism emergency, safety tools for young children with autism and a movie called “Be Safe,” to teach teens and adults how to interact with authority figures like the police. FAU Speech Pathologist Rosemary Portera says one thing people need to realize when dealing with an autistic person is they are sensitive to sensory things. The Autism Safety Fest will take place in the training room of the Agri-Civic Center tomorrow at 9am until 2pm.

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Okeechobee County Firefighters had a fire to contend with Wednesday. Crews were called to the 23 hundred block of NW 399th Street for an unauthorized small burning pile that was about 25 feet away from the residence and left unattended. Crews arrived just after four o’clock and were authorized to cut the chain on the gate closing off entry in order to get in and put out the fire. The homeowner was not there at the time. Crews got the fire controlled quickly with no injuries and no damage to the home.

If you’re looking to dispose of some household hazardous waste, Tomorrow is the time to do it. Okeechobee County residents can drop off wastes such as paints, pesticides and cleaning supplies at the vehicle maintenance facility on the 300 block of NW 9th Avenue anytime between 9am and 12noon. Any questions can be forwarded to the Solid Waste Department.

On the arrest report:

47 year old Michael James Mason of Ft. Myers was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and failure to obey an officer’s order to stop during a traffic stop. He’s being held on an $8000.00 bond.

43 year old Robert Daniel Chittenden of Okeechobee was arrested on twenty-six counts of possession of child pornography. His bond is set at $80,000.00.

27 year old James Thomas Gainer Junior of Okeechobee was arrested for two out of county arrest warrants for burglary and dealing in stolen property. He’s being held without bond.

41 year old Christopher Scott Lamb of Okeechobee was arrested for battery during a domestic dispute. He was released after posting a $1000.00 bond.

31 year old James Wilson Hall of Ft. Pierce was arrested for violating probation. He’s being held without bond.


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News Cast for January 25th:

Yesterday Okeechobee County Commissioners held a workshop to discuss capital projects, both approved and proposed, for the county and in some cases, the amount of money proposed for these projects. One of the recently added projects being considered is cleanup of vegetation of Lock 7 from Hurricane Irma. But more troubling is the damage to areas of Lock 7 because of spray painting, broken glass and other vandalism according to Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. Commissioners also discussed the costs of moving the sheriff’s administration offices to the Alderman building and the construction of the property appraiser, tax collector and driver’s license building, which will be just over two million dollars.

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Okeechobee County Commissioners will meet again this morning to receive an update on the Music and Arts Festival coming up in March and accept a donation of $25,000.00 from Florida Power and Light to Fire Rescue for provisions of Technical Rescue Training. The meeting begins at 9am in the Historic County Courthouse.

It’s a big day today for those who are looking for a place to shoot a gun. The shooting range known as Center Mass will be having their grand opening this morning. Center Mass owner Bob Kreitz says he and his wife, both avid gun shooters, saw a need in the county for an indoor shooting range and, as he puts it, “pulled the trigger,” and opened up Center Mass. Kreitz says he actually had a “soft opening” for it this past weekend. Center Mass will also have shooting simulators with laser guns for kids and weapons classes for kids and adults. It is located at the 19 hundred block of Center Street, just before the bridge as you leave the city toward Route 710. The grand opening begins at 9am.

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A Moore Haven woman is in jail at this time on a host of charges following a lengthy investigation. Yesterday Glades County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 44 year old Patricia Yount on charges of grand theft, embezzlement and making false statements in corporate books. Investigators say Yount had been hiding financial issues of the Buckhead Ridge VFW where she was the quartermaster. Bank records were seized and detectives say Yount had taken at least $20,000.00 and falsifying bank records. The investigation had been ongoing since last May. Yount is being held without bond.

A Port Charlotte man is in critical condition after being hit by a car Monday night. Florida Highway Patrol officers say 53 year old Jose Ceron was riding his bicycle south on Midway Blvd. and wearing no reflective or lighting when a car came up from behind him and struck the back of his bike. The impact caused Ceron to fall off his bike and end up on the windshield and hood of the car. Ceron was airlifted to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment. The driver of the car was not injured.

On the arrest report:

63 year old John Henry Comtois of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for violating probation of previous charges of domestic battery. His bond is set at $5000.00.

46 year old Michael Thomas Beard of Okeechobee was arrested for battery on his wife during a domestic dispute. His bond has not been set.

30 year old Harrison George Eaton of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on previous drug charges. He’s being held without bond.

20 year old Tyler Le Henry Chouinard of Okeechobee was arrested for failure to appear in court on drug charges. He’s being held without bond.


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News Cast for January 24th:

A Vero Beach man is dead after a vehicle accident early yesterday morning. Florida Highway Patrol investigators say 53 year old William Conn was driving a Pontiac Vibe in the center lane north on Highway 95 in Indian River County when he was unable to avoid a car that was pulled over for a blowout and collided with the rear of the vehicle. Conn’s car overturned and stopped in the center lanes. Two other vehicles collided with the first vehicle. Conn was killed instantly. No one else was hurt. The accident is under investigation. The accident shut down lanes in that area for a total of eight hours.

Officials from South Florida State College are taking applications for the upcoming Heartland Games for Active Adults. The Heartland Games are for people age 50 to 90 plus, aimed at seniors who want to remain active, physically and mentally. Heartland Games Ambassador Neil Simpson says some of the activities in these games include bridge, golf, swimming and shuffleboard. Simpson says the most competitive and exciting activity is pickleball because it’s an up and coming sport. Simpson says the Heartland Games began 20 years ago because of a need for seniors to stay active. Okeechobee’s own Brenda Scott is a past competitor of the games. Complete details and registration can be found at the South Florida State College website at www.southflorida.edu/heartlandgames.

Recently two Okeechobee County Sheriff’s deputies received lifesaving awards from Sheriff Noel Stephen. Last June, Deputy Joann Henderson responded to a call regarding a choking child. The child was being transported to the hospital in a personal vehicle. Deputy Henderson found the vehicle and made contact with the family. The child was handed to Deputy Henderson, who then started performing CPR until EMS arrived. The child was ultimately transported to a trauma center for further treatment. Last November, Cpl. Bryan Lowe responded to a traffic crash. Once on scene, Cpl. Lowe utilized his department issued tourniquet on an injured driver whose leg was severely damaged with multiple compound fractures and bleeding uncontrollably. Applying this tourniquet stopped the bleeding and potentially saved the victim’s life.

Okeechobee County Commissioners are meeting this morning for a workshop to discuss plans for improvements and construction of the County’s physical plant assets. They’ll also discuss items which happened as a result of Hurricane Irma and options to fund the jail expansion. The workshop begins at 9am in the Historic County Courthouse.

On the arrest report:

52 year old Maxine Atwell of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for violating probation. She was released after posting a $500.00 bond.

52 year old Dale William Hunley of Okeechobee was arrested on a fugitive warrant from Indiana for failure to support a dependent. His bond is set at $52,000.00 and Indiana authorities will look to extradite him.

18 year old Tyler Lytle of Sebring was arrested for resisting arrest without violence and failure to appear in court on charges of burglary and petty theft. He’s being held without bond.

18 year old Aaron Thomas of Okeechobee was arrested for battery on a fellow inmate at the county jail. His bond has not been set.

33 year old Karla Mosakowski of Okeechobee was arrested for drunk driving and causing damage to property. She was released after posting a $1000.00 bond.

32 year old Faye Marie Centers of Okeechobee was arrested for failure to appear in court on charges in Highlands County. Her bond is set at $4000.00.


Brighton Field Day Festival & Rodeo To Celebrate 80th Anniversary  February 16-18 Will Feature Colt Ford Concert

Brighton Field Day Festival & Rodeo To Celebrate 80th Anniversary  February 16-18 Will Feature Colt Ford Concert

 

WHAT:            Celebrating 80 years, the Brighton Field Day Festival & Rodeo will take place at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation in Okeechobee, Florida.

Many Seminole favorites will return including PRCA Rodeo, Professional Bull Riders, clothing contests, American Indian arts & crafts and native foods. Attendees may also visit the Seminole Culture Camp where a living Seminole Indian Village will be on display.

Entertainment will include a Saturday evening concert by country rapper, singer and songwriter, Colt Ford. A former professional golfer, Ford released his sixth album last May titled Love Hope Faith, which includes the single “4 Lane Gone.”

The weekend will also feature native dance troupes from neighboring tribes, storytelling, alligator wrestling and a snake show.

Additionally, there will be a parade featuring members of Florida State University’s marching band, along with Osceola aboard Renegade, recognized as the best athletic tradition in the nation.

Attendees can visit the sponsor-driven Pro Rodeo Fan Zone on the way into the arena. The rodeo grounds will have a variety of crafts and food vendors for all to enjoy.

HISTORY:       Brighton Field Day started in November of 1938. William and Edith Boehmer, two teachers who were residing on the Brighton reservation, got the idea to start a “day of fun.” It initially was meant to be a day for Tribal community members to visit, but now thousands of visitors join Seminole Tribal members in this annual celebration.

WHEN:            Friday, February 16 through Sunday, February 18

Gates open at 9 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively

Activities begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday

PRCA Rodeo (Friday/Saturday, 3 p.m.)

Professional Bull Riders (Sunday, 3 p.m.)

Parade (Saturday, 10 a.m.)

Colt Ford Concert (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.)  

WHERE:         Fred Smith Rodeo Arena

Brighton Seminole Reservation

500 Harney Pond Road

Okeechobee, Fla.  34974

From Okeechobee: Take Hwy 70 west or from US-27 take Hwy 70 east to Hwy 721, right on Harney Pond Road one mile to Fred Smith Arena.

From Fort Lauderdale: Take US-27 N, turn right on Hwy 78, turn left on Hwy 721, left on Harney Pond Road, one mile to Fred Smith Arena.

From Fort Myers: Take SR 80 east, turn left on FL-29/Bridge Street, turn right onto FL-78 E, turn right on US-27 S to Hwy 78 E, turn left on Hwy 721, left on Harney Pond Road, one mile to Fred Smith Arena.

WHO:              Presented by the Seminole Tribe of Florida

COST:             $20 each day

INFO:              (863) 467-6039, www.rezrodeo.com


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News Cast for January 23rd:

Okeechobee County Rescue Squad had their hands full with an accident on Saturday evening. Crews were called to the 86 hundred block of Route 710 just after 7:30 for an accident involving at least one vehicle. No details on how the accident occurred but reportedly one of the victims had to be extricated from the vehicle which was reportedly hanging from a bridge or a cliff. No details on names of injured but we hope to have that information soon.

Family, friends and search and rescue crews from Peace River are looking for a Sarasota man who has been missing for nearly six years and whose van had been found in Okeechobee County. The search is on for 90 year old Newton Whidden who disappeared on August 20th 2012 and his van was found in a ditch on NE 86th Avenue. Reportedly Whidden had been making suicide threats to sheriff’s dispatch and a shotgun had been missing from his home. If you have any information on Whidden’s whereabouts, please contact the sheriff’s office.

A Lake Placid man is dead and a couple from Wimauma is in serious condition after a two vehicle accident in Highlands County Saturday night. Florida Highway Patrol investigators say 62 year old Dennis Prescott was driving a Toyota Corolla east on route 70 near Greenbrier Lane when he traveled off the road, onto the shoulder and into the guardrail. That caused Prescott’s car to go into the eastbound lane to the westbound lane and collide with 65 year old John Cofield’s Chevy Silverado. Prescott was pronounced dead at the scene. Cofield and his wife, 58 year old Valerie Cofield were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment.

A Florida National Guard solider is dead and five others injured after a chain reaction crash involving military vehicles in Sebring Friday afternoon. Sebring Police say Specialist Luis E. Garcia from a company in Miami, was killed in the accident. Officers were called to the intersection of US 27 and Hammock Road shortly before 1 p.m. Sebring Police Lt. Curtis Hall says it was a long night. The convoy was traveling north on the highway when the third vehicle failed to stop for a red light in time and hit the second vehicle. The driver of the third vehicle was killed. Officials said the passenger had to be extricated from the damaged vehicle. The passenger and four others were taken to area hospitals. Police said they suffered non-life threatening injuries. Names of others involved were not given.

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On the arrest report:

34 year old Noe Ramirez of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for failure to appear in court for charges of drunk driving. He’s being held without bond.

31 year old William Juarez of Okeechobee was arrested for battery on his girlfriend during a domestic dispute. His bond has not been set.

36 year old Phillip Hoy of Okeechobee was arrested for inappropriate conduct with an underage girl. His bond has not been set.

28 year old Reba Bailey of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation. She’s being held without bond.

27 year old Brian Daniel Corwin of Okeechobee was arrested for failure to appear in court for previous unnamed charges and battery on his landlord. He’s being held on a $2500.00 bond.

40 year old Nathaniel Daniels of Okeechobee was arrested for criminal mischief at a group home. His bond is set at $250.00.

38 year old Kellie Chapman of Okeechobee was arrested for knowingly driving on a suspended license. Her bond is set at $500.00.

27 year old Breyanna George of Okeechobee was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. She was released after posting a $250.00 bond.

45 year old Orlando Garcia of Okeechobee was arrested for drunk driving, cocaine possession and driving on an expired license after a traffic stop. He was released after posting an $8000.00 bond.


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