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Charles Murphy News 8/18

News Cast for August 18th:

South Elementary teacher Michelle Lapointe greets students at open houseA deadly weekend on area roads, 17 year old Briana Banuelos was identified as the victim in Friday’s single vehicle crash on South West 5th Avenue near 18th Street. The driver of the 2 thousand 14 Audi, 18 year old Nathaniel Doctor was unhurt. The passengers, 20 year old Lacy Altman were listed in critical condition and 19 year old Zachary Wingfield was in serious condition at Lawnwood. None of the occupants wore seat belts and were ejected.

Okee Fatal 8-15-14 SW 5 AVe

In Lakeport a bicycle was struck and killed Friday afternoon at the intersection of State Road 78 and route 721. 53 year old Gordon Witt apparently veered into the path of a Ford F 350 pickup driven by 56 year old Alonza Crenshaw of Clewiston. No charges were filed.

Glades Co Fatal
Sad news to report with the sudden death of Okeechobee County Commissioner Ray Domer. He had been on the commission for the past 10 years representing District 1. Funeral arrangements are being made.

Among arrests, 18 year old Tyler Whirls of Okeechobee was charged with burglary with an assault or battery after allegedly striking a man inside a mobile home on Brynwood Lane in Kissimmee River Estates.

Jobless rates rose in Okeechobee from 7.6 to 8.3 percent in July. 1,481 residents collected benefits. Glades County also had a sharp increase from 8.1 to 9 percent with 430 residents collecting benefits. Around the state, jobless rates rose from 6.3 to 6.6 percent. Around the region Highlands had 8.5 percent, St. Lucie 8.7, Martin 6.8 and Osceola 6.9 percent.

You were more likely to get a speeding ticket in Okeechobee in 2013. The state report said speeding tickets rose from 1,107 to 1,850. DUI’s went down from 108 to 93 last year. Criminal infractions dipped from 863 to 740. Non-criminal went up from 1,815 to 2,578.
Glades County saw a decrease in speeding tickets from 2,365 to 1,945. DUI arrests dropped from 2,724.
City cops wrote 186 speeding tickets last year.

Sports Cast for August 18th:

Lonnie Pryor continues to battle to become a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, trying to earn a spot as a fullback on the 53 man roster. Pryor played on kick return teams, punt return teams and with the second team offense in the second half of the Bucs 20-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.

He blocked well on several plays and caught a short pass out of the backfield that was called back by a penalty. Pryor said he felt he held his own. Pryor admits it is a stressful time as you don’t have any guarantees in football and you have to impress the coaching staff every chance you get.

Tampa Bay Bucs Coach Lovie Smith hasn’t committed to how many full backs he will keep. He noted Lavorskie Lane had a strong night and appears to be the leading candidate to start. Pryor’s chances have improved due to several injuries to running backs on the Bucs including their third round draft choice Charles Sims.


AVOID BACK-TO-SCHOOL TRAGEDY WITH AAA’S TIPS

AVOID BACK-TO-SCHOOL TRAGEDY WITH AAA’S TIPS

Most Child Pedestrian Fatalities Occur during After-School Hours

TAMPA, Fla. (August 18, 2014) – Over 55 million children across the United States are heading back to school. With 13 percent of those school children typically walking or biking to school, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians and bicyclists during, before, and after school hours. The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the highest percentage of fatalities among pedestrians under 15 occurred between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. (42%).

Additionally, pedestrians made up 14% of fatalities related to traffic crashes in 2012. This percentage has risen every year for the past six years including a 6% increase over 2011. More than one-fifth (22%) of all children under age 15 killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

AAA’s School’s Open – Drive Carefully awareness campaign was launched in 1946 in an effort to prevent school-related child pedestrian traffic crashes. AAA stresses the importance of safety and responsibility while traveling, encouraging not only drivers, but also pedestrians and bicyclists to stay alert and be safe while en route to their destination.

AAA recommends the following life-saving tips to keep you safe on the road:

DRIVERS

Follow the Speed Limit:

  • Watch your speed, especially in and around school zones
  • Slow down! Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason

Know and follow all Traffic Rules, Signs and Signals:

  • Obey all school zone signs, signals and markings
  • Don’t break the law! More than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones
  • Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding

Eliminate Distractions:

  • Prior to departure, take care of anything that may potentially distract you on the way to your destination
  • Eat meals or snacks before or after your trip, finish dressing and personal grooming at home, andavoid cell phone use by storing it some place that is inaccessible while driving

Be Alert:

  • Keep your eyes on the road at all times. Very often children cross the road unexpectedly and pedestrians are found walking in areas other than crosswalks or intersections

PEDESTRIANS/BICYCLISTS

Cross the Street Safely:

  • Look left, right and left again. Be sure the street is clear before you cross
  • Use traffic signals and crosswalks when available to cross the street carefully
  • Walk, don’t run
  • Don’t enter the roadway between cars, bushes or shrubs
  • Signal your intentions when turning or passing while riding a bike

Wear a Properly-Fitted Bicycle Helmet

  • Helmets should be positioned on the head and low on the forehead, no more than two finger widths above the eyebrow
  • A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent a head injury resulting from a bicycle crash

Walk/Ride in Safe Places:

  • Use crosswalks when crossing the street and always walk on sidewalks when they are provided
  • If there is no sidewalk and you must walk on the street, only do so facing traffic, as this will help increase your visibility to drivers
  • When cycling in the street, always ride in the same direction as traffic

Be Seen and Be Safe:

  • Make it easy for drivers to see you
  • Dress in light colors, wear reflective material or use a flashlight – especially in bad weather conditions where you must be extra careful

Stay Alert and Avoid Distractions:

  • Texting and walking on the side of the road can be just as dangerous as texting while driving. As a pedestrian you have a responsibility to stay alert at all times
  • Use your eyes and ears as tools to keep you safe by putting away your cell phone and unplugging your ear buds while en route

In addition to the School’s Open – Drive Carefully campaign, AAA has teamed up with Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries to help keep children safe.  Download coloring pages, play games and watch car seat safety videos at SafeSeats4Kids.AAA.com


TAKE A SHOT AT DRINKING AND DRIVING, WE’LL PROVIDE THE CHASER

TAKE A SHOT AT DRINKING AND DRIVING, WE’LL PROVIDE THE CHASER

~ Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign starts this weekend ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol will concentrate its enforcement efforts on drunk driving over the next two weeks as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that begins today and runs through Labor Day on Sept. 1. The Patrol will join law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation to remove impaired drivers from our roadways in an effort to save lives.

“Take a shot at drinking and driving, and we’ll provide the chaser,” said FHP Director Col. David Brierton. “The choice to drink and drive is a bad decision that could have grave consequences. Be responsible, don’t drink and drive.”

To arrive at your destination safely, ALWAYS:

  • Drive sober, and only sober
  • Eliminate distractions
  • If you do drink, plan ahead and have a designated driver
  • Observe and obey all speed limits
  • Buckle up

The campaign coincides with the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend which marks the traditional end of the summer travel season. All uniformed FHP personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will patrol interstates and other major state roads during the four-day holiday. FHP Auxiliary troopers also will volunteer to augment the Patrol during the travel period. The Patrols increased presence throughout Florida will deter traffic violations and enhance services to motorists who break down or who need other assistance while traveling.

Call*FHP (*347) if you see an impaired or aggressive driver, or to request roadside assistance.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to asafer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook.


Okeechobee student honored

Okeechobee student honored

Commissioner Pam Stewart and AT&T Florida President Joe York recognized Florida’s top 11th grade students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) during the 2014 Sunshine State Scholars program hosted by the Florida Education Foundation.  Commissioner Stewart presented each scholar with a crystal award and Mr. York provided each scholar with an Ipad Mini.

During the two-day program, the scholars, along with their parents and teachers, attended workshops on college planning and  financial aid and they enjoyed the opportunity to meet individually with 40 of Florida’s colleges and universities.

Additional partners include Universal Orlando, Helios Education Foundation, Atkins, Gulf Power, the Florida Lottery, the Mosaic Company, Publix Supermarkets Charities and Florida Trend Magazine.


Gov. Scott: Florida creates 2,100 private-sector jobs in July

Gov. Scott: Florida creates 2,100 private-sector jobs in July

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott today announced that Florida created 2,100 private-sector jobs in July 2014. Since December 2010, Florida’s private-sector businesses have added 620,300 jobs for Florida families. The statewide unemployment rate for July 2014 is 6.2 percent, down 1.1 percentage points from the July 2013 rate of 7.3 percent and unchanged from last month.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida’s private-sector created more than 2,000 jobs for Florida families in July, bringing total private-sector job creation since December 2010 to 620,300. Every new job positively impacts a family, and today’s announcement is more great news for Florida families looking to live the American Dream in the Sunshine State. Florida continues to see positive job growth highlighting our economic recovery, so let’s keep working to make sure every Floridian who wants a job can get one.”

Since December 2010, Florida’s unemployment rate has dropped 4.9 percentage points, from 11.1 percent down now to 6.2 percent in July 2014. Florida’s unemployment rate has declined or held steady over the month for 45 of the last 47 months.

Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said, “Florida’s economy continues to improve as we implement policies that support a pro-growth business climate. Job creators, responding to our low-tax, streamlined regulatory environment, added 2,100 more jobs to Florida’s private sector in July. We will continue to develop policies that promote economic growth and prosperity in our state.”

The long-term positive trends in the unemployment rate and job counts are among the most important economic indicators to consider when analyzing the health of Florida’s economic recovery. The state’s private-sector job counts have been steadily on the rise for over three years, showing that Florida’s businesses are responding to the state’s improving economic climate. Since December 2010, the state has added 620,300 private-sector jobs.

More Floridians Getting Back to Work

  • Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded that of the nation since April 2012.
  • Florida’s private sector job growth month-to-month has been positive for 41 of the last 44 months.
  • Florida has created 620,300 new private sector jobs since December 2010.
  • Florida job postings compiled by the Help Wanted OnLine data series from The Conference Board showed 261,382 openings in July 2014.

Home Sales Robust

  • Home sales remain robust as the backlog of existing homes on the market is down by 32.5 percent from December 2011 (Florida Realtors).
  • Florida median home prices were up 5.2 percent over the year in June 2014.

Workforce Boards Assisting in Employment

  • In July, Florida’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 39,100 Floridians were placed in jobs. An individual who receives employment and training assistance through a CareerSource Center and finds a job within 180 days is deemed a placement and may be reported by a regional workforce board. Of these individuals, 8,040 previously received Reemployment Assistance.
  • In 2013, more than 479,000 Floridians were placed in jobs, with 135,384 former claimants finding employment.

To view the July 2014 employment data visit www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/labor-market-information-press-releases/monthly-press-releases.


Charles Murphy News 8/15

News Cast for August 15th:

Okeechobee commissioners supported a tax rate at the roll back rate of 8.8 mills

Thursday, they considered lowering the law enforcement budget from 8.8 that was requested to 7.1 million. The county would have a 1.7 million dollar shortfall at the roll back rate, which means collecting the same amount of property taxes this year. Sheriff Paul May says Okeechobee benefits from tourism, with over 1 thousand jobs that brings in over 17 million dollars annually.

An 89 year old Bristol, Tennessee man was injured Thursday after a single vehicle accident on US 27 in Glades County. Calvin Roark lost control of a north bound Dodge Ram near county road 733 and the vehicle landed in a water filled ditch.   He was treated at Florida hospital in Lake Placid.

Classrooms and hallways were filled once again as Okeechobee students and families attended open house last night. Most schools were filled to the brim with students. The first day of class is Monday.

Among arrests, 26 year old Kenny Spencer was charged with fleeing city police on an ATV in Deans Court on North West 8th Avenue, speeds reached 80 miles per hour.

Okeechobee deputies investigating a house that was shot on South East 30th Terrace. A white midsize sedan with a loud muffler or engine is sought in the incident reported at 2:50 AM Thursday. Three shots apparently entered the home and destroyed a television set, there were no injuries reported. Damage was estimated at 25 hundred dollars.

Arrest Report for 16 year old Assault

Sports Cast for August 15th:

Yearling Middle School volleyball coach Kellyann Campbell said she will miss her first squad, as many 8th graders move on to play high school volleyball this year.

Yearling lost just one match last year and Campbell said it was a success. Campbell said she hopes a new class of volleyball players enters the school and keeps the tradition of success going this year. Campbell said they might lower the roster size because other schools often don’t have enough girls to play two matches. Yearling also held a camp in July and had a good turnout of girls of all ages.

They hope to make it an annual camp for 6 to 14 year olds.

OYFL football travels to Haines City to take on the Rattlers on Saturday.


SFWMD Set to Begin Construction on Key Piece of St. Lucie Project

SFWMD Set to Begin Construction on Key Piece of St. Lucie Project

C-44 System Discharge will also provide for additional water retention

West Palm Beach, FL — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today awarded a contract to begin construction on a component of the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area in Martin County. The overall project will help capture, store and clean local stormwater runoff before it reaches the St. Lucie River and Estuary.

“It was just last month that the Board approved an agreement for the District to participate in construction in order to expedite this important project,” said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Daniel O’Keefe. “Today’s contact award sustains this momentum and moves us a step closer to significant water quality improvements for the St. Lucie.”

The contract is for construction of a spillway that will serve as the single point of water movement out of the entire C-44 project. The contract award successfully puts to work approximately $60 million in funding from the Governor and Florida Legislature to benefit the St. Lucie Estuary.

Strategically completing the spillway early in the construction timeline will allow the District to store additional water on the project, helping to reduce excess water flow to the estuary—even before the reservoir and stormwater treatment area are complete. This work will allow water managers to retain up to 5.7 additional feet of groundwater within the 7,000-acre project site in western Martin County.

The approximately $5.4 million investment in the spillway follows a July agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the District to begin construction on 6,300 acres of stormwater treatment area (STA) in October, with a completion date of 2017. That larger contract will be considered by the SFWMD Governing Board next month.

 

When the project is operational, water will be pumped into the STA, which is a treatment wetland containing plants such as cattails, pickerel weed and bulrush. This vegetation removes and stores nutrients, including phosphorus, from the water before it flows into the St. Lucie River and Estuary.

The STA is critical component of the overall C-44 Reservoir Project, which will also include:

  • A 3,400-acre reservoir capable of storing about 16 billion gallons of water
  • A pump station capable of moving 1,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water, or about 717 million gallons a day, into the C-44 Reservoir

To date, the SFWMD has completed land acquisition and design for the STA treatment cells and the system discharge components. The Corps initiated the first phase of construction, which includes the project intake canal and access road, and will build the reservoir component. When the entire C-44 Reservoir and STA project is complete, stormwater runoff from the C-44 basin will be stored and cleaned before flowing into the river.

The St. Lucie River and Estuary is part of the larger Indian River Lagoon system, the most diverse estuarine environment in North America. It is home to more than 4,000 plant and animal species, including manatees, oysters, dolphins, sea turtles and seahorses.

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Arrests Tampa Man on Charges of Grand Theft, Telemarketing Violations

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Arrests Tampa Man on Charges of Grand Theft, Telemarketing Violations

Arrest Also Made on Illegal Charity Activity, One Still Wanted      

Tallahassee, FL – Officers with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services arrested Dean Sherwood of Tampa on Wednesday and charged him with 40 counts, including grand theft, unlicensed activity and organized scheme to defraud consumers.

“Thanks to the thorough investigation and swift action taken by our officers, there’s one less scammer stealing thousands of dollars from Floridians,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

Last year, the department was notified of alleged illegal activity by Executive Transfer and Recovery LLC, operated by Dean John Sherwood (DOB 2/5/65), of 6711 North 78th St. in Tampa. The business would conduct unsolicited cold calls to consumers who owned time shares and deceive these victims by promising the times shares had been sold.

Executive Transfer would then instruct the victims to send money to the business for closing costs and other fees to execute the sale, then sever all forms of communication with the victims. Investigators identified suspected financial theft of $272,737 from 13 victims, which had been deposited in several different bank accounts associated with the company.

Sherwood was arrested and booked into Hillsborough County Jail without bond. He was charged with one count of Organized Scheme to Defraud (first-degree felony), four counts of Grand Theft of the Second Degree (second-degree felony), nine counts of Grand Theft of the Third Degree (third-degree felony), 13 counts of Unlicensed Telephone Solicitation (third-degree felony), and 13 counts of Unlicensed Real Estate Activity (third-degree felony).

In addition, warrants were issued Wednesday for two men in connection with illegal charitable activities. In 2013, a former employee of Florida Veterans Assistance Corp alerted the department to the charity’s questionable activities, including soliciting funds without being registered as required by state law and spending those funds on activities not related to the charitable cause.

Gul Moryani (DOB 1/14/63) of 14840 SW 54th St. in Miramar, was arrested Wednesday and charged with seven violations of the Solicitation of Funds statute, all third-degree felonies. Dan Soat (DOB 8/13/58) of 817 S. Palmetto Ave. in Daytona Beach, has absconded from his address and is still wanted.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, protection and information. Consumers who believe fraud has taken place can contact the department’s consumer protection and information hotline at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or, for Spanish speakers, 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832).

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.


Florida Man Admits Role In International Murder Conspiracy And Sale And Smuggling Of Deadly Toxins

Florida Man Admits Role In International Murder Conspiracy And Sale And Smuggling Of Deadly Toxins

TRENTON, N.J. – A Florida man today admitted producing and selling potentially deadly toxins ricin and abrin for use as weapons and conspiring to kill a woman in the United Kingdom, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Jesse William Korff, 19, of LaBelle, Florida, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with five counts of developing, producing, transferring and possessing toxins, five counts of smuggling toxins and one count of conspiring to kill a person in a foreign country.

Korff was arrested in Florida on Jan. 18, 2014, following a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) and the FBI.

“Jesse Korff admitted producing and selling potentially deadly toxins to strangers over the Internet,” U.S. Attorney Fishman said. “Working in the shadows of a secretive computer network favored by cybercriminals, he peddled his poison on a virtual black market of illegal and dangerous goods. Today he admitted he was in the midst of aiding an overseas customer in an attempted murder. Thankfully, an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a buyer was able get Korff off the street before he could conclude the transaction.”

“HSI has worked tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to shutter underground websites such as BMR and arrest those responsible for reckless and dangerous illegal activity,” Andrew McLees, special agent in charge of HSI Newark, said. “Anyone involved in the sale of toxins designed for use in chemical terrorism must be stopped, and this guilty plea shows HSI’s commitment to stopping individuals who show callous disregard for public safety in the interest of making a buck.”

“The overriding focus of the FBI’s WMD Directorate, and the primary focus of the FBI’s overall efforts is prevention,” Aaron T. Ford, Special Agent in Charge of FBI, Newark, said. “To keep the threat posed by Korff from becoming a reality, the FBI leveraged subject matter experts to include WMD coordinators, special agent bomb technicians, hazardous evidence response teams, surveillance and computer forensics personnel to disrupt the activities of Korff. The intensive three-day search, evidence collection, analysis and investigation uncovered an international nexus to Korff. Working through FBI legal attachés, information gleaned from the investigation was communicated to foreign law enforcement partners to disrupt international subjects.”

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In April 2013 HSI special agents began investigating illicit sales activity on an underground Internet marketplace known as “Black Market Reloaded” (BMR). The website provided a platform for vendors and buyers to conduct anonymous online transactions involving biological agents, toxins, firearms, ammunition, explosives, narcotics and counterfeit items.

From August 2013 through January 2014 Korff maintained a seller’s profile on BMR under the screen name “Snowman840.” He advertised the sale of deadly toxins and provided his prospective purchasers with information about quantities necessary to kill a person of a given weight, along with instructions on how to secretly administer the toxin to avoid suspicion. Korff sold ricin and abrin to international purchasers in India, Austria, Denmark and England. He smuggled the toxins from Florida to the international purchasers by concealing the toxins in packages sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

In December 2013 Korff provided a quantity of abrin to a purchaser in London who claimed she intended to kill her mother. After the purchaser’s receipt and administration of the initial dose, which she claimed was ineffective, Korff agreed to provide a second quantity of the toxin in order to assist the purchaser in the implementation of the murder plot.

Before Korff had an opportunity to smuggle the second dose of abrin to the London purchaser, a federal undercover agent contacted Korff through BMR and negotiated the sale of two liquid doses of abrin. Korff told the buyer about his delivery methods – concealing vials in a carved-out and re-melted candle – and discussed how much abrin was needed to kill a person of a particular weight and how best to administer the toxin. Korff also assured the buyer that a victim’s death would appear to be similar to a bad case of the flu.

Following Korff’s arrest, FBI agents searched Korff’s property over three days and recovered several computers, castor beans, rosary peas, capsules, vials, jars, syringes, filters, respirators and other items commonly utilized in the manufacture, production, sale, packaging, and shipping of toxins and chemical substances. Among the items recovered was a liquid dose of abrin that Korff had intended to ship to the London purchaser.

The toxin and murder conspiracy charges to which Korff pleaded guilty carry a maximum potential penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. The smuggling charges carry a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 21, 2014.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of HSI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge McLees in Newark, New Jersey; special agents of the FBI in Newark, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ford; and FBI special agents under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Paul Wysopal, Tampa Division, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked HSI in Ft. Myers, Florida, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan McCormick, for their work. The U.S. Attorney also thanked the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, including the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Glades County, Henry County and Lee County, Florida, sheriff’s offices for their assistance. Vital support was provided by the Justice Department’s National Security Division Counterterrorism Section and FBI WMD Directorate in Washington, the FBI Laboratory Division, the DHS National Bioforensic Analysis Center; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida; and the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), SO15 Counter Terrorism Command, under the direction of Commander Duncan Ball.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis C. Carletta of the U.S. Attorney’s Office National Security Unit in Newark.

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Defense counsel:  David Holman Esq., Newark

Korff, Jesse Information


Charles Murphy News 8/14

News Cast for August 14th:

A 48 year old Okeechobee man, Richard Holcker was critically injured last week in a three vehicle chain reaction crash at the intersection of US 441N and NW 240th Street. The sheriff’s office says Holcker ran a stop sign in a Dodge Dakota pickup and collided with a south bound Porsche driven by 57 year old Stephen Cooper of land O Lakes. Both vehicles then collided with a northbound Ford F 150 pickup driven by 60 year old Mark Harrison of Fort Pierce. Holcker was flown to Lawnwood regional. Cooper and his passenger, 15 year old Ryan Cooper were treated at Raulerson Hospital. Harrison was unhurt.

Okeechobee school teachers got an inspiring message from Florida teacher of the year for 2014, Dorina Sackman, Wednesday. She spoke on inspiration and how important a teacher’s role is in education and society as a hole.

Among arrests, 59 year old Casper Ellick of Canal Point was charged with aggravated battery after allegedly attacking his wife with a broom.

In the courts, 19 Jesse Korff of Labelle pled guilty this week to producitng and selling toins and conspiracy to kill a woman in the United Kingdom, he’ll be sentenced in November.

Sports Cast for August 14th:

Lonnie Pryor continues to work for a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He saw some game action versus Jacksonville last week with one carry for a first down on third down, and also saw action on special teams. Pryor is listed second on the depth chart at fullback but is taking nothing for granted in his battle for a roster spot. Pryor says he thought joining the Bucs was a good decision because he wanted to play and didn’t want to miss an opportunity.

He lives in Tampa full time buying a home off Dale Mabry last year less than five minutes away from the stadium.

Pryor says he was happy when Florida State won the national championship but admits he would have liked to have been still with the Noles. He still cherishes the teams ACC championship and all the bowl games he got to play in.

 


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