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News Cast for January 9th:

The search continues for an Apopka man who went missing during a fishing tournament last week. Officers from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s office, US Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are into their fifth day searching for Nik Kayler who disappeared Thursday night while fishing with his friend, Bill Kisiah, on Lake Okeechobee after their boat crashed and apparently capsized near Pahokee. FWC Spokesperson Carol Lyn Parrish recommends civilians not go looking for Kayler on their own. Parrish says despite the search going as long as it has, crews are still confident they will find Kayler. Kisiah, of Louisiana, was treated for hypothermia after he was found.  If you have any information as to his whereabouts, please contact the Wildlife Alert Line at (888) 404-3922.

It was a relatively quiet weekend for Okeechobee County Firefighters. Crews were called to the 65 hundred block of Route 98 North for a vehicle fire Saturday afternoon. Crews arrived just before 1:45 and assisted the truck’s two occupants in extinguishing two smoldering boxes on the side of the road that they removed from the bed of their truck. No one was injured.

Two Lehigh Acres men are dead and one Okeechobee woman seriously injured after a multi vehicle accident Thursday night in Glades County. Florida Highway Patrol officers say 19 year old Shannon Garrett of Clewiston was driving south on route 721 near 78 when she tried to avoid a car that drifted into her lane from the opposite way, but she hit a guardrail. The other car then continued on the wrong side of the road and collided with another car driven by 55 year old Michael Steven Furrow, whose car was then hit by another car and then that car hit a pedestrian, 20 year old Tracy Agnes Cypress. Cypress, Furrow and Furrow’s passenger, 71 year old Robert Lewis Yale were taken to Lawnwood Medical Center in Ft. Pierce for treatment where Furrow and Yale later died. Cypress is being treated for her injuries. Garrett was not injured. The accident is under investigation.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators are looking for the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit and run accident that killed a Labelle woman Saturday night. Investigators say 25 year old Nicole Lynn Black was standing on Route 80 and Hendry Street in Hendry County when she was about to cross the street when she walked right into the path of a Cadillac Escalade. The driver swerved trying to avoid hitting Black but the front right corner hit Black, killing her instantly. The Cadillac Escalade driver fled the scene. Investigators later found the Escalade abandoned. The crash is under investigation. If you have any information leading to the driver of this car, please contact FHP immediately.

FHP is also investigating the cause of a single vehicle accident that killed an Immokalee woman and two young children Saturday night. Investigators say 27 year old Shatoria Michelle Brown was driving east on Eden avenue in Collier County when she inexplicably drove onto the shoulder and went into the water there and her car became submerged. Brown’s dead body was found in the water outside the car, while one of the children passengers, a five year old boy was found dead in the car. The other passenger, a three year old girl, was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

On the arrest report:

34 year old Nicholas Ryan Martin of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. He was released after posting a $500.00 bond.

26 year old Kaitlin Elise Lee of Okeechobee was arrested for drunk driving. She was released after posting a $1000.00 bond.

31 year old Jeremy Lamont Jones of Okeechobee was arrested for battery and false imprisonment of a woman who Jones claimed owed him money. He is being held on $200,000.00 bond.

28 year old Bobbi Jo Saintelus of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. She was released after posting a $3000.00 bond.

38 year old Shaun Eric Almodovar of Okeechobee was arrested for introducing marijuana and other drugs and paraphernalia into the county jail. He’s being held on $12,000.00 bond.

42 year old Timothy James Burke of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a revoked license. He was released after posting a $1000.00 bond.

37 year old Kelisha Andrews of Okeechobee was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. She was released after posting a $1500.00 bond.

29 year old Justin Brown Chism of Okeechobee was arrested for petty theft and fraudulent use of credit cards when he stole a wallet from a woman’s purse. He’s being held on a $22,000.00 bond.


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News Cast for January 8th:

Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Palm Beach Sheriff’s Department are still searching for an Apopka man who disappeared Thursday night during a fishing tournament on Lake Okeechobee. Nik Kayler and Bill Kisiah were competing in the Costa Fishing League Worldwide when they didn’t check in at the designated location. Officials say their boat had crashed and capsized near Pahokee. Kisiah was found Thursday just after 11pm with Kayler still missing. Fish and Wildlife Conservation spokesperson Carol Lyn Parrish says while the recent unseasonably cold weather is a factor in the search, it will not be a hindrance. The Costa Fishing League Worldwide cancelled the tournament to assist with the search. Kisiah, a Louisiana resident, is being treated for injuries he sustained in the crash. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Nik Kayler, please contact the Wildlife Alert Line at (888)-404-3922.

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While the unseasonably cold temperatures continued in Okeechobee County for much of the end of last week, the cold weather shelter was not open Friday night. While the shelter, located at the Douglas Brown Community Center, was open Wednesday and Thursday nights for those seeking warmth from the cold, a total of only two people took advantage of it, according to Mitch Smeykel of the Emergency Operations Center. Smeykel says the warmer night temperatures, plus the availability of Red Cross volunteers, are determining factors in keeping the shelter open.

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One Martin County commissioner and one former commissioner turned themselves in to sheriff’s officials Friday on charges of violating the state’s public records laws. Sarah Heard was indicted and booked on two criminal counts of violating public records laws as was former commissioner Ann Scott. The indictments come from a court ordered arbitration in Lake Point’s civil lawsuit against Martin County in 2014 alleging public records violations, saying Heard and Scott and commissioner Ed Fielding did not turn over or preserve email correspondence from a former commissioner regarding Lake Point mining and water restoration project. Scott and Heard were released on their own recognizance.

On the arrest report:

30 year old Lisa Marie Lorenz and 36 year old Joshua Giles, both of Okeechobee, were arrested by sheriff’s deputies for possession of marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and live ammunition after a traffic stop. Giles is being held on a $1000.00 bond while Lorenz is being held without bond for previous offenses where she failed to appear in court.


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News Cast for January 5th:

For the second time in as many nights, Okeechobee County had a shelter open to those seeking warmth from the unseasonably cold weather. Officials from the local chapter of the Red Cross and the Okeechobee County Emergency Operations Center once again designated the Douglas Brown Community Center as the site for the cold weather shelter. Mitch Smeykal of the Emergency Operations Center says the challenge is getting enough Red Cross volunteers for the shelter. With temperatures falling into the low 30’s tonight, there’s a chance the shelter will be open again for a third straight night. Keep listening to WOKC for further details.

Low rainfall associated with dry season, abundance of down hurricane debris and frost killed vegetation from the unseasonably cold temperatures and you have increases in the risk of wildfires. Florida Forest Service officials are reminding people to be careful when having a campfire or burning debris to have a source of water present or a shovel should a small fire get out of control and lead to a wildfire. Melissa Yunas of the Florida Forest Service says more often than not, wildfires are human caused, usually when you’re working in your yard or stopped on the shoulder of the road. Yunas stresses the importance of having a defensible space of about 30 feet near your home to give you room to work on a fire or allow firefighters to protect your home during a fire. You can contact the Okeechobee branch of the Florida Forest Service at (863) 467-3221 for more information.

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Tomorrow will be the 5th annual “Ride for the Fight” event to benefit people stricken with cancer. Ride for the Fight is a day of bull riding and bronco riding and rodeo at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Arena. Okeechobee resident Nanno Corona, a cancer survivor himself, put this event together during his recovery beginning in 2013. He says there will be a special guest, Keith Eisley, a renowned rodeo clown. The event will begin at 11am at the Cattlemen’s Arena on the 1800 block of Highway 441 North.

Nanno Corona-Ride For the Fight

A Stuart boy is dead, the result of a vehicle accident Wednesday. Florida Highway Patrol officers say 23 year old Scott Lee Jenkins was driving his car on Wildcat Trail in Martin County when for unknown reasons he went off the road and hit a tree. Jenkins’ 14 year old boy passenger was brought to Martin Memorial South Hospital for treatment where he later died. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

On the arrest report:

19 year old Jordan Lee Cutler, 20 year old Patrick Michael Cordero-Callahan and 19 year old Shane Zachary Wilkinson, all of Okeechobee, were arrested by sheriff’s deputies for battery and causing bodily harm at a detention center. They are being held in lieu of $25,000.00 bond apiece.

67 year old Ashley Brent Pulsifer of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation. He’s being held without bond.

20 year old Tatiana Nicole Licona of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation. She’s being held without bond.


Cold, Dry Weather Increases Wildfire Potential

Cold, Dry Weather Increases Wildfire Potential

Low rainfall associated with dry season, the abundance of down hurricane debris and the potential for frost killed vegetation increases the wildfire risk. Cool, dry air aids in the depletion of moisture in plants because the winds dry the vegetation faster than the roots can pull water from the soil. After a frost, the roots are unable to take up water because the cell wall is damaged. The grasses and vines perish from a lack of moisture and have the potential to fuel a wildfire.

“As the vegetation dies, fires can start from most accidental causes,” explains Forest Area Supervisor Mike Lisiecki with the Florida Forest Service. “Even though winter wildfires tend to be smaller in size compared to spring/summer wildfires, winter wildfires can still cause injury and destruction.”

State Wildland Firefighters need the public’s help. Whether it’s ensuring a campfire or debris burn of leaves and branches is completely extinguished, or keeping a vehicle well maintained to prevent sparks igniting the dry grass, following just a few simple steps can help prevent wildfires. Florida’s wildfire season is all year long and approximately 75% of all wildfires in Florida are caused by human activity.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests, provides management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests, while protecting homes, forestland, and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FloridaForestService.com.

For questions about burn authorizations and wildfire prevention, please contact your local Florida Forest Service:

Martin County (772) 221-4045;    Saint Lucie County (772) 468-3915;  Indian River County (772) 778-5085;

Glades County (863) 674-4000;    Highlands County  (863) 655-6407;   Okeechobee County (863) 467-3221


U.S. Sugar Prepares for Cold Weather in South Florida

U.S. Sugar Prepares for Cold Weather in South Florida

Clewiston, FL – With South Florida expected to experience some of the coldest weather of the season, U.S. Sugar and its family of farmers have begun making preparations to limit any impact on crops. U.S. Sugar’s Senior Director for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Judy Sanchez today issued the following statement:

“As the coldest weather of the winter thus far approaches, like most farmers we are preparing for the worst while praying for the best.

We are bringing up the water levels in the canals around our sweet corn, sugarcane and citrus and other crops.  Adding moisture provides warmth to the soil and helps protect the plants.  We will also be flying helicopters over our sweet corn crop.

Our weather reports are projecting temperatures close to or at freezing levels in colder pockets but hopefully for only short periods of time.

While farmers are always at the mercy of Mother Nature, we remain eternal optimists and pray for milder than expected temperatures.”

U.S. Sugar is a farming company that grows sugarcane, citrus, green beans, and sweet corn. The company was founded in 1931 by a visionary leader who hailed from a long line of farmers. Since the beginning, our company’s success has been rooted in traditional farming values and respect for the land.


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News Cast for January 4th:

In anticipation of the colder weather coming, the Okeechobee County Fire Department is encouraging residents to exercise caution while trying to protect from the cold. Mitch Smeykel of the Emergency Operations Center says to cover up outdoor plants with a sheet or an old pillowcase and don’t use plastic, bring in your pets and while keeping warm inside your home, use space heaters and electric blankets carefully. Smeykel says during these cold spells, there is often a spike in structure fires. Smeykel also advises to never bring in hibachi grills or charcoal grills to keep warm because they give off carbon monoxide.

As of this time it is still up in the air if the cold weather shelter will reopen for tonight (1/4).

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Officials from FEMA are urging homeowners to buy flood insurance before a real flood happens. Floods are the most common and costly natural disasters in the United States. FEMA Spokesperson Mike Wade says homeowners will be surprised to find out that their homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding. There are currently more than 1.7 million National Flood Insurance Program policies in place in Florida. As of December 26th, more than 27 thousand flood insurance claims caused by Hurricane Irma had been filed. To find out more about obtaining flood insurance, you can log on to floodsmart.gov.

A Clewiston man is dead after a vehicle accident this week. Florida Highway Patrol officers say 59 year old Jose Portan Vanegaz was riding his bicycle on Route 27 in Hendry County during the early morning hours of New Year’s Eve when he rode ride into the path of an oncoming car and struck it head on. Vanegaz was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is under investigation.

On the arrest report:

39 year old Juan Enrique Hernandez of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for violating probation. He’s being held without bond.

20 year old Tatiana Licona of Okeechobee was arrested on an out of county arrest warrant for providing false information to a pawn broker in Broward County. She’s being held without bond.

19 year old Travis Julian Williams of Okeechobee was arrested for resisting arrest without violence. He was released after posting bond.

30 year old Charles Wayne Suarez of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of alprazolam, a controlled substance, after a traffic stop. He’s being held on a $5000.00 bond.


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News Cast for January 3rd:

Florida Highway Patrol officers are investigating an accident that killed an Okeechobee man on New Year’s Eve. Investigators say 18 year old James David Cunningham was riding his bicycle east on the sidewalk of Highway 70 near SW 24th Avenue just after 6:30 pm when he went on to the roadway, right into the path of 24 year old Quinn Garrett Johnson’s car, and collided with it head on. Cunningham was thrown off the bike and landed on the center median, where he was killed instantly. Johnson, an Okeechobee resident, was not injured and charges are pending according to FHP.

That wasn’t the only one. FHP investigators are also looking into an accident that killed a Clewiston woman on New Year’s Day. Investigators say 53 year old Zunilda Diaz was driving her car south on Flaghole Road in Hendry County when she drifted off the road, onto the grass shoulder and collided with a ditch, causing the car to overturn and stop on its roof. Diaz was transported to Hendry Regional Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.

Finally, emergency crews were called to Midway Road in St. Lucie County where 25 year old Ednelson Laguerre of Ft. Pierce was driving there on the morning of New Year’s Eve about to make a right turn when his car was rear ended by another car. Laguerre’s two daughters, a three year old and one year old, were taken to Lawnwood Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. Laguerre’s three year old daughter died while his one year old daughter is still receiving treatment. The accident remains under investigation.

Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for an Avon Park man who detectives say shot and killed a Tampa Bay man in an Avon Park bar on Friday night. Detectives say 51 Ian Dale Jobson is wanted on charges of first degree murder and firing a weapon in public in connection with the shooting death of 62 year old Anthony Paul Mathison at Kool Runnings Bar on the 220 block of Garrett Road. The motivation behind the shooting is not known. If you have any information on Jobson’s whereabouts, please contact the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

As 2017 passed on into history and made way for 2018, the city of Indiantown became an incorporated village of Martin County. Indiantown residents voted in favor of incorporating the town last November. While there’s a certain level of excitement now that Indiantown is no longer an unincorporated area, Martin County Elections Supervisor Vicky Davis says the real work is just beginning. Elections for Indiantown City Councilmembers will take place in March and interested candidates have until January 12th to submit the paperwork.

On the arrest report:

55 year old Theresa Lee Moyes of Arcadia was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for driving under the influence of alcohol. Her breathalyzer results read .415. She’s being held on a $5000.00 bond.

48 year old Eugenio Guzman of Okeechobee was arrested for retail theft at Wal-Mart. He was released after posting a $1000.00 bond.

24 year old Cristal Marie Estrella of Okeechobee was arrested for driving without a license. She was released after posting a $500.00 bond.

24 year old Rebecca Sue Thatcher of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of cocaine, Adderall and other drugs following a traffic stop. She was released after posting a $26,000.00 bond.

36 year old James Patrick Watson of Okeechobee was arrested for criminal mischief when he slashed someone’s tires. He was released after posting a $250.00 bond.

36 year old Jessica Shalene Thomas of Okeechobee was arrested for failure to appear in court on charges of drug possession and drug paraphernalia. Her bond is set at $10,500.00.

50 year old Francisco Galicia of Okeechobee was arrested for DUI, driving on a suspended license, eluding police and child neglect after not pulling over for a traffic stop. His bond is set at $23,000.00.


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News Cast for January 2nd:

Okeechobee County Commissioners last week approved a payment with an outside company to install a pipe under Highway 441 at NW 144th Street to help prevent flooding in that area. County Engineer John Howle says the flooding has been a problem in people’s yards in that area for a while and he says the project will take some time to be completed. The price to install the pipe and culvert will run about $30,000.00.

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There will soon be a new multi-use building in Okeechobee County. Commissioners approved a new request for architects to develop a building that will house the property appraiser, tax collector and driver’s license personnel. Facility Maintenance and Development Services Director Donnie Oden says a building of this kind will be innovative but quite successful. Oden says there was an attempt to do this project back in 2012 but the architect they were going to use closed down due to the economy at the time. The building will be located at the old art facility on the NE block of the Judicial Center.

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Florida Highway Patrol officers are investigating two separate accidents that killed a Lehigh Acres man in one and a Lehigh Acres woman in the other Thursday afternoon. Crews were first called to Highway 29 near Chapparal Avenue in Glades County just before 2pm where 72 year old Migdalia Johnson was a front seat passenger in a car driven by 81 year old Jose Sepulveda, also of Lehigh Acres. Investigators say Sepulveda made an illegal U-turn in front of an oncoming car and Sepulveda’s car was struck on the right side. Johnson was killed instantly. No other injuries reported.

In the second accident, just before 4pm, 70 year old Seven Allan Morreim was driving south near the intersection of Route 82 in Lee County when, after he stopped at a stop sign, he made a left turn right into the path of an oncoming car, causing the collision. Morreim was killed instantly. His passenger, 68 year old Janet Elizabeth Morreim, also of Lehigh Acres, is in critical condition at Lee Memorial Hospital. Both accidents required road closures for about two hours apiece.

Three Ft. Lauderdale area residents were arrested Thursday in Sebring for passing forged prescriptions for codeine at a local pharmacy. Highlands County Sheriff’s investigators say 23 year old Khadijah James tried to pass a forged prescription for 300 milliliters of promethazine with codeine while two men waited for her in a car outside. A pharmacy employee called the sheriff’s office and deputies arrived and arrested the three following a brief chase. Investigators say the James and her two accomplices, 20 year old Roland Tyrone Rolle and 25 year old Markei Florences had gotten over 670 grams of codeine from two other pharmacies using forged prescriptions before they were caught.

On the arrest report:

20 year old Joshua Jafari Patterson and Christopher Nelson of Riviera Beach were arrested by sheriff’s deputies for grand theft auto when he stole a white Hyundai sedan and led sheriff’s deputies from Martin County on a chase down Highway 710 in Indiantown into Okeechobee on Route 70 where he was finally stopped on the 12 thousand block of 70 west.  Patterson was reportedly the passenger in the car, while the driver, who had fled on foot and later apprehended, was identified as Christopher Nelson. Nelson didn’t have a valid driver’s license. The car reportedly was stolen from Sarasota.  Bonds for both have not been set at this time.

39 year old Latrisha Lee Hunt of Boca Raton was arrested for drunk and disorderly outside a motel. She was released after posting a $500.00 bond.


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News Cast for December 29th:

Okeechobee County will finally have a program to help control mosquito activity. County Commissioners recently approved a grant to implement a mosquito control program. Mitch Smeykel of the Emergency Operations Center was the driving force behind the application of the grant, one they’ve been working on for the better part of three years. Smeykel says he wasn’t going to apply for the grant until later, but the Zika virus hastened the original plan. The grant is worth just over 110 thousand dollars.

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County Commissioners also approved an agreement for just over $107,000.00 with an outside company for debris monitoring services in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Russell Rowland, assistant to the county administrator says the agreement was necessary because the amount of debris cleanup was beyond what they originally anticipated. Rowland says the amount of debris cleaned up between mid-September until mid-November amounted to 132 thousand cubic yards.

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A Palmetto man is dead following a single vehicle accident yesterday morning. Florida Highway Patrol officers say 76 year old Auburt Wayne McKinnon was driving south on US 41 in Manatee County when he was approaching an intersection, he inexplicably went off the road, crossed the median and into a ditch then finally into a fence. McKinnon was killed instantly. The accident is being investigated.

A Labelle woman is being charged with drunk driving and more following a vehicle accident that seriously injured a Lehigh Acres man Wednesday night. Florida Highway Patrol investigators say 23 year old Mayra Valadez was speeding on the eastbound lane of Route 80 in Lee County when she couldn’t stop in time before rear ending 30 year old Aaron David Hunt’s trailer, causing him to roll over across the median into the westbound lanes and be ejected from his truck. Valadez fled the scene but later returned. Hunt was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment and Valadez was charged with DUI with property damage, serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest with violence, careless driving and having a visible open container.

On the arrest report:

42 year old Luis Bautista of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for driving a car without a valid license. He was released after posting a $250.00 bond.

20 year old Marc Anthony Rivas of Okeechobee was arrested for aggravated battery on his girlfriend during a domestic dispute. Deputies say he pushed her and then choked her. His bond has not been set at this time.

60 year old Ernest Pryor of Okeechobee was arrested for battery and simple assault during a domestic dispute with the mother of his child at a train station. His bond has not been set at this time.

37 year old Zachary Wayne Yocum of Okeechobee was arrested on four counts of lewd and lascivious acts on underage girls. His bond is set at $450,000.00.

22 year old Fernando Lopez Junior of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop. He was released after posting a $2500.00 bond.


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News Cast for December 28th:

Okeechobee County Fire and Rescue had their hands full during this past holiday weekend. Crews were called to Highway 70 East for a two vehicle accident on Friday evening and found both vehicles severely damaged. Investigators say one person had to be extricated from their vehicle and airlifted to Lawnwood Medical Center in Fort Pierce for treatment of injuries and there was engine fluid leaking on the road, causing traffic to be blocked in both directions while haz-mat crews were called in to clean it up. The names of the person or people injured and cause of the accident have not been revealed. The accident remains under investigation.

The Okeechobee County Commissioners will meet this morning in their final meeting of 2017 to discuss amending a work authorization with an outside company for debris monitoring services in the county in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Commissioners will also be looking to approve the costs of installing a pipe under route 441 at NW 144th Street and a culvert at NE 144th Street and 441 to help with flooding. The meeting will begin at 9am at the Historic County Courthouse.

A Fort Pierce man is in police custody at this time charged with sexual misconduct on a mental patient. Police in Port St. Lucie say 29 year old Atiba Anthony Adams inappropriately touched the man at Adams’ workplace at the Department of Children and Families on December 4th. Investigators say he lied to them before eventually telling the truth. The victim reportedly told a staff member who then called the police. Officials from the Department of Children and Families say Adams is no longer employed with them.

A Port St. Lucie man is dead after a traffic accident Tuesday. Florida Highway Patrol officers say 58 year old Michael Kenneth Cucore was driving his Hyundai Accent sedan on the northbound side of Highway 95 in Martin County when for an unknown reason his car collided with a Toyota 4-Runner, causing Cucore’s car to go to the southbound lane, leave the roadway and hit a tree. Cucore’s car then caught fire. Rescue workers got Cucore out of his car and transported him to a nearby hospital where he died. The accident is under investigation.

On the arrest report:

19 year old Chastity Lorraine Harmon of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop. She was released after posting a $500.00 bond.

33 year old Evans Lewis Anthony of Okeechobee was arrested for child abuse after a domestic incident. His bond is set at $25,000.00.

18 year old George Wayne Grimes Junior of Inverness was arrested for felony battery after strangling a staff member at a halfway house. He’s being held on $20,000.00 bond.

53 year old Terrence Lee Hurst of Okeechobee was arrested on four counts of lewd and lascivious acts on an underage girl. He’s being held on a $200,000.00 bond.

35 year old Mose Tolliver the Third of Okeechobee was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, domestic battery, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest after a domestic dispute. His bond is set at $46,500.00.

35 year old Oscar Milton Ford the Fourth of Okeechobee was arrested possession of marijuana and cocaine, drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest with violence after a traffic stop. His bond is set at $53,000.00.

19 year old Alexandra Casanova of Okeechobee was arrested for simple assault and battery following a domestic dispute. She was released after posting bond.

39 year old Ronald Lee Milner Junior of Okeechobee was arrested for retail theft at a gas station convenience store. He was released after posting a $500.00 bond.

30 year old Troy Daniel Widdows of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of marijuana after a traffic stop. He was released after posting a $1000.00 bond.


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