News Cast for December 5th:

A Moore Haven man and woman are in critical condition stemming from a head on collision Friday night. Florida Highway Patrol officers say 36 year old Joseph Martinez was driving his BMW south on Route 29 in Collier County when an oncoming pickup truck drifted into the path of Martinez’s car and struck it head on. Martinez and his 36 year old woman passenger, whose name hasn’t been released, were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment. The driver of the pickup, 38 year old Javier Martinez of Immokalee, was cited for failing to stay on his side of the road.

While the deadline to register for FEMA has come and gone as of the end of last month, there is still hope for those who have small businesses. Officials from the Small Business Administration (SBA) are taking loan applications for those businesses who suffered losses from Hurricane Irma. Spokesperson Tauheedah Mateen says these loans are not for those who suffered physical losses. Mateen says applications for these loans, which can go as high as $2,000,000.00, are being accepted until June 11th. You can check out sba.com or call (800) 659-2955 for more information.

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A federal judge yesterday sentenced former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown to five years in prison on fraud and other charges related to a purported charity for poor students that she used as a personal slush fund. Brown, 71, was ordered to turn herself in to authorities no earlier than Jan. 8. She represented a Florida district that included Jacksonville during her nearly 25-year career. Brown, a Democrat who was one of the first three African-Americans to be elected to Congress from Florida since Reconstruction, was convicted by a federal jury in May on 18 of the 22 charges against her, which included fraud, lying on her tax returns and on her congressional financial disclosures. Prosecutors outlined a pattern of fraud by Brown and her top aide that included using hundreds of thousands of dollars from the One Door for Education Foundation for lavish parties, trips and shopping excursions.

On the arrest report:

60 year old Danny Ray Payne of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and more after he had been shooting a gun in the area near NW 30th Street. He was released after posting a bond of $16,500.00.

46 year old Shannon Mahoney Jenkins of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for second degree petty theft. She was released after posting a $500.00 bond.

28 year old Patty Ann Goins of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license when she was pulled over for a traffic stop. She was released after posting a $500.00 bond.

21 year old Gabriel Perez of Moore Haven was arrested on third degree child abuse and several counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child and traveling to meet a minor for sexual activity. He is being held on a $5,000.00 bond.

21 year old Kelby Ramon Hollimon was arrested on felony third degree petty theft. He’s being held on a $10,000.00 bond.

29 year old Jonathan David Stas of Okeechobee was arrested for drunk and disorderly and resisting arrest after a domestic dispute. He’s being held on a $250.00 bond.

24 year old Salomon Serrano Junior of Okeechobee was arrested for battery after a domestic dispute where he punched his father in the face. He’s being held on a $500.00 bond.

51 year old Martin Harry Setzer of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop. He’s being held on a $500.00 bond.