News Cast for December 6th:

Yesterday, as part of their ongoing trade mission in Israel, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott met with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the importance of continuing the strong relationship between Florida and Israel. Governor Scott is currently leading a delegation of nearly 70 Florida business and education leaders on a trade mission in Israel to continue to build on Florida and Israel’s strong relationship. Florida’s economic development and trading partnership with Israel exceeds $286 million a year.

Jury selection is complete and today the trial begins for an Okeechobee man accused of a host of charges stemming from an incident on Christmas Eve four years ago. 48 year old Conrad Thitchener is on trial to answer to four counts of sexual battery using force and one count of kidnapping in 2013. Prosecutor Ashley Albright says the trial should only last until tomorrow and not longer than that because of discovery. Thitchener’s trial begins at 9am.

Thitchener Case-Albright

One former and one current Martin County Commissioner are in trouble with law enforcement after being indicted in a public records scandal. 69 year old Ann Scott and 73 year old Ed Fielding were arrested last week and charged with two counts each of failure to permit inspection and copying of public records. The charges stem from their failure to surrender emails to developers investigating why the County Commission suddenly started voting against them. The emails, requested by a mining company near Lake Okeechobee called Lake Point, a company that was out to prove that commissioners were illegally communicating and discussing public business in private and conspiring with members of the public against the company’s interests.

Metro PCS is celebrating their 10th year in business in Okeechobee County by inviting the public to a ribbon cutting ceremony at their location today at noon. The Ribbon Cutting ceremony was put together by the Chamber of Commerce. Proprietor Todd Bauer, who began his business back in 1993 selling pagers, says being innovative has allowed him to remain in business as long as he has as the times have changed. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at Metro PCS on the 400 block of South Parrott Avenue beginning at noon today. Light refreshments will be available.

Bauer

On the arrest report:

30 year old Jonathan Wesley Kaufman of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for child abuse. His bond is set at $5000.00.

62 year old Denise Mobley Neely was arrested for violating her probation. She was released after posting a $1500.00 bond.

36 year old Armando Rodriguez of Okeechobee was arrested for a hit and run accident, driving without a license and possession of marijuana after he backed into an air compressor pump and utility pole at a gas station and left the scene. His bond has not been set at this time.

26 year old Jose Guadalupe Romero Junior of Okeechobee was arrested on four counts of violating probation stemming from prior arrests for marijuana possession. He’s being held without bond.

24 year old Jason Michael Raymond Beaulieu of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation after he was found with methamphetamine. He’s being held without bond.