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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.


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.