News Cast for September 6th:

Okeechobee County School Board members will meet tonight and they will be establishing the millage rates for the 2018/19 school year and they’ll also be looking at the proposed Guardian Program for the school and advertising a board policy regarding medical marijuana. The meeting begins at 6pm at the school board office.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Okeechobee City Council made a decision regarding a piece of property that has not been in compliance with the code enforcement board for quite a while. Councilmembers voted unanimously to foreclose on a property on the one thousand block of SW 5th Avenue, which had belonged to Lorene Mott, following several notices to clean up the property of excessive grass, debris and a junk car that have littered the property and caused neighbors to complain repeatedly over the course of a year. City Code Enforcement Officer Fred Sterling says it’s not only issues outside the house that are a problem at this location. Sterling says fines have accrued to nearly $34 hundred dollars as of the end of last month.

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Last week, the Devereaux Community Based Care of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast underwent a name change and became the Communities Connected for Kids Service Center of Okeechobee County. Communities Connected for Kids coordinates and oversees all services of foster care, adoption and more for the child welfare system. Spokesperson Christina Kaiser says a ribbon cutting ceremony took place last week, commemorating the name change. Kaiser says they partnered with the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce to make this possible and she says their partnership has been invaluable. Kaiser says Communities Connected for Kids of Okeechobee is part of Circuit 19, which handles child welfare services for Okeechobee, Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie Counties.

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A traffic stop turned into a drug arrest for a local man early Friday morning. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a Ford four door sedan, driven by 26 year old Ronald Lee Jackson Junior, on the 24 hundred block of Route 70 East a little after eight o’clock for an expired license tag. As deputies approached the truck, they noticed Jackson reaching behind the passenger seat. Deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the truck. Deputies conducted a search of the truck and found a marijuana cigarette in the cup holder, a cooler which contained a large bundle of money, crack cocaine and marijuana. Further searches turned up a weighing scale. Deputies arrested and charged Jackson with possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into county jail and was released after he posted a $52 thousand dollar bond.

On the arrest report:

33 year old Brian James Dansa of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for failing to appear in court on past charges of drug possession. He’s being held without bond.

53 year old Barry Lee Mundorf of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. He was released after posting a thousand dollar bond.

24 year old Salomon De Jesus Serrano Junior of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation and failing to appear in court on past drug possession charges. He’s being held without bond.

41 year old Ernie Paul Higginbotham of Okeechobee was arrested on a warrant from Hernando County for failing to pay child support. His bond is set at just under $670 dollars.

35 year old Charles Wilson Ross of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on past charges of felony battery and tampering with a witness. He’s being held without bond.

30 year old Jose De La Cruz of Okeechobee was arrested on two counts of fraud. His bond is set at $10 thousand dollars.

26 year old Dylan Colby Garcia of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation. He’s being held without bond.

48 year old Victor Da Silva of Port St. Lucie was arrested on two counts of sexual battery on a minor. His bond is set at $150 thousand dollars.