News Cast for September 20th:

The Code Enforcement Board in Okeechobee may be on its way out. City Councilmembers read a proposed ordinance at Tuesday night’s meeting regarding an idea that it would be best to implement a magistrate system to replace the code enforcement board to deal with property code violations more efficiently and some people spoke on it. Mayor Dowling Watford says this has become such a controversial topic because of the issue of telling people what they can or can’t do on their properties, specifically if it affects their neighbors’ properties. Code Enforcement Board member Jamie Gamiotea spoke to the council and he says the dangers in the idea of a magistrate is that it “de-humanizes” the code enforcement process and it also puts all the onus on one person to make tough decisions. The ordinance was voted in favor of a second reading at the next council meeting by a vote of three to two, with Watford and Councilmember Noel Chandler dissenting.

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Lake Okeechobee will be the place to be this weekend for a major fishing tournament. Officials from Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) have announced that the fifth and final tournament of this year’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League will conclude this weekend for Gator Division anglers with a two day tournament on Lake Okeechobee. Spokesperson Brian Johnson says up to four hundred boaters and co-anglers will be participating in the tournament, with a chance to win up to $11 thousand dollars in prize money. Johnson says what makes this tournament so great and attractive to people is you don’t need to be an experienced fisherman or even own a boat to be a part of it. The tournament is expected to begin on Saturday morning at 7am at C. Scott Driver Park on West Highway 78. If you’d like more information, log on to www.FLWFishing.com.

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At Tuesday night’s Okeechobee City Council meeting, new school resource officer Brandon Griesemer was introduced to councilmembers and those in attendance. Griesemer, an Okeechobee native, became a police officer mainly for the purpose of wanting to help people and being a police officer was a great way to do just that. Griesemer says it’s a bit of a challenge as an SRO sometimes handling a situation on a school campus dealing with kids as opposed to adults but his past profession, one that runs in his family, gives him a bit of an advantage. Griesemer, who has been a police officer for just over a year and a half, is an SRO at the freshman campus.

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Okeechobee County Sheriff’s deputies have a local man in custody at this time, charging him with battery and more in connection with a fight Tuesday afternoon. Deputies were patrolling the seven hundred block of NE 13th Avenue a little before 1:30 and noticed a male, reportedly only 17 years old, lying on the ground bleeding with multiple injuries to his face. Witnesses told deputies that 26 year old Pardell Keyon Rembert reportedly ran towards the boy and starting punching him in the face and then picking him up by his lower body and slamming him to the ground and walking away. The injured boy was taken to Raulerson Hospital for treatment. Pardell was still at the scene of the fight as deputies arrived and he was handcuffed and taken into custody, charged with battery and child abuse. His bond has not been set.

An Okeechobee man is in county jail, charged with aggravated battery, following an incident Tuesday evening. Sheriff’s deputies say at about 7:15, 39 year old Mark Daniel Fallon broke a man’s jaw after punching him in the face multiple times while his fist was reinforced with a metal socket tool. Deputies say Fallon punched the man after he reportedly urinated on the side door of Fallon’s truck accidentally. A witness tried to separate the two before Fallon punched the man and broke his jaw with his reinforced fist. The injured man was taken to Raulerson Hospital for treatment before being transferred to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Ft. Pierce for emergency surgery on his jaw. Fallon meanwhile was arrested and booked into county jail. His bond is set at ten thousand dollars.

On the arrest report:

27 year old Robbie Glinn Mosely Junior of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on a warrant from Palm Beach County for drug possession. He’s being held without bond.

33 year old Christine Marie Lukasievich of Okeechobee was arrested for failing to appear in court on past undisclosed charges. She was released after posting bond.

36 year old Dale Lee Proudfoot of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after he was found intoxicated in front of a gas station. His bond is set at $25 hundred dollars.

30 year old Robert Anthony Woods of Okeechobee was arrested for failing to stop for a law officer during a traffic incident. He’s being held without bond.

38 year old Jose Alberto Pacheco of Indiantown was arrested for harvesting saw palmetto berries without a permit. His bond is set at five hundred dollars.