News Cast for October 1st:

Okeechobee City Councilmembers meet tomorrow night and they will have their second and final public hearing regarding the need for a magistrate system to handle property code issues in the city, thus eliminating the need for a code enforcement board. They will also be presenting Police Records Clerk Jeanna Kovak with a 15 year Longevity Service Award. The meeting will begin at 6pm tomorrow night at City Hall.

Officials from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department are reminding people about the importance of jury duty. It’s a civic duty which you’re obligated to participate in as a US Citizen and jurors owe it to their fellow residents and citizens to perform this service seriously or provide a good reason as to why you need to be excused from jury duty. Sheriff Noel Stephen says he was recently contacted by two circuit court judges regarding the lack of attendance by people who have been served to perform jury duty and some don’t even provide a valid excuse; they just simply didn’t show up. If you fail to show up for jury duty without a valid excuse, you run the risk of being arrested and having to appear before a judge in a mandatory  “order to show cause” hearing. Stephen says he’s gotten complaints of lack of juror participation at least three times in his tenure. Any questions regarding jury duty can be forwarded to the Clerk of Circuit Court.

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Okeechobee County firefighters had a bit of an issue Friday morning with a gas leak. Crews were called to a home on the twenty nine hundred block of SE Highway 441 a little before nine o’clock and found the homeowners were outside complaining of a stench of propane gas in the house. Crews entered the home and found no fire or smoke but a very pronounced smell of propane gas in the house. Crews shut off the propane tank and called Florida Public Utilities to come down and check out the source of the leak. Crews were at the site for about ten minutes. No one was hurt and no damages.

While Hurricane Florence may be gone, the impact it left behind to millions in North Carolina remains. To that end, officials from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Department recently announced they are partnering with two organizations, Camp4Heroes and Paws and Warriors, to take part in “Operation Call to Action,” a supply connection to help those still suffering in the wake of Florence. Spokesperson Scott Dressel says the department is collecting non-perishable goods and a large load of supplies to send to North Carolina. Dressel says the Highlands County Sheriff’s Department is doing this to help those pass the time before FEMA and the Red Cross can come in. Any information about sending supplies to NC through “Operation Call to Action,” can be forwarded to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Department.

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Okeechobee County Sheriff’s deputies have a Vero Beach man in county jail on a host of drug charges following a traffic stop Thursday night. Deputies stopped a Cadillac SUV, driven by 20 year old Marshall Kincaide Dreyer, on the sixty-two hundred block of Route 70 just after 9:15 for speeding. Deputies say as they were leaving the driver’s side door to issue a citation, they noticed Dreyer attempting to hide something in the side of the center console. A K-9 unit was brought in to search the vehicle and they found a Ziploc bag containing rolling papers, a glass pipe and some THC resin, better known as marijuana. A glass jar was found with more marijuana in it and another Ziploc bag containing cocaine. Dreyer was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia. His bond has not been set.

On the arrest report:

37 year old William Christopher Moore Junior of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for driving on a suspended license and having knowledge of it after a traffic stop. His bond is set at five hundred dollars.

40 year old Shane Michael Sprague of Okeechobee was arrested on a fugitive warrant from Ohio for child neglect. He’s being held without bond.

23 year old Ethan Lane King of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on past charges of methamphetamine possession, grand theft auto, resisting arrest and tampering with an electronic device. He’s being held without bond.