News Cast for January 11th:

If you plan on driving towards the railroad crossing at NW 9th Avenue in Okeechobee next week, you might want to reconsider. City officials say work crews from CSX will be doing some work on the crossing beginning today and it will be closed to traffic beginning on Monday. CSX officials say the crossing at NW 9th Avenue will be closed for two to five days while the work is going on. Plan an alternate route to avoid any inconveniences.

Officers from the Okeechobee Police Department are still investigating the death of a person found floating in Taylor Creek on Wednesday afternoon. Detectives say while the body has not yet been identified, they are certain it is a man of Hispanic ethnicity. The police department got a call just after 3:45 that a body was floating in the creek near Burger King on the six hundred block of NE Park Street. Detective Bill Saum says according to initial investigations, foul play is being ruled out right now but it’s still being treated as a homicide investigation for now. Saum says there were no bullet wounds or stab wounds found on the body. A passerby and someone who had been boating in the creek found the body and reported it. Detectives say the body looked like it had been floating lifeless in the creek for the better part of twelve to eighteen hours. The identity of the body will hopefully be released within the next couple of days.

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The Okeechobee County Commissioners reconvened for their regular meeting yesterday for the first time in 2019 and among their first orders of business in this new year was a proclamation appreciating Okeechobee High School’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) group who provided Thanksgiving dinner to over two hundred people at the high school. CTE’s leader and automotive education teacher Jason Anderson was on hand to accept the proclamation and he says the dinner was for anyone and everyone who was interested on a first come, first serve basis. Anderson says he’s very proud of the students that make up his CTE group who helped make this a success on Thanksgiving. Anderson says they had enough food to feed well over four hundred people. The leftovers were donated to officials at Big Lake Missions who feed the homeless.

A traffic stop turned into an arrest on a lot more charges against an Okeechobee man Wednesday evening. Sheriff’s deputies stopped a semi-truck, driven by 46 year old Michael Ray Rosier on the six hundred block of NE 15th Avenue just before 6:30, with deputies believing they had probable cause to arrest Rosier on sexual assault charges in connection with an incident a few days earlier. Rosier was handcuffed but not before a K-9 unit was brought in to search his truck because Rosier appeared very nervous when deputies addressed him. The search turned up crack cocaine in the driver’s side door console plus methamphetamine and a glass pipe. He was arrested on the spot for those charges and he was also charged a little later with sexual misconduct on a minor on Friday of last week. The total bond on both charges is set at just over $25 thousand dollars.

On the arrest report:

21 year old Ozmani Robles of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for violating probation on past drug possession charges. He’s being held without bond.

43 year old Marsha Nichole Joiner of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop and introducing contraband into a detention facility. Her bond is set at $11 thousand dollars.

42 year old James Carlos Gillis Junior of Okeechobee was arrested by police for disorderly intoxication. His bond is set at five hundred dollars.

48 year old Robert Reich of San Antonio, TX was arrested for possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. His bond is set at $21 thousand five hundred dollars.