News Cast for March 29th:

The leader of the free world will be coming to Lake Okeechobee today. US President Donald Trump will be coming to the lake this afternoon to see the improvements made on the Herbert Hoover Dike and he’ll also be checking the Everglades Restoration and the overall infrastructure of the lake. Jim Hurd, the Associate Director for Natural Resources Energy and Sciences says Trump will also be looking at a reservoir that will be built at some point south of the lake thanks to a feasibility report from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and partnered with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Trump should be arriving at about one o’clock. There will be intermittent road closures on 441 north from the post office in Canal Point and southbound from the Martin County line from ten o’clock until one o’clock. Delays could last between 30 minutes to an hour.

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This is just a reminder that the deadline to register for assistance with Rebuild Florida is today. Rebuild Florida is a program designed to help as many Floridians as possible repair and rebuild their homes that were damaged by Hurricane Irma a year and a half ago. Tiffany Vause, spokesperson for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, says Rebuild Florida was created to help people mainly of low to middle income families have long term recovery from their damaged homes as a result of the hurricane. Rebuild Florida receives funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to, as Vause puts it, repair, rebuild and recover fully. Vause says this program is a last resort for those who’ve gone through FEMA, the SBA, and other programs. While Vause says this is the last day and anyone can register, the Department of Economic Opportunity will be prioritizing. Remember, the deadline to register for Rebuild Florida is today. To register, log on to or you can call (844) 833-1010.

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This coming Sunday, March 31st is National Stop the Bleed Day. Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where response is delayed, even for a few minutes where seconds count, can result in death. Similar to how we learn CPR and First Aid, we must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use your hands, dressings and tourniquets to control bleeding. To that end, the Okeechobee County Health Department partnered with the Heartland Health Care Coalition to purchase and supply all county schools “Stop the Bleed” kits and each school employee was trained by county emergency crews in treating wounds where massive bleeding is apparent. Okeechobee County Fire Captain Ryan Hathaway says cost and available training were reasons why Okeechobee didn’t have access to this kind of capability before. Okeechobee County received 800 “Stop the Bleed” kits and representatives from Glades and Hendry Counties each got a hundred kits apiece. Hathaway says all credit goes to Brian Sell, formerly of the Okeechobee County Health Department for getting this program started here.

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An Okeechobee man is in county jail at this time on a host of charges in connection with an incident early Monday morning. Sheriff’s deputies were patrolling an area of SE 28th Street in Treasure Island shortly before two o’clock and noticed three people walking down the street. Due to the hour and the residential neighborhood they were in, deputies asked them if they were carrying any weapons. One of them, 21 year old Bret McKlain Corrales, reached for his pocket and grabbed something, prompting deputies to approach him and demand he hand it over. Corrales resisted, and fought with deputies before being restrained and a small glass pipe used for smoking narcotics was taken from his hand. A search of Corrales’s backpack revealed a knife with a ten inch blade. Corrales was arrested and charged with possession of a concealed weapon and drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. His bond has not been set. The other two people with Corrales were not charged in this incident.

An Okeechobee man was left without injuries following a vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in Glades County but two other men were not as lucky. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officers say 63 year old William Irven Froggatt was driving a semi-truck, hauling two trailers, west on Route 721 in Moore Haven a little after one o’clock when a Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by 28 year old Michael James Kerr of Ft. Lauderdale, was behind Froggatt’s truck. As Froggatt was turning left onto a sugar cane field, Kerr was trying to pass Froggatt’s truck on the left and ended up colliding with one of the trailers Froggatt was hauling. Kerr received minor injuries and his 64 year old passenger from St. Cloud was critically injured. Both men were taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Ft. Pierce for treatment. Froggatt was not injured. The name of the injured 64 year old St. Cloud man was not released pending family notification. FHP is investigating.

On the arrest report:

26 year old Jonathan Torres of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for resisting arrest without violence following a trespassing incident. His bond is set at $15 hundred dollars.

21 year old Devinn Rodriguez of Okeechobee was arrested for failing to appear in court for an undisclosed charge and contempt of court during his hearing for resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license. He’s being held without bond.

35 year old Joshua Loram Rogers of Okeechobee was arrested for contempt of court on past drug offenses and violating probation on past charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. He’s being held without bond.

48 year old Kenny Lynn Whaley of Okeechobee was arrested for battery on his girlfriend during a domestic dispute. His bond is set at $15 hundred dollars.