News Cast for April 1st:

Officials from the Okeechobee Utility Authority say the Boil Water Order has been lifted as of Friday. The order had been in effect since Tuesday for residents using water for consumption following the breaking of a water main on SW 16th Avenue between SW 39th Lane and SW 44th Boulevard. The OUA declared the Boil Water Order in case any bacteria may have gotten into the water supply. The water main break shut down traffic for a few hours during repairs Tuesday afternoon.

Canal Point just outside of Port Mayaca got a very special visitor this past Friday; US President Donald Trump. Clad in a red USA cap and a dark colored blazer, US President Donald Trump traveled to the southeast area of the Lake Okeechobee near Canal Point and addressed the ongoing repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike and the issues surrounding the lake. Trump gave special thanks to local and state leaders, including Governor Ron DeSantis and former Governor and US Senator Rick Scott for their roles in helping to get the dike repaired and doing what he says is “very important” and “very dangerous” but a “great project for Florida.” DeSantis says with the success of the funding for the dike, he emphasized the need for funding for other issues surrounding the lake. Trump says the Herbert Hoover Dike project was “dying” before he and his administration got involved. Since last year, over 675 million dollars has been approved to fund the Herbert Hoover Dike repairs.

An Okeechobee man is in county jail at this time on charges of battery in connection with a domestic incident Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 27 hundred block of SE Highway 441 in Eagle Harbor sometime before four o’clock after receiving reports that 46 year old Andrew Joseph Luzar was being physically violent with his girlfriend. Deputies say the park manager heard a woman screaming and came and saw Luzar choking his girlfriend. The park manager told Luzar to get off of her and when Luzar ignored him, the park manager had to pull him off of her and detain him before deputies arrived. Deputies say the incident stemmed from Luzar’s girlfriend not wanting to go to the store to get him liquor, causing him to grab her arm and push her before choking her. Luzar was arrested and charged with domestic battery and was taken to county jail. His bond has not been set.

A now former Hendry County Sheriff’s deputy pled guilty late last month to perjury in connection with an arrest he allegedly made on behalf of a bail bondman’s family two years ago. According to the state’s attorney’s office, Deputy Germain Garcia pled guilty to perjury charges on March 20th after lying under oath in connection with an incident where a bail bondsman allegedly detained a person he believed committed a crime against the bondsman’s family member in 2017. Garcia responded and arrested the person. Both men were accused of giving false statements under oath about what actually happened based on evidence and witness testimony. Garcia was forced to surrender his certification as a law enforcement officer and will be placed on probation for three years.

On the arrest report:

33 year old Christine Nancy Maier of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for possession of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia and obstruction following a traffic stop. Her bond is set at eight thousand dollars.

49 year old Charles Ray Mullis of Okeechobee was arrested for violating a condition regarding a previous domestic incident with his estranged wife when he showed up at her house and removed belongings from it. He was released after posting a $25 hundred dollar bond.