News Cast for May 9th:

Okeechobee County Commissioners meet this morning and they will proclaim this month as Mental Health Awareness Month and Foster Care Awareness Month and they will also hear a presentation from Orlando-based Avcon, Inc. on the county airport conservation easement and wetland. The meeting will be held in the Historic County Courthouse beginning at nine o’clock. It will be streamed live on the commissioners’ website.

Looks like one of the main pharmacies in town will be the recipient of legal action at some point. At their meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Okeechobee City Councilmembers voted unanimously to file a lawsuit against CVS Pharmacy on Parrott Avenue and Route 70 due to their failure to pay fines incurred from code enforcement violations they’ve committed over the past year. Mayor Dowling Watford says the city has fined CVS fifty dollars a day over the course of a year for their failing to maintain their landscaping which has drawn complaints from people who see it and drive past it daily. Watford says surprisingly, no one from CVS showed up at the meeting on Tuesday to state their case. The city will be filing the suit sometime this week. Watford says CVS now owes the city twenty thousand dollars in code enforcement violations.

This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, a time for people to be better informed and prepared for the time when a hurricane is about to hit. Mitch Smeykal of the Okeechobee County Emergency Management Center says it’s a great idea to make sure your insurance, specifically hurricane insurance, is up to date because usually after a hurricane season, there are changes to deductibles, allowable coverages and more. Smeykal says surprisingly, some people don’t even have hurricane insurance. Smeykal says you should get hurricane insurance that is adequate to your home’s contents. Getting flood insurance, specifically for those who live in flood zones or areas prone to flooding is also a great idea. Any other questions or concerns can be forwarded to the Emergency Management Center.

Okeechobee City Police detectives have a local man in custody and are searching for two others in connection with a home invasion Friday evening. Detectives were called to an apartment at an undisclosed address a little after five o’clock after the occupant said he was the victim of a strong armed robbery when three men, armed with knives, came into the apartment and took the occupant’s wallet by force. One of the suspects was identified as 21 year old Aaron Bradley Hill and he was detained by law officers before it was discovered he had nearly a thousand dollars in his pocket that belonged to the occupant of the apartment. Hill was arrested and charged with strong arm home invasion robbery. He was booked into county jail and his bond is set at thirty thousand dollars. The other two suspects fled the scene before officers arrived and are still at large. It remains under investigation.

A Moore Haven man and woman are dead following a vehicle accident Saturday morning in Glades County. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officers say 62 year old Susan Spencer Parker was driving a Saturn sedan south on 10th Street in Moore Haven at around eleven o’clock when a man driving a freightliner Cascadia truck was approaching Parker from behind at a stoplight and didn’t stop in time before rear-ending Parker’s car. The impact pushed Parker’s car into the median, instantly killing Parker and her passenger, 66 year old David Ward. The truck driver was not injured and no charges have been filed against him at this time. The accident is under investigation.

On the arrest report:

49 year old Joseph Warren Kreitz of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. His bond is set at $12 hundred dollars.

22 year old Ozmani Robles of Okeechobee was arrested for battery, robbery and false imprisonment following a domestic incident with his father. He’s being held without bond.

50 year old John Wesley Reel of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and introducing contraband into a detention facility following a traffic stop. His bond is set at twenty thousand dollars.

31 year old Jose Angel De La Cruz of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license and violating probation after a traffic stop. He’s being held without bond.

30 year old Steven Alan Mills of Port St. Lucie was arrested on an outstanding warrant for an undisclosed charge. His bond is set at a thousand dollars.