News Cast for July 17th:

Okeechobee County Commissioners will be starting their first of five workshops tomorrow addressing the county budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Representatives from the county property appraiser’s office, facilities maintenance, health department, county library, medical examiner’s office, guardian ad litem program and agri-civic center will discuss their budget concerns with the commissioners. The workshops will be held in the Historic County Courthouse beginning at nine o’clock.

Three Okeechobee County juveniles will be in court today and they’re pleading not guilty to charges in connection with an incident where they allegedly spat into the food of sheriff’s deputies at a restaurant they were working in last April. Prosecutor Ashley Albright says attorneys for 16 year old Molly Spearow, 17 year old Alex Armstrong and 17 year old Logan Pope presented written pleas of not guilty in court on behalf of their clients last month on charges of violating the Florida Anti-Tampering Act for Food and Battery on a law enforcement officer when surveillance camera footage at the Highway 55 restaurant caught the three juveniles spitting into the deputies’ food.  All three were released from their jobs and later arrested by Okeechobee Police. Albright says prosecutors chose to charge the juveniles as adults not just because of the seriousness of the crimes under the law, but also because of the ages of the three juveniles. All three are expected to be in court sometime this morning. Attorneys for the juveniles, Roger Azcona and Shannon Eighmie, declined to comment.

It didn’t take very long nor did Okeechobee County School officials have to look very far in choosing their next principal for Okeechobee High School (OHS). Lauren Myers was tapped to be Dylan Tedders’ successor on Monday after serving as OHS Assistant Principal for the past three years under Tedders. Myers says she’s “very honored” to be offered this opportunity and realizes she has some big shoes to fill. Myers says she truly believes in the work that teachers and school staff do and what they do matters every day. When she begins her new duties as OHS Principal next month, Myers says she’d like to expand on the “Brahman Way” instituted by Tedders, not just in the school but in the community and she also wants the school and its staff to continue the great path they’re currently on as it pertains to academics (New OHS Principal 1) Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy says Myers will do a great job in her new role in carrying on Tedders’ legacy. Kenworthy says Myers’ familiarity with OHS was a major reason she was the one who got the job. Myers, originally from Bristol, Tennessee, has been a teacher and administrator in Okeechobee County Schools for 14 years. Tedders will be taking the job of Assistant School Superintendent, succeeding Renee Geeting who’ll be retiring in September.

On the arrest report:

36 year old Carlos Manuel Ocasio of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for driving without a valid license after a traffic stop. His bond is set at five hundred dollars.

60 year old Glenn Scott Levy of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on past charges of resisting arrest without violence. He’s being held without bond.

23 year old Veronica Nicole Garcia of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on past charges of passing bad checks with intent to defraud. She’s being held without bond.

22 year old Ozmani Robles of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on past charges of criminal violation of a domestic injunction. He’s being held without bond.

38 year old Angela Kay Allyn Hughes of Sebring was arrested for obstruction. Her bond is set at five hundred dollars.

64 year old Lance Roger Mullins of Moore Haven was arrested for trespassing. His bond is set at $250 dollars.