News Cast for August 29th:

Tropical Storm Dorian is now Hurricane Dorian. The latest weather reports say when Dorian reaches our community, either Sunday afternoon or Labor Day afternoon, it’s predicted to be a Category Two or Three Hurricane. To that end, Okeechobee County residents are being reminded it’s a pretty good idea to start preparing themselves by cleaning up debris on your property, start shopping for non-perishable foods like canned chicken and tuna and bottled water, enough to last for about five days and having the needed materials to properly board up your home’s windows and doors when it’s time. Emergency Management Planner Amy Howard says it’s also a good idea to get your important documents together. At last check, Hurricane Dorian is situated near Puerto Rico and moving NW at around 14 miles per hour. County Commissioners are expected to have a meeting tonight at six o’clock to discuss the situation.  Any further questions or tips about hurricane preparedness can be forwarded to the Emergency Management Center at (863) 763-3212.

For the second time this year, Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen is partnering with USA Opioid Crisis Mortality Reduction with Narcan, in a collective effort to fight opioid overdose through awareness and training in the community. There will be a special informative course tonight on the administering of and effects of Narcan spray. Narcan is a spray that is used to help block the effects of opioids before they cause any kind of damage to a person. Sheriff’s Deputy Jack Nash says the opioid epidemic has  gotten worse with the introduction of fentanyl, a man made chemical and more powerful than most opioids. The course will be held at Indian River State College’s (IRSC) Dixon-Hendry Campus beginning at 5:30 and it will be a lecture and hands-on type of event. Registration is free and seating is limited to 100 people. This same course was offered at IRSC last February.

An Okeechobee man is in county jail on some serious charges in connection with an incident Sunday evening. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 16 hundred block of NE 3rd Street a little after 7:15 when the owner of an RV on that site called dispatch and said he found a man, 61 year old Cecil Bristor, in the RV. Deputies say Bristor got belligerent when asked by the owner why he was in the RV and Bristor took off on a bicycle. The RV owner found Bristor had been using the bathroom without water hooked up to the RV, the back window smashed in and various tools and a vacuum cleaner were missing. Bristor was eventually caught and charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. His bond is set at just over $15 thousand dollars.

A Fort Pierce man walked away without a scratch but the same cannot be said for a West Palm Beach man following a vehicle accident Friday night in St. Lucie County. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officers say 25 year old Kyle Stevens was driving a Honda Accord southbound directly behind a Jeep Patriot, driven by 27 year old Dominic Capretta, on Highway 95 near the 136 Mile Post a little after ten o’clock. FHP officers say Stevens, who was driving under the influence of alcohol, rear ended Capretta’s Jeep, causing Stevens’ car to go across all lanes to the left and collide with a guardrail before overturning. Stevens was ejected from the car. Medics pronounced Stevens dead at the scene. His two year old female passenger sustained minor injuries and is being treated at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. The accident is being investigated.

On the arrest report:

45 year old Richard Gregory Wainer of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on a Martin County warrant on past charges of driving on a suspended license. He’s being held without bond.

24 year old John David Brighton of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of synthetic cannabis following a traffic stop. He was released after posting a five thousand dollar bond.

38 year old Jason Michael Birchfield of Okeechobee was arrested on a warrant from Hendry County for driving on a suspended license. He’s being held without bond.

72 year old John Marion Hendricks of Okeechobee was arrested on a local warrant for aggravated stalking of a child. He was released after posting a five thousand dollar bond.

30 year old Amy Nicole O’Connor of Okeechobee was arrested on a warrant from Marion County for violating probation on past charges of methamphetamine possession. She’s being held without bond.