News Cast for September 9th:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian’s destruction of the Bahamas last week, members of Okeechobee County have stepped up and begun to assist with the recovery of the Bahamas and its people. JD Mixon of the Gilbert Family of Companies is working with a Bahamian native, Kent Bethel, to help get much needed supplies to the Bahamas. This past Saturday, a barge filled mainly with building supplies like plywood set sail for the Bahamas and there will be more barges headed there with more supplies so if you didn’t get the chance to donate needed supplies, not to worry, because there are many more supplies that will be needed to be put on more barges to go to the Bahamas. Mixon says you can drop off supplies to any Gilbert Family owned company, and to Big Lake Boating Center and the Chamber of Commerce. Mixon says if you are a business owner, your business can also serve as a drop off location. Bethel says more building supplies are needed but also female hygiene and baby products are also sorely needed. If you have any further questions, please call (855) 999-1924. This relief effort will be ongoing for at least the next few weeks.

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The month of September is Suicide Awareness Month in Okeechobee County. Last week, County Commissioners approved the proclamation at their meeting. Representatives of New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee were on hand to accept the proclamation. Roberta Berman, Program Manager of New Horizons says this is the time to help those who are suicidal or thinking about suicide and spread the word about preventing suicide, specifically in children. Berman says with technology the way it is now, kids are texting suicide notes to their fellow classmates in school or even sending texts to other students telling them they should take their own lives. Berman says this is the time to connect with people, not just with cellphones and technology. Berman says suicide awareness is something that she and her co-workers at New Horizons deal with not just in September. For more information, or to contact New Horizons, log on to nhtcinc.org.

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An Okeechobee man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on some serious drug charges following a sting operation dating back to July. Narcotics officers from the sheriff’s department conducted an undercover narcotics operation using a confidential source who was instructed to purchase methamphetamine from 26 year old Ralph Henry Bucchheit the Fourth on July 22nd. The transaction took place near the Florida Nature Trail along the Okeechobee Dike which is maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The confidential source identified Bucchheit as the man who sold him the drugs and Bucchheit was arrested and charged with selling methamphetamine within a thousand feet of a state park and possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell within a thousand feet of a state park. He was booked into county jail and his bond is set at $100 thousand dollars.

A Port St. Lucie man and woman are being treated for serious injuries following a vehicle accident last Monday afternoon in Highlands County. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officers say 47 year old James Pellrine was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck west on State Road 70 near L7 Ranch Road near Lake Placid a little before five o’clock when the driver of an oncoming Kia Forte crossed over the center yellow lines, right into the path of Pellrine’s truck, and hit it head on. The impact caused both vehicles to rotate and end up on opposite shoulders of the road. Pellrine and his 30 year old female passenger, whose name was not released pening positive identification, were taken to Tampa General Hospital for treatment. The driver of the Kia, 26 year old Kessie Menard of North Port, and her three year old male passenger were also taken to Tampa General for treatment of serious injuries. The accident is under investigation.

On the arrest report:

26 year old Jeffrey Lynn Griffin Junior of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for aggravated battery on his mother during a domestic dispute. His bond is set at $17 thousand dollars.

39 year old Becky Lee Cook of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop. Her bond is set at four thousand dollars.

29 year old James Thomas Gainer of Okeechobee, an inmate at the county jail, was arrested for battery on a fellow inmate. His bond is set at $25 hundred dollars.

39 year old Jeffrey Adam Barrett of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license during a traffic stop. He was released after posting a five hundred dollar bond.

32 year old Pastor Jose Key of Okeechobee was arrested on a warrant from Indian River County for violating probation on past burglary charges. He’s being held without bond.

29 year old Tiffany Michelle Brothers of Okeechobee was arrested for methamphetamine possession during a traffic stop and violating probation on past drug offenses. She’s being held without bond.

50 year old Frederick Q. Henry of Okeechobee was arrested for contempt of court during his hearing on past drug offenses. He’s being held without bond.

41 year old Shana Lynn Dana of Okeechobee was arrested on a warrant from Hendry County for violating probation on past drug possession charges. She’s being held without bond.

19 year old Adan Magana of Okeechobee was arrested by police for petit theft. His bond is set at $750 dollars.

40 year old Tyler Jay Willis of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop. His bond is set at five thousand dollars.

34 year old Andrew McDonald of Okeechobee was arrested for disorderly intoxication. His bond is set at five hundred dollars.