News Cast for October 3rd:

Tonight is Homecoming time in Okeechobee County and that means there’s going to be a parade. Tonight, Okeechobee County High School students, past and present, will be taking part in this year’s Homecoming Parade through the city followed by the pep rally and bonfire at Okeechobee High School (OHS). For first year OHS Principal Lauren Myers, this is her first Homecoming as the one in charge and she says one of the best things is a sense of tradition and Homecoming is certainly a part of that and the community is lucky to be able to hold onto this event. It’s a time for memories to be made for seniors and underclassmen. On a personal level, Myers says she’s looking forward to it and she can’t wait for it to begin. The Homecoming parade begins at six o’clock followed by the pep rally and bonfire at eight o’clock at Okeechobee High School before the Homecoming football game tomorrow night when the Brahmans will face Seminole Ridge. The game will be broadcast live on WOKC beginning at 7pm.

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At Tuesday night’s Okeechobee City Council meeting, the councilmembers declared the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the city. Executive Director of Martha’s House, Jonathan Bean, was on hand for this proclamation and he says it’s great that he can get the message out in front of local government agencies regarding this important issue that has become so pervasive in families all over the world according to Bean. Bean says this is the kind of issue that needs to be treated as seriously as drug abuse but it’s because he says of the set of choices people make that it’s not. According to a recent statistic, one in four women are victims of some kind of domestic abuse. Bean says that means one in four men are the perpetrators of this crime and men need to hold themselves more accountable. Okeechobee County Commissioners also declared October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month at their September 19th meeting.

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A traffic stop turned into an arrest for drugs and more for an Okeechobee woman early Saturday morning. Police stopped a vehicle on the nine hundred block of NW 6th Street just after midnight for a moving violation. As police officers were checking the driver’s information they also checked the identity of the vehicle’s passenger, 42 year old Tammy Lynn Chapman, and found she had outstanding warrants for past charges of grand theft and fraud. She was charged and arrested for that. At the county jail, Chapman was also charged with cocaine possession, drug paraphernalia and introducing contraband into a detention facility. She’s being held without bond.

On the arrest report:

19 year old Kasandra Salmeron Jaimes of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for violating probation on past charges of driving without a valid license, drug possession and contributing to the delinquency of a child. She’s being held without bond.

52 year old John Allen Leggio of Okeechobee was arrested on a warrant from Polk County for grand theft. His bond is set at a thousand dollars.

68 year old Medford Simmons of Okeechobee was arrested for contempt of court during his hearing on past trespassing charges. His bond is set at one thousand dollars.

59 year old Noah Thomas Sutherland of Okeechobee was arrested for methamphetamine possession after deputies saw him stumbling as he was walking. His bond is set at $750 dollars.

47 year old Elijio Alfredo Moreno-Cardona Junior of Okeechobee was arrested for driving without a valid license after a traffic stop. He was released after posting a five hundred dollar bond.

64 year old Robert Mullins of Okeechobee was arrested for contempt of court during his hearing on past drunk driving charges. His bond has not been set.

18 year old Lucas Osceola of Okeechobee was arrested for drunk driving after a traffic stop and field sobriety test, possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and introducing contraband into a detention facility. His bond is set at just over $32 hundred dollars.

21 year old Thomas Walker Bearden of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop. He was released after posting a five hundred dollar bond.

21 year old Mateo Shemar Vasquez of Okeechobee was arrested on a warrant from Glades County for violating probation on past battery charges. He’s being held without bond.