News Cast for October 29th:

An Okeechobee man is dead after a vehicle accident early Sunday morning in Okeechobee County. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officers say 32 year old Lance Chateauneuf was driving a Chevy Tahoe west on NW 240th Street in Okeechobee just after 12:30 when for unknown reasons, the vehicle drifted off the roadway onto the right grass shoulder. The vehicle then drifted back onto the roadway and went down an embankment on the left side of the road while spinning clockwise. This caused the passenger side of the vehicle to strike a utility pole and finally stop on the south grass shoulder. Chateauneuf was pronounced dead at the scene by medics. The accident is under investigation.

If you have a concern regarding the schools in Okeechobee County, tomorrow is your time to express it that concern. The Okeechobee County School Board will be holding a town hall meeting tomorrow evening and it’s a time for the general public to come in and express significant concerns regarding the schools in the district. School Superintendent Ken Kenworthy says the idea for this came up when he and the board members took part in a master board training provided by the Florida School Boards Association to find ways to work better as a team, be more effective and more transparent. Kenworthy believes that much like recent town hall meetings held by the city council and Sheriff Noel Stephen, this could be quite successful. Some issues Kenworthy says might be expressed by the public include student achievement and transportation. However, Kenworthy stressed that this is not going to be a problem solving meeting like a workshop but rather a time for the board to listen to the public. The town hall meeting will begin at six o’clock in the Freshman Campus Auditorium.

A few weeks ago, it was one possible plea change, now it may be two. Two of three Okeechobee County juveniles were in court again last week and while one of them is still 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, the other one may be entertaining a plea change. 17 year old Molly Spearow and 17 year old Logan Pope were in court again Wednesday and had previously been pleading not guilty 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 Pope, Spearow and 18 year old Alex Armstrong spitting into the deputies’ food. However, Prosecutor Ashley Albright says Pope is possibly looking at changing his plea to guilty when he appears in court again next month. Albright says this didn’t really come as a surprise to him. Armstrong will be back in court next month and he may also change his plea. Spearow is maintaining her not guilty plea and she’s due back in court on November 22nd. Attorneys for the juveniles have declined to comment.

A now former Hendry County bail bondsman pleaded guilty to third degree perjury charges in an Official Proceeding this past Thursday. Officials from the state attorney’s office say 28 year old Antonio Martinez of Labelle pled guilty to perjury charges in a case involving a former Martin County Sheriff’s deputy in connection with an arrest he made over two years ago. Hendry County Court officials say then Deputy Germain Garcia arrested Justin Perez of Labelle, who was 18 at the time of his arrest in 2017, for firing a handgun in public and carrying a concealed weapon. But charges against Perez were dropped because of discovery of evidence of perjury in the case on the part of Garcia and Martinez. Garcia was relieved of his duties and given three years’ state probation while Martinez was sentenced to 30 months of state probation and he’s required to permanently relinquish his license as a bail bondsman. He must also pay a five hundred dollar fine.

On the arrest report:

18 year old Edwin William Hernandez of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies on battery charges. His bond is set at five hundred dollars.

44 year old James Alan Shockley of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop. His bond is set at five hundred dollars.

28 year old Oscar Nunez Calzada of Okeechobee was arrested for grand theft auto. His bond is set at $25 hundred dollars.

33 year old Anna Jane Mendoza of Okeechobee was arrested for contempt of court during her hearing on past charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She’s being held without bond.

39 year old Alejandrino Aguirre Salinas of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on past battery charges, driving without a valid license and giving false information to a law officer when he was arrested. He’s being held without bond.

60 year old John L. Pankowski of Okeechobee was arrested for disorderly intoxication. His bond is set at $250 dollars.

40 year old Nicole Lee Fortier of Okeechobee was arrested on a Desoto County warrant for petit theft. She was released after posting a $120 dollar bond.

31 year old Steven Wayne Lawrence of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license and having knowledge of it after a traffic stop. He was released after posting a five hundred dollar bond.

61 year old Roosevelt Fulks of Okeechobee was arrested for deserting his wife and children. His bond is set at a thousand dollars.

20 year old Camryn Rae Cashwell of Okeechobee was arrested for disorderly conduct. She was released after posting a $250 dollar bond.

32 year old Coleman Lee Jenkins of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on past charges of trafficking stolen property, grand theft and giving false information to a pawnbroker. He’s being held without bond.

29 year old Camille Rousseau Waldron of Okeechobee was arrested for drunk driving after a traffic stop. Her bond is set at $750 dollars.

29 year old Erminia Meras of Okeechobee was arrested for grand theft auto and violating probation on past charges of petit theft. She’s being held without bond.

37 year old April Lee Murray of Okeechobee was arrested for contempt of court during her hearing on past charges of driving on a suspended license. Her bond is set at $15 hundred dollars.

19 year old Cutler David Meigs of Okeechobee was arrested by police for failing to appear for a drug court review. His bond has not been set.