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News Cast for November 22nd:

Okeechobee County Firefighters are investigating the cause of a structure fire that happened Monday morning. Crews were called to the thirty four hundred block of SE 38th Avenue just after 11:15 for a single wide mobile home that was showing light smoke from all four sides of the building. Crews entered through the front door by breaking the window and found the fire at the corner, getting it under control in just under five minutes. No one was home at the time so no injuries reported. Damage is estimated to be about $1250.00.

Firefighters were later called to the thirty seven hundred block of SW 13th Terrace just after 7:30 pm for a fire and found the blaze on top of the toilet in the bathroom and extinguished it in just under five minutes using water from the sink. The homeowner returned home and told crews she accidentally left a burning candle in the bathroom. No one was hurt and no sign of the blaze spreading to other parts of the home. Damage is estimated to be about $1250.00.

With November being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County is encouraging all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of the disease. Public Information Officer Brian Sell says if you haven’t because of lack of insurance, you may be eligible for a free or reduced pap smear or mammogram through the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Sell says awareness and communication is key to successful treatment. To see if you qualify for the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Program, you can call them at (863) 462-5800.

Brian Sell-Breast Cancer Awareness

A Moore Haven man is being treated for serious injuries after a single vehicle accident early yesterday morning. Florida Highway Patrol officers say 26 year old Kurtis James was driving his Toyota Yaris on Highway 721 in Glades County near 78 just before 3:15 when he ran off the road trying to negotiate a tough left curve and collided with a tree, then he hit a sign, culvert and fence before his car overturned and he was ejected. James was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt. James was taken to Hendry Regional Medical Center for treatment.

On the arrest report:

27 year old Jose Antonio Hernandez of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for failing to appear in court for charges of driving on a suspended license, burglary, dealing in stolen property and providing false ownership to a pawn dealer. His bond is set at $77,500.00.

33 year old Ashley Ann Melvin of Okeechobee was arrested for forgery. Her bond is set at $5000.00.

38 year old Lucas Colson of Okeechobee was arrested for grand theft auto, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license after a traffic stop. His bond is set at $8000.00.

54 year old Dean Daniels of Okeechobee was arrested on an out of county warrant for drug possession with intent to sell. He was released after posting a $15,000.00 bond.

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 11-6-17

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Okeechobee Discount Drugs in partnership with Project Response offers free HIV testing every Monday from 11am-3pm. All tests are confidential and the results take 15mins. Know your status and stop by Okeechobee Discount Drugs located at 203 S.W. Park Street for your free test!

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