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News Cast for October 8th:
An open carry bill for firearms passed the State house criminal justice subcommittee this week. The bill would allow Floridians with concealed weapons permits to openly carry their firearms in public. Anyone who infringes on the right would face 5 thousand dollars in fines; any government official that infringes could face fines of up to 1 hundred thousand dollars. The state house committee also approved a bill that would ban shooting guns in public for celebratory purposes.
Among arrests, a City of Belle Glade employee was charged with aggravated stalking after being found near Martin Correctional with his estranged girlfriend. Martin prison guards called him in as a suspicious person around the complex. 25 year old Dacoby Wooten allegedly sent threatening text messages to the woman, an employee at the nearby Treasure Coast Forensic Center. They also found a loaded gun in her vehicle the victim did not own.
38 year old Terrance Willis of Indiantown was charged with the sale of crack cocaine to a confidential informant. Martin county deputies say Willis ran from them near the Best Western in Stuart after concerns over recent drug deals in the area. Deputies say they found some cocaine and marijuana on the suspect. He was arrested near a child care facility.
A Glades County man is charged with battery on law enforcement allegedly grabbing for a state wildlife officers gun at a Glades County cattlemen’s benefit dinner earlier this month. 31 year old Tuyl Oxer earlier allegedly asked the wildlife officer if he could borrow his taser so he could strike another man with it. Alcohol was allegedly a factor. The officer claimed Oxer told him he could take his gun and kill him with it. Additional charges could be filed.
Two Okeechobee men were charged with the theft of 11 thousand dollars in equipment and selling them at a local salvage yard. 24 year old Tyler Elmore and 20 year old Brandon Pitt face charges of vehicle burglary, grand theft, and dealing in stolen property. They allegedly stole a skid steer loader and trailer plus a step van.
Sports Cast for October 8th:
Brahman softball coach Mary Huff said she thinks the program is headed in the right direction. But she was slightly disappointed by how the season ended.
Huff is encouraged that most of her players played summer ball this past year to keep their skills sharp. She says that is almost a necessity nowadays. The softball team only lost two seniors last summer and is expected to be a district title contender again this year.
A full sports schedule today, Yearling soccer and volleyball visit Oslo at 4:30, Moore Haven volleyball hosts Donahue Catholic of Ava Maria at 5 pm, OHS bowlers host Port St. Lucie at 3:30, Osceola soccer and volleyball will visit Storm Grove at 4:30, OHS swimmers visit Sebastian River at 4 pm, OHS JV football will host Sebastian River at 6 pm and Moore Haven JV football hosts Clewiston at 6 pm.
Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 10-5-15
Okeechobee Medical Reserve Corp. October Training Plan
The Okeechobee Medical Reserve Corp will be holding training events in the month October:
- Thursday 10/22/2015 – Regular MRC meeting and CERT (Community Emergency Response Training, Chapter 1, at the Florida Department of Health building, 1728 NW 9th Ave, Okeechobee, Fla. 6pm-7pm. Park in rear of building.
Training events are at no cost to Okeechobee Medical Reserve Corp members. To sign up to become a member please call Brian Sell 863-462-5865. Membership is not mandatory to attend this training if you wish to attend call Keith Stripling to RSVP 863-634-8261.
- K9 Resque is in need of volunteers for both the rescue and the pet food pantry, and we are also are looking for good loving foster homes for our dogs, if interested please call 863-824-5373
- The Brahma Bull Restaurant & Lounge (2405 Hwy. 441 S.E.) will be hosting Texas Hold-em Tournaments beginning on each Tuesday. The games help to support the “Dogs and Cats Forever” no kill animal shelter in Pt. St. Lucie. Signin is at 7:00P.M. and games start promptly at 7:30P.M. Buy-in is $20.00. Bar Service and food is available for purchase. For more information, call Patty at 772-519-2263. Look forward to seeing you.
- The new art exhibit will be on display through October 30 at the Historic County Courthouse at 304 NW 2nd St. David Joyner is a local artist and veteran. A special thanks to the Lounge at Sacred Sanctuary for sponsoring the Artist Reception that was held last week
- Teen Driver Challenge will have training days on October9th-10th, first day is a four hour block and the second day is an eight hour block. The training will be at the Okeechobee Driver’s Ed Pad at the High School. They’ll learn service and maintenance, techniques on vehicle control, crash avoidance, and lots more. Students must have either a permit or driver’s license. Certificate of completion can be given to your insurance company for a possible reduction in cost. All instructors are OCSO deputies. They’ll more training sessions on November 13th-14th, December 11th-12th, January 8th-9th, February 12th-13th, March 11th-12th and April 8th-9th. for details on how to register, call 863-763-2131 ext 1204.
- THE OKEECHOBEE COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS “SPIRITS OF OKEECHOBEE,” A LIVE STAGE PRODUCTION HIGHLIGHTING SOME OF THE COLORFUL CHARACTERS AND EVENTS FROM THE CITY’S FIRST 100 YEARS. ADMISSION IS FREE. IT WILL BE ONE OF THE MANY ATTRACTIONS AT THE OKEECHOBEE CENTENNIAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL ON THE FRESHMAN CAMPUS ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10TH. CURTAIN TIMES FOR THE SHOW WILL BE 10:15 AND 11:15 AM, AND 12:45 AND 1:45 PM.
- The Chamber will host two Grand Openings in October! O’Reilly Auto Parts Grand Opening scheduled for October 15th at 9:00 AM. Surgery Center of Okeechobee will have their Grand Opening/Open House event on October 24th at 10:00 AM.
- The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County will hold their 2nd Annual Business of the Year Awards Luncheon on October 21, 2015 at Indian River State College Dixon Hendry Campus in the Williamson Center. The doors open at 11:30 AM and food served at 11:45 AM. Presentations will begin at 12:00 PM and conclude 1:00 PM. Public registration will begin on September 8th, please make sure you RSVP as seating will be limited.
- Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and parade applications are now available at the Main Street office 55 S. Parrott Ave. M-F 9-4 and online at www.okeechobeemainstreet.org
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