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News Cast for January 27th:

Long lines continue for vaccine

Demand for the COVID vaccine remains high in Okeechobee. There were reports of long lines outside the Health Department again on Tuesday. Some seniors reported having to wait hours for a shot. Some started to get in line at 5:30 am. The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners plans to discuss the vaccine distribution plan in the county at their regular meeting on Thursday.

Appeal made to help identify woman

St. Lucie deputies made an appeal to help identify a dead woman, whose body was found in the 4800 block of Sneed Road in western St. Lucie County.

The body was found by a work crew on November 17th. The body had medical implants and home made tattoos…a flower on the shoulder and a Chinese panda on the left arm. While they are not calling the death a homicide they are calling it a suspicious death

Detectives said the woman was between the ages of 40 and 60 years old…probably closer to 60.., approximately 5’5″ to 5’7″ with a thin build, weighing between 80 to 100 pounds, with partially gray and brown hair, along with several surgical implants and multiple tattoos. Authorities said it is likely the woman was not from this area.

They have been in pursuit of leads.  They have checked video surveillance in the area, canvassed the nearby homes, reviewed missing person reports and sent physical evidence to the laboratory for examination.

Deputies said anyone with information is asked to call them at (772) 462-3230 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-(800)-273-8477.

Man gets beat up for refusing scrap deal

The trade of a trailer for scrap metal at the Burger King construction site led to a fight between two men and the arrest of a convicted felon Sunday.

Okeechobee County Sheriff Deputies and Okeechobee City Police investigated two separate incidents that involved the same suspect.

Patrick Williams, 46, is accused of stealing a rifle from a business and also with pointing the rifle at the victim. Charges filed include armed burglary to a conveyance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, grand theft of a firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bond in the case was set at $47,500.

According to an incident report from Okeechobee City Police, the victim said he drove Williams from the business to a location on NE Park Street where Williams pointed the rifle at him touching his cheek after a verbal altercation.

The victim said he struck Williams in the groin area, was able to grab the rifle, and struck Williams twice with it. Police said the rifle was not loaded.