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News Cast for January 5th:

The Sun is creating power in Okeechobee County. Florida Power and Light announced the Lakeside Solar Energy Center is now online. It is one of 14 similar solar centers around the state. FPL says the center is capable of providing 74 point 5 megawatts of power that can power up to 15 thousand homes.

Glades County Sheriff David Hardin tapping their best of the best with his department awards for 2020. The Sheriff honored deputies Katlyn Elbon and Tico Salgado for saving the life of a resident on September 13th. His law enforcement officer of the year was Dylan Glass, his correctional officer of the year was Wanika Banks, his administrative employee of the year is Wanika Banks. The sheriff also gave the sheriffs award to James Clendening.

Okeechobee city police taking into custody a local man after he allegedly waved a gun around threatening a neighbor. Court records show Rogelio Soto Rodriquez has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of cocaine. Police responded to the report of a disturbance on North East 6th Avenue and were told by the neighbor that Rodriquez had made threats to kill him. Police say they found 2 grams of cocaine inside the residence.

The florida Fish and Wildlife conservation commission reports the first death of a Florida panther for 2021 in southwest Florida. The remains of a three year old panther were found off the road near the Southwest Florida International Airport. 22 panthers deaths were reported in the state last year. 19 of the panthers had been struck and killed by vehicles. There are an estimated 230 panthers left in the wild.

The total number of cases of Covid-19 in the County are 2,513 since March 2020. For a full rundown of counties in Florida and cases/deaths/etc, click this link, https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429/.