News Cast for February 10th:
Members of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) are still in mourning over the death of one their own last week, as the body of fallen FHP Officer Joseph Bullock was transported by FHP members from the coroner’s office to Sarasota Friday morning in preparation for a funeral service. FHP Public Affairs Lieutenant Derrick Rahming, who has worked with Bullock in the past, says he and his FHP brothers and sisters are having “a difficult time” with the loss of Bullock specifically in the Treasure Coast, a very tight knit community. Rahming says Bullock, who he referred to as “Joe”, is a “trooper’s trooper” . Bullock was shot and killed in the line of duty by 28 year old Franklin Reed the Third of Palm Bay Wednesday morning on I-95 a few miles south of the Martin Highway. Reed was later shot and killed by a Riviera Beach Police officer who was passing by. Members of the Martin County Sheriff’s Department and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating. Bullock’s funeral service is expected sometime later this week.
Much like they did with considering amending the city ordinance regarding city businesses serving alcohol to customers sooner than one o’clock on Sundays, the Okeechobee City Council is following the lead of county commissioners when it comes to gun rights in the city. At their meeting last week, the city councilmembers discussed the idea of implementing an ordinance declaring the city of Okeechobee a Second Amendment Sanctuary. Mayor Dowling Watford says this is “absolutely important” considering the majority of city residents believe in the rights to bear arms as written in the US Constitution. The issue will be brought back before the council to be voted on at the next meeting. Commissioners approved the same measure for the county during their first meeting of 2020.
A brush and grass fire caught the attention of Okeechobee County firefighters Thursday morning. Crews were called to an area on the 28 hundred block of NE 224th Street a little after 10:15 and arrived to find some grass burning on the shoulder of the road. The fire measured a quarter acre in size and firefighters needed just over an hour to get the fire controlled. Firefighters used about six hundred gallons of water to get the fire extinguished. No one was hurt and no structures damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A Lehigh Acres man will be going to prison for quite a long time after being sentenced towards the end of last month in connection with crimes against a child dating back to last spring. A Lee County Court judge sentenced 24 year old Karl Roblin to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation on a Victim under the age of 12 and Providing Obscene Material to a Minor. Court documents say in May of last year, a mother notice changes in her daughter and eventually found out that she had been raped by Roblin in Lehigh Acres. Lee County Sheriff’s Department investigators gathered evidence in the case leading to Roblin’s arrest. The plea agreement prevents the victim from having to testify against her attacker in court. Roblin’s sentencing also included a lifetime of Sex Offender Probation.
On the arrest report:
39 year old Shannon Keith Rosemann of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. His bond is set at $5250 dollars.
50 year old Geraldo Ramirez of Okeechobee was arrested for driving without a valid license after a traffic stop. His bond is set at five hundred dollars.
32 year old Stephen Michael Denisio of Okeechobee was arrested for contempt of court during his hearing on undisclosed past charges. His bond is set at a thousand dollars.
37 year old Beartha Gay Huskey of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on undisclosed past charges. Her bond is set at $25 hundred dollars.
29 year old Rachelle Susan Caldarazzo of Okeechobee was arrested for drug possession and drug paraphernalia. Her bond is set at just over five thousand dollars.