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News Cast for February 4th:

Okeechobee shares in grants

Okeechobee received $200,000 from the state to help public safety

facilities handle future storms.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced $75 million in grants across the state.

The Okeechobee grants include $150,000 to replace bay doors with hurricane-rated materials at Okeechobee County Fire Station #2 in Treasure Island.

Okeechobee also received $500,000 to replace the windows and doors at the main fire station.

The Village of Indiantown received $350,000 to replace the roof, windows, and doors and install a new stand-by power system for the Indiantown Emergency Shelter.

The Governor said these grants will help communities recover from the major storms we’ve had in recent years.  “We also need to prepare for future storms.  This funding will be central to that preparation and make these communities more resilient.”

Indiantown man indicted on murder charge

A Martin County grand jury indicted Donald Williams III, 28, for an August 11 homicide of a local woman on Tuesday.

Williams is charged with fatally shooting Maribel Morales Rosado, 32, inside a home in the 14700 block of SW 173rd Avenue.

The arrest report said the victim was shot multiple times while her five children were inside the home.

Williams was also charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

More details in Glades kidnapping arrest

A Miami woman claimed she was being forced to drive to New York against her will when Glades County Sheriff Deputies pulled over the vehicle for speeding on US 27 on January 24.

Henry Ballester, 28, had been hanging out with the woman in Miami Gardens when he began to act erratically, the victim stated.

She used a restroom at a pharmacy only to be confronted by Ballester who said she was trying to snitch on him and she needed to get into the vehicle.  He then went on to tell her that he was taking her to New York and might not make it.

The arrest report stated deputies spotted the Toyota Corrola sedan headed northbound on US 27 at 96 miles per hour near 30075 US 27.  They pulled the vehicle over at Pony Place.

Deputies went on to report that Ballester approached the female and told her to keep her mouth shut while deputies wrote traffic citations nearby during the traffic stop.  He then removed his clothing, stripping down to his briefs and laid in the grass.

The victim herself had a warrant out of Miami-Dade County.

EMS was brought to the scene when Ballester appeared to have a seizure in the back seat of the patrol vehicle.

He refused treatment or transport at a medical facility.

He faces charges of battery, and kidnapping or false imprisonment of an adult.