News Cast for March 31st:
Teen sentenced for fatal shooting
An 18 year old Indiantown youth received 12 years in prison and three years on probation for fatally shooting his 14 year old friend in November, 2019 in Booker Park.
Jesus Rivero pled no contest in December to manslaughter charges.
The state asked for a 15 year prison sentence.
The defense requested Rivero be sentenced as a youthful offender which would have capped the prison term at six years.
Jimarion Jones, 14, was shot to death as Rivero said he danced and played around with a firearm.
Prosecutors said a video taken four months before the shooting showed Rivero dancing and playing around with firearm.
DeSantis appoints new judge
Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Rebecca White of Vero Beach to a circuit court judgeship in the 19th judicial circuit Tuesday.
White has served as an assistant state attorney in the circuit since 2007 in Indian River County. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and the Stetson University College of Law. The opening was created when Judge James McCann retired in December.
McCann had been assigned to handle circuit civil cases in Okeechobee County.
Man under surveillance caught stealing stuff
Law enforcement had a birds eye view as an Okeechobee man allegedly stole items from a parked vehicle on US 1 in Vero Beach March 27. Arrest reports said Christopher Hoover, 40, of Fort Drum, was a suspect in the thefts of catalytic converters in Martin County.
Deputies from Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie County and the aviation unit from Indian River had Hoover’s vehicle under surveillance as he pulled into a parking lot a 2530 US 1 and was seen removing two seats from inside a parked Ford pickup. The seats had a value of $400. Hoover faces charges of burglary of a conveyance, possession of burglar’s tools, theft, and driving with a suspended license. Bond in the case was set at $11,500.
Anger over new girlfriend lands LaBelle woman in Glades Jail
A LaBelle woman is charged with kicking in two doors, pushing and knocking down a senior citizen, and then slapping her ex-boyfriend after a domestic incident in Ortona March 20, Glades County Sheriff Deputies said.
Desarae Davis, 32 was charged with battery on a person over 65, criminal mischief causing damage of under $1,000, burglary with an assault or battery, burglary to an occupied dwelling, intimidation with written threats, resisting arrest and giving false information to law enforcement.
The arrest report said they responded to the report of a burglary in progress on Ortona Lakes Road just before dawn on March 20 and interviewed several witnesses and victims in the case. Deputies said about $300 in property damage were done to two doors at the residence.
One of the victims claimed Davis sent her a test message that included a threat to kill her. Deputies said they located Davis hiding inside a home in LaBelle and that she gave them a false name when they interviewed her.
Man accused of battery on female and two deputies
A fight in a night club parking lot led to the arrest of a Port St. Lucie man on March 28, Okeechobee County Sheriff Deputies said.
Jared Gahley, 42, was charged with battery, two counts of battery on law enforcement and resisting arrest with violence and was held on $20,000 bond. The arrest report said the deputy witnessed Gahley batter the female with three punches to the upper body as he arrived. He went on to report that Gahley had to be tased when he refused to leave the vehicle.
Gahley was also charged with kicking one of the deputies three times in the leg. Deputies also reported that Gahley continued to bang his head against the window of the patrol car as they transported him to the Okeechobee County Jail. He was given a one second dose of Sabre Red Oleoresin Capsicum spray. He was treated by Okeechobee County Fire Rescue for his injuries