News Cast 4/16

News Cast for April 16th:

Jobless rates grow in March

The Florida Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity said unemployment grew slightly in Okeechobee and Glades County during March.

The report said unemployment was 4.4% in Okeechobee and 4.3% in Glades.

Still the rates were lower than the region, state and nation as a whole.

The state rate was 5.3%.

Glades stood 44th among 67 Florida counties while Okeechobee stood at 49th place.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced $150 million in investments for the state.

Most will go into infrastructure.

He says one of the priorities is water management and drainage improvements.  Grants were sent to Lakeland, Sebring, Avon Park, Arcadia and Osceola County.

The job losses close to 450,000 in the state in the past year.

Glades could host murder trial

The murder of Mario Hughes some seven years ago could be played out in a Glades County courtroom next week.

Jury selection before Circuit Court Judge James Sloan is scheduled to begin on Monday.

Artavistus Ware is facing first degree murder, solicitation and other charges in the 2014 murder.

Its alleged that Ware set up the killing.  He is in prison serving 17 years for a drug conviction.

Glades County Sheriff David Hardin said he expects public interest in the trial and that his office will take safety precautions.

Suspects actions threaten lawmen

A hostile crowd threatened Palm Beach Deputies as they arrested an Okeechobee man.

Jalen McKelton, 25,  faces charges of carrying a concealed firearm, an AR-15 assault rifle, driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest, and threatening police.

He was pulled over for driving a vehicle with too dark window tint a violation of Florida law on Rardin Avenue.

Deputies said he refused their directions, became verbally abusive and that his actions drew a crowd that became aggressive and hostile to police.

He also was accused of verbally threatening to kill the officer as he was transported to the Palm Beach County Jail.

Glades case involves alleged abuse

Charges of child abuse and neglect have been filed against two Glades County residents.

The 14 year old victim claims she was abused.

The suspects said they were only disciplining her.

The juvenile was reported missing off the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation and located in Hollywood earlier this month.

The case centered around four photos that showed the victim suffered from facial trauma.

Charged in the case are Crystal Marr and Shawn Osceola.