News Cast 8/9

News Cast for August 9th:

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and the Narcotics Task Force members conducted a probable cause search warrant at 1679 N.E. 5th St. earlier this morning, which resulted in the arrest f two local men and narcotics.  Tony Andrews Jackson and Ronald Lee Jackson were arrested for allegedly “Selling A Controlled Substance With Hydromorphone Within 1000 Feet Of A Park”. 

Today marks the second “narcotics-related” search warrant in just four months involving Tony Lee Jackson and this address; the last was conducted in April of 2021.  We recovered $1400.00 in cash during a search residence along with numerous Hydromorphone tablets and drug paraphernalia commonly associated with this type of illegal activity and sales.  Hydromorphone is an opioid narcotic pain reliever similar to oxycodone, morphine, methadone, fentanyl, and other opioids, strictly regulated through prescription.   We will continue to work with our community, develop cases and serve probable cause search and arrest warrants for those that continue this type of activity within Okeechobee County.  

Via Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office

Another spike in local COVID cases 

Okeechobee had 210 new cases of COVID 19 last week. 

The positive test rate was 25.1%. 

415 people received vaccines. 

Glades County reported 19 new cases and 100 vaccinations. 

Their positive test rate was 20.7%. 

The state reported 175 deaths last week and over 134,000 new cases. 

Ag Center asks for improvements 

The Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center Advisory Committee members said the facility needs improvements. 

They saod the facility has more events than it can handle and the youth livestock show has outgrown the arena. 

Facilities sought include an open air arena, an exhibit hall, an event office, trail improvements, sewer improvements, an RV dump station and many others. 

Facility manager Matt Dorriety said there is a need for these facilities. 

“The committee voted unanimously to look at moving forward to try and expand the facility so they can hold more events and multiple events at the same time.” 

The county will be asking the state to help fund some of these projects. 

Chairperson Jeff Jones said many user groups have used the facility and not just agriculture. 

“It is not just agriculture things.  We had the Yeehaw Junction Bluegrass Festival, Mexican rodeos, barrel races, concerts, monster trucks, motorcycles, just about anything you can name we have had it at the facility at one time or another.” 

Arrests of note 

A Douglas Park man charged with pulling out a pistol after a fist fight with another man in the street. 

Felton Johnson, 26 faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

The arrest report did not state the reason for the fight. 

A 16 year old Okeechobee youth charged in an armed robbery home invasion. 

He was picked up last week for a June 22nd incident where he allegedly forced his way into a home and stole a pistol. 

The pistol was worth $350. 

The youth was accused of making verbal threats of violence to the resident as he forced his way into the home, deputies said. 

Sports betting to be legal in Florida 

The Seminole Gaming compact became law Friday as the U.S. Department of Interior took no action allowing it to go into law. 

It means $2.5 billion for the state over five years. 

It also likely means a new hotel at the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. 

The tribe can offer sports betting of pro and college sports, craps and roulette. 

The sports betting deal goes into law on October 15. 

Former Okeechobee city mayor Dr. Edward Douglas died last week at the age of 89. 

Dr. Douglas was mayor between 1979 and 1985.