News Cast 9/1

News Cast for September 1st:

County sets fire and ems rates 

Okeechobee County Commissioners voted to set fire rates at $116.97 and $109.84 for EMS services this coming year. 

County staff had proposed rates increases as high as eight percent. 

The proposed rates represent a three percent increase. 

The solid waste assessment will remain the same at $238. 

Another deadly crash 

A 53 year old Lake Placid was killed after his pickup truck overturned on US 27 near Moore Haven Tuesday afternoon. 

The Florida Highway Patrol said the truck was south bound near Wayman Road when it struck the rear of a truck and trailer, went out of control, and flipped over onto the road. 

The Lake Placid man died at the scene. 

The other driver, a 40 year old man from Miami Gardens, was not hurt. 

Neither driver wore a seat belt. 

Okeechobee man charged with first-degree murder 

An argument between a woman and her ex-husband resulted in her murder Saturday in Yeehaw Junction. 

Osceola County Sheriff deputies said neighbors saw 70 year old Charles Bell at the home on Magnolia Court before the shooting. 

Later he made incriminating statements to what went on to those neighbors. 

He was also seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed. 

The female was shot multiple times and left in her backyard.  A neighbor heard the shots and dialed 911. 

Bell was held without bond at the Osceola County Jail. 

Florida Farmers hurt by trade deals 

Florida farmers continue to take it on the chin from Mexico. 

Especially, when it comes to strawberries, blueberries and bell peppers. 

A new report said Mexican imports have increased by 580 percent in the past 20 years. 

Agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried said the federal government needs to do more to protect farmers. 

She wants Floridians to rally around farmers and buy fresh from Florida products. 

She maintains Florida’s economy is losing $4 billion per year and farmers $2.6 billion due to unfair trade practices. 

The report said the trade imbalances costs Florida between 18,000 and 36,000 jobs per year.