News Cast for September 13th:
A crash in North Florida takes the life of an 53 year old Okeechobee man.
He was driving a Ford pickup pulling a trailer, lost control on an exit ramp on I-75 crossed over into another lane of travel and was struck by a tractor trailer.
His passenger, a 47 year old woman from LaBelle suffered serious injury
A Moore Haven man gave up peaceably after deputies surround a home at Williams Street and Huggins Avenue in Moore Haven last Wednesday.
Tony Tobias had allegedly sold drugs to undercover officers several times.
Authorities said they seized three grams of fentanyl. The bust occurred near a day care center in Washington Park.
Deputies said Tobias gave up peacefully.
44 year old Robert Mathias of Glades County was convicted of drug possession in a case where he tried to throw methamphetamine into the Caloosahatchee River while parked at the Alvin Ward Boat Ramp in Moore Haven.
Okeechobee under counted in census
The 2020 census numbers for Okeechobee and Glades County population were less than expected.
Okeechobee’s population was 39, 644, a reduction from 42,168 in 2019.
The census had predicted Okeechobee’s population to be 7 percent higher. They had predicted Glades County to be 12 percent higher.
Glades County had 13,126.
Hispanics made up 22 percent of the population of Glades County and 26 percent of Okeechobee’s population.
The median household income in Okeechobee was $41,760.
The median household income in Glades was $40,977.
The two counties could appeal the counts by using the number of housing units as the basis for the appeal.
A 55 year old Okeechobee woman was killed in a traffic crash Friday night on SW 67th Drive.
The Florida Highway Patrol said a north bound sedan failed to negotiate a curve, left the road, struck a culvert and flipped over landing in a pasture.
The 23 year old driver suffered minor injury.
Neither occupant wore seat belts.
A group of Lorida residents appealed to Highlands County to improve drainage on Lake Shore Drive.
Cindy Rogers bought her property during the dry season.
Now she said much of her land is under water.
She said the high waters are impacting her quality of life
She said about 12 properties have no drainage.
The Board of County Commissioners directed staff to meet with the neighborhood to see if enhancements can be made.
Arrests of note
A 58 year old Sebring man charged with aggravated assault for threatening a truck driver with a stick in Moore Haven.
Kenneth Twiddy was arrested after being aggressive with the deputy.
After the deputy threatened to tase Mr. Tilley, he claimed he was being arrested because he wore a face mask and that law enforcement was victimizing the white man.
42 year old Ryan Lainey of Tequesta was arrested on drug charges after he acted suspicious at the Fort Drum Service Plaza in Okeechobee County on September 9.
Okeechobee deputies said he faces several drug charges.
They suspect was hallucinating as he talked to himself and clapped his hands in the parking lot.
Authorities said they found amphetamine, oxycodone, xanax and buprenorphine pills in the vehicle inside a small toiletry bag.
Bond was set at $25,000.