News Cast 10/27

News Cast for October 27th:

Okeechobee Commissioners eye real estate 

The building formerly used as the driver’s license office is up for sale and Okeechobee County is interested. 

They could use the property on NW 5th Avenue for the parks and recreation department. 

Commissioner Brad Goodbread said the property could also help provide parking for the county. 

He added its good policy to buy purchase around the court house. 

A 19 year old Orlando man was charged with methamphetamine trafficking in Okeechobee. 

Deputies said Michael Calvo Urgelles was charged after 35 grams of methamphetamines and 16 grams of marijuana were found inside a vehicle stopped for speeding near Treasure Island. 

Deputies said the suspect made an incriminating phone call at the county jail that indicated he owned the drugs in a book bag that was thrown from the vehicle. 

October is Bullying Prevention Month in Florida. 

About 20 percent of teens in the country experience some form of bullying each year. 

Dr. Erica Lee gave a seminar to area schools on the problem. 

She advises parents to have some kind of plan to know if their kid is being bullied. 

She said 70 percent of the bullying takes place on line these days. 

She said it is important to keep an eye on your child’s internet usage. 

She also encourages parents to maintain contact with their child’s teachers. 

Michael Hayes, 25 of Lorida was charged with starving a pit bull to death. 

Highlands County deputies charged Hayes after officers said they found the dead dog on his property and also a malnourished mixed breed dog. 

Neighbors first reported the problem after a third dog owned by Hayes got loose and wandered around the Varsity Terrace neighborhood. 

A tractor trailer driver was killed Monday afternoon after a crash on the Florida Turnpike in Okeechobee County. 

The Florida Highway Patrol said the 39 year old driver struck a tow truck that was pulling off the road to assist a disabled vehicle. 

The tractor trailer left the road, struck a line of trees and then overturned into a canal. 

The driver of the town truck, a 38 year old man from Palm Bay, was not hurt.