News Cast 10/28

News Cast for October 28th:

Voting to begin

Early vote will begin Saturday in Okeechobee.

The hours at the Supervisor of Elections are 8:30 am until 7 pm.

Supervisor Melissa Arnold said early vote will go on for eight consecutive days through November 5th.

This includes Sunday.

Just 21 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the primary.

The average turnout in a gubernatorial election in Okeechobee is 50 percent.

Jon Folbrecht is one of five candidates running for three seats on the Okeechobee city council.

He recently participated in a forum that asked questions about city spending, the future, growth, and the economy.

Folbrecht said he thinks the city is welcoming and friendly with new residents and business owners.

“There are a lot of things that challenge us economically.  I can’t say it is something the city has a major part in at this point.  The economy around the country is what it is.  We are all trying to survive through it.”

He did say the improvements in the downtown parks should help businesses.

Two are behind bars in Highlands county after a high speed chase from Martin County that ran through Okeechobee.

A sheriffs spokesperson said the suspect’s vehicle put pedestrians at risk when it came through town.

One motorcyclist was forced to slide his bike onto the pavement as the suspect ran a stop sign on route 70.

The vehicle also intentionally slammed into a law enforcement vehicle in Martin County owned by Okeechobee County.

The 17 year old driver from Margate is facing a host of charges including aggravated battery on law enforcement.

A passenger, 18 year old Aaron Ja’Quann Adderly, of Pompano was charged with grand theft auto.

The vehicle crashed in Highlands County at the intersection of CR 721.  There were no injuries.

Glades County has no dispatchers.  They’ve gotten help from Hendry County to answer calls for service.

Sheriff David Hardin said they are advertising to hire people but haven’t got much of a response.

“Gone are the days where you can just hire somebody and put him in as a dispatcher.  If you are familiar with the business its not just a problem here it’s a problem everywhere across Florida for sworn dispatchers.  Its all over the state.  My problem ended up becoming critical.”

In the interim, Hendry County agreed to take all the calls for Glades County.

The starting salary for a dispatcher is $33,000 per year.

Survivors of the storm of 1928 still living in Pahokee were honored by the city commission. Ethel Williams, Lucille Heron and Iris Hodges.

The community also urged to help in the search for a missing man Johnny Worthen, last seen this summer.

Mayor Keith Babb said the family needs help.

The city will also name a basketball court after WNBA star Riquanna ‘Bay Bay’ Williams, a native of Pahokee.

An AR 15 was fired over 40 times after deputies responded to a burglary in progress call in Indian Hammock.

The man had called dispatch claiming someone was trying to break into his home.

He refused to come outside when deputies arrived to speak with him.

When they started to leave he allegedly started to fire the weapon.  No one was injured.

Justin Edwards faces multiple counts of aggravated assault and discharging a firearm in a residential area.

Okeechobee Police Department

50 SE 2nd Avenue – Okeechobee Florida 34984

Phone: 863-763-2626

Facsimile: 863-763-3804

Public Information Officer Detective Jack Boon 863-763-9784

On 10/27/22 the Okeechobee City Police Department was notified that an SUV stolen from Margate was currently being tracked by Martin County Sheriff’s Department.

Martin County Sheriff’s Office advised that the now-confirmed stolen SUV was entering Okeechobee County at a high rate of speed.

Okeechobee Sheriff’s Department notified the Okeechobee Police Department that the vehicle was traveling at rates of speed exceeding 113 miles per hour and headed into the Okeechobee City Limits.

At the 700 block of SR 70 East, the Okeechobee City Police successfully activated a tire deflation device. The vehicle hit the deflation device, deflating at least one tire. However, the suspect driver proceeded through the City Limits at rates of speed exceeding 100 miles per hour.

The vehicle multiple times left the roadway, driving on sidewalks and into oncoming traffic through the town’s main streets during the morning rush hour.

The vehicle traveled thru SR 70 E and SR 441 traffic signals without stopping. The SUV then ran the traffic signal at NW 5th Ave and SR 70, causing a motorcycle to slide on its side to avoid being hit.

Once into Highlands County, the suspect SUV again sped up well over 100 mph. At one point, the suspect vehicle struck an assisting Okeechobee Sheriff’s Office vehicle.

The suspect SUV then attempted an abrupt right turn hitting a stop sign on SR 70 West and 9 Mile grade. Both suspects exited the SUV and were apprehended by members of the Okeechobee City Police Department and Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office without further incident.

Being a transparent agency, this investigation is incomplete, so names are not being released; however, both individuals were transported to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspects will be processed and eventually transferred to Okeechobee to face additional local charges. The safety of our citizens is our priority, and we appreciate your continued support now and during this incident.