News Cast 11/10


November 10, 2023

News Cast for November 10th:

Dogs surrendered after attacking child

A 10-year-old girl was hospitalized after being mauled by two pit bulls in Country Hills Estates.

She suffered wounds to her head, arms and legs.

The incident report from Okeechobee County Sheriff deputies said the child was playing at a friend’s house when a female pit bull that had just given birth, escaped her cage and bit the child.  Another male pit bull also bit the child.

The two dogs and five puppies were turned over to Animal Control.

The Florida Farm Bureau honored Kaylee Tuck as their representative of the year.

She sponsored a bill that eliminated certain assessments like fire on agriculture land.

Farm Bureau President Jeb Smith thanked his members for their work on the environment this year.  He notes farms and ranches remain environmentally friendly.

“Farmers in the Everglades agriculture area achieved a 63 percent reduction in phosphorus, twice state law.  Farmers limit nutrients to produce food.  Farmers have reduced their water usage by 50 percent.  There is plenty of proof that farmers utilize outstanding resource management practices.”

Farm Bureau members donated over $100,000 this year to Feeding Florida which contributes to six food banks and helps feed about 2.2 million people each year.

Smith said their goals and missions have not changed since 1941.

The Florida Highway Patrol said they expect another record year for traffic crashes.

Last year we had over 3,700 crashes and 276 traffic deaths.

A growing and troubling trend is motorists not pulling over for deputies and resulting high-speed chases.

One chase in Okeechobee County reached an estimated 130 miles per hour this week.

Lt. Greg Bueno said this is extremely dangerous and people need to pull over.

“Should a driver make a mistake or do something grievous and law enforcement tries to pull them over, they are required to immediately stop their vehicle and be accountable for their actions.”

There has also been an increase in hit and run accidents.

A former Okeechobee lawman pled guilty to molesting a child.

Bradley Linville was working as Dean at Harmony Middle school when the incident took place in August 2021.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office investigated and did not find other victims.

The 13-year-old boy said he was touched inappropriately in the Dean’s office on three occasions.

Linville was sentenced to eight years of supervised probation.

Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said parents can learn something from this case.

“Educate your children and let them know.  If anyone touches you that is not your mother or father in an appropriate way, trying to be affectionate, that is odd behavior.  Just because they are school officials, teacher or dean, doesn’t give them permission to touch you.  They should not be touching you or massaging you, they shouldn’t have any type of physical contact with a child.”

Linville was fired by the school district.  He pled to one felony count of lewd or lascivious molestation.

AM Vets Post 200 salutes our veterans tomorrow as they host an observance in Veteran’s Memorial Park at 10 am.

The keynote address will be given by retired county judge and current clerk of the courts Jerry Bryant.

The program will honor those who have served and continue to serve.