News Cast 11/17

News Cast for November 17th:

Deputies defuse standoff

A local woman was behind bars after allegedly threatening an at home care nurse and then battering another female.

It resulted in a short standoff with police which closed SE 28th Street in Treasure Island.

Sheriff deputies said they arrested Amanda Williams, 36 after she came at them with a knife.

She was tased and was not injured.

She faces two counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers.

Glades County’s Sheriffs administration will stay where they are.    At least for a year.

The county agreed to work with Glades Correctional Development Corporation on a contract with the county paying the utility bills, doing the book work, and hiring a maintenance person to keep the grounds up.

The inmates will be moving downtown to the old jail.

Sheriff David Hardin said the county had to make a decision one way or the other.

“You have to look forward enough and decide whether you want this building, or not.  If not, then you need to find us a place to go and be done with this all together.”

They estimate it will cost over $300,000 for the one year to lease the offices.

The other option was buying a bank building downtown and using that.  The existing facility can also house their evidence and their armory.

The facility was financially crippled when the federal government pulled INS detainees.

Septic tanks are more of a pollution problem than once thought.

That according to research done by the Harbor Branch Institute and Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Brian LaPointe said blaming farmers for our water woes is pointing fingers in the wrong direction.

“Farmers have been wrongfully accused of all these problems.  Their contributions is significant in some area, but human population growth, 1,000 people per day, can’t be discounted and the human nitrogen footprint here.”

He maintains population growth and flows from Orlando and Central Florida are to blame for our nitrogen problems.

“The highest nitrogen we found was in the Orlando urban area, Shingle Creek and Reedy Creek, the Disney water district.  It had the highest total nitrogen value I’ve seen in any surface water sampling, anywhere in Florida.”

He said the dairy buyout north of the lake did not help the situation and the real problem is human population growth.

The Highlands County Board of County Commissioners promoted Laurie Hurner to be county administrator.

She had served as deputy administrator and grew up in Highlands County.

County Commissioner Kevin Roberts said he has been impressed with the job Hurner as done in the interim role and has been improving on a day to day basis.

He noted she is big in the agriculture industry and they have greatly supported her candidacy.

There was some concern about her not having a masters degree or a lot of experience in county administration.