News Cast 12/12

News Cast for Decemer 12th:

Okeechobee man killed on coast

A bike ride turned tragic as a 42 year old Okeechobee man died Friday in Vero Beach.

The Florida highway patrol said the bicyclist was leaving a Chevron Station at 45th Street and Old Dixie Highway and rode into the path of a sedan.

He died at the scene and was not wearing a helmet.

Troopers said the driver of the sedan, a 54 year old woman from Vero Beach, was not injured.  A passenger, a 15 year old girl, was not injured.

Indiantown will start looking for a village manager.

Howard Brown resigned last week. 

Brown said he met with the Mayor Susan Gibbs Thomas and they agreed to part ways.

“We discussed distractions that have occurred during the time I’ve been here.  We discussed a separation agreement where I would agree to resign and part ways with the village of Indiantown.’

Brown was praised for his work organizing the city, improving streets, and for the purchase of the former Indiantown company taking over water and sewer service.

The village council meets Thursday to start the search for his replacement.

An effort is underway to help our veterans and first responders.

The Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners approved a request to waive $1,500 in fees to use the Scott Driver boat ramp for a fishing tournament, banquet and concert.

Organizer Steve Cone created X-22 adventures, an effort to help veterans get out in the outdoors to fish, hunt and camp and help their mental well-being.

Cone points out veteran suicides are a problem but law enforcement officers and firemen also have high rates of suicide.

“Studies show first responder suicide numbers are double that of veterans as first responders see more than veterans do.”

The event planned for April 28-30.  One lucky fishermen will get to fish with former Georgia Bulldog standout and retired Pittsburg Steeler fullback Tim Worley.

In the courts, 24 year old Jose Perez received two years probation after he pled no contest to a charge of child neglect.

Mr. Perez was arrested last December after an 18 month old toddler was hospitalized.

He claimed two toddlers in the home were rough housing and this is what caused the injuries.

City police point out the child had numerous bruises and other injuries.