News Cast 12/19

News Cast for December 19th:

Drug Ring Taken Down by Detectives

A joint investigation conducted by the Port St. Lucie Police Department and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of 3 individuals that worked together to supply and sell drugs on the Treasure Coast. Special Investigations Division Detectives seized a plethora of drugs from these suspects to include 131 Oxycodone Pills laced with Fentanyl, 2.5 ounces of methamphetamine, 900 Oxycodone Pills, 100 Adderall Pills, and a gram of Cocaine.

49-year-old Earl Brummett of Okeechobee was arrested for 2 counts of trafficking in Oxycodone, trafficking in methamphetamine, sale of methamphetamine, 2 counts of use of 2 way communication device to facilitate a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

55-year-old Michael Dorst of Port St. Lucie was arrested for 3 counts of trafficking in Oxycodone, 2 counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in methamphetamine, sale of a synthetic narcotic, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, and 2 counts of use of 2 way communication device to a facilitate a felony.

22-year-old Kailey Cotterill of Port St. Lucie was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Detectives are committed to keeping our neighborhoods safe. If you have any information about suspected drug dealers, please call PSLPD or the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers.

City won’t support Court House Park

The Okeechobee City Council voted 3-2 not to support the county buying the Advance Auto Parts property and block for a park in the block in front of the historic court house.

Councilmember Bob Jarriel talked about the cities finances in voicing his opposition.

“We don’t have the money to spend.  We have a church that we can’t make repairs on.  I don’t want to see the land come off the tax roll.”

Mayor Dowling Watford said the community had considered a plan to purchase the property back in the 1990s.

“To make a part which would join into Flagler Park, form a T, and then see the historic court house as you drive by.  I think it was a wonderful idea.”

The council approved their list of priorities for the state legislature.

It includes grants for city hall $1.2 million.  A grant to convert the old fire station into an emergency operations center $1.2 million, and continued support of widening state road 70 across the state.

Okeechobee County is sending notices to properties that must now tie onto OUA water and sewer.

They will use code enforcement to make it happen.

County Administrator Deborah Manzo explained to commissioners the process they are using.

“Code enforcement sent them initial letters to let them know they have to connect.  The next step would be the notice.  They have been providing notices.”

The connection fees are between $2,000 and $2,500 for residential property.

The county wants to help with those fees and will look for state help and see if its legal to take money from the SHIP program.

Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen announced to his staff that he would seek another four year term in 2024.

The Glades County School Board approved making Wednesday a full day of instruction.

They want to make sure the students have the mandated number of instructional hours and not risk a fine from the Florida Department of Education.

They also approved a five-year plan for capital improvements.

The list includes the new Moore Haven Elementary School, that will cost around $26 million.  Also included is a new bus barn,

demolition of part of the current Moore Haven elementary campus and renovations for an alternative school.