News Cast 12/3

News Cast for December 3rd:

11 year old arrested for BB gun 

Okeechobee County Sheriff deputies reported  a scare at Seminole Elementary school Thursday afternoon. 

A life like handgun that shoots pellets was taken off a student. 

Another student reported to school staff and teachers about the gun on campus. 

School staff searched the student and secured the bb gun. 

The gun was never presented and no one was injured. 

The child faces a charges of carrying a concealed weapon. 

Over 3,000 booster shots have been administered in Okeechobee. 

The community vaccination rate stands at 47 percent for those age five and older. 

Health Department Director Brett Smith said more kids are getting vaccinated. 

He said there have been reports of adverse reactions to the booster shots like mild flu symptoms. 

The new COVID variant continues to raise concerns. 

Smith says it is unknown if existing vaccines will protect against it. 

He said in his study of the variant, most of the symptoms so far reported in a case in Africa and California, are just mild. 

A Pahokee man was facing charges in an alcohol related crash near Lake Okeechobee. 

Martin County deputies said the two car crash occurred near 8401 highway 441 or Connors Highway near Port Mayaca. 

The other driver was hospitalized and taken to the Cleveland Clinic in Stuart for treatment, deputies said. 

Deputies say 45 year old Efran Fonseca  faces DUI causing injury and other charges. 

The arrest report said Fonseca was seen throwing beer cans out of the vehicle.  He reportedly became verbally abusive to law enforcement when he was arrested. 

HCA Raulerson Hospital gets another A for hospital safety from the Leapfrog group. 

They grade hospitals around the nation twice annually. 

Leapfrog Spokesperson Erica Mobley said while no hospital is completely safe, this rating should reassure consumers about safety steps taken at Raulerson. 

The grade measures things like support for nursing, performance in surgery, and the number of medical mistakes at the facility. 

Senate President Wilton Simpson spoke on economic development in Florida at the annual Chamber of Commerce Future of Florida forum. 

He also spoke on improvements in education and measures taken to protect the environment. 

Simpson is a candidate for agriculture commissioner next year. 

Simpson said the state also committed to adding sewer projects across the state like the $21 million committed to Treasure Island. 

Simpson said he continues to support the Heartland Expressway between Polk County and Naples.