News Cast 2/11

News Cast for February 11th:

Schools want more events for senior class

The Okeechobee school board was supportive of having more school related activities, especially for the senior class.

More travel and overnight stays could be allowed along with annual events like Prom, wood hauling and Homecoming sometime this spring.

School Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said he thinks this will help student and staff morale, “I’m happy we are going to reduce those strings a little bit.  To the parents we are still going to protect your kids.   We are going to wear masks and take other precautions.”

Man steals car… loses clothing

Martin County Sheriff Deputies said an alleged car thief faced six criminal charges after he was captured near Indiantown.

Jason Dwight John Taylor, 43  allegedly caused a motor vehicle crash on 710 after stealing he 2001 Chevrolet Silverado from a business in Palm City.

Deputies said a surveillance camera captured a glimpse of the suspect as he got into the vehicle.

The vehicle owner left the keys in the ignition.

Deputies spotted the vehicle about 30 minutes later on route 710 but Taylor refused to stop.

He eventually tried to flee on foot but lost a skirt and jacket he was wearing.

Deputies said the man was naked from the waist down when they found him in a wetland area under some cattails.

Glades County receives state land

The South Florida Water Management District agreed to convey one-acre of land to be used as a public road for Glades County.

The land runs adjacent to Daniels Road and is access for the district’s C-43 right of way and structures.

The county wanted the road access so two private RV park projects can be developed.

County officials said the road will allow economic development for the county.

The county also will receive a $2.6 million grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to extend sewer service to the property.

SFWMD will continue to have a perpetual easement to the parcel.