News Cast 3/25

News Cast for March 25th:

Convicted felon caught in gun sting

Daniel Salazar, 38, allegedly purchased two glock handguns in an undercover operation by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force back in 2020. Salazar was arrested this week on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The investigation found that Salazar had eight felony convictions.  The ONTF said they learned from sources that Salazar had been purchasing stolen firearms from different subjects. They arranged a deal to sell Salazar a .40 caliber pistol and a .380 caliber pistol for $200. The ONTF monitored the transaction and arrested Salazar soon afterward. Salazar was released on $50,000 bond on March 23.

Two businesses approved by planners

Joey Hoover was elected chairman of the Okeechobee County planning Board at the board meeting Tuesday. The Board approved a special exception for Sun Camper RV and Boat Storage to sell and display outdoors sheds for sale in a commercial zoning district.

The property is located at 235 US 441 south east and measures just under five acres.  The property is zoned commercial. Previous uses include boat sales and an RV sales business.

The city planning board approved a special exception to allow Earnest Electrical Contractors to set up shop at the former Willard Mays Auto Sales property at 105 South East 5th Avenue. Nine jobs could be created. The permit allows for an electrical contractor’s office with tool and equipment storage.

Recent court cases

A 30 month probation sentence handed down against Brandon Cardenas in Okeechobee Circuit Court. Cardenas pled no contest to a charge of felony battery for allegedly stabbing his wife on NE 5th Street on February 15th of last year. Cardenas had originally been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Charges of aggravated battery were dropped against Clarence Corkey, 55 on March 10. He had been charged on January 30 with stomping a woman with his boots and striking her with a crutch. Corkey was sentenced to 52 months in prison in a 2015 case of aggravated battery where he beat and stomped a man into unconsciousness.

Corkey also received public condemnation in 2015 when he failed to assist his friend, Rick Basnight, from drowning in Taylor Creek. City Police said Corkey and Basnight had argued and he failed to help pull the man from the water after he fell from his boat.

Daniel Phillips, 20, pled no contest to a charge of robbery by sudden snatching and was sentenced to three years of probation. Phillips was shot on July 22, 2020 after he allegedly tried to rob a subject of $140 in marijuana outside a home in the 1700 block of NW 6th Street.