News Cast 4/11

News Cast for April 11th:

Chief predicts problems from new gun law

Okeechobee’s police chief has some concerns about people carrying firearms without a permit.

He is worried they won’t be trained and not equipped to shoot the firearm under stress.

Chief Donald Hagan said no matter the circumstance, it is difficult to shoot someone.

“In the movies they make it out to be easy and its not that way.  That is the problem.  People that carry guns will watch movies and they assume that’s the gospel or see a you tube video.  There is a big difference with reality.”

He calls carrying a handgun is a life long responsibility you must take seriously.

“You are responsible for that weapon 24/7.  When you go home you must make sure that gun is secured.  You can’t just throw that gun on the counter where a child can get a hold of it.  If a child gets a hole of it you are responsible.”

He said during a live shooter incident, it will be a nightmare for police if they come on the scene and find 10 people displaying firearms.

He said if you do have to pull your gun, be sure to put it away once police arrive and let them handle the incident.

In the courts, Danielle Edwards saw her sentence reduced from 10 to five years on drug charges.

Edwards was a passenger in a vehicle stopped on April 5th, 2022 in the 3500 block of South East 28th Street.

Deputies said they found 24 grams of methamphetamines and 28 different pills in a camouflage pouch in her waistband.

Okeechobee County Commissioners honored the Okeechobee schools Brains on Steam Robotics Team.

They did well representing the district in regional competition and will compete in the national competition in Houston, Texas this month.

County administrator Deborah Manzo read part of the proclamation honoring the team.

“This year the explore elementary team advanced to the first world championships in Houston, Texas by demonstrating their knowledge of coding and robot design and functions and solving a real-world problem related to energy.  The challenge team, middle school, competed at the South
Florida regional championship.  They represented South Florida and the US at the Asia Pacific Open Championships hosted by Australia.”

They have elementary and middle school teams and want to expand into the high school next year.

Teacher Marion Ross said the team was required to build and design a robot and program it to achieve certain missions and objectives.  She said the youth really got into it and really grew academically.

A drug house shut down by the Okeechobee Sheriff. 

24-year-old Damion Deck is facing several charges related to

Cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, and ecstasy.

The sheriff’s special response team served a search warrant at 2138 NW 3rd Street on Monday.

Deputies said they also found cash, drug paraphernalia and firearms inside the home.

A truck driver and Ryder truck rental sued in Okeechobee circuit court on wrongful death claims.

The estate of Oswaldo Larios sued Maxo Angervil after the crash August 12, of 2022 at mile marker 183 of the Florida Turnpike in Okeechobee.

The suit claims the truck driver was speeding, changing lanes recklessly, driving unsafe and not paying attention.

The litigation seeks damages for things like medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering, and lost income.

The city of Moore Haven lost power this morning.

The entire electric system went down before 10 am.

Crews were in the field immediately working to find the issue and hoped to have power restored promptly.

St. Lucie County joined Highlands and Osceola County by enacting burn bans.  The Glades County Board of County Commission was scheduled to vote on a burn ban today.