News Cast 5/17

News Cast for May 17th:

ONTF makes several drug busts 

Two adults were charged and a 13 year old detained after a bust of a marijuana grow operation in Okeechobee. 

The Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force said they found LSD, mushrooms, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a drug lab inside a home in the 29 hundred block of North west 34th Avenue. 

Corey Sallette and Emily Close face charges that include cultivation of marijuana, and drug possession. 

A 61 year old Douglas Park man faces two counts of drug trafficking in pain pills and ecstasy. 

Tony Jackson was busted after a search warrant in the 1600 block of NE 5th Street. 

The narcotics task force found 33 grams of molly and over 60 pain pills on the property and in a vehicle they searched on the property. 

In another separate case, the ONTF arrested Ashley Nelson, 34, on charges she sold ecstasy near a county park. 

Okeechobee County will spend an additional 35 thousand dollars to help Suncoast Mental Health Services expand services in our community. 

They have seen cases go from 2 hundred and 14 in 2019 to 3 hundred and 26 this year. 

CEO Debra Engle said mental health needs are growing. 

41 graduating seniors at Moore Haven High school were honored by the Glades County Commission. 

14 have already earned associates degree from Florida Southwestern College. 

The Glades Detention Center board and the state department of corrections are working on a $7 million dollar deal to bring state inmates to the county jail. 

378 inmates per day, at a price of at least $50 dollars apiece has been discussed. 

Commissioner John Ahern said investors in the jail are okay with the proposal. 

Glades and Hendry county commissioners will schedule a meeting to discuss fire service in western Glades County. 

The 2nd district court of appeals will hold arguments at the glades county court house on June 3rd

The annual Police Memorial day was remembered with the Skip Bryant memorial service outside the Okeechobee sheriff’s office. 

Florida lost 55 officers last year in the line of duty. 

Sheriff Noel Stephen said it was also a violent year for law enforcement across the country with 616 total deaths.