News Cast 6/10

News Cast for June 10th:

Since he loves to ride around, Martin County Sheriff’s Office gave Brytan Lloyd Bennett a courtesy ride just minutes ago. Earlier this morning, an alert treasure coast resident who had read a shared post on Facebook recognized Brytan Lloyd Bennett this morning over in Martin County. That person called in a tip to Martin County Sheriff’s Office, who immediately went out, found and arrested Bennett. Sheriff Noel E. Stephen thanks the partnership with our fellow citizens, our office deputies’ great investigation, the tipster, and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office for their swift actions to bring this person to face his charges. – Jack Nash, OCSO

Lawman killed in crash 

A head on collision on route 70 in St. Lucie County claimed two lives. 

The crash occurred Thursday at 12:13 pm just west of the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds near Header Canal. 

 A 35 year old officer for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was killed. 

A 24 year old female from Tampa was also killed. 

The woman was in the wrong lane in a Kia sedan and caused the collision with the unmarked pickup truck. 

Florida highway patrol Major Robert Chandler said the officer had a wife and small children. 

A vehicle procession of law enforcement officers honored the fallen officer this morning in Ft. Pierce 

He also had patrolled and worked cases in Okeechobee and was known to our law enforcement officers here. 

Okeechobee County Commissioners honored Taylor Fulford for winning the title of Miss Florida USA. 

Fulford thanked everyone who has helped her along the way. 

She said she’s looking forward to the Miss USA pageant later this year. 

“It was an honor to share the stage with all of Florida’s finest for the past eight years.  Now I will have the honor of representing these women and my hometown of Okeechobee.  I hope to inspire others that no matter what challenges you face you can continue to pursue their wildest dreams as long as you keep chasing them.”   

A date for the Miss USA Pageant is yet to be determined. 

Sunday is Women’s Veterans Day in Florida. 

Highlands County Commissioners issued a proclamation to honor those women this week. 

Veterans Services specialist Michelle Rigterink said there are currently 1 point 5 million veterans living in Florida and among them are 162,000 women. 

The Okeechobee City Council opted not to separate out a charter amendment that would change the city clerk from an elected to an appointed position. 

They vote 3-2 to keep the charter in one package for voters to decide in November. 

Councilmember Noel Chandler predicts the entire charter package will fail now. 

Chandler and Mayor Dowling Watford supported separation into two ballot questions.  The charter amendment will be on the November