News Cast 6/15

News Cast for June 15th:

Losing an historic landmark 

The old Basinger School likely can’t be saved. 

The Okeechobee School Board owns six acres there but do not have access to the property. 

It hasn’t been used for education for many years. 

Assistant Superintendent Dylan Tedders said staff plans to inspect the property this summer and assess its condition. 

“We will see what can be saved and see what we can get to the historical society to memorialize the building.  We still have things to do.  First thing is to get out there and see what we are dealing with and then move forward.” 

Highlands County Sheriff is being extorted by a company he claims hacked his computer system. 

Paul Blackman said the east European company sent them ransomware and now want payment. 

“Quantum likes to describe themselves as a legitimate business.  They really are just criminals that are trying to extort the sheriffs office and the taxpayers of Highlands County for $2.5 million to release our computer system from their inscription.  We do not give into criminals.” 

36 servers were hit.  Some of the computers have been restored and the phone system is back up and running. 

Blackman said staff members have to do a lot of paperwork manually and that is causing more man hours and more costs. 

An $83,000 bond set for 20 year old Brytan Bennett. 

He is charged with endangering little kids practicing on a field at the Okeechobee Sports Complex by driving his vehicle recklessly near them. 

He later returned to the sports complex and flipped the vehicle. 

He was located in Martin county on Friday and had his first court appearance over the weekend. 

Charges include three counts of child abuse, reckless driving, driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. 

Glades County continues to work with the US Army Corps of Engineers to get repairs done on route 720. 

They report some progress is being made to repair the dangerous and winding road near the lake. 

The state came across with just over $4 million to help the county fix county road 721.