News Cast 6/17

News Cast for June 17th:

Yet another narcotics bust 

The Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force searched a home on SW 1st Way and uncovered 37 grams of methamphetamines, some replica handguns, and 43 hundred dollars in suspected drug cash, officers said Thursday. 

54 year old Scott Saip is facing charges of drug trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an electronic weapon by a convicted felon. 

The officers said they found two replica handguns that turned out to be airguns. 

Saip was held on $115,100 bond. 

A developer wants to convert large containers used at ports into homes. 

Thane Losman gave a brief presentation to the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners and his plans. 

He said these containers are strong and can hold up to winds of over 180 miles per hour. 

He noted they are also very reasonable in price. 

The Governor announced hunters can start to register for this year’s python hunt in the Everglades. 

Since he took office some 8 ,000 pythons have been removed. 

FWC Chairman Rodney Barretto said the state has been committed to a complete restoration of the Everglades and the FWC will continue to work with the South Florida Water Management District and US Army Corps of Engineers to make that happen. 

Governor DeSantis said the snakes are a threat to the ecosystem of the everglades. 

“It is just unbelievable the damage they can do.  They are not native to Florida, and the reality is, they can exact serious destruction on the overall ecosystem.” 

The hunt this year is from August 514. 

The city of Pahokee hosted a job fair to fill city positions. 

City manager Rodney Lucas wants them to hire a financial advisor. 

He admits the city could end up taking their account away from the only bank in town, PNC 

He noted they want to get better banking services.