News Cast 6/18

News Cast for June 18th:

FDOT – DISTRICT ONE DISTRICTWIDE ROAD WATCH REPORT #25FOR WEEK JUNE 20, 2021OKEECHOBEE COUNTY: US 441 at 2nd Street: Utility permit project: Crews are working in the manholes between southeast 2nd Street and southwest Park Street. Watch for a nighttime right lane closure and workers in the roadway. US 441 from northeast 5th Street to northeast 9th Street: Construction project: Crews will mill and resurface US 441 from northeast 5th Street to northeast 9th Street for a railroad crossing reconstruction. Additional work includes curb and gutter, drainage improvements, guardrail, sidewalks, signing and pavement markings and signalization. • Motorists should expect intermittent northbound and southbound lane closures on US 441 while crews work on curb and gutter and sidewalks.• US 441 is closed from northwest 6th Street to northwest 9th Street. Law Enforcement officers will be on-site to help guide motorists. Detours are in place; please follow Law Enforcement directions and use caution in the area. Estimated completion is fall 2022. The contractor is C.W. Roberts Contracting, Inc.

Woman admits to stealing from Florida turnpike business 

An Okeechobee woman is charged with stealing money while working at the Fort Drum Service Plaza. 

Josephine McDuffie, 50, was charged with taking $3,200 from her employer. 

McDuffie admitted in a written statement to taking about $80 dollars per day from the register at Dunkin Donuts. 

The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the case. 

Okeechobee won’t send help to border 

Sheriff’s offices from around Florida appear willing to send deputies to the US Mexican border. 

Martin County agreed to send some help. 

They were the only local department to do so. 

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said the border problem demands attention. 

“The current administration is considering $4 billion of taxpayer money to look at root causes in other countries to figure out why people are coming to this country.   You don’t have to spend $4 to figure that out.  This administration has opened the flood gates to our country.” 

Lawmen claim the unsecured border allows more illegal drugs like methamphetamine to make its way to Florida. 

Shows trial could be held in the fall 

After nearly five years behind bars an Okeechobee man could go to trial in October for allegedly murdering an Okeechobee woman. 

Christopher Shows appeared in court today for pretrial motions in the first-degree murder case. 

He was charged with shooting to death Amanda Suarez inside a home on NW 3rd Street Dewberry Gardens in December, 2016. 

She was discovered on December 7. 

Circuit Judge Lawrence Mirman heard the arguments but has agreed not to preside over the trial. 

Pretrial issues included whether or not photos of the crime scene could be shows to prospective jurors during jury selection, and matters related to jury deliberations and the death penalty. 

Judge Mirman ruled a hearing would be necessary on a defense motion to suppress alleged statements Shows made to Sheriff Investigators. 

No date was set for the hearing. 

Okeechobee Judge Michael McNicholas is expected to be certified to handle death penalty cases in September and would be assigned to preside over the trial.