News Cast for June 21st:

An Okeechobee book keeper facing two felony charges for allegedly stealing over $68,000  from her employer.

Michelle Resmondo of Lorida was office manager at the business and did payroll, giving herself raises, and other funds, the boss hadn’t approved.

The charges include forgery and grand theft.

US 441 closed in Martin County overnight.

Martin County Fire Rescue crews responded around 9:30 pm to 14500 SW Conners Hwy after a semi-truck hit a hog and jack-knifed, blocking the road and spilling over 150 gallons of diesel onto the ground.

The HAZMAT team also responded and the road was closed off for 3 hours.

A double wide trailer being hauled by a transport vehicle fell off the trailer on 441 north just inside Osceola County Tuesday evening.

A semi-truck struck the trailer in the road causing a lot of debris and closing the road for several hours.

There was no report of any injuries in this crash.

Two Okeechobee residents were arrested in a bank parking lot on cocaine trafficking charges.

Deputies said they spotted Lavoski Jackson driving and knew he hadn’t been allowed to drive legally since 2008.

They also chargee Lovanda McBride after they allegedly find over 53 grams of cocaine on her person.

Highlands County deputies shot to death a sexual battery suspect.

31 year old Matthew Owens fled deputies and crashed a pickup near the Avon Park bombing range and then tried to hide in a citrus grove.

Deputies said he wouldn’t surrender while hiding in a tree and had something in his hands.

Deputies said they shot when he pointed the item at them before dawn Tuesday.

Sheriff Paul Blackman said Owens knew he was wanted on a sexual battery on a child charge and had eluded police in St. Lucie County in recent days.

Osceola middle school teacher Kelsey Davis was honored as one of the top 25 reading teachers in the nation.

Davis said she was ecstatic to learn about the award.

“It was very surprising.  I didn’t know I was top 25 in the nation.  It is a good feeling.”

She is a local product and graduate of OHS.

Davis said she loves working with students, “I used to work at a day care center in high school.  It was really nice working with those young kids in elementary.  I thought I would try middle school and those kids have brought a lot of joy too.”

Davis was honored by the school board as she accepted the Read 180 Educator of the Year Award.

The new principal at Osceola Middle School is Arlene Shirley.

The contract for legal services was renewed with long time school board attorney Tom Conely, who has served the schools for 51 years.

The Indiantown village council debated whether to help Janet Hernandez attend a national conference in New York City.

She asked for two nights lodging.  They agreed to pay one night.

It amounts to $270.

They had turned down the request until councilmember Angelina Perez authored a compromise.

Resident Renita Pressler said the National association of Latin elected officials could help Indiantown.

“Indiantown is 70% Hispanic.  I think it is quite a feather in our cap to have someone on a national board from our village council.  This micro managing comes off as kind of vindictive.  You are going to have something you want to do sometime.  How would you like it if your fellow board members were as vindictive as it sounds.”

The council also heard requests to lower the speed limit to 35 through the village limits on Warfield Blvd, route 710.

By Taylor