News Cast 6/24

News Cast for June 24th:

9 people impacted by fire 

A stove fire led to five families being displaced from their home on NW 34th Avenue Wednesday. 

Okeechobee County Fire Rescue said a multi-family home suffered damage in the afternoon blaze. 

The American Red Cross assisted nine people including three children. 

The fire report said six units and 12 firemen arrived at the home just after 2 pm and found light smoke coming from the eaves of the home. 

They found the stove smoking and were able to put out the blaze quickly. 

Most of the work was removing smoke from the home. 

County Fair pleased with 2021 performance 

Internet sales helped the Okeechobee County fair increase revenues this year. 

Fair Board President Linda Syfrett said people make the fair the success it is. 

“People were ready to get out and have fun and we feel that we did.  The families felt like it was safe to be outside and enjoying themselves.” 

Syfrett said they also were thrilled with the operator of the new midway and their lineup of entertainment. 

There were fewer volunteers at the fair this year due to the pandemic. 

Two Okeechobee residents charged with insurance fraud. 

The insurance company refused payment on $21,000 in medical claims. 

The Florida Department of Insurance found Kevin and Irana Timko made false claims from an accident on January 29 off route 70 east in a parking lot. 

The suspects claimed Irana was hurt in the accident. 

Witnesses and video evidence showed she was nowhere near the car when it was struck. 

Deputy Sheriff Adrian Rogers said in his interview with the two drivers, both denied that any injuries occurred. 

The fraud involves claims made for physical therapy, doctor’s visits and a chiropractor. 

Blue Green Algae hears critics 

The Blue Green Algae Task Force reviewed new technology and strategies to try and cure the problem in our waters. 

Drew Martin of the Sierra Club said the poor planning of South Florida development has resulted in the destruction of wetlands.  

Two pet owners who dogs either died or got sick from the water in West Palm Beach says there was not enough warnings issued by the city about the water. 

Nancy Gregory said she had health issues after drinking tap water in West Palm Beach. 

The board heard from commercial fishermen who claimed taking less fish out of the water is causing pollution problems. 

Others mentioned a lack of storage, and the continued problem of bio-solids being applied on land north of the Lake, as problems. 

Fatal crash reported in western St. Lucie County 

A 55 year old Ft. Pierce man died Wednesday night in a crash in western St. Lucie County. 

The highway patrol said the driver suffered a medical problem on Jenkins Road and the sedan left the road, struck a culvert, and went airborne landing on its wheels. 

The crash occurred  just south of route 68 on Jenkins Road at 7:30 pm. 

The Pahokee city commission could vote in July to pursue criminal charges against former city manager Chandler Williamson. 

They claim he misappropriated city funds through credit card transactions.  Commissioner Sara Perez says this was a crime.