News Cast for June 7th:
Student reading scores decline
Reading scores for Okeechobee third graders fell to 47 percent reading at grade level.
This was down from 51 percent last year.
The state saw scores go down by one percent to 53 percent.
Assistant Superintendent Dylan Tedders said there were some pockets of success in the district.
Central Elementary was 44 percent, South 52 percent, North 50 percent, Everglades 39 percent, and Seminole 49 percent.
The district is holding a summer reading camp for those that were at risk of being retained.
About 250 third graders would qualify.
Tedders said there are other criteria to use to decide whether a student should be promoted to the fourth grade.
Glades County schools had 43 percent of third graders reading at grade level. Moore Haven elementary had 36 percent of third graders, 47 percent at West Glades and 48 percent at Pemayetv Emahakv.
Warfield Elementary in Indiantown had just 18 percent of third graders reading at grade level.
A 55 year old Okeechobee man was charged with threatening a restaurant customer with a knife.
Scott Wright was upset when the customer complained he had not received his cole slaw.
Video surveillance of the kitchen showed Wright grabbed a large kitchen knife and threatened the victim.
He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Bond was set at $2,500.
A man wanted on murder charges died in custody in Sarasota.
William Devonshire, 52 had seen a life of crime since he was 14 in Delaware.
Sarasota authorities said DNA matched him to two murders there.
Detective Kim Laster said Devonshire voluntarily gave then DNA.
The two victims were homeless women.
Devonshire had epilepsy and refused to take his medications. He suffered a seizure and fell in the jail infirmary and later died.
17th district congressman Greg Steube showed off his gun collection at home as he entered debate on new gun control regulations.
He said anti-gun laws do not reduce crime or make people safer.
He said the democrats don’t want to ban just assault rifles but handguns as well.
He said they are doing that by trying to ban ammunition clips that fit many handguns.
Governor Ron DeSantis decried the lack of response from police at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde Texas.
He said he held law enforcement and schools accountable when Parkland High School was attacked by a lone gunman.
He said the state must address mental health better and not take any threats lightly.
In the courts, Brunesha Bruce of Okeechobee pled no contest to fleeing and eluding police in Okeechobee court.
A charge of armed robbery was dropped.
She was sentenced to time served, just over three years.
Her co-defendant Johnny Hunter was acquitted of an alleged armed robbery of a customer outside Walmart that had been caught on video after a trial last month.