News Cast for July 21st:
Things remain busy at the Tax Collectors office in Okeechobee. Celeste Watford presented a 1.39 million budget request. The county pays 875,000 with the rest coming from fees and the state.
Denise Whitehead spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee this week to discuss a wide variety of County Community Services. Denise manages seven departments for the County which include Parks and Recreation, the County Library, Senior Services, Veterans Services, Extension Services, the Agri Civic Center and Tourism.
Whitehead lauded the great staff she has in every department and gave them a lot of the credit in making sure everything runs smoothly. When asked what services tend to go under the radar she though hard and mentioned the library and senior services.
Whitehead also gave an update on the highly anticipated splash pad at the County Sports complex.
A Port St Lucie man who claimed to be an undercover officer from Martin county was sentence to 4 years probation for allegedly stealing a trailer and leading police on a chase on 441SE. Juan Rodriguez also will pay over $1,300 dollars in court costs and fines.
He did also serve 49 days in jail.
He was not a police officer although he claimed he worked for the FBI. He was just released from jail by St Lucie county before his arrest.
The trailer was stolen on December 3rd, 2020 on Martin Grade. The victim followed the suspect and watched it drive recklessly and through the Country Corner Drive thru store.
He originally was charged with theft over 750 dollars, fleeing and eluding, impersonating a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.