News Cast 7/26

News Cast for July 26th:

New court to start in Okeechobee 

Okeechobee is getting a children’s court to get kids in foster care out of it as quickly as possible. 

The main objective is making sure the child’s needs are taking care of above all else. 

Elisa Ramirez was named to administer the court which begins in September. 

Presiding Judge Rebecca White said Okeechobee is the first in the judicial circuit to get this service. 

There will be new therapy services offered to parents and children by Heidi Garcia. 

Children whose parents complete the courts requirements are less likely to return to foster care. 

A majority of the parents in the system were removed from their homes as children. 

An Okeechobee woman was recovering after being burned trying to save her dogs in an RV fire. 

Okeechobee County Fire Rescue said three dogs perished in the blaze at 300 NW 34th Street on Sunday afternoon. 

The woman lost everything she owned. 

Five over RVS suffered some heat damage. 

The VFW North Post is trying to help the woman with cash and clothing from the community. 

Firemen said the fire was accidental and was likely caused by an electrical problem. 

The woman was treated at Raulerson Hospital. 

An increase in mail theft in St. Lucie County has lawmen concerned. 

Sheriff Ken Mascara said this crime targets senior citizens. 

There have been thefts in both rural and urban parts of St. Lucie. 

Lawmen advise residents to not send cash or checks through the mail and to embrace online banking. 

Two bodies were pulled from a pond off route 710 in Martin County. 

Martin county fire rescue said a passing motorist spotted a body floating in the pond near SW Indiantown Avenue on Monday. 

Sheriff Deputies said the man and woman was found inside a car in the pond likely died from a car accident. 

They had been in the pond a couple of days. 

The victims were not from this area and were not identified.