News Cast 8/15

News Cast for August 15th:

Okeechobee gets update on Lake Okeechobee plan 

A public session is scheduled for 2 pm today to allow the US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville to explain the latest version of the lake management plan. 

They plan to send more water south and avoid discharges to the estuaries.  The east coast releases would be cut by over 90 percent. 

The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board heard an update last week. 

Mike Knepper told the board that he has been studying the spraying of lakes and canals across Florida and has come to this conclusion. 

“I have traveled all over the state and captured an unbelievable amount of spraying footage.  I’ve interviewed fishermen, experts, bass angler, duck hunters, biologists, bird watchers, and airboat operators.  Not a single expert thinks that spraying is a good idea.” 

An Okeechobee man was convicted at his trial of attempted second degree murder. 

Tyonne Frost shot Techalin Joseph five times outside an apartment complex in Douglas Park on August 21st of 2020. 

He originally was charged with attempted first degree murder. 

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department said the motive appeared to be a debt Joseph had owed. 

Frost allegedly was heard stating that he would volunteer to shoot Joseph because he was already wanted for another crime. 

The victim survived gunshot wounds to his back, left arm, leg and shoulder. 

Frost was also convicted of possession of a firearm while being found delinquent. 

A near head on collision takes one life and injures several others on state Road 60 near Yeehaw Junction Saturday morning. 

The Florida highway patrol said a sedan was west bound and drifted across the center line and struck an east bound van. 

A 45 year old woman from South Florida was killed and a 35 year old passenger was critically injured in the sedan.  Two children ages four and six suffered minor injury and the drivers were also hospitalized. 

Two teens are dead in Hendry County after a chase with sheriff deputies resulted in a crash on County Road 835 early Saturday 

A 19 year old man from Clewiston and a 17 year old girl from Hialeah perished in the single vehicle crash. 

The sedan failed to negotiate a sharp right hand curve near Roberts Road, left the road and crashed into a canal embankment and fell into the canal.. 

Okeechobee County EMS crews were praised for pulling a 45 year old Okeechobee man out of a burning vehicle. 

The wreck last weekend on route 78 in Glades County claimed the life of two men from Moore Haven. 

Glades County was chosen again for a country music video.  The same company that shot a Zac Brown video last year will do some filming starting August 19th through the 21st, including at a rodeo at the Bronson arena. 

The commission also discussed beefing up code enforcement efforts after concerns from Washington Park. 

Commissioner Tony Whidden said there are code violations in every community. 

The commission will also consider joining the city of Moore Haven Finance Authority to create a new entity to fund workforce housing. 

The commission also approved efforts to seek grants to upgrade facilities at the Doyle Conner building. 

Highlands County is looking at a tax rate decrease of a quarter mill. 

The tentative millage set at 8.3 mills. 

They did approve a 7 percent hike in fire assessments. 

They plan to add a fire station in Spring Lake to serve outlying areas. 

Commissioner Kevin Roberts said fire service is valuable to the community. 

“When they show up they fight the fire but also help people with smoke inhalation and burns.  I think we have a very professional department and I’m proud of the whole team.  The community is fortunate to have the service you perform in this community.” 

Commissioners also raised concern about Chinese companies buying up farmland in Highlands County.