News Cast 8/22

News Cast for August 22nd:

Two seek re-election to city council 

Mayor Dowling Watford and councilmember Bob Jarriel were among six people who qualified to run for Okeechobee City Council this year. 

The four challengers include David McCauley, Beth Lehman, Jon Folbrecht and Christopher Martin. 

Bobby Keefe chose to not seek re-election. 

The election is held on November 8th

The maximum sentence was handed down for Danny Payne. 

He shot to death Stacy Tyson in a home off Mitchell Road in December, 2020. 

Prosecutor Brian Workman spoke at sentencing about a 2018 incident where Payne allegedly shot a firearm. 

“It was very similar.  He was on his porch shooting his gun in a residential area.  Police are called.  He is uncooperative with them.  I’m surprised they didn’t shoot him.  Under the circumstanaces they would have been justified in shooting him.  They showed a lot of restraint.” 

County Judge Bill Wallace mentioned Payne’s lack of remorse before he sentenced Payne to life in prison plus consecutive terms of 15 and five years. 

A jury convicted Payne of third degree murder, shooting a deadly missile and aggravated assault. 

The victim’s daughter Virginia Windham told the court her father’s death was unfair. 

“We never got the chance to say goodbye to my father, we didn’t get to hug him or hold him.  All we got was a phone call that my father had been shot.  I don’t hate you Danny.  I do pray for you.  You have to live with what you did, you have to live with the fact your best friend isn’t here.” 

Payne’s asked for leniency due to his age and poor health condition. 

Okeechobee tow truck drivers have taken on extra responsibilities in their county contracts. 

Seems more trailers, RVS and vehicles have been left besides the roads and rights of ways. 

That means more labor hours, tipping fees at the landfill and more storage of vehicles. 

Solid Waste Director Russell Rowland said the county intends to pay the tipping fees for these vehicles at the landfill. 

“I have them take them straight to the landfill rather than holding them in their yard.  They are stripped.  Many fiberglass.  Many of them are boats.  We will pay the fees through grant funding.” 

A traffic homicide investigation from June 4th remains open near Yeehaw Junction.   

A 42 year old man was found dead in the 26,000 block of State Road 60 just east of Yeehaw. 

Lt. Joe Abollo of the Indian River Sheriffs Office said citizens could know something and lawmen value those clues and tips. 

The man’s body was found on private property during a Seminole Tribe of Florida event. 

Fire Rescue told reporters it looked like the man had been struck by a large vehicle.