News Cast 9/7

News Cast for September 7th:

Okeechobee gets new police chief 

Police Chief Donald Hagan will take the oath of office tonight at the Okeechobee City Council meeting. 

He officially took over on September 1st

Hagan saluted his staff noting his department relies on the good work of his people. 

Hagan said police will continue to focus on traffic as we continue to see more and more traffic. 

He said speeding in residential streets is a growing problem. 

Another deadly weekend 

A head on collision took the life of a 28 year old Riviera Beach man in western Palm Beach County. 

The Florida Highway Patrol said the wreck took place on Connors  Highway 441 at Hatton Highway early Saturday. 

A 33 year old Belle Glade man crossed the center line and caused the crash. 

The victim was not wearing a seat belt, troopers said. 

A train crash claimed a life in Canal Point. 

Palm Beach County Sheriff Deputies said Danilo Vargas, 37. of Greenacres was trying to cross the railroad tracks in a dump truck when he was struck by the train Friday afternoon. 

4 people were shot and killed including a three month old baby in her mother’s arms near Lakeland. 

A former marine sharpshooter, Bryan Riley, 33 of Brandon was reportedly on methamphetamine at the time. 

He did not know the victims and may have picked them out at random. 

State Attorney Brian Haas said authorities may never know the reason or the motive for this crime.  

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the victims begged for their life but Riley shot them anyway. 

He said a Polk Deputy decided to go into the home after hearing screams from the mother and infant and exchanged fire with the suspect. 

A 23 year old Stuart mother found murdered in Indiantown. 

Perrin Damron had been missing since Friday. 

Eric Westergard, a family friend led Martin County and Palm Beach detectives to where he allegedly dumped the body in the Okeechobee waterway under the overpass on route 710. 

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said he was saddened about the violence and noted a small child will never grow up to know its mother. 

He said a ring doorbell recorded Westergard as the last person to see the victim. 

Police said they are unsure of the motive. 

Palm Beach Deputies investigated the homicide. 

The Indiantown village council reported brisk turnouts at two public meetings hosted by the Garcia Group that wants to develop 2,000 homes. 

They are also excited about a new high school at the proposed fairgrounds on Citrus Boulevard. 

Village councilmember Susan Gibbs Thomas said it will help the village infrastructure by adding water lines to the Citrus Boulevard area.