Newscast for Wednesday, September 14th 2022

Man volunteered to shoot someone

An Okeechobee man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a shooting in Douglas Park.

Tyonne Frost was convicted at a jury trial in July of attempted second degree murder charges.

He shot Techalin Joseph five times on August 21, 2020 in an effort to collect a drug debt.

The arrest report said Frost volunteered to shoot the victim because he already was a wanted man.

Glades County Commissioners were urged to address a drainage problem in Palmdale.

Commissioner Tony Whidden said drainage concerns are common across the county.

“It is rainy season.  Some of the complaints are valid but some of the issue is you can’t do much after a two and a half inch rain.  Some of it is non county related.  To ask someone to replace a culvert for $3,000 to $4,000 is tough.”

The Florida Public Service commission held a hearing on a rate hike proposed by Florida Public Utilities.

The company requested an increase of between 11 and 13 percent for commercial and industrial users and a typical resident will see an increase of about $15 dollars per month.

Anthony Bennett said those on fixed incomes will suffer.

“If your electric and your natural gas bill are going up.  It can be a catastrophic event for a lot of families and a lot of people.”

The company has over 93,000 customers in the state with service areas in Okeechobee, Indiantown and parts of Martin and Highlands Counties.

A final decision on the rate hike expected in October.

A juvenile was acquitted of charges related to a struggle with a deputy sheriff at Okeechobee high school.

A bench trial before Circuit Judge Michael McNicholas in August.

The child had a dispute on a school bus with a transgender student and the bus driver had to return to campus last September 15th.

Prosecutor Ashley Albright expressed disappointment in the verdict.

He said the judge seemed to disregard all of the testimony of the eye witnesses that included school administrators.

“They supported the same belief that the officer did not do anything inappropriate and the child was basically out of control.”

The student was taken down by the officer and suffered a broken leg.

He had been charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.