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Vol. 100 No. 88
Vol. 100 No. 88


and more ol0rOS


Day of the Cowboy
honored... Pages 16-18


Index
Classifieds 21-28
Community Events.........................6.
Crossword 28
Gardening ................ ....... 12
Opinion 5
Speak Out 4
Sports ................ ................. 20
Weather 5

Lake Levels

13.43 feet
Last Year: 10.46 feet
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Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
763-7222
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth given
in feet above sea level
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SEECHOBE NEWS


Friday, July 24, 2009


Public transit may be coi


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Public transit may be coming
to Okeechobee County. That's
what Okeechobee County Com-
missioners learned during their
July 23 meeting. They also ap-
proved preliminary fire and solid
waste assessments and consid
ered paying the utility bill for
the youth livestock show at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center.
Commissioners approved
preliminary fire/rescue and solid
waste assessments. The prelimi-
nary fire assessment is $110 per
residence. The preliminary hotel/
motel/RV assessment is $9 per
room/space. Agricultural and
nonresidential property rates are
based on the size of the parcel.
For the first time homeowners'
associations will be assessed for
commonly held property. Pre-
liminary solid waste disposal as-
sessments are set at $174.90 per
dwelling unit. Commissioners
will have to conduct an advertised
public hearing before these rates
can be adopted.
Matt Pearce of the youth live-


50 Plus tax


Smokey Bear dropped into the Okeechobee County Commission meeting on Thursday, July 23
and received a proclamation making Aug. 9 Smokey Bear Day in the county. That date marks
the 65th anniversary of the creation of Smokey by artist Albert Staehle as an animated symbol
which the public could identify in connection with wildfire prevention. Pictured, left to right, are
Commissioners Joey Hoover, Ray Domer, and Margaret Helton, Smokey, Commissioner Clii
Betts and Senior Ranger Joe deBree.
stock show requested a perma- costs of the youth livestock show. he termed "a gem to the county."
nent wavier of utility fees for the Mr. Pearce noted that the Commissioner Joey Hoover
event which is held annually at county spends money every year noted that OCRA had a funding
the agri-civic center. for OCRA and boat ramps at Okee mechanism through the parks
Commissioner Clif Betts noted Tantee Campground and Marina and recreation department. He
that at the old ag barn, before the and there is no controversy about wanted to see a funding source
agri-civic center was built, the those expenses. Yet he said there
county simply took care of all the was criticism of expenses at what See Transit Page 7


Proposed EMS assessment plan debated


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There was a full house at the
Tuesday, July 21, Okeechobee City
Council meeting as interested citi-
zens gathered for a discussion of
the proposed EMS assessment.
After over an hour's discussion
that was sometimes heated, the
council voted to approve the first
reading of the proposed ordinance
and set Aug. 9, as a final public
hearing date.
On July 29, at 9 a.m. there will
be a joint workshop between the


city council and the county com-
mission to discuss EMS assess-
ments. This meeting will be at the
health department auditorium,
1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. and will be
open to the public. There will be
a public hearing in the evening on
Sept. 3, before the county com-
missioners make a final decision
at their Sept. 10 meeting.
"A rather rare bird" is how Lee
Evett, vice president of Willdan
Financial Services, described the
proposed EMS assessment since
under a special law only 10 out of
the state's 67 counties qualify for


the assessment. Okeechobee is
one of those counties. County of-
ficials initiated the EMS study by
Willdan Financial Services and are
asking the city to include city resi-
dents in the assessment process.
"It is a very stable form of rev-
enue," stated Mr. Evett. The as-
sessment would be at a flat rate
rather than a percentage of prop-
erty values as ad valorem taxes
are calculated. Assessments do
not fluctuate as ad valorem taxes
with rising or declining property
values. An assessment is based
on property use, not value. In ad-


edition, monies received under an
EMS assessment can only be used
for EMS purposes.
According to county officials,
$1,795,133 would be needed fund
the EMS system during fiscal year
2009/10. That cost was divided
proportionally among residential
and commercial properties in the
county including churches.
Business owner Gil Culbreth
complained that residents are be-
ing taxed to death on top of a 10.9
percent unemployment rate. He
See EMS Page 7




Okeechobee News


Roadshow Comes to Okeechobee!


By Jason Delong
Treasure Hunters Roadshow
STAFF WRITER

Clean out yourattics, closets and
lock boxes, because the Roadshow
is coming to Okeechohee
Roadshow experts are in town
examining antiques, collectibles,
gold and silver
While the Roadshow will accept
anything that's old, they will
be focusing on gold and silver
coins made before 1965. military
items, toys and trains, musical
instruments, pocket and wrist
watches Scrap gold is expected
to be a popular category this
week due to soaring gold prices

"U.S. coins made before
1965 are most sought
after by collectors. Coins
made before 1965 are
90% silver and valuable
because of the silver
content or could be worth
even more if one happens
to be a rare date."

Expert buyers for the Roadshow
have noticed a tremendous
increase in the amount of gold
coming to the Roadshow and for
good reason Record gold prices
have Roadshow guests cashing in
on broken jewelry or jewelry they
don't wear anymore with our
"fair and honest" purchase offers


Got Gold? This week, visitors can cash in on antiques, collectibles,
gold, silver, coins or just about anything that is old.
The Roadshow encourages any toys made before 1965 are come to the Roadshoware notin
anyone planning a visit to take wanted Train sets made by perfect shape but can still bring
a minute and examine their Lionel, American Flyer, Marklln good prices from collectors "
jewelry box or their lock box and others have the potential When expert Tom Fuller was
at the bank and gather anything to fetch high prices Davis also asked what he enjoyed most
that's gold If a guest is not sure stressed, "Toys with boxes and in about working at the Roadshow,
if something is gold, bring it mint condition bring sensational he was quick to answer "Old
anyway and the Roadshow staff pce Most f the toys that cons and paper currency Foras
will test It for free
Other gold items
of interest include
gold coins, gold
ounces, gold proof
sets and dental
gold
Other types of
stems Roadshow
experts hope to
see include old
toys and train sets
Archte Davist
roadshow toy
expert spoke about
some of the top
toys getting great m .
offers OlCld tin
windup toys from
the late 1800s
through the 1960's 5
are ingreat demand
now" said Davis,
"Especially those
that are character
related Mickey /Lk
Mouse Donald
Duck, the Flintstones or any Above Jane and JoAnn Meridtth sit with a Roadshow
character toys are sought Old expert Along with some rare collectibles they cashed in a
Buddy L toys from the 1920's to large bag of broken and unwanted gold andjewelry The
1960's are in demand Basically sisters left with checks totalling over $425 00


long as I can remember I have been
fascinated with collecting cons
I would go through the change in
my parents grocery store looking
for rare dates and errors Once, I
found a silver quarter that I sold
for $300 00 Not bad for an 8 year
old "
Fuller went on to explain that
any L S coins made before
1965 are most sought after by
collectors Coins made before
1965 are 90% silver and valuable
because of the silver content or


"If you go to the
Roadshow, you can cash-in
your items for top dollar.
Roadshow representatives
will be available to assess
and purchase your items at
the Holiday Inn Express,
Tuesday through Saturday
in Okeechobee.



could be worth even more If one
happens to be a rare date "We
help people sort through their
coins for unique dates We buy all
types of coins at the Roadshow
from wheat pennies to buffalo
nickels, which are valuable from
one coin to an entire truckload
See you at the Roadshow said
Fuller


www.treasurehuntersroadshow.com


Debro
Fender
I Gibson
Martin
I Gretsch
-Rlekenbacker
national
-And Oters


Is your family attic
filled with old and
forgotten memories
Mot pre1964 nbisque chin paper
lch, wood and wax dolls are
considered desirable by collector
Many toy cas, rbots, Tonka
and trains made before 1964 are
wanted by International Collectors
Assoclanon members as well


Silver and Gold Prices Up During Poor
Economy. All are welcome to his event.
Admission is free.


* Gather items of interest (as explained below) from your attic, garage
basement, etc There is no limit to the amount of items you can bnng
* No appointment necessary
SIf mterested in selling we will consult our collector's database to see if a
buyer exists 90% of all items have offers in our database
* The offer is made on the spot on behalf of our collectors making the offer
* If you decide to accept the offer we will pay you on the spot and ship the
item to the collector The collector pays all shipping and handling charges
* You get 100% of the offer with no sudden fees


Gold and Coin Prices
High. Cash In Now
"s a modm day gold rush," saidRoadshow
Pmside, Jff Pasons.

cash m t the Tresu i ihunteoa ll upes
of g01d arwated, including gold ro s, Kgen~ ds,
.aplc Leafs, and n th igold bars etc li g ld celr, y
mdludnVmgbrokeniculo Aaccsepted
We have been ditlyinvolvedin lions ot
dollars worth of are cash and coin sales over
as.... - C -


inspects a large gold and coin collection


Cash in with the power of
the International Collectors
Association. Members are
looking for the following
types of items
COINS Any and all coin made before 1965
This include all silver and gold cons, dollars, half
dollars, quares dimes nickels and penes All
conditons wanted

* GOLD & SILVER PRICES AT 40YEAR
HIGHI foplataum, goldanldslver dugtis
event Broken jewely, dental gold, old cwns
pocket watches, Knggrands, Gold bars Canaan
Maple Leafs,etc

* JWLRY God Slver, Plantnm, diamonds,
rubles, sapphires and all types of stones, metals,
etc Rngs, bracelets, neckaces, all oers including
bokenjewelry Earlycostumejewer wanted

*WATCHES & POCXKE WATCHES Rolex,
Tffany, Hublot, Omega Chopard, Carer,
Phiippe Ebel, Watham, Swatch Chopad, Bgin,
Bunn Speral, Raralm d, ilhnur Haniston, atl
othemars



Buddy L, Smith Miller Nylt Robots, battery
toys, Mickey Mouse nain sets, all gauges,
accessone, individualcas, Maklm, Amencan
Flyer, Lonel Hafner, all other trans, Babe Dolls
GI Joe, Slriey Temple, characters, German, all
makeraccepted

* MILITARY ITES, SWORDS Civil War.
Revo tionay War WWI, WWII, ec Items of
interest include swords badges, clothes, photos,
medals, knves, gear letters, The older the swordu
the better All types wanted

ADVERTISING ITEMS Meal and Porelain
signs gas companies, beer and liquor makes,
automobile, implements, etc


July 24, 2009








Jury finds McElroy 'not guilty' I


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
James Wallace McElroy walked out of
the Okeechobee County Jail Thursday a free
man.
Mr. McElroy was arrested in May of 2008
and charged with molesting two young girls.
But, after sitting through two days of testi-
mony, a six-member jury of his peers found
him not guilty on all counts.
Defense attorney Anthony J. Scremin told
the jury during his closing arguments that
this was a difficult case due to the subject
matter. Still, he urged them to scrutinize the
testimony of the two al-
leged victims
"The crucial thing is the
'. ii i. f the witness

Of one of the purported
victims, a 6-year-old girl,
Mr. Scremin described her
as "a beautiful young girl,
but she sees people that no
one else sees." James
The other alleged vic- McElroy III
tim, who is now 16, was
supposedly molested by Mr. McElroy two to
three times a week for up to nine years. But
if that were true, he asked the jurors, why
did i.- -A .. .....
"Do you think someone's going to be in this
type of relationship for eight to nine years
without it escalating into a true sexual rela
tionship?"


While on the stand, the girl testified that
while Mr. McElroy had her touch him he
only tried to touch her once. But when she
told him to stop, he did.
Mr. Scremin told the jury that his client
would not enter into such a situation be-
cause he treated her, and loved her, like the
,,, had
.11 j .I 1 I I j i dJoesn't make
sense," said the Miami attorney. "When she
looked at my client while testifying she was
crying crying because she was confronted
by a man that's innocent. She didn't cry dur-
ing her deposition."
Prosecutors claimed throughout the trial
that Mr. McElroy would take the girls to the
second floor of this barn where he would
have them "touch" him and then use towels
,iir r. to clean himself after ejaculating.
i" 1 i,,- semen was found on three rags
and a couch cushion that were collected as
evidence, the state could not prove that the
fluid was from the accused.
Leslie Perrone, a forensic biologist and
DNA specialist with the Indian River Crime
Lab, testified that seminal fluid was found
on all four of those items. However, because
no spermatozoa was present she could not
extract any DNA.
While on the stand, she said there could
be a number of reasons why no sperm cells
were present -- including heat, humidity
and bacterial issues. When asked by Assis-
tant State Attorney Ashley Albright, she said
those cells could also be absent due to ava-
sectomy.
Mr. McElroy testified later that he had re-


ceived a vasectomy in the 1980s.
But Mr. Scremin went on the attack and
pointed out that those stains could have
been left by someone else. He eluded to a
,r. i. i.t r I. i i-, 's son hosted where it
-.. I i i ,i i. i- that something went
on between the male and female revelers on
the second floor of the barn.
Elizabeth McElroy, 54, said she and her
husband loved both girls and both treated
i. 1 1. I. ii.. ". she said
Mrs. McElroy went on to testify that her
husband "had been around a lot of children
and there's never been any indication of a
problem."
In fact, she went on to state that when the
older girl would still come over to their home
she seemed happy and that she "never saw
any sign that she was being molested."
Mr. McElroy thought so much of this girl
that he gave her a horse. And when that
horse died, he gave her another.
But, he was forced to get rid of that horse
due to an insurance situation.
And that, said Mr. Scremin, made the girl
mad and could very well be a reason for the
accusations against his client.
"She was mad at James because he sold
her horse due to an insurance claim," he
told the jury.
In the end, the jurors weighed the testi-
mony and evidence and after deliberating
for several hours they felt neither supported
the claims against Mr. McElroy. And, after 14
months in the county jail, James McElroy
was set free.


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Missing since Friday.
July 17, 2009
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Alleged gunman arrested in Belle Glade
By Eric Kopp treated at Raulerson Hospital and released. -. i ... ,.i _i r n i ..-
Okeechobee News Keith Johnson, 29, was arrested shortly af- ..i .. .
tAn exhaustive ma t e d ii,. i. .. ... I i .. i .... .. i from the Okeechobee Correctional Institution
An exhaustive manhunt ended Wednes- n 11 1 Oct 22 2007
day in Palm Beach County with the arrest of a ,, ,,, ,,,,,,,. ,L 11 The Department of Corrections (DOC) web
Belie Glade man who was wanted in connec- ...... ..... Te et r r (C)web
Bee ade man who was wanted-in connect ..., ,, I, ,, , ,I ,, I site also indicates that Harris is currently under
tion with the shooting of an Okeechobee man i, ,, , .. I , community supervision.
earlier this month.
earlier this month. posting bond. Detective Van Deman said he was very
than tugene Harris, 26, SW East Place, An Okeechobee man, Byron Bruce Brin- grateful for PBSO's help with the case.
was arrested July 22 in Belle Glade by me- kley, was also arrested in connection with the "We received unprecedented cooperation
bers of the Tactical Street Crimes Unit from the shooting of Mr. Pryor. Brinkley, 29, is charged by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office by
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (PBSO). with principal in the first degree aggravated their tracking this fellow down and catching
Harris, who is still being assault, principal in the first degree -aggra him for us. For that, we're very thankful," he
F-.. .. ,, vated battery and principal in the first degree said.
S 1 .11. ."'.. '1 tampering with evidence. He added that the handgun allegedly used
ed first degree murder. Like Keith Johnson, who is known on the by Harris has not been recovered.
Detective Ted Van De- street as Ki-Ki, Brinkley was booked into the
man, of the Okeechobee stret s oo ked into the
man, of the Okeechobee local jail under a $15,000 bond. And, like Ki-Ki,
r ierifs Office he was released on bond the next day.
1r I at some point Brinkley is also the owner of the Front
Harris will be brought to M Street Cafe.
Okeechobee County Ethan Eugene Detective Van Deman said the apparent
Harris is charged with Harris motive for the shooting of Javaris Johnson was
sooting Javaris Johson in that both he and Brinkley were trying to rent a Nationwide
the back as he rode his motorcycle past the bar. But, when Javaris Johnson was given the iOn YrSde We're in your r
Front Street Cafe on N.E. 13th Ave. According goahead to rent the property Brinkley appear ee in
to Detective Van Deman, as Mr. Johnson rode ngoly became angr opWe're a singl
by Harris stepped out into the street and fired He would not comment on how the two Auto H
at least four shots from a handgun. One of shootings are linked. o h BRISTOL WEST Call me...
those rounds struck him in the back and he re- "There is a connection but I'm not willing
mains paralyzed from the waist down at a hos to say what that connection is," he said Thurs-
pital on the east coast, the detective added. day.
A short time later Tarrance Pryor, a cousin He did say, however, that it was the initial CALL NOW...
of Mr. Johnson, approached Keith Denard shooting by Harris thatcaused thesecnd 863-674-001
Johnson about the shooting. The two men be- shooting. b H t c
gan. I i1, ,, ,:, ,n the A check into Harris' background shows 43N. Bridge St. LaBelle
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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out


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munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Tax Assessments
Some business owners at the City
Iiin-ril m.-ctin" -jid if they have to pay an
r I I, ,,,. II 1. I, ,: to pay one for their
hlncinore the" n Ir hnine rlnlnle t?.ed Itwas
.I .... ll. ll. 1_.. ..r. .r I up by
percentage of calls to residents and business
types. The study done by the group shows
there is a small percentage of injuries at
businesses and they are taxed accordingly.
S One argument
is "I have a
Warehouse
that sits with
no one in it."
The stuff that
is in the ware-
house had to
be delivered
by someone
and unloaded
by people. What happens when one of
them gets hurt while doing that work at the
warehouse? No ambulance should respond
there? I don't think so. That is why the per-
centage is smaller. Even churches call for
ambulances, I've heard it on the scanner.
The cost may be passed on to the member-
ship of a church, but should not be carried
by all residents. Yes bigger churches will
have to pay more tax, but big church usu-
ally means a bigger congregation to share
the cost.

Day of the Cowboy
Please come out and try the great bar-
becue, there will be some great teams out
there!

Impact fees
More information about Impact fees.
Studies are showing no increase in construc-
tion if they are taken aw; .... .
that impact fees can be .. .1 ..
taxes. So it makes no sense to get rid of the
fee.


About the impact fees, I would say it is
a good idea to suspend impact fees on build-
ing things that bring in new jobs, like some


more housing. We already have a lot of va
cant housing in this county. We don't need
them to build more housing until there is an
actual need for it, or it will be even harder to
sell what is already vacant. If they want to
build housing they should keep paying the
in,.-.-t f I. I .-.n't I I-.. t- _..I- th .,

one wants to buy right now anyway.
Okeechobee County was so late in fi-

h i _-,1 I'i, -. ,, I i1 TI .. ,,,r,
let the developers just do what they wanted
and it hurt the county for a long time while
a few individuals got rich. I hope they hold
out against the ones trying to get rid of the
impact fees.

Consolidate the
fire departments?
Here are some figures to consider. City
Fire Budget 1.1 million or roughly $1375 a
call. County Fire Rescue budget 4 million or
roughly $727 a call. County Fire rescue re-
sponds with a minimum 4 men to all struc-
ture fires inside city limits. City fire responds
with a minimum 2 men to all structure fires
outside of the city limits but within 2 miles
automatically and will send them out further.
City fire budget 1.1 million plus new EMS tax
on city residents
and business
approximately
300,000 for a to-
tal of 1.4 million.
Cost of EMS tax
and fire tax to
city residents and
businesses ap-
proximately 800,000 a savings of roughly
600,000 to city residents and business if we
have consolidation. The way the two depart-
ments work together consolidation has al-
ready taken place just not the savings.

Drunk driving
If you want to get drunks off the road,
put deputies at the bars when they get out.
Be there at 2 a.m. and get them right there as
they leave the parking lot.


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Fire/rescue
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue is a
three station department that operates with
31 full time Firefigher-Paramedics and 5
full time Firefighter EMTs. We have one fire
chief, one deputy cl-i :f ,n I -, i' tr j it. -. f
ficer/fire inspector. .* -1 1-. .... .. ..
5,383 calls last year. Around 85% of these
calls were for EMS, this is the way that the
fire service has expanded and grown over
the last ten to fifteen years. When the alarm
goes off, whether it be fire or EMS, we take
the call and that is who we are for that par-
ticular incident. We are here to give the best
service possible to this community, whether
you are a city or county resident.
Going to a per residence assessment
for EMS services is not new. Glades County
started doing that about 20 years ago. When
you have a low tax base and aren't bringing
in enough ad valorem taxes to provide ser-
vices, you have to do something to bring in
money or else you have to cut services.
I want to respond to the comment that
the retirees can't afford to pay the EMS tax. It
seems to me that the older folks are the ones
who are the most likely to need the EMS ser-
vices. If we can't find a way to fund it, they
are the ones who will be hurt the most. This
is something they should be fighting for in-
stead of complaining about having to pitch
in to help pay for it.

Jail
About these allegations about the fe-
male inmate at the jail, they are acting like
this is the first time anything like this has
ever happened and making a big deal out
of it. This kind of stuff is not that unusual. I
know. I am woman and I have spent time
in jail.
A Congressman or Senator or even the
president can do the same thing the detec-
tive did and they don't do anything to them.
Why fire him?

Health care
I would like to make a comment about
President Obama's health care plan. They
are trying to run everything by the govern-
ment, like communist Russia. Also the taxes
on tobacco and firearm shells and this and
that. We are going to be so healthy in this
country, it's like fattening the old pig for
slaughter. We're going to be so healthy and
then we're going to get nuked.


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Budget deficit
I like the sheriff but there is a budget
deficit that he has to address. I have noticed
several new vehicles at the sheriff's depart-
ment. They don't need brand new vehicles.
On top of that, they need to put two cops
in every car, instead of one cop in each car.
That would save gas and it would be safer.

OUA
The OUA has a lot of waste going on.
They let people take vehicles home when
there is no need for that. And they buy new
vehicles when they don't need ones.
The head of the OUA is a good man and

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Used car
I purchased a used vehicle from a busi-
ness in Okeechobee eight months ago. My
vehicle has been in the shop four times. The
first three times it was covered under the
warranty. The last time will cost me $750.
While I was at the shop, someone else
brought in a car from the same dealer. So let
the buyer beware.

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ing in, they wouldn't have that problem. And
if you travel out of the country you should
have all of your shots so you are up to date
and so you don't bring something back with
you. They should not let immigrants come
in without a health check. When they used
to come in Ellis Island the immigrants used
to have a health check and have a sponsor,
as well as some job skills.

Traffic laws
I find it interesting how many stories in
the paper start out that they stop a driver for
a traffic offense and then find drugs or else
the driver is wanted on a felony warrant. The
realbenefittocopse ri ,,. ir in 1,, .r
breaks any traffic law, it gives the cop the
reason to stop the car and check the license.
Then they find out the person is wanted for
something else and snag them. And you
would think people who have drugs in the
car or who are wanted for other crimes
would be very careful how they drive, but
they don't. They aren't that smart.


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July 24, 2009

Letter to the Editor

Local pilots honored
I was pleased to speak at the Kiwanis
Club about a booklet that I am preparing of
the pilots that flew into and out of the local
airport during the last century. Most of this
activity started after World War II, as pilots
and servicemen returned. Many use the GI
bill of rights to pay for instructions to fly at
that time.
In a letter to the Okeechobee News, 1
requested the information in the first para-
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lage that was to especially honor Hildrey
(Buster) Harmon Christopher. The Airport
Terminal was named to honor him in 1998.
I was overwhelmed with the response, too
many to include in the collage that will hang
in the local terminal. Instead, the large pic-
ture will be entirely about "Buster" and the
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published to be sold at a reasonable price,
believing that information about our local


history should be made affordable. I am
choosing a charity to donate the proceeds of
the this booklet.
There a couple of corrections that need
to be mentioned ... . il.. ii,. .*
titled, "Kiwanis Hc r 1 1 I ..1 i, I.i,
22, in the Okeechobee News:
"Cotton" Hodges was the pilot that en-
tertained us with his aerobatic stunts in his
"Pitts Special" bi-plane. Both the aircraft and
Cotton were made for that sport and he won
many top awards for his skill.
Two deputies from the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Department were flying in
the plane the night on Nov. 8, 1991 when
"Skip" Bryant died. Henry Hancock was the
pilot and he barely survived the accident,
then repeatedly dived searching for Skip in
the choppy black water until the rescue boat
arrived.
Let me also mention that a colorful sign
has been placed on the entrance road leading
to the Okeechobee County Airport, naming
it in memory of another one of the respected


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Sheriff's Youth Camp
Major Noel Stephen, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, took care of the
hot work Friday by preparing hot dogs and hamburgers for 45-50 youngsters,
ages 8-14, who took part in the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Youth Camp. The
camp was held at Okeechobee High School July 13-17. Prior to lunch, the camp-
ers spent the bulk of the morning in the Sports Complex swimming pool.


Community Calendar


Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669
meets at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible
approach to losing weight and becoming
a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For
information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
932-8677.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W
Second St. It will be an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St. It
will be an open speaker meeting.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a
weekly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous
(OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue on Fridays,
6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th Street entrance.)


Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet
club. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins.
The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop eating compulsively. For more
information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or
863-697-0206.

Saturday
Ballroom dancing in Okeechobee A
group class in ballroom dancing is being of-
fered in Okeechobee at Church of Our Sav-
iour Parrish Hall, 200 N.W Third Street on
Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. The cost for
the hour lesson is $10. Private instructions
are also available. Come and enjoy the fun
with or without a partner. For more informa-
tion call 772-794-9040.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.


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collision (not his fault) on Sept 11, 2000 at
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one year before the 9/11 "Twin Towers" ca-
tastrophe in New York City. Stay tuned for
the booklet I mentioned earlier for intriguing
details on these coincidental facts.
I am almost ready to go to print with the
booklet and appreciate all of you that as-
sisted me in this project. A special thanks to:
Jim Hendrix, Dowling Watford, my husband,
Sonny, and to Judge W.L. Hendry, the "real"
historian for our area.
Sincerely,
Betty C. Williamson


Pet of the Week
Red, a young female Curr dog, pos-
sible chow mix. She's a wonderful
family house pet waiting for the right
family to adopt her. Adoption fee in-
cludes spay, vaccination, rabies vac-
cine $135. Come meet our "furkids"
at 1203 Hwy 98 N. daycare rescue
shelter. Humane Society Pet Rescue
no kill policy rescue. Hours of oper-
ation are: Tuesdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.;
Wednesday noon to 5 p.m.; Thurs-
day, Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Sunday, Monday and holidays
closed to the public.




Sunday
AA. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at
the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third
St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30
until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior,
200 N.W Third St.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to
1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church,
200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at
9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited. For information
or to schedule an appearance for your
organization or group, contact Marge
Skinner at 863-532-0449.


Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Scattered showers and thunder-
storms after noon. Partly cloudy, with a high
near 93. Heat index values as high as 101.
Calm wind becoming southeast around 5
mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tonight: Scattered showers and thun-
derstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 72. South southwest wind
around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of
precipitation is 30%.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: Scattered showers and thun-
derstorms after noon. Partly cloudy, with
a high near 92. Calm wind becoming east
southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipi-
tation is 50%.
Saturday Night: Scattered showers and
thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 72. Southeast wind
around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of
precipitation is 40%.
Sunday: A 50 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly
cloudy, with a high near 92. Calm wind.

Lotteries
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Numbers drawn Thursday, Cash 3: 1-6-5;
Play 4: 2-7-8-5.


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Registration now open for fall semester at IRSC


Registration is now under way for the
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for a brighter future.


"We encourage students to come in
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and for assistance planning their program
of study. Students who register early miss
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West and Okeechobee. For more informa-
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Jobless rate still in double digits


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Close to 200 more Okeechobee residents
filed for unemployment benefits in June, ac
cording to the latest unemployment report
released by the State.
There was 12 percent unemployment in
Okeechobee County with 2,209 people fil-
ing for benefits in June. That compared to
10.9 percent in May, when 2,019 filed for
benefits.
One year ago Okeechobee had 7.7 per-
cent unemployment. There were 1,390 peo-
ple on the jobless line last year.
There were 26,214 people employed in
Okeechobee County last month. There were


16,581 employed in June, 2008.
Neighboring Glades County had 10.1 per-
cent unemployment with 494 people receive
ing benefits in June. In May there was 8.7
percent unemployment with 440 people on
the jobless line.
Glades County had 7.2 percent unem-
ployment in June, 2008.
The state rate was 10.9 percent, an in
crease of nearly 8/10th of a point from May
levels. The national unemployment rate was
9.7 percent.
Around the area Martin County had 11.2
percent unemployment, Palm Beach County
11.1 percent, Hendry County 13 percent, St.
Lucie County 14.1 percent, and Highlands
County 10.4 percent.


Community Events


Church to host kids fun day
Cornerstone Baptist Church will host Cor-
nerstone Kids, on Friday, July 24. It will be a
fun and learning time for kids ages 5-15. The
fun starts at 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The church is
located at U.S. 441 North at McArthur Dairy.

VA to host local
outpatient clinic
The Dept of Veterans Affairs and
Okeechobee Community Based Outpatient
Clinic will be hosting an Open House on Sat-
urday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at
the Okeechobee Community Based Outpa-
tient Clinic, 1201 N. Parrott Ave. All veterans
are invited. Staff will be available to assist
with healthcare and benefit questions. The
County Veterans Service Officer will be avail-
able to answer VA benefit questions. Regis-
tration and enrollment in VA Healthcare
will be conducted. Veterans who have been
previously denied due to excess income are
encouraged to reapply. Refreshments will
be provided. For further information contact
the VA Clinic at 863-824-3232 or the County
Veterans Service Office at 863-763-8124.

Orchid Club and
Garden Club To Meet
The Okeechobee Orchid Society will
meet on Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at the
Extension Office, 451 Highway 98 N. The
topic will be show and tell. Bring your fa-


vorite orchid or one with a problem you'd
like help with. The Garden Club will meet
at 6:00pm. Horticultural Agent Dan Culbert
will do a presentation on Rose Basics. For
more information call the Extension Office
at 863-763-6469.

Community Collaborative
Council meeting set
The Community Collaborative Council
of the Okeechobee County Shared Services
Network will conduct their monthly meeting
on Tuesday, July 28, at 10 a.m. in the board
room of the Okeechobee School Board Of-
fice. The purpose of the meeting is to allow
the community to identify issues, collaborate
and share information regarding services for
children and families. Guest speakers for this
meeting will be Lyle Fried of Okeechobee
Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless and
Mitch Smeykal of the Okeechobee County
Health Dept. The public is invited to attend.
For more information, please call Sharon
Vinson at 863-462-5000.


Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
H, i, Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
',.- Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Anthony Brown, 45, N.W. 12th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 17 by Detec
tive John Zeigler on charges of robbery and
battery. His bond was set at $15,000.
Amanda Williams, 28, Lake Arjaro,
West Palm Beach, was arrested July 20 by
Deputy Max Waldron on a warrant charging
her with violation of probation sale or de-
livery of a controlled substance and violation
of probation -possession of cocaine with in
tent to sell. She is being held without bond.
Lasabria Shatonia Brown, 26, N.E.
16th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July
20 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging her
with felony petit theft. Her bond was set at
$2,500.
Debrah Ann Spurlock, 54, N.E. Seventh
Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested July 21 by
Deputy Max Waldron on a warrant charging
her with driving under the influence. Her
bond was set at $500.
Ervey Ponce, 25, N.E. Fourth St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 21 by Deputy
Cpl. Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging
him with the felony of violation of probation
- driving while license suspended. He was
released on his own recognizance.
Glenn Curtis Lamb III, 27, S. Tucker
Ridge, Okeechobee, was arrested July 21 by
Deputy Marcus Collier on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with violation
of probation possession of alprazolam. He
is being held without bond.
Jacie Ray Rollins, 26, N.E. Fifth Trail,
was arrested July 22 by Officer Phillip Ed-
dings on an Okeechobee County warrant
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Toni Joy Brown, 30, N.E. 104th Court,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 22 by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felo-
ny charge of possession of cocaine. She was
also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of
possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond
was set at $6,000.
Terry Franklin Bast, 53, S.W Third Ave.,
was arrested July 22 by Officer Ryan Holroyd
on an Okeechobee County warrant charging
him with driving under the influence with
priors. His bond was set at $2,500.
Byron Bruce Brinkley, 30, N.E. 15th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 22 by Depu-
ty Yamil Astacio on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with accessory after
the fact. His bond was set at $2,500.
Christopher Wayne Moats, 29, N.W
32nd Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested July
22 by Deputy Dale Hardy on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with violation
of probation -obtaining a controlled sub
stance by fraud (two counts). He is being
held without bond.
This column lists arrests and not con
evictions, unless otherwise stated Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper The
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for the utilities so the livestock show would
not have to request a wavier each year.
It was the consensus of the board to look
at such a funding mechanism for next year
when they plan the new budget.
In the mean time, commissioners unani-
mously voted to pay this year's utility bill.
The agenda item called for the utility bill
to be funded from the commissioners pro-
motion fund. Deputy county administrator
Robbie Chartier informed the board that
that fund was broke. County Administrator
Lyndon Bonner said he would find another
source for the $1,500 utility bill.
Commissioners received a mobility study
report that was prepared by the Florida
Department of Transportation and Florida
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DeSoto counties and the cites of Pahokee,
South Bay and Belle Glade. The study, which
started several years ago, looks at options for

sion of the report the board approved a letter
of support for the study.
In addition, Lyn Topal of FHREDI gave
a follow up report on the presentation she


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noted that he owns a warehouse where no
one works. However, under the proposed
system he would pay an EMS assessment
for that building.
"I don't feel the churches should pay as-
sessments," was the opinion of Rev. Randy
Huckabee, pastor of First Baptist Church. He
said church members and members of oth-
er nonprofit organizations would already be
" -n n r."-"m. .nt -n th.ir r. idences.
i-ll .. .11 i, I h 11 I -r for Raul-
erson Hospital, stated that the hospital never
uses county fire/rescue ambulances to trans-
port patients. They use a private ambulance
service. Yet the hospital would have to pay
the assessment.
"I don't want to pay for something I won't
use," Mr. Casian added.
County administrator Lyndon Bonner
stated that funding for EMS services has
come from landfill host fees in the past.
"It is diminishing. It will continue to di-
minish," he said of that fund.
He said the assessment "appeared the
most equitable method," of funding EMS
services.
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue Chief
Nick Hopkins said that each ambulance run
cost an average of $777. That figure was de-
rived by taking the total cost of EMS service
for a year and dividing that number by the
number of times they took someone to the
hospital.
Mr. Bonner noted that a significant por-
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runs more calls than any other fire depart-
ment in the area. "We need more people to


gave at the last board meeting about her
organization's effort to secure a grant for
internet service for the area. She said that
a professional engineer is currently looking
over drawings of the proposed fiber optic
network that would provide internet service
to the cities of the area. The estimated cost
is $ 72 m illio n I1. ,I..1 1. .I . *** .. . I
Ms. Topal saio II.. a 1I ..,. .. 11, -..1
she would be soliciting in kind donations
from local governments in the form of the
use of public rights of way to run the cable.
The project would have to be completed in
three years. During that time Ms. Topal said
150 to 300 people would be employed to
work on the project.
During the public comment time con-
cerned citizen Charles Brown protested pro-
posed cuts to the sheriff's budget. Richard
Thompson of the Okeechobee Association
of Public Safety was more specific in his
protest. He objected to the proposed cost
saving measure of parking patrol cars after
midnight. Mr. Thompson also expressed his
appreciation of Okeechobee County Fire/
Rescue Chief Nick Hopkins' efforts on the
proposed EMS assessment. L.P. Aliff of S.E.
27th Avenue complained of the overgrowth
in the lot next to his house that generated
rats and snakes. Commissioner Hoover
agreed to investigate this complaint.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


handle the number of calls," he said.
Councilman Lowery Markham was not
convinced. It's a quick fix for money," was
his opinion. "This amount of money is stag-
gering."
Upon learning that firemen doubled as
ambulance crewmen, Mr. Markham said that
there should be separate crews for fire and
for EMS services. "If we did not have dual
certification, potentially we would have a lot
more than 35 employees," was Mr. Bonner's
response.
Currently fire/rescue has 35 employees
to cover all shifts and all stations. These em-
ployees do double duty as firefighters and
ambulance crewmen.
Councilman Dowling Watford noted that
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Everything must be approved by Sept. 15, in
order for the assessment to appear on the
next tax bill.
City administrator Brian Whitehall said
that it would take a significant amount of
research to examine other options and that
there was not time to do the research with
the time constraints involved. He suggested
participation in the assessment for one year
while alternatives are researched.
"I do not think it is fair to assess com-
mercial properties," Mr. Watford said. "I am
being penalized because I have a home, a
business and attend church, I am paying
three times. That's not fair." According to
Mr. Watford's calculations, if the commer-
cial category were eliminated and the as-
sessment were placed strictly on residential
property, the first year of the assessment
would be $95. The proposed rate for resi-
dential structures is $74 per dwelling. Com-
mercial and warehouse property, including
churches and other nonprofit organizations,
would be assessed according to the size of
the building.


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Murder case leaves many questions unanswered


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
GLADES COUNTY-When an empty
Busch beer can is unearthed it's normally
no big deal. However, when it's next to the
bones of a murdered man it immediately
takes on a whole new meaning.
On Aug. 21, 2007, the skeletal remains of
Davronjon Bakeev were unearthed near a
barn behind a mobile home in Muse, which
is in western Glades County. That home was
occupied by his sister-in-law, his estranged
wife and her lover. When investigators found
the man's body, they also found duct tape,
remnants of a black garbage bag, a spent
9mm shell casing and an empty Busch beer
can.
The beer can was so important that when
it came time for court it couldn't be found
on the evidence list. In fact, law enforcement
and state prosecutors kept it a secret because
they thought it could be a key in convicting
Bakeev's killer.
While that beer can could be linked to the
man accused of the crime, it wasn't enough
to convict him.
On Aug. 28, 2007, Jessy Wayne Castelucci
was arrested in Salem, Ohio, and charged
with killing Bakeev. He was returned to
Glades County where he was to stand trial.
But, after a one-day trial, Castelucci was ac-
quitted.
That acquittal has law enforcement in-
vestigators crying foul; a juror saying they
couldn't find the evidence; and, a prosecutor
saying the state did the best it could.
"I talked to the state attorney in Fort Myers
and he said the number two man in the office
went over the case with the assistant state at-
torney and they felt like it was a weak case,"
said Glades County Sheriff Stuart Whiddon.
"I could pretty much tell they weren't going
to go with the case-no matter what. I told
(GCSO) Captain Daryl Lewis and the inves-
tigators they could go to the judge if they
wanted to, but it wasn't going anywhere."
He was right.
According to a report by Special Agent
Vaden S. Pollard, of the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Bakeev was re-
ported missing on Nov. 23, 2002. The report
goes on to state that Bakeev was summoned
to that mobile home by his estranged wife,
Hadassah Bakeev.
Little did he know that Hadassah and
Castelucci had allegedly entered into a "con-
tract" to kill him. According to court files, Ha-
dassah agreed to give her current boyfriend
a vehicle if he would kill the father of her
children.
Bakeevwent to Muse to meet with Hadas-
sah. When he got to the double wide mobile
home he knocked on the door, and it was
answered by Tabitha Labay Hadassah's
sister.
Bakeev, an immigrant from Uzbekistan
and a Muslim, removed his shoes, as is the
custom of the Muslim faith, and entered the
home. Once inside he sat down on the couch
and engaged in conversation. In his report,
Agent Pollard stated that while Bakeev was
seated on the couch he was attacked from
behind by Castelucci and placed in a choke
hold. The state's case claims Bakeev, who
stood 6-foot-5 and weighed well over 200


pounds, pulled the much smaller Castelucci
over the couch and to the floor. Once the
two men were on the floor Hadassah tried
to control her husband's legs and feet while
Castelucci continued to choke Bakeev, con-
tinued Special Agent Pollard.
At this point, Labay apparently went to
her room and grabbed a 9 mm handgun and
returned to the front room where the three
people were thrashing around on the floor.
She reportedly told the FDLE agent she tried
to shoot Bakeev but the gun wouldn't fire.
She reportedly then gave the gun to Caste-
lucci and he shot Bakeev in the back of the
neck, continued the report.
Court records indicate that Castelucci
then grabbed a black plastic garbage bag
and put it around Bakeev's head and then,
with the help of Hadassah, wrapped the
body in an area rug. Castelucci reportedly
retrieved a chain from a four-wheel drive
pickup truck and wrapped the chain around
the dead man's feet. He then used the truck
to drag Bakeev's lifeless body to the back of
the property.
The couple then dug a makeshift grave
and dumped Bakeev's body into the grave,
state court records. Castelucci, while ap-
parently taking a breather, then drank a can
of Busch beer. When finished, he allegedly
threw the can into the grave with the body.
He and Hadassah then filled in the grave
and sat an old air conditioner on top of it,
court records indicate.
The murder case turned cold until Aug. 15,
2007, when the FDLE received a tip from the
Boundary County Sheriff's Office in Bound-
ary, Idaho. Glades County court records indi-
cate that Teresa Winebark told a deputy with
that sheriff's office that her sister, Labay, had
"confessed" to killing Bakeev.
The case was reopened and assigned to
GCSO Detective Sergeant Mike Pepitone.
After interviewing Labay and Hadassah,
Sgt. Pepitone along with Detective Sergeant
Steve Harris, Capt. Lewis and other investi-
gators began the laborious process of try-
ing to find Bakeev's body. After four days of
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shoeless body were exposed-along with a
black garbage bag, spent 9 mm shell casing
and a beer can.
Because Bakeev had been shot at such
close range, the spent shell was lodged in his
clothing-unbeknownst to the killers.
On Aug, 28, 2007, Castelucci, then 25,
was arrested and brought back to Florida to
stand trial.
After his first trial was declared a mistrial,
Castelucci was scheduled to be retried on
Oct. 1, 2008. After a trial that took just one
day, the alleged killer was found not guilty.
"We all knew in our hearts that he was
guilty, but the state did nothing to show he
did it," said a female juror who asked to re-
main anonymous. "We had no choice. We
could not find the evidence. It was ridicu-
lous."
No evidence?
Thousands of photographs, videos of the
excavation of the body and the recovery of
the 9mm bullet that went through Bakeev's
neck were never shown to the jury. Although


Courtesy photo/Glades County Sheriff's Office
After five years, the bones of murdered Davronjon Bakeev were unearthed be-
hind a Muse mobile home. Jessy Wayne Castelucci was accused of committing
the 2002 murder, but was acquitted at his October 2008 trial.


Special Agent Pollard testified, no one from
the GCSO was called to the stand. And it was
those investigators who found the body and
recovered the bullet from an air conditioning
vent under the floor of the trailer. Sgt. Pepi-
tone and Sgt. Harris took videos of their cut-
ting up the floor and finding the bullet, but
neither was called to testify
According to the juror, "we were picked,
had lunch, had opening arguments then
came in the following day." The trial began
and ended that day.
"I was flabbergasted how quickly every-
thing went," she said.
Dennis Wallace, who prosecuted the case,
is no longer with the state attorney's office.
On May 29, 2009, he went into private prac-
tice with a law firm in Punta Gorda. When
contacted, he declined to comment since he
is no longer a prosecutor.
But his second chair, Dan Feinberg, did
comment-even though it was Mr. Wallace
who put on the state's case.
"We put on the evidence we had-all
the witnesses we felt would help put on our
case. When you're through, you're through,"
said Mr. Feinberg in a phone interview on
July 13. "We were well prepared for what
we had and we called all the witnesses we
had to prove the case. He was found not
guilty due to a lack of evidence, not a lack of
preparation."
Part of that evidence was testimony from
a cell mate of Castelucci's.
Joseph Alain Forpomes, who was in jail
on a weapons charge, contacted Sgt. Pepi-
tone with some damning information. He
reportedly told the GCSO detective that
Castelucci told him about killing Bakeev
then burying him. But before he covered the
body, he stood by the grave and drank a can
of Busch beer. When finished, he tossed the
can into the grave next to Bakeev.
That tidbit was never mentioned, mean-
ing only one person knew about the beer
can-Castelucci.
Armed with that information and feeling
good about their chance for a conviction, Mr.
Wallace put Forpomes on the witness stand.
But, the jury apparently didn't consider him
a credible witness or didn't feel the informa-
tion was strong enough to convict Castelucci
of second degree murder.
Labay's trial was slated to start Feb. 9,
2009, but before the trial got under way she
entered into a plea deal with the state. Labay,
34, entered a plea to a charge of accessory


after the fact and received a prison stint of
10 years.
Then, just six days before her trial was
to start, Hadassah Bakeev entered into her
own deal with the state. On May 19, 2009,
she pleaded guilty to obstruction and abuse
of a human corpse and was sentenced to five
years in prison and six years probation.
According to Sheriff Whiddon, those
pleas are a good indication of their involve-
ment in Bakeev's murder and that they, too,
got off easy.
"Common sense tells me I'm not nnino
to plea to a day if I didn't do it," .i rI .,I
Whiddon.
Mr. Feinberg said a lot of the case was
based on codefendant testimony and "unless
you agree to testify none of it can be used
against each other."
"A deal was made with Tabitha to testify
truthfully against Hadassah but when we took
her deposition she recanted her testimony,"
explained Mr. Feinberg. "She said she was
on drugs and didn't remember. Then, we got
stuck in the same situation with Hadassah-
we were in the same case as with Castelucci.
If the jail inmate had been proven credible
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that the case is based on codefendant testi-
mony and when an arrest is made based on
that testimony then "you're stuck with the
circumstance you have." He added that the
evidence was also limited.
"That's the best I can say for how the case
was handled and how it came out," added
the homicide prosecutor.
Of that beer can, Mr. Feinberg said that
was something known only by the perpe-
trator and that possibly it wasn't stressed
enough to the jury.
"I just don't think it was hit home," he
said. "That was probably the only objective
detail we had to work with."
Still, investigators feel that more could
have been done by the state and they are
now left scratching their heads as they try
to figure out why no GCSO detectives were
called to the stand, and how can a murder
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he was disappointed in how the case was
handled at trial. When asked if Mr. Wallace
could have done more, the sheriff hesitated
and then answered as diplomatically as pos-
sible: "Well, I never saw a murder trial go in
one day."


Okeechobee News


July 24, 2009








Okeechobee county impact fees remain in effect


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Developers who had hoped to get a break
on impact fees are going to be disappointed.
As it stands now, county impact fees will re-
main in effect along with City of Okeecho-
bee and Okeechobee County School Board
impact fees.
Impact fees are paid by developers to off-
set the effects of their projects on the infra-
structure. Okeechobee County impact fees
are earmarked for roads, corrections, and
EMS/fire.
As a result of action taken by Okeecho-
bee County Commissioners at their July 25
meeting, impact fees will not be waived. As


he had been instructed at the last meeting,
county attorney John Cassels drafted a pro-
posed ordinance that would suspend impact
fees for six months.
But commissioners were divided on the
issue.
"We are being short sighted," was the
opinion of Commissioner Joey Hoover.
He said the idea was not thought out well
enough and was unfair to those who re-
cently paid impact fees. He suggested a 12
month phase out period for impact fees.
"The economy would make it more rea-
sonable not to do away with it," was the
opinion of Commissioner Ray Domer. "I
just don't think it is fair to the people of the
county as a whole."


Commissioner Clif Betts had different
thoughts. He noted that ad valorem taxes
paid on new construction would be paid into
the future. He thought possible increased
ad valorem taxes would outweigh what he
called the "quick fix" of impact fees.
"If it gets anything moving it helps every-
body," he added.
Since Commissioner Noel Chandler was
absent, Commissioner Betts suggested that,
on such an important issue, the vote be
postponed until the entire board could vote
on it. He noted that the required advertised
public hearing had already been held and
the board could delay the vote. However,
that delay that did not happen.
Commissioner Domer made a motion


not to impose a moratorium. Commissioner
Hoover seconded the motion.
The vote was tied 2-2 with Commission-
ers Betts and Margaret Helton voting against
the motion. As the result of the tie, the mo-
tion died and the present policy remains in
effect.
The Okeechobee City Council at their
July 21 meeting declined to take action on
a request to suspend or reduce impact fees.
School officials have said they have no inten-
tion of reducing or suspending their impact
fees.
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City council rejects request to suspend impact fees


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Whatever action the county takes con-
cerning impact fees, construction projects in
the city will still pay the fees.
After listening to a request at their July
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im p i II-. .i.. ., Council
took no action on the matter.
Tara Minton of the Economic Council
of Okeechobee read into the record a let-
ter from the economic council's board of
directors supporting temporary suspension
and/or substantial reduction of impact fees.
The board felt this action would encourage
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IT .i .i i.,is time I don't think
would be right," stated councilman Lowery
Markham, noting that the council had stud-
ied the issue a long time before adopting the
fees.
Ms. Minton was asked if the economic
council had any information that indicated
suspending impact fees would improve the
economy. "No," was her reply. "We have
not done extensive research."
"There is a need for impact fees, but the
situation has changed," asserted contractor
Mark Brandel. "We're about jobs."
He noted that major contractors are going
out of business and that no counties have
suspended impact fees for long enough to
tell how it would affect the economy.


"If there ever was a need for an impact
fee, it's now," stated Mayor Jim Kirk. "Build-
ers should pay their way even more now in
a bad economy."
With no discussion the council passed a
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ting a crime. City attorney John Cook stated
that the major change was substituting the
words "clear and convincing evidence" in
place of "probable cause" and was made
necessary because of a recent court deci-
sion.
The council declined to take action on
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in a mobile home park. The consensus of
the board was that the owner of the mobile
home should be the one requesting the per-
mit.
Terry Burroughs of Okeechobee Main
Street gave the council a report on the Na-
tional Day of the Cowboy which is coming
up July 25. He said Senator Bill Nelson and
Congressman Tom Rooney will be attend-
ing and the event will be filmed by National
Geographic.
The request to permit liquor sales on
Sunday at Cowboys BBQ & Steak Co. was
withdrawn from the agenda.
The mayor proclaimed the month of Au-
gust to be Firefighter Appreciation Month in
the city. He also recognized city clerk Lane
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forcement board, firefighter Glenn Hodges
for 15 years' service to the city and Allison
Murphy for serving on the code enforce-
ment board.
In other action, the council:
approved a Declaration of Covenants,
Conditions and Restrictions pertaining to
First Baptist Church parking requirements;
awarded a base bid for the city hall
vertical lift to Southeast Elevator, Inc., in the
amount of $18,960 and awarded an alter-
nate bid for the vertical chair lift to Lozano
Builders, LLC in the amount of $13,910.40
for a total bid of $32,870.40;


ratified the appointment of Kevin Bar-
bour to the General Employee/OUA Pension
Board;
appointed Jim Pippin to the code en-
forcement board; and,
approved a tentative millage rate of
7.9634 and approved a budget calendar
consisting of a budget workshop at 5 p.m.
on Aug. 18, a second 1 I I workshop, ii
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Okeechobee News


How does your garden grow?


Keeping Okeechobee 'Green'
By Dan Culbert, horticultural
agent
UF/IFAS Extension Office
Your local Extension Office offers a col-
umn for local gardeners, and we depend on
folks sending us questions. This week we
received very few questions-maybe it's be-
cause people are too busy mowing in their
Florida yard, keeping up with all mosquitoes,
or just keeping the kids busy now that school
is out. Please send "I' emn qpo ti'n' ' we
can continue to I ..1 ....I I ... ,,, the
Green."
Dead Bay
I live up by Fort Drum and have noticed
that a bunch of trees nearby my property
have turned brown overnight. I'm not sure
what kind of trees they are; they are not pine
trees or oaks. What can Ido to stop our trees
from dying? Larry
Thanks for your question. I would nor-
mally ask a caller to bring in a sample to ID
the problem, but I'm pretty sure since you are
from the northern part of our county, that the
tree you are loosing is called the Red Bay or
Bay Oak. We have recently had many of these
native trees dying in your area.
Unfortunately, our county has been added
to the list of places that are now reporting a
new disease called Laurel Wilt. It is spread
from one tree to another by a very small
beetle, the Red Bay Ambrosia Beetle. This
complex of a fast moving fungus and a small
boring beetle is spread by moving infected, in-

News in Brief

Sports complex
summer pool hours
The sports complex pool has begun sum-
mer hours. Hours from until Aug. 23, will be
from 10-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1
to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and from 6-8 p.m. on
Tuesday and Thursday nights. From Aug. 24,
through Oct. 31, pool hours will be from 3-6
p.m. from Tuesday through Friday, 10-5 p.m.
on Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The
pool will be closed on Monday. The pool will
also offer senior water exercise classes from
May 6-Sept.30. The classes will be held on
Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until
10:45. The cost is $1.50 per class.


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fested yard trash or firewood long distances.
The same pests will also affect Avocado trees,
so watch out for them too.
Once the tree is infected, it will die. Dead
trees should be chipped on-site. The pile
of mulch should be left in place to prevent
spread. If you have a healthy Red Bay tree that
you want to save, there is a preventative fun-
gicide that can be injected into the tree, but
since it is very expensive, it would have to be
a valuable part of your Florida Yard to have
this treatment applied. This treatment is not
available for Avocado trees because they have
edible fruit.
I wrote a column, "Bye bye Red Bays" last
November. You can read it online at our home
page and see pictures of the beetle, infected
trees and get more updated information. The
important thing to know is, don't move infect-
ed firewood, period.
Unknown New Tree
I recently found a volunteer tree that sud-
denly appeared in the middle of my pasture.
It has a curious compound leaf and seemed
to grow a foot taller each week! I'm worried
that this might be a new invasive weed and
should be removed Can you identify what it
is and if it should be removed7 Willard


Willard-thank your for your question! I
took a look at the ...II.. .. brought in to
our office and thought I knew what it was, but
to be sure I sent off some pictures using our
Distance Diagnostic and Identification System
(DDIS) to the UF Plant Identification Lab in
Gainesville. They confirmed my suspicion
that your new tree is a Winged Sumac, Rhus
copallinum. While this is a poison ivy and
Brazilian Pepper relative, it is not a problem
plant, and may actually be a valuable source
of seed food for winter birds. (Since yours is a
juvenile tree, it probably won't flower or pro-
duce seed this year.) It can grow up to 20 feet
tall and will drop its leaves in winter. Winged
Sumac is known as a "pioneer species," one
of the first trees to start moving a pasture into
a forest. They do not live that long and would
not compete well with other trees. You can
enjoy it or cut it down as you see fit.
America's Flower
I've always been fascinated with Roses.
I've heard that they are hard to grow here,
but I've had good success with them. Are
there other gardeners out there that are inter-
ested in sharing their successes and enthusi-
asm for roses?- Rosie
I'm glad that you have learned some ba-
sic things about growing "America's Flower"
here in our area and are interested in sharing
this information with others. Okeechobee
has a very informal Garden Club that meets
on the fourth Monday night of the month. I'll
put the word out that anyone interested in set-
ting up a, "Rose Society" here in town should
come out to the Garden cub, 6 p.m. on Mon-


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on basic rose care that evening, and we can
gauge if there is enough interest in having a
regular get together to learn more about this
plant.
In the meantime, for other gardeners that
want to get beyond the thorns and smell the
flowers, why not take a look at my archived
news article, "The Queen of Flowers." It was
published in May 2008, and can still be seen
on our County Extension website. It goes over
some basic information of rootstock selection
and disease management, the keys to success
with rose growing in Florida.
Send your garden question by fax (863-763-
5901), email (okeenews@newszap.com) or
just drop it off at the Okeechobee News office
at (107 S.W 17th St. Suite D, Okeechobee, FL
34974). The University of Florida Okeecho-
bee County Extension office will pick out
questions that would be of greatest interest
to local residents and publish brief answers
in the Okeechobee News. Be sure to include
your name and phone or email address in
case we need more information. Clear digital
photographs may also be submitted.
More information is available on the
award-winning Okeechobee web page, http://
okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. Ifyou need addition-
al information, please email the Extension
office at okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu or call us
at 863-763-6469. Local residents can stop by
our office at 458 Hwy 98 North in Okeecho-
bee, and visit our Okeechobee County Master
Gardeners from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday after-
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What treaures are stashed around
Okeechobee? The Treasure Hunter Road-
show is on an 18 month national treasure
hunt and will be digging in town for five
days beginning on July 28 and continuing
through August 1. During this free event, the
Treasure Hunters are expecting to see over
1,200 residents bringing in their rare and un-


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Brandon Leskanic held Okeechobee to
one run over six innings as West Seminole
defeated Okeechobee Dixie boys team,
6-1, at the Dixie Youth State Tournament
on Tuesday.
The loss eliminated Okeechobee, which
dropped two of three contests at the Dixie
Boys tournament in Marianna.
A double by Tyler Barber and an
RBI single by David Coleman provided
Okeechobee's only run of the game in the
third inning.
Billy Childers pitched six innings for
Okeechobee and took the loss. Childers
struck out six batters on the afternoon.


usual collectibles. Locals will have a chance
to talk to world renowned antique and col-
lectible experts.
Recent finds include a 1960s vintage gui-
tar purchased for $199,000. Four gold coins
were purchased from a local resident for
over $72,000, Confederate money hidden in
the walls of a resident's home that was un-


After West Seminole scored twice in the
second, Jonathan Morales drove home a
run with a third inning double.
West Seminole scored twice more in the
fourth thanks to an Okeechobee error to
put the game away. Mick Tinney and Zach
Kreider had key hits for West Seminole.
Alex Estremara made an excellent de-
fensive play to rob Morales of a base hit in
the seventh.
Tyler Barber pitched a scoreless inning
of relief for Okeechobee.
Billy Childers and Coleman each had a
base hit for Okeechobee.
Okeechobee had very few big scoring
opportunities in the game.


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hand-written thank you letter, expressing
gratitude for a night's stay while traveling to
Chicago, and much more.
What kind of treasures will be revealed?
Okeechobee is the next stop on The Trea-
sure Hunters Roadshow nationwide tour.
During this event at the Holiday Inn Express,
3101 Hwy. 441, treasure hunters are hoping
to see items such as coins and paper cur-
rency issued prior to 1965, toys, dolls, trains,
vintage jewelry, old and modern musical
instruments, war memorabilia, gold and
silver jewelry, costume jewelry, advertising
memorabilia, swords, knives, daggers and
the unusual.
Collectors are very serious about their
hobby; so serious that they will pay a lot
of money for the item they are looking for.
Nearly all coins, vintage jewelry, musical in-
struments and toys made prior to 1965 are
sought after by collectors.


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Abandoned mustangs investigation continues


On June 8, 2009, Hendry County Sheriff's way. By the time investigators were able to mately 2 through 20 years of age some ap-
Office Agricultural Crimes Unit responded arrive at the location, they were able to cap- peared to be underweight. Investigators im-
to Montura Ranch Estates to follow up on a ture 11 horses with the help of Alico Ranch mediately noticed that the horses had freeze
report of horses running loose on the road- cowboys. The horses appear to be approxi- brands located on the neck at which time
they instantly knew they were part of the
Ministerial Association plans community projects Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Adopt
a Wild Horse or Burro program. Contact
Members of the Okeechobee Ministerial As Hospital, a minister to offer the opening prayer was made with BLM and they were able to
sociation met during their monthly meeting re- for the City Council, County Commission, and identify these horses to have been adopted
.I ,. I; ,, i, ;, ,, , i ,,, i i, School Board meetings, and a member writes a out and titled. Veterinarians conducted the
.. ........... .... 1 weekly article for the Reections-From-the-Pulpit Coggins test and later found that all Coggins
Okeecl. i ,,, ... n section of the Okeechobee News. Also, the OMA tests were reported negative.
comprised of 32 local pastors and ministers, leads Prayer Walks during the month of Septem- tests were reported negative
i M ,,,. i . ......... ,i , her on each Tuesday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. to An appeal for assistance in the care of
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Volunteer Posse answered the request for
Help with 50 bales of hay, a donation made
possible by the Posse members and Ranch
Feed & Supply in Martin County.
Since this story aired on local television
networks, Thursday, July 16, the Sheriff's
Office has received numerous calls from
individuals asking to donate to or adopt

Whidden and Investigator Charles White are
S working with the Caloosa Humane Society
Cho:ir.,, N Piict: Sard, P,11, in as effort to begin an adoption process
Ministerial Association members are (back, I-r): Robyn Spradlin, The Vineyard of upon the completion of the investigation
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Rotary Club welcomes 'Water Projects' chairman


John Capece, chair of the District 6960
Water Projects Committee and a mem-
ber of the Rotary Club of LaBelle, was the
guest speaker at the July 22, meeting of the
Okeechobee Chapter of Rotary Club held at
Golden Corral Restaurant.
The district that Mr. Capece represents
includes 54 southwest Florida clubs from
Bradenton to Clewiston and also to Marco
Island in Collier County.
John told Rotary Club members that he is
an agricultural engineering Ph.D graduate of
University of Florida and that his dissertation
research work was done in the okeechobee


area on the hydrology of ranch lands.
He also told the group that he currently
works as a water resources consultant under
the name, Southern DataStream focusing on
agro-ecology, water quality and sustainable
development.
The guest speaker also informed club
members that he also manages Intelligen-
tsia International, a non-profit educational
organization that host university students for
environmental and engineering internships.
During the past 10 years, Intelligentsia has
hosted more than 270 students from over 55
nations.


Okeechobee News/Linda Bridges
Rotary Club member, Mike Costopoulos of Costopoulos, Helton and Rotary
guest speaker, John Capece, chair of District 6960 Water Projects Committee
and member of Rotary Club in LaBelle. Also attending the meeting as a guest is
Nargis Abduvohidova, an international intern from Tajikistan.


Rotary Club installation dinner
The installation dinner for the Rotary Club of Okeechobee was held on June
30, at the Brahma Bull Restaurant. The Board of Directors for the 2009-2010
year are: (Front I-r) John Macchia, Secretary Jeanette Miller, President-Elect
Tabitha Trent, Immediate Past-President, Maureen Budjinski and Donna
Gaiser. In the back row are: Jim Mclnnes, Bennett Yeilding, Rotary Club
President, Mike Costopoulos and Treasurer Kristy Crawford. (Bottom left)
Maureen Budjinski presents Terry Burroughs with the Carl T. Durrance Com-
munity Service Award and on the bottom right, Jeanette Miller is presented
with the Rotarian of the Year award.


Submitted photo

Water Safety Orientation
Water Safety Orientation Camp participants for the week of July 6-9 included
Trenton Gainer, Jennifer Fairtrace, Tyler Fairtrace, Joseph Ferraro, Nicholas
Ferraro, Jeannie Ferraro, Jarrett Faulkner, Michael Muros, Nicole Schoon-
maker, Seth Yeates, Zachary Stripling, Shaun Hood and Amber Hood. The
camp is sponsored by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office and the NSW
Trident. During the camp, children learn water safety and boating safety with
training at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex pool, Lake Okeechobee
and in the ocean. The camp also includes a visit to the UDT SEAL Museum
in Fort Pierce.


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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Truce Allen of Okeechobee finished
second.
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Nineteen lovers of country music com-
peted Saturday in the Colgate Country
Showdown in Okeechobee to qualify for the
Florida State championships later this year.
Joan Vera of St. Lucie West won the con-
test after she tied on points with two other
contestants, Truce Allen of Okeechobee,
and Janell Wheeler of Tampa.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Charity Arnold was among the
Okeechobee residents who compet-
ed.

"I felt I rocked it, but I was just so unsure,"
she said afterward, "There is so much great
talent. I was just amazed. The response in
Okeechobee was so warm, it's just amaz-
ing," she said.
Ms. Vera got involved in the contest when


Janell Wheeler of Tampa finished
third.


Ten years'

service
At the July 23 Okeechobee County
Commission meeting, Chairman Clif
Betts, left, presented Larry Manke,
right, with a certificate for 10 years'
service to the county. Mr. Manke,
a park maintenance technician,
came to the county from Thomp-
son Pumps in Palm Beach Garden
in 1999. His background includes
various mechanic duties ranging
from repair of small engines, ve-
hicle maintenance, aquaculture and
land design.


compete to be a star


one of her friends signed up. She has been
competing for three years in singing and ka-
raoke contests.
"I've been singing forever. I said to my
self let's enter. What do I have to lose? I love
country music and I might as well," she
noted.
Truce Allen sang one of his original songs
early in the contest. He said he has enjoyed
,rrformin" on stage for the past 11 years.
, ...... aspiring stars he hopes one day
to get on a label and make it to Nashville. He
works in construction and noted the contest
just improves his skills for the next competi-
tion.
"Everything you do get's a little more ex-
perience for the next one. Everybody wins
here. Everybody did a great job tonight," he
said.
Mr. Allen said he was inspired by George
Strait and because he competed in rodeo for
seven years. He noted country music has
long been a staple in his life.
Wheeler tried to qualify last year in Or-
lando and said she will try again to reach her
dream.
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crowd and just great competitors. I'll keep
going and definitely keep on trucking."
Even those that didn't earn a prize said
they felt it was a great event. Jason Stew-
art of Okeechobee thanked the crowd for
their support, "It was a blast. The crowd
was great. The whole idea was great. You
can't ask for anything better. We had a great
time," he said.
Mr. Stewart said a lot of people have
turned to music to deal with the stress of
the slowdown in the economy, "People are
looking at different avenues to release stress.
It .;..] ,, i,. 1 .., 1 I I I .. II.

Dold and Sam Nailon, Melanie Ivey, Alexan
dra Rodriquez, Travis Seamster, Ralph Keel
of Okeechobee, Jimmy Harper of Okeecho-
bee, Charity Arnold of Okeechobee, Lar-


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Recognition for service
At the Tuesday, July 21 Okeechobee City Council meet-
ing Mayor Jim Kirk honored Marsha Montesi for twenty
years' service on the code enforcement board.


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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Joan Vera of Port St. Lucie won the
contest.
ry Pankey, Trent Baren, Bobby Hardy of
Okeechobee, Thomas Bohn of Okeecho-
bee, Stan Caston of Okeechobee and Becki
Sharrock.
WOKC radio coordinated and sponsored
the event at Good Spirits Restaurant and
Lounge.
Program Director Billy Dean said it was
a great event, "I thought it was the greatest
talent competition ever held in Okeechobee.
Okeechobee was well represented by all of
the contestants, and Okeechobee should be
very proud that one of their own made it
into the top three," he said.
Mr. Dean said this will be an annual event.
He also thanked Alan and Nancy Smith from
Good Spirits for hosting the event.
"Anyone who couldn't attend missed a
evening of great performances," he added.
Ms. Vera said she will give her all to make
Okeechobee and South Florida proud in Oc-
tober when she competes in the state cham-
pionships, "I can only try, it's God's will not
mine."


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Firefighter Appreciation

Month
Flanked by firemen, City of Okeechobee Mayor Jim Kirk
proclaimed the month of August to be Firefighter Ap-
preciation Month in the city. Pictured left to right are
Bill Douglas, assistant fire chief for the city, the mayor,
and Karl Holtkamp, fire prevention/training officer for
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue. The proclamation was
made at the Tuesday, July 21 city council meeting.


July 24, 2009


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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Junior Dixie boys
proved they belonged with the best in the
state during this week's tournament in
Marianna.
The Okeechobee team lost Wednesday
to Spring Hill 6-2, missing out on a trip to
the Dixie Youth World Series in Alabama.
The Okeechobee team had beaten the
eventual champion, West Volusia, convinc-
ingly, 15-6, on Tuesday.
West Volusia defeated Spring Hill
Wednesday afternoon 5-3 to capture the
Florida title.
Okeechobee could manage only five
hits against three Spring Hill pitchers in
the day's opening contest. Al Morris had
three of those hits and scored twice to lead
Okeechobee.
Christian Crews had an RBI double.
Seth McWhorter had two hits, including a
triple.
On the mound Crews threw three
scoreless innings of relief. He struck out
seven batters. Okeechobee pitchers had 11
strikeouts in the game.
Spring Hill went ahead 2-0 in the first in-


Okeechobee News


13-year old All Stars


have big offensive day


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee avenged an earlier loss to
West Volusia Tuesday at the Dixie Youth
Junior Dixie boy's baseball tournament in
Marianna thanks to some heavy hitters.
Two days after an 11-5 defeat to West
Volusia Okeechobee got their revenge as
their bats warmed up for the second con-
secutive day, in a 15 6 victory.
Seth McWhorter had four runs batted
in and Adam Davis had three runs batted
in to lead Okeechobee. Alan Leitner had a
two run single. Cutter Crawford had three
singles.
Christian Crews pitched well enough to
keep Okeechobee in the lead. He only got


one out before being relieved in Sunday's
loss. Tuesday he kept his team in the game
after an offensive outburst in the early in
nings.
Adam Davis, who was charged with six
hits and four runs Sunday, rebounded with a
strong relief appearance for Okeechobee on
Tuesday. He pitched two scoreless innings.
The win placed Okeechobee in the cham-
pionship game on Wednesday afternoon.
First pitch was scheduled at 3 p.m.
West Volusia still had a chance as they
entered the loser's bracket following this
loss, their first of the state tournament.
Okeechobee pounded out 19 hits in the
game.


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ning and never trailed in the game. Frankie
Fontane, Will Pagan and Blake Lafferty
opened the inning with singles to score a
run. Evan Webster drew a bases loaded
walk to make it 2-0. Both runs were charged
to Okeechobee starter Adam Davis.
Okeechobee responded in the bottom
of the inning as Morris singled, moved to
second on a wild pitch and scored on a
double by Crews.
A four run fourth for Spring Hill against
reliever Brandon Ball proved to be the key
rally of the game. Grason Brown had a key
single and Ball walked Matt Rhineberger
and Zac Geren during the rally. Okeecho-
bee also made a key fielding error.
Okeechobee had otherchances to score,
most notably in the fourth. McWhorter led
off the inning with a triple. However, he
tried to score on a passed ball and was
thrown out at the plate.
Okeechobee left two runners on base in
both the second and sixth innings.
Cutter Crawford ended the scoring in
the seventh when his single scored Morris
from second.
Danny Schonborn picked up the win for
Spring Hill. Lafferty picked up the save.


Sport News in Brief

Middle School sports tryouts Freedom Outreach Fishing
set tournaments
Soccer & Volleyball tryouts will be held Freedom Outreach Ministries, Series II,
Wednesday, Aug. 26, through Friday, Aug. fishing will offer a 70 percent payback with
28, at Osceola Middle School from 3:45- an $80 entry fee-cash only. The tournament
will be held at Scott Driver park on July 26
5:30 pm. Physical need to be turned in and August 30. The one-day Classic will be
NO LATER than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. held Sept. 27 with a $120 entry fee, but to
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school from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. throughout in at least four events. All questions, please
the summer, call 863-634-3790 or 863-634-9889.


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CFS HOLDINGS INC. A FLORIDACORPORATION


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CertDfate No, 14526 Year of Isuane JmuneM-01-2 7



Names) i which a-ssed
BONNIE L. FELT
LEROY E. FELT




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CortIte No 1636 Year of Iane, 3ne-01-2007
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Names) whch asseed
RALPH A KAIAN




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SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
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2009TD190
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Certfiate No 1132 Year of Issuae June-1-2W 7
DeSription f Propety LOTS K & L OF TRACT 6 E 1/2 OF W 1/2 OF K
TRACT6 3534S33E 1-35-34-33-0AOO-00006-KOOO
Sad property be n te County of Okeehobe, State of oda






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NOTICE OF APPLICATION R THa DEED
2009TD182




Certate No, 2031 Year of Iuare Jne--2007
Deocripton of Property TREASURE ISLAND UNIT 12 LOT 10(
S-2 o7- 35- 1 -00120-1060
ad proper emog n e Cunty of Okeechobee, Sate of loda

. .ES P. BENCIVE.NI
LORmETTA LYNN SMITH




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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD166




Certficate No. 489 Year of Issuane une-01-2007
Deripton of PropertyT F OF T TRICTLA 30E2 12 O E /
OF N 1 2 OF TR1CT 30 0 34 3313
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Sad property bemg ,n the County of Okeechobeeo, State of Florida
Name(s) in whh assessed
CHLHOLDINGSINC.




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Cert cate No 492 Year of Iuae June-01-2(W7
DCrption of Prpe rty L O TRAT 30 W 1/2 OF W 1/2 OF N
12 OF S 1/2 OF TRACT 30 20 33E 1-20-4-33- 3
S prpr bein e Cunt C of Okechobee, Sate of Ronda
Names) which assessed
CHL HOLONGS INC.




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Certfcate No 484 Year of s e June-01-2007
D-rHp-on of Proper' LOT H OF TRACT 28 E 1/2 OF E 1/2 OF S 1/2
OF N 1/2 OF TRACT 28 0 34S 33E
1- 20-34-33-OAO-00028-HO0O
Said popert being i the Count of Okeehobee, Sate of Fonda
Names) which assessed
CHL OLDINGSINC.




SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES












NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009fDI74




Certfcate No 485 Year of Issuae June-01-2007

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Name(s) in which assesed
O'NEIL WOODHOUSE
SHARON E. WOODHOUE




SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD169




Certficate No 905 Year of Iance June01-2007
Denpton of Pope LOT A OF TRCT 26 1/2 OF 1/2 OF N /
OF N 1/2 OF TRACT 26 27 34S 33E
1-27-34-33-OAOO-000-26-AMO
Said property being m he Count of Okchobee, State of Fioda
Name(s) which asse-ed
CF PROPERTIES INC. A FLORIDA CORPORAL ON


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SHA RO ERTN, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County Fnda
is/ Ropn R Pamsh









NOTE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD162




Certfiate N. 297 Year of dance Ju--01-2007
Desnpton of Pmpefrty LO O F TCT 14 1/2 OF W 1/2 OF S
1/2 OF N 1/2 OF OF TRACT 14 14 34S 33E 1-14-34-33-OA00014-
Said pperty being n the County of Okhobee, Stae of Flda
NamLs) f Whch assed
CHLHO)LDINGS INC




SUBJECT TO CURRENTTAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCU COURT
Okeechobee County Fnda
/Robn R Pamsh









NOTE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD167




Certficate No 721 Year of lance June01-2007
Demnpton of Property: LOT C OF TRCT 26 E 1/2 OF W 1/2 OF N
1/2 OF N 1/2 OF TRACT 22 34S 33E 1-24-34-33A-00026-
Said property being n the County of Okhobee, State of Fonda
Nam e(s) n which as d
CFS PROPERTIES INC. A FLORIDA CORPORAMON




SUBJECT TOCURRENTTAXES
SHARON ROBER N, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechob eeCounty Fnda
Is/Robtn R Pamsh


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FORTAX DEED
2009TD168







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Certificate No 6 Year of Isae Jun-01-2007
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Name(s) which -as d
CARLA G REMINGTON CHERYL A YOUNG





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Cetficate No 109 Year of ssuae Ju-01-2007


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DONOVANR G IPCHUNGo CH L UNG




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Okeechobee County, Floda
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Cero ate No 121 Year of Isuance June01-2007
Derption of Property LOT OF TRACT 32 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2
OF S1/2 OFTRACT 25 10 34S 33E
1-10-34-33-OA00-0002S-3000
Sad ppr in the Cony of Okehobee, Sate of Ronda
Names) in which assessed
EN O EANMARY ELINCE MLNIE DANIEL




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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2M9TD127




Certificate No. 1103 Yearof iua-e. u-01-2007
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VASCO POWELL




SUBJECTTOCURRE TAXES
SHARON ROBERON, CLERK OF ORUIT COURT
Oteechbee County Foonda
/b/ Robm R Parnsh
Deputy C er








NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TA DEED
2009TD128
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Cerlficate No 1104 Year of Iuae; June-01-2007
Des-pon of Property LOT E OF TRACT 15 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF 51/2
OF N1/2 OFTRACT 15 34 34S 33E
1-34-34-33-0AOO-00015-E0O
Said property being in the County of Okeecobee, State of Ronda
Names) in which aessed'
VASCO POWEU-




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20MTD172




Certficate No, 396 Year of Isance Juonel-2007


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StARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT

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Certfite No 177 Year of Isnee. Ju-1-2007
Desnptn of Poperty LOT E TRCT29 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S/2
OF N1/2 OF TRAC 29 11 34S 33E
1-11-34-33-0A10 -00029 EOO00
Said property bg in the County of Okeehobee, State of FloMda

Namre(s) which a.e bed
BRIDGET-MAYWALDEARCRAIG D WALDEAR




SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHIARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT











NOTICE OF APPLICATON FOR TAX DEED
209TD131




Cetfiate No' 165 Year of Iuane une-01-2007
Des-r ptlon of P"perty LOT D OF TRACT 23 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2
OF N./2 OFTRACT 23 1134S 33E
1-11-34-33-OAOO-CM023-DOD
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Flonda
Name(s) n which asseed
DERILIUSJEUNEDIEULAJEUNE




SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FO)R TAX DEED
200S'D173




Certficate No 416 Year of Issuae, June-01-2007























Cefa No 529 Y,, of I 01-2007
C L HOLDING S INC l
















CLHOLDINGSINCAFLORIDA CORPORATION
CHL HOLDING INC A FLORIDA CORPO N..
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES -
SHARON ROBERTSN, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED


20091248




Coetlfite No 529 Year f I Isaa Juu- 0120 000

















Name(s) in which assessed
CHL HOLDINGS INC



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SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT


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20093D123




Cetficate No 551 Yearof suance Mah-01-2007
De0riptlon of Propety LOT 0 OF TRACT 26 W/2 OF E1/2 OF 51/;
1-21-34-33-A-00026-0000
Sad property be n County of Of Oeechobee, State of Forida
Name(s) in which asseSSed
CHL HOLDINGS INC




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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009T122




Cetifate No 388 Year of issuane, lune-01-2007
Deription of opty LOT I OF TRAT 22 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF N11/
OF S1/2 OF TRACT 22 1 34S 33E
1-16-340330-OA-00022-I000 S
Sad property being n e Cunty of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Nab s in which a-ss d.



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ARLENE HENRY




SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT











NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD121




CefiMate No: 363 Year of isuane: lune-O1-2007
Descrptoon of Property LOT A OF TRACT 32 El/2 OF El/2 OF Nl1;
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 32 I15 34S 33E
1-15-34-33-A00-00032-A000
Sad propery being in he County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name(s) in which asseed'
CF5 PROPERTIES INC. A FLORIDA CORPORATION




SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT


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2009TD176
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Certlcate No 534 Year of Issu e June-1-2007
DT option of ro ery LOT AOF TACT 18 /E 1/ E1/2 OF N 112
OF N 112 OF TRACT 18 21 345 33E 1-21-34-33-
OAOOOOl8-AO0O
Said property being n the County of Okeohobee, State of Honda

DION DALEY
EVADNEY ASIDE




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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TA DEED
2009TD119




Certficate No 894 Year of Iuane: un-01-2007
Desrpon of Propery LOT G OF TRCT 22 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 22 27 34S 33E
1-27-34- 33-OAOOT 0223GOO0O
Sad ro pe be in the County of Okeehobee, State of Fonda
Nme(s) in which sessed:



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2000TD170




Cetficate No' 1125 Year of Issuae une: 01-2007
Desnpbon of Propery, tLOTS A AND B OF TRACT 3 E 11/2 OF E 12 OF
N 112 OF N 1/2 OF TRACT 03 AND W 112 OF 1E 12 OF N 1/2 OF N
112 OF TRACT 03 35 34S 33E 1-35-34--33-OA-0003-A000
Said property being in the County of Okeedchbee, State of Honda

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SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT


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2009TD146




Certificate No: 790 Year of issuance, une-01-2007
Descnon of Pperty LOT P TR 2 OF 2 E12 E/12 OF S1/2 OF
Sl/2 OF TRACT 022634S 33E
1-2634-33-Of0A-000002-POO
Sld opety be ott f Oke5t hobee, State of FInda

AD H ANGBAADOOR MAJESTIC HOMES & REALTY SW LLC
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SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTN, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT











NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
20M9TD151




Cetlfiae No 2 Year of Iuane une-01-2007

Despton of property LOT G OF TRACT 13 Wl/2 OF El/2 OF S1/2
OF Nl12 OF TRACT 13 28 34S 33E
1-28-34-33-OA0O-00013-GOGO
Said property being the County f Okeahobee, State of Flonda
Names m which -aed
CHL HOLDINGS INC




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20MTD134




Certi te No 200 Yearof ssunce June-01-2007
Denptlon of rrty LOT 0 OF TRACT 20 W1/2 OF El2 OF S1/2
OF S1/2 OF TRACT 20 12 34S 33E
1-12-34-33-OAOO00020-O000
Said property being in he County of Okeehbee, State of Floda
Nameors) i which assessed
EFFREY BARBIERI MSN2 ENTERPRISES INC


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SHARONRBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
keecobee County Fbnda
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Certfite No 2604 Year of Isuae, une01-2007



Names) m which a sed
ATHY OD PATRICIA DUNNE HELTON WILULIAM B ODO ES-
TATE




SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Robin R Pamh
Deputy Clerk















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2009T148




Cetfite No 54 Year of luan lune-Ol01-2007


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2009"D147




Certiae No 841 Yearof Iua e June-01-2007
DeSptlron of PoperL LOT OF TRACT 30 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/;
OF SN/2 OF TRACT 30 26 34S 33E
1-o26-34-33-AOO-00030-LO00
Sad property e in te Cout of Okeechobee., Stateof Foda
Name(s) in which assesd
BEVERLY V TUCKER

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Cerifiate No: 907 Year of snce- Ju-1-2007
Deription of ProperV y LOT G OF TRACT 27 W1/2 OF El/2 OF S1/;
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 27 27 34S 33E
1- 27-34-33-OAM -00027-GOM
Sad property beig ,n the County of Okeechobee, State of Floda
Name(s)n which a-ssed.
EIC HOMES & REALTY SW LLC




SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT











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2009TD149
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Certificate No: 896 Year of Iuane: June-01-2007
Descnipton of Properly LOT C OF TRACT 23 El/2 OF Wl/2 OF Nl/;
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 23 27 34S 33E
1-27-34-33-OAOUO-00023-COn
Sad property being in e County of Okeechobe,, Stt of Floida
Name(s) in which asseed'
CFS5 PROPERTIES INC. A FLORIDA CORPORATION




SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
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CertdteNo 129 Yearof Iance June01-2007
DOsrpton of Prpeprt LOT D OF TRACT 31 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2
OF N1/2 OFTRACT 3110 34S 33E
1-10-34-33OAOO0000031-D000
Sad pr in the Cnty of Oke-hobee, State of onda
Names) n whlch assessed
CFS PROPERTIES INC. A FLORIDA CORPORAON




SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES












NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD138




Ceficate No. 323 ear of Ince. Jun-01-2007
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D pon of Propery LOT F OF TRACT 14 E1/2 OF W/2 OF 51/2
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 14 IS 34S 33E
1-15-34-33-0AO-00014-FO00
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Ronda

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SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CRCUIT COURT


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2009TD136




Certfiate No. 235 Year of Isnce. Ju-01-2007
Dcnpton of Property. LOT I OF TRACT 16 E1/2 OF OF El/2 OF
N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 1613 3S33E
1-13-34-33--00 000016-O100
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Flida
Names) n which ha-e ed;
LEVW e ON ZAMFT


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SHIRON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT











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20M9TD140




Ceficate No 365 Year of Issue' Jue01-2007
Decpton of PropTer LOT H OF TRACT 32 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF 51/2
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 32 15 34S 33E
Said prp bng in he County of Okeehobee, State of Flnda
Name(s) in which asseed
FTZROYA GOULBOURNE


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Certte No 216 Yearof sance Ju-1-2007
Denptlon of perty' LOT I OF TRACT 4 El/2 OF E/2 OF N1/2 O
S1/2 OF TRACT 4 13 34S 33E
1-13-34-33-OAOO100004-I00
Said property being in the County of Okehobee, State of Fida
Name(s) m which asseed
N M PRADO ARRAGA SUSANA MACNAUGHTON




SUBJECT TO CURRENTTAES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
keecobeeCounty Frbnida
Is/Robn R Pamsh
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2009"D159




Ceftiate No 143 Year of Isane Jun-01-2007

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Names) in which assessed


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WAKEMAN B KING





SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
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20091T141




Ceficate No' 4 Year of Iuance Jun 01-2007
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SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
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2009TD126




Certfiate No 1102 Year of suane Ju-ne01-2007
Deriptlon of Popery LOT F OF TRACT 14 E1/2 F W121 OF S1/1
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 14 34 345 33E
1-4-34-433OAO"00014-FDO
Sd poprty beg in e Cour of Okeehobee, Stat o Floida
Name(s) in which aessed
CHLHOLDINGS INC


























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2009TM133




Certificate No 179 Year of I e June-01-2007
De-siptlon of Property LOTS K AND L OF TRACT 29 El/2 OF W1/;
OF N1/2 OF 01/2 OF TRACT 29 AND Wl2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 01
S1/2OFTRACT 2 113 4S33E
1-11-34-33-OAOO-00029-KBOO
Sad propertybeing n he Cunty of Oeehob State of Florida
Name(s) in which assesd
CFS PROPERTIES INC. A FLORIDA CORPORATION




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2009TD143



CertfiLe No- 744 Year of Iuane Jn-01-2007


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Na'me s in whSeh asessed:

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2M9TD156




D spion of Prt. LOT, S I AND 3 OF TRACT 5 1/2 OF E112 OF
M1/2%OF S/2 OF TRACT 5 AND Wl/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF SI/2
OF TRACT 5 09 3S 33E
1-09-34-33-A0I005-IOOO
Said poy beig the Coty of Okehtbee, Sate of Ronda
Name() n which a ed
STEPHANEWLOISEAU



SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXE5
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT








NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
209TD155



Certcate NNo. 64 Year of Iuance Junl01-2W7
Dcnrpon of Propey LOTS E AND F OF TRACT 5 Wl/2 OF Wl/
OF SN1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 5 AND E1/2 OF Wl/2 OF S1/2 OF
N1/2 OFTRCT 5 07 34S 33E
1-09-34-33-OA00- 005-EODD
Said proper being in the County of Okeehobee, State of Fonda
Name(s) in which a 1.essed
LINDA P LOASEA STEPHANIE W LOISEAU


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SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBRRTISN FERK OF CIRCUIT COURT


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
20MTD118






86.65 F THENCE RUN S 6 G 55 MIN 45 IEC W FOR A DIST OF
17202 FT THENCE RUN N 0 DEG 12 MIN 30 SEC E FOR A DIST OF
17011 FT TO A P ON THE N RY LINE OF LOT 7 THENCE RUN
N\ 89 DEG 56 MIN E ALONG SAID N BRY LINE OF LOT 7 A DIST
OF I1 FT TO PB
1-14-37-35-0070-00080-0070
Said property bing n the County of Okeehoee, Stale of FiNda
Name(s n which ae ed,
RANDY WAND



SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBRTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT








IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDCTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 47-2008-CA-000619
NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK
PLAINTIFF
VS.
MONTHIA RICKETTS, ET AL
DEFENDANT(S)
NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCIVE SERVICE
TO- KIRK RICKETTS AND THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF KIRK RICK-
ETS MONTHIA RICKETTS AND THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MON-
THA RICKETTS whoe reldnc is 98 CENTERWOOD STREET,
WEST BABYLON, NY 11704.







COMMENCE ATTHE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 2;













THENCE NORTH 00237 EAST, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SEC-
TION 2 A DISTANCE OF 1113iii05 FEET;
THENCE NORTH 8901H44 EAST A DISTANCE OF 784.17 FEET TO THE
POINT OF BEGINNING
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A/C, 5 Speed, Stereo, MSRP .................. ......... 17965
Ready o Wo, Combined Deale Dlscnt........................ 473
EPA 23! #9421 Factoly Rebate...................... 4,00
C.AR.S. Incentive ................ 4,500
FINAL PRICE

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MSRP .....22,820 FR ............. 2,500
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Savngs ......2,380 CA.R.S. ....4500-
INAL PRICE
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MSRP ...--.... ... .......... .17R90
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SLT Crew 4x2 Invoice ........... 30,220
#K76BW44 $13,810 off MSRP

0F9 $18,970*

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MSRP .. ....... .118.830
Invoice ... . . 18.116
$9,366 off MSRP

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MSRP ......... $20,870
Invoice .. . ..$19,996
$9,624 off MSRP

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Cherokee Laredo 4x2 Invoice ......... 529.683
.$13,447 off MSRP

$17,933"


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MSRP.......... 25,335
Invoice.......... 24,345
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