Vol. 100 No. 98
Sunday, August 16, 2009 75 Plus tax
City sets budget
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By Pete Gawda
Anyone have a money stretch-
er? Okeechobee County definitely
Okee hobee County commis-
sioners are struggling with pre-
paring a balanced budget for the
coming fiscal year that provides
necessary services while dealing
with a projected $4.4 million defi-
Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton cit.
The band stand in Flagler Park is set for a number of renovations that began on Friday morn- They spent Thursday afternoon,
ing including the addition of a concrete access ramp. Members of the Kiwanis Club and Aug. 13, looking at the budget and
other local organizations and businesses are hard at work making the structure one to be specifically discussed general fund
proud of for use during local events. See page 8 for more information about this project. departments, the transportation
trust fund, tourist development,
the unincorporated service area
fund and Fire/Rescue.
Budgets for most departments
were funded at a lesser amount
than they requested.
As a cost saving measure, com-
missioners decided to fund the lo-
cal 4 H club at $10,000 rather than
the requested $14,000. Leaders of
the club have said they understand
the budget situation and could
make up the difference.
The 4-H Club is funded through
the extension service budget. Itwas
noted that on several line items the
extension service has budgeted
more than they historically spend
in those areas.
Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton "There's definitely room in this
A new roof for the Band Stand in Flagler Park is just part of the restoration project. It is slated
for a number of repairs including lighting, new rails, and fresh paint. Materials and labor for the budgettogodown,"deputycounty
roof were donated by Luviano Roofing. Pressure treated wood fascia boards around the new roof administrator Robbie Chartier said
will need plenty of fresh paint to brighten up the structure soon to be rededicated. Lumber for of the extension service budget.
the band stand project was donated by W & W Lumber of Okeechobee. Paint was donated by the See Budget Page 8
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Naval Cadet program
The US Naval Cadet (USNSCC) program
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the fall semester. The program is a NJROTC
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dents between the ages of 13 and 18. The
program will host an orientation meeting on
Saturday, Aug. 22. Okeechobee's USNSCC
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Judge accepts plea change; denies bond motion
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man is facing a maxi-
mum sentence of 15 years in prison after
changing his original plea of not guilty to no
Martin Gerardo Godinez, 19, N.W. Second
St., went before Circuit Judge Lawrence Mir-
man on Tuesday, Aug. 11, to officially enter
his change of plea. His sentencing has been
set for Aug. 31 at 1:30 p.m.
Godinez was arrested Feb. 24 on a charge
of burglary of a dwelling.
Judge Mirman told Godinez that based
on his sentencing score sheet he could face
a minimum sentence of 21 months. And, be-
cause he is not a U.S. citizen, Godinez could
also face deportation.
Arrest records from the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) indicate that
Godinez is being held in the Okeechobee
County Jail on a bond of $25,000.
In another sentencing hearing Tuesday,
Michael Vinson Laureti, 29, entered into a
plea deal with the state and was sentenced
to 90 days in the county jail. However, after
being given credit for the 30 days he had al-
ready served Laureti's actual sentence was
reduced to 60 days.
Laureti was sentenced on felony charges
of carrying a concealed firearm and posses-
sion of a controlled substance (alprazolam),
and a misdemeanor charge of possession
of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced
to a term of 30 days on the misdemeanor
charge, but when
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time served that
sentence was ful-
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is trying to turn his
Martin life around and
Godinez stay off drugs. Af-
ter considering the
evidence, the judge
said he felt that Laureti was "still a candidate
Since Laureti was already on drug of-
fender probation following his 2008 arrest in
Osceola County, he asked that he remain on
that probation. State prosecutor Stephanie
Tew, however, asked that Laureti be given a
jail sentence of 180 days to be followed by
24 months of drug offender probation.
After considering all the testimony, Judge
Mirman sentenced Laureti to jail and 24
months of drug offender probation. He also
ruled that Laureti must surrender his driver's
license for a period of two years and pay
court costs and fees totaling $815.
The judge did state that Laureti will be is-
sued a permit that will allow him to drive to
and from work.
Judge Mirman also presided over a bond
reduction hearing for Craig Ward Wisen-
Wisenbaugh, 38, is currently being held
in the county jail on a bond of $35,000.
Stanley Glenn, from the Public Defend-
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sive and that his client was unable to post
the required amount.
Wisenbaugh was arrested June 24 by
OCSO Detective Rick Durfee on charges of
burglary of a residence, grand theft, dealing
in stolen property and criminal mischief. He
is accused of stealing various items from a
home that include a DVD player, DVDs, a
laptop computer, fax machine, jewelry, coin
collection and cash.
Court testimony indicated that he traded
some of the items for drugs.
It was also brought up in open court that
Wisenbaugh was just released from prison
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Wisenbaugh has 23 prior arrests.
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Instead of bothering everybody about
seat belts, they should focus on the more
important problems. We need to focus on
the drug problem. I think the drug problem
is connected to the recent murders.
I just wonder how much time does the
average person spend on the phone trying
to correct the hospital bill, the insurance bill,
the utility bill and all these other bills.
I see on the television all this coverage
of the shark attack. I bet that shark did not
come into that boy's home to attack him. I
bet the boy was in the shark's home.
I am not a hospital employee or any
relation, but I don't understand why the
county would want to charge the hospital
the EMS tax. If someone has a heart attack
at the hospital, I don't think they are going
to call EMS. They are going to grab the near-
est doctor to help. I can't imagine any sce-
nario in which the hospital would ever call
EMS. Why would you call for an EMT when
you have doctors right there? The hospital is
where EMS takes the people they pick up. If
the hospital needs an ambulance they use
the ones they contract with and they pay for
that per call.
Cash for clunkers
This Cash for Clunkers plan could just
make things worse. First, we are spending
more tax money by giving these people
$4,500 toward a new car. Second, how do
we know they can make the payments on
that car? Will there be a "car bubble" just as
there was a "housing bubble" with people
not able to make the payments because they
bought something they cannot afford?
I think it is a shame they are taking the
cars from Cash for Clunkers and crushing
them. Some of those cars could have made
a good first car for a poor person or a teen
ager who likes to work on cars. Many people
can't afford new cars and have to buy used
cars. But if they junk the used cars, what are
those people going to do? They are crushing
the cars, so what are the junk yards going
to do when ,
to find parts
for the old ;
Before you go buy a new car, be thank-
ful forthe oneyou've got.Theysay theywant
you to "go green." What they want to do is
get all of the green out of your pocket.
Before school starts, our school officials
need to get a handle on what they are going
to do about flu shots and H1NI. During the
summer the kids were more spread out, but
once school starts they will be all together
and the germs are going to be spreading.
Health care reform
*I saw on television that Americans pay
the most money per person of any country in
the world on health care and yet we are not
getting much for our money. We have fewer
doctors per 1,000 people than countries that
spend a lot less on health care. I think we
need to have someone study where that
money is going. I think you will find that the
insurance companies are keeping a lot of the
money. If you took the insurance companies
and their big profits out of the mix, we could
afford a lot more health care.
Regarding health care, one reason
health care is so expensive is that we don't
have enough doctors. And we don't have
enough doctors because they make it so
hard to get into medical school. There are
a lot of people who have good grades and
are capable and intelligent but they can't
get into the school. We need to open more
medical schools and increase the number of
doctors, so we can have better health care. I
think the AMA limits how many students can
get into medical school because they want
to keep the country short on doctors. That
way the ones that are already doctors can
charge whatever they want to, as there is no
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If you have listened to the news recent-
ly you probably have heard that they plan to
cut 500 billion dollars from Medicare. I guess
this is one way of doing it. They aren't actu-
ally going to take away Advantage care but
are going to cut amounts of payments so
that if you want tests or need tests the bal-
ance will have to be paid by the patient.
Congratulations old people, you have
managed to protest so hard on something
not real that you have gotten them to actu-
ally take away the "death panel" provision
that in reality was going to directly benefit
you by offering to reimburse your doctor for
voluntary free counseling.
Pros: Protesting works
Cons: You were protesting against your-
In his private life, Bill Clinton was a
mess and may still be a mess. But as a states-
man, he does a good job. I think the ad-
ministration should use him more. He is a
smart man and people tend to like him and
respond well to him. He has charisma.
Drinking and driving
Let's see if in the next year we can try to
help our children from being so thoughtless
before they act. Drinking is not illegal, but
it can be very damaging. Not just from car
accidents either. How many kids have been
killed or harmed because they "thought"
what they were doing was safe? How many
are there out there that need help with their
problem of drinking/alco-
holism or drug problems/
addictions? People help
our children and grand-
children become produc-
tive with their lives. At
least on a monthly basis,
you read, see, or hear
about a young person
that has died because
he/she was drinking and
driving. These kids need
to know where to go to
get help. Join us and let's
all help these kids together.
For years I told my son that I would
rather he call me at 2 in the a.m. for me to
pick him up and deal with my anger than for
us to have to bury yet another child.
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*I see Mel Martinez has announced his
plan to retire. What is going on with all these
elected people quitting before their terms
are up? It is really expensive to hold special
elections and if the governor appoints peo-
ple, that is not fair to the voters who didn't
vote for the governor.
Okeechobee county employees, are they
randomly drug tested? If not, they definitely
need to be! It is a shame for an employee
to take advantage of a situation such as per-
sonally knowing individuals who walk in
the courthouse for drug crimes, then during
lunch break, they themselves (employees)
are one of dealers' top customers! Maybe
I shouldn't even post this, but maybe the
public knows more about what goes on in
the courthouse then the individuals who are
suppose to be doing their jobs, unless they
too, have a high time during lunch.
Football vs. Bullriding
I know not one of you are going to be
lieve this, but I am in my 60s and have never,
not once, seen an entire football game, and
guess what else. 1
It is a ridicu-
lous game of
men trying to find
a ball, slap each
and even act like
babies in their
interviews for a
mega amount of
i money, that most
average people never see in a lifetime. I'd
like to see one of them get on a bull and
try to ride it, or a bare back bronc. THEN we
would see if they are men or not. Chances
are they would cry like a little girl. So, no,
football players do not impress me one bit.
Seems to me bull riding is ridiculous.
My mom always told me not to play with my
food. I understand bronc busting, calf roping,
and most of the other rodeo events, they are
part of a cowboy's job. But bull riding serves
no purpose at all. Most people watch hoping
the Bull wins. Most bull riders would not last
long having a 250 lb. line backer slamming
them to the ground for three hours either.
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August 16, 2009
Letter to the Editor
Haven of Rest Church would like to say,
Thank You!! Thank You!! Okeechobee, you
did it again!!! Thank you for your generos-
ity and support. We could not have had
youth camp for all of Okeechobee with-
out your help. Thank you for all that was
donated-door prizes, food and money. It
was all needed and greatly appreciated. We
received donations from Cowboys, Aarons,
Los Cocos, The Clock, Arby's, Hungry How-
ies, Dominos, Tractor Supply, Cato, The Pet
Parlor, Okeechobee Music, Barber Shop,
Star Dust Lanes, Shoe Box, Morgan Furni-
ture, Annie's Consignment Shop, Eli's, Dr.
Wemmer's, Tree House Consignment, Pho-
tography by Bobbi, Popeye's, Beef-O-Brady,
K.F.C., Subway, Taco Bell, Wendy's Burger
King, Jersey Mike Subs, Verizon, State Farm,
Okeechobee the Magazine, Hallmark, Wil-
liam's Pawn and Gun, Okeechobee Police
Department and Elliott's Pawn. We also can-
not forget Pam Elder's for allowing us to rent
Lake Denton. Thank you everyone who gave
donations for youth camp. GOD BLESS YOU
ALL! We called it "The Radical Remnant
Youth Camp, 2009." This year's theme was,
"I am that I am." We had kids from 8-19. Ev-
eryone left changed, refreshed and refilled.
So many kids said this was the best week
of their lives. A teen boy said he was on the
wrong road, going down the wrong path
but youth camp helped him realize he didn't
want to go that way. One boy said he loved
youth camp because no one called him a
mistake all week. A young girl said she liked
youth camp because no one yelled at her
all week. One little girl said she was going
through a lot and youth camp was a breath
of fresh air. Everyone has their own story.
Having youth camp you get people with all
different backgrounds, you help out people
from all walks of life. To the little girl that just
lost her dad in last month's car accidents. To
the boy down the street thinking that drugs
is the only way out until God shows him
there is a plan for his life. To the 10-year-old
boy that just lost his home and someone's
generosity paid for him to go. That's what
it's all about. Making a difference in some-
one's life. We just wanted you to know what
kind of a seed you planted. We pray that God
not only blesses you but your businesses
too. We will be having youth camp for all
of Okeechobee again next year! If you have
kids or someone you know does, tell them
about "The Radical Remnant Youth Camp"
2010. We believe it will be the best year yet!
God bless you and thank you for making a
difference in so many children's lives.
Pastor Tom Velie
Haven of Rest Church
Reflections from the Pulpit
By Rev. Tommasso Pasquarella
Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church
You must see that sin does disrupt your
worship of God. How can you, whether
you eat or drink, do it for His glory if you
have sin in your life? You must realize that
your sins disrupt your fellowship and wor-
ship of your Lord, and so you must search
your heart and confess any sin there in.
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in
the faith; prove your own selves. Know
ye not your own selves, how that Jesus
Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"
(2 Corinthians 13:5) Examine yourself,
make sure you are right with God, or
that you really know Him. "Who can
understand his errors? cleanse thou me
from secret faults." (Psalm 19:12) David
constantly went back to his need to have
God's forgiveness and to be holy as He is
holy in order to be well pleasing before
God. Sin is sin whether it is a known sin
or an unknown sin, we need to examine
our hearts making sure we are clean and
upright with a Holy God. The Holiness
of God must be respected and feared,
so we do not bring dishonor to God. You
cannot live in sin so grace may abound.
Think on these words adapted to speak
to your heart from Hebrews 12:1. "Seeing
that you are surrounded by such a great
cloud of witnesses, those who came be-
fore you, lay aside every weight you have,
every worry and the sin which doth so
easily trap you and make you useless to
fulfill His will and let us run with patience
the race that is set before us you so can
run the race and please your Savior."
Sin hurts God's heart and when you
hurt God's heart it hurts your worship of
Him. You need to confess your sins and
repent and He is faithful and just to for-
give your sins. Does your heart hurt when
you hurt His heart? We can be holy by
concentrating on the things that would
help our focus on the holiness of God.
Meditate on His word, think on truthful
things, think on honest things, think on
fair things, think on pure things, think on
things pleasing to God, think on things
that are excellent like Jesus. Staying in His
Word will help you and me stay focused
on the cross of Christ and the salvation He
bestows on us, avoiding the sin and the
shame it brings to the gospel that hinder
your work in His ministry.
If you do not know Christ, then you do
not care if you hurt His heart, you do not
care to hear His Word or come under au-
thority of the preaching set before you, be-
cause you are lost and dead in your sins.
You cannot worship God in Spirit and in
truth if you do not know Him. Fall on your
knees and trust Him today, because He
will by no means let the guilty go unpun-
ished, so won't you trust him?
A.A. meeting 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.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30
p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church. 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m.
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North
Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys singing is invited
to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at
noon at 1850 U.S. 98 N. Join us with a covered
dish for lunch, followed by a business meeting. The
dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in
September. For information, call Betty Williamson at
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in
Okeechobee. This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove
Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge on
Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. All are welcome.
For information call 863-763-6952.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday evening
at the Okeechobee Airport T-Hanger #1, meetings
start at 7:30 p.m. For information please call Capt.
Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or Lt. Greg Gernat
863- 697-9915 Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets
each Tuesday at noon at Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, contact Maureen Budjinski
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous meets
at The Gathering Church, 735 SW 24th Ave, at 7
p.m. in the youth building behind the church. For
information, call Monika at 801-3244 or Rocy at
AI-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church of
Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For more
information, please call Amy at 863-763-8531 or
AI-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our
Savior, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9
p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is
for women who are hurting, homeless or been
abused. They meet on the first and third Tuesday of
every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist
Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., and on the second
and fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross. 323 N. Parrott Ave. For
more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201
Family History Center meets from I until 5 p.m.
at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,
310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. For
more information, call The Family History Center at
863-763-6510 or Richard Smith at 863-261-5706 for
Widows and Widowers support group meets at
7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1t 111 S. Parrott
Ave., for breakfast. For information, June Scheer at
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group
meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1735
S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m.
at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and
informative discussions bring many Bible truths to
life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every
Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice building located
at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Brenda
Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Freedom Ranch AI-Anon meets every Tuesday
and is open to all who deal with someone with
addictions. There is support with this epidemic. The
meetings are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Freedom
Ranch, 11655 Hwy. 441 S.E. Contact Jay at 863-
467-8683 for questions or concerns.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly
meeting. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th
Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not
a diet club. The only requirement for membership
is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For more
information call Loretta at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W,
Second St., will be hosting God's Time a
morning of free organized Christian activities that
includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held
each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care
will be provided for infants during the class. For
information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr.,
holds meetings for persons with alcohol and drug
related problems at 6 p.m. For information call
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City sets budget meeting
Special magistrate to
hear code violation cases
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate Lois Nichols is scheduled
to hear four new cases, consider imposi-
tion of a fine in another case and consider
reducing a fine during hearings on Tuesday
The owner of Jim's Parts Place on NE
14th Avenue was cited because of a derelict
structure on the property and a derelict fence
surrounding the property.
According to code enforcement officer
Beth Albert, Lakeshore Leasing, LLC has
condemned mobile homes on its SE 42nd
Michael Land and Jennifer Branch will
have to answer charges that they have un-
licensed and unregistered vehicles and vehi-
cle parts on their SW 16th Avenue property.
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Kathleen Gaffney Frady, 70
OKEECHOBEE Kathleen Gaffney Frady, of
Okeechobee, passed away Aug. 12, 2009, at her
home. Cathy was born February 10, 1939 in
Meriden, Conn.m to the lae late -
Roland and Marie Gaffney.
She was 70 years old.
She always faced life with a
smiling face and a positive at-
titude. She will be greatly
missed by her family and
Ms. Frady was preceded in
death by her parents, Rola and Marie Gaffney;
brother, David Michael Gaffney; sister, Geraldine
Esther Givault; and daughter, Michelle Claire
She is survived by her son, Jimmy Frady of
Texas; three daughters, Cheryl Kirton (Dudley),
Chantal Webb (Mike) and Janelle Frady (Bryan
Stokes), all of Okeechobee; sister, Joan Nester
of Long Island, N.Y; and 11 grandchildren, Da-
vid (Beth), Bobby, Dylan, Kenneth, Jarrod, Jessi-
ca, Briana, Bailey, Shelby, Savannah and Jillian.
Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Monday,
Aug. 17, at Evergreen Cemetery with Father
Sean Mulcahy officiating.
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What: Okeechobee County Code
Magistrate Special Magistrate Hearing
When: 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18
Where: Okeechobee County Health Au-
ditorium, 1728 NW Ninth Ave.
Salim Laham and Loretta Mathieu have
been asked to repair or replace a porch and
demolish a deck on their U.S. 441 SE prop-
Tengerlina Renella Johnson could be fac-
ing a fine of up to $250 a day if she has not
removed the remaining debris from her NE
14th Avenue property.
Betty Dixon is scheduled to appear be-
fore the magistrate to appeal for reduction
of an $8,000 fine.
By Pete Gawda
Prior to the Tuesday meeting of the
Okeechobee City Council, the council will
convene a budget workshop at 5 p.m. to
discuss the proposed $5,278,639 budget
for the coming 2009/10 fiscal year.
The proposed budget is $163,715 less
than the current budget. Revenues are pro-
jected to be $477,095 less than the current
After the workshop the council will set
a solid waste collection rate of $216.48
per customer. In a related matter, they are
scheduled to review an amendment to the
franchise agreement with Waste Manage-
The council will also hold the first read-
ing of a proposed ordinance to close a por-
tion of S.W 15th Street.
In other action, the council is expected
Proclamation of Appreciation
At their meeting on Thursday, Aug. 13 Okeechobee County Commissioners
passed a proclamation of appreciation to the family of Tommy Rimes for
his service as head of the road department from Oct. 30, 1989 to Nov. 30.
2007. Mr. Rimes passed away July 23 of this year. Mr. Rimes' granddaughter,
Mackenzie Green received the proclamation from commission chairman Clif
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What: Okeechobee City Council
When: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18
Where: City Council Chambers,
Okeechobee City Hall, 55 SE Third
* appoint Billy Douglas and Glenn Hodges
to the fire pension board;
re-appoint Gary Ritter to the fire pen-
sion board; and,
consider appointments to the code
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SAL Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will
sponsor their monthly ribeye steak dinner
on Sunday, Aug. 16, from 3 until 6 p.m. at
the American Legion Post 64 at 501 SE Sec-
ond Street. Dinner includes steak (cooked to
order) by Dan Hood, baked potato, salad,
roll and butter, dessert, iced tea and coffee.
Live entertainment will be provided for you
enjoyment. The public is welcome. Dona-
tion of $12.
'Tea Party' planning
committee to meet
The Okeechobee Tea Party planning com-
mittee will meet on Monday Aug. 17, at 5:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee Republican Party
headquarters, which is located at 401 N.W
Fourth St. If you are interested in planning a
tea party for Okeechobee please come and
participate, regardless of your political affili-
ation. For more information please email us
at firstname.lastname@example.org if you
do not do email then call 863-801-1607.
In Loving Memory of
Mike Spires aka Panzy
OC SO starts program for ag interests
By Eric Kopp these ag areas is often harder or impossible
Okeechobee News to locate," said OCSO Agriculture Deputy Mi-
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office chael Hazellief. "The program will aid us in
(OCSO) has started a new program specifi- responding quicker."
cally for agricultural interests that is aimed at Under the program, each ranch will be
gathering contact information for use in an assigned a number, which will be placed on
The Agricultural Emergency Contact a predominant structure on that property-
Program will provide valuable information such as a fence post or entrance gate. That
to the appropriate contact person(s) in the number will then coincide with data stored
event of loose livestock, trespass, fire, theft, at the sheriff's office. This will allow informa-
injuries that occur on their property and nat- tion given to the sheriff's office to be quickly
All of the information provided to the accessed in case of an emergency.
sheriff's office is on a voluntary basis. But The sheriff's office has the necessary
the more information provided by the own- forms on hand, or they can be obtained
er of a ranch, grove or other agricultural op- from any of the OCSO deputies on the ag-
eration, the more efficient deputies will be in riculture unit.
carrying out their duties.
"Contact information of an individual For information or to get the necessary
residence is often readily available in the form, contact the Okeechobee County Sher-
computer, but the contact information for iff's Office at 863-763-3117.
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Okeechobee News August 16, 2009
Work continues to restore
city park band stand
On Friday, Aug. 14, work began by the
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee on a complete
restoration of the Band Stand in the city park.
Even in these tough economic times, a num-
ber of local companies and organizations
have come through to show their true love of
Okeechobee and its historical preservation.
While it may be easier to just demolish
and rebuild, groups like the Fraternal Order
of Police of Okeechobee and the Internation-
al Association or Firefighters of Okeechobee
have decided that it is time to assist the Ki-
wanians and rebuild this local centerpiece.
In addition, companies including All
Bright Electrical, Luviano Roofing, Gene
Woods & Sons Concrete, W & W Lumber,
Okeechobee Asphalt & Ready Mix Concrete,
Waste Management and the Home Depot
have donated labor and materials including
all roofing, electrical, paint, lumber, concrete
and waste removal.
Cowboys Restaurant, SkipJack's Restau-
rant and Jersey Mike's are donating food
and The Stitchin' Post is donating t-shirts for
those working on the project.
Some of the upcoming renovations in-
clude a completely new roof with new fascia
boards. Electrical renovations will include
updating of lighting using low heat energy
efficient fluorescent lighting.
Two companies, Gene Woods and Sons
and Okeechobee Asphalt and Ready Mix
have donated to the concrete renovations
including a new access ramp for those who
JILLIAN RENEE STOKES
Happy 1st Birthday
August 13, 2009
We Love You So Much!!!
Bubba and Sissy
Project coordinator and Kiwanis mem-
ber, J.D. Mixon said that the thought of add-
ing the ramp came to him during last year's
Santa in the Park event. He stated that an
access ramp would ensure that all children
would be able to come and visit Santa under
the roof of the bandstand instead of having
to wait for Santa to come out to meet them.
Mr. Mixon also mentioned that there would
be new landscaping added around the band-
stand and that the current horizontal poles
would be replaced with more attractive rails
Mr. Mixon stated that much work still
needs to be done and that the project is slat-
ed to be ongoing for another week or so.
A rededication of the structure will be set
for fall with an event to celebrate the comple-
tion of the project.
If you have any questions, you may con-
tact the event organizer, J.D. Mixon at 863-
Continued From Page 1
The extension office has requested
$242,545. The proposed budget contains
$204,084, excluding the livestock show and
4 H travel.
Okeechobee Main Street was funded at
$15,000 instead of the requested $20,000.
The general fund budget is at $11,058,320,
a reduction of $536,471. Sales tax proceeds,
which make up part of the revenue of the
general fund, are projected to be down
$109,373 from the current year.
There's good news in the county attor-
ney's budget. That budget is down $11,821
due in part to a reduction in the use of out-
A budget analyst position has been cut
from the county administrator's budget.
Expenditures directly related to the board
of county commissioners have been cut
Veterans services requested $88,544.
That department is being funded at $85,057,
which is an increase of $512 over the cur-
The medical examiner is being funded at
$94,001 a reduction of $5,432 from the cur-
Parks and recreation requested $407,952.
The proposed budget contains $401,626 for
that department-a reduction of $27,557
from the current year. Part of the decrease
is due to savings in insurance and workers
The sports complex requested $313,632,
but that amount cut to $282,350.
The budget for the summer camp pro-
gram was actually increased from the re
quested $63,965 to a proposed $64,134.
The total cost will depend on the number of
camp counselors needed.
The airport requested $387,582 and got
$210,530, according to the proposed bud-
get. Airport operation costs are kept down,
in part, by the fact that the airport director
divides her time between the airport and the
tourist development counsel.
County administrator Lyndon Bonner said
the airport manager position will remain va-
cant for the coming budget year. Toward the
end of the year he will determine whether or
not to hire a full-time airport director.
Facilities maintenance is one of the few
departments to show an increase in fund-
ing because of the renovated courthouse
Revenue coming into the transportation
trust fund is predicted to be a $560,703-a
reduction from the current year.
The number of positions in the road de-
partment is being cut from 35 to 23.
It must be noted that all of these figures
are preliminary and could change before fi-
nal adoption of the budget.
Commissioners will meet again at 1 p.m.
on Monday, Aug. 17, to continue their bud-
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Okeechobee Main Street hosts 'Mixer' event
Okeechobee Main Street's monthly mix-
er was hosted by Chloe's Closet and Mike's
Okeechobee Guns on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
Mike O'Connor of Mike's Okeechobee Guns,
Susan Barber and Cindy Guillot of Chloe's
Closet hosted over 80 attendees who enjoyed
networking, refreshments, live music and
door prizes. We would like thank Preya Per-
saud, MPT, Seacoast National Bank, Hilary
McKeich of Aflac, The Hampton Inn, Histor-
ic Publications, East Coast Designs, Chloe's
Closet and Mike's Okeechobee Guns for the
great door prizes. Main Street's September
Mixer will be held at the Holiday Inn Express
Thursday, Sept. 17, from 5 -7 p.m. Whether
you have a business or just live in Okeecho-
bee County and would like to know more
about Okeechobee Main Street please join
us. The public is always invited to attend.
Attending at the recent "Mixer" event were: Main Street President, Maureen
Burroughs; Promotions Chairperson, Cheryl Daniels; Host and Chloe's Closet
business owner, Susan Barber along with co-owner, Cindy Guillot; Main Street
Treasurer, Terry Burroughs; Main Street Design Chairperson, Renee' Mims;
Main Street Executive Director, Toni Doyle and representing Mike's Okeechobee
Guns, Cindy O'Connor.
Miss Okeechobee County Fair, Alex
Ming; her mother, Sharon Ming and
Aunt Cheryl Daniels enjoy Okeecho-
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Celebrating birthdays at this month's Main Street Mixer were Cindy Guillot, Mike
O'Connor, Teresa Chandler, Terry Burroughs, Susan and Thomas Barber.
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I noticed my dogs were in the back yard
trying to play with some large creatures in the
bushes. I'm glad they were not pythons, but
discovered what the neighbor called Cane
Toads. I've heard these are harmful what
can I do to get rid of them? -- Vicki
Cane toads are also known as Marine or
Bufo toads, Bufo marinus. While they won't
grow to the 17 foot length of that recently
found python snake, they can get big enough
to fill a Great Dane's food bowl. The problem
with this invasive creature is that it produces
a very poisonous secretion that can seriously
harm a dog, cat or kid that gets the toxin on
their skin or in their eyes.
The best defense is not to leave pet food
outside in bowls where the toad will find it.
If you have these horrible hoppers around,
ask your neighbors about how they feed their
pets. It may take some area-wide changes in
pet feeding methods to eliminate then for your
area. To get rid of these creatures, first be sure
you've identified this toad correctly before
euthanizing it. A similar native species, the
Southern toad (Bufo terrestris), looks a lot like
the Marine toad but is actually harmless to pets
and wildlife. Request our bulletin for more de-
tails, and share it with your neighbors.
I'd suggest putting on a good pair of thick
rubber gloves and some safety goggles. Pick
up the toad and place it in a heavy duty plas-
tic bag. Tie it off and put that bag in a second
bag, again tying it off to prevent escape. Place
the whole thing in a freezer (not the refrigera-
tor) for three or more days. This is the recom-
mended, humane way to euthanize this pest.
Then bury the frozen dead pest deep in the
ground or add it to the trash can.
I am trying to find information on a cater
pillar that has eaten one of my Snow on the
Mountain bushes. They also did a good job
on a friend's plants a couple of houses down
from us. I see that it turns into a white tipped
black moth. But what I really want to know
is will the now leaf-less bush come back or
die? I do not use poison in or anywhere near
our home or garden. I have used soapy wa-
ter on some plants to get rid of insects, but I
really don't have a problem with most things
in the garden. I just wanted to know what to
expect? Felicia (a natural gardener)
If your Snowbushes are well established
and in good health before spanworms find
them, they should recover with new growth.
The concern would be that the pupa will be
resting in and around your plants and could
come back again to take off all the leaves.
Constant feeding by these caterpillars may
slowly kill your plants.
Soap works well on sucking insects like
aphids, but has limited effect on caterpillars.
Consider using a bacterial based insecticide
with Bacillus thuringiensis, a.k.a. "B.t." This
bacterium causes the caterpillars that feed on
treated leaves to get a bad case of diarrhea,
and they die. B.t.s are approved in certified
organic farms that produce food crops. Don't
get it on other plants that are feeding any desir-
able caterpillars that create butterflies. And, if
you need to add some spreader sticker to the
spray mix, don't use soaps with "anti-bacteri-
al" agents -you would be "shooting blanks."
Some trade names for BT products include
Dipel, Thuricide, and Safer's Caterpillar Killer
there are many other trade names for this ma-
A very deer problem
We live in the Fort Drum area. A visitor
wanted to repay our hospitality and planted a
number of citrus trees in our yard. They were
doing fine until recently, when deer came out
of the woods and had them for lunch. Fencing
is not an option where we live. Do you have
any suggestions on how to discourage these
four legged predators? ~Martha -
Martha thank you for your question. Fenc-
ing is the best alternative for keeping these
grazing goblins from consuming your crops,
but if this is not possible, UF Extension Wild-
life Specialists suggest there are a few kinds
of repellents that might help. Repellents are
described as "contact" or "area." Contact re-
pellents, applied directly to the plants, repel
by taste. Area repellents are applied near the
plants to be protected and repel deer by odor
alone. They are usually less effective than
contact repellents but can be used in some
situations where contact repellents cannot be
Contact repellents can contain several in-
gredients such as putrescent (rotten) whole
egg solids, ammonium soaps, Thiram [a fun-
gicide that acts as a (taste) deer repellent] and
pepper sprays. Since soap sprays are good for
controlling other kinds of insect pests in citrus,
try using a soap spray base and adding these
deer contact repellent substances to the spray
If deer continue to be a problem, be ad-
vised that some plants have been shown to
be less attractive than others. A UF Bulletin
has this list of plants that are less attractive to
wildlife [http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW137. Other
alternatives like shooting and poisoning wild-
life have severe restrictions and rules. We can
refer you to wildlife officers for those details if
you are interested.
Send your garden question by fax (863-763-
5901), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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please email the Extension office at okeecho-
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Local residents can stop by our office at 458
Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee, and visit our
Okeechobee County Master Gardeners from 1
to 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons.
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Test your PGA knowledge
By Daniel Shube
It is major time again with the 91st
PGA Championship set for August 10-16
at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska,
Minn. Many readers have told me that they
enjoy learning about the majors from the
little quizzes I put together. So, with an as-
sist from the PGA of America, take on the
1. The PGA Championship trophy was
donated and named for which department
2. Who won the first PGA Champion-
ship in 1916?
A. Jim Barnes
B. Denny Shute
C. Walter Hagen
D. Byron Nelson
3. Who won the PGA Championship in
1917 and 1918?
A. Jim Barnes
B. Sam Snead
C. Doug Ford
D. Nobody (it was cancelled for WWI)
4. Who won the PGA Championship in
A. Ben Hogan
B. Sam Snead
C. Jack Burke
D. Nobody (it was cancelled for WWII)
5. The last time for what at the PGA
Championship was in 1957?
A. Cancellation for a war
B. A sudden-death playoff
C. Match play
D. A back-to-back winner
6. In what year did Jack Nicklaus win
his first of a record-tying five PGA Cham-
7. Who was the last player to win the
PGA Championship at Hazeltine?
A. Rich Beem
B. Tiger Woods
C. Chad Campbell
D. Phil Mickelson
8. Who shot a final round 4 over 76, the
highest final round ever for a PGA Champi-
A. David Toms
B. Tiger Woods
C. Vijay Singh
D. Justin Leonard
9. Who is the defending champion for
this year's PGA Championship?
A. Tiger Woods
B. Vijay Singh
C. Phil Mickelson
D. Padraig Harrington
10. Ryo Ishikawa will be the youngest
player ever to tee it up at a PGA Champion-
ship. How old will he be?
Check out the answers below to see
how you scored for the championship.
Six correct or less and you can go pick-up
the balls on the range. Seven correct and
you are an Assistant Pro. Eight correct and
you are a Head Pro. Nine correct and you
earned your tour card. All ten correct...
hoist the trophy!
Answers: 1. B; 2. A; 3. D; 4. D; 5. C; 6. B;
7. A; 8. C; 9. D; 10. C
Sports News in Brief
Youth Soccer sign
Sign-ups for the Okeechobee County Rec-
reation Department's Youth Soccer League
will be held Monday through Friday, from
8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., beginning Monday,
Aug. 24, through Friday, Sept. 4. Registra-
tion is $35 per child and is being conducted
at the Recreation Department office at 640
N.W 27th Lane, located at the Sports Com-
plex. The League will consist of five age divi-
sions: 14 & Under, 12 & Under, 10 & Under,
8 & Under and 6 & Under. Parents will need
to present a copy of the participant's Birth
Certificate at time of registration. Partici-
pant's age as of Dec. 31, 2009 will determine
age division. Games are played locally and
are scheduled to begin Saturday, Oct. 3, with
league play ending before Christmas. Spon-
sors, coaches and volunteers are needed.
Please call 763-6950 for more information,
Soccer clinic postponed
The soccer clinic scheduled for, Aug.
10-14 was postponed. Instead, the clinic
will be condensed to a one-day session
tentatively scheduled for Saturday,
Sept. 12, from 8 a.m.-noon. The price is
$15 per child (ages 5-19). For more informa-
tion, please call Josephine O'Mallan at 863-
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18, boaters will not be allowed to navigate
through the S-193 navigation lock at Taylor
Creek into Lake Okeechobee. Also on Tues-
day, navigation locks on Lake Okeechobee
at J&S Fish Camp and at Henry Creek that
have been secured in the open position for
the past month will be placed back into op-
eration, requiring boaters to lock through to
enter and leave Lake Okeechobee.
This action is being taken as the lake
level in this area is expected to be at or
above 14 feet NGVD next week. This lake
level requires that navigation lock gates be
closed or placed into operation to provide
flood protection for homeowners upstream
of the navigation lock. Required repairs to
the manatee protection device on the gates
at the Taylor Creek navigation lock prevent
this lock from being placed into operation
until those repairs are completed by the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers. This work is pro-
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Deputy: Vision Quest
client bit detention staff
By Eric Kopp
A naked teen was arrested and taken to
jail after she allegedly bit two Vision Quest
staff members and hit another in the groin.
Tressica C. Lee, 14, Bell Ave., Fort Pierce,
was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 11, on two counts
of battery on detention staff and one count
of disorderly conduct. She was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail then released to
the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).
An arrest report by Deputy Carl Arnold,
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), states that when she arrived at Vi-
sion Quest, 42660 U.S. 441 N., there were
five staff members trying to restrain Lee.
The report goes on to state that Lee, who
was naked, was being held down by the five
One staff member,
stated Deputy Arnold,
had a "deep and swol-
len" bite mark to her
right wrist. Lee had also
bitten another male staff
member and elbowed
a second male staffer in
the groin, the report con-
Deputy Arnold put Tressica Lee
wrist restraints on the
teen and, after putting
into her patrol car, covered Lee with a blan-
Upon arrival at the county jail, the dep-
uty stated that female corrections officers
helped get Lee out of the car, into jail, then
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HIGHLANDS COUNTY-An Okeecho-
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County Jail after she reportedly cut the neck
of another woman with a steak knife.
Tamara K. Chapman, 46, Broadland Lane,
was arrested Saturday, Aug. 8, on a charge of
aggravated battery. As of Thursday, Aug. 13,
she was still being held in jail under a bond
An arrest affidavit by Deputy James A.
Green, of the Highlands County Sheriff's
Office (HCSO), states that Chapman struck
the female victim in the
left side of the neck with
the knife. The victim suf-
fered a cut to her neck
that was estimated to be
between 1 and 2 inches
Until the victim saw
blood coming from her
neck, she thought Chap-
man had hit her with
her hand, stated Deputy
The arrest report did not give a reason for
the alleged attack.
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occ, priv. entrance, w/d,
$140/wk & dep., utils
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Pioneer Estate area,
$98,000 or best offer.
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park, seasonal or yearly.
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Notice of Hearing
Okeehobee Count Caode Enforcement
The Okeechobee County spea Magistate will hld a public meetig on
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 2:00 p The public eting wll be hld at
he Okehobee County Heath Depment Auditorium, located at 1728
.. 9th Anue Okehobee, Florda F For more information, ntat aye
Huffman at the Planning and Deve opmentl Department, 499 N.W. 5th Ave-
nue, Oke0 hobee, Forida 34972,863) 824-3015.
Sinterested paes have the opportunity to be heard t this pblic
meting. Any pen diving to appeal any decision by the Code Enforce-
ment Speia Magistate with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting will need to ensure that a erbatim reord of the prceedingUs is
lade and that the rerd indudes the testimony and evidee upon which
the appeal wil Obe based Code Enforcement tapes are for the le purpo
f backup for official records of the Department.
aye Hluffman, Seetary to the
Code Enforement Secia Magistrate
330423 ON 8/14,V16
The Value Adjustment Boad of Okchobee County wll conne on Friday,
August 21, 2009, at 9:00 am at the Okeechob County Health Depart
ment Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeehobee, Flonda.
Any pe n deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board wh re-
spect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a reord of the
aeedins and that for such purp he or she wll nd to re
ehat a verbatim rer o such proeedings is made, which record sha in-
clude the testimony and evidee upon which the appeal s to be based.
Canane .N I han dler, Caelmn
Value Adustment Board
Okeechoee County, Fltorida
haroet Rabertsn, C erk
Value Adjustment Board
Okeechobee Coun, Florida
330420 OM 8/14,16/09__
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Okeechobee recent grad
to attend The Citadel
By Pete Gawda
Another Okeechobee High School gradu-
ate serves his country. Jonathan Schrock.
18, OHS Class of 2009 and son of Joel and
Janet Schrock, left Thursday, Aug. 13, to at-
tend classes at The Citadel where he has a
four-year Army ROTC scholarship.
The Citadel is a prestigious military acad
emy in Charleston, S.C. noted for its educa-
tional reputation and its rich history. Gradu-
ates of The Citadel have served in every U.S.
war since the war between Mexico and the
U.S. in 1846.
Mr. Schrock was a member of the OHS
JROTC unit, serving as cadet sergeant major
his senior year. He follows in the footsteps
of other family members who served in the
military He plans to make a career of the
army after he graduates with a degree in Submitted to the Okeechobee News
electrical engineering and a commission as Okeechobee High School graduate
a second lieutenant. Jicnathan Schrock will be attending
Post your opinions In the Public Issues For n ah
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can The Citadel on an Army ROTC scholar-
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. ship.
Woman enters into plea deal with state
By Charles M. Murphy first degree murder in the shooting death of
Okeechobee News Thomas Dellarco, 72. He was also convicted
An Osceola County woman, who was the of burglary of a structure while armed with
girlfriend of convicted murderer Terry Mar- battery, grand theft-firearm, cruelty to ani-
vin Ellerbee, was sentenced to 106 days in mals and grand theft-auto.
the Okeechobee County Jail after entering Reed, 28, was Ellerbee's girlfriend at the
into a plea deal with the state. time and was with him in the days preceding
Amber Reed entered a plea of no contest and after the homicide. She was not charged
to charges of cheating at common law and in connection with the murder.
grand theft but was not convicted of any Reed was also ordered to pay court costs
crime, said Assistant State Attorney Ashley and fees.
Albright. Ellerbee faces the death penalty for his
Reed testified for the state in Ellerbee's crimes. No date has been set for his sentenc-
June trial. Ellerbee, 24, was convicted of ing.
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