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Vol. 101 No. 104 Sunday, August 29, 2010

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Sheriff's budget battle continues

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
It's a battle of wills and neither the Okeecho-
bee Board of County Commissioners nor Sher-
iff Paul May are blinking.
On one side are the commissioners who,
on Wednesday, Aug. 25, told the sheriff his por-
tion of the county's now $2,554,939 budget
shortfall is 55.44 percent.
On the other side is Sheriff May who, based
on the county's new apportionment method,
must now cut another $1,461,522 to get to a

Drug raid in



ends in gunfire
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The quiet night in the Echo Estates subdivi-
sion was shattered with gunfire Thursday night
when deputies executed a search warrant on a
ranch-style home to look for drugs.
As members of the Special
Response Team (SRT) from
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) served
the warrant on the S.W 18th
Terrace home at 8:03 p.m., a
deputy was forced to fire his
weapon when he was con-
fronted by a male suspect
who reportedly had a 9mm
Jose Carrillo handgun aimed at him.
"Serving a search warrant
is one of the most dangerous
parts of our job," said Sheriff Paul May. "I thank
the good Lord that none of my deputies were
hurt, and that no one in the home was hurt."
Arrested Aug. 26 was Jose Carrillo, 26, who

"I still think it's terribly unfair ... I don't understand it
-- never have. I'm just totally speechless that that much
shortfall is put on one department."
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul Mai

total budget for his office of $15,183,418.
To do this will mean, in all likelihood, that
he will have to lay off up to 26 people, in ad-
dition to the nine already removed from his

Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Fortunately, no one was injured in this
S.W. 18th Terrace home Thursday night,
Aug. 26, when shots were fired as mem-
bers of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office Special Response Team served a
search warrant on the home. One man,
Jose Carrillo, was arrested on felony
drug charges after detectives from the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force al-
legedly found marijuana and packaging
supplies in the home and in a shed be-
hind the home.
was eventually charged with possession of
marijuana with intent to sell, child neglect and
possession of a firearm during the commission
of a felony. Because he had yet to have his first
appearance hearing, Carrillo's bond had not
been set by newspaper deadline.
The deputy has been placed on paid admin-
istrative leave and his identity has not been re-
See SHOTS Page 6

"I'm not going to lay anyone off until I'm
told I have to," the sheriff said in a phone in-
terview Wednesday afternoon. "We're going
to cut everything we can cut before we get to
See SHERIFF Page 13

Suspect and

deputy fight

in canal

Deputy escapes

drowning attempt
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A deputy with the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) narrowly escaped
the black water of a lo-
cal canal Thursday after a
suspect reportedly tried to
drown him.
Deputy Matt Hurst es-
caped with his life after
Claude Eric Bailey, 31, S.E.
25th St., tried to avoid ar-
rest by jumping into a canal
and then pushing Deputy Clau
Hurst under water. Claude
"This officer was very Bailey
lucky," said Sheriff Paul
May. "Our deputies are facing more danger
each and every day. We're very happy this
turned out the way it did."
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Okeechobee News August 29, 2010

Buffo frogs, snakes and spiders

-watch out dogs and cats

By Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM
Okeechobee Humane Society
Our dogs and cats don't know that spiders
can hurt them, that Buffo Frogs can spray them
with poison and kill them and that snakes can
bite them and potentially kill them. It's up to
us to watch our pets and if any of these three
menaces are thought to have harmed them we
need to get them to the veterinarian. The Bufo
Marinus is a big frog. It releases a potentially
deadly toxin from glands in its shoulders and
head. When threatened by a dog or cat trying
to play with it or corner it, it will release a milky
substance onto your pet.
The amount of toxin sprayed, the health
condition of your pet, and the size of your pet
will determine how sick your pet will become
and if it will die. Death can occur as fast as 15
minutes after an animal comes in contact with
the toxin which affects the nervous system and
heart. Your pet's gums will probably become
very red and swollen and he will salivate a
great deal. The toxin will work its way through
the body causing harm to the mouth, stomach,
heart and nervous system. You might see a loss
of balance, shaking, bumping into walls, and
You must remove the toxin out of your pet's
mouth by rinsing the mouth. It is not simple
but it can be done with care. Taking a hose on
low pressure or a turkey baster rinse your pet's
mouth with tepid water. You must be careful
not to get water down your pet's throat or in

his nose. You must bring your pet to the vet
erinarian anyway, so if rinsing is a problem
don't do it. If your pet is not
awake or is seizuring don't
attempt to rinse his mouth.
Put him into a carrier (for his
own protection) and get to
the veterinarian. Don't delay.
Just because you rinsed out
some of the toxin, chances
are that some of it entered
SJ his system. While there is
r. Jane no cure for this toxin, your
Bicks, DVM veterinarian can support
your pet's body. This is no easy task because it
involves the heart, the brain, the stomach and
A snake bite is not uncommon and can be
lethal so you must get your pet to your veteri
narian as soon as possible. Chances are that
the bite will be on the face or on a leg. Don't
put any tourniquets on the leg or try to cut out
the poison. Keep your pet as calm as possible,
trying not to move the leg or head. Antivenom
is very difficult to get. Your veterinarian will
treat your pet much the same way as with a
Buffo toad; support your pet as the poison trav
els around the body.
Spider bites can be nasty. The tissue around
the bite may die leaving a big sore that will
probably become infected. Wash the area with
some tepid soap and water. Pour some hydro
gen peroxide on it and bring your pet to your

Okeechobee Livestock Market Report

August 23 and 24, 2010
Breaking $56.00 $61.00
Cutter $52.00 $59.00
Canner $46.00 $48.00
1000-1500 $63.00 $67.50
1500-2000 $68.00 $78.00


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Prices good and steady
Hfrs with some calves on the
front end $2 higher. Plain-
122-135 er calves were $1 lower.
117-122 Slaughter prices held steady.
110-117 David Lott of Lake Placid
106-116 topped the calf market with
98-104 a high of $2, bought by
98-105 Reynolds. Lightsey Cattle of
95-105 Lake Wales topped the cow
market with a high of $66,
Hfrs bought by Central.
110-140 Oct. 8 Bred heifer sale
100-130 Oct. 15 Graham Angus
102-127 Oct. 22 Lemmon Angus
100-116 Oct. 29 Little Creek
85-100 Brangus
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Okeechobee News

August 29, 2010

Deputies extinguish kitchen fire i| i mT'

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Extensive damage was done to the inte-
rior of a residence in Crooked Creek Planta-
tion on Thursday afternoon according to a
report from Okeechobee County Fire Res-
Crews were dispatched to 11455 N.E.


Most Wanted

The following people are among
Okeechobee's Most Want-
ed persons. There are ac-
tive warrants for each of
The criteria for making
Okeechobee's Most Want-
ed top five is based on the
severity of the crime in con-
junction with the age of the
warrant. Joel
If you have any informa- Santiago
tion on the whereabouts of
any of Okeechobee's Most Wanted you can
call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at
1-800-273-TIPS (8477).
If you call Treasure Coast Crimes Stop-
pers, you have the option of remaining anon-
ymous. You can also receive a reward if the
information results in an arrest.
Joel Santiago, DOB 2/21/1982, 5'5", 140
lbs.. Third Degree Theft. Bond $5000.

51st Court just after 1 p.m. and found smoke
coming from the single family residence.
Deputies apparently arrived at the scene
before fire crews and were able to put out
the flames.
Firemen brought four units to the scene
and six firemen. They used large fans to
clear the residence of smoke.

One resident suffered minor smoke inha-
lation but refused transport to the hospital.
Firemen said the kitchen will need major
The resident apparently forgot food was
left on the stove and the flames caught part
of the kitchen on fire, firemen added.

Okeechobee 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
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Stephanie Metcalf, 21, N.W 30th Lane,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 26 by Depu-
ty Lieutenant Keith Murrish on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging her with viola-
tion of probation petit theft and violation of
probation uttering forged bills. She is being
held without bond.
Charles Allen Fox, 21, Okeechobee,
was arrested Aug. 26 by Deputy Matthew
Hurst on a warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation possession of oxycodone
and violation of probation possession of
a controlled substance without a valid pre-
scription. He is being held without bond.
Donna Marie Whitmire, 51, S.E. 28th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 26 by

Deputy Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with violation
of probation driving under the influence.
She is being held without bond.
Robertino Gaona, 28, S.E. 10th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 26 by Depu-
ty Corporal Aric Majere on an Osceola Coun-
ty warrant charging him with failure to ap-
pear driving under the influence and failure
to appear driving while license suspended.
His bond was set at $9,998.
Danny Alexander, 51, N.E. 15th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 27 by Dep-
uty Sergeant Robert Coleman on a felony
charge of uttering a forged instrument and a
misdemeanor charge of petit theft. His bond
was set at $3,000.
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
information will be confirmed and printed.

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Jeanette Hill D.O., Irma Romero, M.D., Carlos Torneria, M.D. and
Marisa Bracero, ARNP
Luis Diaz, D.M.D. and Sondra Fulford, RDH

Will be located at the

Dr. Fred Brown Children's Health Center


Dr. Fred Brown Children's
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2015 Highway 441 North
Okeechobee, FL 34972

Phone: 863-763-1951

Lakeshore Medical
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Paulette Disinger, ARNP and JoAnne Weiss, ARNP
Will be located at
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On August 16, 2010, when Mom
passed away, all of the love and sup-
port from her friends and community
helped in our grief. She was an amaz-
ing, loving person to her family and to
so many that knew her.

Matthew Buxton, Paul Buxton and the
staff at Buxton Seawinds Funeral Home,
I don't know how we would have made it
through this time in our lives without you.
Our entire family thanks you from the
bottom of our hearts for your kindness
and compassion.

Thank you to the wonderful staff of the
Big Lake Hospice of the Treasure Coast,
your warmth and kindness were a bless-
ing to us. A special thank you to
Chaplain Ed Skiba for his commitment
to Mom's spiritual wellbeing. Also, we
want to thank all the wonderful friends
who provided food and love from the
time Mom became ill to the days after,
you were dear angels. From our hearts,
we thank you and love you.

The Family of Helen Lowe

August 29, 2010

Okeechobee News

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Public Forum/Speak Out

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Reflections from the pulpit

Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the com-
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!

Now that school is back in session,
once again I ask parents, if your child is sick,
keep him or her at home. We do not need
sick children at school, spreading the germs
to all of the other children! If you love your
children, if they are not feeling well, keep
them at home. Take care of them. That's
your job as a parent. Do not send a sick child
to school.

This is to those who are so quick to bad
mouth agriculture. I have a grand idea as to
how you can address your passion of bash-
ing agriculture, and at the same time you can
also provide proof that you are not a hypo-
crite. All it takes is seven days of no intake
of any food or product (no coffee, cream,
milk, tea, bread, meat, vegetables, cereal, no
big Macs, no fried chicken, no corn, wheat,
nuts, potato chips, chocolate) produced
by agriculture. Don't forget: no beer, wine,
whiskey, sodas. Simply serve yourself and
your family with double portions of tourism.
See how far you get without agriculture. And
by the way, all cotton and wool clothes are
produced by agriculture, so you can't wear
most clothing and no shoes made of rubber
or leather.

Rabid bats
The story in the paper about rabid bats
is frightening. If they found a bat that tested
positive for rabies in the parking lot by the
Family Dollar Store off State Road 70, that
means the bats live in the area of Okeecho-
bee Estates. Bats usually live in big groups
and so you have to assume more bats were
exposed to rabies. All around that shopping
plaza are residential areas. Many people
could be at risk. If you live in that area, make
sure that your dogs and cats have been vac-
cinated as they could come in contact with
a rabid bat or other rabid animal. And if you
see a bat or other wild animal, don't go near
it, especially if you see a nocturnal animal
out during the daytime.

I am wondering if the kids who were
playing with the rabid bat have not told any-
one because they are afraid of the shots.
The shots are not that bad anymore. Rabies
shots used to be very painful shots given in
the abdomen but I think it was sometime in
the 1980s they came out with the new shots
that are just injected into muscle. Rabies
is usually fatal so it is very important those
children are found and given proper medical

Dumping trash
Can anyone tell me how it's legal to
dump your old furniture, cardboard beer
boxes, palm fronds, rugs, strollers, hoses,
insulation, and a partridge in a pear tree off
on the side of a street in a residential area?
From where I live, it is 7 miles to the landfill,
litterers! If you feel you just have to throw
it out on the ground in a pile, then pile it in
front of your house on your street! Or, better
yet, put it in a can and watch it magically dis-
appear on Thursdays. Here's a general rule
of thumb....if you have to look all around
you to see who's watching, then it probably
shouldn't be thrown there.
On a similar topic, some people don't
seem to realize that the dumpsters behind
businesses are not for public use. The busi-
nesses pay for those dumpsters so we will
have a place to put our trash. So please do
not fill up a dumpster with your yard debris
and trash. Business dumpsters are not for
public use. If you don't want to leave your
trash in front of your own property for pick
up, then haul it out to the dump.
Editor's note: Waste Management offers
the following information: Waste Management
does not charge an extra fee for collection of
bulky items like: furniture, refrigerators, etc.
Place your large I' ,;I items along your
curb, but separated from your household
Larger bulky items will be collected by
WM's 'clam-shell' type truck. (Place items
clear of mailboxes, utility boxes, fire hydrants,
fences, etc).
The driver for your household garbage
collection day will collect whatever bulky items
they can manage.
That driver will also make a note of your
address and report remaining bulky items for
collection to WM's clam-shell truck.
You may also call WM and notify them
that you have placed a bulky item curbside for
collection 357-0111 (OPTION 1) but it is not
STo report illegal dumping contact the Okee.
County Solid Waste Dept. at 863 763-1811.

Helping others
By Rev. Lois Moranville
Pastor, Okeechobee Church of the
Serving others is a basic foundation of
Christian life regardless of church atten-
dance or membership. By showing love
through meeting the needs of others, Chris-
tians model after Jesus Christ and strive to-
ward the judgment as a "good and faithful
servant" when we meet Christ face to face.
That's where so many of us get all messed
up, though; it's not about our striving (our
works) when it comes to God's standard
for righteousness. God has given us, if
we choose to accept it, a gift of salvation
through Jesus Christ's death and resurrec-
tion. We should love Him so much that we
choose to work for His glory. And when we
serve others, we serve Him.
In Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, he
explained that the Christian church is one
body, with Christ as the Head (Chapter 12).
We're all needed, and no one can say they
don't need others. We need to apply Paul's
metaphor as we work together for Christ
right here in Okeechobee. It's not about us,
though! The Christian life is really about oth-
ers. God uses all of us according to the gifts
and talents He has given us. It is our respon-
sibility to use His gifts wisely and according
to His will.
If we waste our time feeling useless or

sorry for ourselves because we are not like
someone else, we are wasting God's gifts to
us. Seek and use your gifts. Whether they are
something our society thinks is important or
not, they are important to God. Ask Him how
He wants to use you in Okeechobee. Ask
Him how He wants you to be a leader (or a
follower) in bringing Okeechobee closer to
where He wants us to be as a community.
He will answer! Be prepared. He never calls
us to easy tasks, but He doesn't leave us to
do them on our own.
First Corinthians 13 is often called the love
chapter, but how many of us live it? "Love
never fails. Where there are prophecies, they
will cease; where there are tongues, they will
be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will
pass away" (v.8). The greatest gift God has
given us is His eternal, unconditional love,
and the greatest gift we can give is to live
as an example of His love. We must serve
God is calling you to find a place to serve.
Many churches and nonprofit organizations
in Okeechobee need volunteers. The econ-
omy has hit budgets especially hard in or-
ganizations that depend on volunteers. But
God is not bounded by our world economy
or the situations here in Okeechobee. Give
of yourself, and watch how He blesses all
whom you serve. He will also bless you. We
can all be part of Christ's body as we work
together with HOPE (Helping Okeechobee
People Everyday).

Okeechobee Forecast

Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high
near 94. East northeast wind between 5 and 15 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Partly
cloudy, with a low around 75. East northeast wind around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a high
near 90. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Monday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with
a low around 72. East northeast wind around 5 mph.


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Letters to the editor

Budget woes
It has never been my desire to wade into
the turbulent waters of the political arena. It
is not now nor hereafter that I desire to do
so. In fact, I would hope this brief observa-
tion would be clear of political overtones.
It is a common sense approach to a seem-
ingly complex and unresolvable problem,
"The County Budget." It has been debated,
changed, readjusted, and many other things
that wordy adjectives would fail to bring
simplification or understanding to, "Ex
perts" have addressed the issue with logic,
wisdom, scholastic training, philosophical
rhetoric, and no doubt, personal agendas,
being disguised as "For the good of the peo-
ple." Meanwhile, confusion reigns, solutions
face, tempers flare, while the community is
held in suspense, if even not held hostage,
waiting for the "Good of the Community" to
come forth.
Maybe it is time for a new perspective:
A statement made in wisdom from the
distant past, even from eternity. A passage
from Ecclesiastes 8:11 address the issue and

"guarantee" an awesome outcome if and
when unwise decisions are made. When
the sentence of a crime is not quickly car-
ried out, the hearts of the people are filled
with schemes to do wrong. This statement
of super wisdom is read from the New In-
ternational Version. The author of the quote
if the Eternal God of Wisdom. Perhaps we
should listen.
When Law Enforcement, ordained of
God, is reduced by cutting manpower at the
satisfaction of "saving money," lives more
valuable than money are at risk to be lost.
Two things occur when Law Enforcement
cannot answer its call to responsibility.
1. Crime increases because of the influx
of new crime being committed. They don't
have the manpower to keep up; they can't
catch me, it's open season.
2. Crime increases by the fact that citizens
now take the law into their own hands, that's
a crime! The law won't ever bother to look
into this. I'll handle it myself. A new crime
committed and when are the lawmen to ad-
dress crime? He ain't there because he ain't.

The Master of wisdom has plainly told
us that lawlessness and anti-authoritism
will prevail (Matthew 24:12) Apparently,
that wisdom is not believed and certainly
not welcomed. In unwisdom, we scoff the
idea of increased evil and welcome it into
our community by opening the door to it by
our decision.
All our other emergency and care-giving
agencies are included and so urgently need-
And yes, by some, still greatly appreci-
Pastor Joe Bishop

If you have ever wondered why
Okeechobee stays out of the news at elec-
tion time is because of the dedication and
major effort made by Gwen Chandler, Su-
pervisor of Elections. She and her staff en-
sure that every aspect of voting prior to and
the day of the election is set up to avoid
any embarrassment. It was a privilege for
me to serve our community as a clerk un-

OHS Seniors receive scholarships

bill BlaCK presented YaKlesna auor- special io ine UKeecnoDee INews
don with the Okeechobee The Maga- Bill Black presented Carla Garcia with
zine Scholarship on OHS Scholar- the Frank Nami, MD Memorial Scholar-
ship Night 2010 held May 20 at the ship on OHS Scholarship Night 2010
OHS Lecture Hall. held May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.

Bridgette Waldau presented Adrian Special to the Okeechobee News
Leon with the Okeechobee Main
Street Top of the Lake Art Fest Toni Wiersma, presented Valerie Mc-
Scholarship on OHS Scholarship Kee with the National FFA Scholarship
Night 2010 held May 20 at the OHS on OHS Scholarship Night 2010 held
Lecture Hall. May 20 at the OHS Lecture Hall.

Bridgette Waldau presented Aman-
da Jansen with the Bridgette Waldau
Studio of Graphic Design Scholar-
ship on OHS Scholarship Night 2010
held May 20 at the OHS Lecture

Cpt. Gillette and Sgt. McKinnie pre-
sented Thomas Farrell and Deanna
Davis with the U.S. Marines/NROTC
Scholarship on OHS Scholarship
Night 2010 held May 20 at the OHS
Lecture Hall.

der her direction. Gwen and her staff made
us clear before any of us could step foot in
the poling place that we were well qualified
through training followed by an exam for
certification. Her tireless efforts day after day
in preparation never changed her positive
attitude ensuring us that we would do fine.
There was never a dumb question and no
matter how many times you picked up the
phone to bug her, she always responded in
a positive manner. Staff are only as good as
their leader and her staff displays the same
positive attitude. I want to thank my team
for their support in making Precinct 13 at the
Catholic Church a successful day!
One final point. Our forefathers and to-
day's men and women of the military made
it possible for us to have open and safe elec-
tions by the shedding of their blood for our
freedom of choice. It is discouraging when
people do not get out to, express their feel-
ings on what is occurring in today's society
by not voting. And these are the same peo-
ple who complain day after day and don't do
anything about it by not voting. You have no
right to complain if you do not vote. What
makes me proud to vote and serve is when a
disabled/elderly woman in her late 80s with
a walking cane used to balance, strolls in
slowly and expressed, "I hate absentee vot-
ing because it is a right to be able to walk in
here to vote."
Do I hear an "Amen?"
I look forward to Nov. 2, with my team
and a I hope you come out to vote.
God Bless,
Jim Vensel


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leased. OCSO Detective Ted Van Deman said
the deputy will be given a couple of days to
calm down before he is interviewed.
"There's a lot of psychological trauma,"
explained the detective. "That's why he
won't be interviewed for a few days-to
give him time to calm down and collect
Detective Van Deman will be handling
the criminal investigation, while OCSO Spe-
cial Investigator Dale LaFlam will conduct
the department's internal investigation into
the shooting. The drug investigation is being
handled by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Detective Van Deman said Friday after-
noon that his investigation, as well as that of
Investigator LaFlam's, is just beginning.
"We're just getting into the nuts and bolts
of it," he said.
Detective Van Deman said task force de-
tectives searched the home and found 6.5
grams of suspected marijuana, as well as 87
mini zip lock bags, a digital scale and a sus-
pected marijuana pipe. That substance was
field tested and indicated a positive result for
the presence of marijuana. The small bags
are commonly used in the sale of drugs,
added the detective.

Suspected marijuana was found in a
clothes drawer, a closet and in a wooden
shed in back of the home, stated a task force
arrest report.
Detective Van Deman said the SRT team
conducted a 'knock and announce' at the
front door of the single family home near
the end of this quiet street. When no one an-
swered, deputies opened the unlocked front
door and entered the home.
Once inside, team members split into
groups and began to search the home. As
the deputy in question rounded a corner he
was reportedly met by Carrillo, who was
pointing a loaded SCCY 9mm handgun at
"When the deputy walked around the
corner he came face to face with Carrillo,"
said Detective Van Deman.
Seeing the gun pointed at him, the deputy
fired four rounds from his H&K 9mm assault
weapon in Carrillo's direction said Detective
Van Deman. The detective said it appears
that Carrillo did not fire his weapon.
Carrillo, added the detective, was stand-
ing in the doorway of the master bedroom.
Behind him was his female paramour and
the couple's 17-month old baby. The wom-
an was questioned and later released.
After the deputy had fired his weapon,
Carrillo dropped his gun and laid down on
the floor. He was immediately taken into
The detective said the baby was turned
over to a grandparent.


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Nancy Elizabeth Wilbur
OKEECHOBEE -Nancy Elizabeth Wilbur,
age 78 of ( i.- .. ii. died at Raulerson Hospi-
tal on Thursday, AI, uii 1,1 2010.
She has been a resident of Okeechobee since
1972 and attended the Living Word of Faith.
Mrs. Wilbur also had numerous political ap-
pointments as the Advocate of Americans with
Disabilities. It was very common to see her out
riding around town on her scooter. She had a
strong love for her family and enjoyed being out
shopping and looking for the best deal.
Mrs. Wilbur is preceded in death by her hus-
band, Frank; and she is survived by three sons,
Lloyd Wheeler (Heather) of Tallahassee, John
Wilbur (Yvonne) of (li... i,, il David Wilbur
(Sonia) of ('i.. i. . ,.i daughter Becky Alderf-
er (Glen) of Inman, S.C.; and her sister, Grace
Ann Henderson of West Chester, Pa. She is also
survived by many grandchildren and a great
The family will receive friends for gathering on
Monday, August 30, 2010 at the Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home/Abundant Blessings
Church from 1-2 p.m. with a memorial service
beginning at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations
to be made in her memory to the Hospice of
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of the Buxton-
Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, 4450
HWY 441 North, ('i.. i I ,I, 863-357-7283

Michael Glenn Hamblen, 35
OKEECHOBEE -Michael Glenn Hamblen, of
(,I., i ,, ,I died Thursday, August 26, 2010 at
Raulerson Hospital.
Michael is a life time resident of ('i.. i i.. .
and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and
had a passion for cooking. He is also a member
of the Class of 93' from Okeechobee High
Services were held Saturday at the Buxton-
Seawinds Funeral Home/Abundant Blessings
Church with burial following at Evergreen Ce-
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of the Buxton-
Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, 4550
HWY 441 North, Okeechobee, 863-357-7283

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One round from the deputy's gun has
been recovered, said Detective Van Deman,
and two more were embedded so deeply in
the wall they couldn't be removed.
"If someone had been injured we would
have torn the house up to get them," he said
of those rounds.
The fourth round has not been found.

Carrillo, who has an arrest for driving un-
der the influence and a drug arrest from sev-
eral years ago, is the father of the child, said
the detective. Detective Van Deman said he
didn't know if the Department of Children
and Families (DCF) have been notified.
The task force's investigation is continu-
ing, said the detective.

Healthy Start Coalition meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on
Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 11:30 a.m. in their office located at 575 S.W 28th Street within
the New Endeavor High School Building. This meeting is open to the public. The more
information, please call Executive Director Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.

Benefit BBQ for Angle Arnold
A benefit BBQ dinner for Angie Arnold of Okeechobee will be held at the Okeechobee
Livestock Market on Saturday, Sept. 4. Tickets are $7 each. A raffle drawing will be held
on Sept. 11 with tickets at $5 each. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, please
call Carolyn at 863-634-6781 or Sharon at 863-634-6194.

OCEA plans general membership meeting
The Okeechobee County Education Association (OCEA) will have its first general
membership meeting of the 2010-2011 school year Thursday, Sept. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in
the cafeteria of the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W 2nd Ave. The agenda in-
cludes: an update on contract negotiations, addressing employee concerns, and solicit-
ing members for committees. Invited guests are representatives from Creative Benefits
and California Casualty Auto Insurance. If you are not a member of OCEA, you may join
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ment announced Friday that the three youths
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The families of the boys contacted the
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Rabies post-exposure treatment consists
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youngsters' attention. She scooped the lethar-
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Animal Control. Tests confirmed the bat was

Value adjustment board to hear tax appeals

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
As Benjamin Franklin once said: " this
world nothing can be said to be certain, except
death and taxes." While death is inevitable,
there is a remedy if someone feels they are un-
fairly taxed. They can appeal to the Okeecho-
bee County Value Adjustment Board.
That board held its organizational meeting
Friday morning, Aug. 27. County Commission-
er Joey Hoover was named chairman. County
Commissioner Margaret Helton and school
board member David Williams also sit on the
board. Michael Sumner and Bill Dover repre-
sent the citizens on the board. Glenn Sneider
is the board attorney. Joe Arnold is an alter-
nate member representing the school board
and Anita Nunez and Elvie Posey are alternate
citizen members.
The board passed a resolution establishing
filing fees and procedures for appeals in ac-
cordance with Florida Statutes 194.022 (5) and

194.013. With some exceptions, the filing fee
was set at $15.
Citizens who feel that their property has the
wrong classification for tax purposes can file
an appeal. In the past some property owners
have protested losing their agriculture classifi-
cation because the property appraiser felt they
did not have a bona fide agricultural operation.
Citizens also have the right to appeal the as-
sessed value of their property or the denial of
any type exemption. If the board rules against
them, they can appeal to the court system.
October 1 is the deadline for filing petitions.
To date five petitions have been received. Mr.
Sneider was appointed the good cause desig-
nee. That means if someone feels they have
a good cause for missing the filing deadline,
they can appeal to Mr. Sneider and he will de-
termine if the board will still hear the case.
After concluding the necessary organiza-
tional business, the board recessed and will
convene again Oct. 25 to hear cases that have
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Saturday September 25th in a benefit for
KOA Care Camp, A non-profit for children with
cancer, Classic Rock Group Atlanta Rhythm
Section will be performing Dinner will be as
follows:first seating 5:00 p.m. Concert starts
at 8:00 p.m.A Steak dinner is available before
the Concert and KOA is offering a "Hot Deal"
package for this event. For reservations call
863-763-0231 or go to www.okeechobee- Tickets for this event are $40.00
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Grouchos Comedy Coming
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Coming to the Okeechobee KOA Sunday
September 5th at 7:00 p.m. in a Family Come-
dy show is Michael Winslow from the movie
Police Academy. Tickets for this introductory
show are only $20.00 including food! Tickets
go on Sale soon and will be available at the
Okeechobee KOA front desk. KOA is offering
a special "Hot Deal" package for Labor day
with special price for tickets for KOA guests.
Reserved seating available first come basis.
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Motor vehicle accidents down

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Motor vehicle crashes declined more than
16 percent in Okeechobee in 2009, but the
number of fatal crashes and the number of
alcohol-related crashes increased, according
to the annual Florida trash crash statistics re-
leased in August by the Florida Department
of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
There were 337 traffic crashes in
Okeechobee last year which compared to
398 in 2008. The report added that alcohol
related crashes rose from 55 to 61 last year.
The number of fatal crashes rose from nine
in 2008 to 14 in 2009 with six of those fatal
crashes alcohol-related. The report stated
that 315 crashes resulted in injury last year
compared to 347 in 2008.
There were also two motorcycle fatali-
ties and 12 motorcycle crashes that resulted
in injury last year. The number of bicycle
crashes with injury dropped to three crashes
in 2009. There was one crash that resulted
in a pedestrian fatality last year, while eight
crashes resulted in pedestrian injuries.
The annual report showed 43 accidents
involved commercial vehicles last year, a
decrease from 55 in 2008. Three of those
crashes involved fatalities, and 30 resulted in
The City of Okeechobee had 80 vehicle

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Boys golf expects success in 2010 |

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
With five seniors and a group of other
returning veterans swinging the golf clubs
this fall, Okeechobee High School boys
golf could be braced for one of their best
teams ever.
New golf coach Kenny Buckner said he
is tickled pink by the effort and the ability
of the players. The only negative so far has
been an injury to prodigy Kodi Stephen
who suffered a broken bone in his back
and could be out as long as six weeks.
"We have a very experienced team. To
be honest, if we don't make it to the state
tournament this season would be con-
sidered a disappointment," Buckner said.
Buckner said the kids work hard and have
the talent to be a force in the region.
Okeechobee golf has reached the re-
gional for the past two years. The team in-
cludes talented seniors Mike Watson, Tim
Gray, Tyler Platt, Tony Devoss and Danny
Busbin. Richard Donegan is expected to
be one of the top golfers in the district.
Buckner said Donegan and Watson both
have the ability to win the district title as
"They are the two main cogs in the
wheel. That is not a slight against the other
guys. They put in a lot more time and have
really improved their games," he said.
Buckner also praised Platt for his off
season workout regimen. Newcomers
who could break into the lineup include
Justin Morgan, who had a hole in one at a
recent practice, Tyler Finney, Billy Childers,
and Cutter Crawford.
Buckner said it will be very difficult to
choose who should be in the lineup and
predicted they'll be a lot of different lineups
for the team this year. He said competition
for spots is always healthy for a program.
Top contenders in the district this year
include Jensen Beach, Martin County, and
Vero Beach.
Buckner said he has focused a lot on
the short game around the greens during
practices. He has also worked to improve
the boy's mental toughness.
"I've stressed to them that you can't
post good scores if you don't make the
greens in regulation," he added.
Buckner said while some of the seniors
have the ability to play college golf, it is
hard to get them noticed. Many of the kids

attend amateur tournaments on their own
to get noticed by college coaches.
The golf team hosted a fund raiser golf
tournament on Saturday at the Okeecho-
bee golf and Country Club. Buckner pre-
dicted better than 80 players. He also said
there was great community support from
local businesses for the tournament this

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Richard Donegan could be one of
the best high school golfers in our
area this year.

Justin Morgan enjoyed a hole in one on
the par 3, eighth hole at the Okeecho-
bee Golf and Country Club, during a
recent OHS boys golf practice.

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Seniors look to lead high school golf team to state

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Mike Watson and Tyler Platt are expect-
ed to be team leaders and one of the main
reasons the Okeechobee High School boys
golf team has one of their better seasons in
school history in 2010.
Watson and Platt both have been busy in
the off season as they fine tuned their golf
game. Watson for example played in the
Florida Junior Tour, the South Florida Junior
Tour and other events. He also has been tire-
less in his practice time at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club.
Platt also played in several junior tourna-
ments this summer. He played very well at a
Florida Junior Tour tournament at the Indian
River Country Club in Vero Beach. He won
two matches in match play golf and made
the finals of the tournament.
Watson said he feels this year will be a
great year as the team has a great bunch of
kids and a great group of players. "Every-
body knows their jobs. All the guys are do-
ing what they are supposed to be doing and
putting up some good scores in practice."
Watson, whose goal is to earn a college
scholarship, said he felt he has improved his
management of the golf course and the ac-
curacy of his shots. He said he has dropped
his average score by several strokes.
"I feel I'm getting more consistent. I don't
feel a lot of pressure to lead because we
have five seniors. I think all the guys know
what they are supposed to do to be success-
ful," he added.
Platt said one of the most exciting parts
of his senior year at OHS is golf. He said the
team has the ability to reach state and do
very well this year. "I wouldn't say there is a
lot of pressure. There are a lot of good golf-
ers on the team."

Platt has worked hard on his short game

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OHS lady linksters' game is on the upswing

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
More golfers with more experience will
play girls golf for Okeechobee High School
which adds to the optimism for their Coach
Lonnie Sears.
Last year's squad finished fifth in their
district and Sears said his goal is to see an
improvement on that finish this year.
"I feel we are vastly improved this year.
We'll see when the matches begin. Practice
is one thing and matches are another," Sears

Thirteen girls will compete for spots this
year. Only six can play in a match so Coach
Sears will have some tough decisions to
make from match to match. Top golfers
include Emily Raulerson, Rachel Rabon
and Kailey Hoover. Kaitlin Haymond is also
much improved over last year.
The golf team will play against Treasure
Coast Schools. Top district contenders in-
clude Martin County, Jensen Beach and Vero
Sears has gotten some help this year
from Hank Raulerson who is very knowl-
edgeable on the game of golf. Sears said he

has worked well with the girls to help them
improve their game.
The main area of improvement will be
striking the ball and fine tuning their work
on the tee and on the greens.
"We still have a lot to learn and many of
the girls are still learning their own games.
I think their attitudes are awesome," he
Sears has been with the program since its
beginning. While there have been good indi-
vidual golfers the program has not reached
a regional. Hoover was the first girl to make
the regional as an individual from Okeecho-
Sears said he likes that more and more
girls have come out to play golf. He said that

can only mean good things for the future.
"We always knew who the top six players
were in the past. Now there is competition.
We have some talent this year. Some haven't
played golf for long but the talent and ability
is there," he added.
Sears said many of the girl's fathers are
golfers and some of the dad's ability and in-
terest in the game has rubbed off on their
There are no seniors on this year's squad.
Sears said he thinks the younger players will
continue to improve and make the program
strong for the next couple of years.
"I can't predict whether we will win dis-
tricts or not. All I know is we have some tal-
ented players," he added.

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New beauty salon opens

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A new beauty salon has recently opened
in Okeechobee. What makes the Bad Apple
Salon, at 211 S.W Third St., unique is that m I

both operators, Kayla Cherry Mohoney and
Kelly Ann Demeter are graduates of the Paul
Mitchell School in Orlando. They have over
14 years combined experience. After work-
ing together for several years in another
salon, the two decided to go into business
together. They want to be active in the com-
munity and take part in fund raisers.
The salon uses Paul Mitchell products and
offers a variety of services including haircuts
and shampoos for men and women, hair-
cuts for children, permanents, hair coloring,
thermal relaxers and deep condition treat-
The hours are Tuesday through Thurs-
day 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. The telephone number is 863-467-
0197. They would prefer appointments, but
walk ins are accepted.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
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Kayla Cherry Mohoney, left, and Kelly
Ann Demeter are the operators of Bad
Apple Salon, at 211 S.W. Third St.


erryand Donna Campbell of Okeechobee,
Florida are proud to announce the
engagement of their daughter Emily
Campbell to Jake Streelman, son of Jeff and
Karen Streelman also of Okeechobee, Florida.
Grandparents of the bride are Mr. and
Mrs. Norm Andrews of Villa Park, Illinois, the
late Wilburt Chelin, Ms. Christine Campbell
of DeWitt, Arkansas, and the late Edward
Grandparents of the groom are Ms.
Dorothy Rozler of Okeechobee, Florida, the
late Russell Streelman, and the late Carlon
and Nattie Sawyer.

The bride graduated from Macomb High
School in Macomb, Illinois in 2004 and from
Florida Atlantic University in Port St. Lucie,
Florida in 2009. She is currently teaching 4th
grade at Everglades Elementary School.
Her fiance graduated from Okeechobee
High School in Okeechobee, Florida in 2005.
He is currently employed as a welder for Jake's
Welding, his family's welding business.
A June 18, 2011 wedding is planned at
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, with a rec-
petion at the KOA to follow. After the wedding,
they plan to reside in Okeechobee.

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Continued From Page 1
In the meantime, Sheriff May said he is
not backing off his vow to take his budget
battle to the governor of Florida in the form
of an appeal.
Before he can file his appeal, the sheriff
must wait until the commissioners have vot-
ed on his budget then presented their deci-
sion to him in writing. State statutes require
the sheriff to file his appeal in writing to the
Administration Commission within 30 days
of receiving the county's budget.
The executive office of the governor will
set a hearing date and then, within 30 days,
make their decision known on whether to
approve or deny the sheriff's appeal. The de-
cision of the commission is final.
According to Sterling Ivey of the gover-
nor's press office a sheriff's appeal "... has
never been denied, but simply because
agreement is reached between the county
commission and the constitutional officer."
"When we have a budget appeal from
a constitutional officer, we work with
the county commission staff to reach an
agreeable solution. If resolution cannot be
reached, the appeal would be taken to the
Florida Cabinet who would seek additional
information on the county and constitution-
al officer's budget," explained Mr. Ivey in an
e-mail. "The Florida Cabinet can intervene
directly but that rarely happens as staff is
generally able to work between the parties
to reach a solution before action is required
from the Florida Cabinet."
This year's budget battle began in May
when Sheriff May submitted a proposed
spending plan of $17,059,651, which was
1.88 percent less than his approved 2009/10
budget of $17,385,301.
When he was told that budget would not
be approved, he cut six full-time and three
part-time positions and a total of $1,088,000.
He then submitted a second proposed bud-
get of $16,296,542.
But, the commissioners and county ad-
ministrator Lyndon Bonner dug in their

heels and told Sheriff May he had to cut
even more. They did help a bit by taking
four Okeechobee Fire/Rescue Department
dispatchers and shifting their cost from the
sheriff to the Emergency Medical Service
(EMS) assessment.
This move saves Sheriff May $220,695.70.
Even though their cost will still show up
on the sheriff's budget, that cost will be to-
tally funded by the EMS.
As another possible cost-saving measure,
county commissioners have talked about
taking over the Okeechobee County Jail,
which would cut Sheriff May's budget by
over $6.4 million. The commissioners have
discussed the options of them running the
jail or entering into a contract with a private
corrections company.
The commissioners have also broached
the subject of taking over security operations
at the Okeechobee County Judicial Com-
plex. The sheriff's budget for courthouse
security is $1,003,777.
Sheriff May cautioned the county to be
careful about entering into a contract with a
private firm to run the jail. He told them they
would receive an initial figure that would be
just too good to turn down. However, when
they are well into the contract, that figure
would likely go up.
"The commission has some control over
this jail through me," said Sheriff May. "If the
commission takes over the jail I think it's a
bad idea. But, if they do it, that's their deci-
It's not known at this time when the
commission will vote on the sheriff's bud-
get, but it will have to be soon since their
new spending plan must be in place by the
start of the new fiscal year-Oct. 1.
"I still think it's terribly unfair," Sheriff May
said of his portion of the shortfall. "I don't
understand it never have. I'm just totally
speechless that that much shortfall is put on
one department."

Christian Business Breakfast meeting on Monday
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Okeechobee News

Sexual offenders and predators in Okeechobee County

Alcazar, Juan
7347 NW 90th Ct.

Alexander, Danny Aponte, Eric
1591 NE 15 St. 3502 SW 23 St.

Assamad, Naseem Barfoot, Matt
1040 NE 13 Ave. 608 NE 4 Ave.

Bramble, Timothy Brown, David
771 SE 25 St. 1902 SW 2 Ave.

Bryant, Charles
2025 SE 35 Lane


Butts, Travis
14625 NW 252 St.

Diaz, Charles
18725 NW 264 St.

Byars, Thomas
4493 SE 22 Court

Carnley, Jerry
3934 SE 29 Ct.

Diaz, Ruben Eubanks, Steven
11000 NE 120 St. 3694 NW 15 Ave.

Cross, Roland
650 NE 24th Ave.

Fisher, Terry
1708 NW 7 Ave.

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Lakeside RV, #61
4074 Hwy. 441 SE

Daugherty, Michael
7950 S.R. 78 W.,
Lot 230

Garrison, Roy
504 NW 16 St.

Davis, Frank
2950 NW 47 Ave.

Geddie, Barbara
565 NE 16th Ave.

Ub91 SH 7U W.,
Lot 30

Gomez, Rey
4202 SE 28 St.

*Hartford, Michael
2414 SE 30 St.

10461 NE 12 Lane

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Thomas 401 SW 3rd St.,
12911 NW160 St. Apt. A

Herrin, Billy
1435 NE 346 Trail

Hight, Ricky
1500 NE 42 Terrace

Johnson, Franklin Johnson, Orville
1310 SW 5 Ave. 14145 NE 26 Ave.

Joles, Christopher Jolly, Billy Jones, Raymond
2194 SE 25 Dr. 11999 NE 20th Ct. Ed
2802 SE 18 Terr.
The asterisk (*) denotes sexual predators.


Kloosterman, Billy Lee, Hobert
2053 G Center St. 14777 Hwy. 441 N.

Lee, Joseph
5605 NE 3rd Lane

Leitner, Marvin
2587 SE 63 Ave.

*Leitner, Rodney
1313 NW 44 Ave.

200 SW 9th St. Okeechobee
www. emuiiw.c. 863464-6570

Okeechobee News

August 29, 2010

August 29, 2010 Okeechobee News

LoveseeDonald Mackenzie, David
5Lovesee, Dol 1911 SE 29th St.,
14505 NW Center St. Apt. 1
Apt. 1

Maldonado, Roberto Manzi, Joseph
4711 NW 11 Dr. 407 SE 12th Ave.

Marr, Keith
2546 SE 27th St.

Marshall, Ira
907 NW 5 St.

Martin, Hebert
2338 SE 38 Trail

*McGurn, Ronald
28250 NE 69 Terr.

Oliver, Robert
16685 NW 203 St.

Salas, David
3473 SE 34 Ave.

Penedaromero, Poliakoff, Andre
Valenti 4701 Hwy. 441 SE,
5885 NE 8th Way Lot 18

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Self, Raymond
4425 Hwy. 441 S.,
LOT 68

Sheffield, David
3094 NW 74th Ter.

Ponds, Gary
8190 Hwy. 441 SE
Lot 2

Smith, Ronald
2028 SE 32nd St.

Pug, Jonn
4385 SE 50 Ave.,
Lot #26

*Stone, Wesley
1691 SW 11th St.

Rhoden, William
2416 SE 62 Ave.

*Suarez, Stevan
860 SW 13th Ave.

Rodriguez, Richard
3975 Hwy. 441 SE,
Trailer 8

Runner, Mark
9651 Hwy. 441 SE

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Suggs, William Sweat, Alejandro
17151 NW 38th Ave. 3753 NW 2nd St.

Tijerina, Ismael
3816 NW 35th Ave.

Tilley, Melvin Todd, Eugene
2628 NW 46th Ave. NE 3nd

Waters, Leslie 530 E 131st
530 NE 131st
9359 SE 60th Dr. 3N

Westberry, Alvin
10281 NE 2nd

4232 SE 22nd
F T _.A I I -r~ie

White, Adam
13080 NE 4th Terr.

3311 SE 33rd 18420
Terrace, Lot 29 St.

vvliie, jUIili vvliie, vviiiiIIT
3079 NE 11th 480 Hwy. 441 SE
Lane Lot #16

bouu rwy. 441


Wingfield, Godfrey
2227 NW 5th St.

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Yates, Bobby Yates, James
6660 Hwy. 441 SE, 17925 NW 33rd
Riverside Manor Terrace

Sheriff's office releases sexual offenders' list

The asterisk (*) denotes sexual predators. These photos
show registered sex offenders and predators for Okeecho-
bee County. All information provided herein was obtained
from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office is disclosing
this information to the public in order to enhance public
safety, awareness and protection.

This publication is not intended to increase fear, rather
it is the agency's belief that an informed public is a safer
public. For more information regarding these subjects, you
may access the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
website at: Or, you may contact
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office at 863-763-3117,
Ext. 2240.

August 29, 2010

Okeechobee News

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Okeechobee News August 29, 2010

Continued From Page 1
An OCSO arrest report stated that Deputy
Hurst, along with Deputy Lieutenant Gary
Bell, Deputy Sergeant Shannon Peterson
and Deputy Sarah Green were at Bailey's
house to help place him under arrest.
According to the report Ricardo Lynch
and Joseph Cracchiola from the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC) Probation and
Parole went to Bailey's home around 3:22
p.m. Aug. 26 to do a check on Bailey. The
report states that Bailey is currently on pro-
bation due to his arrest on a felony charge of
battery on detention staff.
When the DOC officers arrived at Bailey's
home they reportedly found him intoxicated

and arguing with his wife. At that point they
decided to place him under arrest.
However, Bailey apparently had other
He ran from his home and jumped into a
canal located behind his house. Despite the
orders of Mr. Lynch and Mr. Cracchiola, Bai-
ley refused to come out of the water. At that
point, Deputy Green called for additional
Sgt. Peterson and Deputy Hurst used a
boat to pursue Bailey and when the oppor-
tunity presented itself Deputy Hurst jumped
into the canal to take the man into custody.
However, stated the report, Bailey "... vio-
lently resisted Deputy Hurst... ."
As the deputy was trying to gain control
of the man, Bailey allegedly pushed him
under. The report is not clear on how long
Deputy Hurst was held under water.

When the deputy surfaced, Bailey struck
him, stated the report.
Deputy Hurst eventually gained control
over the intoxicated man, who was then
pulled from the water and placed in hand-
cuffs by Lt. Bell, added the report.
In Deputy Green's report she stated that
despite being handcuffed, Bailey continued
to struggle and fight with the deputies. He
was taken to the county jail where he then
began to fight with detention deputies, add-
ed Deputy Green.
The detention deputies placed Bailey in a
restraint chair.
Following his arrest Thursday, Bailey was
charged with violation of probation and is
being held in the Okeechobee County Jail
without bond.
This investigation is continuing.
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Ministerial Association to be Celebrity Servers
Members of the Okeechobee Ministerial Association will be celebrity servers at the
Okeechobee Golden Corral for dine-in only on Monday, Aug. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. All tips
for the servers will be donated to the building fund of St. Stephens AME Church, as their
church was destroyed during the hurricanes of 2005 and subsequently demolished. The
parishioners have since been meeting in a rented church and recently began an aggres-
sive rebuilding campaign. Tickets for the dinner are $10 and include the full buffet and
drink and can be purchased from association members, St. Stpehens AME members, or
Pastor Gwen Livatt at 305-389-1280.

Workforce Solutions to host open house Wednesday
Please join us in celebrating Workforce Development Month at our Open House on
Wednesday, Sept. 1, between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m., 209 S.W Park Street, Okeechobee.
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3 bedroom/ 2 bath
newer home with tile
floors. $900 a month
Asking $1800 to move in.
Call David 863-610-1980

Okeechobee 3 BR/ 2
BA/ 2 car garage, very
private. $1,000/ mo.

OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
tile throughout, $975
mo. & up. 1st & sec.
moves you in.
(561)248-3888 or

Class A Office Suite
with conference room
$375 a month
Call 561-436-1051


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New CBS Home 3/2/2
2411 total square feet.
Located at 1647 SW 22nd
Terrace. $164,900.
(863) 467-5188.

For sale 8 Lots located
in Playland Park. $42,000
or will sell individually.
(863) 467-5188.

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BHR 1/1 Park Model,
all appliances furnished,
incl W/D, $450/mo
(863)357-3339 Iv msg

sits on 1.25 acres. Pets
OK. (561)718-1212 or

Platts Bluff 3/1 rustic
living on 4.2 ac. NW
63rd Lane. $350/mo.
plus sec. 863-824-0981.
Avail. Sept. 1st.

3/2, Ig. yard, clean, on
water. $725/mo. + sec.
Available Sept. 1.
Call 863-824-0981

Mobile Home Angels

Large repo mobile
home. Looks like new
and is rated hurricane
III. Financing is
available with low down
payment. Call Sandy or
Larry 863-357-4849

Larry says all homes
must go. Come in and
negotiate your best
deal on a new Jacobsen
or Destiny Home. All
reasonable deals will be
accepted. Call Larry for
appoint ent

New 3br/2bath double-
wides starting at
$49,900 with easy fi-
nancing available.
Trade ins welcome. Call
Larry or Sandy

DW-MH, 4 br/2.5 ba,
renovated on 1/2 acre
fenced in lot. Screened
patio & shed. Off 710 &
15A. $85k. Owner fi-
nanced with $10k down.
Call (863)610-1600

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18 ft. flats boat,
aluminum trailer,
90 Evinrude, trolling
motor, life jackets, bi-
mini top. $6,000.00

1986 Camper
R/V Travel Master
good condition asking
$2,300 call 863-467-2732

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The Board of County Commis
sioners of Okeechobee County,
Florida is seeking persons to
nominate for appointments to th
Children's Services Council.
The Council's duties are to pro-
vide and maintain such preventa-
bve, developmental, treatment
and rehabilitative services for chl-
dren as it determines necessary.
It also allocates and provides
funds for other agencies in the
county which operate for the
benefit of children.
The Board of County Commis-
sioners will nominate at least
three (3) applicants each for two
2) appointments to be made b
the Governor.
A qualified applicant must have
resided in Okeechobee County for
at least twenty-four (24) months
prior to making application and
must complete a Questionnaire for
Gubernatorial Appointments form,
which may be obtained in the
County Administration Office, 304
NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida. These must be submitted
no later than Noon on September
Clif Betts, Jr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
364545 ON 8/29/10

The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice that a Draft Per-
mit (Permit No. 0198641-007-UC) and associated draft Administrabve Order
have been prepared for Ms. Carol Ann Wehle, Executive Director of the
South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), 3301 Gun Club Road,
West Palm Beach, Florida 33406. The permit allows a request for Depart
ment authorization to reactivate the operational testing of a Class V, Group
7 aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) well system, as part of the Lake Okee-
chobee and Estuary Recovery (LOER) Plan. The sit for the ASR well system
is located on South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) land, at
the L-63N Canal (Taylor Creek) ASR Facility, located approximately two
miles southeast of the City of Okeechobee, near the intersection of State
Road 710 and the L-63N Canal in southeastern Okeechobee County, Florida.
The system is designed and constructed to capture surface water from Tay-
lor Creek (L-63N Canal) during times of surplus surface water, treat it via
gravity separation (using a lined settling pond), and inject it into the receiv-
ing zone of the upper Flordan Aquifer System (FAS), for storage. Upon re-
covery, water withdrawn from the aquifer will be aerated and returned to
Taylor Creek. Water quality of injected and recovered water shall be moni-
tored. Recovery will occur when there is a need to supplement the water
supply in Lake Okeechobee and coastal estuaries, in order to maintain de-
sired water levels, salinity, and biological diversity. The ASR facility will be
used to recharge and recover up to 5 million gallons per day (MGD) of sur-
face water from the L-63N Canal into the FAS. The design rate of 5 MGD is
equivalent to a continuous pumping rate of approximately 3,470 gallons per
minute (gpm).
The ASR facility, which had been permitted, constructed and operated (cy-
cle tested) by the SFWMD from 1988 to 1990, includes a 24-inch diameter
ASR well, identified herein as Well LKOKEE ASR, a dual-zone monitor well,
identified herein as Monitor Well TCRK-MW, and intake/discharge infrastruc-
ture. Both the ASR well and the dual zone monitor well were constructed in
1988. The ASR well is completed with a storage zone within the Avon Park
Formabon; the open hole of this well extends from 1,268 to 1,700 feet be-
low land surface (bls). Monitor Well TCRK-MW (the dual zone monitor well)
was installed approximately 600 feet north of the ASR well. Its lower zone is
completed within the storage interval, extending from 1,275 to 1,800 feet
bls, while its upper zone will monitor an overlying zone in the Flondan aqui-
fer (above the storage interval), extending from 990 to 1,075 feet bls,
To support the reactivation of an ASR system at the site, a single zone
monitor well, OKF-106, was constructed within 150 feet of the ASR well, un-
der FDEP Permit Number 0198641-009-UC. This well was installed because
SFWMD had filed a Water Quality Criteria Exemption (WQCE) pebtion, pur-
suant to Rule 62-522.500, FA.C., in support of those constituents that are
not anticipated to meet secondary drinking water standards (e.g., color,
iron and aluminum), and current UIC permitting criteria for projects with a
WQCE requires installation of a monitoring wel within 150 feet of the ASR
well, to monitor for upward fluid movement. Constructed with a monitor
zone extending from 718 to 800 feet bls, this well will monitor the upper-
most porbon of the Flondan aquifer system (FAS) overlying the ASR storage
zone, and it is close enough to the ASR well (Well LKOKEEASR) to be po-
tentially impacted by early storage cycles.
If a proposed aquifer exemption (OGC File 09-2863) is granted, then instal-
labon of a new storage zone monitor well, OKF-107, will be required under
this proposed construction and testing permit. This additional well will be
completed approximately 2,600 feet from ASR Well LKOKEE ASR. Actual
setting depths of OKF-107 will be determined during construction based on
field conditions and only after approval from the Department. This monitor
well must be fully operabonal and ready to be placed into service as a dedi-
cated monitoring well prior to Department authorization to commence op-
erabonal testing.
An associated draft Administrative Order is included with the draft permit.
The Administrative Order is necessary so that this new aquifer storage and
recovery system may be tested, although exceedences of some ground wa-
ter standards may occur, for parameters such as arsenic. The order allows
such testing to determine if operabon is viable without further measures
taken by the facility, or to allow time for those measures to be completed.
This order shall be attached to Permit No. 0198641-007-UC, the referenced
The Department has permitting jurisdction under Chapter 403 of the Florida
Statutes and Chapters 624, 62-520, 62-528 and 62-550 of the Florida Ad-
ministrative Code. The project is not exempt from permitting procedures.
The Department has determined that a construction and testing permit is
required for the proposed work.
All persons interested in the foregoing permitting decision are invited to at
tend a public meeting to be held on September 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM., at
the South Florida Water Management District Okeechobee Service Center,
located at 205 North Parrott Avenue, Suite 201, Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
Written comments may be sent to the Department of Environmental Protec-
tion, 400 N. Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, up
until the close of the public meeting. All comments received within the thirty
day period will be considered in formulation of the Department's final deci-
sion regarding permit issuance.
The application, draft permit, fact sheet and draft Administratve Order are
available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department
of Environmental Protecbon, Southeast District Office, 400 North Congress
Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida. Additional information concerning this
project may be obtained by contacting Mark A. Silverman, P.G., or Joseph
R. May, P.G., of this office at (561) 681-6778 or (561) 681-6691, respec-
364539 ON 8/29/10

School Board of Okeechobee
Meeting Thursday,
September 9,2010
The School Board of Okeechobee
County will conduct its regular
monthly meeting on Thursday,
September 9, 2010. Adoption of
2010-11 village rates an budget
will also be considered at this
meeting. The meeting will be at
6:00 p.m. in Room 303 of the
School Board Administrative Office
at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, and is
open to the public. There will be
no School Board meeting on Sep-
tember 14 as previously sched-
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed. D
Superintendent of Schools
361426 ON 8/29 & 9/3/2010
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My Aunt's House gets food donations

Labor Finders International, Inc., the old-
est and largest privately held industrial labor
staffing company in the United States, re-
cently donated 500 pounds of comfort food
to My Aunt's House, Inc. in Okeechobee.
Labor Finders believes in building strong,
long-lasting relationships within each com-
munity that they serve. With that mantra in
mind, Chris Shirley, branch manager of the
Labor Finders Okeechobee, Fla. office was
on hand to help deliver the food, and was
thrilled to help those in need in his commu-
In addition to the food donation, Labor
Finders is hosting a free golf tournament
in which all monies raised will benefit My
Aunt's House. For this unique golf event,
Labor Finders is working with Butch's Red-
neck Yacht Club in which all participants
who purchase breakfast, lunch, beverages
and snacks along with all raffle prizes will
provide My Aunt's House, Christmas gifts for
underprivileged children in the Okeechobee
area. Dan Shube, the Director of Marketing

for Labor Finders, the brainchild of this event
said, "I truly believe that a free golf tourna-
ment benefiting a charity has never been
done before. The free, invitational-only golf
event will take place over Labor Day week-
end on Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club.
"I firmly believe that the true meaning
of Labor Day has been forgotten. I wanted
to recognize the efforts of the workers and
those who employ them; more so, due to
the tough economic times, which we re-
cently have experienced, stated Mr. Shube.
Mr. Shube, besides his day job as Labor
Finders marketing director, is also the "golf
guy" on WOKC in Okeechobee; so he and
radio personality Billy Dean (both avid golf-
ers) decided to put on a golf charity event
that would tie-in the Labor Day holiday and
the children's charity My Aunt's House.
Every year the members of Butch's Red-
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buy Christmas gifts for the kids.

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