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New charges filed in child abuse case
Mother accused of hitting was found to have sustained a Mr. Albright said the tod-
h l- nn f f f n l de wa1 1n r le d frnm th o .

child because he was crying
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Based on the discovery of new injuries and
witness statements, a woman and her boy-
friend are now facing additional child abuse
charges for beating the woman's young son.
When the child was initially examined, he

Ul- l IeIn Ul eInu a - vera
fractured ribs-all allegedly
done by his mother and her
live-in boyfriend.
Assistant State Attorney
Ashley Albright said doctors
at St. Mary's Hospital in West
Palm Beach found that the 30-
month-old boy's upper right Carla C.
femur had also been broken. Camargo

hospital Wednesday, July 6,
but still has follow-up visits
with orthopaedists.
"He's gaining weight and
progressing well," said Mr.
Because of the new injury
See ABUSE - Page 16

Dionicio A.

Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Counting the butterflies
The Zebra Butterfly (left) Monarch Butterfly (center) and White Peacock Butterfly (right) are just three of the nearly 60 butter-
fly species native to this area that were documented by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) at Arnold's Wildlife
Center's Butterfly Haven last year. NABA officials will be in Okeechobee County this weekend for the annual count. For more
information, see page 2.

'CSI effect' i
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
While seeing CSI-Miami's Lieutenant Hora-
tio Caine leap from his black Hummer with his
gun blazing or CSI's Nick Stokes kick down the
door and rescue the damsel in distress makes
for good TV these characters have become a
prosecutor's nightmare.

s prosecutor'
And while these popular television dramas
romanticize the solving of crimes by the gath-
ering of evidence, the manner and speed in
which the bad guys are nabbed has made the
successful prosecution of criminals in court-
rooms across the nation a laborious task.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright said
because of these "far fetched" TV dramas he

s nightmare
and his fellow prosecutors in the local branch
of the state's attorney office must deal with the
'CSI effect' among jurors every time they get
ready for trial.
"Jurors' expectations are so much higher
(because of these shows) and, as a prosecu-
tor, I talk to them about the 'CSI effect'," said
See CSI - Page 17


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Butterfly Assoc. to count butterflies this weekend

Representatives from the North Ameri-
can Butterfly Association (NABA) will be in
Okeechobee County this weekend for the
annual butterfly count.
The Butterfly Haven at Arnold's Wild-
life Center is one of 52 locations in Florida
where the annual count is taken. Last year,
researchers documented 57 of the region's
60 indigenous butterfly species in the half-
acre garden. The garden, which was planted
in the shape of a zebra longwing butterfly,
has 12 sections with more than 1,500 plants
to entice butterflies and hummingbirds.
Most of the plants are native to Florida.
The North American Butterfly Associa-
tion Butterfly Counts, a program for NABA,
is a compilation of all butterflies observed at
sites within a 15-mile diameter count circle
in a one-day period. The program requires
a minimum of four volunteers to count but-
terflies over at least a six-hour period at the
designated sites. The annually published
reports provide a tremendous amount of
information about the geographical distri-
bution and relative population sizes of the

species counted. Comparisons of the re-
sults across years can be used to monitor
changes in butterfly populations and study
the effects of weather and habitat change on
North American butterflies.
For any one United States count circle,
three counts can be submitted to the NABA
Butterfly Count Program in one calendar
year. First, there can be one Spring Seasonal
Count, which would be conducted on one
day (24-hour period starting at midnight)
during the time period of Jan. 1 through May
31. The Fourth of July butterfly count season
extends from June 1 through July 31. Fall
Seasonal Counts may be conducted from
Aug. 1 through Dec. 31.
The official count at Arnold's Wildlife
Center will be Sunday, July 10.
For more information about the Butterfly
Haven online, go to http://www.arnoldsbut-
terflyhaven.com/. For more on the North
American Butterfly Association, go to http://


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Special to the Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
The Monarch butterfly, at left, has distinctive coloration which warns predators
of its bad taste. The monarch migrates from north to south in the fall. The Sulfur
butterfly, at right, is found worldwide and is generally bright yellow or orange.
Males are often solid bright yellow, whereas females are yellow with black wing



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Employee award
Winifred Holland, administrator of the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, presents the Employee of the Quarter award to Rosa Ruiz.

Okeechobee News

July 8, 2011

Two alligator bite cases reported in Okeechobee County

FWC Division of Law Enforcement field
operations report for the week of June 24-
30 reported two incidents involving alligator
bites in Okeechobee County.
"An Okeechobee County deputy on pa-
trol observed a juvenile with a small Ameri-
can alligator near 210 N.E. 11th Street in
Okeechobee. The juvenile advised the dep-
uty that he stepped on the alligator, resulting
in minor injuries to his left big toe. The dep-
uty contacted the juvenile's parents and doc-
umented their refusal of medical treatment.
The alligator was released at Nubbin Slough
in Lake Okeechobee. Officer Cris Douglas is
conducting the follow-up investigation," the
report states.
Another alligator bite involved a fisher-
"Officer Jeff Goggin responded to Rauler-
son Hospital in Okeechobee County when
he received information that one of the pa-
tients there had checked in due to receiving
an alligator bite to his arm," the report states.
"The investigation revealed that the subject
had been fishing the prior day and had en-
countered the alligator when it bit his lure.
While in the process of retrieving the lure
from the alligator's mouth, the alligator bit
him on the arm. The subject was treated for

minor abrasions and puncture wounds."
The following Frequently Asked Ques-
tions (FAQs) information was provided by
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
How does the FWC manage the alli-
gator population in Florida?
The FWC has a very proactive manage-
ment strategy for alligator populations that
includes harvest quotas to maintain alligator
populations within 25 percent of levels pres-
ent in 1988.
What are the guidelines for alligator
Alligator hunting permits are issued each
year by the FWC on a first-come, first-served
basis. In 2008, 5,125 permits were issued for
the hunting season, Aug. 15 to Nov. 1. Each
permit costs $271.50 for Florida residents
and $1,021.50 for nonresidents. Each permit
holder receives two tags, allowing the hunt-
er to take two alligators. The FWC began ex-
perimental alligator hunts in the 1980s, and
over the past eight years, approximately 70
percent of the harvest tags issued have been
Is it true that anti-hunting activists pur-
chase two-thirds of the alligator hunting
permits each year?

OUA may consider rate increase

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Will water rates go up again in the new
budget year? That question was raised but
remained unanswered at a budget work-
shop held by the Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity (OUA) Board of Directors Tuesday night,
July 5. No official action can be taken at a
workshop. However, the ideas discussed are
expected to be pursued further at the next
regular board meeting on Tuesday, July 12.
The rate increases of the last two years
have been set aside in a rate stabilization
fund to pay future debt service payments on
the wastewater treatment plant expansion.
Currently annual payments from developer's
agreements are earmarked for debt service.
The majority of the developer's agreements
will be paid off by 2014.
Under the present rate structure, rate sta-
bilization monies will fully fund debt service
through 2017. If a 1 percent rate increase
is implemented in the coming fiscal year,
the rate stabilization fund could make debt
service payment through 2019. Annual debt
service payments are about $1.5 million. Ac-
cording to the present payment schedule,
that debt will be paid off in 2029.
Rev. Randy Huckabee suggested using
the rate stabilization funds for paying down
the debt now rather than waiting until later.
Early payments would result in interest sav-
"We're basically sitting on money and
paying for money," said Tommy Clay.
The board discussed gradually increasing
the rate schedule to apply toward debt ser-
vice payments.
"You have to look at what customers can
pay," said Mr. Clay, adding that many peo-
ple are on a fixed income or have only one
working spouse.

"We're going to have to cut the budget
or we can't show our faces downtown,"
said Mr. Clay. As a cost savings measure, the
board discussed purchasing smaller trucks
and possibly having meter readers use street
legal golf cart type vehicles.
Merit raises also came under discussion.
The current proposed budget contains a 2
percent bonus for employees. "I am more
inclined to discuss bonuses when they are
earned," said Tommy Hoover. He suggest-
ed bonuses from the savings generated on
workers compensation when workers are
injury free. "That is something you can do
on an annual basis," Mr. Hoover said. Mr.
Clay suggested a bonus to employees based
on fuel savings.
Health care costs were also discussed.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.

Wouul il to iaillduc

Allan Kleinfeld
Master Hearing Specialist
35-5 Highway 441 S
IPublix Shopping Plaza)

No, this is not true. For example
in 2007, 82 percent of alligator tags
were issued to hunters who filled at
least one of their two allotted tags.
Even if they had been able to pur-
chase two-thirds of the permits, it
would require a financial commit-
ment of approximately $1 million,
as well as the filing of false alligator
harvest report forms. Over the 20-
year history of its Alligator Manage-
ment Program, the FWC has seen
no indication this has occurred.
What are some things DeoDle

S- - - Special to the Okeechobee News/-WC
can do to prevent negative en- T alt to ^ reoewsinW
can do to prevent negative Two alligator bite cases were reported in
counters with alligators? Okeechobee County during the last weekend
First, wildlife should never be fed in June. Wildlife of any kind, including alliga-
by humans because it lowers their tors, should never be fed by people. Also, it is
inhibitions to human contact and
nhibitions to hurmn contact ad never safe to enter water where large alliga-
keeps them from following their tors are present.
natural habits of seeking food for
themselves. It is also illegal to feed ously injured during an unprovoked alligator
Second, it is never safe to enter water incident in Florida is roughly only one in 2.4
where large alligators are present. The FWC million.
recommends swimming only in posted ar- What is a nuisance alligator?
eas and not in waters inhabited by alligators. An alligator is considered a nuisance
Alligators are most active between dusk and when it is at least 4 feet in length and poses
dawn, so it's best to swim during daylight a threat to people or their pets or property
Are alligators posing a new threat What is the FWC's nuisance alligator pro-
to humans? gram?
The first documented severe alligator bite This program is unrelated to alligator
on a human occurred in 1948. It is important hunting. The Statewide Nuisance Alligator
to remember that alligators are large, top- Program contracts with nuisance alligator
level predators capable of inflicting severe
bites on humans, even causing death. That's trappers. Approximately 40 private trappers
why it is so important for people to use com- are contracted to remove specific nuisance
mon sense when dealing with this species. alligators. Individuals may call the toll-free
Human encounters with alligators are number, 1-866- FWC-GATOR (392-4286)
increasing because Florida's human popu- to submit complaints regarding nuisance
lation is growing, and many residents seek
waterfront homes, and water-related recre-
ational activities are very popular. As more plaint and determine if the alligator should
people are drawn to the water, more alliga- be removed by a licensed nuisance alligator
tor-human interactions can occur, creating trapper.
a greater potential for conflict. However, How many alligator complaints does
alligators seldom bite people, and fatalities the FWC receive each year?
from such occurrences are extremely rare. In 2007, the FWC received 13,000 nui-
Florida is averaging about seven un-
provoked bites per year serious enough to sance alligator complaints. Nuisance alliga-
require special medical treatment. The fre- tor trappers were issued 11,000 permits, and
quency of these serious bites is increasing at 10,000 nuisance alligators were removed.
a rate of about 3 percent each year or one Where can I find more information?
additional bite every 4-5 years. However, the Further information is online at MyFWC.
likelihood of a Florida resident being seri- ,

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Public Forum. There, you can create
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topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

* My son has been going to the Y since
the first week it was open. I think the staff is
fantastic. I was apprehensive at first, as the
staff looked really young. I found out two of
the counselors are in college and the third is
a senior in high school. The director is a lo-
cal teacher. It is well worth the money, espe-
cially since they receive swimming lessons
once a week and go on field trips on Fridays.
Good Job YMCA!

Casey Anthony trial
* If baffles me that they let her off on all
charges except lying to the police. I wasn't
convinced she murdered the child but per-
haps an accident she covered up. I don't
understand the cover up over an accident.
If she was not involved then who and don't
say her dad because that is even harder to
believe. Something happened to that child
while in her care but we will probably never
know. Now the question ... where is she go-
ing to go when she gets out of jail. Home
doesn't seem likely after all she has had to
say about her mother and father. Her friends
no longer want her around because she
stole from them and lied to them. Can she
even stay in Florida? Will she have to change
her name and appearance? Is she safe from
some crazy who might try to take justice
into his own hands?
* Guilty of lying to the cops, innocent of
lying to the jury.
* She's only innocent of lying to the jury
because she did not speak. She did not tes-
tify. Her lawyer spun a story about the ac-
cidental death, but opening statements and
closing arguments are not facts and are not
evidence. And there was no evidence at all
presented to support his claims the death
was accidental.
* The joke is on you if you still think the
"justice" system actually renders any. "Jus-
tice" is NOTHING more than who can per-
form the best window dressing, or who has
the best costume and mask.

* I'm not sure why it would baffle any-
one. Our justice system lets murderers,
rapist, child molesters and drug traffickers
free every day. The few unfortunate souls
that get convicted after committing numer-
ous crimes against us, only serve time with
others like themselves. They have friends
and food and shelter and medical care and
dental care all on us and at no cost to them-
selves. We send people to death row for the
most heinous crimes but they never die. As a
matter of fact, we spend millions on medical
care to see that they don't. I think it is time
that we as a country come together and de-
mand that once you are convicted of a vio-
lent premeditated crime and once you have
had your appeal and are still found guilty,
you have 30 days until you are executed.

Toads killing dogs
* They are everywhere right now! We
killed 90 plus last night almost as big as your
hand. Our pond has thousands of babies in
it. You can tell the Bufo tadpoles from frog
tadpoles as they are stockier and their heads
are a little bigger and darker than the rest of
their body.

* As I was coming back from the reser-
vation at around 10 p.m. on July 4, I saw
Okeechobee light up with the fireworks
bought from fly-by-night vendors. The poor
people of 'Chobee can't afford public fire-
works but can spend thousands for their
fireworks and that money does not end up
in town. If all of us contributed just a little of
what was spent on those fireworks we could
have a great display like we used to have in
* If everyone donated to the public fire-
works instead of spending the money on
personal fireworks, the community could
have a great show. The problem was people
never wanted to donate. They wanted the
public show, but they wanted "someone
else" to pay for it. They would park just out-
side the show area so they wouldn't have to
donate. So now we have no public fireworks
because people are too selfish and/or too
cheap to pitch in.
* Actually, it's not the cost of the fire-
works. It's the cost of the INSURANCE that
the county demands. And I, for one, was
HAPPY to see the fireworks in our neighbor-
hood. I saved on gas and didn't have to fight
the crowds.


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Friday, July 8, 2011

IRS offers tax tips for

students with summer jobs

School's out and many students will be
starting summer jobs. The Internal Rev-
enue Service reminds students that not all
the money you earn may make it to your
pocket. That's because your employer must
withhold taxes.
Here are six things the IRS wants students
to be aware of when they start a summer
1. When you first start a new job you must
fill out a Form W-4, Employee's Withholding
Allowance Certificate. This form is used by
employers to determine the amount of tax
that will be withheld from your paycheck.
If you have multiple summer jobs, make
sure all your employers are withholding an
adequate amount of taxes to cover your to-
tal income tax liability. To make sure your
withholding is correct, use the Withholding
Calculator on www.irs.gov.
2. Whether you are working as a waiter
or a camp counselor, you may receive tips
as part of your summer income. All tips you
receive are taxable income and are therefore
subject to federal income tax.
3. Many students do odd jobs over the
summer to make extra cash. Earnings you
receive from self-employment -including
jobs like baby-sitting and lawn mowing
are subject to income tax.
4. If you have net earnings of $400 or
more from self-employment, you will also
have to pay self-employment tax. This tax
pays for your benefits under the Social Se-
curity system. Social Security and Medicare
benefits are available to individuals who are
self-employed the same as they are to wage

OCRA to hold fall sign ups
OCRA will hold sign ups for the 2011
football and cheerleading season on the
following Saturdays: July 9, July 16 and
July 23, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. under
the score tower at the baseball complex.
All children between the ages of 5-14 are
eligible to sign up (age as of Aug. 31)
The cost is $75 per player, $60 for second
child, $45 for cheerleaders, $45 flag (5
and 6) A copy of child's birth certificate is
a must at the time of sign up. Any ques-
tion, please call 863-634-0515.

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Today: Scattered showers and thunder-
storms, then showers likely and possibly a
thunderstorm after noon. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 89. South wind between
5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is
Tonight: Scattered showers and thun-
derstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with
a low around 73. South southeast wind
around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Scattered showers and thun-
derstorms, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy,
with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming
southeast between 5 and 10 mph. Chance
of precipitation is 50%.
Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms before 11pm.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. South-
east wind around 5 mph.

* To report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
* To provide a right to reply to those we write about.
* To treatpeoplewithcourtesy, respectand compassion.
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July 8, 2011 Okeechobee News

2011 OHS Scholarship Night

Special to the Okeechobee News
The recipient of the Republican Party
of Okeechobee Governance Scholar-
ship was Kayla Born. The award was
presented by Debi Large in the amount
of $500. Scholarship awards were pre-
sented at Okeechobee High School's
2011 Scholarship Night on May 26.

Special to the Okeec ews
Recipients of the Bob Teany Memorial Scholarship were LeAnna Cotton, Isa-
bella Penido, Emily Pickering and Michael Sutton. Scholarship awards were
presented by Kristie Coleman and Dale Barrett in the amount of $1,500. Schol-
arship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School's 2011 Scholarship
Night on May 26.

Special to the UKeechob
Recipients of the Flora Mae Walpole Memorial Scholarship Speal toe eechobeeNews
were Kelsey Burnham, Michael Sutton and Yanet Huerta Recipients of the OCRA Scholarship were Andrew Selvey
(not pictured). Scholarship awards were presented by Ra- and Naomi Stevens. Scholarship awards were presented by
chel Walpole Kuhlewind in the amount of $2,000. Scholar- Bill Black in the amount of $1,000. Scholarship awards were
ship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School's presented at Okeechobee High School's 2011 Scholarship
2011 Scholarship Night on May 26. Night on May 26.

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pecial to the Okeechobeeews
Recipients of the Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home Scholarship were Andrea
Eddings, Javier Garcia-Gomez and Naomi Stevens. Scholarship awards were
presented by Marilyn Buxton and Matthew Buxton in the amount of $500. Schol-
arship awards were presented at Okeechobee High School's 2011 Scholarship
Night on May 26.

The recipient of the Brent Teany Me-
morial Scholarship was Alexus Lep-
ere. The award was presented by Kris-
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Community Events

OCRA sign ups
Sign ups for football will be held at the
sports complex score tower on July 9, July
11 and July 23 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. for
ages 8 to 14. The OCRA website is ocras-

Amateur Radio Club
holds July meeting
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club
will meet on Monday, July 11, at the Ameri-
can Red Cross Office, 323 N. Parrott Ave, at
7 p.m. and encourages anyone interested
in Ham Radio to attend. Meet the members
and have a cup of coffee with us. The club
meets the second Monday of each month.

OCRA will meet July 11
The monthly meeting of OCRA will be
Monday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at the score tower
at the sports complex. The public is invited.
OCRA has a new website at ocrasports.com

Vacation Bible School
scheduled for July 11-15
First Baptist Church of Okeechobee will
offer Vacation Bible School July 11-15,
from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the church, 310
S.W 5th Avenue, for kids entering kindergar-
ten through fifth grade. The program is free.
For more information, call 863-763-2171.

Commissioner Hoover will
host coffee on July 12
Coffee with the Commissioner will be
hosted by Commissioner Joey Hoover on
Tuesday, July 12, from 10 a.m.-noon, and
will be held in Commissioner Hoover's of-
fice located at the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W 2nd Street, Room
244, Okeechobee. Citizens wishing to par-
ticipate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441
to schedule an appointment.

Food Stamp Assistance
Treasure Coast Food Bank will be at Wel-
come House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy 441
SE, on Wednesday, July 13, from 1 p.m. to
3 p.m. helping with food stamp applications
and recertification. This service is open to
the public and no appointment is necessary.
For more information please call 772-971-

Medicare seminar offered
The Coalition of Independent Living Op-
tions is offering a Medicare 101 seminar at
Welcome House Drop-in Center, 1925 Hwy
441 SE, Tuesday, July 12, at 1 p.m. A rep-
resentative will cover questions you may
have about Medicare benefits and what has
changed in 2011. For more information call
Mary Thomas, 772-878-3500.

Hospice to hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee's Yard Sales
in July will be on Wednesday, July 13, and
Thursday, July 14, and Wednesday, July 27,
and Thursday, July 28, from 8 a.m. until
noon. The yard sale is located at the corner

of SE 4th Street and SE 3rd Ave. For informa-
tion call 863-467-2321 or see our web page
www.hospiceofokeechobee.org and click
on Events tab.

Business Women's
group will meet July 15
The monthly meeting site of The
Okeechobee Business Women's Referral
Network has been changed. We will meet
at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 15, at a 'new' lo-
cation -- Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave.
This group, open to all women, meets to
share business knowledge, opportunities
and friendships. You are invited and you will
be welcomed.

Jam Session open
to local musicians
Huge Jam Session-Open Mike at
Buckhead Ridge VFW, State Road 78 West,
Saturday, July 16, starting time 7 p.m. All
Musicians and Singers Welcome. For more
information call Buck at 863-763-8111 or

VFW Post #9528 will host
fish fry Saturday, July 16
The Buckhead Ridge VFW, Post 9528, S.R.
78 W is holding "the best fish fry in town."
The date is Saturday, July 16, starting at 1
p.m. until .... Cost just $6. The menu is fish,
fries, cole slaw and hush puppies. So come
on in and have a great time! Call 863-467-
2882 with any questions.

Garbage clean up
tournament planned
Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee River
garbage clean up tournament is planned for
July 23, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Prizes for
heaviest weight total and more. Sign up at
Crappy Jack's and for more details call 863-

National Day of
the Cowboy set for July 22
The public is invited to the National Day
of the American Cowboy Celebration to be
held on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and
23, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center!
Gates will open Friday night at 6 p.m. with
a ranch rodeo and festivities ending at Mid-
night. Saturday the gates open at 3 p.m. with
the cattle drive beginning at 4 p.m. at Eli's
Western Wear and ending at the Agri-Civic
Center where all the festivities will go on
until midnight. The celebration will be two
days of western heritage, dancing, food, fun,
vendors and cowboys. Vendor forms can be
picked up at the Main Street Office located at
111 Northeast Second Street.

Vacation Bible School
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist
Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N, is having Vaca-
tion Bible School July 25 through 29 from
to 7 to 9 each evening with classes for all
ages. For more information please call 863
763 7743.

William Leon
'Vinnie' Ashmont, 89
OKEECHOBEE -William Leon "Vinnie" Ash-
mont, age 89, of (i ' ... il..I ,, died July 5, 2011
at the Hamrick Home.
Being born in Brockton, Mass., Mr. Ashmont
has been a resident of Okeechobee for the past
24 years and was also a very proud Navy,
World War II veteran.
Mr. Ashmont was preceded in death by his sis-
ter Julia, and survived by his sons, Billy Ash-
mont (Samantha) of West Bridgewater, Mass.,
and Robert Ashmont (Janice) of Longhorn, Pa.,
as well as his daughter, Mary Ann Sears of Dux-
bury, Maine. He is also survived by his sister
Eva Satkus of Scarborough, Maine and six
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the Buxton-
Seawinds Funeral Home on Monday, July 11,
2011, from 10 to 11 a.m., with services begin-
ning at 11 a.m. and interment at Evergreen Ce-
metery to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations
to be made to Hospice of ('i., . .i I. -. .
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-
Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, 3833
SE 18th Terr. (i. ... . i I , FL.
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Okeechobee man facing

two felony drug charges


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man is facing felony drug charges
after he was reportedly found to have over
30 prescription pills in his possession for
which he had no prescription.
Jimmie Lee Howling III, 65, S.E. 66th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Wednes
day, July 6, on felony charges of possession
of a controlled substance (alprazolam) and
possession of a controlled substance (oxy-
codone). He was also arrested on a misde-
meanor charge of possession of a prescrip-
tion pill without an approved container.
The pills were allegedly found on Howl-
ing during a search of his person by Deputy
John Hazy, of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO).
The deputy had just arrested Howling on
an Okeechobee County warrant charging
him with driving while license suspended
with knowledge and resisting a law enforce-
ment officer without violence, and was

searching him prior to tak-
ing the man to jail.
S -, . Howling was booked
S*i. into the Okeechobee Coun-
Sty Jail under a total bond of
S$ 4,500. Jail records indicate
that he has been released
on bond.
Jimmie Lee According to Deputy
Showing e Le Hazy's arrest report Howl-
S ing had 20 alprazolam 2mg
tablets in a prescription bottle that, accord-
ing to the label on the bottle, was supposed
to contain oxycodone 30 mg tablets. The la-
bel on the bottle also indicated that the pills
were prescribed for Howling.
Howling did not have a valid script for the
alprazolam tablets, stated the report.
Deputy Hazy went on to state that he
found a second prescription pill bottle on
Howling that contained 15 oxycodone 30
mg tablets. The label on the bottle indicated
that the pills were prescribed for someone
else and not Howling, continued the report.

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).
* Douglas Trimnal, 28, S.W 22nd St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 2 by Deputy
Corporal Paul Ferrell on a felony charge of
criminal mischief and a misdemeanor charge
of battery. His bond was set at $1,000.
* Cheryl Lynne Austin, 45, S.W 67th Ave.,
N. Lauderdale, was arrested July 3 by Deputy
Cpl. Paul Ferrell on a felony charge of posses-
sion of a controlled substance (oxycodone)
and a misdemeanor charge of driving under
the influence. Her bond was set at $2,000.
* Terrence Torell Spivey, 19, N.W 10th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 4 by Deputy
Paul Jackson on a felony charge of posses-
sion of cocaine and a misdemeanor charge
of resisting a law enforcement officer with-
out violence. His bond was set at $5,500.
* Michael Wayne Easton, 35, S.W Second
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 1 by
Officer Victoria Williams on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with felony
petit theft. His bond was set at $2,500.

* Rachel Kent, 30, S.E. 44th St., Okeecho-
bee, was arrested July 5 by Deputy Sarah
Green on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging her with violation of probation -
culpable negligence. She is being held with-
out bond.
* Donnie Brewer, 58, N.E. First Way,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 6 by Deputy
Charles Vandercook on Okeechobee County
warrants charging him with the felonies of
violation of probation - petit theft and viola-
tion of probation - trespass. He is being held
without bond.
* Brandon D. Billie, 19, N.W 48th Drive,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 6 by Deputy
Carl Arnold on warrants charging him with
violation of probation - aggravated battery
on a pregnant person and violation of pro-
bation - interference with child custody. He
is being held without bond.
* Ella Mae Simmons, 32, S.R. 70 W,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 6 by Deputy
Robbie Lamb on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with failure to re-
turn leased property. Her bond was set at
This column lists arrests and not convic-
tions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed
here who is later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped is wel-
come to inform this newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and printed.

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Freedom Outreach holds fishing tournaments
The Freedom Outreach fishing tournaments will be held on Sundays, July 31, Aug.
28 and Sept. 25. The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big fish pot and Classic fund.
All tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2
p.m. Scott Driver will be used as a backup if low water occurs. The Classic, on Sunday,
Oct. 30, will be a one-day event with a $120 entry fee, cash only. You must fish three
tournaments to be in the Classic. Register early. Please call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127
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Vacation Bible School
July 18-22
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Children and Youth Classes are Available on
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Okeechobee News

July 8, 2011

'Bored' teens charged in thefts of pickup trucks

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two local juveniles, who reportedly said
they were bored and wanted some excite-
ment, have been arrested in connection
with the thefts of three
pickup trucks and a motor
Arrested Wednesday,
July 6, were Andrew Logan
Wheeler, 15, S.W 28th St.,
and Ethan Lane King, 16,
S.E. 86th Blvd.
Wheeler is charged with
four counts of grand theft-
auto and one felony count Andrew L.
of criminal mischief. King is Wheeler
charged with two counts of grand theft-auto
and one felony count of criminal mischief.
The two teenagers were booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail then taken to the
St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort
According to Detective Mark Shireman,

of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), some of the trucks stolen were un-
locked and had the keys in them. He went
on to say that it's not clear at this point if the
keys were in the scooter.
The detective's report stated that one of
the trucks-a 2005 Chevro-
let Z71-has been declared
a total loss. The truck was
found submerged in a body
of water on The Prairie.
The report went on to
state that another truck-a
2001 Chevrolet S-10-was
found on the bank of a
Ethan L. ditch. Detective Shireman
King said someone apparently
tried to push the truck into
a body of water but it became lodged on the
ditch bank.
Detective Shireman said the scooter
valued at $1,300-was recovered by Deputy
Howard Pickering in front of a home. It was
not damaged, added the investigator.
The detective said the big break on the

FPL wind tower project approved

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Meteorological towers meant to monitor
and measure wind speeds will turn up near
Okeechobee as Florida Power and Light will
study whether Florida winds could provide
enough power to provide an alternative
source of renewable energy to their custom-
Jeff Johnson, senior planner for St. Lucie
County, said the temporary structures would
be allowed in certain agriculture zones in
the western part of the county. A final public
hearing is set for Aug. 2. He said the tow-
ers will gauge wind conditions to determine
site suitability and wind speed sufficiency
for placement of wind turbines. The towers
can't exceed 200 feet in height and cannot be
in position for more than three years. John-
son said the county has not received any let-
ters of opposition to this project. There were
no public comments at a public hearing on
July 6 in Ft. Pierce. FPL officials told the St.
Lucie Board of County Commissioners they
intend to gather wind data for 18 months. At
that point the towers will be taken down.
FPL attorney Peter Cocotos said the data
will only be reviewed by FPL to determine
the feasibility of wind power projects. "We
are interested in putting up one or two tow-
ers to take a look." St. Lucie Commissioner
Chris Dzadovsky said he applauded FPL ef-
forts to research alternative energy projects.
He said Florida could be ideal for turbines.
Mr. Cocotos said the wind speeds are
stronger in the western United States but
that they haven't ruled out Florida for wind
projects. He suggested wind levels are prob-
ably border line in Florida but they must
look at the data. "We aren't doing anything
out of the ordinary. We need data. Technol-
ogy changes over time and you might have
something that is viable. We have some
hope for it. We are excited about trying to
do a wind project in Florida." Mr. Dzadovsky
said if this is a test case for the state it might

help inform the public about sources of re-
newable energy. "The general public feels
turbines have a viable use in creating energy,
whether in Florida or not, that's a different
Mr. Cocotos said FPL has had success in
wind energy in other states.

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case came when OCSO Deputy Cody Hurst
found a receipt in one of the recovered vehi-
cles from a local convenience store. Armed
with that receipt, Deputy Hurst returned to
the store and got the surveillance video of
the transaction.
That video, said Detective Shireman,
showed two teenagers driving two of the
vehicles that had been reported as stolen on
July 3.
Wheeler and King were arrested on July
4 in Polk County while driving a stolen truck,

added the detective's report. The teens were
reportedly being chased by OCSO deputies
but fled to Polk County where they were fi-
nally stopped, stated the report.
Detective Shireman's report goes on to
state that one of the teens said Okeechobee
was a boring place and that they were look-
ing for excitement.
King reportedly told the detective that he
and Wheeler "... wanted to have fun on the
weekend and needed a vehicle to go where
they wanted."

Summer day camp expenses

may qualify for a tax credit

Along with the lazy, hazy days of sum-
mer come some extra expenses, includ-
ing summer day camp. But, the IRS has
some good news for parents: those added
expenses may help you qualify for a tax
credit. Many parents who work or are
looking for work must arrange for care of
their children under 13 years of age during
the school vacation. Here are five facts the
IRS wants you to know about a tax credit
available for child care expenses. The Child
and Dependent Care Credit is available for
expenses incurred during the summer and
throughout the rest of the year.
1) The cost of day camp may count as
an expense towards the child and depen-
dent care credit.
2) Expenses for overnight camps do not

3) Whether your childcare provider is
a sitter at your home or a day care facility
outside the home, you'll get some tax ben-
efit if you qualify for the credit.
4) The credit can be up to 35 percent
of your qualifying expenses, depending on
your income.
5) You may use up to $3,000 of the non-
reimbursed expenses paid in a year for one
qualifying individual or $6,000 for two or
more qualifying individuals to figure the
For more information check out IRS
Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care
Expenses. This publication is available at
www.irs.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM

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Rains helping, but area water

supplies still low says SFWMD

Rainfall levels over the last few weeks
are consistent with the start of an average
wet season. According to the South Florida
Water Management's July 5 Water Shortage
Watch briefing, the rain has provided short-
term relief to the drier-than-normal period
that started in October. The wet season so far
has not supplied enough rainfall to replenish
severely depleted groundwater, canal and
lake levels throughout South Florida.
District-wide, the area is 11 inches of rain-
fall below average for the period from Oct.
2, 2010 to July 5, 2011. Lake Okeechobee is
3.65 feet below average for this time of year.
The rain has improved the overall condi-
tion of vegetation. On July 3, Okeechobee
County burn ban was lifted. A burn ban re-

mains in place on SFWMD public lands be-
cause of the remaining threat of wildfires.
The county continues to be under water-
ing restrictions. Residents may water two
days a week.
Landscape irrigation is prohibited be-
tween the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Even addresses, installations with irrigation
systems that irrigate both even and odd
addresses within the same zones, such as
multi-family units and homeowners' asso-
ciations, and rights-of-way or other locations
with no address, may accomplish necessary
landscape irrigation only on Thursday and
Sunday. Odd addresses may water only on
Wednesday and Saturday.

Back to School Drive set for this weekend

Dr. Fred Brown Children's Health Cen-
ter (Florida Community Health Centers)
and Okeechobee Wal-Mart are conducting
a clothing drive, KidCare assistance and
FREE health screenings (blood pressure,
blood sugar and more) this weekend. The
event will take place at Wal-Mart, 2101
South Parrott Avenue. Wal-Mart will have
hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks
available with all proceeds going toward
Back to School clothing for Okeechobee
County children on Saturday, July 9 and
Sunday, July 10. Clothing Drive will be from

7 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Health screenings
will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., each day.
Many families in Okeechobee need a
little extra help getting ready for the up-
coming school year. This event brings to-
gether assistance for medical, clothing and
health insurance for children 0-18 years
old. All contributions will remain in
Visit the Florida Community Health
Centers' website (www.fchcinc.org) or Fa-
cebook page for updates.

Cecilia Elliott named assistant

manager at the

TD Bank has named Cecilia Elliott the
assistant store manager of the Parrott Av-
enue store located at 1506 S. Parrot Ave.
in Okeechobee. She is responsible for new
business development, consumer and busi-
ness lending, and helping oversee person-
nel and day-to-day operations at the store
serving customers in Okeechobee County.
Ms. Elliott, who joined TD Bank in 2010,
transferred to her new position after serving
as a Commercial Portfolio Loan Officer in
Fort Pierce. She has 13 years of experience
in banking and lending. Prior to joining TD
Bank, she served as a Commercial Portfo-
lio Manager at Riverside National Bank in
Okeechobee. Ms. Elliott serves as president
of the American Business Women's Asso-
ciation, Women of Tomorrow Chapter, in
Okeechobee, and recently was appointed
to the Finance Committee for Okeechobee
Main Street.
An Okeechobee resident, Ms. Elliott
serves on the board of Okeechobee Non
Profit Housing, and on the Citizen Commit-
tee and the Hispanic and Migrant Parent
Advisory Committee of the Okeechobee
County School Board. A volunteer youth
soccer coach with Okeechobee County
Parks and Recreation, she also serves as a
Business Partner for Okeechobee County
Communities in Schools and Okeechobee
High School's Harvest of Hope Awards

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MS. Elliott is
a graduate of
Indian River
College and
High School.
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business and commercial banking prod-
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Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its sub-
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Shawn Hays named new

OHS basketball coach

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High
School Spanish teacher
Shawn Hays has been
named the new head
boys basketball coach at
OHS by school adminis-
Hays, a six-year vet-
eran of coaching at the Shawn
school, took over for Bry- Hays
an Van Camp, a school
dean, who resigned after two years as the
head coach.
"I'm really excited to have the chance.
I'm excited to come in and work with the
kids and get it going and see what I can
do," he told the Okeechobee News.
Hays has worked for the school system
for seven years. He has coached girls junior
varsity basketball for one year, varsity girls
softball for one year, varsity boys baseball
for five years, and freshman boys bas-
ketball for two years. He said it has been
an advantage for him to work with these
sports and to learn from great coaches.
He plans to get started this week with
camps, summer conditioning, and scrim-
mages with area schools.
"I think this program is in a good spot.
We have some young kids that really pro-
gressed in the second half of this year. I
think they will get even better," he noted.
Hays said the kids are working out and
getting stronger and bigger as they mature.
He said he liked the work ethic and inter-
est in the game this group of players has
"I think we have a good shot to be com-

petitive and win some games. I'm excited
to see where the kids are going," he said.
Okeechobee will play in a tougher dis-
trict next year with perennial basketball
power Martin County. Schools from Fort
Pierce, and Sebastian River, as well as Palm
Beach County will also be on the boy's
Hays knows it will be a tough job but
he's willing to work hard and put his time
and effort into the program. He is a bach-
elor and teacher and has the time to put
into the program.
"When Mr. Van Camp resigned, I started
thinking that I'd like to take a shot at it and
see what I can do. I felt he did very well
with the kids. He had a great relationship
with them and they worked really hard. I
hope to jump in and continue the things
that he had built," he said.
The 6'3" Hays attended high school at
Western Center High School in Michigan
and played basketball for four years on
their varsity team. He attended Western
Michigan University and received a degree
in Spanish.
Hays also intends to keep basketball
coaches Shawn Egli, John Hirst and Mari-
ano Medrano in the program. The school
is currently in search of a freshman boy's
basketball coach.
Assistant Principal Dylan Tedders said
the school was very pleased to announce
Hays as the new boys coach. He said Hays
has been involved in several programs,
knows the community and its kids, and is
very qualified to handle the job.
"We are very happy. He knows the
game of basketball. I think he knows how
we like to run things here and will do a
great job," he added.

Boaters responsible for

wake from their vessel

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) law enforcement of-
ficers are on the waterways this summer,
checking boaters for safety equipment and
enforcing safety regulations. During these
checks, the boats of both the officers and
those being checked will be stopped in the
Besides motorboats, officers may stop
kayaks, canoes, small fishing boats and oth-
er small vessels.
"We are asking boaters to be courteous,
and don't rock the boat, when they see any
vessel stopped in the water, or small boats
like kayaks and canoes that are subject to
being swamped," said FWC Maj. Paul Ouel-
lette. "This means avoiding the area if possi-
ble or idling past the stopped or small vessels,

so your boat's wake doesn't cause property
damage or personal injury to them."
This can be a real problem in high-traffic
areas when there are many boats and large
wakes. In fact, many accidents are caused
by wakes flooding smaller vessels. Some-
times the offending operator doesn't even
know it and keeps going, leaving behind a
sinking vessel.
A boat operator is responsible for the
damage his or her boat's wake causes and
can be cited for careless or reckless opera-
tion, Maj. Ouellette said.
Report violators to the FWC's Wildlife
Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. For additional
safe boating tips, go to MyFWC.com/Boat-

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9, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 902 S.E. 8th Ave. The fundraisers will assist the girls 12 and
under Chobee Firestix softball team going to World Series where about 100 teams will
compete. All proceeds will go to Chobee Firestix World Series fund. Another fundraiser
event, Bowling Day, will be held on Sunday, July 10, from 12-7 p.m., at Lucky Lanes
bowling alley. We will also be hosting a GOLD Party from 2-4 p.m. during this event as
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New study documents cookiecutter shark attack

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -A new study co-
authored by University of Florida research-
ers provides details on the first cookiecutter
shark attack on a live human, a concern as
warm summer waters attract more people
to the ocean.
The study currently online and appear-
ing in the July print edition of Pacific Science
warns that swimmers entering the cook-
iecutter's range of open ocean tropical wa-
ters may be considered prey. The sharks feed
near the surface at night, meaning daytime
swimmers are less likely to encounter them.
The species is small, with adults reaching
about 2 feet, but their unique jaws special-
ize in scooping out a piece of flesh, leaving
victims with a crater-like wound.
"Not only is it painful, but it presents a
difficult circumstance for recovery in the
sense that there has to be plastic surgery to
close the wound and you have permanent
tissue loss," said co-author George Burgess,
director of the International Shark Attack File
housed at the Florida Museum of Natural
History on the UF campus. "It's not as scary
as 'Jaws,' but it's very different from any oth-
er kind of attack we have in the International
Shark Attack File because of the size of the
shark and the modus operandi."
The March 16, 2009, incident involved a
cookiecutter shark, Isistius brasiliensis, re-
peatedly attacking a long-distance swimmer
attempting to cross the Alenuihaha Channel
from Hawaii to Maui. After sunset, the vic-
tim said the first bite on his chest felt "like a
pin prick." He then was bitten on the left calf
while climbing into the rescue kayak follow-

ing him during the swim. The International
Shark Attack File lists two other incidents in-
volving cookiecutters, both judged to be in-
flicted post-mortem. Dubbed "demon whale
biters" by biologist Stewart Springer, a shark
expert who studied the fish for more than 60
years before his death in 1991, cookiecutters
inhabit deep tropical waters and their bites
have been found on many deep-sea ani-
mals, including tuna, whales, dolphins and
Unlike other sharks, a cookiecutter's
teeth are connected at the bottom in the
lower jaw. When feeding, the shark bites
its victim and then rotates to remove a plug
of flesh, "kind of like using a melon-baller,"
Burgess said.
"They have the biggest teeth of any shark
in relation to the size of their jaws," he said.
"They look like the cartoon sharks you see
with oversized teeth."
The victim also reported seeing squid be-
fore the attack. Like squid, cookiecutters are
bioluminescent, producing their own light
on parts of their bodies. Researchers be-
lieve the sharks may use this specialization
to hide among squid while larger fish, such
as tuna, prey on the squid. The sharks then
surprise the larger fish, taking bites before
quickly leaving the scene.
A type of dogfish shark, cookiecutters do
not kill their fish victims and the wounds
they inflict may be useful as biological mark-
ers, Burgess said. Because they are known
to only dwell in tropical waters, scientists
can use the bites to better understand the
movement patterns of their victims.

"When we see a killer whale in Alaska
with the mark, it tells us the whale traveled
there from the tropics," Burgess said. "We
can also judge how long ago it happened by
how much the wound has healed."
John O'Sullivan, curator of field opera-
tions and a senior collector at the Monterey
Bay Aquarium in California, said he is fas-
cinated by the sharks' interesting behavior.
Researchers know little about the animal
and O'Sullivan's attempts to collect a live
specimen for the aquarium over the past
few years are "turning out to be more diffi-
cult than our white shark program," he said.
Because of the sharks' small size, swimmers
may be able to protect themselves by wear-

ing a thick wetsuit, he said.
"We have to be careful because of how
different species occupy a niche -how that
varies is not at all understood," O'Sullivan
said. "These animals are very small and very
aggressive in behavior. People say, 'Thank
God these things don't get big.' "
The study was led by Randy Honebrink
of the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources
and co-authors include Robert Buch of the
Florida Program for Shark Research at the
Florida Museum and National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Ser-
vice, and physician Peter Galpin of Maui Me-
morial Hospital.

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and information Carla Carolina Camargo,
27, U.S. 98 N., is now facing three additional
charges of aggravated child abuse - mali-
cious punishment and one count of child
neglect- great harm.
Her boyfriend Dionicio 'Nicho' Agui-
lar Rodriguez, 32, of the same address-is
facing two new charges of aggravated child
abuse - malicious punishment.
Bond on the new charges has not been
Camargo is currently being held in the
Okeechobee County Jail on $10,000 bond,
and Rodriguez is being held on $151,000
bond. Those bonds are based on their initial
"One of the new charges on the mom
was for hitting her son on his broken leg
with a shoe," said Mr. Albright. "The way
I've charged them, they're both charged
with inflicting the injuries."
When asked why they beat the toddler,
Mr. Albright said it was because he was in
"Witnesses said they would beat him be-
cause he wouldn't stop crying," added the
Although Camargo's 5-year-old daughter
also lived in the home, she apparently was
not abused but Mr. Albright said he doesn't
know why.
"Best I can tell, he (the boy) couldn't talk
and he didn't go to day care. The little girl
was going to day care," he reasoned.
The couple were first arrested Friday,
June 24, after Detective Rosemary Farless,
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), was contacted by a confidential
informant. Camargo was charged with one
count of aggravated child abuse/neglect
(medical) and Rodriguez was charged with
two counts of aggravated child abuse (medi-
cal and malicious punishment) as well as a
misdemeanor account of driving while li-
cense revoked with knowledge.
The informant reportedly told the in-
vestigator that Rodriguez was looking for a
healthy Hispanic child between the ages of
18 months and 3 years.
Detective Farless stated in her report
that Rodriguez needed the "healthy" child
because of an investigation by the Depart-
ment of Children and Families (DCF) and he
"... needed this replacement child to show
Following the couple's arrest, the boy
and his sister were turned over to a DCF
case worker who then took them to Rauler-
son Hospital.
According to the detective's arrest report,
X-rays done on the boy indicated that he
had: two ribs that had two fractures each;
three ribs that had one fracture each; and,
one rib that had three fractures. Also, the
boy's left femur-the bone that extends
from the pelvis to the knee-was broken
completely in half.
"His injuries are all in different stages of
healing," said Mr. Albright of the boy. "The
left femur seems to be the oldest. Indica-
tions are that he had been beaten about two
months prior to the arrests."
He then pointed out on the child's X-ray

"I'm going to try and get prison
sentences for both of them.
At this point, I'm not going to
make a plea deal offer to any of
- Ashley Albright
Assistant State Attorney

where the part of the femur was actually lay-
ing on top of the other portion of the broken
bone, and that a calcium deposit was already
forming around the separated bones.
"The break in his right leg is much more
recent, but I don't have a time frame," Mr.
Albright added.
Detective Farless also stated in her report
that the girl had a large bruise on the upper
portion of her left arm. When she asked
the child what happened, the child report-
edly said that Nicho had punched her ".
because she didn't tell him the DCF lady was
at the door."
The 2-year-old, she added, weighed 20
pounds when he was taken from his moth-
To illustrate the boy's malnourished con-
dition, Detective Farless made a circle with
her thumb and forefinger and said: "I can
put my fingers around his calf."
In talking about the boy's alleged abuse,
Mr. Albright said witnesses told him Cama-
rgo and Rodriguez would put him on the
floor of this bedroom, surround him with
toys then close the door and leave him.
"Then, when he would cry, they would
take turns hitting him," said the prosecutor.
When asked if Camargo would be able to
get her children back, Mr. Albright said that
decision is not up to him. But, he's going to
make it as difficult for her as possible.
"I'm going to try and get prison sentenc-
es on both of them. At this point, I'm not go-
ing to make a plea offer to any of them," he
He went on to say that, with the new
charges, Camargo is looking at 135 years in
prison and Rodriguez 105 years.
"That's if the judge stacks the charges and
everything is consecutive," he explained.
"That's the maximum they could get."
Mr. Albright said there is no indication
that either child had been sexually abused.
Both children will be sheltered by DCF,
said Detective Farless.
Camargo and Rodriguez will both go
before Circuit Judge Robert Belanger for
their arraignment on July 20 at 9 a.m. This
hearing will be on their initial charges. An
arraignment date on the new charges had
not been set as of newspaper deadline.
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currently serving two years probation after
being found guilty of dealing in stolen prop-
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on March 9, 2010.
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Monday, June 27, on a local warrant charg-
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being held without bond on that charge.
According to an OCSO detective, Rodri-
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Mr. Albright. "I ask them if they watch CSI
and I tell them they're not going to have that
type of evidence in a real criminal case. I tell
them real cops don't drive Hummers and
solve cases in 60 minutes. I tell them they
have to rely on their common sense and the
Actually, according to the MC Market-
ing Charts web site, an hour-long television
show is only 38:49 in length. According to
the web site, 7:59 of a prime-time show
consists of in-show brand appearances and
13:52 of network commercial messages for
a combined total of 21:51.
With that in mind, one can only marvel
at the speed in which television sleuths foil
the bad guys.
Mr. Albright, who has been prosecuting
cases for 14 years, said jurors today auto-
matically expect him to have DNA and fin-
gerprints to help them convict the bad guy.
But, in the real world, rarely does a prosecu-
tor have either.
"Out of the thousands of cases I've han-
dled, I can probably count on my two hands
the number of cases where I've had DNA,"
he said.
Mr. Albright said it can take up to six
months before he receives DNA results from
the Indian River Crime Lab-even though
he described the Fort Pierce facility as "an
excellent lab." For testing on blood, alcohol
or drugs, he said he will use the Florida De-
partment of Law Enforcement (FDLE) lab. It
can take up to a year to get DNA results back
from the FDLE lab.
Fingerprints? Pristine prints are more like-
ly to be in a screen writer's mind than on a
prosecutor's evidence list.
"It's very rare when you can find a clean,
usable print," added the local prosecutor.
By using the Indian River Crime Lab and
the FDLE lab, Mr. Albright said his office has
access to "the basic things" seen on televi-
Another rarity in a real criminal case is the
'smoking gun' or that piece of evidence
that can be linked directly to the suspect and
the crime supposedly committed by him
or her. Because of that, many of the cases
taken to court are based on circumstantial
evidence-which is indirect evidence that
helps establish guilt or innocence through

Or, as Mr. Albright
tells prospective jurors,
"COmmon sense."
Circumstantial evi-
dence is the result of
combining seemingly
unrelated facts that,
when put together,
infer a conclusion that
supports an attorney's
version of the fact and
the theory of what Ashley
happened. Ashley
In these cases, con- Abright
tinued Mr. Albright, it's
imperative that he fully understands the case
so that he can intelligently and succinctly ex-
plain what happened to the jury. That's why
he goes to the crime scene while it's being
worked by law enforcement, and why he
then interviews witnesses.
"When I don't have the 'smoking gun' I
confront it head-on," he said. "You face it up
front and tell them (the jury) why you don't
have it, and what you do have."
He said he also utilizes expert witness
testimony to explain to jurors why the state
doesn't have what they may see on televi-
Casey Anthony trial
illustrates the problem
A good example of a circumstantial case
that monopolized the airwaves recently was
the Casey Anthony trial. Prosecutors in that
case had to present to the 12-member jury
their theory of how, and why, 2-year-old Cay-
lee Anthony was killed. After several weeks
of trial, Casey was acquitted of murder and
aggravated child abuse charges-much to
Mr. Albright's chagrin.
"As a prosecutor, I was disappointed," he
said of that jury's verdict.
Mr. Albright, the supervising attorney in
the Okeechobee office, theorized that pros-
ecutors took too much time in their closing
arguments and, basically, lost the jury.
"Most studies say that an adult's attention
span is about 40 minutes," he said, which is
why he focuses on " the high points" of his
case and tries to never take more than an
hour to present his arguments to the jury.
After all, why should it take him over an
hour to explain a case when Lt. Caine can
solve a case and lock up the criminal in less
than 39 minutes.


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Call Brandon at (772)-201-8722

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9th St, July 8th,
8:00am. Huge Moving
Sale, Kids, toys, mater-
nity, furniture

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Ag Mechanic
Gas/Diesel and General.
House, Elect, Mainte-
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Christian Preschool
Looking For:
Lead Teacher for
three's room
Please Call 763-8800

Full Time
Labor Position
Must be able to lift
more than 50 Ibs.
and work outside.
Bilingual A Must.
Call 863-763-7447

Registered Nurse
Please apply by
School Health Clinic
10 month position with
benefits. Apply at
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Your next job could be
in today's classified.
Did you look for it?

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go to

Healthy Black and
White Shih-tzu Puppies
2 months old. Must see
$200 call 561-755-1025

How do you find a job
in today's competi-
tive market? In the
employment section
of the classified

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go to

Baby Chicks For Sale -
Starting at $2.75. Fancy
Chicks, Egg Laying
Chicks, Meat Chicks;
also Goselings and
Du c k li ngs
(863)233-1913 or

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2 Bedroom 1 Bath Du-
plex located close to
court house, lawn and
garbage included Call
2br/lba, tiled floors, wa-
ter included $750 mo. +
deposit Call Vicki @
Beautiful Samantha's
Garden Apartments
2BR/2BA, in town, W&D,
$800 mo. + $500 sec.
Call (863)634-5780 or
WATER - Including all
utilities, some restric-
tions, apply by appt.
only. (863)357-2044
leave name and number
if no answer.
KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs.
2 br/lba, Tiled floors.
Inclds Water. $675/mo.
+ dep. Pool & Tennis
Court. 863-697-6428 or
Br/ 1 Ba. 1st and last.
$600 per mo. Deposit
$400. In town. Call

Bdrm., 1 Bath, fully fur-
nished, Dock, includes
utilities, Dish TV, WI FI
& local phone service.
$650 mo. + sec.
(863) 467-1950.

CANAL - 1 BR Cottage
w/screen porch. Over-
looking rim canal. $150
week, utilities included.

1574 Sq. Ft. office bldg.
@ 210 NE 3rd Ave.
Call 863-763-0295

1/1 Unfurnished.
included. $725 per mo.
1st mo. FREE!
Call 561-262-9316

3BR 2BA beautiful ranch
home located 12 miles
from town. Lawn, trash,
and water included.
$650/mo. Pasture
available. Call for move
in special Mon. - Fri.
(863)467-9800. No

Houses, 3/1/1 = $900,
3/2/2 = $1100, Large
yards. Bring pets.
Washer/Dryer included.
Call 561-723-2226

Basswood - 3br, 2ba,
CBS, $875/mo + $875
sec. No pets Call
(772)528-7004 or

2.5BA, 1 car garage.
New carpet. On Rim Ca-
nal w/Boat dock. Rent
$875/mo. Opt. 1/BR
cottage w/dining room.
Call (772)359-1640

Big Lake
Real Estate
3/2/lKings Bay $850
3/2DW T.I. $800
Fl room. Rent to own or
Owner financing avail.
2/2DW T.I. w/bonus
room & new floors $700
2/1in town $650
Lrg workshop avail.
2/1.5/1T.C.I $750
fenced,screen porch.
4/3DW T.C.I $1,000
Rent to own or owner
financing avail.
3-CBS 3/2 avail off
15A $850-$1,000.
Sena Treadway

OKEE 2bd/lba CBS
House, large lot,
freshly painted, new
carpet, w/d, well water,
by Rim Canal $650 mo.
plus security.
Call 786-201-0306
tion) 3 br/2 ba, with
carport. Nice neighbor-
hood. $850 mo. plus
Sec. 863-634-1567.

2300 sq.ft. - Beautiful
Historic Commercial
Rental, 1 block off State
Rd. 70, highly visible
from highway. $1500
per mo. (863)447-0092

Choose from 2/2 or 1/1
Beautifully furnished
rentals located at River
Bluff Fishing Resort on
the Kissimmee River.
With or without utilities.
Call today, You'll think
your on vaca-


11/2 BA Treasure Is-
land. Cold A/C,
Fenced yd. $595 mo.
+ $350 sec dep.
(772) 359-6584

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Owner Financing- 3
bdrm 2 bath house on 1
acre $3,500.00 down
$931.42 a month.
2bdrm/lbath house
$2,500.00 down
$731.83 a month. Call
Beverley 863-634-2820

house on the water.
Dblwide. w/screened
pool, many upgrades, on
the water. $149,000. Will
lease for $1200 mo. +
dep. $2900 move in.
Call (863)634-9119

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3br/2ba (CBS on the
water). Nice area. Small
pets OK. $1100

Starting at $15,000
Mobile Home Angels

1990 ? mobile home
12x45 good for farm .
or camp pretty good
shape must move from
lot 1500. lorida.
(561)310-1443 or

One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an
ad in the classified.
2ba DW, w/14x40 addi-
tion, metal roof, FP,
11x20 shop, on Canal.
Covered dock & slip.
Sprinklers, 20' Pontoon
boat. $80K O.B.O.
772-321-1835 or
Palm Harbor Homes
Has closed 2
Model Centers.
Save up to 60K
on select models.
Call Today!

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1999 Big "0" BASS
BOAT - , 1999 mercy
200HP EFI, new power-
head 4/11. Aluminium
trailer. Perfect condi-
tion. $12,000.00/or
best offer

Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the

1986 21' w/ attached
room w/ lots of windows.
Lot rent $235 + utilities.
Water front park $1200.
Call 863-467-1530.

Shop here first!
The classified ads

July 8, 2011

Okeechobee News

2004 Harley Davidson
FLSTC Heritage Softail
Classic in Smokey
Gold/Black Two Tone,
Screaming Eagle
Exhaust w/Free
Breather, Lot of
Chrome, A Must See.
Only 9800 Miles
Garage Kept Real Clean.
Call For App.
Asking $12,995.00

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1997 GMC Sierra
Ext Cab. One Owner,
High Mileage $2,000
Call 863-381-0135

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforce-
nent Board will be meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. or
as soon thereafter, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida.
he public is invited and encouraged to attend.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a
certified court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly,
ny person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters no-
iced herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimo
iy and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based.
Please contact Sue Christopher, 863-763-4423, or website
Nww.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per
contact the Fire Department at 863-763-4423 for assistance.
y: Jamie Gamlotea, Code Board Chairperson
91827 ON 7/8/2011

Attention Comcast customers in Belle Glade / Pahokee,
Clewiston, Okeechobee, and each of their surrounding areas:
Effective July 11, 2011, Jewelry TV will move, as a test launch, from
Digital Preferred to Digital Starter and remain on channel 188. The
official launch will be on August 9, 2011.
After a notice of a re-tering of a video service or a rate increase, you
may change your level of service at no additional charge for a period
of 30 days from the effective date of the change. Otherwise, chang-
es in the services you receive at your request may be subject to the
upgrade or downgrade charge listed on the annual rate card. Prices
are exclusive of applicable franchise fees and related costs, FCC user
fees and taxes. For customers with commercial accounts or bulk rate
arrangements, some product, pncing and other information may not
apply. Upon proper notice, all pricing, programming, channel loca-
tions and packaging are subject to change.
If you have any questions or concerns,
please call 800-COMCAST (800-266-2278).
391245 CGS 7/7 ON 7/8/2011

Public Auction will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on JULY 22,
2011 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Flori-
da Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing
and storage charges. Year, make,
model and VIN are as follows.
2008 Dodge Ram 3500
2005 CIRW Gooseneck Trailer
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
WILL BE, MADEi Said automobiles
will be sold in "As Is" condition with
no guarantee's.
391557 ON 7/8/2011

Your new home could be
in today's paper. Have
you looked for it?

How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell
it in the classified.
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.

When doing those chores
is doing you in, it's time
to look for a helper in
the classified.

Buying a car? Look in
the classified. Selling
a car? Look in the

rhe Okeechobee County Board
county Commissioners will hold ts
Regular Session on Thursday,
uly 14, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. In the
"Judge William L. Hendry Court
oom" at the Historic Court
house, 304 N.W. 2nd Street
Okeechobee, Florida.
ny person deciding to appeal any
decision made by the Board o
county Commissioners with respect
Sany matter considered at thi
meeting will need a record of the
proceedings, and that, for such
purposes, he or she will need t
ensure that a verbabm record o
uch proceedings is made, which
ecordshall include he testimony
nd evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based.
n accordance with the Americans
ith Disabilities Act, persons wit
disabilities needing special accom
modation to participate in this pro
eedig should contact the County
administrator's Office not later than
four (4) working days prior to the
proce edg at 304 N.W. 2nd Street
Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida
4972, or call 863.763.6441. If you
re hearing or voice impaired, cal
DD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or
1-888447-5620 (TTY).
Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair
board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
keechobee County, Florida
Is/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
391728 ON 7/8/2011
The County Coalition for Respon
bible Management of Lake Okee
hobee and the St. Lucie and
aloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake
north Lagoon will hold its
County Coalition Meeting" on
Friday, July 15, 2011 at 10:00
a.m. in the "Judge William L.
Hendry Courtroom" at the Historic
courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida.
Please take notice and be ad-
sed that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the
coalition with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting,
uch interested person will need a
record of the proceedings, and fo
uch purpose may need to ensure
verbatim record of the proceed-
ns is made, which record include
he testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based.
Ray Judah as Chairman
County Coalibtion for
Responsible Management of
Lake Okeechobee and St. Lucle and
Caloosahatchee Estuaries
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board ofCounty Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
391812 ON 7/8/2011
A public aucbon will be held at BMJ
Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 22nd day of July 2011
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage. Year, Make,
ModelF& Vm's as follows:
1984 Tan Buick Lesabre
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. The seller
reserves the right of final bid. All
sales are final. No refunds will be
made. Said automobiles will be sold
n "AS IS" with no guarantees.
391556 ON 7/08/2011

OTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County
board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 6:00
.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeecho-
ee, Florida to consider a Special Exception to allow cabins/lodges in asso-
:ation with on-site or nearby recreational activies in an Agricultural (A)
oning district. The property owner and applicant is Florida Prairie, Inc. The
property address is 21232 NW 252"d Street and is more particularly de-
cnbed as follows:
n the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the
leanngs shall be continued to Wednesday, July 27 2011 at 6:00 p.m. n the
death Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
NT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by
he Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered
t this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evi
ence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes
re for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the department.
Niliam D. Royce, Planning Director
91689 ON 7/8/2011


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OTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County
board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 6:OC
.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeecho
ee, Florida to consider a Special Excepbon to allow a 180-foot radio towel
nan Agricultural (A) zoning district. The property owner and -lni ,
lades Electric Cooperative. The property address is 4825 , , !
1orth and is more particularly described as follows:
(BEING 100.00 FEET IN ID ); THENCE SOUTH 05029'24" WES1
Sthe event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the
earngs shall be continued to Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the
health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
T THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision b)
he Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered
t this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
oceedings is made and that the record includes the tesbmony and evi
ence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tape!
re for te sole purpose of backup for official records of the department.
Nllam D. Royce, Planning Director
petition S-2011-0713
91699 ON 7/8/2011

public auction will be held at ARS Powersports, 4422 Hwy 441 N, Okeecho
ee, FL, 34972, (863)467-0900, on Tuesday July 26th, 2011 from 11:00 AN
o 12:00PM. Lien claimed is in pursuant to Florida Staute 713.585 for unpaic
abor, service performed and storage. Year Make Model and VIN as follows:
2006 Honda TRX90
2005 Honda NPS50
2007 Honda TRX500FE7
2006 Polaris Predator 90
2005 Suzuki LTA50
2006 Polaris Predator 50
lerms of sale are cash and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves
he right of final bid. All sales are final. No refunds will be made. Said vehi
les will be sold "As Is" with no guarantees. Notice is hereby given that the
owner of the vehicle or any person claiming an interest in or lien thereon ha!
right to a hearing with the clerk of the court of Okeechobee County anc
hat the owner has the right to recover possession of the vehicle without in
;titutg judicial proceedings by posting bond in accordance with the provi
ion of section 559-917, Florida Statutes. Any proceeds from the sale o
vehicle remaining after payment of the amount claimed to be due and owinc
o the lienor will be deposited with the clerk of the court for dispositon upor
courtt order.
91808 ON 7/8/2011

By Tony Young
To me, the best part about
hunting is not harvesting game
-but spending quality time out-
doors with friends and family.
One of the best ways to do that
is through dove hunting, which
is one reason why great dove
hunts are in such high demand
but often difficult to find.
That's why the FWC created
its Special-Opportunity Dove
Club Program -to offer hunt-
ers the chance of experiencing
exceptional dove hunting on the
state's best public dove fields.
Dove Club permits enable one
adult and one youth (under age
16) to hunt all scheduled dates
for the dove field of their choice.
Permits cost $150 and enable
both hunters to take a daily bag
limit of birds each. There are
eight hunts on all but one of the
selected dove fields (Caravelle
Ranch has six), and all hunts are
from noon until sunset and take
place on Saturdays, starting Oct.
1 and ending Jan. 7.
Last year, 1,865 birds were
harvested from six fields. This
coming season, there again will
be six special-opportunity dove
fields scattered throughout the
state from which to choose.
One of the fields is on Allap-
attah Flats Public Small-Game
Hunting Area (PSGHA) in Martin
County, east of Lake Okeecho-
bee. Thirteen Dove Club permits
are available for the 100-acre
field. Participants last year took
an average of more than six
birds per hunter per day, harvest-
ing 644 birds. North Newberry
PSGHA, in Alachua County, has
13 Dove Club permits on its 40
acres. Caravelle Ranch, in Put-
nam County, has a 200-acre dove
field with 30 Dove Club permits

available. Last season, 249 doves
were harvested there. The dove
field on Hilochee Wildlife Man-
agement Area, in Lake County,
has 15 Dove Club permits avail-
able to hunt its 58 acres. Hunters
there last season took 490 doves,
which equated to a 2.5-birds-
per-hunter, per day average. Frog
Pond PSGHA, in Miami-Dade
County, has been a top produc-
er in past years, and 246 birds
were taken there last season, for
nearly a 2-birds-per-hunter, per
day average. Fifteen Dove Club
permits are available to hunt its
50 acres. The remaining special-
opportunity dove field is a brand
new one to the system and is in
Lafayette County. Koon Farm PS-
GHA is a 40-acre dove field with
13 permits available.
Dove Club permits will be is-
sued by random drawing during
Phase I. That application period
is July 1-18.
After obtaining the correct
application worksheet by go-
ing to MyFWC.com/Hunting
and clicking on "Limited Entry
Hunts," you can apply for these
season passes by filling out a sin-
gle worksheet and turning it in at
any county tax collector's office,
license agent or by going online
to www.fl.wildlifelicense.com.
During Phase I, hunters may be
awarded a permit for only one
dove field.
If you're successful in getting
drawn, you must pick up and
pay for your Dove Club permit
at any of the same places men-
tioned above by Aug. 8. Check
for drawing results in late July at
MyFWC.com/Hunting, again by
clicking "Limited Entry Hunts."
And any applicant who provides
his email address will be notified
by the FWC by email if drawn.





Glades County hosts

hunter safety course

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) will host a free hunter safety course July 9 and 10, from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Glades County. Except for those who have
successfully completed the online hunter education course, at-
tendance on both days is required for certification. If you have
completed the online course, print and bring your final Web re-
port to the FWC course on July 9.
Students will learn about hunting laws, safe gun handling and
hunter ethics/responsibility, among other topics, before taking
the final test. The course also includes live-firing instruction on
a shooting range.
Classes both days will be held at the Glades County Sheriff's
Office Shooting Range, on Gun Club Road, 3 miles north of U.S.
27 on S.R. 78 in Moore Haven.
Space is limited, and reservations are required. Participants
can make reservations at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by call-
ing 561-625-5122. A statewide schedule of hunter safety classes is
available at: MyFWC.com/HunterSafety.

Join the Dove Club


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