Sunday, September 2, 2018 75Â¢ plus tax V ol. 109 No. 105 Special to the Okeechobee NewsTeen Anglers enjoy tourneyThe Big O Teen Anglers recently enjoyed their August tournament out of Okee-Tantie on Lake Okeechobee. The weather was beautiful but hot, and the anglers caught a lot of nice bass, even with a three Â“sh limit. First place winner in the 11-15 age group was Colton McPeak with his bass weighing 10.64 lbs. For the story, see page 3. By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News On Thursday, Aug. 30, a six-person jury could not reach a verdict on a Â“rst-degree murder charge facing a 52-year-old Okeechobee man but wass able to convict him on other charges he was facing. David Anthony Schwendenmann was arrested Sept. 14, 2016, on charges of Â“rst-degree murder, aggravated battery on a pregnant person, robbery, Â”eeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement ofÂ“cer and attempted Â“rst-degree murder of law enforcement ofÂ“cer with Â“rearm. He was convicted on the charges of robbery, aggravated battery on a pregnant person and Â”eeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement ofÂ“cer. The attempted Â“rst-degree murder of a law enforcement ofÂ“cer was reduced to attempted manslaughter of a law enforcement ofÂ“cer, and the jury was at an impasse on the Â“rst-degree murder charge, resulting in a mistrial. That case is to be scheduled for a later date. SchwendenmannÂs sentencing hearing for his convicted charges is due to be set in mid October. The criminal trial began on Tuesday, Aug. 28, with Schwendenmann represented by Assistant Public Defenders Stanle y Glenn and Armand Murach from the 19th Judicial Circuit Public DefenderÂs OfÂ“ce. Prosecuting the case on behalf of the State o f Florida were 19th Judicial Circuit Assistant State Attorneys Ashle y Albright and Don Richardson. Presiding over the criminal case was Schwendenmann to be tried again Jury Â“nds Okeechobee man guilty on some charges; mistrial declared on murder charge By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News A plan to extend State Road 710 to intersect with U.S. 441 North just south of the Okeechobee Health Care Facility drew some concerns from members of the public at the Aug. 30 public meeting at the Okeechobee KOA. The extension would move the intersection of State Road 70 and FDOT plans SR 710 extension to US 441 14.60 feetLast Year: 13.53 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Y ou snooze, you lose: DonÂ’t drive drowsy ... Page 4 Labor Day fest to include a shock ... Page 2 Saw palmetto harvest requires permit ... Page 10 September 2, 2018 Okeechobee News 1 ÂOur Focus is to Make You ComfortableÂŽ 467-1545LIC NO. CAC029420 QualityACokee.com Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe FDOT plan for the State Road 710 extension would move the intersection of SR 710 and SR 70 to the east, and SR 710 would intersect with U.S, 441 North just south of the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. See FDOT Â„ Page 8 See MURDER Â„ Page 7 David Schwendenmann
City administrator to be ÂtasedÂ for charitySpecial to the Okeechobee News The Labor Day celebration in Flagler Park on Sunday will include a shocking stunt to raise money for MarthaÂs House and Hospice. On Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. in Flagler Park, Okeechobee City Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca and Matthew Buxton from Buxton & Bass Funeral Home will go to great extremes to raise money for Hospice of Okeechobee and MarthaÂs House. The two men recently hosted an online campaign to raise money for the two charities. In exchange for the donations, Mr. Montes De Oca agreed to be Âtased,ÂŽ and Mr. Buxon will have his beard dyed shocking pink, and wear it that way for a week. Donations can still be made online (see the link on the Okeechobee News page on Facebook). Donations will also be accepted at the MarthaÂs House booth in Flagler Park on Sunday, and around the stage at the time of the entertainment. Angie GrifÂ“n at StaffordÂs Salon has volunteered to handle the beard dying. On Monday, the Labor Day Festival will continue in Flagler Park. A lawn mower race is planned at 11 a.m. The lawn mowers will be provided by the Sears Hometown Store in Okeechobee. Sign-ups for the race begin at 10 a.m. Participants must be age 18 or older. Also on Labor Day, a hot dog eating contest is planned at 1 p.m., an ice cream eating contest at 1:30 p.m. and a watermelon eating contest at 2 p.m. Monday will also bring the second day of the CattlemenÂs Bull Bash, at the CattlemenÂs Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 N. The Labor Day Bull Bash will be fun for the whole family. The performance will consist of the top two crowd favorites Â„ mutton bustinÂ and bullriding Â„ plus fans can expect to see professional bull Â“ghters and a specialty act. Gates open at 1 p.m., and the event begins with mutton bustinÂ at 2 p.m. The event will feature onsite vendors, souvenir T-shirts, shaved ice, concessions and beer. Tickets are $15 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be also purchased online at TheOkeechobeeRodeo. com. This year, tickets can also be bought with a special Groupon promotion. Festival plans include a shocking development2 Okeechobee News September 2, 2018 ÂAlways on Top of the JobÂŽRe-Roofing SpecialistsÂ€ Metal & Shingle Roofs Â€ Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Today: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 87F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tonight: Partly cloudy skies early. Scattered thunderstorms developing later at night. Low 74F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Extended ForecastMonday: Thunderstorms likely in the morning. Then the chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 86F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Monday Night: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. Low 74F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tuesday: Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 86F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Okeechobee Forecast By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News Okeechobee Police Department Chief Robert ÂBobÂŽ Peterson was born in 1960 in Karlsruhe, the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, in southwestern Germany. At the time of his birth, his father was in the United States Army and w as stationed in the city that was once part of what was known as West Germany before the Berlin Wall was torn down on Nov. 9, 1989. As a self-proclaimed Âmilitary brat,ÂŽ he continued to move around the country from one small army base to another before his graduation from military high school in Bremerhaven, West Germany. Upon graduation, Chief Peterson decided to enlist in the United States Coast Guard. He spent two years stationed in Hawaii and two years in Alaska during his four-year stint. Still, for having been enlisted for only a short period of time, he was able to attain the rank of petty ofÂ“cer second class, as what was formerly known as a ÂradarmanÂŽ but is now dubbed an Âoperations specialist.ÂŽ ÂMy father retired from the service after 30 years and settled in Palm Bay,ÂŽ stated Chief Peterson. ÂI received my discharge in November 1982, and had a job on a shrimp boat up in Valdez, Alaska. Unfortunately, shrimp season didnÂt start until the end of March and was at least another Â“ve months away. So, I was faced with a hard decision to choose between, winter in Alaska, or the beaches of Florida, which I never experienced.ÂŽ He laughed while stating, ÂFigured Florida was the best bet!ÂŽ When asked how he found himself in his career Â“eld, the chief responded, ÂAt the time, law enforcement ofÂ“cers were in high demand, particularly searching for people who were recently discharged military personnel.ÂŽ He continued, ÂSo, two months later I found myself as a cadet in the police academy, and to think,ÂŽ he paused before stating with a chuckle, ÂthereÂs probably a shrimp boat in Alaska possibly waiting for me.ÂŽ Chief Peterson began his work for OPD in 1983, the same year he met the person that would be his Âwife of nearly 34 wonderful years,ÂŽ Loretta. In 1986, he left the OPD and spent the next 10 years with the Glades County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce, where he worked up through the ranks to the position of chief deputy. His sheriff and boss, however, lost the election in 1996 and ultimately saw Chief PetersonÂs return to Okeechobee. He stated, ÂI came back home to the Okeechobee Police Department, where IÂve been for the last 22 years.ÂŽ Chief Peterson has been a member of local law enforcement now for 36 years and is the Â“rst member of his family to work in the Â“eld. The chief and his wife share one daughter, Heather, who was born in and raised locally here in Okeechobee. She worked her way through the Okeechobee County school system and graduated from Okeechobee High School in 2008. When heÂs not attending Okeechobee City Council meetings, staff meetings or providing general direction for his department, he enjoys spending time with his wife, stating: ÂLoretta does barrel racing in rodeos and loves it. Horses are her life. We have a hobby farm just north of town and spend most daylight hours working on that. Loretta and I also like to spend our weekends paddle-boarding with friends and we like to explore this beautiful country as much as possible.ÂŽ To expand on the chiefÂs statement, he recently went on a cross-country trip via motorcycle from Florida up to Alaska. Chief Peterson then chose to break the fourth wall and speak directly to you, the community of Okeechobee. ÂEnough about me, I would like to pivot this interview to what is really important, and that is this department and this community. We understand that making this community a safe place to live is a team effort, a team comprised of not just OPD employees, but of all the residents and business owners in our community. We are you, and you are us. It can work no other way.ÂŽ Chief Peterson continued, ÂWe are steadily working toward becoming a community-oriented police department by being involved in both professional and civic local organizations, and by establishing and maintaining positive relationships with our citizens that we serve and protect. This is, after all, your department, and it is your needs that are important to us.ÂŽ The chief concluded the interview, ÂI am extremely proud of the men and women that are working with me here at OPD. I set the tone and the direction of the department and they work hard to make it happen, and I know the community is proud of them too.ÂŽ Meet the OfÂ“cer: OPD Chief Robert Peterson Special to the Okeechobee NewsChief Peterson has been a member of local law enforcement now for 36 years and is the Â“rst member of his family to work in the Â“eld. Flags to be retired in ceremonySeawinds Funeral Home has launched its ÂStars & Stripes Flag Retirement Program.ÂŽ People in the community who are looking for proper Â”ag disposal can bring their Â”ags to Seawinds Funeral Home, located at 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, during normal business hours. Flags will be stored safely and disposed of in the proper, digniÂ“ed manner as outlined by the United States Flag Code. Flag donors will have the opportunity to attend an ofÂ“cial Flag Retirement Ceremony to be conducted at a future date. The Flag Retirement Ceremony is a special, unique presentation conducted by the Boy Scouts of America. For information, call 863-357-7283.Quit your way classes setQuit your way classes will be held at Raluerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. Classes will be held in the North dining room on Aug. 22, Sept. 5, Sept. 12 and Sept. 19. Classes will also be held in the In-service classroom on Aug. 29 and Sept. 26. Classes are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For information call 1-877-819-2357.
Special to the Okeechobee News The Big O Teen Anglers (BOTA) had their Aug. 25 tournament out of Okee-Tantie. The weather was beautiful and HOT, and the anglers caught a lot of nice bass even with a three-Â“sh limit. The biggest bass caught, which weighed in at 5.86 pounds, was caught by Bryce Johnson from the 11-15 age group. Alex Figueroa, in the 16-19 age group, caught a 3.87-lb. bass. This month BOTA had 23 anglers catch 54 bass with a total weight of 116.47 lbs. First place in the 16-19 age group went to David Miller, with a great catch of 8.44 lbs. Colton McPeak placed Â“rst in the 11-15 age group with 10.64 lbs. In the 11-15 age group: Â€ First-place winner was Colton McPeak with bass weighing 10.64 lbs. Â€ In second place was Wyatt Cannon with bass weighing 9.90 lbs. Â€ In third place was Brent Smith with bass weighing 8.29 lbs. Â€ Big Fish winner was Bryce Johnson, with a bass weighing 5.86 lbs. In the 16-19 age group: Â€ First-place winner was David Miller, with his Â“sh weighing 8.44 lbs. Â€ In second place was Justin Hevey with his bass weighing 5.78 lbs. Â€ In third place was Alex Figueroa with bass weighing 5.68 lbs. Alex also had the Big Fish for his age group, with a bass weighin g 3.87 lbs. The Big O Teen Anglers would like to ex tend thanks to the boat captains who volun teered their time to take the youth angler s out for a nice day of Â“shing: Daniel Parker Robert Haff, Karl Zainitzer, Ian Rodriguez John Sales, Terry Seabolt, Roger Bohannon Mitch Mulholland, Herman Parker, Bill y Ellerbee and Jim Newell. The anglers also thank the Melette fami ly for providing the after-tournament lunch which was delicious as always! Big O Teen Anglers enjoy August tourneySeptember 2, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939DonÂt make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Dr. Benjamin Epstein is a board-certiÂ“ed orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience. He treats patients of all ages and specializes in joint replacement procedures. Dr. Epstein and his sta welcome new patients. Our primary and specialty care ofÂ“ces are conveniently located near Raulerson Hospital:CARING FOR YOU Orthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson 1924 Hwy 441 N | 863.357.0540Schedule an appointment online at RaulersonOrtho.com Treasure Coast Medical Specialists Cardiology225 NE 19th Dr. Suite 225 863.763.0120Oral Waldo, MDTreasure Coast Medical Specialists Gastroenterology245 NE 19th Dr. Suite 245 863.824.5955Michael Schwartz, DO, FACGTreasure Coast Medical Specialists Primary Care1713 Hwy 441 N Suite C 863.467.2159Denise Ricketts, MDRaulerson Surgical Specialists1713 Hwy 441 N Suite H 863.357.1510 Carlos Alejo, MDRaulerson GYN1713 Hwy 441 N Suite F 863.763.8000 James BradÂ“eld, MD Benjamin Epstein, DO Special to the Okeechobee NewsSecond place in the 11-15 age group was Wyatt Cannon, with his bass weighing 9.90 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsBig Fish in the 11-15 age group was Bryce Johnson, with his bass weighing 5.86 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsSecond place in the 16-19 age group was Justin Hevey, with his bass weighing 5.78 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThird place in the 11-15 age group was Brent Smith, with his bass weighing 8.29 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsFirst-place winner in the 16-19 age group was David Miller, with his bass weighing 8.44 lbs. Special to the Okeechobee NewsThird place in the 16-19 age group was Alex Figueroa, with his bass weighing 5.68 lbs and his Big Fish weighing 3.87 lbs.
September 2, 2018 4 OPINION Okeechobee News Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in IndependentÂ’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communityÂ’s deliberation of public issues. Sierra ClubIt was Saturday, Aug. 11, and I was on my way to Belle Glade for the grand opening of the Sierra Club ofÂ“ce. This is a milestone in their efforts to protect citizens from the ravages of sugarcane burning in the EAA (Everglades Agricultural Area). For approximately six to eight months of the year (it can vary), Belle Glade and its environs experience Âblack snow,ÂŽ the byproduct of sugarcane burning. In addition to the black snow, residents have to deal with the smoke pollution released from pre-harvest sugar Â“eld burning during the harvesting season. Young people who do not understand the negative health effects of this smoke and ÂsnowÂŽ comment that it is snowing with some excitement. But that enthusiasm is later turned to anguish as more young and old alike are being hooked up to Âbreathing machinesÂŽ or experiencing increased bronchitis episodes. The smoke plume can be so intense at times that local schools can be closed temporarily. But, in spite of this debilitating environment and concerns that parents have for their children and caregiving to the elderly, I was struck by the resilience of this community; not to move away but to work together to Â“nd alternatives to sugarcane burning. They are not looking to Â“ght the companies who employ or provide indirectly a way of life for them. They strive to educate the community and to provide an atmosphere that encourages everyone to join them at the table for discussion. This is a goal of the Sierra Club; to provide a setting to bring all parties together to look for answers. We learned at the Sierra Club ofÂ“ce that there are solutions to this problem of sugarcane burning. With the current equipment already used in the production of sugar, you can collect the sugarcane trash and process them into ethanol, electricity and paper. The leaves could be left on the Â“eld later to be graded into the soil where it would replenish the soil, reducing the need for fertilizers. Leaving the leaves on the Â“eld also helps against erosion of the soil; over the years, 10 feet of this precious soil has been lost. The major hurdle, according to the discussions at the Sierra Club this week, was that there is a good potential return on investment (ROI). Why wouldnÂt the Department of Environmental Protection be discussing how to provide incentive to the industry to help defray the cost of converting a more green approach? The answer is that the one-party-dominated Florida government has not recognized constructively the concerns of residents such as those in Belle Glade. Gov. Rick Scott has gutted the Depart ment of Environmental Protection to the point that it has very little resources to help. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has turned an unsympathetic eye to them, instead accepting large sums of donations from the industry to look the other way. Today, I am Belle Glade and deeply admire under some very severe circumstances this community and its surroundings. The y are going to solve this problem; if necessary, alone. Paul Laura Treasure Coast Democratic Environ mental CaucusMisinformationFrom someone with an intimate knowledge of the problems posed by cyanobacteria and solutions, I am dumbfounded by the amount of misinformation, lack of knowledge and downright lies surrounding this! I have worked on cyanobacteria, their toxins and their management for almost 30 years and am recognized internationally as an expert in the Â“eld. My dissertation was titled ÂCyanobacteria in Australia Â… Management of Blooms and ToxinsÂŽ and I have man y publications on all aspects of cyanobacteri a and their management. I fully agree with the comments in your article and what it says about the plethora of the misinformation. Cyanobacteria have been on Earth for about 3.5 billion years (they are not going away anytime soon), and Australians have been dealing with toxic cyanobacterial blooms since the late 1800s. Indeed, the Â“rst record in the scientiÂ“c literature o f a toxic cyanobacterial bloom was an article by George Francis in Nature in 1878 entitled ÂToxic Australian Lake,ÂŽ which described a bloom of Nodularia spumigena in Lake Alexandrina at the mouth of the Murray River. We have the knowledge, we have the expertise and we have the skills to help you guys, but we havenÂt been asked, and this is the reason there is so much misinformation and lack of action. IÂm happy to help, but I need someone in power to take it upon themselves to ask, and no one has done that. Regards, Dr. Philip Orr Adjunct senior research fellow Australian Rivers Institute, School of Environment GrifÂ“th University 170 Kessels Road Nathan, Queensland 4111 Australia Letters to the Editor Special to the Okeechobee NewsTALLAHASSEE Â„ The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is leading the Drowsy Driving Prev ention Week campaign starting this Labor Day weekend. DHSMV is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Chiefs As sociation, Florida Trucking Association and A AA The Auto Club Group to recognize Sept. 1-10 as Drowsy Driving Prevention W eek. DHSMV reminds motorists to get ad equate rest before getting behind the wheel, take breaks to remain alert and never drive drowsy. ÂDriving drowsy affects your reaction time and ability to focus, and can have dangerous, and sometimes deadly, consequences,ÂŽ said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. ÂGet adequate rest before you get behind the w heel and employ safe driving techniques if y ou start to feel fatigue. Never drive drowsy.ÂŽ In 2008, 8-year-old Ronshay Dugans lost her life after a cement truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and hit the school bus in which she was riding. FloridaÂs Ronshay Dugans A ct was established in 2010 to honor her memory by recognizing the Â“rst week in Sep tember as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, reminding Florida every year of the dangers of drowsy driving. ÂSafe driving is everyoneÂs responsibility,ÂŽ said FHP Director Colonel Gene S. Spaulding. ÂA few simple precautions will ensure your safety and avoid the dangers of drowsy driv ing. Get plenty of rest before sitting behind the wheel and make the decision to pull into a rest area when you feel fatigued to Arrive A live.ÂŽ Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunken driving. Fatigue slows thought processes and reaction time, affects judgment and vision, impairs the senses and abilities and can cause micro-sleeping (Ânodding offÂŽ) or falling completely asleep, making it v ery unsafe to drive. ÂIt is important all motorists understand drowsy driving is impaired driving,ÂŽ said FDOT Secretary Mike Dew. ÂWe want everyone traveling on our roadways to practice good habits behind the wheel and that includes not operating a vehicle while drowsy.ÂŽ ÂDriving when you are drowsy endangers not only yourself but those around you,ÂŽ said Florida State University Police Chief David Perry, president of the Florida Chiefs Asso ciation. ÂThe impact of driving while drowsy has proven to have tragic results. If you are feeling drowsy, donÂt get behind the wheel or simply pull over.ÂŽ ÂProtecting the citizens that we proudly serve is the primary mission of the Florida Sheriffs Association. Please join us by simply ensuring that no one drives without being sufÂ“ciently rested and alert. On behalf of our Florida sheriffs, I enthusiastically endorse the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Drowsy Driving Prevention Campaign,ÂŽ said Sheriff Mark Hunter, president of the Florida Sheriffs Association. DHSMV urges all drivers to be fully alert when operating a motor vehicle. Commercial motor vehicle drivers are required by federal and state law to adhere to hours-of-service regulations that put limits on when and how long they may drive. As part of its commitment to commercial driver and carrier safety, the FHPÂs OfÂ“ce of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (OCVE) completed 540 education and outreach events with the commercial motor vehicle industry and conducted more than 100,000 commercial motor vehicle inspections in Â“scal year 2017/2018. FHP OCVE inspections and safety audits are conducted in accordance with national standards and consistent inspection and auditing process helps to ensure vehicles who travel across state lines are held to the same safety standards. Commercial drivers can put in long hours on the road. FHP inspections ensure all motorists can Arrive Alive and keep commercial vehicles safely moving along Florida roads. ÂCommercial drivers are all-too aware of the risks of drowsy driving on our roads,ÂŽ said Ken Armstrong, president and CEO of Florida Trucking Association. ÂWhether you are driving a truck, a car or a motorcycle, safety is the number one priority Â„ stay alert, know the signs of fatigue and stop to rest when you need to.ÂŽ DHSMV offers additional safety tips for all motorists to prevent drowsy driving and Arrive Alive at their destinations: Avoid driving at times when you would normally be asleep. Get enough rest before you drive. On long trips, take a break every 100 miles or two hours. Allow plenty of time to travel to your destination. If you start feeling tired while driving, pull over in a safe place and take a nap if you can. Drink caffeine. Two cups of coffee can increase alertness for several hours. Use the Âbuddy systemÂŽ and switch drivers when needed. Read the warning information on all medications you take. If it will make you drowsy, do not drive a vehicle. DonÂt drive drowsy!
By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News A 21-year-old Okeechobee man was arrested Sunday evening after he allegedly Â”ed the scene of a trafÂ“c crash. Jose Jesus Perez, Northwest Third Street, was arrested Aug. 26 by OfÂ“cer Ryan Holroyd on felony charges of four counts of failure to remain at the scene of a crash with injury to person other than serious bodily injury and violation of probation escape. He was arrested Aug. 29 by Deputy Sergeant Aric Majere on a Department of Corrections felony warrant charging him with violation of probation escape. He is being held without bond. According to an arrest report by Okeechobee Police OfÂ“cer Ryan Holroyd, at 8:13 p.m. on Aug 26, he responded to the 200 block of South Parrott Avenue near OÂReilly Auto Parts in regard to a hit and run trafÂ“c crash. Dispatch reportedly informed the ofÂ“cer the vehicle in question leaving the scene was a black Ford truck with front-end damage. A witness to the crash was reportedly following the Â”eeing truck in their black Chevrolet pickup truck. OfÂ“cer Holroyd noted in his report that while responding to the above location from Southwest Seventh Avenue and Southwest Park Street, dispatch informed him the vehicle turned near the Big O Drive-Thru, in the 200 block of Southwest Second Street, and again at SmittyÂs Glass & Mirror LLC, in the 100 block of Southwest Fifth Avenue. OfÂ“cer Holroyd reported locating the witness driving west in the 400 block of Southwest Second Street and then westbound onto Southwest Park Street. OfÂ“cer Holroyd followed the witnessÂs truck onto Southwest Park Street and saw a black Ford F-150 turn north onto Southwest Seventh Avenue from Southwest Park Street. The vehicle stopped for a stop sign at State Road 70 West with its left turn signal on, noted the report. OfÂ“cer Holroyd reported driving through a vacant lot to the west of the Country Cooler, located in the 700 block of Northwest Park Street, and waited for the vehicle. The truck then turned west onto State Road 70 West and drove past OfÂ“cer Holroyd, who reported seeing the right front tire of the truck was damaged, smoked and made a loud squealing noise. A trafÂ“c stop was conducted by OfÂ“cer Holroyd in the parking lot of EliÂs Western Wear, located in the 900 block of Northwest Park Street, and made contact with the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Perez. The witness to the trafÂ“c crash reportedly explained to OfÂ“cer Holroyd his perspective of the events. According to the witness, he was seated on the front porch at 211 S.E. Third St., which according to the report faces Southeast Third Street, and saw the collision. The witness stated the F-150 was traveling west on Southeast Second Street and failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Southeast Third Avenue. The man then reportedly saw the F-150 collide with a white car that was traveling south on Southeast Third Avenue. After the collision, the witness saw the F-150 then leave the scene and drive south on Southeast Third Avenue before it turned west onto Southeast Third Street. The witness then got into his black Chevrolet truck and began to follow the Â”eeing F-150 while calling law enforcement, and continued to do so until OfÂ“cer Holroyd made the trafÂ“c stop. The report continued that the Okeechobee Fire Department and Okeechobee County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene of the crash for multiple people injured in the white 1989 Chevrolet Caprice Classic that was hit by the F-150 driven by Perez. The F-150 Perez drove sustained approximately $8,000 in damage to the right front bumper, right front fender/wheel and right rear of the truck bed, and was turned over to JohnÂs Towing Service. The white Chevrolet Caprice was disabled on the southwest corner of the intersection and facing southwest of Southeast Third Avenue and Southeast Second Street. Just prior to the vehicle damage assessment, OfÂ“cer Holroyd reported that the occupants in the vehicle had already been transported to Raulerson Hospital. The Chevrolet Caprice sustained approximately $10,000 in damage to the front center bumper, left front bumper, left front fender, windshield and left rear quarter panel. The Chevrolet Caprice was turned over to BMJ Towing Inc. After BMJ Towing Inc. took possession of the disabled car, OfÂ“cer Holroyd returned to the front porch where the witness initially saw the trafÂ“c crash occur. It was here that OfÂ“cer Holroyd reportedly discovered that three other people were seated on the porch at the time of the crash and all of them saw the same scene that was described to him earlier about PerezÂs failure to stop at the stop sign and colliding with the white car as a result. Two of the witnesses assisted the four occupants of the Chevrolet Caprice after the trafÂ“c crash. OfÂ“cer Holroyd then reportedly traveled to Raulerson Hospital and met with the mother of the 2-year-old boy who was injured in the accident. The child was reported to have been seated in a forward-facing car seat located in the right rear passenger seat. OfÂ“cer Holroyd also spoke with another woman, a mother of a 7-year-old who was injured in the accident. The boy seated in the left rear passenger seat sustained an abrasion to his right knee. The driver of the Chevrolet Caprice reportedly told OfÂ“cer Holroyd that he was driving south in the 100 block of Southeast Third Avenue and approached the intersection of Southeast Second Street when a dark-colored truck failed to stop at a stop sign and hit his vehicle before leaving the scene. The driver complained of pain in his neck, left elbow and back. OfÂ“cer Holroyd also reportedly tried to speak with the passenger of the car. The passenger spoke of neck and head pain as he wore a neck brace and was having a hard time speaking, with blood coming from hi s mouth and gums. The report concluded that a records chec k showed that Perez was on felony probatio n for escape at the time of his alleged leavin g the scene. The Florida DOC Emergency Ac tion Center was contacted and conÂ“rme d the probationary status as active throug h April 3, 2019. Perez was arrested, transport ed and booked into the Okeechobee Count y Jail on the aforementioned charges. Man on probation accused of leaving accident sceneSeptember 2, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 Okeechobee Livestock MarketCattle Auction Monday & Tuesday Restaurant Open Monday Wednesday Â“Best Burgers in South Florida!Â” 863.763.3127 This report is going to sound like a broken record. Prices held their own and stayed fairly steady again this week. News of U.S. and Mexico trade agreement was positive and sparked interest in the CME, but short lived. It was up one day and down the next! Slaughter classes were steady to $2 lower, feeder classes fairly steady with big summer supply. NO SALE...MONDAY, SEPT. 3...LABOR DAY! Avila Ariel, Doral, topped the Calf Market with a high of $2.60 bought by Oak Lake Cattle. Crescent H Ranch, Immokalee, topped the Cow Market with a high of $.5550 bought b y FPL Foods. For sale: 74 pairs, crossbred, 6-10 years old, calves 250-350#, Angus & Charolais sired, $1,150 29 bred cows Â„calving Oct.-Feb., $900 45 Brahma cross heifers bred to Angus Bulls, $1,600 Call Matt or Jeff Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Jose Perez
6 Okeechobee News September 2, 2018John Charles Smith, 74OKEECHOBEE Â„ John Charles Smith, o f Okeechobee, and formerly of East Palestine, died Aug. 22, 2018 at his home. Born Feb. 26, 1944 in East Palestine, he was the son of Clayton F. Smith and Lena (Pugh) Smith Rocky. He joined the U.S. Navy and served for 12 y ears. He was with the Postal Service for 22 y ears. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard C. Smith; and a sister, Betty Treece. Survivors include a daughter, Joni Varnadoe, of Apopka; a son, Jerry Wade Smith, o f Dayton, Ky.; two brothers, Kenneth P. of East Palestine and Cecil Lee of Ocala; and two sisters, Patricia Wilson Borelli of East Palestine and Mary Ann ÂBubaÂ Lindner of Athens, Ohio. Per JohnÂs request, no services will be held. Obituary Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing email@example.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guestbooks. A link to the obituaries is available at okeechobeenews.net. Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., w ill host Sunday night bingo on Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. All proceeds will beneÂ“t the American Legion veteransÂ programs. The event is open to the public.BHR Moose serves breakfastThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, 1016 Linda Road, will offer a full breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 2 from 8 to 11 a.m. The public is welcomed.Legion will host 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Â“ve-card bingo on Monday, Sept. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-7635309. V FW plays pool this Labor DayVFW Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host a pool tournament starting at noon on Monday, Sept. 3 There will be a BBQ dinner served for a $10 donation. Open to the public. For information, call 863-763-0818. W idows groups to meetThe Okeechobee Widows and Widowers Group will meet Tuesday, Sept. 4 8 a.m. at Lakeside Grill, 1111 South Parrot Avenue. New members are welcome. For information call Jane at 863-824-8700 or Connie at 863-801-0482. V FW Auxiliary serves dinnerThe VFW Auxiliary will serve steak sandw iches on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 W. All proceeds to beneÂ“t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-467-2882.Moose to serve pork dinnerBuckhead Ridge Moose, 1016 Linda Road, will have a pork chop dinner, fried or grilled, with all the Â“xings for a $7.50 donation. Dinner is served on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome. V eterans to meetU.S. military veterans of all branches are invited to join us for the monthly meeting of the Okeechobee Chapter of the Vietnam V eterans of America Thursday, Sept. 6 at Cowboys BBQ, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave., at 7 p.m. Please arrive by 6 p.m. if placing a food order.Take the reading challengeThe Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will team up with Scholastic from now through Sept. 7 as students take the pledge to read as many minutes as they can this summer! To join, simply call the library at 863-763-3536 or come in to sign up with a librarian. Students will receive a pledge certificate along with a username and password. By logging reading minutes on the Scholastic website, students can unlock digital rewards and complete weekly reading challenges online. Reading minutes will also count towards special summer prizes and events at the library. Join the fun and sign up today!VFW serves up dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve dinner on Friday, Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu will include grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried Â“sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, fried onion rings, salad and desert. All proceeds will go to homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.Free menÂs chorale concert setBig Lake menÂs chorale will host a concert on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Admission is free. For information, call 863-763-4600.Church will host bingoSacred Heart Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will host bingo on Monday, Sept. 10 Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the fun will begin at 7 p.m.Retired Educators to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators will meet on Monday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef OÂBradyÂs. Anyone who has retired from working in any school system, in any capacity, is eligible to join us!ChildrenÂs Council to meetThe ChildrenÂs Services Council of Okeechobee will have its Â“rst public budget hearing for the year 2018-19 on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5:01 p.m., in the Okeechobee County School Board ofÂ“ce, Room 303, at 700 S.W. Second Ave.Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society will hold its Â“rst meeting after the summer break on Monday, Sept. 17 at noon in the museum, 1850 U.S. 98 N. Bring a covered dish to share, $10 for your yearly dues and get caught up on all the projects that have been occurring since our last meeting in June! We hope to have a good turnout to hear Dale Barrett speak on his experiences in uncovering the logs at the Raulerson Log Cabin.Luncheon honors donorsOkeechobee Educational Foundation invites you to a luncheon honoring donors on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at noon at the First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall, 200 N.W. Second St. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 19 to 863-462-5000 EXT 257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Â”.us.Democrats chapter to meetThe Okeechobee Chapter of the Democratic Party of Florida welcomes you to attend their monthly meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef OÂ Bradys, 608 S. Parrott Ave.Caregiver Conference setAn Okeechobee Fearless Family Caregiver Conference will take place Thursday, Sept. 20 at the IRSC Williamson Conference Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with lunch included. Learn to balance family, work and caregiving, plus much more. There are limited free tickets for caregivers. For information or to register, call 877-829-2734 or visit caregiver.com.National Public Lands Day setEnjoy the beautiful fall weather and have fun helping us protect your Historic Okeechobee BattleÂ“eld! We will be hand-pulling or clipping invasive exotic weeds and picking up trash on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. You will be provided with gloves, garbage bags, water and snacks. All volunteers will receive a free Florida state park day pass! For information, call the park ofÂ“ce at 863-462-5360 or email Ashley.haymond@Â”oridadep.gov.Ladies conference setOpen Hands Health Center is pleased to offer a free livestream of True Woman 2018. This ladies conference is led by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and will be held at The Big Lake Baptist Association, 210 N.E. Seventh St. This conference livestream starts Sept. 27 with Session 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 28 Session 2 from 9 a.m. to noon, Session 3 from 2 to 5 p.m., Session 4 from 7 to 10 p.m., and Sept. 29 Session 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Topics include: The truth about sin, sexuality, gender identity, priorities, marriage, children, circumstances, the truth about consequences, emotions, God and His word. The conference concludes discussing The True Woman movement: where do we go from here. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each session. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for each session, as seats are limited and registrants will have preference. Call 863-801-7737 to register or sign up on Facebook at Open Hands Health Centers Event Page. More Community Events can be found at OkeechobeeNews.net in the Community section. Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 Â• Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing Â• AC Septic AA meetings held regularly in OkeechobeeAlcoholics Anonymous meetings are regularly scheduled in the Okeechobee: Â€ Monday through Friday: noon open meetings at First United Methodist Church. 200 N.W. Second St.; Â€ Monday, 6:30 a.m., closed meeting at Okeechobee Christian Church 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace (Wolff Road); Â€ Monday at 6:30 p.m. open meeting at, Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott; Â€ Tuesday at 8 p.m. closed discussion meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. Â€ Wednesday at 8 p.m. closed menÂs meeting at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St.; and, Â€ Wednesday, at 7 p.m., a speakers meeting at Detox of South Florida, 608 N.E. Second Ave.; Â€ Thursday, noon, closed Step Study, at Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Â€ Thursday at 6 p.m., open womenÂs meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. Â€ Thursday at 8 p.m., Big Book meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. Â€ Friday at 8 p.m., speaker meeting at Church of Our Saviour 200 N.W. Third St.; Â€ Saturday at 7:30p.m., closed meeting at Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312N. Parrott; Â€ Sunday at 7:30 p.m., open meeting, Step Study, at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.Awareness group meetsA support group for parents whose children have attempted suicide and for parents whose children have taken their own lives meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of God, 912 N.W. Park St. Everyone is welcome.
19th Circuit Court Judge Michael C. Heisey. Mr. Albright opened to the jury, ÂÂÂI just shot my wife, would you like to go in and see the body?Â Just like that, one of the Â“rst things that this man said to his friend and neighbor.ÂŽ He repeated: ÂÂI just shot my w ife, would you like to go in and see the body?ÂÂŽ Mr. Glenn told the jury, ÂYour job is to critically analyze what youÂre going to see and hear. What you wonÂt hear is any evidence of premeditation.ÂŽ According to the case presented by the state, Schwendenmann shot and killed his signiÂ“cant other of 19 years, 48-year-old wife A ngela Marie Schwendenmann, on July 29, 2016. He then loaded up three shotguns from inside the house and into a blue Toyota Camry and was met by his neighbor, whom he conÂ“ded in about his recent doings, before he went to his daughter and her Â“ancÂs home. As Schwendenmann was nearing the residence, the daughterÂs Â“anc testiÂ“ed that he could hear SchwendenmannÂs vehicle approaching the home with a Â”at spare tire. Schwendenmann then, according to the Â“ancÂs testimony, Âwas wastedÂŽ and came inside the house and, Âtold us he killed Angie and if we didnÂt believe him, we could see for ourselves.ÂŽ ÂToday is the day IÂm going to die,ÂŽ stated Schwendenmann, according to the Â“ancÂs testimony. Shortly after SchwendenmannÂs statement to the couple, an argument ensued w hich led to a physical altercation in the home. According to the Â“ancÂs testimony, Schwendenmann began to asphyxiate his daughter and demanded the keys from the Â“anc to their white Ford Explorer. The Â“anc then testiÂ“ed that Schwendenmann took the keys out of his hand and left the home. A fter SchwendenmannÂs departure, the Â“anc was able to wave down law enforcement and inform them of what had occurred. A Âbe on the lookoutÂŽ was issued for the white Ford Explorer and Schwendenmann. Then-Okeechobee County SheriffÂs Deputy, now Detective, Jose Garduno received a call for service in the location of County Road 15A. That call for service was placed by the roommate of SchwendenmannÂs neighbor, who was apparently still in shock at the time after hearing SchwendenmannÂs confession and his visual afÂ“rmation of peering into the trailer to Â“nd Angela in a pool of blood. ÂEverybody on duty or coming off duty responded to the location due to the nature of the call,ÂŽ testiÂ“ed Detective Garduno. According to testimony, armed deputies entered SchwendenmannÂs residence and found Angela in a pool of blood and the television volume was loud. Just afterward, a vehicle matching the description of SchwendenmannÂs was located by then OCSO Detective Corporal Rosemary Farless, who has since retired. Cpl. Farless testiÂ“ed she was on patrol in her unmarked Chevrolet Tahoe at the time she located the suspected vehicle. She then chose to follow the Explorer from the Veterans of Foreign Wars building located on U.S. 441 Southeast to KingÂs Bay on U.S. 441 Southeast, a distance of approximately one-quarter to onehalf mile. After she ran the vehicleÂs tag, she called for a marked unit to pursue the vehicle. Lights and sirens activated, the marked unit pursued the Explorer from KingÂs Bay to Nubbin Slough with Schwendenmann reaching speeds of approximately 80 miles per hour and traveling in the middle of the road. Schwendenmann continued, according to testimony, to run vehicles off the road from Nubbin Slough to Real Life ChildrenÂs Ranch, on U.S. 441 Southeast, a distance of nearly two miles. At this point in time, Detective Garduno, relocated himself from SchwendenmannsÂ home to near BrotherÂs RV Park on U.S. 441 Southeast and was given permission to deploy stop sticks to stop the Explorer in an effort to apprehend Schwendenmann. As he approached the stop sticks, Schwendenmann made an apparent effort to stop the vehicle before running into them. After the vehicle came to an initial halt, Detective GardunoÂs testimony was that Schwendenmann made direct eye contact with him and reached for a gun located between the driver and passenger seat, stating: ÂThe individual had a 1,000-yard stare making eye contact with me and reached for a long gun between the driver and passenger seats.ÂŽ Schwendenmann was shot at least three times by members of law enforcement. Detective Garduno stated, ÂI did not want to give him the opportunity to get me on target and to pull the trigger.ÂŽ After law enforcementÂs shooting of Schwendenmann, the Explorer continue to roll into an electrical pole, which stopped the SUV ultimately, and when they extracted Schwendenmann from the vehicle, Âa bunch of live ammunition, shotgun shells, fell out of his pockets.ÂŽ An audio and video recording depict footage of emergency medical services providing aid to Schwendenmann after having been shot. In the video, Schwendenmann can be seen strapped to a stretcher and heard saying, ÂThe heart is right here, you missed it. YouÂre lucky I didnÂt get my shot off, because I donÂt miss. IÂm a professional.ÂŽ An audio recorded statement of Schwendenmann was taken by Cpl. Farless at Raulerson Hospital. In the statement, Schwendenmann is heard mentioning that his wife was seriously considering a divorce, to which he responded Âshe (Angela) was not going to get out of the marriage alive.ÂŽ When asked in the audio statement by law enforcement if he was serious about that statement, Schwendenmann answered, ÂYes.ÂŽ However, he also claimed, ÂI donÂt even remember getting the gun,ÂŽ and that ÂAfter I got (expletive deleted) drunk, she got angry and began hitting and cussing at me.ÂŽ During the recording, Mr. Richardson is heard asking Schwendenmann about Â“rearms and if any possessed a safety mechanism. Schwendenmann answered the inquiry stating, ÂI know the 12-gauge for a fact does.ÂŽ OCSO Crime Scene Technician Jackie Moore was able to locate one spent Winchester 12 gauge shotgun cartridge. She also testiÂ“ed, like Detective Garduno, that when she entered the home, ÂThe television was on and very loud,ÂŽ and when examining the Explorer noted, ÂAll three Â“rearms were loaded and ready to Â“re, with one having the hammer cocked.ÂŽ When asked by Mr. Albright, ÂWas the cartridge found in the trailer Â“red from the Ithaca shotgun?ÂŽ a Â“rearms examiner from the Indian River Crime Laboratory testiÂ“ed simply, ÂYes.ÂŽ Schwendenmann, in summary of the video, claimed to not remember shooting Angela but could recall being shot himsel f by law enforcement. ConÂ”icting testimony was presented on part of the defense of Schwendenmann b y a witness who was outside of his residence located at BrotherÂs RV Park. The individual testiÂ“ed that he saw two members o f OCSO pull in and set up the stop sticks. The witness said he saw Detective Garduno positioned behind his patrol car with his weapon drawn. According to the testimony, Schwendenmann stopped the Explorer before it reached the stop sticks. When asked i f SchwendenmannÂs hands were on the steering wheel when shot by law enforcement replied, ÂAbsolutely.ÂŽ The witness testiÂ“ed that he spoke to law enforcement two days after the shooting incident and reported the same information. When cross-examined by Mr. Richardson, ÂWas Garduno better positioned to see the driver of the vehicle than you were?ÂŽ the witness answered, ÂMy vision works Â“ne, and all I know is his hands never left the steering wheel.ÂŽ Judge Heisey inquired as to whether Schwendenmann would like to testify on his behalf as a witness or would like to exercise his right to remain silent, to which Schwendenmann responded, ÂNo, because I donÂt remember anything.ÂŽ The medical examiner testiÂ“ed that the shotgun slug which Angela was shot with traveled from the, Âright side of her face, under the ear into the right neck tissue, from front to back and slightly from right to left.ÂŽ The examiner said that Angela would have suffered Âimmediate unconsciousness,ÂŽ and Âdeath within one minute or shortly after.ÂŽSeptember 2, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding Â“nes are doubled in work zones. Travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial Â511ÂŽ from their phone to learn about trafÂ“c conditions on major roadways across the state. Roadwork planned this week includes the following: Â€ U.S. 441 south from Park Street (SR 70) to S.W. 32nd Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews are installing underground cable on the southbound side of South Parrott Avenue (SR 15). Watch for trucks entering and exiting the site. Â€ U.S. 98/U.S. 441, SR 78 and the access road to Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail: Construction project: Crews are making improvements at various locations along U.S. 98/U.S. 441, State Road 78 and the access road to the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail in Okeechobee. Work includes sidewalk construction, shoulder widening, base work, drainage improvements, curb & gutter, guardrail removal, signing and pavement marking, signalization and lighting. Use caution and watch for workers close to the road. The contractor is American Lighting & Signalization. Estimated completion date is spring of 2018. Â€ SR 70 from S.W. 78th Terrace to North Parrott Avenue/U.S. 441 from S R 70 to Osceola County: Maintenance permit project: Utility work will be close to the roadway in urban areas but further away in rural areas. Please use caution in these areas and watch for crews working close to the roadway. Road Watch Okeechobee City Hall closed on Monday for Labor DayOkeechobee City Hall ofÂ“ces will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day. Our website, cityofokeechobee.com allows you access 24/7. City hall will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 8 a.m. MURDERContinued From Page 1 Fire/Rescue offers blood pressure checksOkeechobee County Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at: Â€ Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. Sixth Street, Â€ Fire Station #2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave., and, Â€ Fire Station #4, 1199 N.E. 168th St. Please understand that if you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergency call. Please stop back later.Family Fun Nights promote mental healthThe Okeechobee ChildrenÂs Mental Health System of Care presents family nights at Indian River State College. Bring the kids and join them at the Williamson Center for fun, education, dinner and more. The events will take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The dates are as follows: Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 27; and Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 26 and April 23 in 2019. For information call 863-462-5152, extension 135.Flea market hosts Friday Night LightsOKEECHOBEE Â„ Trading Post Flea and Farmers Market, 3100 U.S. 441 S. in Okeechobee, will host Friday Night Lights on Oct. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will include arts, crafts, merchandise, food and family fun. Admission is free. For more information, call 863-763-4114 Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or email email@example.com.
State Road 710 East to come out where SR 70 now intersects Northeast 34th Avenue. SR 710 would then run north and east to come out on U.S. 441 NORTH just south of the Okeechobee Health Care Facility. Walter Breuggerman of the Florida Department of Transportation said the extension project will address congestion at the intersection of State Road 70 and U.S. 441. State Road 710 is one of the few roadw ays connecting FloridaÂs east coast with the interior counties, he said. The project w ill take more of the truck trafÂ“c away from the intersection of SR 70 and U.S. 441. Tim Gillis, who said he has lived in Okeechobee since 1972, explained that w hen he taught geometry at Okeechobee High School, he taught the students to use their common sense and to use good rea soning. ÂYouÂre wanting to put a major road in next to a hospital and high school,ÂŽ he said. ÂI donÂt think thatÂs good reasoning.ÂŽ Mr. Gillis suggested FDOT consider upgrading Berman Road and Dark Hammock Road to be used as a bypass that comes out on U.S. 441 N. ÂThe concern we have is about a connection to our industrial park,ÂŽ said City Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca. John Hayford, executive director of the Okeechobee Utility Authority, said the FDOTÂs planned route will affect the OUA ground water well Â“eld. He said that since the start of discussion about the SR 70 extension, OUA has notiÂ“ed FDOT about the well Â“eld at the groundwater treatment plant and the need for a sufÂ“cient buffer between the well Â“eld and any road construction. ÂThe road alignment will impact our property,ÂŽ he said. ÂThe closeness to our facility would take it out of operation.ÂŽ OUA uses surface water from Lake Okeechobee as a primary water source. OUAÂs backup plan includes pumping water from the Rim Canal and using the groundwater from the well Â“eld. OUA prefers to use surface water because the well water is Âhard waterÂŽ and customers do not like it, as it leaves spots on surfaces and causes equipment such as water heaters to wear out more quickly. In addition, the ground well pumps can provide only 1 million gallons of water per day, which is less than half of the current demand. OUA switches to the backup system when hurricanes approach, to prevent the potential for the lake intake to be clogged with mud. The backup water supply can also be used if toxic algae is detected near the OUA intake on the lake. Jeremy LaRue, of Total Roadside Service Towing and Recovery, said the SR 710 extension plan Âwill bypass people around my business.ÂŽ He said he built his business on a main access road both to take advantage of ÂdrivebyÂŽ business and to provide sufÂ“cient access for large trucks. Losing that Âdrive-byÂŽ business could cost people their jobs, he added, noting that he currently employs 29 people. Mr. LaRue said part of his business is a wrecker service for large trucks such as the Rooms-2-Go trucks, which often have two trailers. The way FDOT has planned the SR 710 extension, the only way to get the big trucks from his business back to main road would be to drive them through residential areas and past a school, he explained. On the highway, a big truck may break down at 2 a.m., he continued. If a wrecker has to go get a truck at 2 a.m. and go through a residential area to haul it back to Total Roadside Service, the neighbors are not going to be happy, he said. In addition, Mr. LaRue explained, much of his business is working on oversize, overlength and/or overweight vehicles. FDOT has strict guidelines in regard to which roads can be used for these vehicles. He asked whether the FDOT access road the trucks would have to use to go from his business to the new section of SR 710 would be certiÂ“ed for overweight, oversize and overlength vehicles, and whether there would be sufÂ“cient room to turn the big rigs. Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper spoke in favor of the SR 710 extension plan. ÂWe looked for the safest way, the quickest way and the most efÂ“cient way to move trafÂ“c,ÂŽ he said. Mr. Culpepper said he realizes there will be noise issues due to the proximity of the nursing home to the proposed stoplight at the intersection of the SR 710 exertion and U.S. 441. He said FDOT could use some kind of buffer wall to reduce the noise level of the trucks braking for the trafÂ“c light. ÂThereÂs always going to be people unhappy, but I think this needs to be done,ÂŽ he said. Some members of the public at the meeting chose to submit written comments instead of taking the microphone. FDOT will accept public comment on the plan through Sept. 10. Written comments may be mailed to Walter Breuggenman, Florida Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 1249, Bartow, FL 33831 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.Â”.us.8 Okeechobee News September 2, 2018 Lake Okeechobee Real Estate Magazine In Print & Online | your best resource for finding your dream home Find Your Way www.LakeOkeechobeeRealEstateMagazine.com Realtors, to place your advertisement in our magazine, contact one of our dedicated sales representatives 863.763.3134 SR 710 extension to be 3.8 miles FDOTContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News The SR 710 extension project in Okeechobee County consists of a new roadway that will serve as a bypass route to address trafÂ“c congestion at the intersection of SR 70 and U.S. 441. The new extension will also help to reduce truck trafÂ“c through the City of Okeechobee. The project begins with a new intersection on U.S. 441 located approximately 1 mile north of the SR 70 and U.S. 441 intersection. The new extension traverses southeasterly to connect with existing SR 710 at the L-63N Interceptor Canal. The total project length is approximately 3.8 miles. The SR 710 extension will have two lanes in each direction with curb along both the median and outside lanes. The posted speed will be 45 mph. The posted speed will re duce to 40 mph near the new intersection at U.S. 441. The SR 710 extension will include bicycle lanes, a sidewalk along the south side of the roadway, and a shared-use path along the north side of the roadway. The SR 710 extension will have new signals at the intersections with U.S. 441, SR 70, and Southeast 40th Avenue. Right-of-way acquisition for the project is funded in Â“scal years 2019, 2020, and 2021. The project is not currently funded for construction. Â€ Estimated completion date: June 2022 (pending construction funding); Â€ Total cost: $64,748,076 (estimated); Â€ Lengths and limits: 3.8 miles from U.S. 441 to the L-63N Interceptor Canal. Special to the Okeechobee NewsEmployee honored for serviceAlfonso Jimenez (right) was recognized for more than 15 years of service to Quality Air Conditioning with the presentation of a plaque of recognition from Bud Neese, owner. ÂAlfonso is a perfectionist when it comes to A/C installation,ÂŽ said Mr. Neese. ÂIn my 40-plus years in this trade, heÂs the best installation mechanic IÂve ever seen.ÂŽ Bud and his wife, Ami, recently treated Alfonso and his wife, Gina, to a three-day trip to the Bahamas in celebration.
Special to the Okeechobee News U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) Thursday joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the South Florida Water Management District and local ofÂ“cials at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam to survey algae bloom damage and see Â“rsthand how it is impacting communities along the Treasure Coast. ÂToday, I saw yet again the damage that toxic algae is inÂ”icting on communities on the Treasure Coast and in Southwest Florida,ÂŽ Sen. Rubio said. ÂWhile weÂre making progress, thereÂs still a lot of work to do, and it begins with getting a vote in the Senate on the WRDA bill.ÂŽ Last week, Sen. Rubio surveyed damage from blue-green algae and red tide in Captiva. Along with Sen. Bill Nelson, he also introduced the South Florida Clean Coastal W aters Act, legislation that would direct the Interagency Task Force on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) to assess the causes and consequences of HABs in Lake Okeechobee and around FloridaÂs south and southwestern coast to determine the federal resources available to solve these challenges. He recently helped to secure $1 million of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds for areas affected by harmful algal blooms. In an Aug. 16, letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sens. Nelson and Rubio urged the leaders to bring this yearÂs Water Resources Development Act Â„ which includes funding for a massive reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee designed to store and clean some of the water from the lake Â„ to the Senate Â”oor for a vote as soon as possible. Special to the Okeechobee News Last year, Hurricane Irma caused widespread Â”ooding throughout Florida. Of the nearly 3 million households who registered for assistance from FEMA, only 226,199 homeowners reported having a Â”ood insurance policy. Â€ Many Floridians who did not have Â”ood insurance and lost property because of Â”ooding caused by the hurricane experienced Â“nancial hardship. Â€ If you rent a home, own a home or own a business, you need Â”ood insurance. Neither homeowners nor rental insurance cover damage caused by Â”ooding. Most business insurance policies exclude Â”ood damage. The National Flood Insurance Program The NFIP has more Â”ood insurance policies in Florida than any other state. As of Aug. 1, the NFIP has paid almost $964 million in claims to Florida policyholders who sustained damage from Hurricane Irma. Â€ The average closed claim payment was about $52,000. Â€ Floridians who live in low-to-moderate risk areas can purchase an annual Â”ood insurance policy for as little as $500. Â€ A single-family residential building can be insured up to a maximum of $250,000 and its contents up to $100,000. Renters can cover contents up to $100,000. Â€ Non-residential property owners can insure their building up to $500,000 and contents up to $500,000. Â€ To Â“nd an agent who sells Â”ood insurance call 800-427-4661 or visit www. FloodSmart.gov.High risk areas or Special Flood Hazard AreasÂ€ In a high-risk Â”ood area, known as a Special Flood Hazard Area, there is at least a one-in-four chance of Â”ooding during the life of a 30-year mortgage. Â€ There is a 6 percent chance of experiencing a Â“re within a 30-year mortgage but a 26 percent chance of being affected by a Â”ood. Â€ If you buy a home in a Special Flood Hazard Area, the lender may require you to purchase a Â”ood insurance policy. Purchase Â”ood insurance nowEven if you are not required to carry Â”ood insurance, it is strongly recommended. NFIP policies generally have a 30-day waiting period before the policy becomes effective so donÂt wait, buy now. Â€ The NFIP cannot pay a claim if you donÂt have a policy in effect when damage occurs. Â€ Flood insurance policies cover you 365 days a year and can provide assistance even if a Â”ood event is not a presidentially declared disaster. Â€ Without Â”ood insurance you may be left without any coverage when you need it the most. For more information about the NFIP and Â”ood insurance, call 800-427-4661 or your insurance agent, or go online to www.fema. gov/national-Â”ood-insurance-program.September 2, 2018 Okeechobee News 9Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417 1016 Linda Rd 863.763.2250 WEDNESDAYS3 Card Bingo 6pm Pork Chop Dinner $7505 to 7pm MONDAYS5 Card Bingo 6pm Spaghetti Dinner $7 5 to 7pm THURSDAYS5 Card Bingo 6pm ChefÂs Choice Dinner 5 to 7pm FRIDAYSLive Music 8pm to 12am A.U.C.E. CatÂ“ sh $10 Steaks & Shrimp Dinners 5 to 7pm SUNDAYSCornhole 2pm Full Breakfast $5 Omelets $6 8 to 11am TUESDAYS5 Card Bingo 2 to 4pm SATURDAYSMeat Bingo 4 to 7pm Open to Members and QualiÂ“ ed Guests Stop by today and begin your journey into Moose MembershipAll proceeds go to Mooseheart & Moosehaven NOW OFFERING4993 US 441 So Okeeechobee863-623-4679REC 90 FUEL at ALL 12 PUMPS!Lake OkeechobeeHwy 441 Hwy 78 Hwy 441 SE Only Â”ood insurance protects against a Â”ood event Rubio surveys algae bloom damage at St. Lucie Loc k Special to the Okeechobee News(Left to right) Ernie Marks, executive director of the South Florida Water Management District, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discuss water issues on top of the St. Lucie Lock and Dam on Aug. 30.
10 Okeechobee News September 2, 2018 By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce (OCSO) has been busy rounding up those individuals who are violating the stateÂs new saw palmetto berry harvest requirements, w hich require a permit to harvest saw palmetto berries. On Aug. 21, OCSO Deputy Bryan Holden w as dispatched to the area of Southeast 59th Boulevard in regard to a suspicious persons complaint. Upon his arrival, he reportedly saw two males and one female walk between the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) property and the railroad tracks. Each of the three people appeared to be carrying a white feed sack. Deputy Holden contacted SFWMD and w as informed that no one had been given permission to pick saw palmetto berries on the property and that they wished to pursue criminal charges against the three individuals. All three individuals were arrested, transported and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on misdemeanor charges of petit theft and violation of plant industry law. The berries were photographed and returned to the SFWMD Service Center per their request. The total weight of berries amongst the three was 124 pounds. The report noted that the street value of the berries is $3.65 per pound, bringing the total value of berries taken to $452.60. On Aug. 27, OCSO Deputy James HartsÂ“eld responded to the 16000 block of Northw est 176th Avenue in regard to a suspicious v ehicle parked in a church parking lot. Detective Dale LaFlam initially made contact w ith the vehicle and reportedly suspected the occupants were picking saw palmetto berries on private property not belonging to them, as he saw one of the people in a pasture located in the 16000 block of Northwest 176th Avenue on the west side of the road. The pasture was reportedly surrounded by a Â“ve-strand barbed-wire fence. Deputy HartsÂ“eld reported meeting with the three individuals and inquiring as to why they were in the pasture and whether they had the landownerÂs permission to harvest the berries. The report then stated Deputy Holden walked into the pasture and located the berries still on stalks in sacks and buckets with cutters found nearby, thought to have been used during the harvest. The property owner was contacted and informed deputies that while she did not want to pursue charges against them for trespassing, she did want to press criminal charges against the trio for the theft of the berries. The report concluded that the berries and suspected tools to harvest them were collected and submitted as evidence. All three individuals were arrested on misdemeanor charges of petit theft, harvesting a commercially exploited plant without permit and violation of plant industry law. Each one of them received a $3,000 bond. The total weight of the berries was 8-10 pounds, with an estimated value of $29$36.50. According to an incident report by OCSO Deputy John Fisher, at 11:22 a.m. on Aug. 29, he was on patrol in the vicinity of Northwest 176th Avenue when he saw a red 2003 Dodge truck parked alongside the road near the 18000 block of Northwest 264th Street. Upon his arrival, Deputy Fisher began to reportedly investigate the truck and met with the registered owner of the vehicle. The man walked out of what appeared to be a vacant lot north of his truck. The man reportedly told Deputy Fisher that he and his friend were picking berries due to the high sale prices. While he spoke with Deputy Fisher, the man reportedly gave verbal consent for Deputy Fisher to look in the white cooler in the back of the truck to see the berries that were supposedly gathered by the two. Deputy Fisher then reported asking the two men if they had the required state-issued permit to harvest the saw palmetto berries. Both said they did not, explaining that they were unaware a permit was required. Deputy Fisher reportedly explained to the duo the new requirements of Florida State Statute 581.185 in regard to the harvest, transport and sale of saw palmetto berries. It was noted in the report that a property owner was not located, as Deputy Fisher was unable to determine which lot(s) the suspects were on. The report concluded that the berries the men harvested were seized, with a sample portion of the berries submitted as evidence and the rest being destroyed. The two men were issued criminal notice to appear citations for harvesting saw palmetto berries without a permit. The total weight of the berries seized and destroyed was 28 pounds, with a total value of $102.20. ÂAfter receiving input from public and private landowners, conservation interests, and other interested parties, the Endangered Plant Advisory Council unanimously recommended adding saw palmetto to the departmentÂs commercially exploited plant list,ÂŽ the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) says on its website. ÂThe recommendation was adopted by department rule, which results in new requirements for the harvesting of saw palmetto berries. These new requirements took effect July 17, 2018.ÂŽ Florida Statute 581.185 deÂ“nes commercially exploited plants as Âspecies native to the state which are subject to being removed in signiÂ“cant numbers from native habitats in the state and sold or transported for sale.ÂŽ Anyone caught with such a plant in their possession without a permit will be charged with a Â“rst-degree misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail. The new rules dictate that: Any landowner harvesting saw palmetto berries for sale must obtain a Native Plant Harvesting Permit from the FDACS Division of Plant Industry. The permit application must be submitted at least 14 days before the intended date of the harvest. Multiple properties can be listed on one application; anyone under a contract to harvest the berries must have written permission from the landowner and must also have a Native Plant Harvesting Permit. The permit application must be submitted at least 14 days before the intended date of the harvest. Multiple people can be listed on one application; Anyone entering property other than their own to harvest berries must have written permission from the landowner; Anyone transporting for sale, selling or offering for sale saw palmetto berries from their own property must also have a Native Plant Harvesting Permit. The permit application must be submitted at least 14 days before the intended date of the harvest. Aanyone transporting, processing or purchasing berries that are not from their property does not need a permit but must have the written permission of the landowner in their immediate possession at all times. Anyone harvesting on state or any other public land must also obtain written permission; and the permit must be in any harvesterÂs immediate possession at all times while harvesting berries. Palmetto berry pickers picked up by OCSO The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the inÂ”uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Â€ Foye Eugene Crews, 46, Southeast 26th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 29 by OfÂ“cer John Zeigler on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bond. Â€ Cirilo Olvera-Sanchez, 51, Northwest 47th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested A ug. 29 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the inÂ”uence. His bond was set at $5,000. Â€ Jeff Omelus, 18, Second Avenue North, Lake Worth, was arrested Aug. 30 by Deputy Matthew Huffman on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with battery on detention or commitment facility staff or a juvenile probation ofÂ“cer. His bond was set at $2,500. Â€ Andrew Mark Mitchell, 19, Northwest 17th Court, Lauderdale, was arrested Aug. 30 by Deputy Dan Franklin on two Monroe County warrants. His bond was set at $230,000. Â€ Enrique Carlos Vega, 17, Northeast 304th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 30 by Deputy Sergeant Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County capias warrant charging him with a felony charge of burglary of conveyance and a misdemeanor charge of petit theft. His bond was set at $5,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, 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 conÂ“rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week: ASSAULT Â€ 1500 block of State Road 70 East Â€ 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street Â€ 9200 block of Southeast 59th Drive Â€ 1500 block of State Road 70 East Â€ 1700 block of U.S. 441 North Â€ 800 block of Southwest 28th Street Â€ 7200 block of U.S. 441 North Â€ 1400 block of Northeast 15th Street BURGLARY Â€ 3300 block of Northwest 35th Avenue Â€ 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street Â€ 3000 block of Southeast 39th Avenue Â€ 6200 block of Northeast Eighth Way Â€ 2000 block of Southwest 34th Terrace Â€ 3000 block of Southeast 33rd Drive Â€ 3000 block of Southeast 39th Avenue Â€ 3300 block of Southwest 22nd Street Â€ 1700 block of Southwest 32nd Avenue Â€ 300 block of U.S. 98 North Â€ 2000 block of Southwest 37th Avenue Â€ 3400 block of Southwest 21st Street Â€ 3400 block of Southwest 23rd Street Â€ 1100 block of Northeast 342nd Trail Â€ 500 block of Northeast 16th Avenue CRIMINAL MISCHIEF Â€ 1500 block of State Road 70 East FRAUD Â€ 2700 block of Northeast 11th Court Â€ 2700 block of U.S. 441 South Â€ 9700 block of State Road 78 West Â€ 4400 block of Southeast 134th Avenue THEFT Â€ 2400 block of Southeast 30th Street Â€ 11500 block of U.S. 441 Southeast Â€ 6500 block of Southeast 55th Lane Â€ 1100 block of Northeast 16th Avenue Â€ 2700 block of U.S. 441 South Â€ 32800 block of U.S. 441 North Â€ 3100 block of Southeast 36th Avenue Â€ 3100 block of Southeast 36th Avenue Â€ 5800 block of State Road 710 Â€ 5800 block of State Road 710 Â€ 5800 block of State Road 710 Â€ 3500 block of Southeast 25th Street Â€ 1000 block of Northwest 34th Street Â€ 4900 block of U.S. 441 South Â€ 4000 block of Southeast 14th Terrace Â€ 3400 block of Northwest 27th Avenue Â€ 7800 block of Northwest 89th Court OCSO Investigations
September 2, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Enviromental Specialist I Performs inspections for septic construction & soil analysis & issues permits. Responsible Submit application to: https://jobs. Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Prenatal/Infant health coalition seeks a parttime, bi-lingual Maternity Care Advisor with professional writing, and great organizational Auctions AUCTION Every Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 917 SW Park St.(Behind EliÂ’s Western Wear) Quality Consignments Accepted. Watford Auction 10% BP 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full Time Badcock Home Furniture & More Warehouse/Delivery Opening Job requires lifting. Unloading, loading, uncrate, assemble and deliver furniture. Keeping warehouse organized and clean and any additional duties assigned by Management. No driving required. Must work on Saturday. Apply in person at 512 NW Park Street. Employment Full Time Class B CDL Tankwagon Driver w/Â”XÂ” Endorsement Â– Okeechobee Region Palmdale Oil Company is one of the largest family owned petroleum wholesale company in the State of Florida. We sell diesel, gasoline, marine fuels and oils/lubricant. We are currently recruiting for a Driver in the Okeechobee Region. The position consists of making deliveries of fuel, diesel & lubricants. Must have knowledge of 4,000 gal tankwagon and box truck deliveries along with all current DOT Requirements to include, Â“XÂ” Endorsement, medical card and clean MRV. We offer our employees training, competitive pay, comprehensive healthcare package, holiday/ vacation pay and good home time. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career, call Jim 863.763.3617. Employment Full Time General Laborers (FT) W.R. Smith Land Clearing. We are looking for a crew of efficient, hard-working laborers for a land prepping job. We are offering a consistent work schedule of 40+ hours a week. The ideal candidates will be capable of working with minimal oversight, but willing to follow directions closely. No prior experience is required. Please contact Will Smith, (863) 4450026, if interested. Employment Full Time Heavy Highway Equipment Co. is looking for equipment operators. The area of employment will be in Port St. Lucie. *Loader *Dozer *Grader *Excavator *Laborers Please call 561-471-4100 ext 224 for an application. Fax application to 561-253-0085 DFWP/EEO/E-Verify MACHANIC WANTED CALL 863-623-6564 SE HABLA ESPANOL Employment Full Time NOW HIRING MANAGERÂ’S BURGER KING 604 N.E. Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 Full-Time position w/ benefits Must be able to: Work any day/time Pass Background Check Work in a fastpace environment Have great people skills Send resume to: M. McGartland@ email@example.com Tractor Operator (FT) W.R. Smith Land Clearing. We are seeking a tractor operator for a land prepping job. We are offering a consistent work schedule of 40+ hours a week. Ideal candidates have prior tractor operating experience, as well as some heavy equipment knowledge. Candidates will need to ability to operator the equipment for long periods of time, in a safe manner. If interested, please contact Will Smith at (863) 445-0026. Employment Medical Medical Assistant Full Time Â– Must have 1 year exp in the medical field and proof of satisfactory completion of an approved Medical Assistant or CN A Program. Must be able to maintain confidential information, Strong Customer relations skills & Cultural Sensitivity. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Fax resume to (561) 472-9692 or apply at Florida Community Health Center, 1100 N. Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL. EOE/ DFWP. e-mail jobs@ fchcinc.org Employment Part Time Help Wanted: PT Weekend Stable position. Must have previous experience, and pass background check. Please call 863-763-9401 Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you chec k with the Better Business Bureau at 772878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader o f these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. ApartmentsBeauti f ul SamanthaÂ’s Garden 2bed/2bath, $900/month. $600 sec. 1 year lease. 2 person occupancy. 863-634-5780. Credit and background chec k FOR SINGLE PERSON OR COUPLE. 2BD/1BA APARTMENT IN TOWN, NEW PAINT & CARPET. NO PETS, $700.00/MO. F/L/S REFERENCES REQUIRED 863-6342820 FOR RENT2BD/1BA APARTMENT VERY CLEAN, LOCATED IN GOOD AREA. $650.00/ MO. PLUS SECURITY CALL NICK 561-3965357 Commercial Property TREASURE ISLAND 2100SQ. FT. METAL BUILDING 2 ROLL UP DOORS BEHIND LAKESIDE CARWASH. $800.00/MO. YEARLY LEASE, FIRST-LAST+ SEC. CALL TAB 863610-1027 Houses Rent 3/1-CBS HOME WITH CARPORT, CENTRAL AIR & HEAT, MATURE OAK TREES. $750.00/ MO. 1ST, LAST & SECURITY. CALL 561506-9638 3/2, fully furnished, $500/wk or $1500/mo. Utilities & lawn service included. Great location. Call 863-634-0024. Rental Needed RENTAL NEEDEDOLDER COUPLE LOOKING FOR 3BR/2B A RENTAL, WITH A LONG TERM LEASE OR OPTION TO BUY. PLEASE CALL 304-248-8509 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad.
12 Okeechobee News September 2, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 201827 HURRICANE IRMA EWP REPLACE STRUCTURE STABILIZE BANKS POTTER ROAD INVITATION TO BID Sealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, County AdministratorÂ‘s Office, Room 123, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 3:00 p.m. on September 26, 2018. Bids will be publicly opened in room 201, same address and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time specified will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on Bid Documents, Plans, and Specifications for the HURRICANE IRMA EWP REPLACE STRUCTURE STABILIZE BANKS POTTER ROAD Project, County Project No. 201827. Bid documents may be downloaded from the Okeechobee County web site at: http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/ under Bids and Proposals. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Drawings, Specifications and Contract Documents pertaining thereto. Any questions pertaining to the project specifications or scope of work will be addressed to John Howle, in writing to the physical or e-mail address noted below, no later than September 19, 2018, 5:00 pm. Okeechobee County John E. Howle, County Engineer 804 NW 2nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-3514 (phone) 863-763-3031 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org If it becomes necessary to revise or amend any part of this bid, an addendum will be issued and will be posted on the CountyÂ’s website at http://www. co.okeechobee.fl.us/. It is the sole responsibility of the bidders to check the website to ensure that all available information has been received prior to submitting a bid. A MANDATORY pre-bid conference will be held at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, Room 201 located at 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 on September 12, 2018 at 10:00 am. BidderÂ’s attendance is Mandatory. Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid Bond, or Certified Check, made payable to Â“Okeechobee County Board of County CommissionersÂ”, in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total Bid Amount. The Bidder, if awarded the Contract and the bid amount is $100,000 or more, will execute and file acceptable performance and payment bonds equal to 100% of the contract price within ten (10) days after written notice of the award of contract. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for opening of bids. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make modifications to the work after bidding, and waive any formality in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. The General Contractor will provide additional information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects constructed within the past five (5) years, client references, or other financial references deemed appropriate to Contract Award. Bidders will confine their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be accepted. Each bidder will submit with this bid, evidence that the bidder complies with all state and local requirements, to perform the work described in said Bid. If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifications, it is the bidderÂ’s responsibility to seek clarification from the Owner, John E. Howle, County Engineer, as shown above. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: Â“BID Â– HURRICANE IRMA EWP REPLACE STRUCTURE STABILIZE BANKS POTTER ROADPROJECT NO. 2018-27Â”. BIDDER MUST SUBMIT (1) ORIGINAL AND (2) COPIES OF THE BID. Terry W. Burroughs, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Okeechobee County, FL 285054 ON 09/02/2018 Public Notice Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment on Thurs, September 20, 2018, 6:00 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL, to consider and receive input on Special Exception Petition No. 18-003-SE, submitted by Mr. Roland Durrance (Registered Agent) of the property owner, EliÂ’s Trailer Sales, LLC. The Petition is to allow for an outdoor vehicle sales lot within a Heavy Commercial (CHV) Zoning District, reference Code Book Section 90283(18). The proposed use is a storage lot of trailers for sale associated with the existing operation. The property consists of 0.498 acres, located at 907 NW 2nd Street. Legal: The West 9 feet of Lot 3, Block 163, OKEECHOBEE, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, public records of Okeechobee County, Florida; AND All of Lots 4 and 5, Block 163, OKEECHOBEE, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, public records of Okeechobee County, Florida; AND A portion of Lot 6, Block 163, OKEECHOBEE, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5, public records of Okeechobee County, Florida. Being more particularly described as follows: commencing at the NW corner of said Lot 6, bear easterly along the North line of Lot 6, a distance of 9.00feet to the Point-of-Beginning, thence continue easterly to the NE corner of Lot 6, a distance of 41.00-feet; thence southerly to the SE corner of Lot 6, a distance of 142.50-feet; thence westerly to the SW corner of Lot 6, a distance of 50.00-feet; thence northeasterly, a distance of 142.72-feet more or less to the Point-of-Beginning. The petition may be inspected at the address above during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. The public is encouraged to attend. The Board of Adjustment serves as the decision making body on this matter to approve or deny Special Exceptions. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as defined by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the General Services Office no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the CityÂ’s records. by: Zoning Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca, Petition No. 18-003SE OKEE-9/2,12/18 284946 GLADES COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS REHABILITATION OF ONE (1) HOME RFP #2018-Disaster-1 Thatcher Rebid The Glades County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) requests that interested parties submit formal sealed proposals for the above-referenced project. SCOPE OF WORK: The BoCC Request for Proposals (RFP) is seeking responses from qualified (per Florida Statutes Section 287) firms to rehabilitate one (1) homes at 829 Thatcher Boulevard in Glades County, Florida. This projects will be undertaken as part of the Glades County SHIP Program. Contractors must be qualified to bid on SHIP projects. If not pre-qualified, the ContractorÂ’s Application Documents may be obtained from the SHIP Administrator or http://www.myglades.com/ departments/community services/ship.php The application for ContractorÂ’s must be turned in before prebid meeting. The BoCC reserves the right to withdraw and cancel this invitation at any time, without liability to any responders or prospective responders. The BoCC reserves the right to retain all responses submitted and to use any ideas in a response regardless of whether that proposal is selected. The specifications and requirements informational package which governs this request must be obtained from Cindy Ricker, SHIP Administrator, 500 Avenue J (P.O. Box 1527) Moore Haven FL 33471 Phone 863-946-6124. EMAIL email@example.com. A mandatory meeting and contractor review of this projects will be held on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m in the SHIP Office located in the Glades Court House at 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, FL, 33471. Any firm not represented at this meeting will not be able to bid. All potential bidders must be in the Conference Room no later than 10:00 a.m. in order to participate in these RFPÂ’s. Due date/time: September 21st, 2018, 2:00 p.m. EST. All responses (7 copies) shall be placed in separate, sealed envelopes with the titles clearly indicated on the outside: GLADES COUNTY SHIP PROGRAM Â– RFP #2018-Disaster-1 Thatcher, with delivery to the SHIP Administrator and which must be received at the SHIP AdministratorÂ’s office at 500 Avenue J. Moore Haven FL 33471 no later than the response deadline of 2:00 p.m. EST on September 21st, 2018 RFPÂ’s received after such time will not be accepted and will be returned unopened. Responses delayed for any reason shall not be considered. Faxed and electronically mailed responses will not be accepted. All costs and expenses related to the preparation and submission of a response are the sole responsibility of the responder. All prospective respondents are cautioned not to contact any member of the BoCC. All questions should be directed to Cindy Ricker, SHIP Administrator, 500 Avenue J, (P.O. Box 1527) Moore Haven FL 33471 Phone 863-946-6124. EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org. It is anticipated that the qualified responses to this RFP will be considered and a decision on the selection of a qualified responder will be made by the BoCC. The County reserves the right to reject any or all responses in its sole discretion. The County also reserves the right to waive irregularities and technicalities, to re-advertise for additional responses, and to select the responder, who, in the BoCCsÂ’ sole opinion, is in the best interests of Glades County. Glades County does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or marital status. Glades County is an Equal Opportunity Employer, actively seeking Minority Contractor Participation and promotes Fair Housing. 284385 ON 9/2/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF OUA MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARINGS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular session on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse (A.K.A. Board of County Commissioners Chambers), 304 NW 2nd St. Room 270, Okeechobee, Florida. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will hold a Public Hearing as soon after 8:30 A.M. as possible to consider modifications of Resolution dealing with operating rules and regulations of the Okeechobee Utility Authority and water/sewer Rates. A copy of the proposed Resolution and Rate changes is available for viewing at the office of the Executive Director, Okeechobee Utility Authority Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. All interested parties for or against the proposed modified Resolution or Rates can be heard at said time and place. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive DirectorÂ’s Office at 863-7639460 at least 48 hours prior to the Public Hearing by any person wishing assistance. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will hold a Public Hearing as soon after 8:30 A.M. as possible to consider the adoption of the FY19 Budget of the Okeechobee Utility Authority. A copy of the FY19 Budget is available for viewing at the office of the Executive Director, Okeechobee Utility Authority Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive DirectorÂ’s Office at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting, by any person wishing assistance. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford Executive Director 284963 ON 9/2/2018 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Board of Adjustment on Thurs, September 20, 2018, 6:00 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL, to consider and receive input on Special Exception Petition No. 18-002-SE, submitted by Mr. Roland Durrance (Registered Agent) of the property owner, EliÂ’s Trailer Sales, LLC. The Petition is to allow for an outdoor vehicle sales lot within a Heavy Commercial (CHV) Zoning District, reference Code Book Section 90283(18). The proposed use is a storage lot of trailers for sale associated with the existing operation. The property consists of 0.651 acres, located at 920 NW Park Street. Legal: Lots 14 through 17, inclusive, Block 163, CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, according to map or plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 10, public records of Okeechobee County, Florida The petition may be inspected at the address above during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. The public is encouraged to attend. The Board of Adjustment serves as the decision making body on this matter to approve or deny Special Exceptions. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as defined by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the General Services Office no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the CityÂ’s records. by: Zoning Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca, Petition No. 18-002SE OKEE-9/2,12/18 284950 Okeechobee County School Board meeting for September 6, 2018The School Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting as well as a final public hearing for adoption of the 2018-19 millage rates and district budget on Thursday, September 6, 2018. The Tuesday, September 11, regular meeting has been cancelled. 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September 2, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Public Notice Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATION TEXT AMENDMENTNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning Board, meeting as the Local Planning Agency on Thurs, September 20, 2018, 6:00 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL, to consider and receive input on amending Subpart B Land Development Regulations. Petition No. 18-002-TA proposes to amend the following areas in the Code of Ordinances: CHAPTER 66 GENERAL PROVISIONS, by amending Section 66-1, adding a definition for magistrate. CHAPTER 70 ADMINISTRATION: Article II City Council, Departments and Boards, Committees and Commissions, Division 8 Code Enforcement Board, by amending the establishment and composition in Section 70-191 for a magistrate. Amend Section 70-192 to include powers and duties for a magistrate. The proposed amendment may be reviewed at the address above during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. The public is encouraged to attend. The Planning Board will issue a recommendation on Petition No. 18-002-TA that will be forwarded to the City Council for consideration at Public Hearings tentatively scheduled for 6:00 PM on October 2, 2018 and October 16, 2018. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as defined by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the General Services Office no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Planning Board in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the Citys records. By: Zoning Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca, Petition No. 18-002-TA 284942 OKEECHOBEE 9/2,12/18 Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Pure joy 6 Fairy tale bear 10 Athletic org. founded by Billie Jean King 13 Sports channel summary 14 Apples shuffle or touch 15 Melville captain 16 *Mozart and Robin, in their own way 18 Fancy airport ride 19 Poker declaration 20 Last word of many fairy tales 21 Fundamentals 24 Recliner feature 26 Xanadu rock gp. 27 Not on time 30 Bird feeder supply 31 Like the accent in clich 33 Loading dock access 35 Graceful bird 38 Echoic first name of Olympic hurdler Jones 39 Number associated with the ends of answers to the starred clues 40 Pet gerbils home 41 Simple 42 Rounded hammer end 43 Casablanca actor Peter 44 Land surrounded by water 46 Star Trek helmsman 48 Gave grub to 49 Fiesta food 52 Irish playwright Sean 54 Threepios pal 55 Swindlers 58 Fortuneteller 59 *Windy day ocean condition 63 Canadian Conservative 64 Gravy vessel 65 Craze 66 Supergirls symbol 67 Repairs with turf, as a lawn 68 Nail file material DOWN 1 Texters Gimme a sec 2 Lion in the night sky 3 Far from friendly 4 2005 horror sequel 5 Website with timed trivia quizzes 6 Calf-length dress 7 Zoo primates 8 Gourmet mushroom 9 YouTube annoyances 10 *Earth-sized collapsed stars 11 Makes less unruly 12 Scrub, as a launch 15 Outdoor, as cafes 17 Curiositylaunching gp. 20 __ of Reason 21 Memphis music festival street 22 Metal wrap giant 23 *Best female friends 25 Around the Horn channel 28 Lemon or lime 29 Roof edges 32 Film that introduced Buzz Lightyear 34 List of dishes 36 Think alike 37 Emotionally demanding 39 Made haste 43 Im just so fortunate! 45 Poet __-tzu 47 Script L feature 49 Tentative bite 50 Twistable cookies 51 Bless you prompter 53 Tea region of India 56 __ hog 57 Chooses, with for 59 Madam Secretary network 60 Opposite of WSW 61 Put on television 62 For example By C.C. Burnikel Tribune Content Agency, LLC 03/21/16 03/21/16 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: email@example.com A toll-free service of the Florida Department of Transportation. Standard mobile phone minute, text message and data charges may apply. DOOR-TO-DOOR DIRECTIONS TRAVEL TIMES PERSONALIZED ALERTS TRAFFIC CAMERA VIEWS View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze!
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