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Publication Date: 08-21-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, August 21, 2011 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 102 No. 100 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 10.41 feetLast Year: 13.93 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.Doctor sentenced for illegal drug distribution ...see Page 3 100 years old and going strong .. Page 10 Party Platters to Go A u g u s t S p e c i a l P l a t t e r s O N L Y$2 9 9 9 With coupon only 24 hour notice required! Let us cater your next party or event. Serves up to 10 people By Eric KoppOkeechobee News When a local woman was noti ed by "American Publisher's Clearinghouse" that she had won $495,000 in a prize giveaway, she mentally made plans on how she was going to pay off her bills and get out of debt. But her hopes were quickly dashed when she realized this was just another scam. And even though it's very elaborate, and even claims to include a U.S. governmental agency, it's still a scam. The woman, who asked to keep her identity unknown, was rst contacted on Aug. 3 by a man calling himself Andrew Perez, a representative with American Publisher's Clearinghouse (APC). Perez told her that the contest had ended in November 2010 and that she was a winner. "I've entered so many contests, I didn't know if I had (won) or not," she said. Perez told her that a bonded courier company would deliver her check to her between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Aug. 4. He went on to weave an elaborate tale of how the company had tried unsuccessfully to reach her and, because they had received no response, her money was at the APC claims of ce in Texas. This contact, he added, was APC's last resort to reach her. "He said he had one week to reach me and, if he didn't, the money would go to charity," she said. At this point, this didn't sound like a scam because he did not ask her for any personal information other than her name and address and if she would be home between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Perez did ask if she had a bank in which the money could be deposited, but he did not as k for the name of the bank or her account number. He also told her that the money would arrive in Miami, and then be delivered to her. "He said nothing was expected of me, other than my signature and a photo ID," said the woman. "He said it's all true. I told him I was very cautious about this and he said I should be. And he said I didn't have to put out an y money or anything." Then, on Aug. 8, she received a call from Michael Richardson who identi ed himself as an agent with U.S. Customs in Miami. Richardson told her she would need to send a certi ed check to an insurance agent in Miami. When she protested and said Perez had Local woman avoids elaborate scamSee SCAM — Page 11 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBack to schoolFirst grade teacher Tammy Thomas (center) helps Emma Rodriguez and her brother Jarren get ready for school at South Elementary’s open house on Thursday. Okeechobee County students go back to school on Monday. For more Open House photos, see page 9. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Sex offenders don't look like the boogie man or a creepy person that can be easily spotted. Most o f them look like normal every day human beings. I f you can understand them, you can see them and stop them, a famed expert on sex offenders told Okeechobee School bus drivers this week in a special training session at the Indian River State College Williamson Center. "Bus drivers, our rst line of defense against sexual predators," was the featured topic of Duane Dobbert, Ph.D., a professor for Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Dobbert said over 100,000 children and missing and exploited each year. Okeechobee Count y recently was ranked #1 among Florida counties in our rate of child abuse. With 47,000 registered sex Bus drivers can help stop sex offendersSee DRIVERS — Page 14


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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It appears that a proposed city ordinance w ould treat restaurants and bars differently w hen it comes to Sunday sales of mixed drinks and hard liquor.Under current city ordinance neither restaurants nor bars can sell mixed drinks or hard liquor on Sundays. However restaurants are allowed to sell beer and wine on Sunday afternoons. The city council is considering an ordinance that would allow restaurants to sell mixed drinks and hard liquor on Sunday afternoons while still prohibiting bars from doing the same. The proposed city ordinance also seeks to simplify distance requirements. It sets 100 feet as the maximum distance a business serving alcohol may be located from a school, church or day care center. The current ordinance allows for a longer distance under some circumstances. It has been suggested that this ordinance was written especially for the new Applebee’s that is coming to Okeechobee. However, city attorney John Cook, who drafted the ordinance, said it was not written to favor a particular business. City administrator Brian Whitehall also denied that it was written for Applebee’s. He said the developers of Applebee’s mentioned the Sunday sale of alcohol in passing, but it was not a requirement for coming to Okeechobee. In the county, commissioners simpli ed the situation by removing the distinction between different types of alcoholic beverages. County ordinance 99-03 states that in the unincorporated areas of the county no alcoholic beverages of any type can be sold between the hours of 2:01 a.m. and 7 a.m. Monda y through Saturday and between the hours o f 2:01 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Thus the county allows sales of all types of alcoholic beverages by licensed vendors on Sunday afternoons. The city council approved the rst reading of the proposed ordinance on Aug. 16 and set Sept. 6 as the date for the nal public hearing. 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Call us for a free quote. Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 3 Okeechobee News A ugust 21, 2011 City seeks to loosen restrictions for alcohol sales in restaurants By Pete GawdaOkeechobee NewsWhen Okeechobee County Commissioners meet on Tuesday instead of Thursday this w eek, they will face a short agenda of noncontroversial and routine items. Fishing and boating enthusiasts will be glad to hear that commissioners will consider awarding a contract for the purchase of aluminum oating docks for the Nubbin Slough boat ramp. In a related action commissioners are expected pass a resolution to amend the current budget to receive unanticipated grant funds from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to pay for the oating docks. Commissioners also will entertain a request from Butch’s Red Neck Yacht Club to rent the amphitheater and adjoining eld at Okee Tantie Campground & Marina for $150 for a family fun day. The board will have the opportunity to settle a long running complicated litigation issue between the county, Hammer Construction Company, Public Risk Management, the county’s insurer and various insurers and their adjusters. The action dates back to work done by Hammer for the county to repair damages done by hurricanes, Charlie, Francis and Jeanne. The litigation deals with disputes over Hammer’s method of billing. Turning to other action, the board is expected to:  schedule November and December board meetings,  consider approval of a contract with CAS Governmental Services to provide legislative services for the county;  authorize staff to negotiate a contract with the top ranked consulting rm that submitted a bid for an impact fee study; and  consider the code enforcement special magistrate’s recommendation to reduce a lien for a code violation.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Commission to consider routine matters Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division, has announced the sentencing of defendant Arthur Carl Haspel, 66, of Boca Raton, FL. U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez sentenced Haspel to 87 months in prison. On April 6, 2011, Haspel pleaded guilty to an Information, which charged him with nine counts of distributing and dispensing oxycodone outside the scope of practice, in violation of Title 21 United States Code Section 841(a)(1). Judge Jose E. Martinez sentenced Haspel to 87 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. This sentence was imposed to run consecutively to a 21-month sentence Haspel received on Feb. 24, 2011, from U.S. District Court Judge Adalberto Jordan on Medicare fraud charges. According to statements made in court and documents led in the case, Haspel was doctor of podiatry, licensed to practice in Florida. For the last three years, Haspel worked as a partner in The Foot Doctors, LLP, located in Okeechobee. Arthur Carl Haspel, due to a 2001 conviction for illegally traf cking hydrocodone in the Eastern District of Tennessee, was no longer registered with DEA, did not possess a valid DEA number, and, therefore, was not permitted by law to dispense controlled substances. While working at Foot Doctors, Haspel wrote at least nine prescriptions between the dates of Sept. 10, 2009, and Oct. 21, 2009, for roxicodone, which is a brand name for oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. Haspel admitted that he used the personalized prescription pad of the other doctor in his practice, and forging that doctor’s DEA number and signature. Haspel admitted that he wrote the prescriptions without the permission of the other doctor, without any legal authority, and that he wrote the without a legitimate medical purpose. Mr. Ferrer commended the DEA for their work in the case. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carmen Lineberger. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www. sd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer. sd.uscourts.gov. Podiatrist sentenced for illegal oxycodone distribution If you go ...What: Meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission When: 9 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23 Where: Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Crews from Okeechobee County Fire Rescue and the Florida Division of Forestry reported an act of nature sparked a brush re in northern Okeechobee County Wednesday afternoon. Paramedic David Kinchen said 40 acres burned in the 20000 block of N.E. 336th Street just before 4 p.m. The re report said heavy palmettos and a pine forest were destroyed in the blaze but no homes were threatened. No injuries were reported. The DOF provided two tractors and plows to help contain the blaze. Three units and eight remen were on the scene for approximately one hour. A heavy rain storm also helped remen put out the ames. On Thursday afternoon, a brush re off State Road 710 near the Eight Seconds bar burned about ve acres before it was contained. Two structures in the area were not damaged according to the Florida Forest Service report. Okeechobee County Fire/ Rescue and Florida Forest Service re ghters contained the re, using State Road 710 as a rebreak. Brush re caused by lightning strike


By Rev. Tom PasquarellaPastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church Marriage is a beautiful institution created by God and God has a speci c purpose for it. Marriage is to be a picture of the church's relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ. You might be wondering how this can be. We need to begin with submission. Now I know submission leaves a bad taste in the mouths of both believers and non-believers, because we do not want to be under the authority of anyone else. We want to be our own island. We are not an island in marriage, but we are a union that is a re ection of something awesome. "Wives be subject to your own husbands as to the Lord." (Ephesians 5:22) Wives are to be subject or submit themselves to their husbands, because of Ephesians 5:23: "For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He Himself being the Savior of the body." Wives are equated in the church by this illustration of a marriage. The church is to be in submission to Christ and so the wife is to be in submission to the husband. Now please do not shoot the messenger, but please read on. It is sad to say this is not what a marriage is today. There are many that think a woman should not submit or be subject to her own husband, but that is because many have abused this verse. I am not saying wives need to be abused and put down, this is not forced submission, but it is a willful submission. Wives are to submit themselves to their husbands because of their love for Jesus. I know that it is hard to willingly submit, but if you think this is hard, wait until you hear the husband's responsibility in marriage. "Husbands love your wives, just as Christ also loves the church and gave Himself up her." (Ephesians 5:25) Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church. How much are husbands to love their wives? Well, how much did He (Jesus) love the church? He sacri ced Himself for her and died in her place so that they may be with Him forever. "Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself taking the form of a bond servant, and being made in the likeness men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." (Philippians 2:5-8) Husbands are to humbl e themselves for their wives and die to themselves, because it is not about self but abou t others. Jesus died for you because He placed you rst, this means that husbands have to sacri ce not only their lives, but their desires and see what is best for their brides. If husbands could love their wives like Jesus loved the church and died for her, wives would have an easier time submitting to husbands, because they would be loved with an unconditional love. This is what makes a grea t marriage! This can happen only when there is a commitment to Christ Jesus, because o f what He has done on your behalf. He died in your place taking the punishment for you r sin, so you would be with Him forever. I know that if you commit your marriage to God He will bless it and grow it to be a perfect picture of Jesus and His relationship to His church. Elections The election is next year but the words are ying. Some words just grab you. They make a good point. They hit on some things t hat get you to think they are just like you, t hat they only want what is good for both of y ou. Then you vote them in and what's good for them might not be good for you at all. T hen you are stuck until the next time. For the most part, voting, should be an informed decision. Many of the voters c hoose not to study, or to borrow from the liberal arts, use learned critical thinking. T hey, (we), fall for the demagoguery, half t ruths, wishful thinking, and overall bomb ast. An old saying of what "Plays in Peoria," or more timely, television, the Internet, Iowa and New Hampshire, sets the pace for what w e are going to think and do. We want right now a quick sound bite and not a long diss ertation, and even more so, to hear what w e want to hear. How many conservatives do you know that listen to what the Democ rats have to say? Or, Democrats that listen t o what the conservatives are saying? We nd it easier to listen to Rush Limbaugh or Dusty Rhodes, (is she still around?), who are really entertainers. A lot of people do that, t ake the opinions of others for their own, I did. At least until I reached my golden years of enlightenment. Add to that the wide differences of the many voters different frame of reference. Environment, religion, age, ethnicity, sex, they all are an ingredient that forms their political opinion. Unless that is, t hey conscientiously choose to change it. V ia open-minded education and research, maybe?Open House After standing in line for half an hour at open house to get my child's schedule, I was a little upset to see people let their friends c ut in line ahead of us. I was especially disappointed to see law enforcement of cers c utting to the front of the line. What does t hat example teach the kids ... that the rules don't apply to everyone?Told you so The market crashed. London's on re. Prepare yourselves. Soon food will be an issue. The rich man who laughed at the poor man shall soon be walking in the poor man's shoes. Will he laugh then or will he wish he treated the poor man better? Food banks are running out of food. You cannot eat gold so start growing some food. If you start going hungry you can blame Obama, but it will be your own fault for not listening when you were told to start growing some food. You can't blame Obama if you don't have any food. First thing Mrs. Obama did was put in a garden. Lead by example, I think it is called. If you invested in gold or diamonds early, you might consider looking closely at the markets because this is beginning to look like the real estate market a few years back. I'm investing in ammo. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I do have stocks and no I'm not rich. My investments are spread out over a lot of different funds. I hope if one fails the other will carry. That's the plan, anyway. I believe in the bullet investment. If London, England had done the right thing and used bullets, their rioting would have been over in one hour. Do you not have faith in the American system? Too much money for the money mongers on Wall Street let this happen. They will survive. How about you plant those gardens and watch was happens.Thoughts to ponder How big is bigfoot's foot? What was the best thing before sliced bread?County commission I can't believe the nerve of these businesses taking money for "helping people," then turning around and taking money from the people they're helping also. Wake up Okeechobee, this is your tax money too. I can't believe one of our commissioners asked what the volunteers do for the Guardian Ad Litem program. Watch the county commission meetings online. I just can't believe what some of the commissioners do! Sometimes I wonder if the county commissioners realize that people watch the meetings online. The way they act, they must think no one is watching them. But we are as they will nd out come election time. Sunday, August 21, 2011 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the Pulpit To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. 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Home delivery subscriptions are available at $18.00 for three months. Okeechobee News USPS 406-160 Published 3 times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday by Independent Newspapers, Inc. 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D € Okeechobee, FL34974 Periodicals Postage Paid at Okeechobee, FL34974 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Okeechobee News Circulation Administration PO Box 7011 € Dover, DE 19903StaffEditor: Katrina Elsken Circulation Manager: Janet Madray Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Okeechobee News is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. 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 paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. 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Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. East wind around 5 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a lo w around 74. East wind around 5 mph. Wednesday: A 40 percent chance o f showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. East wind between 5 and 10 mph. Wednesday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. East wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Tracy Downing said she has learned things from 10 outstanding principals during her 16-year career in education. Last week she got to join the ranks of principal as she was named to head Seminole Elementary School by Superintendent Ken Kenworthy and the Okeechobee School Board. The product of Okeechobee schools said Seminole was always in her heart. She had served there as an Assistant Principal under Brian Greseth for four years before moving on to Okeechobee High School last year. Downing was an English teacher at OHS for three years and a reading coach at Osceola Middle School for seven years before she joined the administrative ranks. She earned a Masters Degree in Education and Education Leadership from Florida A tlantic University and her undergraduate degree from Florida State University. Downing said she plans to make Okeechobee Schools her life-long career. She also likes the fact that her children attend Seminole Schools. “I’m glad to be back and this is like the best of both worlds,” she told the Okeechobee News, “I feel very passionate about education and I’m devoted to Okeechobee Schools.” Downing enters a solid situation as Seminole earned an A grade this year. Seminole was among a select group of Florida schools that raised their grade by two letter grades in one year. The school was also able to reach federal adequate yearly progress three years ago, a rare feat for an Okeechobee school in recent years. Her plans are to develop children academically, socially and emotionally, “We will provide a safe environment where kids feel free to take risks and experiment success. I’m very proud to be here.” Downing said she is very thankful for the level of support she has received from the staff, school system, and parents. She said she always wanted this position. “I really wanted to come back. The staff here is very dedicated to what they do,” she said. Downing also praised Greseth for his leadership. He left the district in June to take over the Educational System for the Seminole Tribe at the Brighton Reservation. She said her vision is to keep things going in a positive direction. “I want to stay the course. The morale and the academic performance of our students are high,” she added. Downing said she will encourage her teachers to use research based instructional practices and to use data to drive their instruction. She also believes that teaching small groups of students is more effective. She urges teachers to change their instruction practices to keep a child’s interest. She said a teacher should foster a true love of learning in each child. Seminole has one rst-year teacher this year and three teachers who transferred in from other district schools. The Stallions have a student body of approximately 630 students. She invited parents and the community to become involved in the schools parent teacher organization and their student advisory committee and attend events at the school on a regular basis. “There are things going on here that we would love to showcase,” she added. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Recently retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Richard D. Howe has been selected by Okeechobee High School principal Toni W iersma to serve as the new Senior Army Instructor for the Brahman’s Army Junior Reserve Of cers Training Corps Program. The Melbourne resident joins Sergeant First Class Valparisia Gibson to complete the J ROTC Instructor team. Howe served 31 years in the United States A rmy. His service included duty in the Active component of the U.S. Army Reserve, and the Florida Army National Guard. He held positions throughout the ranks from Platoon Leader through division staff of cer. Howe said the Army Junior ROTC’s goal is to motivate young people to be better citizens and he expressed con dence that the program will continue to grow and excel. “We make young people better citizens by providing a quality citizenship, charter and leadership development program, while fostering partnerships with communities and educational institutions,” he added. Howe has held assignments with infantry, airborne infantry, special operations, basic training, and organizational staff positions in the United States and overseas. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the Command and General Staff Of cers Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff Of cers Course, and the Infantry Of cer Advanced and Basic Courses. Howe served in Fort Monroe, Va. with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. He holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Bachelors degree from the University of Central Florida. Howe also worked for 10 years as a professional re ghter, driver/engineer, and emergency medical technician with the City of Palm Bay. Howe said he fully expects a good response for the Junior ROTC program in Okeechobee, “We anticipate increased JROTC enrollment and expanded student participation in a multitude of development programs available to both JROTC students and non-JROTC students.” 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 THEATRE III: COWBOYS & ALIENSŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE I: LARRYCROWNEŽ Fri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THEATRE II: MR. POPPERS PENGUINSŽFri., Tues. &Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 Aug 19 Aug 19TH THAug. 25 Aug. 25TH THFor Info, Call 763-7202 For Info, Call 763-7202 PG PG-13 PG-13 Movie Tickets:Adults $6.50 € Children 12 & under $5.00 € Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies € Matinees $4.50 Okeechobee Livestock MarketU.S. 98 North, Okeechobee(863) 763-3127 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 21, 2011 Richard Howe selected to lead OHS ROTC Okeechobee Livestock Market Report August 15-16, 2011 Cows Breaking 65.00 71.00 Cutter 61.00 67.00 Bulls 1000-1500 80.00 87.00 1500-2000 82.00 90.00 Monday Tuesday Calves 864 1358 Cows 231 299 Str 51 7 Hfrs 24 21 Bulls 15 25 Yrlngs 26 80 Mix 0 41 Total 1011 1031 Med #1 Steers Hfrs 200-250 177-200 140-157 250-300 170-180 135-155 300-350 155-172 130-147 350-400 137-160 119-135 400-450 125-144 114-125 450-500 122-132 112-121 550-600 118-127 Med #2 Steers Hfrs 200-250 155-170 205-135 250-300 145-167 120-130 300-350 130-150 115-128 350-400 122-135 110-118 400-450 114-124 105-113 Our runs were higher this week and prices held on pretty steady. Calves probably a little weaker. If you haven’t traded your calves, give us a shot on the Internet. We have a special replacement heifer sale, Sept. 30. McDaniel Ranch of Clewiston topped the calf market with a high of $2.05, bought by Reynolds. Pelaez & Sons & Miller Ranch topped the cow market with a high of $79. See ya next week Pete Downing glad to return to Seminole Elementary Tracy Downing


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Joseph Claiborne ‘Jake’ Borderlon, 83PALM BEACH — Joseph Claiborne ‘Jake’ Borderlon, age 83, passed away peacefully at C.W. Gerstenburg (Hospice) in West Palm Beach, on A ug. 10, 2011. He was born on A pril 13, 1929, in Simmesport, La., to Clifton and Pearl Bordelon. He joined the United States Air Force at a young age w here he served and honored our country. After 25 years, he retired from the A ir Force and went on to work in the Palm Beach County School system where he then met his nal retirement. He was an elder of his faith at Belvedere Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses’. His passion w as spreading the word of the gospel of Jehov ah and by informing the community of his w ord. He also enjoyed reminiscing on years gone by and his “left hook” with his favorite quotation being “I am 82 years old, I have no aches and no pains.” He was preceded in death by his faithful and loving companion of 48 years, Vera Vasquez. He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Donald) Deck; four grandchildren, Jennifer Deck, Amanda Deck, Dawna Deck Micco (Charlie), and Donald L. Deck III. In addition, he is survived by ve great-grandchildren, Damian Deck, Darian Deck, Jaidyn Deck, Zaidyn Micco, and Arliawna Micco, all of Okeechobee. The family received their friends from 6 until 8 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 19, at the funeral home. A memorial service was 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, at Belvedere Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses’. Arrangements have been entrusted to DorseyE. Earl Smith Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 3041 Kirk Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461. Its been a year today that the good Lord took your last breath away. He seen you struggle and he seen you fight so he decided that it was time for this hard working man to take a flight. A flight with no ending and a light only to a new beginning. As hard as it is for us to grasp to this day, we know we are only a breath away. We know you are watching over us with a big old smile, just to know that you always went the extra mile. Dad, you could always walk with your head held high, you were a strong courageous man that God didnt want to pass by. To provide for your loved ones and to take care of your own, it takes a real man to never moan and groan. You were a strong hard working man that never lived in fear all you ever asked for was just a cold beer. Mom, misses your companionship and your gentle touch, and as for the rest of us...We just miss everything about you, way too much. Your grandkids are growing up so fast, oh how they missed all of the days cut short from the past. Once again it leaves us wondering...God, why couldnt you make these days last? Whether it be camping, hunting, fishing or just watching a race, you always included the family...thats one of the reasons why you could never be replaced. The greatest husband, father, papa and friend any one could ever wish for. Who couldve ever asked for more? We will never understand the night of June 25, 2007 when God decided it was your turn to rest up for your long trip to heaven. A fatal crash, a dramatic change, things would just never be the same. For 3 years, 1 month and 23 days we never understood why God let you lay, all we could do was sit back and pray. Although we prayed for a cure the doctors just werent sure. On August 17, 2010 we went with the intentions of birthday wishes, hugs and kisses. Not to know that we would receive a phone call to say that God has ended it all. No more struggles and no more pain, for now this would only be for you to gain. Physically you may not be here, but spiritually you will always remain, as we are all left behind to travel down memory lane. Our lives were left incomplete, but we know in time, we will once again meet. WE LOVE YOU WITH ALL OUR LIFE AND ALL OF OUR HEARTSSandy, Jennifer, Amanda, Dawna, Bubby, Damian, Darian, Jaidyn, Zaidyn & ArliawnaD D o n a l d L D e c k J r ( D u c k ) A u g u s t 1 7 1 9 6 1 A u g u s t 1 7 2 0 1 0 Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News August 21, 2011 Main Street announces new Labor Day competitionOkeechobee Main Street needs the community’s support for their First Corn Hole Competition. A corn hole game is similar to a bean bag game. Small cloth bags lled with dried corn are thrown through holes in a wooden target at varying distances. The competition will take place during Labor Day weekend at Flagler Park #4. They are looking for teams o f two to compete for the Grand Championship at $10 per team. Teams will play on either Saturday or Sunday until they are eliminated from the competition. The Grand Championship game will be held on Monday, Sept. 5. Okeechobee Main Street is now taking applications for vendors for the 2011 Labor Day Festival in the Parks. The festivities will take place Sept. 3, 4, and 5. Anyone interested in participating, please see Cindy Birdashaw at the Main Street Of ce, 111 Northeast 2nd St., or call 863-357-6246. There will be no Labor Day parade this year, but new activities are planned in the parks.Boat ramp closed for maintenanceThe Henry Creek Boat Ramp, located in the Lake Okeechobee Rim Canal (L-47) in Okeechobee County, has been closed to improve the ramp surface for the boating public. Boat traf c in the rim canal will not be impacted. The ramp is scheduled to open by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Navigation locks on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee and at the mouth of the Kissimmee River remain closed due to low lake levels in Lake Okeechobee. Access to the lake remains possible at boat ramps located inside the Herbert Hoover Dike. For a guide to recreation sites on Lake Okeechobee, including boat ramps and public parks, please visit the District’s website at www.sfwmd.gov.Kissimmee bridge work plannedThe Kissimmee River Bridge on State Road 78 will be limited to one lane of traf c starting on Aug. 22, while the traf c rails on both sides of the bridge are repaired. One lane will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contractor, L&S Concrete Inc., will use aggers for this operation. Work is expected to begin on Aug. 22 and last for 20 days. For additional information, please contact the Public Information Of cer, Audrey Clarke, 941-730-1481. Utility crews working near U.S. 441 N.During the week of Aug. 22-26 utility crews will be installing ber optic cable on the east side of the roadway, on U.S. Highway 441, from Cemetery Road to the Osceola County line. No lane closures are expected, but motorists should be aware of construction traf c in the area. News in Brief August CCC meeting plannedThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m., in the board room of the School Board Of ce.Support group meetsWidow and Widower’s Support Group meets Tuesday, Aug. 23, at The Lodge Restaurant at 8 p.m. For more info please contact Darlene Phanco at 863-467-5351. The group meets each Tuesday of the month.Martha’s House to host yard saleMartha’s House is having a yard sale on Aug. 25 and 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will be held at 4134 Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, behind our outreach of ce. You can call 863-763-2893.Library Book Club to meetEveryone is invited to the Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club. The group will meet to discuss Swamplandia by Karen Russell on Thursday, Aug. 25 a 6 p.m., in the library board room. If you haven’t read the book but would like to come listen and see how the book club works you are most welcome. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call Jan at 863-3579980.Bene t planned for Beard familyA bene t to help the John Beard family will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, from 1 until 6 p.m. at the Pier II Motel on U.S. 441 S.E. The bene t, sponsored by Style Studio Custom Motorcycle Shop, will help raise money to offset expenses incurred by Mr. Beard when his wife of 13 years died unexpectedly. Barbecue dinners will be sold for $8 per plate. There will also be an auction, 50/50 drawing, a corn hole tournament, karaoke and re ghters from the Okeechobee City Fire Department will square off against their counterparts from Okeechobee County Fire/ Rescue in a relay race. For information or to-go plates, call 863697-8644 or 863-634-1055.OCRA sets nal football, cheerleader signupsOn Saturday, Aug. 27 you can sign your child up to participate. This will be your last opportunity to sign up. We will be at the score tower at the sports complex from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please have a copy of the child’s birth certi cate and signup fee. Cost to play: Football (7–14) $75; Flag (4,5 & 6) $45; Cheerleaders (4–14) $45. For more information, call 863-634-0515. Ladies Auxiliary to host Sunday breakfastThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 Ladies Auxiliary will host Sunday breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 9-11 a.m. Donation for the breakfast is $5.Orchid Club to meetThe Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet Monday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Extension Center, 548 Highway 98 N. Please bring an orchid to show or a problem orchid to discuss. The Garden Club will met at 6 p.m. For more information, call 863-763-6469. Community Events


By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A Miami man being held in the Okeechobee County Jail for allegedly impersonating a federal of cer is now facing additional charges. Vicente Valdes, 41, W ashington Ave., Miami Beach, was arrested W ednesday, Aug. 17, on a felony charge of criminal use of personal identi cation. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of petit theft, credit card theft and credit card fraud. V aldes was being held in the county jail on $25,000 bond. His bond on the new charges has been set at $4,000. Detective Ted Van Deman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated in an arrest report that the man's most recent arrest came about when Valdes used a friend's debit card to withdraw $284.65 from the friend's account. Valdes reportedly used the debit card at a local convenience store without the friend's permission. When contacted by Detective V an Deman, the friend didn't want to le a complaint against Valdes because they believed he was a federal agent with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). However, when told that Valdes was not a DHS agent, the victim decided to le the complaint. Valdes was initially arrested July 29 on felony charges of falsely personating a federal of cer and possession of cocaine. He was also charged with the misdemeanors of possession of a concealed handcuff key and unlawful lights on a vehicle. Detective Van Deman said ashing blue lights, strobe lights and a siren were found installed on a black 2008 Dodge pickup truck registered to Valdes. When Valdes was arrested he was also found to be in possession of several semiautomatic handguns, ammunition, handcuffs, fake DHS badges, a handheld police scanner and numerous other items. Then, when Detective Van Deman and other OCSO investigators searched the man's truck on Aug. 2, a veritable treasure trove of law enforcement items were found. Some of the items found during a sixhour search of the truck included: two AR-15 ri es; a double-barreled, 410-gauge shotgun; a 12-gauge shotgun; a .22-caliber ri e; thousands of rounds of ammunition; a military helmet; a SWAT helmet; bulletproof vests; a tactical vest; a handheld GPS; handheld scanners; many loaded and unloaded ammunition magazines; a parachute; an air mattress and pump; a water puri er; a machete; long knives; a dive suit and swim ns; and, gas masks. Many of the items were stored in militaryand camou age-style bags that either bore United States Marine Corps (USMC) stamps or DHS insignias. Detective Van Deman said Valdes has never been in the military and has never been a copat any level. "He just wanted to be a cop," said the detective. "He looked the part and spoke the lingo." Some of the seized items will be kept by the sheriff's of ce if Valdes is convicted. However, added Detective Van Deman, the pickup truck will not be seized because "he owes too much on it." The OCSO investigator added that Valdes is also under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) for reportedly impersonating a federal of cer to a trooper in order to get out of a speeding ticket. Valdes was so good at weaving lies that his mother, girlfriend and co-workers all believed he was a federal agent. To further illustrate his acumen at lying, Valdes worked at the Okeechobee Shooting Sports gun range where the only employees are either retired or current law enforcement members and he had all of them convinced he was a federal agent, the detective said. Detective Van Deman rst set his sights on Valdes while working a couple of burglaries at the gun range that included the theft of two personal checks. While working the thefts, the detective said he learned that Valdes had deposited one of the checks into his personal bank account. "The check was for $295, but it had been altered to $2,950," the detective explained. When Valdes was arrested on July 29, he was also found to be in possession of a white powder that, when eld tested, indicated the presence of cocaine. Detective Van Deman said the suspected coke weighed 3.6 grams. 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Daniel David Chapa, 27, S.E. Elkart Terrace, Port St. Lucie, was arrested Aug. 17 by Deputy Bryan Holden on charges of burglary of a conveyance (three counts) and grand theft. His bond was set at $20,000. Mark Runner, 55, S.E. 27th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 18 by DOC's Michael W hite on a charge of violation of parole attempted sexual battery. He is being held w ithout bond. Robert Frith, 18, S.E. 12th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 18 by Deputy Greg Popovich on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with felony criminal mischief. His bond was set at $500. Steven Alderete, 23, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 18 by DOC's Alfreda Hall on a charge of violation of probation grand theft motor vehicle. He is being held without bond. Dean James Koster, 52, N.E. 29th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 18 by Deputy Jason Hickman on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence. His bond was set at $5,000. 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 con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Vincente Valdes Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppOkeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Detective Ted Van Deman (left) looks on as OCSO Crime Scene Detective Mark Shireman inspects an AR-15 ri e that was found Aug. 2, in the back of a Dodge pickup truck. The owner of the truck, Vicente Valdes, was arrested on a felony charge of personating a federal agent.


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One thing that will never change is our commitment and responsibility to provide you and your family with safe, quality health care services in a professional manner.Some of the services available include:Emergency Care Twenty-four hours, seven days a week, Emergency Room care Radiology X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, CATScan, and Nuclear Medicine Rehabilitation Including physical therapy, speech therapy, & occupational therapy Surgical Services Including colon/rectal surgery, ear nose and throat surgery, endoscopic surgery, general surgery, gynecology, orthopedic, podiatry, stereotactic breast surgery, TIF (for chronic heartburn), vascular surgery and urology If you have not been to Raulerson Hospital recently for your medical needs, come and experience the quality patient care we provide everyday; because We are Raulerson!For a physician referral or health information contact Consult-A-Nurse at 1-800-449-8642 To schedule an appointment contact 877-331-7027. 10 Okeechobee News August 21, 2011 Raulerson Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department and Wellness Center team recently honored William “Alex” Roberts upon reaching this milestone birthday. Mr. Roberts also celebrated with nearly 100 family and friends at a birthday party held last weekend. Many factors can explain his achievement. Mr. Roberts is a very witty, sharp, motivated man. His interests include traveling, playing scrabble and enjoying his ve grandchildren. He also values a good night’s rest. Mr. Roberts suggested one key to longevity may be to “think beautiful thoughts about others.” He believes that when you think well of others, those kind thoughts come back around. Mr. Roberts’ remarkable physical health is certainly one of the factors that contribute to his success. He has been participating in Raulerson Hospital’s Wellness Center since 2008. He attends the Wellness Center to stay active and in good health. Mr. Roberts has been known to inspire many patients, some who are only half of his age, as they work out or endure rehabilitation in the Wellness Center along with him. While at the Wellness Center, he exercises on the NuStep machine (pictured here) to help work through arthritis pain. He also works on his exibility and balance using the parallel bars. Mr. Roberts uses weight machines for strengthening. He says he has noticed an improvement in his breathing, from exercising at the Wellness Center regularly. The Wellness Center is a non-intimidating atmosphere for people who want to use exercise equipment in the presence of physical therapists. Participants obtain a release from their physician to exercise at the Wellness Center. The Physical Therapists brie y review the participants’ relevant health history and then orient them with the equipment. Raulerson Hospital’s Wellness Center has much of the same equipment that other gyms have including treadmills, stationar y bikes, and weight machines. Mr. Roberts said he chose the Wellness Center because of the facility’s outstanding staff. Participants may utilize the Wellness Center as many times a week as they wish. Mr. Roberts visits three times per week. Raulerson Hospital’s Wellness Center is located in the blue-roof, out-patient building just north of Raulerson Hospital. The hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The monthly fee is $25. For more information, contact Raulerson Hospital’s Wellness Center at 863-467-6659. This article was provided by Raulerson Hospital. Turning 100 years old is cause for celebration Special to the Okeechobee News/ Raulerson HospitalRaulerson Hospital Rehabilitation Department and Wellness Center team celebrate Mr. William “Alex” Roberts 100th birthday at the company’s Wellness Center. Mr. Roberts exercises at Raulerson Hospital’s Wellness Center three times a week. He was born on Aug. 19. Back row (L-R): Charleen McDonald, Rachel Erwin (Mr. Roberts’ daughter), Christine Sanchez and Junne Bacho. In the front row (L-R) are: Techie Benhalid and William “Alex” Roberts. “Think beautiful thoughts about others.’William “Alex” Roberts Electric bill assistance for seniorsOkeechobee Senior Services can help pay electric bills, Past due/Final Notice, for low income residents age 60 and over or those who have an elderly person living in the household. The organization is also purchasing window unit air conditioners for those who qualify. Applicants must be FPL or Glades Electric customers living Okeechobee County and be over age 60 or have a 60 year or older person residing in the household. Please call 863-462-5180 for more information and to make an appointment.Red cross seeks disaster volunteers!The American Red Cross is looking for Disaster Services Volunteers for this Hurricane Season! There are 4 main areas where volunteers are needed: Shelter Operations, Mass Care Feeding, Damage Assessment, Administrative Functions. 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told her she didn’t have to pay anything, Richardson told her that was true but only if she had won less than $200,000. Since she had won more than that she would have to pay 1 percent of her winnings—$4,950—to receive her money. “I told him I didn’t have that kind of money and that I’m on Social Security,” she recalled. She then told Richardson she would call Perez to see what APC could do. By the time she placed that call, Richardson had already called APC. When the potential victim called she spoke with a man who said his name was J ohn Maxwell. Maxwell told her that Perez w asn’t available. The woman explained to Maxwell that she didn’t have $4,950. Maxw ell then made her a deal—APC would give her 70 percent of that amount and all she would have to do is pay the rest, which comes to $1,485. But when she protested and said Perez had told her she wouldn’t have to pay anything, Maxwell told her that, unfortunately, the situation got into the hands of U.S. Customs before it got to a bonded agent. She next called Richardson, who told her to send a certi ed check to a bonded agent in Orlando. He told her to send the check to Audrey Montserrate at 4881 Cypresswood Drive, Unit 3310. Instead, she contacted her bank and was told that there is no such thing as a certi ed check any more. She was also advised not to send anything to anyone. “I tried to call again Monday, Aug. 15, but the operator said APC wasn’t answering at that number right now and to call back later. I didn’t try calling back,” she said. She then called U.S. Customs but only got a recording. That recording gave her a personnel directory, and when she asked for Richardson’s 2550 extension she was told they didn’t have that extension. And now, as the saying goes, it’s time for the rest of the story. When this newspaper called APC and asked for Perez, the answer was that he was in a meeting and that he would return the call. At press time, the call had not been returned. The Okeechobee News was able to reach Richardson, who identi ed himself as an agent with U.S. Customs. At rst he said he didn’t know the local woman but, after checking his les, he remembered her. “We never contacted this lady,” he said. But, in the next breath, Richardson said he told her to contact APC. When pressured as to why the U.S. government would be involved in a sweepstakes giveaway, Richardson came back with, “Why wouldn’t it? You have to pay taxes on your winnings.” When asked, he provided Montserrate’s phone number. That phone number turned out to be a landline in Hialeah. A call to that number was unanswered. A message was then left on an answering machine but the call had not been returned as of newspaper deadline. A check with the Orange County Property Appraiser’s Of ce indicated that Unit 3310 at 4881 Cypresswood Drive is owned by a couple whose mailing address is in France. An Internet check of Montserrate showed that she has also been implicated in another scam, and that someone had actually paid her $1,465 in fees so that they could receive a package at the Orlando International Airport that reportedly contained $7.2 million in cash. That package was supposedly from the Economic Community of West African Sales. Then, an internet check of Richardson’s phone number, indicated that American Publisher’s Clearinghouse is a scam. Scaminformer.com states that potential victims received a call from APC rep Christopher Irvin, whose phone number is 202470-3798. Can you guess his extension? It’s 2550. Scaminformer goes on to mention a U.S. Customs agent by the name of Richardson whose phone number is 305-760-4767, ext. 1929, at the Miami International Airport. Although the extension is different, that is the same phone number given to the local woman. The web site goes on to describe the scam and how APC will agree to “help” winners who can’t pay the fee by settling for a percentage of the fee. Finally, it should be noted that the U.S. Customs hasn’t existed since 2003 when its functions were transferred to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS consists of three components—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). A public affairs of cer with ICE in Miami said his agency does not get involved sweepstakes. “This is another one of these phone scams,” said Nester Yglesias. “There are a lot of different phone scams.” Mr. Yglesias also said he could not comment on whether the APC scam is under investigation. And when asked if he knew a Michael Richardson, he would only say that “I do not know who that is.” Looking back, the local woman said the giveaway sounded attractive to her, but she was never close to sending APC any money. “Because I didn’t have it,” she said. “I realized this was a scam when I talked to a friend who said ‘this doesn’t sound like it’s very good for you.’ Then, when I called back but didn’t get any answer, that was the nal straw.” For more on the APC scam, visit scaminformer.com. SCAMContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 GREATBUSINESS OPPORTUNITYFull Service Coin Laundromat. Established business for 13 years in same location. Huebsch Machines in excellent condition. Everything goes including cash registers, folding tables, scales, top loaders, dryers, 25-50lbs machines. 1300 SF of space that is leased for $1500 per month on a new 5 year lease. 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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business OpportunitiesBusy concession stand/restaurant for lease at a local business. Must have restaurant experience. Contact Heather for more info (863)763-4114. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent 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 check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 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 of 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. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Furniture Dolphin base dining table Dolphin base dining table with scalloped glass top 42”X72” $250.00. (863)763-6715 Used Furniture, Dining room table and chairs, end tables, entertainment center, hutch, 26” at screen like new and odds ends furniture Call 863-763-3728 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. 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Look no further than the classifieds. Employment Medical Condos/Townhouses Rent CONDOS 2/1 fully furnished downstairs, w/ utilities $950. mo., seasonal rates available. Washer, Dryer, pool and dock. 863 634 0663 OKEE 1 br, furnished, Lease available. 1st, last & sec. (407)448-2495 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Employment Medical Houses-Rent 2 BD/1BA Duplex in town & 2 BD/1BA in Kings Bay. No Pets! First, Last and Security. $550.00/mo. Call 863-634-2820 2BR/2BA w/ 5 acres and pond. In Fort Drum area $600/mo. New ooring, a/c, and w/d. (863)447-6009. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 21, 2011


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The parcels to be assessed and amount to be levied against each parcel are as follows: Parcel No. Acres Amount 1-33-37-35-0040-00000-00A0 1.18 $ 12,562.76 1-33-37-35-0040-00000-0CA0 0.37 3,939.17 1-33-37-35-0040-00000-00M0 0.975 10,380.25 1-33-37-35-0040-0000000R0 4.09 43,543.82 The assessment will be collected by the Okeechobee County Tax Collector. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford Executive Director 395523 ON 8/21/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000184 BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP Plaintiff, VS. DEBRA J. SCONYERS, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION TO: THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DEBRA J. SCONYERS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 3421 SW 23RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: UNKNOWN CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida: LOT 19, BLOCK 15, OAKPARK SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 3, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the rst publication, if any, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 4919 Memoral Highway, Suite 200, Tampa, Florida 33634, and le the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once each week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News (Independent Newspapers). WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on this 8 day of August 2011. Sharon Robertson, Clerk of the Court By: Arlene Nealis, As Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at not cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 394826 ON 8/14,21/2011 Public Notice Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2011-CP-125 IN RE: ESTATE OF LEONA HALFHILL, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby noti ed that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of LEONA HALFHILL, deceased, File Number 2011-CP-125, by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee County, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; that the decedent’s date of death was July 20, 2011; that the total value of the estate is $7,000.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Scott L. Halfhill 1307 S. Parrott Avenue, Lot 22 Okeechobee, FL 34974 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE. ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is August 14, 2011. Person Giving Notice: SCOTT L. HALFHILL 1307 S Parrott Avenue, Lot 22 Okeechobee, FL 34974 Attorney for Person Giving Notice: Colin M. Cameron, Esquire Florida Bar No.: 270441 200 N.E. 4th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-8600 395022 ON 8/14,21/2011 14 Okeechobee News August 21, 2011 offenders in Florida, he explained that law enforcement has their hands full keeping children safe. He told the bus drivers that they can help. Most sex offenders have a pattern, he explained. They are not all alike. There are the pedophiles that pursue sexual activity with prepubescent children, he continued. hebephiles pursue sexual activity with children who have arrived at puberty. Dr. Dobbert said these conditions stay with the predators forever as the leopard does not change his spots. He said 87-percent of sex offenders re-offend. Many of the offenders stalk their victims for weeks and often steal the child’s clothing, take their photos, and even lm them. Many believe the love they have for the victim is returned. “They believe there is nothing wrong with it. What is wrong with loving a child?” He told the group. He said parents should watch their kids but should also watch who is watching their kids. He said sex offenders love to hang out where kids are like schools, parks, and public places. Dr. Dobbert said bus drivers can be an important deterrent to sex offenders because they know who should be on their bus and when. The offender often identi es his fantasy lover, follows them from bus stops, observes the child get off the bus, follows the child home and patterns the child’s activities. Then he plans contact. Some even call the child’s home. “Bus drivers can see strange vehicles that follow their buses or hang out at bus stops. Often the offender will pull over to the side of the road when kids get off the bus and sit and stare. They physically lean over from the driver’s side of the vehicle to watch who gets off the school bus,” he added. Dr. Dobbert urged the bus drivers to acknowledge that the threat is real, know the behaviors of predators, raise their awareness of their surroundings, observe more, and take notes of anything suspicious. He urged them to report these incidents to supervisors but not intervene or confront these individuals. “You see them a long time before law enforcement. Ask yourself the question… why is this person hanging around watching kids,” he added. He urged the school district to provide a photo lineup of every sex offender in the county to all of their bus drivers. He also urged drivers to purchase a throw awa y camera to photograph suspicious vehicles. While man y DRIVERSContinued From Page 1 offenders do not stalk or abuse children in the county they live in, they have to register their vehicles with law enforcement. If a bus driver takes a picture of a sex offender near a school bus or school, law enforcement can use it to arrest the offender. Bus drivers were also urged to be vigilant when picking up kids at school and when they drop them off at bus stops. They might see the same vehicle parked at a bus stop for several days. Other things they can do to make kids safe are observe the school parking lot, and jot down the date, location, tag number and description of a vehicle or person that might look suspicious. School transportation of cials said the y have provided a binder with the photos o f all registered sex offenders to bus drivers. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDuane Dobbert, Ph.D, speaks to Okeechobee School Bus drivers on Wednesday to tell them what they can do to help protect kids from sexual predators.


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News From a very early age you could tell that Al Morris was an athlete. Morris was among the best baseball players in his age group when he played ball for OCRA. When he played Pop Warner football he was clearly among the best players on his team. While varsity football hasn’t come quite as easy for Morris, he still showed ashes of brilliance last year as a sophomore, catching some touchdown passes, and making some big plays for the Okeechobee offense. Morris hopes to continue to improve and pulls no punches when he tells people that he has something to prove on the gridiron this fall. While admittedly nervous talking to the press, Morris said he likes to play sports and gets a lot of energy from big plays. He w ill be a starter at wide receiver and corner back this year. “Last year was just the beginning of my career. I feel I really improved this spring. Over the summer I worked harder on different things to become a better player,” he said. Morris hopes to continue his improvement this year as he is expected to be one of the biggest passing targets on the squad. Last year Morris was slowed by a shoulder injury suffered early in the year. He still gutted it out and started most of the games on offense. His varsity career sure got off to a good start as he caught a 35-yard pass on the Brahmans rst series of the year against Fort Pierce Central. Morris said that gave him the con dence that he belonged at the varsity level. “I made strides as a sophomore. I worked out all summer so I could be strong and faster than last year,” he added. While Morris admits he was concerned when quarterback Jack Radebaugh went down with an injury, he still devoted himself to learning the Brahman offense and his routes. He also has tried to help the younger wide receivers learn the play book and do off the eld things that improve their play. “The other wide outs come to me and ask questions a lot. I have tried to stay after practice and help them, look at the drawing board and understand what they are supposed to do,” he said. At 16 years old, Morris appears well on his way to success. He said the Okeechobee community should be impressed, “Come out and watch us this year because this team has something to prove.” A l Morris says his team has something to prove 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com1120 S. 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The 2009 graduate of OHS transferred to Northwestern Oklahoma in Alva, Okla. to play for the Rangers this year. Stokes batted .423 with nine homeruns for the Mavericks this past year. He split time between designated hitter and left eld. Stokes only pitched seven innings for the Mavericks. Stokes said he expects to compete for a starting job and be in the lineup on a regular basis this year, “The Coach said he wants my bat in the lineup. It will be a little tougher since it’s a higher level of play, but I’m in the gym working hard.” Stokes has studied business during his rst two years in college. His rst year was spent locally at Indian River State College. The tall burly left-hander stands 6’3” and now weighs 245 pounds and said he still has hope he will be drafted by a major league team. Stokes pitching career was setback due to a partially torn tendon in his left elbow while he played at Indian River. He said professional scouts tell him they love his bat and advised him to focus on the offensive side of his game. Stokes had a stellar career at OHS as a four year letterman. His deceptive delivery to the plate led to some eye-opening statistics as a pitcher. He was also one of the better left-handed hitters on the Treasure Coast during his career. He was named to play in the Treasure Coast Senior All-star game in Port St. Lucie after his senior year. He also won the MVP award for the Brahmans as a senior. “When I hurt my arm, I continued to move forward. I still think I’m in shape to return to the mound one day. I haven’t given up,” he added. Stokes to play at Northwestern Oklahoma Courtesy photoDustin Stokes Al Morris


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