Okeechobee Home Depot employee attacked by spider monkey

A 50-year-old Okeechobee woman’s spider monkey apparently escaped from a truck in the Home Depot parking lot Monday afternoon and allegedly bit a store employee multiple times. According to an incident report by Deputy Devon Satallante of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), at 1:53 p.m. on June 4, he responded to Home Depot, located […]

2019 music festival set for March 7-10; Dates to match Spring Break for many college students

OKEECHOBEE — The fourth annual Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival is planned for March 7-10, 2019 to coincide with spring break week for more than 1.7 million college students. As in previous years, the campers will be admitted to the Sunshine Grove festival area in northeast Okeechobee County on Thursday (March 7) and must leave […]

Okeechobee City Councilman O’Connor resigns

OKEECHOBEE – On Friday, June 1, City of Okeechobee Councilman Michael Gerald O’Connor submitted his letter of resignation to Okeechobee Mayor Dowling R. Watford Jr. and City Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca. “I want to apologize for the cloud that has been cast on the City and the City family,” stated the letter from O’Connor. […]

Meet the officer: OPD’s Sergeant Dawn Wendt

OKEECHOBEE — Sgt. Dawn Wendt was born 1967 in Grosse Pointe, Mich., but spent much of her life in Florida. During her summers she would go camping, on mountain trips and to visit Walt Disney World. Her favorite game was Clue, which was so popular that in 1985 a film with the same title was […]

Woman loses home and two dogs in late night fire

OKEECHOBEE — On May 26 at around 2:44 a.m. Okeechobee resident Jessica Brumley heard a loud explosion in her neighborhood. When she looked outside she saw her neighbor’s trailer engulfed in flames. Ms. Brumley immediately called emergency services in hopes of saving the three people who lived in the trailer located at 6047 S.E. 95th […]

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is June 1-7

The 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott, begins Friday, June 1, and extends through Thursday, June 7, 2018. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does not […]

Pedestrian in wheelchair dies in State Road 70 traffic crash

OKEECHOBEE — A 47-year-old Okeechobee man has died as an apparent result from injuries sustained after being hit by an SUV on State Road 70, just west of Northwest 26th Avenue. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report Bernabe Hernandez-Gonzalez was fatally injured on May 29. At 9:44 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. Hernandez-Gonzalez was in […]

Candlelight vigil planned for accident victims

OKEECHOBEE — A candlelight vigil is scheduled to be held in honor of the three victims of a May 11 traffic crash that occurred on U.S. 441 near State Road 60. Valerie Edlemon, 66, Tonya Macon, 49, and Jalen Edlemon, 14, were all traveling north on 441 in a Kia Sportage when a Dodge Challenger […]

Meet the officer: City police dispatcher Tiffany Noel

OKEECHOBEE- Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) emergency dispatch operator Tiffany Noel was born 1983 in Lexington, Ky. Her time there would be short-lived, as she left for Fort Pierce with her family at the age of 3. Some of her favorite games as a youngster were Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit. Aside from summer family vacations, Ms. […]

Meet the officer: OPD’s Raul Marrero

OKEECHOBEE — Officer Raul Marrero was born as the middle child, having an older and younger brother, in 1968, and grew up in a town located on a beach in Puerto Rico. He has been a resident of Okeechobee for the last 18 years. “I was asked to come to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office […]