Lorida man accused of attempted carjacking

OKEECHOBEE — A 29-year-old Lorida man was arrested Sunday for his alleged threatening actions and attempt at stealing a truck from a man who was visiting with his children at Lake Okeechobee. Dustin Edward Suggs, County Road 721, was arrested on July 22 on felony charges of carjacking, possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession […]

Woman reports domestic abuse

OKEECHOBEE — A 25-year-old Okeechobee man was arrested Monday afternoon for his alleged battery of his live-in girlfriend that supposedly took place in front of her two young children. Justin Michael Neff, 25, U.S. 441 Southeast, Okeechobee, was arrested July 23 by Deputy Devon Satallante on a felony charge of domestic battery by strangulation. His […]

Motorist dies after car collides with tractor

OKEECHOBEE — A 27-year-old Okeechobee man has died as an apparent result from injuries sustained after being involved in a traffic crash on Northwest 160th Street, west of U.S. 441 on July 19. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report Marcelo Bucio was fatally injured on July 19. At 9:45 p.m. Thursday night, a […]

Monkey mischief multiplies into mountain of misfortune

OKEECHOBEE – The owner of the spider monkey Spanky, that attacked two Home Depot employees in Okeechobee, has been arrested in North Carolina after being given a court order that she could not be in possession of the spider monkey. Tina Darlene Ballard, 56, Pepper Ridge Lane, Newland, N.C., was arrested June 30 by Officer […]

Missing girl located and reunited with her family

OKEECHOBEE – On Saturday afternoon a girl who had been reported missing was located and reunited with her family, due to efforts from the community and investigation from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO). The juvenile was initially reported missing on Friday, July 13. Evi Serrano-Mojica, 36, Northeast 64th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested July 15 […]

OPD searching for armed robbery suspects

OKEECHOBEE – On the evening of Saturday, July 14, a convenience store employee was the victim of an armed robbery. According to an incident report by Officer Michael Jordan, of the Okeechobee Police Department (OPD), at 8:59 p.m. on July 14, he was dispatched to One Stop Food Store, located in the 1200 block of […]

Motorcyclist killed in accident on Sunday

OKEECHOBEE – On Sunday, July 8, at approximately 2:26 a.m., motorcyclist Cody Nicholas Gorham, 28, was killed in an apparent vehicular accident in the 4200 block of State Road 70 East. The fatality is currently an active investigation with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office.

Okeechobee residents advised to beware of scams

Members of the Okeechobee community were again the target of scams and fraudulent activity. According to an incident report by Officer Jessica Francis of the Okeechobee Police Department, at 10:11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, she responded to a Northwest Fourth Street home in regard to a fraud complaint. Officer Francis met with the 51-year-old […]

Ballard leaves state with spider monkey

OKEECHOBEE — A bond hearing was set to be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, in Courtroom D of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center for Tina Ballard — the owner of Spanky, the spider monkey that has been alleged to have attacked two separate Home Depot employees on Sunday, May 27, and Monday, […]

Woman arrested after a scene at movie theater

OKEECHOBEE — A 19-year-old Okeechobee woman was arrested after she allegedly harassed employees and patrons of the Brahman Theatre III and became involved in a physical altercation with law enforcement. Helena Elizabeth Hoehn, Southeast 43rd Trace, was arrested June 16 on felony charges of unauthorized possession of a forged driver license, resisting an officer with […]