Teens accused of stealing two vehicles

OKEECHOBEE — Four Okeechobee youths were arrested Wednesday afternoon for their alleged involvement in two vehicles being reported stolen. Justin Scott Clendenin, 14, Southwest Third Avenue, Pablo Martinez, 17, State Road 70 West, and Martin Soto, 14, Northwest Fourth Street, were arrested June 13 by Deputy Nathaniel Mitchell on a felony charge of grand theft […]

Felony arrest charged intent to defraud

OKEECHOBEE — A 22-year-old Okeechobee woman was arrested Monday morning after she allegedly deposited money into a Boynton Beach man’s account with an intent to defraud. Veronica Nicole Garcia, Northwest 19th Avenue, was arrested June 11 by Deputy Corporal Bryan Lowe on two Okeechobee County felony warrants charging her with 12 counts of cashing or […]

Spider monkey owner faces charges for attacks

OKEECHOBEE — Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has reportedly filed charges for a number of violations of Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) and Florida State Statutes against the owner of a spider monkey named Spanky. According to FWC Captive Wildlife Reports by FWC Officers Jesse Alford and Stephen Krasco, Tina Darlene Ballard, 56, Northwest […]

Is someone shooting dogs?

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) has been recently contacted in regard to claims of someone in the community shooting and killing dogs. The sheriff’s office is aware of other dogs shot in the past for being unleashed and/or that go on other people’s property and harass or cause injury. In Florida, there […]

Local residents search for security after thefts

OKEECHOBEE — A wave of burglaries in Okeechobee over the month of May left some local residents searching for a way to keep both themselves and their property safe. Linda Harper, who had a pressure washer stolen out of her back porch in early May, is looking for ways to be proactive in her home […]

K-9 tracks man who fled crime scene

OKEECHOBEE — A 22-year-old Okeechobee man alleged to have gotten into a physical altercation with his girlfriend and two others was arrested Saturday after being tracked by law enforcement K-9. Alexander Franklin Mason, Southeast 60th Drive, was arrested June 2 on felony charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, escape, tampering with or harassing a witness, […]

A/V footage used as probable cause in O’Connor arrest

OKEECHOBEE — A store surveillance system served as physical evidence to attest to victim’s claim against Okeechobee City Councilman. Okeechobee City Councilman, Michael Gerald O’Connor, 77, was arrested at his home on May 24, at 8:17 a.m. by Okeechobee Police Department Detective, James Pickering, on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with tampering with […]

Man accused of ZombiCon shooting to stand trial

FORT MYERS – The man accused of killing a former Okeechobee resident at the 2015 ZombiCon festival in Fort Myers will go to trial, following Tuesday’s ruling by a 20th Judicial Circuit Judge. On May 29, accused shooter Jose Raul Bonilla, 23, of Immokalee was found competent to stand trial. His next court date is […]

Okeechobee City Councilman arrested

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee City Councilman was arrested on an Okeechobee County felony warrant Thursday morning for alleged offenses that occurred outside of council meetings. Okeechobee City Councilman, Michael Gerald O’Connor, was arrested May 24 at 8:17 a.m. by Okeechobee Police Department Detective, James Pickering, on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with tampering […]

Super glued mailbox, not just a prank, but a federal law violation

OKEECHOBEE — On Monday morning an Okeechobee woman filed a report of mailboxes in her neighborhood being sealed closed with super glue sometime through the night. According to an incident report by Deputy Robert Feldman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), at 8:27 a.m. on May 21, he responded to the 7200 block of […]