Victim blackmailed after performing lewd act on Skype

OKEECHOBEE – At 9:12 a.m. Aug. 4, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OSCO) Deputy Ben Vuleta responded to a call regarding a harassment complaint. Upon his arrival, Deputy Vuleta met with the victim, who articulated that he was being blackmailed by someone on the internet. The victim stated that after experiencing marital problems with his spouse, […]

Four arrested after alleged robbery victim called OCSO

OKEECHOBEE – In the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 5, a man called the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office stating he had been robbed and his truck was stolen. Kayla Awilda Tarbell, Southeast 38th Avenue, and Charles Lynn Spiva III, 23, Okeechobee, were arrested on felony charges of robbery with a firearm, false imprisonment, unarmed […]

Reservation Road motorcycle crash claims 2 lives

OKEECHOBEE – Two people died from injuries they suffered in an Aug. 4 motorcycle crash on the Brighton Reservation Road. A Florida Highway Patrol news release stated that at 2:52 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, a group of six motorcycles were traveling south on County Road 721 (Reservation Road). While negotiating a left curve, four […]

Arrest Report 8-10-18

OKEECHOBEE- The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). • Jennifer Marie Garcia, 34, Southeast 86th Boulevard, […]

Online threats to Lake O communities taken seriously

OKEECHOBEE — The sheriff’s offices in Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach counties are investigating veiled threats that have been made online toward some residents of communities along Lake Okeechobee over water pollution issues affecting the coasts. A running cyber-debate over responsibility for algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee River and red tide along Gulf Coast communities […]

Sheriff addresses officer-involved shooting

OKEECHOBEE – At 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) issued a press release about an incident involving a use of lethal force the previous day by deputies. On Monday, Aug. 6, at approximately 8:10 p.m., a domestic violence situation took place within Okeechobee County. “My office was contacted and responded, which led […]

Odor of cannabis garners attention of deputy

OKEECHOBEE — A 20-year-old Okeechobee man was arrested Monday evening after he was allegedly found to be in possession of controlled substances. Felipe De Jesus Aguirre, Southeast Sixth Street, was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) within 1,000 feet of a specified area, possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without […]

Infant struggling to breathe helped by EMS

OKEECHOBEE – On July 28, personnel from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office and Okeechobee County Fire Rescue were able to facilitate the safe response and transport of a an infant child who was experiencing difficulties during respiration. At 3:55 p.m. on Friday, a call came in to OCSO about a 1-week-old infant who was reported […]

Okeechobee man accused of punching woman in the face

OKEECHOBEE – A 28-year-old Okeechobee man was arrested Friday afternoon for allegedly punching a woman in the face. Bryan Daniel Corwin, Southwest 16th Avenue, was arrested July 27 on a felony charge of battery (second or subsequent offense). He was arrested subsequently on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with false imprisonment, aggravated battery […]

Convicted murderer sentenced to death

OKEECHOBEE — On Tuesday, July 24, merely 32 minutes after the jury instructions for deliberation were read, a 12-person Okeechobee County jury unanimously recommended a sentence of death to a Maine man who was imprisoned at Okeechobee Correctional Institution (OCI) for the premeditated murder of his cell mate. Michael Lawrence Woodbury, 42, of Windham, pleaded […]