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 […]

Meet the officer: City police dispatcher Pamela Wilkerson

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) emergency dispatch operator Pamela Wilkerson was born at the Okeechobee General Hospital in 1973. She has been a member in the Okeechobee community for the entirety of her 45-year life. She recalled her childhood memories of summers spent on the beaches of Boca Grande with her grandparents and cousins. […]

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 […]

Meet the officer: City police dispatcher Mary Boeckler

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) emergency dispatch operator Mary Boeckler was born in 1985 in Fort Lauderdale. She has been a full-time resident of the community now for three years but has frequented the area on many occasions prior to her move to Okeechobee. “My parents have a home here that we used to […]

City Council addresses councilman’s resignation

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council had its first regular meeting since Councilman Mike O’Connor’s resignation on Tuesday, June 5. Mayor Dowling R. Watford Jr. immediately addressed the resignation, which Mr. O’Connor submitted June 1, for those in attendance at the scheduled meeting. “He served the city for many years. You always knew where he […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]