OCFR provided vehicles for state certified extrication course

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Fire Rescue conducted advanced extrication training over the past several weeks after receiving a donation of 12 vehicles from Total Roadside Services Towing and Recovery, greatly reducing the overall cost of the training block. According to OCFR Captain Justin Hazellief, the course was taught over a two-week block with the […]

Meet the officer: Police records clerk Jeanna Kovac

OKEECHOBEE – Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) records clerk Jeanna Kovac was born as the middle child of five in Jacksboro, Texas. She and her family later relocated to Okeechobee when she was in the fourth grade of her elementary school years. She continued her education here in the county and graduated from Okeechobee High School. […]

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 […]

Company presents economic snapshot to city

OKEECHOBEE – A highlight of the Okeechobee City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday, besides the marriage proposal that ended in the city administrator’s engagement, was a discussion about the Okeechobee County Economic Strategic Plan. The council talked about the county’s Economic Strategic Plan with William Fruth of POLICOM Corp., who presented a summary of the condition […]

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, […]

Engagement at City Council meeting

OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 7, became somewhat irregular in a fashion that will not soon be replicated or forgotten. Members of the council, the five who had applied to be appointed to a council vacancy, personnel from the Okeechobee Police and Fire departments, City Hall staff, close friends and […]

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 […]

Meet the Officer: Officer Todd Burk

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Police Department Officer Todd Burk was born in 1980 and spent all 37 years of his life as a resident of the community. When he was not in school, he would take part in America’s Pastime, baseball. Officer Burk graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1999. His baseball talents progressed as he […]

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 […]