Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office searching for stolen excavator

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office press release stated that on May 22, a 2018 Kubota Mini Excavator on tracks was reported stolen from the 1300 block of U.S. 441 S.E. in Okeechobee. The equipment was stolen between the dates of May 15 to May 22. The color of the excavator is orange, model […]

LaBelle man arrested on multiple drug charges

LABELLE — Glades County Sheriffs Office has been conducting a narcotic investigation in the Muse Community. This investigation was an effort between the Criminal Investigations and Uniform Patrol Divisions which concluded with a search warrant being executed on May 21, at 1310 Summerall Road. The Criminal Investigations Division had been purchasing narcotics from the resident, […]

Man’s Fruity Pebbles snacks confiscated during arrest

CLEWISTON — A Hendry County Sheriff’s Office report stated that on April 30, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a residential burglary in Clewiston. The victim discovered the front door had been pried open and several firearms were stolen from within the residence. A suspect, Jesus Ramos, was eventually arrested for the […]

Man accused of stealing from an elderly woman’s bank account

OKEECHOBEE — A local woman called the police after her bank notified her that her account had a balance of only $10, and she knew she had not spent the money. The woman told Okeechobee Police Department Sgt. Skip Eddings after her bank emailed her about her low balance, she went looking for the debit […]

Drug deal leads to murder

After a vehicle was pulled from a canal last week, the deceased driver was found to have multiple gunshot wounds to the neck and head. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jonathon Gove responded to a call early Friday morning, May 17. The caller said there was a vehicle in the canal at the 1000 block […]

Man strikes pregnant woman

HENDRY/GLADES — On April 21, at approximately 6 p.m., Hendry County deputies responded to 161 Martin St. in LaBelle, after receiving a call for assistance from someone who had witnessed a man shouting and later strike a pregnant woman. It was believed the suspect was barricaded in the residence. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with […]

Robbery at LaBelle American Advance

LABELLE — On Thursday, May 9, at approximately 5:50 p.m., the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office received a call from American Advanced, located at 51 S. Lee St. #6, a check cashing and payday loan center, reporting they had just been robbed. The caller went on to say a person entered the store and demanded all […]

Another drug house closed

At approximately 7 a.m. Friday, the Okeechobee County Sheriff Office’s Narcotics Task Force, along with the OCSO Special Response Team and agents from DEA, served a narcotics search warrant in the 7800 block of Northwest 86th Court. The search yielded methamphetamine, THC resin, marijuana, heroin and two rifles. Three subjects were arrested and face multiple […]

Okeechobee man charged with aggravated assault

Two women and a child were allegedly threatened by a gunman on Thursday evening, May 16, in the 200 block of Northeast 11th Street. Okeechobee Police Sgt. Belen Reyna was reportedly conducting a traffic stop when approached by a female who said she had just been assaulted by Ryan Tiger. The woman said he had […]

UPDATED: Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office releases name of man whose body was found in submerged vehicle off Cemetery Road in Okeechobee

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man whose body was found in a submerged vehicle in Taylor Creek last week. According to the OCSO report, the victim was Paul Murphy, 43, of Jupiter. He reportedly died from gunshot wounds. James Wade Hodges, […]