Drug dealer gets 10 years in prison

HENDRY COUNTY — Carlton Rush was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by eight years of probation for sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 ft. of a church, a first-degree felony. He was selling crack cocaine in the city of Clewiston. Rush was found guilty at trial in August 2019. The Clewiston Police […]

OCI inmate climbs radio tower at the prison

OKEECHOBEE – An inmate from Okeechobee Correctional Institution climbed the radio tower at the prison on Thursday, Jan. 16 at approximately 10 a.m. A passerby noticed the man climbing the tower and said he was waaaay up there! “You’ve got to come out and see this. Birds are flying around his head and guards are […]

Purse snatcher sentenced 15 years

OKEECHOBEE — Charles Stratton, the purse snatcher who backed his car over an elderly victim in a McDonald’s parking lot in 2018, was sentenced to 15 years in state prison on Jan. 16. On Dec. 6, 2018, about 10:30 p.m., a 76-year-old woman and her friend were sitting in a booth at McDonald’s on State […]

Couple scammed by online cat sale

OKEECHOBEE — A local couple was scammed out of $700 when they attempted to buy a cat online. On Jan. 14, Okeechobee County Deputy Devon Satallante was dispatched to the Okeechobee Police Department in reference to a fraud complaint. When he arrived, he spoke to a couple who told him they had found a website […]

Man stabbed at RV park

OKEECHOBEE — While moving boxes at the Cattleman’s RV park, a man was reportedly stabbed by the father of the man who was working with him. Allen Dubey, 57, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 8 by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Greis and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is accused of walking […]

Okeechobee Arrest Report

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). • Michael Jacobs, 37, Northwest 33rd Avenue, was arrested […]

Woman found unconscious behind Family Dollar

OKEECHOBEE — After reportedly being found unconscious behind the wheel of a running vehicle, a woman was arrested and charged with DUI. Crystal Hicks, 49, State Road 70 East, was arrested Jan. 4 by Okeechobee City Police Officer Jessica Francis and charged with driving under the influence after she was allegedly found passed out next […]

High-speed chase ends in man facing 4 charges

OKEECHOBEE — A high-speed chase on city streets ended with an arrest and multiple charges on Friday morning. Eduardo Villoldo, 41, Loxahatchee, was arrested Jan. 3 by Okeechobee Police Officer Ramon Liberato and charged with driving without a license — third or subsequent offense, fleeing law enforcement at high speed with no regard for the […]

Crime Stoppers is searching for Shawntaveius Britton

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Shawntaveius Britton, 36, black, female, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes. Her last known address was Palm Boulevard in Pahokee. Britton is wanted on a warrant for failure to deliver leased equipment. Anyone with […]

Woman charged with sexual cyber harassment

OKEECHOBEE — After reportedly posting nude pictures of another woman on the Internet, a local woman was charged with sexual cyber harassment. The 41-year-old woman allegedly uploaded a video on her Facebook page which showed the other woman in the shower without her clothing. The video showed the victim’s private areas, her face and distinctive […]