Two accused of shooting paintballs at vehicles

OKEECHOBEE — Two teens were arrested last week after reportedly shooting paintballs at cars on Northwest Ninth Avenue. Treshawn Wiggins, 18, Northwest 10th Street, and Antonio Bartell, 19, Northwest Fourth Street, were each charged with throwing/projectile or destructive device. Their bonds were set at $2,500. On Friday, March 28, Okeechobee Police Officer Ramon Liberato was […]

Man accused of stealing truck from new friend

OKEECHOBEE — After his new friend told him he could not borrow his truck, Brian “Red” Guzowski reportedly took it anyway. On Sunday, March 22, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy William Jolly responded to a call in reference to a stolen vehicle. When he arrived, the complainant told him Guzowski had asked to borrow his truck, […]

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 Police Department (OPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). • Anna Deel, 43, Northwest 92nd Court, was arrested March […]

Woman accused of spitting on detention staff

OKEECHOBEE — A local woman was accused of spitting on a staff member at the Okeechobee County Jail early Tuesday morning, March 24. Maryann Puglia, 53, Southeast 44th Street was charged with battery on detention staff with fluids, and her bond was set at $2,500. According to the arrest report, the staff member was in […]

Courts shut down with some exceptions

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER WHEREAS the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic, the Governor of Florida has declared a state of emergency exists, and the Surgeon General and State Health Officer has declared a public health emergency exists; and WHEREAS the Florida State Courts System must continue to […]

Crime Stoppers is searching for Dwayne Williams

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Dwayne Williams, 20 years old, black, male, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 160 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, and he has multiple tattoos. His last known address was on Roosevelt Place in Belle Glade. Williams is wanted on a warrant […]

High-speed chase ended with stop sticks

OKEECHOBEE — A high-speed chase early Tuesday morning ended when deputies deployed stop sticks in the path of a stolen car. On March 3 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Ashley Waskiewicz responded to the 12900 block of State Road 710 after being advised by Martin County Sheriff’s Office of a possible stolen […]

Woman arrested on charges of unlawful distribution of nitrous oxide

CLEWISTON — A Hendry County Sheriff’s Office press release stated that on Sunday, March 1, at approximately 6 a.m., Deputy Sheriff R. Bone conducted a traffic stop on a truck traveling approximately 32 MPH in a 60 MPH zone, impeding traffic on State Road 80 in the area of Pioneer Plantation. Traffic was unable to […]

Teen accused of cutting off ankle monitor

OKEECHOBEE — After being charged with burglary of an unoccupied building on Feb. 21 and then being sent home with an ankle monitor, 13-year-old Wyatt Baumhardt was arrested again on Feb. 26. This time, the charges were tampering with an electronic monitoring device, which is a felony, and petit theft. At about 8 p.m. Wednesday, […]

Driver arrested after Sheriff Whidden stops the vehicle

LABELLE — A Hendry County Sheriff’s Office press release stated that Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden helped stop a reckless driver on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 27, after the driver, 19-yr-old Thomas Leon Charles Ferguson, led them on a wild chase through neighborhoods and busy roadways. Sergeant N. Echevarria had conducted a traffic stop […]

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