OHS student arrested

OKEECHOBEE – A 17-year-old student at Okeechobee High School allegedly chose arrest over a trip to the office last week. According to the arrest report written by Okeechobee County Deputy Donnie Holmes on Sept. 5, the student skipped a class the prior school week, and when Dean Daryl Roehm requested that he go to the […]

Local trans woman memorialized

PAHOKEE — A Pahokee resident murdered on Sept. 4 became the 18th transgender woman to be murdered in the United States this year (and the 17th black trans woman slain in 2019), the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council said on its Facebook page Monday, Sept. 9. The victim was Bee Love Slater. The PBCHRC […]

House arrest program saves county $400,000

The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners approved an amended interlocal agreement with St. Lucie County to provide pretrial supervision of nonviolent inmates awaiting trial. The ankle monitor program, which allows those accused of nonviolent crimes to stay in their homes and travel to approved places (such as their workplace) while awaiting trial, saved the county […]

City experiences rash of gun thefts

OKEECHOBEE — In the last month, Okeechobee has experienced a rash of gun thefts, and according to Okeechobee Police Detective Bill Saum, the majority of those thefts have been from unlocked vehicles. There have been eight cases within the city limits since the end of July, said Detective Saum. Most of them have taken place […]

Deputies find body in burned vehicle

CLEWISTON — In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 4, Hendry County deputies received a call about a vehicle fire in the area of 13th Street and Virginia Avenue, Harlem, in the Clewiston area. Once on scene, investigators found a body in the vehicle that was burned beyond recognition. On Sept. 6, Hendry County […]

Crime Stoppers is searching for Patricia Coleman

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Patricia Coleman, 51, black, female, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 180 pounds, black hair, brown eyes and she has multiple tattoos. Her last known address was on Northwest Ninth Avenue in South Bay. Coleman is wanted on a warrant for […]

Charges dropped in molestation case

OKEECHOBEE — All charges were dropped against an Okeechobee man who was charged with lewd or lascivious molestation of a minor under 12 years of age. Troy Walton was arrested July 30 by OCSO Detective DeMarcus Dixon and charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor under the age of 12. […]

Woman charged with battery

OKEECHOBEE — A woman was arrested last week after reportedly attacking one man with a plunger and biting another on the thumb. She was charged with battery causing bodily harm and resisting arrest without violence. Her bond was set at $1,250. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Huffman responded to a call […]

Inmate death ruled suicide

OKEECHOBEE – On Aug. 25 at approximately 8:01 p.m., deputies responded to the Okeechobee County Jail in reference to an inmate suicide. It was learned that an inmate had reportedly hung himself. The victim has been identified as Charles Wayne Suarez Sr., 51. The victim had been incarcerated in the Okeechobee County Jail since Aug. […]

It is illegal to pawn items you rent

OKEECHOBEE — A woman was arrested Aug. 17 and charged with defrauding a pawn broker after she allegedly rented items from a local business and drove straight to a pawn shop and pawned them, claiming she owned them. Her bond was set at $5,000. A local business called the Okeechobee Police Department on Aug. 17 […]