Teenage boy accused of threatening mass shooting

OKEECHOBEE – Zachery Hickox-Lopresti was arrested on Dec. 17 by Okeechobee County Sheriff Office (OCSO) Deputy Jose Garcia after allegedly threatening to commit a mass shooting or similar act of terrorism. According to the arrest report, Zachery allegedly conveyed, in written form, an intent to commit mass murder. Zachery is a 14-year-old who attends Okeechobee […]

Playing leapfrog in the truck doesn’t fool OPD officer

OKEECHOBEE — After performing a traffic stop on a silver Ford truck, Officer Michael Jordan of the OPD noticed the truck moving and reportedly saw a shadow jump from the driver’s side of the vehicle to the passenger’s side. Officer Jordan went to the passenger side of the vehicle and ordered the person who was […]

Coquina chairman runs stop sign – ends up in jail

OKEECHOBEE — David Ryan Law, chairman of the Coquina Water Control District’s board of supervisors, was arrested Nov. 30 after several members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force witnessed him run a stop sign out on the Prairie where he lives. The van Mr. Law was driving was also observed by the task force to […]

Mistrial declared in trial of man accused of murdering roommate

OKEECHOBEE — A mistrial was declared Monday, Dec. 10, a few hours after the trial for accused murderer Mark Deschamps began. The judge declared a mistrial during jury selection when according to State Attorney Ashley Albright, an issue arose giving him no choice. Deschamps was arrested in October 2016 after being accused of stabbing Flavia […]

Purse snatching turns violent

OKEECHOBEE – An elderly woman was injured Thursday night, Dec. 6, at approximately 10:30 p.m. after her purse was stolen while she was sitting in a booth at McDonald’s on State Road 70. According to the video surveillance, the victim chased the suspect out of the restaurant and tried to stop him from driving away […]

Bartenders accused of selling alcohol to minors

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted “Operation Beer Buy.” Alcohol compliance checks were conducted at random establishments, where an underage person was sent into stores with instructions to attempt to purchase alcohol. These compliance checks are done periodically to make sure the merchants, who sell alcohol, check identification if there’s any chance […]

Okeechobee resident killed in auto accident in Hardee County

An Okeechobee resident was killed in an auto accident involving one car and two semi trucks on Nov. 13 on State Road 66 in Hardee County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol submitted by FHP crash investigator Trooper B. Brelsford , Mark Richard Barlow Jr. age 28, was traveling southbound on Parnell Road in an […]

Man accused of threatening neighbor with gun

OKEECHOBEE — Brandon Button got quite a surprise Tuesday night while taking out his trash, when his neighbor, Larry Gene Clase, called him over to show him something. According to Mr. Button’s statement to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office, it was about 9:30 p.m. and he was taking out the trash when his neighbor, who […]

Teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee Freshman Campus teacher was arrested on Nov. 7 after being accused of having sex with a former student. According to the arrest report, Richard Shane Miller, age 27, allegedly communicated with his former student via SnapChat, where they would send each other texts, pictures and even communicate with voice calls through […]

Jury duty dodgers will be facing repercussions

OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement Monday afternoon concerning the recent lack of turnout after jury duty summons were sent out. According to Public Information Officer, Michelle Bell, 325 jury duty summons were sent out in Oct., but even after being warned of stiff consequences for failing to appear, 125 residents […]