Crime Stoppers is searching for Carmen Vasquez

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Carmen Vazquez, 43, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 160 pounds, black hair and brown eyes. Her last known address was on East Main Street in Pahokee. Vasquez is wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on charges of aggravated […]

Man turns himself in for Montura shooting

CLEWISTON — A Hendry County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) press release stated that on June 26, Samual Rueda turned himself in to the HCSO and was later arrested on two counts of aggravated battery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and one count of robbery. He is currently being held on $450,000 […]

Reckless driving allegedly caused by sexual act

OKEECHOBEE — After the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office received two calls pertaining to a black Range Rover being driven crazily, a man was arrested, and his passenger allegedly claimed to have been performing sexual acts on him while he was driving, causing his erratic driving. On June 22, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office received a […]

Okeechobee police officer struck by car

OKEECHOBEE — During a traffic stop on June 23, one Okeechobee police officer was reportedly struck and one was almost hit by a second vehicle which jumped the curb as they were writing the citation on the first vehicle. According to the report, Officers Jessica Francis and Raul Marrero were both present at the traffic […]

Man sought in Montura shooting

CLEWISTON — A Hendry County Sheriff’s Office press release stated that on June 22, at approximately 2:09 p.m., Hendry County deputies responded to a shooting in Montura Ranch Estates. When deputies arrived they were able to locate both injured men. Both men were flown to hospitals for medical attention. At the time of the press […]

Crime Stoppers is searching for Jamariah Bouie

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Jamariah Bouie, 38, black, male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 146 pounds, black hair and brown eyes. His last known address was on West Jordan Boulevard in Pahokee. Bouie is wanted on a warrant for failure to appear to answer […]

Woman asks 911 to make brother stop looking at her

After she allegedly called 911 multiple times to request law enforcement come to her house and make her brother, Robert, stop looking at her, 70-year-old Cheryl Starbuck and her daughter ended up in jail. According to the arrest report, 48-year-old Dawn Cheree Dowd was arrested on Monday night, June 17, after she rushed to the […]

Local law enforcement will never call you for donations

OKEECHOBEE — Recently, Okeechobee residents have been receiving phone calls soliciting donations on behalf of the Florida Police and Troopers Association. The caller, who gave his name as Eric Gordon, claims to be from Sebring, and says he is collecting for local law enforcement officers who have been killed or injured in the line of […]

OCSO Sergeant Hazellief heads to Quantico

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Hazellief will soon be leaving Okeechobee to attend FBI training at the National Training Academy, but when he was called in to Sheriff Noel E. Stephen’s office back in March, he had no idea what he was in for. They called him into the office, he said, and they […]

Text asks: ‘How do I clean up all this blood?’

Lake Okeechobee News Imagine the thoughts running through the mind of the man who received a text stating, “There’s a body in the tub. How do I clean up all the blood?” On Wednesday, June 12, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that one of their citizens had […]