Man steals FHP patrol car on Florida’s Turnpike

A man was arrested Thursday, May 2, after allegedly stealing a Florida Highway Patrol car in Okeechobee County near Mile Marker 181 at approximately 4 p.m. An FHP trooper reported he stopped to help what appeared to be an injured pedestrian. The man was extremely sunburned, he said, and had a busted lip and multiple […]

LaBelle man arrested on charges of written threats to kill or do bodily injury

LABELLE — The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office released a news story stating that on Thursday, May 2, at approximately 10:30 p.m., 28-year-old Juan Jesus Madrid was arrested on charges of written threats to kill or do bodily injury. Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden found the post on Facebook and instantly took action. Hendry County Sheriff’s […]

High school student charged with extortion

OKEECHOBEE — An 18-year-old Okeechobee High School student was arrested April 29 and charged with extortion. He is accused of threatening to kidnap and murder a fellow student’s mother and sister. School Resource Deputy Brant Harden was called to the administration office of the Okeechobee High School by Dean Daryl Roehm and Principal Dylan Teddars […]

Sheriff’s Office seeking wanted sex offender

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a wanted sex offender Ernie Paul Higginbotham, 42, last known address was Okeechobee at large. Higginbotham has an active warrant for failure to register. If you know the whereabouts of Ernie Higginbotham, contact the sheriff’s office or you may remain anonymous and contact Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at […]

Petition calls for turn lane or traffic light on SR 710

INDIANTOWN — A fatal traffic accident on State Road 710 (aka the “Beeline Highway” or Warfield Boulevard) at the intersection of Southwest Tommy Clements Street has sparked a petition for a traffic signal and/or turning lane there. The April 30 crash, which involved a Dodge Dakota truck and two semis, claimed the life of a […]

Teen arrested on felony charges for fourth time in a year

An Okeechobee teen was arrested after a homeowner allegedly caught him and an accomplice in his garage and detained them until Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived. Sgt. Donald Ellis responded to the homeowner’s 911 call and found the homeowner standing in front of the garage while two other males sat on the ground in […]

Operation Strike Heat nets 60 arrests for weapons, drugs and driving charges

PALM BEACH COUNTY — A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office press release stated that Operation Strike Heat took place in the north end of Palm Beach County on April 12 and 13, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The areas of concentration were Unincorporated West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Town of Mangonia Park and Town […]

Update: Teens accused of tampering with deputies’ food

OKEECHOBEE — On Saturday, April 27, three employees of an Okeechobee restaurant were fired and then arrested after they were accused of and later seen on video spitting in the food of two uniformed, on-duty, deputies who had stopped in for dinner. On Saturday, April 27, three employees of the Highway 55 Restaurant were fired […]

Pets and their owners escape domestic violence

When survivors of domestic violence start to think about how to escape from their abusive situations, they’re often faced with a difficult decision regarding their beloved pets. Staggering statistics say that 71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to […]

Okeechobee man involved in fatal crash in Martin County

INDIANTOWN — A Stuart man was killed Tuesday, April 30, in a fatal accident in Indiantown. His name has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin. According to Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Coulter’s report, the accident occurred at 10:32 a.m. when a Dodge Dakota truck was struck twice by two different […]