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 City Police Department (OPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Department of Corrections (DOC) or the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force (ONTF). • Shane Mester, […]

Alleged stalker taken into custody

CLEWISTON — On April 16 at 5:17 p.m., Clewiston police officers were dispatched to a suspicious person call in Seminole Manor. The caller advised that the person was knocking on her car window. The complainant called from inside of her car. Upon arrival, officers observed the suspect, later identified as Ermes Leonel Yanes-Canales, 32, enter […]

Hendry County arrest report

LABELLE — The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office during the week of May 9-15. • John Medrano, 35, was charged with criminal mischief over $200 and under $1,000 and armed trespass. Deputy Jonathon Miller was the arresting officer. • Marion Rodriguez, […]

Sheriff: ‘People will lie. Body cameras do not.’ Hendry County Deputies involved in shooting at block party in LaBelle

LABELLE — The Hendry County Major Crimes Unit and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, May 16, around 1:45 a.m. Hendry County deputies were in the area of Kissimmee and Selma Daniels Ave., breaking up a block party when gunshots were heard. Deputies responded to the […]

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 City Police Department (OPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Department of Corrections (DOC) or the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force (ONTF). • Jovon Sholtz, […]

Deputies, US marshals and fugitive task force flush out armed, wanted felon after 7-hour manhunt

OKEECHOBEE – Thomas McGill, 39, of Okeechobee County, did his best to outrun law enforcement on May 14, but his best wasn’t good enough. After a 7-hour manhunt, deputies plucked McGill out of a canal along SR 710, just south of the Okeechobee County line. McGill, who was wanted by the US Marshals Fugitive Task […]

Man claims he is from the government and here to help

OKEECHOBEE — A CNA (certified nursing assistant) called the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, May 13 to report what she thought might be a scam. She told Deputy Tim Higgins she had been working at the home of a patient on Tuesday when a Hispanic male, approximately 50 years old, came to the door […]

Alleged prowler charged with grand theft of firearm

OKEECHOBEE — After reportedly being found inside the fenced area of a local equipment store at midnight, Rebecca Sage Wasserman was arrested. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Varnadore was dispatched to the location after a woman called to report a suspicious vehicle on Tuesday, May 12. When he arrived, the complainant told him she was […]

Alleged Shoplifter assaults Walmart associate

OKEECHOBEE — A Walmart associate was reportedly assaulted when a man accused of shoplifting pushed him as he fled the scene. Jack Jernigan, 39, Northeast Eighth Way, was arrested by Okeechobee Police Officer Savannah Smith and charged with assault and battery on a person 65 years old or older on Saturday, May 11. Officer Smith […]

Young teen charged with aggravated battery

OKEECHOBEE — A fifth grade student at Everglades Elementary School was charged with aggravated battery on May 11. The charges relate to incidents allegedly occurring on Feb. 10 in and near the school cafeteria. At approximately 8 a.m., on Feb. 10, School Resource Officer Deputy Tim Higgins was informed that 12-year-old (now 13), Louis Valentine […]