Man accused of battery on a child

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee man is charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a child between the ages of 12 and 16. Corey Noel Chandler, 25, Southeast 59th Drive, was arrested Jan. 25 at approximately 11:30 a.m. by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Crawford. The young girl made the complaint a few days after the […]

Man accused of luring children is back in jail Krosofsky now held without bond

OKEECHOBEE — Man accused of luring children is back in jail without bond after allegedly violating terms of pretrial release. Peter Krosofsky, 60, Southeast 25th Drive, was arrested Friday, Jan. 25, at approximately 5 p.m. by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Hernandez after he was reportedly found within 500 feet of his alleged victim in […]

Scam alert: ‘I’m from Canada, and I want to give you millions’

OKEECHOBEE — Another local woman was targeted by a scam artist this week, but this woman was too smart to fall for his tricks. Ms. Frankie received a letter in the mail informing her that a Mr. Michael Rolands of the TD Canada Trust Bank was searching for relatives of one of his customers who […]

Man accused of beating grandfather

OKEECHOBEE — A 24-year-old man was accused of beating his 75-year-old grandfather this week. According to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office, report, after the older man came home from the grocery store on Thursday, Jan. 16, around 3 p.m., he began unloading his groceries, but his grandson reportedly started yelling at him. Ignoring the unruly […]

Woman accused of battery on LEO

OKEECHOBEE — After allegedly kicking law enforcement officers during a traffic stop, an Okeechobee woman was charged with battery. On Saturday, Jan. 18, Robin Stoner Fairbanks, 44, Southeast 80th Avenue, was arrested and charged with DUI, two counts battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence. Her bond was set at $12,000. […]

Teens charged with arson

Two 14-year-olds accused of torching vacant house OKEECHOBEE — Two youths were accused of torching an abandoned house in Dixie Ranch Acres on Friday evening. At approximately 6 p.m. Jan. 17, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue responded to a call regarding a structure fire on Northwest 89th Court. Station one responded and found the structure fully […]

Couple accused of stealing car

OKEECHOBEE — A cleaning woman is accused of stealing car keys, a car and a purse from client in Treasure Island. Samantha Ann Thomas, 36, Southeast 33rd Terrace, was arrested Jan. 15 by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Ashley Waskiewicz and charged with grand theft auto. Her bond was set at $2,500. Kenny Lynn Whaley, 48, […]

Man accused of attempting to lure kids

OKEECHOBEE — A 60-year-old man was charged with stalking after allegedly trying to lure young children. In two separate incidents on Monday, Jan. 20, Peter Krosofsky, Southeast 25th Drive, was accused of attempting to lure children into going away with him. The first incident reportedly took place at approximately 3 p.m. near Southeast 28th Street […]

Drug dealer gets 10 years in prison

HENDRY COUNTY — Carlton Rush was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by eight years of probation for sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 ft. of a church, a first-degree felony. He was selling crack cocaine in the city of Clewiston. Rush was found guilty at trial in August 2019. The Clewiston Police […]

OCI inmate climbs radio tower at the prison

OKEECHOBEE – An inmate from Okeechobee Correctional Institution climbed the radio tower at the prison on Thursday, Jan. 16 at approximately 10 a.m. A passerby noticed the man climbing the tower and said he was waaaay up there! “You’ve got to come out and see this. Birds are flying around his head and guards are […]