Two local men killed when car hits tree

OKEECHOBEE — Two Okeechobee men died Friday, Feb. 21, in a single vehicle accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Samuel R. Curbelo, 28, of Okeechobee was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer westbound on Southwest 28th Street at 5:31 a.m., when for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Mr. […]

School bus crash early Tuesday morning causes no injuries

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office stated there was a school bus vs. vehicle crash at 6:30 am this morning. There are NO injuries to the students on the bus. The eastbound lane is closed at the 4700 block on Mitchell Road. The crash is under investigation. There is no further information at this time. Again, no […]

Two Okeechobee residents killed in head-on collision

OKEECHOBEE — Two Okeechobee residents were killed in a head-on collision on Sunday evening on State Road 70 West. At approximately 7 p.m., 26-year-old Ty Huff was headed westbound and an 80-year-old woman, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was headed eastbound when they collided for some unknown reason. Both […]

Okeechobee man dies in crash in Glades County

GLADES COUNTY — According to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol, on Sunday, Jan. 26, at approximately 3:10 p.m., Dale Reiss, 60, of Okeechobee, was traveling east on S.R. 78, one mile east of Gun Club Drive, on his 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle. James Thomas Ruttan, 77, and passenger, Marcia Kubacki, 75, of Clinton […]

Truck forced off road, woman thrown from vehicle

OKEECHOBEE — Rebecca Raines was a passenger in her friend’s truck headed north on U.S. 98 on March 10 at about 5 p.m. when according to Harry Schock Jr., who was in a vehicle in front of Ms. Raines, two vehicles headed south suddenly decided to attempt to pass a line of cars and both […]

Guide is injured in hunting accident

OKEECHOBEE — On Sunday, Nov. 24, at 4 p.m., a hunting incident occurred at the Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee. While participating in a guided hunt, the hunt guide, Arlon Arnold, 51, of LaBelle, received a shotgun wound to the chest, neck and head. Mr. Arnold was transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center for treatment […]

Belle Glade train vs. vehicle crash

BELLE GLADE — A Palm Beach County Fire Rescue press release stated that at approximately 8:43 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, crews responded to reports of a train vs. vehicle crash near the intersection of Northwest Avenue A and Northwest 16th Street in Belle Glade. First arriving firefighters reported a vehicle on the tracks that […]

Okeechobee man killed in single vehicle accident

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee resident was killed in a single vehicle accident early Monday morning on Northwest 240th Street. According to the official press release from Florida Highway Patrol, Lance Chateauneuf, 32, was traveling westbound on Northwest 240th Street shortly after midnight when the 2009 Chevy Tahoe he was driving struck a utility pole. Mr. […]

Clewiston girl in critical condition after being ejected from swamp buggy

CLEWISTON — A Clewiston child was hospitalized in serious condition on Saturday following a swamp buggy accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, approximately 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, Shawn Newton, 33 of Clewiston, was operating a swamp buggy at 475 S. Cabbage Palm St. and Hunting Club Way in Hendry County. The […]

Motorcycle driver killed in collision with semi

An Okeechobee man was killed Thursday afternoon, Oct.3, when the motorcycle he was riding reportedly swerved to the left, entering the path of an oncoming semi. Terry Ray Plank, 58, of Okeechobee was traveling northbound on U.S. 441 south of the Okeechobee County line in Martin County. Yohandy Chavez de Armas, 34, of Homestead, was […]