Brother and sister accused of abusing disabled woman

OKEECHOBEE — The woman who was arrested after calling 911 and asking them to make her brother stop looking at her last month is back in jail on charges of neglect of a disabled adult without great bodily harm and aggravated abuse of a disabled adult. Cheryl Starbuck, 70, Southeast 23rd Court, was arrested, along […]

Two teens face armed robbery, drug charges

OKEECHOBEE — Two teens were charged with armed robbery after allegedly holding guns to the heads of a man and woman on Monday night, July 15, and demanding they give them money. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Devon Satallante responded to a call on U.S. 98 North at the Okeechobee Civic Center at approximately 8 p.m. […]

Teen accused of Country Village homicide

LABELLE — A Hendry County Sheriff’s Office press release stated that on July 3, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a shooting that had just occurred. Deputies responded to Commodore Place, located at County Village in LaBelle. Upon their arrival, they discovered 19-year-old David Zavala unresponsive in the […]

Another driver is found passed out in drive-thru

OKEECHOBEE — For some reason, McDonald’s seems to be the “place to go” when one wants to take a nap in the early morning hours, and once again, a motorist was arrested after being found passed out in the drive-thru. On Saturday, June 29, at 1:10 a.m., Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office received a call requesting […]

3 overdose on heroin in one week

OKEECHOBEE — Three people overdosed on heroin, laced with fentanyl, in Okeechobee County this week and only one survived, said Sheriff Noel E. Stephen. On Tuesday morning, June 25, a young man overdosed followed shortly afterward by another. Soon after that, a third individual ran from law enforcement officers, who had a warrant for the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Man sentenced to probation after high speed chase

OKEECHOBEE — The Pahokee man who led several law enforcement officers on a high speed chase through downtown Okeechobee and crashed into the city’s emergency generator in April will be not be serving any time in jail except the time he served waiting for his case to be resolved. Forty-one-year-old Genaro Medrano was arrested on […]

Two men questioned after hit and run crash

OKEECHOBEE — After a hit and run involving a red Hyundai, two men who were seen in a vehicle matching that description were pulled over and questioned. According to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office report, the 911 caller said someone in the suspect vehicle displayed a firearm and shot at his vehicle. He also said […]

Woman who threatened deputy is back in jail

OKEECHOBEE — A woman who threatened to slit a deputy’s throat and kill his wife and children will be completing her sentence in jail after violating probation. On Christmas morning 2018, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ryane Ammons was contacted by a man claiming his former girlfriend, Heather Ellsworth, was threatening to hit him with […]