Driver accused of tailgating off-duty detective

OKEECHOBEE — An off-duty sheriff’s detective was surprised when a car approached him at a high rate of speed near the 7200 block of U.S. 441, tailgated him, then slowed down and began to swerve. He notified dispatch, and Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Pollock responded to his location in the 700 block of U.S. […]

Teens charged with theft of ATVs

HENDRY COUNTY — On Thursday, Feb. 13, Hendry County Deputies were notified by Seminole Police Department (SPD) that two ATVs had been stolen and were being transported in a U-Haul trailer. Hendry County Deputy Aguirre located a U-Haul trailer connected to a black pick-up truck, both fitting the description provided by SPD on County Road […]

Hendry County rancher found guilty of starving animals

LABELLE — A Hendry County jury found a rancher guilty of 12 counts of aggravated animal cruelty on Jan. 31. In April of 2018, Robert David Starkweather was charged with 144 counts related to cruelty to animals. The State Attorney’s Office filed 131 counts of the charge Cruelty to Animals and 13 counts of Improper […]

Man claims he is filming a Mel Gibson movie

OKEECHOBEE — Before reportedly running wildly towards the fire station, a man told officers he was filming a new Mel Gibson movie. On Sunday, Jan. 26, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Okeechobee Police Officer Brandi Drapal was dispatched to the Marathon Station on South Parrott Avenue in reference to a theft complaint. As she approached the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Purse snatcher sentenced 15 years

OKEECHOBEE — Charles Stratton, the purse snatcher who backed his car over an elderly victim in a McDonald’s parking lot in 2018, was sentenced to 15 years in state prison on Jan. 16. On Dec. 6, 2018, about 10:30 p.m., a 76-year-old woman and her friend were sitting in a booth at McDonald’s on State […]

Woman charged with sexual cyber harassment

OKEECHOBEE — After reportedly posting nude pictures of another woman on the Internet, a local woman was charged with sexual cyber harassment. The 41-year-old woman allegedly uploaded a video on her Facebook page which showed the other woman in the shower without her clothing. The video showed the victim’s private areas, her face and distinctive […]