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 […]

Accountant sentenced after pleading no contest

A local accountant who allegedly stole more than $300,000 from area restaurants entered a plea of no contest to one charge of grand theft this week. She was sentenced to four years’ probation and must make restitution in the amount of $6,800.76 to one of the restaurants. Her second charge is on Judge Michael Heisey’s […]

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 […]

Okeechobee police officer struck by car

OKEECHOBEE — During a traffic stop on June 23, one Okeechobee police officer was reportedly struck and one was almost hit by a second vehicle which jumped the curb as they were writing the citation on the first vehicle. According to the report, Officers Jessica Francis and Raul Marrero were both present at the traffic […]

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 […]

Text asks: ‘How do I clean up all this blood?’

Lake Okeechobee News Imagine the thoughts running through the mind of the man who received a text stating, “There’s a body in the tub. How do I clean up all the blood?” On Wednesday, June 12, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office that one of their citizens had […]

Okeechobee woman is a victim of fraud

An Okeechobee woman was recently a victim of fraud after she began using a dating website called “Seeking Arrangements,” and began texting a man calling himself Ray Lauren. According to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office report, Lauren told the woman he was from California but currently visiting London. The woman reportedly gave Lauren her Social […]

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 […]

Man sleeping behind the wheel charged with DUI

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee man was arrested early Sunday morning after he was allegedly found sleeping behind the wheel of a running vehicle at a local gas station. According to the report by a member of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force, 35-year-old Caleb Hunter Pearce, State Road 78 East, was found asleep in a white […]

Man strikes pregnant woman

HENDRY/GLADES — On April 21, at approximately 6 p.m., Hendry County deputies responded to 161 Martin St. in LaBelle, after receiving a call for assistance from someone who had witnessed a man shouting and later strike a pregnant woman. It was believed the suspect was barricaded in the residence. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with […]