Couple scammed by online cat sale

OKEECHOBEE — A local couple was scammed out of $700 when they attempted to buy a cat online. On Jan. 14, Okeechobee County Deputy Devon Satallante was dispatched to the Okeechobee Police Department in reference to a fraud complaint. When he arrived, he spoke to a couple who told him they had found a website […]

Man stabbed at RV park

OKEECHOBEE — While moving boxes at the Cattleman’s RV park, a man was reportedly stabbed by the father of the man who was working with him. Allen Dubey, 57, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 8 by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Greis and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is accused of walking […]

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 […]

Teen arrested on charges of homicide

HENDRY COUNTY — On Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, 19-year-old Benjamin Nieves was arrested and transported to the Hendry County Jail on charges of murder and attempted murder. Since Nov. 10, 2019, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has been investigating the shooting death of 27-year-old Luis Andres Salas, Jr., of LaBelle. On Nov. 10, […]

Okeechobee city firefighter charged with DUI

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee city Firefighter Mitchell Brydebell, 39, Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 28 by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Pollock and charged with DUI. His breath test results were reportedly 0.219 and 0.224, and his bond was set at $2,500. On Saturday, Dec. 28, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Deputy Pollock was requested to respond to […]

Woman found in ditch, charged with DUI

OKEECHOBE — After she and her car were reportedly found in a ditch shortly after midnight on Sunday, Dec. 22, Sandy Nicole Cook, 29, of Northeast 23rd Way, was charged with driving under the influence. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Pollock responded to the scene after Okeechobee Fire Rescue found a black Hyundai in a […]

Welfare check leads to scam victim

OKEECHOBEE — After a man called the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office to ask for a welfare check on his friend, Sgt. Matthew Hurst responded to the man’s home to find out if everything was OK. The caller had reported speaking to his friend earlier in the day and feared his friend might have been the […]

Intoxicated employee reportedly releases 40 cows

OKEECHOBEE — Last week, a local dairy was the victim of retail theft when an intoxicated employee reportedly released 40 cows from the dairy chutes before they could be properly milked. Pedro Jimenez Lopez, 32, was arrested Dec. 9 and charged with disorderly conduct and retail theft after he reportedly went to the dairy while […]

Witness follows hit and run vehicle

OKEECHOBEE — After witnessing a hit and run accident, a witness followed the vehicle and reported to 911 dispatch the location of the white Chevrolet pickup truck. On Dec. 9, several 911 calls were made after a white truck, reportedly driven by Fernando Javier Zapata, 59, of Port St. Lucie, hit another vehicle and then […]

Driver charged with damaging soccer field

OKEECHOBEE — The soccer fields on Northwest 10th Avenue were damaged on Dec. 14 when three men in a black truck reportedly did donuts on the fields. Just before 1 a.m., Deputy Kenneth Hernandez responded to a call in reference to a criminal mischief complaint. When he arrived, he found a truck matching the description […]