Woman charged with criminal mischief

OKEECHOBEE — A woman was arrested after allegedly throwing cat litter on her neighbor’s vehicle and then kicking a deputy in the leg on Saturday evening, Oct. 26. Maryann Puglia, 52, Southeast 44th Street, was charged with criminal mischief, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence. Her bond was set […]

13-year-old charged with grand theft auto for the second time

OKEECHOBEE — A 13-year-old boy was charged with grand theft after reportedly taking his mother’s car. At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Cauley responded to a call from the boy’s mother who told him her son, Wyatt Baumhardt, had taken the car around 11 p.m. the night before. […]

Driver found asleep at red light

OKEECHOBEE — A local man was reportedly found asleep at the wheel Sunday around midnight and was arrested for DUI. Charles Parnell Jr. 52, Linda Rd., was arrested Oct. 13 by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Pollock. His bond was set at $250. Deputy Justin White was traveling northwest on U.S. 441 Southeast on Oct. […]

Mother and son arrested

OKEECHOBEE — A mother and son were arrested Saturday after an anonymous caller reported seeing three men selling drugs in the 3200 block of Southeast 33rd Terrace. Richard Marvin Chapman III, 34, was charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, resisting an officer with violence and assault on a law enforcement officer. […]

Woman calls 911 to complain about deputy

OKEECHOBEE — A woman called 911 just before noon on Friday, Oct. 4, after the car she and her male friend were in was pulled over by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Cauley. According to the arrest report, Deputy Cauley recognized the driver of the vehicle and knew he did not have a valid driver’s […]

Stolen vehicle involved in a hit and run

OKEECHOBEE — On Thursday, Oct. 2, a stolen car was reportedly involved in a hit and run accident and later found in a canal. Joshua Bo Duke, 34, Northwest 27th Avenue, was arrested Oct. 7 by Okeechobee Police Detective Bettye Taylor and charged with leaving a crash involving injury and driving while license is suspended […]

Jamson Richemond charged in the death of Jamal Hubert

HENDRY COUNTY — On Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 10 p.m. 29-year-old Jamson Richemond was arrested on charges of homicide, kidnap-false imprisonment and evidence-destroying in the killing of 30-year-old Jamal Hubert from Clewiston. Hubert was last seen on the morning of June 2. On June 4, his body was recovered in a shallow canal in Palm […]

Crime Stoppers is searching for Joel Rodriguez Gomez

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Joel Rodriguez Gomez, 40, Hispanic, male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 180 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes. His last known address was on Southeast Second Avenue in South Bay. Gomez is wanted on a warrant for felony for failure […]

Woman accused of stealing anti-diarrheal medication

OKEECHOBEE — A Kentucky woman was arrested this week after she was accused of stealing 16 boxes of anti-diarrheal medication from Walmart. She was charged with petit theft and released on her own recognizance. Okeechobee City Police Officer Jessica Francis was dispatched to Walmart on Tuesday, Oct. 1, after asset protection associate Carl Guerrette called […]

Woman charged with 18 counts of animal cruelty

OKEECHOBEE — A local woman was charged with 18 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals after 11 dogs and seven cats were removed from her home on Oct. 2 by Okeechobee County Deputy James Hartsfield. Her bond will be set by the judge at her first appearance. Deputy Hartsfield also requested she not be allowed […]