Shoplifting suspect identified through Facebook

OKEECHOBEE — An unidentified white male reportedly walked out of Walmart on Sept. 1 with a Vortex Hunter compound hunting bow and a box of carbon express arrows and failed to pay for either item. Walmart’s asset protection associate Joyce Teich contacted Okeechobee Police Officer Savanna Smith, and she provided the police department with a […]

Young boy allegedly steals car

OKEECHOBEE — A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with grand theft auto after allegedly taking his grandmother’s Ford Focus without permission and driving it into a ditch in Oak Park very early on Saturday morning, Sept. 14. He was transferred to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice. Okeechobee Police Officer Jessica Francis […]

Two arrested in drug sting

During the month of July, members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force met with a confidential source (CS) for the purpose of purchasing hydromorphone from Tacara Lawton-Holmes, 36, Southeast 14th Avenue. The CS said he/she had purchased hydromorphone from Tacara in the past. While in the presence of the task force, the CS called Tacara […]

Teacher reportedly battered at TrueCore

OKEECHOBEE — A local teacher was injured Monday, Sept. 9, at TrueCore Youth Correctional Center after two youths allegedly punched him in the face. Jarahmeel King, 15, and Jerek Nico Orrand, 16, were arrested and charged with battery on a public or private education employee. Both were taken to the Okeechobee County Jail for processing […]

Man charged with animal cruelty

Bradley James Chism, age 26, was arrested on Sept. 11 for animal cruelty-cause cruel death, pain and suffering. After receiving information about a possible animal abuse case, Okeechobee County Animal Control officers responded. Upon arrival, officers found a young dog chained out in the yard and it was very skinny. There was no food or […]

House arrest program saves county $400,000

The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners approved an amended interlocal agreement with St. Lucie County to provide pretrial supervision of nonviolent inmates awaiting trial. The ankle monitor program, which allows those accused of nonviolent crimes to stay in their homes and travel to approved places (such as their workplace) while awaiting trial, saved the county […]

Charges dropped in molestation case

OKEECHOBEE — All charges were dropped against an Okeechobee man who was charged with lewd or lascivious molestation of a minor under 12 years of age. Troy Walton was arrested July 30 by OCSO Detective DeMarcus Dixon and charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor under the age of 12. […]

Woman charged with battery

OKEECHOBEE — A woman was arrested last week after reportedly attacking one man with a plunger and biting another on the thumb. She was charged with battery causing bodily harm and resisting arrest without violence. Her bond was set at $1,250. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Huffman responded to a call […]

It is illegal to pawn items you rent

OKEECHOBEE — A woman was arrested Aug. 17 and charged with defrauding a pawn broker after she allegedly rented items from a local business and drove straight to a pawn shop and pawned them, claiming she owned them. Her bond was set at $5,000. A local business called the Okeechobee Police Department on Aug. 17 […]

Pregnant woman reportedly assaulted at Walmart

OKEECHOBEE — A 74-year-old woman was arrested Thursday, Aug. 15, and charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman after allegedly intentionally striking a visibly pregnant woman in the abdomen as she exited Walmart at approximately 1:30 p.m. Irene Ann Dopman’s bond was set at $10,000. Okeechobee police officer Brandi Drapal responded to a call […]