Feral cat shot with an arrow

OKEECHOBEE — OCSO Deputy James Hartsfield responded to a call on Jan. 14 regarding a feral cat with an arrow protruding from its body. Mrs. Virginia Smith, Northeast 326th Trail, explained she regularly places food out for the feral cats in the neighborhood, and shortly after placing food out that morning she noticed a red […]

Second suspect in McDonald’s purse snatching is behind bars

OKEECHOBEE — The second suspect in the Dec. 6 purse snatching which left an elderly woman hospitalized after being hit by a car is now behind bars. Christina Alexis Stankiewicz AKA Stratton, 45, of Loxahatchee, was arrested by OCSO Deputy Ben Vuleta on Jan. 10. She was charged with grand theft, robbery by sudden snatching […]

Body of Hispanic man pulled from Taylor Creek

OKEECHOBEE — The body of an older Hispanic man was pulled from Taylor Creek near Burger King on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at approximately 4 p.m. after the Okeechobee Police Department received a report. According to Detective James Pickering, the man has been identified, but they have yet to locate his next of kin. Det. Pickering […]

Charges against autistic boy dismissed

OKEECHOBEE — After deliberating for 19 days, Okeechobee County Judge Jerald Bryant dismissed all charges against John Benjamin Haygood, the young boy who was arrested at school and charged with battery on a school board employee in 2017. A competency hearing was held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, for Haygood to determine whether he had the […]

Two arrested after shooting at Azteca

OKEECHOBEE — Two men were arrested after a shooting at the Azteca III on Northeast Park Street Saturday, Dec. 29, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Juan Carlos Ibarra Alcala, 25, U.S. 441 Southeast and Sandro Alberto Fernandez, 23, Northwest 82nd court, allegedly both went into the bar looking for trouble, according to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s […]

Three robbed at gunpoint in home invasion

OKEECHOBEE — Three young men were robbed at gunpoint late Friday night, Dec. 21, when four people allegedly broke into their home on Northwest Ninth Avenue and woke them up demanding money. All the suspects were wearing masks and gloves. One suspect was said to be a female based on her voice, and she was […]

Man faces felony charge for newspaper rack theft

OKEECHOBEE — The Lake Okeechobee News office was notified in November that one of the newspaper dispensers was found in the back of someone’s Dodge pickup truck. Okeechobee City Police (OPD) Officer Luis Rojas reported that he observed the box in the bed of a truck belonging to Robert Bruce King, age 52, Southwest 23rd […]

Okeechobee father tackles man who threatened daughters

OKEECHOBEE — When an Okeechobee man received a phone call from his teenage daughters that a man was trying to get in their home and was threatening them with a gun, he didn’t waste any time. According to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office report, Eric Anselmo, 23, Southwest Second Way, was arrested Dec. 15, after […]

Teenage boy accused of threatening mass shooting

OKEECHOBEE – Zachery Hickox-Lopresti was arrested on Dec. 17 by Okeechobee County Sheriff Office (OCSO) Deputy Jose Garcia after allegedly threatening to commit a mass shooting or similar act of terrorism. According to the arrest report, Zachery allegedly conveyed, in written form, an intent to commit mass murder. Zachery is a 14-year-old who attends Okeechobee […]

Playing leapfrog in the truck doesn’t fool OPD officer

OKEECHOBEE — After performing a traffic stop on a silver Ford truck, Officer Michael Jordan of the OPD noticed the truck moving and reportedly saw a shadow jump from the driver’s side of the vehicle to the passenger’s side. Officer Jordan went to the passenger side of the vehicle and ordered the person who was […]