UPDATED: Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office releases name of man whose body was found in submerged vehicle off Cemetery Road in Okeechobee

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man whose body was found in a submerged vehicle in Taylor Creek last week. According to the OCSO report, the victim was Paul Murphy, 43, of Jupiter. He reportedly died from gunshot wounds. James Wade Hodges, […]

Local woman accused of felony child neglect

A 7-year-old child was allegedly locked out of his home all day and left to fend for himself because his mother was angry with her boyfriend. On Tuesday, May 14, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Carl Jones responded to a call regarding a suspicious incident. When he arrived, the caller informed him that a young […]

Body found in burned vehicle believed to be homicide

SOUTH BAY — On Saturday, May 4, deputies responded to a vehicle fire in the 43000 block of Old U.S. 27 in South Bay. Upon arrival deputies discovered a vehicle that was fully engulfed in flames. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded and extinguished the fire. Once the fire was extinguished, a human body was […]

Robbery at LaBelle American Advance

LABELLE — On Thursday, May 9, at approximately 5:50 p.m, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office received a call from American Advanced, located at 51 S. Lee St. #6, a check cashing and payday loan center, reporting they had just been robbed. The caller went on to say a person entered the store and demanded all the […]

One arrested and two at-large after invasion

Three men, two of whom were armed with knives, reportedly broke into an apartment on Friday, May 3, while a man, woman and two children were home. One of the intruders is reported to have said something like, “I can’t do this,” almost immediately after entering the apartment and then turned and walked out. The […]

Sheriff’s Office seeking wanted sex offender

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a wanted sex offender Ernie Paul Higginbotham, 42, last known address was Okeechobee at large. Higginbotham has an active warrant for failure to register. If you know the whereabouts of Ernie Higginbotham, contact the sheriff’s office or you may remain anonymous and contact Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at […]

Driver found asleep at an intersection

Okeechobee Police Officer Jessica Francis was surprised to find a woman sleeping behind the wheel of her sedan at the intersection of U.S. 441 and State Road 70 early Monday morning, April 15. Officer Francis had seen the car sitting at the intersection earlier when she was headed to another call, but when it was […]

Pahokee man arrested after high speed chase

OKEECHOBEE – On Friday afternoon, April 19, a Pahokee man allegedly led law enforcement on a chase through downtown Okeechobee, almost causing multiple collisions before finally crashing into the bollards protecting the generator at the Okeechobee City Fire Department and then into the generator itself before finally stopping. According to the police report, Okeechobee Police […]

Woman calls 911 to report home invasion

After receiving a call reporting a burglary in progress on Thursday, April 11, several units from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office responded to Jack’s Camp in Douglas Park on Northeast 16th Avenue at approximately 5 a.m. While en route, dispatch advised that a male suspect was attempting to break in and had a gun. Later […]

Sheriff says Jack’s Camp is closed for business

OKEECHOBEE — On Tuesday, March 12, members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force conducted an undercover operation that led to the arrest on April 16 of six individuals on charges ranging from possession of ammo by a convicted felon to possession of cocaine. A search warrant was executed early on the morning of April 16, […]