Courts shut down with some exceptions

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER WHEREAS the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a pandemic, the Governor of Florida has declared a state of emergency exists, and the Surgeon General and State Health Officer has declared a public health emergency exists; and WHEREAS the Florida State Courts System must continue to […]

Teen accused of cutting off ankle monitor

OKEECHOBEE — After being charged with burglary of an unoccupied building on Feb. 21 and then being sent home with an ankle monitor, 13-year-old Wyatt Baumhardt was arrested again on Feb. 26. This time, the charges were tampering with an electronic monitoring device, which is a felony, and petit theft. At about 8 p.m. Wednesday, […]

Baumhardt arrested again

OKEECHOBEE — A 13-year-old who has been charged twice with grand theft auto was arrested Feb. 21 and charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling. On Feb. 21, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Misei Esquivel responded to a call from the mother of Wyatt Baumhardt, who said her son had run away from home and that […]

Driver accused of tailgating off-duty detective

OKEECHOBEE — An off-duty sheriff’s detective was surprised when a car approached him at a high rate of speed near the 7200 block of U.S. 441, tailgated him, then slowed down and began to swerve. He notified dispatch, and Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Pollock responded to his location in the 700 block of U.S. […]

Hendry County rancher found guilty of starving animals

LABELLE — A Hendry County jury found a rancher guilty of 12 counts of aggravated animal cruelty on Jan. 31. In April of 2018, Robert David Starkweather was charged with 144 counts related to cruelty to animals. The State Attorney’s Office filed 131 counts of the charge Cruelty to Animals and 13 counts of Improper […]

Man claims he is filming a Mel Gibson movie

OKEECHOBEE — Before reportedly running wildly towards the fire station, a man told officers he was filming a new Mel Gibson movie. On Sunday, Jan. 26, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Okeechobee Police Officer Brandi Drapal was dispatched to the Marathon Station on South Parrott Avenue in reference to a theft complaint. As she approached the […]

Man shot and killed in Playland Park

OKEECHOBEE — A press release from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department, stated that today, Friday, Jan. 31, around 10:46 a.m. members of Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting near the 1600 block of N.W. 45th Terrace. Schools in the area including Yearling Middle School, North Elementary, Seminole Elementary, and Okeechobee Achievement Academy, were under a […]

Couple accused of stealing car

OKEECHOBEE — A cleaning woman is accused of stealing car keys, a car and a purse from client in Treasure Island. Samantha Ann Thomas, 36, Southeast 33rd Terrace, was arrested Jan. 15 by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Ashley Waskiewicz and charged with grand theft auto. Her bond was set at $2,500. Kenny Lynn Whaley, 48, […]

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 […]