Hendry County sheriff stands behind Trump

TAMPA — President Donald Trump delivered a campaign speech at the Tampa International Airport on Friday, July 31, while 15 Florida sheriffs — including Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden — stood behind him. “Yesterday, I had the honor of representing Hendry County, while standing with my fellow sheriffs and our president, showing our support for […]

Alleged intruder is shot

OKEECHOBEE — On Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 8:09 am, deputies responded to 4335 U.S. Highway 441 Southeast in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue (OCFR) was providing medical care to a white male on the ground behind a Gray 2013 Dodge pickup truck in the front yard of the residence. […]

Accidental shooting leads to charge of culpable negligence

OKEECHOBEE — After his friend was shot in the face, a young man was charged with culpable negligence inflicting harm and with tampering with evidence. Ricardo Morales, 20, Northeast 11th Street, was arrested June 24 by Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Detective Tyler Ott. Bond was set at $5,500. On Sunday, June 7 at approximately 1 a.m., […]

Community town hall meeting is a success

OKEECHOBEE — Sheriff Noel E. Stephen, Police Chief Bob Peterson, Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs and Mayor Dowling Watford hosted a town hall meeting in Douglas Brown Park at the community center Wednesday night. Their goal was to “foster a welcoming atmosphere for anyone to come and speak about their concerns, experiences, and even […]

Two men arrested for allegedly shooting at detectives

BELLE GLADE — A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBCSO) press release stated that on May 29, at 1:30 p.m., PBCSO detectives were conducting an investigation in the 400 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in Belle Glade when a vehicle driving westbound on MLK Blvd. began shooting out of the vehicle toward […]

Deputies, US marshals and fugitive task force flush out armed, wanted felon after 7-hour manhunt

OKEECHOBEE – Thomas McGill, 39, of Okeechobee County, did his best to outrun law enforcement on May 14, but his best wasn’t good enough. After a 7-hour manhunt, deputies plucked McGill out of a canal along SR 710, just south of the Okeechobee County line. McGill, who was wanted by the US Marshals Fugitive Task […]

Officer is involved in shooting

OKEECHOBEE – On May 12, 2020 at 2:17 pm a traffic stop was attempted at the 3900 block of NW 36 Street on a white Ford Focus. This was initiated to apprehend a wanted felon, John David Brighton, 25, who had a judge’s order revoking his Pre-Trial Release. The vehicle did not pull over immediately, […]

Glades County Sheriff David Hardin launches security app

GLADES COUNTY — Sheriff David Hardin is urging residents to download the free Florida See Something, Say Something (Florida See Say) mobile app to report suspicious activity. The app allows citizens to report suspicious activity related to terrorism. Citizens can also access educational materials and videos to learn what is suspicious and how to stay […]

Hendry County Sheriff implements new technology

LABELLE — On Feb. 5, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden, announced the first implementation in the nation, of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) ACCESS™ Background Check System. Sheriff Whidden will also become the first sheriff in Florida, to implement a NSA-endorsed and cutting-edge Inmate Recognition and Identification System, known as I.R.I.S.™. These innovative technologies will […]

Lock it or lose it

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has been experiencing an increase in vehicle burglaries. Many of the burglaries have been occurring due to owners forgetting to lock their vehicles. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind you to: • Do not leave valuables in plain view (GPS devices, […]