Man accused of hitting woman with hammer

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee man was charged with aggravated battery after allegedly striking a woman in the head with a hammer on Nov. 9. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Lacerte responded to a call at approximately 11 p.m. in reference to a domestic in progress. When he arrived, a witness reported that Errol Smith, 49, […]

County recognizes Domestic Violence month

OKEECHOBEE — One in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime, according to the information shared at the Sept. 19 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. The commissioners declared October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “It is very important that the severity is recognized,” said Jonathan Bean. Domestic violence is a health issue […]

Pets and their owners escape domestic violence

When survivors of domestic violence start to think about how to escape from their abusive situations, they’re often faced with a difficult decision regarding their beloved pets. Staggering statistics say that 71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to […]