Teen accused of having sex with girl

OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee teen has been sent to a juvenile detention center following his arrest for reportedly having consensual sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl. Tifton Dennis Allen, 16, N.E. 15th Ave., was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 23, on one felony count of lewd and lascivious battery – victim 12 to 15 years of age. […]

Clues into stolen backhoe sought

OKEECHOBEE — A sheriff’s office detective is seeking information into the theft of a backhoe and bucket earlier this month from WCE Equipment at 3197 N.W. 20th Trail. Someone apparently entered WCE’s property sometime between Aug. 2 and Aug. 8 to steal the Case 580 Super K backhoe, said Detective Max Waldron of the Okeechobee […]

Report: Teen stomped on, kicked deputies

OKEECHOBEE — A 15-year-old Okeechobee girl had to be hobbled by deputies after she reportedly stomped on a female deputy’s foot and continually tried to kick two male deputies as they were trying to arrest her. Mya Gabriel Melton, N.W. 39th Ave., was arrested Aug. 22 on felony charges of resisting a law enforcement officer […]

Expired registration leads to pot arrest

OKEECHOBEE — Not long after being pulled over for an expired registration, an 18-year-old Okeechobee man found himself behind bars on felony drug charges. Noah Cameron Torres, S.E. 25th St., was arrested Saturday on felony charges of possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of a controlled […]

Detective: Man shot himself after accusations

OKEECHOBEE — A local man recently hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, has been arrested on molestation charges and is being held on bond in the county jail. Randall Scott Ford, 53, N.W. 33rd Terrace, was arrested Aug. 21 on two felony counts of lewd or lascivious conduct – offender over 18 years of age. […]

EMS save man from heroin overdose

OKEECHOBEE — Emergency medical personnel from Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue (OCF/R) reportedly saved a 31-year-old man Friday by administering Narcan which counteracts the effects of opioid overdose, stated a deputy’s report. A report by Deputy Tim Higgins, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), stated he responded to a U.S. 441 S.E. address due to an […]

Berry pickers create headaches for deputies

OKEECHOBEE — The complaints may be filed with the sheriff’s office as a suspicious person or maybe trespassing, but regardless of how they are listed they all refer to people picking palmetto berries on private property. Deputies with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) are staying busy this month responding to numerous trespassing complaints. Sheriff’s […]

The safest place for your pet — home

OKEECHOBEE — August is referred to as The Dog Days of Summer with its relentless heat, and pet owners need to keep that in mind when they leave their pets unattended in a vehicle. Such was the case Thursday afternoon when a woman left her dog inside her automobile and the dog accidentally locked the […]

Bogus C-note passed at Okeechobee business

OKEECHOBEE — It seems someone passed a fake $100 bill and it was accepted as payment, even though the print on the bill says it’s phony. Case in point: Deputy Corporal Bryan Lowe, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), responded to a local business Wednesday, Aug. 16, regarding a bogus C-note. Cpl. Lowe stated […]

Guerrero sentenced to 40 years on child porn charges

OKEECHOBEE — A former Okeechobee resident and suspect in the disappearance of a 9-year-old Fort Myers girl has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after being found guilty on child pornography charges. Jorge Manuel Guerrero-Torres, 29, Orlando, was sentenced Aug. 14 to 40 years in prison after being convicted on one count of production […]