Corps accepts comment on Lake O Watershed Project

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is accepting public comment on the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) revised draft Project Implementation Report and Environmental Impact Statement (PIR/EIS). Public comment will be accepted through Aug. 19. The corps plan proposes a shallow (with water up to about 4 feet deep) Wetland […]

Algae from Lake Okeechobee samples show no toxins

Warm weather has brought reports of algal blooms in the Lake Okeechobee area as well as in waterways in other parts of the state. So far, the majority of Lake Okeechobee samples have tested with no toxins. A few samples have tested with barely-detectable low levels of toxins that are well below the World Health […]

MEGACON: A geek’s playground

For most people, Memorial Day weekends means loading the kids up in the family car and trekking to one of Orlando’s multitude of theme parks. For more than hundred thousand in Orlando this year, that weekend means one thing — MEGACON. Comic book conventions have long been a staple in the fandom world. Beginning in […]

Ink Fusion Empire brings tattoo artistry to MEGACON and more

Getting a tattoo at a comic book convention might seem like a crazy idea, but one man saw the hidden potential. Established as a fully fledged entity in 2007, the Ink Fusion Empire currently does eighteen shows in the United States, with a few international dates as well. With forty artists hailing from far and […]

Hush money and threats and thievery, oh my!

OKEECHOBEE — Hush money and threats couldn’t stop a Florida Power & Light (FPL) whistle blower from exposing an elaborate scheme that involved thieves — one of whom was an Okeechobee man — defrauding the mega utility out of hundreds of thousands of gallons of mineral oil. After a five-month investigation Detective Alfredo Forgione, of […]

Cops receive three scam complaints in one day

OKEECHOBEE — Scams are an ever-present threat in today’s world, and the public is warned to keep an eye out for a few. Deputy Timothy Miller of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) indicated in a report that on June 14 at 11:20 a.m., he met with a woman who had been contacted by a […]

Armed with a machete, ‘Jesus’ attacks man

OKEECHOBEE — The call came in on the 911 line. A man was being chased by a Cuban male armed with a machete. Detective Rosemary Farless of the Okeechobee County Sherrif’s Office indicated in a report that on June 9 at 9:07 p.m., multiple units responded to the area of S.W. Second Way. The victim, […]

Stolen truck recovered two years after theft

OKEECHOBEE — A local man unknowingly purchased a vehicle from a friend that had been stolen two years prior. The original report on the stolen truck was filed by Deputy Mark Margerum of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), and stated that on Feb. 11, 2015 at 9:08 a.m., Deputy Margerum was dispatched to 100 […]

Man’s four wheeler stolen for the fourth time

OKEECHOBEE — An unknown thief made off with a local man’s four wheeler — and it wasn’t even in running order. According to the report filed by Deputy Tim Higgins of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department, on June 1, he responded to the 6200 block of N.E. Ninth Way in reference to a theft complaint. […]

Scams now come in text message form

OKEECHOBEE — If you receive a text message that you’ve been approved for a loan, the chances are high that it’s a scam. A local man received a text message on Friday, May 26, that allegedly came from Lending Tree, according to the report filed by Deputy Tim Higgins. The text was supposedly from someone […]

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