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News Cast for May 23rd:

Earlier this week, Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen congratulated an area couple, Jim and Beverly McVeigh for their efforts in leading sheriff’s deputies to the arrest of a burglary suspect. The McVeigh’s are part of a community group called the Citizens on Patrol, which is made up of mostly retired, seasonal residents who watch certain homes in the area and are an extension of the eyes and ears of the sheriff’s department. Stephen says these Citizens on Patrol are also contributing to the community in other ways. The Citizens on Patrol was started during former Okeechobee County Sheriff O.L. Raulerson’s tenure.

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The Okeechobee City Council recently approved a proclamation deeming this week as National Public Works Week. This is a time to recognize and appreciate the importance of your public works department as put together by the American Public Works Association. Okeechobee City Public Works Director David Allen was on hand to accept the proclamation and he says whether it’s turning on your lights or using your bathroom, it’s all because of public works. Allen also says the best part of his job is that no two days are alike. Allen says he’s discovered that public works tends to be unappreciated or taken for granted until something goes wrong such as a power outage or backed up plumbing. Allen has been Okeechobee Public Works Director for five years.

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A routine search of an Okeechobee man on probation resulted in the arrests of him and his girlfriend Monday evening. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s deputies went to the home of 27 year old Steven Albritton on the 32 hundred block of SE 33rd Terrace just after 6:30 for a warrantless search and found drug paraphernalia, two bowls containing marijuana resin and a purple grinder. All of it was found inside the home next to 22 year old Breanna Leigh Hart’s belongings. Albritton was arrested for violating probation and Hart was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug possession. Albritton is being held without bond and Hart’s bond is set at a thousand dollars.

On the arrest report:

36 year old Ronald Kevin Drennan of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for burglary of an unoccupied home. His bond has not been set.

30 year old Eric Exantus of Okeechobee was arrested for criminal mischief after causing several dollars’ worth of damage to his girlfriend’s car after a domestic dispute. He was released after posting a five thousand dollar bond.

20 year old Tyler Allen Holland of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of marijuana and failure to appear in court on previous charges. He’s being held without bond.

27 year old John W. Hayhurst of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of cannabis after a drug deal in a parking lot. His bond is set at five thousand dollars.

33 year old Antonio Aguilar Ramirez Junior of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on previous theft and forgery charges. He’s being held without bond.

27 year old Joseph Immanuel Chamberlin of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on previous burglary and theft charges. He’s being held without bond.

The Crime Stoppers Safe School Hotline seeks to ensure that students have a safe environment for studying and learning by making their school campuses safer. Crime Stoppers Safe School Hotline is an anonymous telephone hotline students can use to provide information on crime. These crimes include but are not limited to:  possession of guns or other dangerous weapons, possession of narcotics/alcohol, fights, extreme bullying, threats of terrorism, gang activity, robberies, sexual assaults, arson, battery, vandalism and bomb threats. If you see something, say something, call 1-800-273-TIPS (8477) or go to      – Michele Bell, PIO

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 5-17-18

Ms. Kim is excited to announce that the “Summer Reading Camp” will be every Wednesday at 10:30 am. beginning on Wednesday, June 20th through July 25th. (no program on July 4th as the library will be closed). The ages are for 8 years old and under. If they have a sibling that is older, they may attend as well (they can be helpers). PARENTS MUST ATTEND!!