News Cast for April 8th:

The Okeechobee City Police Department is currently investigating a theft case involving two Hispanic men. The suspects used a stolen debit card number at Wal-Mart stores in both Okeechobee and in Clewiston. If you have any information on the possible identity of these two men or where they might be, please contact the Okeechobee City Police Department at (863) 763-9784 or you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477 if you’d like to remain anonymous.

On the subject of crimes, with this being the week of April 7th, it’s also a very special week to remember victims of all crimes in this country. This week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Commissioners proclaimed this week as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Okeechobee at their March 26th meeting. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Brad Stark was on hand to accept the proclamation and he says it’s a very special week because of recent legislation that was passed where victims of crimes, specifically violent crimes, can now know when their court dates will be and the status of their cases before it goes to court. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will culminate with a motorcycle ride on Saturday through Martin and Indian River Counties and then back to Okeechobee County for a luncheon.  Stark is also the vice president of the Victims’ Rights Coalition in Okeechobee County.

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The streets of Okeechobee were littered with very special athletes Friday as it was the day of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Law Enforcement Torch Run supports and recognizes athletes from the Special Olympics and it began outside the sheriff’s department Friday morning and it ended in the Publix parking lot on Parrott Avenue. Once there, the athletes did a lap around the parking lot before being treated to a mess of barbecued ribs, compliments of Sheriff Noel Stephen who had been there barbecuing since five o’clock Friday morning. Stephen gave special thanks to all those who made this very special event possible. In all, well over a hundred people, ages eight through eighty, participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run; the tenth of its kind in Okeechobee County. Stephen says it was a feel good event from start to finish.

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A Labelle man is dead after a vehicle accident early Thursday morning in Hendry County. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officers say 68 year old Liborio Sosa Martinez was walking northbound, crossing West Cowboy Way east of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard in Labelle a little after 6:30 when he walked into the path of an oncoming Dodge Caravan, driven by 62 year old Ignacio Garduno of Felda, and collided with Martinez. The impact sent Martinez into the north shoulder of the road, killing him instantly. Garduno was not injured in the accident. FHP is investigating.

On the arrest report:

23 year old Robert Edward Thompson Junior of Okeechobee was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for battery on his girlfriend during a domestic dispute and violating probation. He’s being held without bond.

41 year old Cheri Lorene Newton of Okeechobee was arrested for violating probation on past charges of cocaine possession. She’s being held without bond.

20 year old Javier Hernandez of Okeechobee was arrested for possession of marijuana resin after a traffic stop. He was released after posting a five thousand dollar bond.

39 year old Luis Cardenas Parado of Okeechobee was arrested for driving on a suspended license and giving a false name to law officers after a traffic stop. His bond is set at a thousand dollars.