A benefit for Frank Prescott, was held on April 4, 2014. Lunch was served in the park and dinner was at the Shrine Club. A raffle for an "Ole Henry 22 Magnum Rifle" was won by Gordon Morgan. There was also a silent auction that was very successful with lots of great items.
We would like to thank everyone that participated, all the wonderful businesses that so generously gave and all the volunteers that made this event such a success.
The benefit raised a total of $15,330.00
Thank you Okeechobee!
A benefit was held for Eleden "Ellie" Fonseca. Ellie was a victim of Domestic Violence. She is the daughter of Sheriff's Office employee Angie Rodriguez. Chances were sold to win a Yeti 50 cooler filled with goodies. The drawing was held this afternoon and the winner was Rogelio Betancurt. The benefit raised $3302.20. Prayers for you Ellie!
(Picture: Rogelio with Ellie)
VICTIMS' ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
Joan Johnson, Victims' Advocate for the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office was named Victims' Advocate of the Year for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit. The 19th Circuit includes "We're very proud of Joan. She takes her job very serious and is an asset to the department. She really loves to help people and does an outstanding job."
Traffic Fatality Leads to Grow House Discovery
On Friday, March 21, 2013, at approximately 11:27 p.m. deputies responded to a traffic crash at the 168th block of Highway 441 North, Okeechobee, Florida.
Deputies found a single vehicle crash. The victim of the crash, Abey Diaz Pino, age 44, was pronounced deceased. The crash was turned over to Florida Highway Patrol to investigate.
Florida Highway Patrol responded to 1185 NE 342 Trail, Okeechobee, Florida to notify the next of kin. Upon arrival, no one was located, however it was discovered that there were multiple dogs at the home. Okeechobee County Sheriff's Deputy Hazy stood by until Animal Control could retrieve the animals. During this time, Deputy Hazy recognized visible signs of a marijuana grow house.
On Monday, March 24, 2014, a search warrant was obtained and executed at the above address. The Okeechobee County Narcotics Task Force discovered (87) active plants, with a total weight of (22) pounds. The estimated street value of the marijuana was approximately $88,000.00.
No further information to be released at this time.