IF YOU KNOW THE IDENTIFY OF THE MALE OR FEMALE(in red shirt), PLEASE CONTACT DETECTIVE ARNOLD AT (863)763-3117, EXT. 5111
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION IS NEWER, DARK(unknown color) FORD KING RANCH PICKUP
PHOTO WAS ON THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015 AT APPROXIMATELY 8:57 PM AT THE PILOT GAS STATION ON HIGHWAY 60, YEEHAW JUNCTION.
Animal cruelty arrest
On Friday May 8, 2015, Deputy William Jolly of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to 19540 NW 298th Street, Okeechobee FL in reference to an information complaint.
Upon arrival contact was made with the complainant who advised someone had created a fake facebook page (Prairie Trail Riders, LLC) which was very similar to his business facebook page, Prairie Trail Riders LLC. He continued by saying that there is a video on the page showing someone beating a horse. "If you look at the video you can tell it's not me. I can show someone the video if they want to see it. I talked to the man that built my website and he said whoever did this broke the law. I just need something done because this could possibly hurt my business. I did have an issue with a woman about a horse recently and I am afraid she might be the person involved. She lives in Miami, I will get a phone number for whoever I talk with."
On Saturday, May 9, 2015, Deputy Jolly was dispatched to the same location in regards to an animal complaint involving eleven (11) abused horses. Animal Control was contacted and responded to inspect the horses and their living conditions.
The case was then turned over to Detective Sport Pickering. After examining the horses and their living conditions, Detective Pickering advised Animal Control to remove the horses from the property. A local veterinarian was then summoned to examine the horses and diagnose their health. Each horse was found to be malnourished along with multiple abrasions.
Detective Pickering filed for a warrant for the arrest of James "Bo" Sharpe for eight (8) counts of Animal Cruelty, third degree felonies and three (3) counts of Animal Cruelty, first degree misdemeanors. Bond was set at $23,000.00.
Sharpe turned himself into the Martin County Sheriff's Office on May 15, 2015. At the time of this writing, Sharpe was still in custody, with preparations to post bond.
On June 21, 2010, the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office welcomed K-9 Nero, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Tim Ioannides and his wife, Cammy.
Dr. and Mrs. Ioannides, of Vero Beach, Florida, both dog lovers, had housed retired K-9's in their home as well as purchased K-9's for Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties. The Ioannides love Okeechobee and wanted to also donate to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office.
Once again Dr. and Mrs. Ioannides donated monies for the purchase of another K-9.
K-9 Magnum, became the latest deputy at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office thanks to the Ioannides.
Employee of the 1st Quarter 2015
Sheriff Paul C. May is proud to announce the "Employees of the 1st Quarter" of 2015.
Four employees and two squads were recognized for the first quarter of 2015. There are four categories for which employees may be recognized: administration employee, citizen volunteer, Detention Deputy and Law Enforcement. The recipients are as follows:
Administrative Employee – Gayle Estes
Citizen Volunteer – Jerry Trout
Detention Deputy – D/D David Rogers
Law Enforcement – D/S Yero Todman
Squad - Road Patrol B Squad(Sgt. Paul Ferrell, Cpl. Matt Hurst, D/S Grumbling, D/S Bryan Holden, D/S Ryane Ammons
Squad - Road Patrol D Squad(Lt. Shannon Peterson, Sgt. Chris Hans, D/S Marcus Collier, D/S Paul Jackson, D/S Joey Hall, D/S Cody Hurst)
Gayle Estes was nominated by Connie Curry. "Gayle has taken on additional job duties by working visitation when needed. She also managed the inmate canteen by herself for six weeks due to a medical absence of another employee. She has accepted the cross training assignment and is training a new employee to work in canteen. Her cooperation during this transition is greatly appreciated," stated Connie.
Jerry Trout was nominated by Captain Gary Bell. Captain Bell stated, "I would like to nominate Jerry for Citizen volunteer of the first quarter. Jerry is actively involved with the COP program and dedicates many hours to out agency. He is always willing and helpful with a positive attitude when asked to do anything."
David Rogers was nominated by Sgt. Iris Marrero, who states, "I would like to nominate Deputy David Rogers. I can always count on David to show up for work with a positive attitude. He doesn't complain when we are short shift and he has to take on extra duties or work different assignments. He is an excellent asset to this department and my squad. Thank you Deputy Rogers for all your hard work. I appreciate all you do for us."
Captain Gary Bell nominated Deputy Sheriff Yero Todman for officer of the quarter. "Todman always shows up to work with a positive attitude. He hustles and does his job the way it is supposed to be done with no questions when given a task", stated Captain Bell.
Also this quarter, two squads were recognized for their performance.
Road Patrol Squad B-Nominated by Captain Bell who stated, "On Friday, April 3, 2015, Good Friday, Sgt. Paul Ferrell, Cpl Matt Hurst, D/S Matt Grumbling, D/S Bryan Holden and D/S Ryan Ammons went above and beyond in their duties. They were accompanied by Tiffany Hurst, Casey Hurst, Hannah Ferrell and Luke Enfinger. This group took it upon themselves to help a 92 year old lady with cleaning up a mess that was left by a subject that took advantage of her. The subject had defrauded her out of $11,000.00 and had only cut the tree down, leaving the mess for her to deal with. This group of outstanding individuals, took the task on their own and cleaned the mess up on their day off. They were also assisted by Waste Management who donated a container and disposal fees. I would like to recommend the deputies for a unit citation for their outstanding service to the citizens of Okeechobee County. The actions of the citizens that helped should also e recognized."
Road Patrol Squad D-Nominated by Captain Bell. "I would like to take this time to nominate D Squad for a unit commendation. On 3/19/15 they responded and handled a suicide attempt with a weapon. The subject did in fact shoot himself in the upper mouth area with a pellet gun. Not knowing what was taking place, they put a very good tactical plan together, and made sow entry. They did find the subject lying on the bed with a weapon on his chest. They were able to gain control through verbal commands and get the medical help as well as mental help the subject needed. They used the tools that were provided to them, and this is an example of good sound tactical principle. Job Well Done", stated Captain Bell.
Sheriff May said of the awards, "I'm very proud of our employees who do a wonderful job every day. This past quarter these employees excelled and I appreciate what they did for our office and our county."
Congratulations to all of the nominees and the recipients of these awards.