Arrest of Andrew Wheeler, DOB: 8/24/95.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office was not involved with the investigation in this case.
The Okeechobee City Police Department investigated this case and made the arrest on August 10, 2014. Wheeler, 18, was charged with Felony Child Abuse, a third degree felony. Wheeler is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a $20,000.00 bond.
Additional charges are pending.
For additional information, contact the Okeechobee City Police Department, (863)763-5521.
BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY
- When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Don't leave until they are in the schoolyard or building.
- If your child bikes to school, make sure he/she wears a helmet that meets one of the safety standards (U.S., CPSC, Snell, ANSI, ASTM or Canadian). Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent.
- Teach children to arrive at the bus stop early, stay out of the street, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street, watch for cars and avoid the driver's blind spot.
- Remind your children to stay seated at all times and keep their heads and arms inside the bus while riding. When exiting the bus, children should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, exit from the front using the handrail to avoid falls and cross the street at least 10 feet (or 10 giant steps) in front of the bus.
- Tell your child not to bend down in front of the bus to tie shoes or pick up objects, as the driver may not see him/her before starting to move.
- Be sure that your child knows his or her home phone number and address, your work number, the number of another trusted adult and how to all 911 for emergencies.
Sheriff Paul C. May is proud to announce the "Employees of the 2nd Quarter" of 2014.
Five employees were recognized for the second quarter of 2014. There are four categories for which employees may be recognized: Administration Employee, Citizen Volunteer, Detention Deputy and Law Enforcement. The recipients are as follows:
Administration Employees –Jason Knapp and Joseph Smith
Citizen Volunteer – Morgan Lumpkin
Detention Deputy – Sgt. Iris Marrero
Law Enforcement – Cpl. Randy Thomas
Jason and Joseph were nominated by Lt. Brad Stark. "Both have been busy with renovating the computer system throughout the agency. Joseph has just recently taken care of issues with the cellular phone backup system and installed programs that have been needed by investigations. Both Jason and Joseph are easy to contact and pleasant to talk with while discussing technical issues", stated Lt. Stark.
Morgan was nominated by Lt. Scott Deloney who stated, "Mr. Lumpkin and the other volunteers of More 2 Life have worked hard to help reach the inmates of the Okeechobee County Jail. His program has been so well received by the inmates that Mr. Lumpkin comes in more than once a week so that all the inmates are able to attend. I want to say thanks to Morgan Lumpkin who tries to help and hopefully reach at least one person. If more people were like him this world would be a better place."
Iris was nominated by Cpl. Stacy Ellerbee. "I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Sgt. Marrero for her outstanding work performance that she reflects on a daily basis during her tour of duty. Sgt. Marrero is a Sergeant that is often referred to as a "Working Sergeant". Sgt. Marrero projects a positive attitude that promotes teamwork throughout the jail and by this she influences staff to project a similar outlook on their job assignment," stated Cpl. Ellerbee.
Randy was nominated by Captain Gary Bell who stated, "I would like to take this time to commend Randy on a case that was a domestic call that was serious in nature. His quick thinking and use of a skill that he learned resulted in the arrest of a person that deserved just that. It's always a pleasure when I hear of one of our own using good sense and thinking a plan out and then carrying out that plan. Thanks for the good work and Stay Safe."
Congratulations to all of you.
On July 19, 2014, the Florida Fallen Peace Officer Bass Tournament was held at Lake Okeechobee Scott Driver Boat Ramp. On behalf of Crappy Jack's Bait & Tackle, we would like to thank Tin Fish Grill for their donation of $450.00 in gift certificates for the anglers in 1st thru 10th place and 1st and 2nd Big Fish.
In addition, thank you to the following businesses: Original Equipment, W&W Lumber, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreen's, Car Quest, St. Lucie Battery & Tire, Tire Kingdom, Tires Plus, Los Cocos, Advanced Auto, Brown Cow Sweetery, Sign Guy, Golden Corral, Pueblo Viejo, Dunkin Donuts, Publix, Parrott Island Grill and Geechee Mons.
Thank you to the Glades County Sheriff's Office for lending their grill and to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office for cooking.
Lastly, thank you to all the anglers that participated and everyone that came out to support this event. All monies raised were donated to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund for Florida fallen officers and their families.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff Unit supports the Sheriff's Office in both operational and administrative functions. With the assistance of the Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff Unit, the Sheriff's Office is able to maximize the availability of our deputies to the community. The unit is comprised of non-paid volunteer citizens from Okeechobee County. Auxiliary Deputy Sheriffs have the unique opportunity to participate in the working relationship between local law enforcement and the community while assisting deputies with their routine duties and special events throughout Okeechobee County.
On July 17, 2014, three members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit were promoted. Keith Pearce has been with the OCSO unit since 8/29/90, and was promoted to the rank of Captain.
Jason Egger has been with the OCSO unit since 6/11/07 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Crispin Bottari has been with the OCSO unit since 6/11/07 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Sheriff Paul May said of the promotions, "We thank these gentlemen for the contributions to Okeechobee County and our department. They and the other auxiliary officers risk their lives for no pay, they do it just for the satisfaction of helping their community and their fellow officers. It don't get any better than that!"
Congratulations to all of you!