On February 02, 2014, Taylor County Sgt. Robert Lundy was at a dealership in Perry FL. waiting for his Patrol vehicle to be repaired when a gunman opened fire there. Sgt. Lundy took quick action without thought for his own safety and eliminated the threat against innocent citizens. As a result of his bravery and quick action, many people were saved. During this incident however, Sgt. Lundy was shot in the chest/abdomen area and was gravely injured.
The night that Sgt. Lundy came into our lives, it was raining. Sgt. Lundy could not be transported by air and had to come via ambulance. Taylor County Sheriff’s Office contacted our agency to let us know that Sgt. Lundy’s condition was very grave and that he would be transported through our County to Shands. ACSO deputies met Sgt. Lundy’s ambulance and his co-workers at the County line and safely delivered them to Shands Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. From that first contact, Sgt. Lundy and his family became part of our ACSO family. Many, many people from this agency have supported and showed love to the Lundy family while they were here for months as Sgt. Lundy recovered from his injuries. Many of you cooked for the family, visited, and donated money and other items to ensure that they were taken care of. The family was so very appreciate of all of your support and generosity!
Now Sgt. Lundy and his family will be back with us again next week as they deal with another surgery he must have due to complications. Many ACSO employees have kept in touch with the Lundy family throughout their ordeal. Now his ACSO family will again be with him during his time of need as he and his family deal with the emotional and financial stress associated with another stay here in Gainesville over the next several weeks. There is a Go Fund Me account set up if you are able to donate. The link is: http://www.gofundme.com/z5nd49h6p . Your generosity will help to keep Sgt. Lundy’s family close as he recovers. Thanks in advance for whatever you are able to give to support this hero! Please click on the go fund me link for further information.
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PHOTO WAS ON THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015 AT APPROXIMATELY 8:57 PM AT THE PILOT GAS STATION ON HIGHWAY 60, YEEHAW JUNCTION.
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.