Join the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office for the 2014 Law Enforcement Memorial Service. The service will be on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., on the front steps of the Sheriff's Office. We will be honoring those who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2013.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office recently participated in the Click It or Ticket Challenge, an initiative funded by the Florida Department of Transportation through the FDOT Safety Office. This initiative seeks to encourage Law Enforcement to participate in increasing safety belt usage in the State of Florida and reducing occupant protection related crash fatalities and injury severity.
The key elements of the challenge are safety belt enforcement, child restraint enforcement, public education and information, earned media and safety belt usage rates.
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office was awarded a Kustom Signals Pro Laser III for participating in the Click It or Ticket Challenge for 2014. As a result of submitting a report for the CIOT Challenge in the SE Region, OCSO was selected by a random drawing from SE Region participants to receive the award.
Charles Kane, DUI Challenge Coordinator of the Florida Public Safety Institute, presented Captain Gary Bell the Pro Laser III.
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)
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.